National Newswatch

More than 500 air passengers fined for defying hotel quarantine rules after landing in Vancouver and Toronto

May 4 2021 — Sophia Harris — Some air passengers who landed in Montreal and Calgary say they have yet to be fined for breaking the rules. The federal government has doled out hundreds of fines since Feb. 22 — typically for $3,000 each — to air passengers who refused to quarantine in a designated hotel upon arrival in Canada. Even so, the government couldn’t provide CBC […]

U.S. taxi services see business boost helping Canadians avoid hotel quarantine

Apr 10 2021 — Sophia Harris — Airport transport service, Buffalo Limousine, lost about 70 per cent of its business during COVID-19 pandemic. But the company said its luck changed recently, thanks to Canadian snowbirds returning from U.S. sunbelt states who want to avoid Canada’s hotel quarantine requirement. “This is a huge, huge shot in the arm for us, this Canadian snowbird […]

Some snowbirds still flying south despite travel rules — because they can

Feb 5 2021 — Sophia Harris — Despite tough new measures imposed by Ottawa to curb travel abroad during the COVID-19 pandemic, some snowbirds are still flying to U.S. sun destinations. That’s because they can. The federal government’s new measures, which were announced last week, include a hotel quarantine stay for air passengers and an agreement with Canada’s major airlines to cancel […]

There may be international travellers on your domestic flight during the pandemic

Dec 5 2020 — Sophia Harris — International air passengers can take a connecting domestic flight before they quarantine. Jacob Frey never thought international travellers would be on his WestJet flight from Calgary to Edmonton — until he spotted several passengers wearing sombreros in the waiting area. After boarding the Nov. 22 flight, Frey said he learned that the passenger seated next […]

Trudeau and Trump are worlds apart on the Canada-U.S. border closure

Oct 18 2020 — Sophia Harris — Although Canada and the U.S. have agreed to close their shared land border to non-essential travel, they don’t appear to agree on several related issues — including what to do next. More than seven months after the border closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Donald Trump have offered […]