#CanadaGovt; #ProofOfVaccinationDocumentation; #InternationalTravel
Ottawa/Canadian-Media: Canada's federal government advises Canadians to use their provincial and territorial proof-of-vaccination documentation to travel internationally, and added it will be up to foreign governments if they would accept it or not.
Image: COVID-19 proof of vaccination documentation. Image credit: Govt of Canada website
While speaking on background during a briefing Thursday morning, Government officials said that they are confident they will be widely accepted, adding that the government is working with other countries to secure acceptance abroad.
The standardized COVID-19 proof of vaccination was designed featuring the national wordmark, the logo with the word "Canada" and flag, and includes the holder's name and date of birth, number of doses, the type of vaccine, lot numbers, dates of vaccination and a QR code which includes the vaccination history.
#Canada; #Covid19MolecularTest; #CanadiansReturningFromUS; #PCRTest; #NAATTest
Ottawa/Canadian-Media: COVID-19 molecular test is mandatory for Canadians returning from the United States (U.S.) after the land border between Canada the U.S. reopens to fully vaccinated travelers on Nov 8.
COVID-19 Molecular Test. Image credit: Twitter handle of SDxLabs
Canada's Public Safety Minister Bill Blair said in an interview on Rosemary Barton Live on Sunday that acquiring a negative test has "proven to be one of the more effective requirements" for travelers and that maintaining the requirement was a recommendation of the Public Health Agency of Canada.
At present, as long as Canadians have a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of departure, including an antigen test -- which is a much cheaper and more easily accessed -- can fly to the U.S.
But while returning to Canada, Canadians are required to provide a negative molecular test within 72 hours of departure. Some commonly used tests by travelers such as PCR can cost more than $139 US. Other acceptable molecular tests are NAAT test.
Canada; #Covid19Vaccination; #MandatoryVaccinePolicy
Toronto/IBNS: The government of Canada's mandatory vaccine policy was unveiled during a press conference on Oct 6 by Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau requiring all public servants to either get their shots by month's end or be forced into an unpaid leave of absence.
Image: Justin Trudeau. Image credit: Facebook page
All would-be travelers boarding planes, trains, or marine vessels must also be fully vaccinated by Oct. 30.
Approximately 267,000 employees covered by this policy including federal contractors, like cleaning staff, must report their vaccination status by Oct. 29 to gain access to government buildings.
Two weeks after this date If employees still haven't had their shots or received some sort of accommodation under the Canadian Human Rights Act. they will face "disciplinary action that could ultimately cost them their job," a senior government official said at a technical briefing with reporters ahead of Trudeau's announcement, CBC News reports said.
Unvaccinated employees will be barred from going to work both in person or remotely, and would be put on administrative leave and denied pay. It was also said by a senior official said these employees will not qualify for employment insurance (EI) benefits, CBC News reports said.
"These travel measures, along with mandatory vaccination for federal employees, are some of the strongest in the world because when it comes to keeping you and your family safe when it comes to avoiding lockdowns for everyone, this is no time for half measures," Trudeau said during a press conference on Oct 6 and added,
#Canada, #JustinTrudeau, #LiberalParty, #ConservativeParty
Ottawa/Canadian-Media: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has won enough seats in this 44th general election to form another minority government, with the composition of the House of Commons after its dissolution in early August not very different, with liberal candidates leading in 157 ridings as of 2:30 a.m. ET.
Liberals win Minority Govt. Image credit: Screenshot
Although the launching of the campaign had a sizeable lead in the polls, his support declined days later as many voters had been annoyed at his decision to call an election during this health crisis.
But it was decided in the end by the voters that the Liberal team should continue to govern a country that, while battered and bruised by a health crisis, has also fared well on key pandemic metrics like death rates and vaccine coverage.
#CanadaBorders; #FullyVaccinated; #USCitizensAndResidents; #ArriveCANPortal
Ottawa/Canadian-Media: It was announced Jul 19 by the federal government of Canada that it plans to let fully vaccinated U.S. citizens and permanent residents starting Aug. 9 at 12:01 a.m. ET. without having to quarantine for two weeks, while fully vaccinated travelers from all other countries would be allowed to enter Canada on Sept. 7.
Canada Border Service Agency. Image credit: Facebook page
Officials also announced July 19 that to exempt children under 12 not yet approved to receive a vaccine will be exempt as of Aug. 9, from the quarantine requirement after entering Canada and can move around with their parents if they follow public health measures, avoid group settings, such as school, camps and daycares, especially indoor ones.
There is mandatory need for foreign travelers entering Canada to present proof (in either English or French) of a complete round of one of the vaccines authorized for use in Canada and submit their information to the government's ArriveCAN portal.
That means two doses of either the Pfizer, Moderna or AstraZeneca products, or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, at least 14 days before arriving.
They will not have to quarantine upon arrival in Canada, subject to meeting the government's criteria, but would would also have to follow provincial and territorial public health measures.
The government also announced July 19 its plan to launch a new surveillance program at airports and land border crossings starting Aug. 9.
14-day Quarantine rules would still need to be followed by unvaccinated or under-vaccinated travelers to Canada.
#Canada; #EnvironmentChange; #Emissions; #NDC
Ottawa/Canadian-Media: Canada's formal commitment, formally known as the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), to reduce emissions by 40 to 45 percent below 2005 levels by 2030 was officially submitted to the United Nations(UN) on Monday.
Image: Jonathan Wilkinson. Image credit: Facebook Page
Canada's submission confirming a target was first announced in April when Canadian officials participated in an international climate summit convened by the United States meaning curtailing country's total emissions to between 401 and 438 megatonnes by 2030.
