Hundreds of thousands of Canadians are travelling abroad despite Omicron | CBC News

In December, more than 700,000 Canadian air passenger arrivals returned home from international travel.

2022-01-23 8:00:00 PM

In December, more than 700,000 Canadian air passenger arrivals returned home from international travel.

Statistics Canada tallied more than 700,000 Canadian air passenger arrivals returning home from abroad in December despite Omicron's spread and Canada's advisory against international travel abroad.

The increase in international travel is likely to continue: there were 216,752 Canadian air-passenger arrivals to Canada during the week of Jan. 3 to Jan. 9,Lesley Keyter, owner of The Travel Lady Agency in Calgary, said clients are booking trips despite the threat of Omicron because they want to return to travelling.

She said popular destinations for her clients, most of whom are aged 50 or older, include Europe, Mexico and Costa Rica. When Omicron cases started to surge in December, Keyter said some clients cancelled their trip, but most kept their travel plans..

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6 million dead Two years in COVID is Winning Humans in Canada US and UK are like grown up babies these days If we went to war with anyone -say China -Western countries would be done in like two days this pandemic has shown me COVIDIOTS Damn straight! Oh my goodness...normal people who want to have a normal live and live without fears...

Fear fear fear! Divide and conquer! Defund CBC! I was one of them. Was nice getting out of this gulag of a country. Questions: did the CBC’s credibility die of COVID or with COVID? Update; more than 700,000 Canadians not living in fear and getting on with their lives I’m one of those vaxxed and insured who left for a few months. Given BC’s public health policy looks mismanaged during the Omicron peak, and the supply issues, why shouldn’t I have gone? Ironically there are groceries I can buy in Oahu which are in short supply in Vancouver

Putting us all at risk. 👎

Canada 'may' have passed peak of Omicron wave, says top doctor | CBC NewsCanada may have passed the peak of the Omicron wave but the number of people hospitalized because of COVID-19 is now at its highest level since the pandemic began, Canada's Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam said today. BogochIsaac And that includes newborns, infants, young children. So we need to ensure that everyone who is old enough gets all their doses of CovidVaccine (3 for adults, 2 for kids) to keep them OUT of hospital. Unfortunately, the public is confused by mixed messages (as everything opens). Who cares Yet we in Ontario are going to reopen… quality leadership 🤦‍♀️

I'm All 4 Freedom of Choice But Not At the Expense of Others? You forgot to call them heretics. Your decision your responsibility. Good ! It’s fine ! Relax we can't take it anymore Good for them. I’d be doing the same too if lockdowns didn’t hurt me financially. Joke country. International Travel Tip: Don't plan on a warm welcome from CBSA on your return. But well worth it. 1 of 700k

Absolutely… gotta move forward The largest protest in Canadian history is materializing and CTV and CBC are completely unaware. Only Propaganda media is allowed when you get money from Justin Classic case of FAFO.

Why Omicron shows it's time to update our COVID-19 vaccines | CBC NewsThe vaccines currently used were made to target the original strain of the virus, which is dramatically different from the highly transmissible Omicron variant that has become dominant globally in the weeks since it was identified. And which most people have already been infected with and therefore produced their own naturally acquired immunity, hence do not need any additional injection. The end. The mRNA design was too targeted. That was obvious months ago. If the pharmaceutical companies are worth their salt, they're on it, and we'll have a new string of vaccines in year to come. Sigh. Don't worry!! Pfizer is releasing their omicron vaccine hopefully in March. Just in time for the variant to be long gone, but hey lets just take it anyways 👍

Great news! Time to lift testing and mask requirements. Meh… Tens of millions of Canadians had to go to the polls during the height of the deadly Delta wave for JT’s useless vanity election while he campaigned on hospital wards… its been great travelling while the sheep stay home scared under their covers

What are you trying to report here? Are you trying to push the govt to control people more? Have you run out of actual news to report? CBC- Communist Broadcasting Corporation Cool story bro, can you tell it again? It was so interesting. Breaking now: regular people doing regular things. Cause it sucks here

Former Ukrainian president says war can still be avoided but urges accelerated Canadian aid | CBC NewsPetro Poroshenko, Ukraine's president from 2014-19, says he hopes Canada will 'accelerate' military aid plans, and that diplomacy can stop further expansion of the conflict with Russia. What a crock of shit. How will stealing my Tax dollars, that I break my back for, to some corrupt politican halfway across the world for a conflict that is not ours? A day of reckoning is coming. ChristianPaas Absolutely ChristianPaas No war. Sign treaty no missiles become Swiss.

