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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

Omicron unravels travel industry's plans for a comeback

Tourism businesses that were just finding their footing after nearly two years of devastation wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic are being rattled again as countries throw up new barriers to travel in an effort to contain the Omicron variant.

5 things to know for Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Canada reviews its booster strategy amid Omicron concerns, O'Toole will allow a free vote on the conversion therapy bill, and the U.S. Supreme Court hears abortion arguments. Here's what you need to know today.