Government lifts warning against non-essential travel

Canadian “snowbirds” have left the nest for Florida and other Solar Belt destinations after being locked up last year and more due to the pandemic.

The federal government has lifted its warning against non-essential overseas travel, now saying international travelers must be fully vaccinated as the land border is now fully open.

He still calls for caution, suggesting that people over 50 might want to avoid travel, including to the United States and to areas with the highest virus outbreaks.

“The pandemic is alive and well,” said Dr. Theresa Tam, Chief Public Health Officer. “Look at the risks involved in this trip and where you are heading. “

The updated rules for border crossings took effect on November 30, and fully vaccinated people “who leave and re-enter the country within 72 hours by land and air are exempt from providing a COVID-19 test result before the entrance.

Those arriving by air, except from the United States, must pass a test in an attempt to stop the spread of the omicron variant.

For the latest rules, go to

Following:Report from Canada: Powerful slow storm hits coast of Nova Scotia

Following:Canada’s snowbirds line up to head south as border with the United States opens

Canada’s Biggest Banks Make Big Profits

Canada’s six largest banks are taking advantage of current market conditions.

BMO Financial Group will increase dividends and share buybacks from its “spending and efficiency commitments,” said CEO Darryl White.

The bank reported earnings of nearly $ 2.2 billion in the fourth quarter, up from nearly $ 1.6 billion in the same quarter last year.

TD Bank Group posted fourth quarter profit of $ 3.8 billion and increased its quarterly dividend.

CIBC said it was focused on growth, including buying the Costco credit card portfolio and making $ 1.4 billion in fourth-quarter profit.

Royal Bank of Canada reported fourth quarter profit of $ 3.9 billion, while Scotiabank reported quarterly net profit of $ 2.6 billion.

National Bank of Canada reported quarterly profit of $ 776 million and increased its dividend by 23%.

News in brief

• The young Green Party of Canada, which performed poorly in the federal election, is considering closing its Ottawa office to cut costs and avoid insolvency. The cash-strapped Green Party has seen divisions within its ranks, including the resignation of leader Annamie Paul and declining financial support with just two elected members of government.

Facts and figures

• The Canadian dollar is stable at 78 cents US while the US dollar returns $ 1.28 in Canadian dollars, before exchange fees.

• The Bank of Canada’s key interest rate is stable at 0.25% while the prime rate is 2.45%.

• Canadian equity markets are down, with the Toronto index losing 230 points to 20,531 on Friday while the TSX Venture index was down 19 points to 891.

• The average price of gasoline in Canada is less than $ 1.39 per liter (Canadian) or $ 5.30 per US gallon.

• Lotto Max: (November 30) 4, 7, 8, 22, 24, 30 and 49; bonus 42. (November 26) 9, 26, 30, 35, 37, 42 and 50; bonus 47.

• Loto 6/49: (1 dec.) 14, 17, 27, 34, 36 and 42; bonus 8. (November 27) 6, 7, 14, 23, 35 and 41; prime 11.

Regional file

• Canada’s National Advisory Committee on Immunization “strongly” recommends that people 50 years of age and over and “vulnerable” get vaccinated against COVID-19. The national immunization committee also said people between the ages of 18 and 49 should also be offered a third vaccine six months after their second dose. This week, across Canada, vaccines began being given to children between the ages of four and 11. This is accompanied by an increase in epidemics. Ontario and Quebec each recorded more than 1,000 positive cases on Friday.

Comments are closed.