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  1. The vaccination rate in Florida isn't high. That is the likely reason for the current surge in cases there.
  2. No government aid for WestJet, at least for now. https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/westjet-ends-negotiations-federal-goverment-pandemic-support-1.6110250
  3. I'm not sure if you're referring to the US border or to our borders in general, but changes are likely coming soon on both fronts.
  4. The aim of the policy was probably to deter people from travelling to India and I expect that it achieved that. Whether it actually made sense is up for debate. A more logical approach might have been to deny entry to Canada to those who had been in India over the 2 weeks or so prior to their arrival on our soil or to impose a 2-week hotel quarantine on them. Given the horrific situation in India of a couple of months back, doing nothing to deter travel from there to here might have opened the floodgates to thousands and thousands of people bringing the Indian/Delta variant of Covid into the country before a critical mass of our population had been vaccinated. We had a rough enough time of it here until recently with the number of cases we already had. I note that you seem to have opposed nearly every restriction on travel and other activity that our governments have imposed. Many of the restrictions have been poorly thought out and have been inconvenient. On the other hand, we now have good vaccine coverage and things in Canada are opening up again. Quarantine-free travel for the vaccinated (overdue) will soon be here, and our country's Covid death rate, while horrific, is low compared to that of the countries whose approaches (Brazil, USA, India) you would seem to favour. We have also reached the situation we're now in without going as far as to impose the Australia-like restrictions that some others would favour. I'd say that on balance the authorities here have done relatively well despite some blunders.
  5. https://www.ctvnews.ca/business/porter-airlines-gets-federal-loan-up-to-270-5-million-including-money-for-refunds-1.5492682
  6. WestJet must be confident that our borders will soon reopen. Good sign.
  7. Flying to resume at the end of July. https://globalnews.ca/news/7937483/transat-covid-flying-july-2021/
  8. Government says it isn't happy. https://globalnews.ca/news/7915260/air-canada-executive-bonuses-covid-layoffs/?fbclid=IwAR0sQMkMYj9tM8W_Ag_zx9e69Zx-_pw4ywfmD4SMBkwQR3GGf5Kz9Q-19fY
  9. I might be mistaken, but I believe that our American friends cite vaccination stats as those of the general population. Here they're cited as a percentage of the eligible (adult?) population.
  10. Has WestJet outsourced its pax handling at YYZ or did its YYZ agents opt not to unionize?
  11. Strikes me as a silly way to set the bar if Trudeau was quoted accurately. If vaccination uptake ends up being of less than 75% is the border to remain closed forever?
  12. https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/canadians-can-drive-to-u-s-for-covid-19-vax-and-avoid-quarantine-ottawa-confirms-1.5432906
  13. Especially when the "seamless" connection involves a quarantine hotel stay as things now stand.
  14. You didn't ask me, but for what it's worth I think that encouraging Olympic athletes to travel while demonizing snowbirds or others who travel carefully and observe all necessary precautions during their trips is ludicrous. Are those who travel for essential reasons at equally high risk of spreading covid as those who travel for leisure? Probably, but if their travel is essential society seems willing to accept the risk they pose. Many people aren't willing to accept the same risk from people who don't need to travel but who do it anyway.
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