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Top doctor says Canada is past peak of Omicron-fuelled wave of COVID-19

Feb 18 2022 — — The country’s top doctor says Canada is past the peak of the COVID-19 wave caused by the Omicron variant. “We are hopeful we are approaching a period of reduced transmission, allowing Canadians a chance to regain a sense of normalcy,” Dr. Theresa Tam, chief public health officer, said Friday. Tam released new national epidemiology and […]

Travellers will no longer need a molecular COVID test to get into Canada

Feb 15 2022 — — Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos says vaccinated travellers will no longer need a molecular COVID-19 test to enter Canada starting Feb. 28 because the COVID-19 situation in Canada has improved. Travellers can instead opt for a rapid antigen test approved by the country they are coming from. Unvaccinated children travelling with vaccinated adults who come to […]

Blockade Backlash: Three-in-four Canadians tell convoy protesters, ‘Go Home Now’

Feb 14 2022 — — Two-thirds say Justin Trudeau’s conduct has “worsened” situation; several public figures condemned. If the goal of the Freedom Convoy was to capture the attention of millions of people in Canada and around the globe – mission accomplished. If, however, the goal was to build support for their demands to end pandemic-related restrictions – it has […]

Changes to COVID-19 border measures to be announced next week

Feb 11 2022 — — Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos says the federal government will announce changes to COVID-19 measures at Canada’s borders next week. Currently, the government advises against all non-essential international travel. Anyone travelling within Canada by plane, passenger train or boat must be vaccinated against COVID-19, and international travellers are subject to COVID-19 test requirements. Duclos says the […]

Manitoba ending all COVID-19 restrictions by March 15

Feb 11 2022 — — Manitoba has announced it is speeding up the relaxing of public health orders in the province, which includes setting a date on ending proof of vaccination requirements and removing the mask mandate. Starting Feb. 15, the province will move to the yellow, or caution level on the pandemic response system. This will eliminate capacity limits […]

Conservatives split on whether convoy protest should stay or vacate Parliament Hill

Feb 8 2022 — — Conservatives appear increasingly split over whether a protest against COVID-19 health restrictions in the nation’s capital should stay or go. Many Tory members of Parliament have pledged full support to the protesters, including recently elected interim leader Candice Bergen and Pierre Poilievre, the first candidate to announce his bid for party leadership. Entering the House […]

Liberal MP breaks ranks over pandemic policies

Feb 8 2022 — Rachel Aiello — A Liberal MP is speaking out against Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and provincial governments’ pandemic policies, and politicians’ handling of the ongoing trucker convoy protests. Joel Lightbound, the Louis-Hébert, Que. MP, held a press conference on Parliament Hill on Tuesday morning saying that he thinks those concerned about COVID-19 policies have “legitimate concerns” that should […]

Alberta starts lifting COVID-19 restrictions, vaccine passport program

Feb 8 2022 — — Premier Jason Kenney says Alberta’s vaccine passport will end almost immediately, with most other big COVID-19 health rules gone three weeks later. Kenney told a news conference Tuesday that the vaccine passport, known in Alberta as the restriction exemption program, would end within hours — at midnight. He said strong vaccination rates, declining hospital cases […]

CEO of Canada’s largest trucking company says vaccine mandate ‘not an issue at all’

Feb 8 2022 — — The chief executive of TFI International Inc. says its operations are virtually untouched by the recent vaccine mandate for truckers crossing the U.S.-Canada border. Alain Bédard, chairman and CEO of Canada’s largest trucking conglomerate, says that “vaccination at TFI is not an issue at all,” with the vast majority of drivers inoculated against COVID-19. He […]

Saskatchewan ending COVID-19 passport, lifting mask requirement

Feb 8 2022 — — Saskatchewan will no longer require COVID-19 vaccine passports starting Monday. It is also ending its indoor mask mandate at the end of the month. Premier Scott Moe says the benefits of providing proof of vaccination against COVID-19 to enter businesses like restaurants no longer outweigh the cost. He says the passport has created deep divisions […]

‘Fearful’ downtown Ottawa residents flee their homes as protest continues

Feb 8 2022 — — As the protest in Ottawa continues into a second week, many residents in the downtown core say they have been living a nightmare, constantly under siege and with many terrified to leave their homes — except to seek refuge elsewhere. Residents described being bombarded by relentless honking, fireworks, being choked by diesel fumes, seeing hate […]

‘It has to stop’: Trudeau accuses protesters of blockading ‘democracy’ during Commons debate

Feb 7 2022 — — Federal transport minister calls on Ford government to cancel protesters’ commercial truck licences. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau accused the Ottawa convoy protesters of trying to derail Canada’s democracy during an emergency debate about demonstrations against COVID-19 public health restrictions and vaccine mandates. The protesters in Ottawa are “trying to blockade our economy, our democracy and […]