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“Slow and cautious” says Federal Health Minister on Canada/U.S. border re-opening

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OTTAWA, ON – A big development Wednesday when it comes to Canadians travelling back into the country.

The federal government is now moving to a phased approach to adjust the current health measures in place.

Health Minister Patty Hajdu says the health and safety of Canadians remains priority number one.

She notes what’s currently being considered in phase one, is to allow fully-vaccinated Canadians and permanent residents to enter Canada and do so without having to quarantine in a government hotel.

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This does not apply to tourists..

“Travellers would have to be fully-vaccinated 14 days or more prior to their arrival,” said Hajdu on Wednesday. “They will still be required to have a negative pre-departure PCR test result and required to be tested upon arrival with a suitable quarantine plan to wait for their day one test result.”

The plan is have this go into effect at some point in early July.

Hajdu also stated it is better to be slow and cautious with re-opening the land border between Canada and the United States.

The comment comes in response to tourism associations across the country urging the feds to consider it before another season is lost. 

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“Some countries are taking a very strong stance to open and had to re-close or change and adjust who can travel and when and what we want to do is take things carefully and cautiously so that we can sustain this recovery for Canadians,” she said 

In terms of planning for a re-opening, Hajdu said a variety of phases are in the works based on the country’s COVID-19 case count and vaccine trends. 

(With reports written by Vista national news reporter Mo Fahim)

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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 News 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.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

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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