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Tuesday, August 3, 2021
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Flight cancellations, mandatory hotel quarantine for international travellers

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OTTAWA, ON. – If you had plans on heading to Mexico or the Caribbean this winter or early spring, you can forget about that.

And starting February 1st, it’ll cost you financially too when you get home.

The federal government and Canada’s main airlines — WestJet, Air Canada, Sunwing, and Air Transat — have agreed to cancel all flights to those sun destinations as of this Sunday, January 31st up until at least April 30th.

All international flights must land ONLY at four airports: Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says in the coming weeks, the government will be introducing mandatory PCR testing for people returning to Canada.

“Travellers will then have to wait up to three days at an approved hotel for their test results, at their own expense, which is expected to be more than $2,000. Those with negative test results will then be able to quarantine at home under significantly increase surveillance and enforcement,” Trudeau announced Friday morning.

This announcement is part of the government’s move to try and curb the spread of COVID-19 and its variants and also comes under increasing pressure from some province to clamp down even harder on international travel.

Very soon as well, the PM said non-essential travellers will also have to show a negative test before entry at the land border with the U.S.

Trudeau has been warning Canadians for weeks not to travel for non-essential purposes outside the country.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of New Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

On a personal note, Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and funeral assistant since 2016.

Pat is engaged to Tarah and he has two kids and two step-children.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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