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Pre-Entry COVID Test No Longer Required at Canadian Border

As of April 1st 2022, the Canadian border will no longer require a pre-arrival negative COVID-19 test from fully vaccinated travellers entering or returning to the country. Previously, a rapid antigen test or a PCR test indicating a person does not have COVID was required by border authorities. This rule change should encourage Canadians to […]

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US Land Border Opens to Canadians

After being closed for nearly 19 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, on November 8th 2021 the United States land border officially opened to all fully vaccinated Canadians. US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced they will be staffing their border at pre-pandemic levels, but warns that wait times may be longer than in […]

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When Will USA Border Open to Canadians?

On August 9th 2021, Canada opened its border to all fully vaccinated Americans allowing tourists from the United States to visit the country once again. The US border remains closed to Canadians, however, and American authorities recently extended the border closure until September 21st citing COVID-19 transmission rates south of the border as well as […]

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Where Can Vaccinated Canadians Travel?

Most Canadians are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Consequently, Canadians are starting to think about international travel again, and are beginning to research possible vacation destinations. This leads to the question, which countries can a fully vaccinated Canadian visit? As of July 2021, Canadian citizens who have received two doses of the Pfizer, Moderna, or […]


 
 

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When Will USA Border Open to Canadians?

Posted  August 25, 2021  by  Ben

On August 9th 2021, Canada opened its border to all fully vaccinated Americans allowing tourists from the United States to visit the country once again. The US border remains closed to Canadians, however, and American authorities recently extended the border closure until September 21st citing COVID-19 transmission rates south of the border as well as […]

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Where Can Vaccinated Canadians Travel?

Posted  July 1, 2021  by  Ben

Most Canadians are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Consequently, Canadians are starting to think about international travel again, and are beginning to research possible vacation destinations. This leads to the question, which countries can a fully vaccinated Canadian visit? As of July 2021, Canadian citizens who have received two doses of the Pfizer, Moderna, or […]

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Today’s News: It’s going to be a marathon, not a sprint

Posted  September 23, 2022  by  Anonymous

This marathon will be exhausting.Pierre Poilievre hasn’t even been Conservative leader for two weeks yet. By the time the 2025 election finally arrives, we’re all going to be as shell-shocked and tired as those marathon dancers in Evergood’s 1935 paint…

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From the Bookmarks

Posted  September 24, 2022  by  Anonymous

Well, the great Roger Federer played his last match today – it wasn’t “one for the ages” but it was pretty nice, a doubles with Nadal at the Laver Cup in London. I didn’t get into watching tennis until just a few years ago, when we got a big-scree…

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Today’s news: Ferocious Fiona

Posted  September 25, 2022  by  Anonymous

It’s been a terrible night and day in Atlantic Canada as they grapple with that bitch Fiona:

But what impresses me most right now is how Canadians are all wanting to help:

Absolutely – outstanding!

And here’s the ridiculous story of the day. So for some reason, Fisheries and Oceans Canada thought today would be a good day to remind people about the rule against picking up a washed-up lobster on a beach:

Twitter rocked with laughter:

Twitter concluded that eating a dead lobster wouldn’t be very healthy anyway. But then someone worried about all the seagulls that will show up to feast on the dead beach lobsters, and it went downhill from there. Anyway, finally Fisheries and Oceans deleted it:

So only this remained:

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If you thought Covid was “over”, think again

Posted  September 25, 2022  by  Anonymous

Seen in a tweet!What I cannot understand is why so many people think Covid is “over”, though thousands are still getting it and dying from it around the world. We have our next booster booked now – scheduled for early October, it will be our Moder…

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Behold, a pale horse

Posted  September 26, 2022  by  Anonymous

“And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. ” Revelations 6:7-8 I’m thinking tonight of the Ukraine Russia War — once again, history is “galloping riderless across the landscape…

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Today’s News: “But I never thought leopards would eat MY face!”

