Airport chaos could get worse as Ottawa removes vaccine mandates

Airport chaos could get worse as Ottawa removes vaccine mandates

OTTAWA—“Science” — not politics or airport delays — is the reason the Liberal government gave for why it has finally halted — or “suspended” — federal vaccine mandates starting next Monday. Yet if politics is the art of the possible, politics were definitely in play. Some Liberal MPs say caucus pressure played a role. Cabinet … Read more

Liberal MP apologizes for coarse language on Instagram

Liberal MP apologizes for coarse language on Instagram

OTTAWA — Liberal MP Adam van Koeverden has issued a mea culpa after it surfaced on social media that he swore at a woman on Instagram who contacted him about her opposition to COVID-19 vaccination mandates. “Last week, I let my emotions get the better of me and I responded in an unacceptable way to … Read more

‘It’s a mystery’: Peace Arch Park remains closed – BC

‘It’s a mystery’: Peace Arch Park remains closed – BC

“May these gates never be closed” are the words written on the iconic Peace Arch at the Canada – US border. “This area is the only place on the entire Canada – US border where there’s an international peace park that people can cross to from either country, share the same space and be together,” … Read more

What are megachurches? Here’s what we know

What are megachurches?  Here’s what we know

The popularity of megachurches has grown over the last several decades. These enormous and splashy houses of worship were made for the internet and far ahead of their perhaps more traditional counterparts — making them able to adjust more easily during the COVID-19 pandemic when all churches scrambled to find ways to bring ministry to … Read more

Most Ontario mask mandates expire Saturday. Here’s what you need to know

Most Ontario mask mandates expire Saturday.  Here’s what you need to know

Most COVID-19 mask mandates in Ontario expired Saturday, including the province’s remaining mask requirements on public transit and in health-care settings. Dr. Kieran Moore, Ontario’s chief medical officer of health, made the announcement Thursday, lauding the province’s high vaccination rates and “Ontario’s COVID-19 situation continuing to improve.” However, the science director of Ontario’s COVID-19 advisory … Read more

Ottawa suspends mandatory COVID-19 tests in airports

Ottawa suspends mandatory COVID-19 tests in airports

OTTAWA—The federal government is temporarily suspending mandatory random COVID-19 testing for vaccinated travelers arriving in Canadian airports — a measure Canada’s top doctor billed hours earlier as an “early warning system” critical to tracking the spread of the virus. The suspension will come into effect on Saturday and run until June 30, Transport Canada said … Read more

US to drop COVID-19 testing for inbound international air travelers – National

US to drop COVID-19 testing for inbound international air travelers – National

The Biden administration will drop pre-departure COVID-19 testing requirements for air travelers effective Sunday at 12:01 am ET after heavy lobbying from airlines and the travel industry, the White House has confirmed to Global News. The Biden administration will announce today the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will no longer require pre-departure COVID-19 testing … Read more

More than one million Canadians have to repay CERB — and in some cases EI is being clawed back to do it

More than one million Canadians have to repay CERB — and in some cases EI is being clawed back to do it

With a young child at home and facing the closure of her workplace early in the pandemic, BC resident Rae Clair did what she thought was best: She applied and was approved for Employment Insurance (EI). Later, Clair was switched onto the Canadian Emergency Response Program (CERB). The emergency benefit was a “godsend,” for Clair, … Read more

Most remaining mask mandates in Ontario set to end this weekend

Most remaining mask mandates in Ontario set to end this weekend

A woman wears a mask while riding the Bloor line subway on March 14, 2020. Most remaining mandatory mask rules in Ontario, including those requiring that people wear masks when riding public transit or visiting hospitals, will expire on Saturday.Carlos Osorio/The Canadian Press Ontario’s COVID-19 mask mandates will expire this weekend for hospitals, health care … Read more

Where you still have to wear a mask in Ontario

Where you still have to wear a mask in Ontario

Ontario’s last mask mandate covering high-risk places like public transit, long-term care and other health-care settings is poised to expire Saturday, but the Ministry of Health won’t confirm if these rules will be extended. Regardless, there are some last bastions of face-covering — from certain doctors’ offices to famous theaters — that will continue to … Read more