Dec 30, 2020

By Christine Ross

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In the wake of criticism that federal travel restrictions and quarantine rules have been too lax, Ottawa plans to require travelers to test negative for COVID three days before landing in Canada. The Trudeau cabinet decided Wednesday to do this quickly but no word when it’ll be in effect. Public Safety Minister Bill Blair says all Canadians should realize non-essential travel is risky.

“We are asking people to follow the rules but there will always be some people who choose to ignore them, some will travel against our advice and Canadians are concerned,” said Blair. “That’s why we believe it is necessary to enhance the measures that we have currently in place to ensure that Canadians returning home from that travel are safe to do so.”

The federal government moves comes on the day that many including Ontario’s Opposition Leader are calling for Ontario Finance Minister Rod Phillips be kicked out of caucus for travelling out of the country over the Christmas holidays.

Ontario set a new daily record for cases today with 2.923 while Quebec is reporting 2,511 new cases of COVID-19.

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