Jan 06, 2021

By Christine Ross

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The Ontario government is launching a new voluntary and free border testing pilot program at Toronto Pearson Airport for eligible international travelers returning to Ontario. Health Minister Christine Elliott says there are over 60,000 international passengers coming into Pearson every week.

“Inbound international travelers can register to participate in the program at this website or in person upon arrival at Pearson Airport,” said Elliott. “Travelers choosing to participate in the pilot, will receive a self-administered test supervised by a healthcare provider either in person or by video in a convenient and dedicated space in terminals one and three.”

The topic of politicians vacationing out of the country cropped up again at Wednesday’s provincial COVID briefing. But Doug Ford twice dodged a question if he knows of any other members of his caucus or staff who travelling over Christmas.

“I’m very clear with our caucus and cabinet not to travel, it happened and now the former finance minister is paying the consequences, we take it very seriously when people aren’t following the instructions, not only the province of Ontario, but the federal government about restricting travel.”

Meantime, Ford says Ontario is considering a curfew as it mulls over further lockdown restrictions amid rising infections. Quebec is expected to announce details of new lockdown rules Wednesday that that includes a curfew.

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