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U.S. border agency says COVID vax not essential; Canadians could be denied entry

May 19 2021 — Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Canadians attempting to drive across the American border solely for a COVID-19 vaccination, even with a doctor's referral, would be denied entry, the U.S. border agency said on Wednesday. Unlike the Canadian government, Customs and Border Protection said it does not consider a vaccine essential for entry purposes.      "Travel for the sole […]

Canadians can drive to U.S. for COVID-19 vax and avoid quarantine, Ottawa confirms

May 18 2021 — Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Canadian residents are allowed to head to the United States for a COVID-19 vaccine and avoid quarantine on return if they meet some straightforward conditions, the Public Health Agency of Canada confirms. Those conditions include having a note from a licensed health-care provider in Canada that the inoculation is medically necessary, and written […]

If COVID vaccines ‘essential,’ Canadians could get shots in U.S. and no quarantine

May 14 2021 — Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Canadian residents should be able to head to the United States for COVID-19 vaccinations and be exempt from mandatory quarantine on return if health authorities here deem the shots medically necessary, a hospital CEO said on Friday. Although a vaccination itself does not exempt incoming travellers from quarantine rules, an exemption does exist […]

Be COVID-19 smart on St. Patrick’s Day, officials urge; some tighten restrictions

Mar 16 2021 — Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Officials in many Canadian provinces are tightening anti-pandemic restrictions to keep St. Patrick's Day from becoming a COVID-19 super-spreader event. Amid worries about a third pandemic wave, health authorities are urging would-be celebrants to be mindful of the risks and obey all limits on social gatherings. The city of Kingston, Ont., for example, […]

Final report: More than $3B paid to compensate 28,000 victims of residential schools

Mar 11 2021 — Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — The cost of compensating thousands of victims of Canada's notorious residential schools amounted to more than $3 billion, according to a report released on Thursday.The final report from the committee overseeing the compensation process that began in 2007 provides a comprehensive overview of the efforts to redress the damage inflicted on generations of […]