Posted  September 27, 2022  by  Anonymous

The original tweet, from 2015: ‘I never thought leopards would eat MY face,’ sobs woman who voted for the Leopards Eating People’s Faces Party.— Adrian Bott (@Cavalorn) October 16, 2015 It has mostly been used for Brexit and for Trump — when the peop…

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Great stuff

Posted  September 28, 2022  by  Anonymous

Today, here’s some of the interesting stuff I bookmarked recently: This is fascinating – its a visual representation of the world population and the webpage also has much more detail about specific continents. This is epic 🚀 https://t.co/7zn3MZL9…

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Today’s News: Orange Shirt Day

Posted  September 30, 2022  by  Anonymous

Sept 30 is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, also called Orange Shirt Day – for settlers, it is a day for thoughtfulness, remembrance, acknowledgement of wrongdoing, apology, and promise to do better.Here are some tweets and stories to sha…

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Today’s News: Honouring Truth and Reconciliation Day

Posted  October 1, 2022  by  Anonymous

“Reconciliation is not the responsibility of Indigenous Peoples. It is the responsibility of all Canadians. It is our responsibility to continue to listen and to learn,” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. #NationalDayForTruthAndReconciliation http…

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Today’s News: The Indominable Spirit of the Maritimes and Newfoundland

Posted  October 2, 2022  by  Anonymous

The news has moved on so much in the last week that we haven’t been seeing as much recently about the Hurricane Fiona recovery on the east coast. But it has been terrible for them this last week, and it continues to be difficult – this recovery wi…

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Today’s News: Winter is Coming

Posted  October 3, 2022  by  Anonymous

First tonight, what the heck is going on in Britain? The  new Truss government seems determined to destroy the British economy in the name of some looney libertarian conservative craziness, while the British people are facing horrific heating…

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Today’s News: Playing nuclear chicken?

Posted  October 4, 2022  by  Anonymous

Well, this is terrifying, isn’t it? It sounds like Russia is getting set to try to play a game of Nuclear Chicken with Ukraine and the west: It comes as sources told The Times that Nato had sent an intelligence report to its members and allies alerting…

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Today’s News: Conspiracy Theories

Posted  September 22, 2022  by  Anonymous

Does anyone still remember that 1997 Mel Gibson – Julia Roberts movie Conspiracy Theory?   It was supposed to be just a thriller – comedy. Turns out, it was also predicting the crazy now in too much of our society. So maybe this is…

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Today’s News: “It’s still real. It’s still terrifying. It’s still hard”

Posted  September 21, 2022  by  Anonymous

 Beautiful illustration from The Globe and Mail, by Chippewa/Potawatomi artist Chief Lady Bird 🦅 ᐅᑮᒪᑫᐧᐱᓀᐢ Inquests were just announced into the massacre of Sept. 4: BREAKING: Sask. chief coroner announces inquest into James Smith Cree Nation death…

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US Land Border Opens to Canadians

Posted  November 8, 2021  by  Ben

After being closed for nearly 19 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, on November 8th 2021 the United States land border officially opened to all fully vaccinated Canadians. US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced they will be staffing their border at pre-pandemic levels, but warns that wait times may be longer than in […]

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Pre-Entry COVID Test No Longer Required at Canadian Border

Posted  April 2, 2022  by  Ben

As of April 1st 2022, the Canadian border will no longer require a pre-arrival negative COVID-19 test from fully vaccinated travellers entering or returning to the country. Previously, a rapid antigen test or a PCR test indicating a person does not have COVID was required by border authorities. This rule change should encourage Canadians to […]

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A Community of Healing

Posted  September 12, 2022  by  Anonymous

It has been just a week since the James Smith Cree Nation was shattered. After the death of Myles Sanderson and his brother Damien, it seems like the world has moved on to other news stories. But of course the story will not really be over so…

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From my Bookmarks

Posted  September 12, 2022  by  Anonymous

As I scroll Twitter, I often bookmark interesting comments and funny tweets. But I don’t always get the opportunity to include them in my nightly blog post — sometimes they are too much off-topic, other times I want to collect more before I blog them….

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Notable from the Emmys

Posted  September 13, 2022  by  Anonymous

We sorta hate-watched the Emmys this year – we hadn’t seen very many of the shows nominated, so the awards didn’t mean very much to us really. I was disappointed that much of the time, the celebrities presenting the awards seemed to think the show…

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Today’s News: Sorting it out

Posted  September 14, 2022  by  Anonymous

I was trying to sort out the David Akin vs Pierre Poilievre contretemps yesterday and I couldn’t figure out what happened or who did what.

