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Expect serious delays at border due to staff shortages if travel levels rise: union

Expect serious delays at border due to staff shortages if travel levels rise: union

OTTAWA — The head of a union representing Canada’s customs and immigration officers says chronic staffing shortages mean long waits at the border won’t necessarily disappear when use of the controversial ArriveCan app soon becomes optional.

Ex-Nigerian official gets 5 years for pandemic fraud in US

SEATTLE (AP) — A former Nigerian government official was sentenced Monday to five years in prison for stealing more than $500,000 in pandemic relief benefits in the United States.
Pandemic spurred exodus of Ontario family doctors, study indicates

Pandemic spurred exodus of Ontario family doctors, study indicates

TORONTO — Ontario family doctors left the profession at the start of the pandemic at double the rate of the years before COVID-19 hit, new research indicates.
Travel restrictions removed as medical professionals reiterate the risk of COVID-19

Travel restrictions removed as medical professionals reiterate the risk of COVID-19

The removal of mask mandates and vaccine requirements has medical professionals and front-line workers reiterating that COVID-19 is still a threat. The federal government announced on Monday that starting Oct.
Sense of continuity at Raptors media day after a couple seasons rocked by pandemic

Sense of continuity at Raptors media day after a couple seasons rocked by pandemic

TORONTO — At this time last year, Nick Nurse had no idea what kind of team he had or how the season might play out, and the Toronto Raptors coach admitted as much.
Office safety concerns grow as border restrictions ease, possible COVID-19 wave looms

Office safety concerns grow as border restrictions ease, possible COVID-19 wave looms

Some Canadian workers are raising concerns about a full return to office and work travel as Ottawa lifts all remaining border restrictions and experts warn of a potentially large wave of new COVID-19 cases this fall.
Ontario opens bivalent Omicron-targeted vaccine for all adults

Ontario opens bivalent Omicron-targeted vaccine for all adults

TORONTO — All adults in Ontario became eligible to receive an Omicron-targeted COVID-19 vaccine as of Monday.
Feds lift border vaccine requirements, mandatory masks on planes and trains

Feds lift border vaccine requirements, mandatory masks on planes and trains

OTTAWA — The final vestiges of COVID-19 restrictions at Canada's borders will be lifted on Saturday, as federal ministers announced Monday the end of mandatory vaccination, random tests, quarantine, use of the ArriveCan app and masks on planes and tr
UAE, home to global hub Dubai, to ease virus restrictions

UAE, home to global hub Dubai, to ease virus restrictions

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates, home to global business and travel hub Dubai, will ease masking requirements imposed over the coronavirus pandemic, authorities said Monday.

Pfizer seeks to expand omicron booster to 5- to 11-year-olds

Pfizer asked U.S. regulators Monday to expand use of its updated COVID-19 booster shot to children ages 5 to 11.