According to the recently enacted Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act, Canada's Environment and Climate Change Minister, Jonathan Wilkinson has six months to present a plan to meet the new target.
Wilkinson said in an interview that the federal government is willing to work collaboratively with the provinces but he doesn't expect support for the changes to be unanimous, CBC News reported.
Emissions are on track for a decline of 36 percent below the 2005 level to falling to 468 Mt by 2030 by taking into account the current and recently announced policies, says the Liberal government.
A Federal government-commissioned recent report from the Institute for Climate Choices said that design choices and exemptions at the provincial level have led to differences in coverage and price across the country.
The report's authors added that federal, provincial, and territorial ministers should work together towards developing a common standard of emissions coverage for carbon pricing including point-of-sale rebates to make efficient emissions reductions.
#Canada, #CanadaVaccine, #JustinTrudeau; #Covid19Vaccine
Moscow/Canadian-Media: Justin Trudeau, Canadian Prime Minister said on Sunday that the Canada would donate 100 million doses of COVID-19 shots to the world's developing nations as part of the G7 common initiative of coronavirus vaccine supplies.
Image: Moderna Vaccine. Image credit: Facebook Page
It was announced today by the G7 that collective commitments will result in over one billion doses being shared with the rest of the world and Canada's portion is 100 million doses.
Trudeau also specified that out of 100 million doses of COVID-19 shots, 87 million doses would be distributed among the developing countries, and 13 million shots would be supplied through WHO's COVAX program, aimed to provide access to vaccines against the disease to low- and middle-income countries.
Earlier in the day, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that London's share in the scheme was also 100 million doses.
#COVID19TestingandScreening, #ExpertAdvisoryPanel; #ThreeDayQuarantine; #AirTraversArrivingInCanada
Ottawa/Canadian-Media: Canada's COVID-19 Testing and Screening Expert Advisory Panel (CTSEAP) on the effectiveness of Canada's border restrictions recommends the federal government of Canada to end its policy of mandatory three-day quarantine stays in designated facilities for air travelers returning to Canada in favor of people's own quarantine plans.
Image. Panel member Dr. Isaac Bogoch. Image credit: Twitter hanlde
The panel examined the the land and air border measures to screen for COVID-19, and said that besides being expensive for both the government and the travelers, the mandatory three-day quarantine rule is faulty, including Canadians' choice to pay fines of up to $3,000 rather than go to designated quarantine facilities
Apart from the travelers' choice of not opting for designated quarantine facilities resulting in their not following proper quarantine health measures, the report also warns that three days quarantine measure is also inconsistent with the incubation period of COVID-19.
When asked earlier today if it is the right time to abolish the measure of quarantine hotels, Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that Canadians should expect these to be around for some time to come.
"There is a point at which we are going to be able to say [quarantine hotels should be eliminated]. When that point arrives, it will be based on the best advice of scientists, doctors, of epidemiologists," Trudeau said.
#HealthCanada; #VaccinePassports; #InternationalTravel; #VaccineCertificate; #NonEssentialTravels
Ottawa/Canadian-Media: COVID-clear Canadians would be allowed to travel internationally with the vaccine certificates which would be soon issued to them, said Canada's Health Minister Patty Hajdu to CBC Radio's The House in an interview airing today.
Vaccine Passports. Image credit: Unsplash
"I am meeting on a regular basis with my G7 counterparts and this is an ongoing conversation about how that might look and how we might be able to have some sort of standardized approach to this," Hajdu told host and CBC National Editor Chris Hall.
Speaking to The House this week, Hajdu said that Canada is considering developing a system, or multiple systems, which would work across governments and hinted that Canada is looking at adapting an existing app.
"From our perspective we have a bit of a head start in terms of entry into Canada in that we have ArriveCan, the app that allows for digital proof of testing ... and a variety of other documents that people have to submit to enter Canada," Hajdu told Hall.
ArriveCan app which allows travelers to register the results of COVID-19 tests before and after they arrive in Canada is mandatory for almost all Canadians entering Canada by land or air and allows air travelers to register and book for their three-day stay at a government authorized hotel.
But Brenda McPhail, director of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association's privacy, technology & surveillance project, told CBC News that there is a significant data protection issues involved in vaccine certification documents and added,
"Health information is some of the most sensitive information about us, which means we have to ask critical, very granular questions...and how it travels through a system, from app to airline to border control...Another source of risk is the fact that medical records in Canada are stored at the provincial level. "It's a truism that the more touch points there are for a piece of data, the more at-risk it is," she said.
#OnatrioHospitals; #CCUOverloaded; #MilitaryAid; #SurgeInCovid19
Toronto/Canadian-Media: Up to three medical assistance teams would be deployed by the Canadian Armed Forces to pandemic-stressed Ontario hospitals to help support critical health care facilities due to surging COVID-19 caseload, the Liberal government announced Monday.
Canadian Armed Forces. Image credit: Unsplash
Three dozen or more would be deployed by the troops and will include nurses and technicians who will help respond to the rising critical care caseload, particularly in the Greater Toronto Area. The military also will help to co-ordinate health logistics.
Public Safety Department said in a statement that starting today, the air force will also begin flying in extra medical staff offered to Ontario by other provinces to help ease the crisis. A relief flight with medical personnel from Newfoundland will arrive today.
Only a few days after turning down an offer by the federal government to send in extra personnel, it was on Friday that Ontario made the formal request for help from the military.
During the first wave, last year, nurses, medical technicians and ordinary soldiers spent months caring for elderly patients in 54 nursing homes in Ontario and Quebec when fifty-five members of the military contracted COVID-19 according to testimony heard by a parliamentary committee last fall. All of the soldiers recovered and none required hospitalization.