I should just have waited for Dale Smith’s column today:
…the federal government has announced their assistance package for low-income people dealing the effects of high inflation, and Poilievre calls a press conference to react. And the spectacle begins. 
David Akin, one of the reporters present, takes offence that Poilievre insists he won’t take questions (and he hasn’t since he was made leader), and starts shouting questions at him. 
And what does Poilievre do? Call Akin a “Liberal heckler” (because the pool camera can’t see Akin as he’s behind it), and a few hours later, sends out a fundraising appeal to his base that plays victim, that the media is out to get him, and that they’re all protecting Trudeau, and that you need to send him money to take on both Trudeau and the media. 
It’s gross, it undermines institutions, it undermines democracy, but he doesn’t care. It’s his game. And most of the media in this country have no idea how to react to it, and it’s going to be a real problem going forward. 
Here’s the background:

Also, Smith’s “hermit crab” analogy is great here:

On a side note, the Royals are having their challenges these days:

Finally, yesterday I saw this tweet and the comments and suggestions that followed:

So now I have put together a new Twitter List that I call “Tweet Masters” so I won’t lose track of the best tweeters on the Internet. You can follow this list if you want: https://twitter.com/i/lists/1569911596562137091?s=20

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Today’s News: True Colours

Posted  September 15, 2022  by  Anonymous

Day Four of Poilievre’s leadership and his true colours are already showing: The nasty politics of the “real Pierre Poilivrer”. This is what he did to one of his own high profile MPs who dared support his opponent @JeanCharest_What would this nasty ba…

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Today’s News: A mind is a terrible thing to lose

Posted  September 17, 2022  by  Anonymous

Britain appears to have lost its mind over the death of a 96-year-old woman  The queen’s funeral is absurdly excessive at this point.— The Hoarse Whisperer (@TheRealHoarse) September 16, 2022 Two football teams who played the weekend after the Qu…

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Corruption of the Soul

Posted  September 18, 2022  by  Anonymous

Two very different stories this week, from different countries, and yet there is a connection at their core. Both the DeSantis’ Martha’s Vineyard stunt and the Poilievre press conference freak-out demonstrate, I believe, the kind of corruption going on…

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From the Bookmarks

Posted  September 18, 2022  by  Anonymous

What a week! Here are some palate cleansers I have been collecting: The game will miss these two ❤️@serenawilliams | @rogerfederer pic.twitter.com/G630i4BlSL— ESPN (@espn) September 15, 2022 That is quite the photo. https://t.co/sdRxlvoVxJ— Davi…

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Today’s News: Ratioed

Posted  September 19, 2022  by  Anonymous

To begin, I need to give a definition of “ratioed” – Merriam-Webster defines it as “A quantitative measure of how little they like your take.” 

A tweet is “ratioed” when only a few people “Like” it or “Re-Tweet” it, compared to the large number of people who are hitting “Reply” to say something negative about it:

This week, we saw two painfully ignorant Ratio examples, both related to the Queen’s funeral and Canada’s attendance there-at. 

First, a tweet from the Globe and Mail – 300 likes vs 1,900 replies:

The response was immediate and incredulous.

I thought this was a funny one:

And this one:

People were also annoyed to see the Globe and Mail refer to PMJT as just “Mr. Trudeau” when they should have been calling him Prime Minister Trudeau — the funeral isn’t a campaign event, he is attending in his official capacity as Prime Minister. 
But mainly, the thousands of Canadians replying to this tweet were annoyed with the needless, gratuitous and mean-spirited sniping at PMJT.

Second, a tweet from the Washington Post – 890 likes vs 2,500 replies:

The responses to this tweet can be summed up as:  what an ignorant twerp!

Seeing these responses, McCullough doubles down – just keep on digging, JJ!

McCullough’s point seems to be that he is upset on America’s behalf about the apparent dissing of Trump – when actually, of course, all of the non-Commonwealth countries in the world sent only their present leadership to the funeral. And outside of America, the world spends very little time ever thinking about Trump at all.  

But, like Trump himself, McCullough seems to have his opinions and can’t be bothered with facts to the contrary – nor with doing research before blasting out a tweet:
Tamara gets the last word on both these sub-standard efforts:

Moving on, the Trump rally this weekend was even more weird than usual:

Its also very strange that the Trump people keep downplaying or denying the QAnon connection — “nothing to see here, move along, move along”. It really reminds me of the plausible deniability in Trump’s “stand back and stand by” and “it will be wild” messages before the Jan 6 insurrection.

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Today’s News: #ISingWithTrudeau

Posted  September 20, 2022  by  Anonymous

So today the Queen was laid to rest in a beautiful ceremony — here are a few of the tweets I flagged about the most-watched funeral in world history:The BBC’s montage at the end of today’s coverage of the State Funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth I…

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From the Bookmarks

Posted  October 5, 2022  by  Anonymous

Just a random selection of stuff tongiht.First, I just cannot understand why anyone in Florida would still vote Republican. Here is what the Hurricane Ian storm surge looked like, and the governor and country officials didn’t tell people to evacua…

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