Wind-driven California wildfire above Big Sur forces hundreds to flee area | CBC NewsFirefighters on Saturday were battling a wildfire that broke out in the rugged mountains along Big Sur, forcing hundreds of residents on this precarious stretch of the California coast to evacuate and authorities to shut its main roadway. That state always seems to be on fire. Hey why aren't you showing the massive trucker convoy heading to Ottawa to protests Trudeau's bs mandate. Government sponsored media won't allow it. It's making international news No. No no no no. Not Big Sur. No.

Hundreds of exotic birds stolen from family business in Strathroy, Ont. | CBC NewsA Strathroy family is asking the public for help in locating hundreds of stolen exotic birds. Thats fuhked man. How is this legal? These poor birds. What an existence. But what about the convoy? Sadly the criminals who stole the birds will not care for the animals nearly as well as this poor man did.

Canada still needs to engage with China despite its human rights record, experts say | CBC RadioCanadians with experience working in China say Ottawa must continue to engage with Beijing despite its ongoing concerns about the country’s human rights record at home — and new evidence of its efforts to coerce dissidents living abroad to return. canada does have a pretty shady human rights record. hopefully china can look past that. Headline 1938: “Great Britain still needs to engage with Germany despite its human rights record”, appeasers say. Canada is owned and operated by China. Wake the hell up!!

Statistics Canada tallied 742,417 Canadian air-passenger arrivals returning home from abroad in December. When adjusted to account for recent changes in tracking air travel, that total is almost six times the number of arrivals for the same month in 2020, and more than half the total for pre-pandemic December 2019. The increase in international travel is likely to continue: there were 216,752 Canadian air-passenger arrivals to Canada during the week of Jan. 3 to Jan. 9, according to the latest data posted by the Canada Border Services Agency. Lesley Keyter, owner of The Travel Lady Agency in Calgary, said clients are booking trips despite the threat of Omicron because they want to return to travelling. (submitted by Lesley Keyter) Travel agency owner Lesley Keyter said that since October, the number of clients booking trips has jumped by between 30 and 40 per cent compared with the same time last year. She said popular destinations for her clients, most of whom are aged 50 or older, include Europe, Mexico and Costa Rica. When Omicron cases started to surge in December, Keyter said some clients cancelled their trip, but most kept their travel plans. "People are saying, "Listen, we only have a limited time on this planet.… We've put off travel for two years now, I don't want to put it off anymore," said Keyter, owner of The Travel Lady Agency in Calgary. She said travellers also feel confident with the added protection of their COVID-19 vaccine and booster shot. Because Omicron is so transmissible and more able to evade vaccines, even vaccinated people may get infected. However, they're . Risk of testing positive abroad But even if infected travellers only experience mild symptoms, they'll still face hurdles returning home. To enter Canada, air passengers must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of departure. If a traveller tests positive, they before boarding a flight home. Brennan Watson of Milverton, Ont., tested positive for COVID-19 while on vacation in Ireland. (submitted by Brennan Watson) Brennan Watson, 26, of Milverton, Ont., tested positive on Dec. 28 while travelling in Ireland. He was set to fly home the following day, but instead had to find a place to self-isolate in Belfast. Due to Canada's rules at the time — which have now changed — Watson had to wait 15 days before he could fly home. "It was very stressful in the beginning," he said. "It was a bit of a panic just to think that I'm stuck here." Brennan said the delay cost him: he missed 11 days of work as an electrician and spent $2,000 in added expenses, including another plane ticket home. "There's nothing you can really do about it," he said. "It's just something I didn't even think would happen." WATCH | Canada once again advises against travel abroad: Canada warns against non-essential travel abroad as Omicron spreads 1 month ago Duration 3:14 The federal government is urging Canadians to stay home or, if they must travel, to plan ahead for quarantine and ensure they have travel insurance coverage. 3:14 Travel insurance broker Martin Firestone said travellers can avoid such unexpected costs by purchasing trip-interruption insurance. He said most of his clients now opt for the coverage that will reimburse travellers for some or all of their costs if they test positive and must extend their trip. "Trip interruption — which used to be a very rarely [purchased product] — is now being added to all the emergency medical plans, because clients worry terribly about testing positive," said Firestone with Travel Secure. "That's the new world we live in right now with the pandemic." Flight cancellations Another hurdle travellers may face is unexpected flight cancellations. Since December, thousands of flights