Monday January 25, 2021
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“Bear with me as I delve into these files”: Alghabra named Transport Minister

The federal government’s new Transport Minister Omar Alghabra says he comes to the post with an understanding that the ministry’s files - which include everything from the financial assistance package for Canada’s airlines, to the proposed acquisition of Transat by Air Canada - have direct impact on Canadians, “and the livelihoods of many Canadians.”
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Canada – U.S. border closure extended to Feb. 21

The closure of the Canada - U.S. border has been extended to Feb. 21.
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Feds make good on benefit changes for out-of-country travellers

OTTAWA — The federal government has ordered that anyone applying for COVID-19 benefits will need to report whether they have recently travelled outside of the country — though it isn’t clear how it will catch and penalize any cheaters. The government announced the new requirement Monday following an uproar over the possibility that some people […]
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GBTA welcomes new members to Canada Advisory Board

The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) has expanded its presence in Canada with a number of key appointments to its Canada Advisory Board.
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Will insurance companies cover the cost of PCR tests?

The travel industry is still reeling from the news that all travellers must now show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test prior to boarding their flight to Canada, a new requirement announced by the federal government in the last days of December, with only a week’s notice.
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“It’s been a nightmare”: Agents react to PCR test rule now in effect

Once again travel agents are dealing with the confusing fallout of a last-minute announcement from the federal government that has left clients scrambling in-destination.
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Pearson gets COVID testing as Garneau updates PCR test rule

New arrivals COVID-19 testing launches today, Jan. 6, at Toronto Pearson airport, one day ahead of the federal government’s new testing requirement comes into effect.
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PCR test rule confusion yet another burden for agents, says ACTA

TORONTO — ACTA is calling on the federal government to reconsider the mandatory pre-arrival PCR test requirement now in effect, one that does not remove or reduce the 14-day quarantine. “A far better solution for Canadians and the industry would be to test on arrival,” says ACTA President Wendy Paradis. The new PCR test rule, […]
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Quick and easy signing process for ACITA’s commission protection petition

A new commission protection petition initiated by ACITA co-founders Judith Coates, Brenda Slater and Nancy Wilson can be read and signed online here.
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‘Border baloney’: Armann urges Canadians to question new COVID travel rules

The head of Unifor Local 7378 is calling ‘border baloney’ on the federal government’s new COVID-19 measures for international travellers
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