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Feds reinstating foreign air travel testing, reviewing booster strategy in light of Omicron

Canada is reviewing its vaccine booster strategy, adding new countries to the list of nations subjected to federal travel restrictions, and is imposing new testing requirements on all air travellers coming from outside of Canada with the exception of the U.S., due to concerns over the Omicron variant. Federal ministers and public health officials announced these three new steps with the aim of preventing further importation and spread of the variant of concern.

Minister of Transport Omar Alghabra looks on as Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos responds to a question during a news conference, Tuesday, November 30, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

EDITORS' PICKS

Omicron brings COVID-19 vaccine inequity 'home to roost'

The emergence of the new Omicron variant and the world's desperate and likely futile attempts to keep it at bay are reminders of what scientists have warned for months: The coronavirus will thrive as long as vast parts of the world lack vaccines.

Local Highlights

Climate and Environment

Canada's ban on single-use plastic items delayed until 2022

While the government announced in the fall of 2020 that its ban on several single-use plastic items would take effect by the end of this year, Environment and Climate Change Canada now says final regulations will be published some time next year instead.

Plastics are seen being gathered for recycling at a depot in North Vancouver, B.C. on June, 10, 2019. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

Opinion

OPINION

OPINION | Tom Mulcair: Trudeau steps up on climate at COP26

There’s been a lot of debate as to whether the UN climate summit in Glasgow was a success or failure. In his latest column for CTVNews.ca, former NDP leader Tom Mulcair calls it a ‘turning point’ for Canada on the world stage, and that we’ve finally taken a leadership role in sustainable development.

OPINION

OPINION | Tom Mulcair: Language back on frontburner

Language issues have always been a part of the Canadian political fabric. Mostly dormant in recent years, the issue of bilingualism, or lack of it, just came roaring back into the news as the president of Air Canada stumbled into a quagmire of his own making, writes former NDP Leader Tom Mulcair in an exclusive column for CTVNews.ca.

W5 HIGHLIGHTS

W5 INVESTIGATES

W5 INVESTIGATES | Is a drug overdose murder?

W5’s documentary ‘Death Penalty' compiles the first-ever research on a growing trend to treat overdose deaths as potential homicides.

Fentanyl pills are shown in an undated police handout photo. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO)

Counting murders by overdose deaths in Canada

Homicide charges following investigations into overdose deaths in Canada can be described as falling into two categories: pre- and post- fentanyl. W5 found that starting in 2016, there was a significant uptick: 135 manslaughter and criminal negligence causing death charges being laid by police and prosecutors across Canada.

W5 Investigates

W5 Investigates | British Columbia awaits results of comprehensive inquiry into money laundering

A W5 investigation helped convince B.C.'s government to launch a commission to investigate the scope of money laundering in the province's economy. Port Coquitlam Mayor Brad West is among those eagerly waiting for its recommendations. Watch W5's 'The Laundromat: Inquiry' Saturday at 7 p.m. on CTV.

Since its inception in May of 2019, the Cullen Commission has attempted to understand how transnational criminal gangs created a way for that money to be washed through Lower Mainland casinos, real estate, and luxury cars.