A Cambridge resident has been left frustrated and confused after her mother, a Canadian permanent resident, was turned away from a flight that would have brought her back to Canada.
Blessing Jayakumar’s mother is 70, and was all set to board an Air France flight from Bangalore to Toronto via Paris when, Jayakumar says, employees turned her away.
“The airlines don’t seem to know who they can bring in and who they cannot,” she said.
She isn’t sure if this was an Air France issue, or just a miscommunication among specific crew members, but “they simply told my mom ‘you are not a Canadian citizen, so we cannot take you. We are strictly asked to bring only Canadian citizens.'”
They told her mother “this is a rescue flight, whoever booked it, booked it wrong,” she said. Jayakumar contends that there was no information anywhere that indicated this was a rescue flight, or that permanent residents would not be allowed.
Representatives of Air France could not be reached for comment.
Boarding rules ‘subject to the airline’
Jayakumar and her husband have been living in Canada for over 15 years. Her mother joined them later and received her permanent residency in March of 2019, she said.
Her mother went to India in November to visit family and escape the Canadian winter and was expected to return in April.
“Because of COVID, the flight got rescheduled so many times,” she said, “and then finally, when I kept calling, they said there is a flight from Bangalore to Paris to Toronto on August 31.”
Sensing there could be COVID-related difficulties, Jayakumar ensured her mother had an abundance of paperwork in hand on the day she was to travel.
Along with her Indian passport and Canadian permanent residency card her mother arrived at the airport with an international COVID declaration form and a similar Canadian form Jayakumar found online.
“I thought they might require that, so I asked her to fill it out.”
“Then I sent her information from [a] Canadian website that said that Canadian citizens and permanent residents are allowed to come back into the country,” she said.
A government of Canada website regarding this issue states “Landed permanent residents without symptoms of COVID-19 can travel to Canada.”
Global Affairs Canada reaffirmed that position in an email, adding that a number of relief flights continue to be run by international airlines and “in these cases, boarding rules, eligibility requirements, costs, flight schedules and other details are all subject to the airline and local authorities — not the Government of Canada.”
Jayakumar’s mother showed them all the paperwork, she says, but they told her she would have to rebook her ticket and sent her away.
“If India was safe, I would not be worried,” Jayakumar said.
India recently reached 3.8 million total coronavirus cases and is on track to replace Brazil as the country in the world with the second-most cases.
Canada's GDP grew by 3% in July as more sectors reopened – CBC.ca
Canada’s economy continued its recovery in July from the first wave of COVID-19, with the country’s gross domestic product expanding by three per cent.
Statistics Canada reported Wednesday that all 20 sectors of the economy grew as businesses continued to reopen and tried to get back to some sense of normal after lockdowns in March and April.
Output in agriculture, utilities, finance and insurance businesses, as well as real estate rental and leasing companies, clawed back to where it was before the pandemic struck. Retail trade businesses accomplished the same feat the month before, in June. But despite July’s growth, all other types of businesses still have yet to get back to their previous highs.
The biggest expansions in the month were in hotels/restaurants (up 20.1) and arts/entertainment/recreation (up 14 per cent), but those figures come off a very low base and are still facing the deepest slump versus year-ago levels, Bank of Montreal economist Benjamin Reitzes said of the numbers.
All in all, GDP was six per cent below February’s level, Statistics Canada said.
The three per cent gain was in line with what economists had been expecting. It was about half as much as the 6.5 per cent increase seen in June.
While StatsCan is still calculating the final numbers, its early projection for August shows an expansion of just one per cent, which suggests that Canada’s economic recovery is running out of steam as it appears a second wave of the virus is hitting some parts of the country.
TD Bank economist Sri Thanabalasingam said based on the July numbers, those fears are well founded.
“Slowing and uneven growth are indications that the Canadian economy is transitioning from the rebound phase to a more challenging stage of the recovery,” he said.
“Even without restrictions, consumers and businesses may rein in spending activity in response to rising caseloads. The second wave is now upon us, and the course of the recovery will depend on our success in containing it.”
Canada reports 1,657 new coronavirus cases, 13 new deaths on Tuesday – Global News
A new set of restrictions are in store for the Montreal, Quebec City and Chaudière-Appalaches regions to stem the tide of COVID-19.
Those three areas are officially in a red zone, the province’s highest alert level for the health crisis, starting Thursday.
Here is a guide to the tightened measures and partial lockdown aimed at limiting the second wave of the novel coronavirus.
How long is the partial lockdown?
Quebec has placed those three regions in its highest alert level for nearly a month.
The new rules are set to last Oct. 1-28 — if all goes well. Premier François says he hopes to lift restrictions if the situation improves, but can’t make false promises.
What’s closed in red zones?
Bars, theatres, cinemas, casinos, museums and libraries are closed for at least four weeks starting Thursday.
Dining rooms in restaurants have also been ordered to shut down, but takeout and delivery are permitted.
Schools and daycares remain open, but the sanitary rules put in place are still in effect.
Gyms, retail stores, hair salons and other beauty care businesses remain open.
Private professional health services are allowed to operate, but only for services that require the patient to be physically there.
Places of worship are allowed to accommodate a maximum of 25 people and must keep a register.
Community organizations are also permitted to stay open.
Can I have someone over to my house?
The short answer is no. Quebecers who lived in designated red zones are prohibited from inviting others to their homes.
There are a few exceptions, however. The government says informal caregivers, individuals offering support or labour for planned work are permitted.
People who live alone are also allowed to welcome one other individual into their residences.
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Can I visit loved ones in long-term care homes?
Visits are limited in long-term care homes and private seniors’ residences located in red zones.
The goal is to keep the health crisis from sweeping through those facilities like it did during the deadly first wave.
The province says visits for humanitarian purposes are allowed. Informal caregivers are allowed to visit the elderly, but it’s limited to one person at a time and a maximum of two people per day.
Are private gatherings okay?
Private gatherings are not allowed in red zones.
Are gatherings in public places permitted?
Social gatherings in public places are also prohibited.
There are two exceptions: gatherings are allowed at funerals and places of worship. There is a maximum of 25 people allowed and a register of everyone attending must be maintained.
Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante, for instance, has urged all city dwellers to steer clear of socializing in parks.
What about protests?
The province says protests or rallies are permitted, but all attendees must wear a mask to curb the spread of the virus.
Can I travel to other parts of Quebec?
Quebecers in red zones are asked not to travel to regions that aren’t as hard hit by the health crisis.
There is no ban, but the province says people should avoid heading to designated green, yellow and orange zones.
Essential travel such as for work and freight transportation is allowed.
Can I go to Ontario or elsewhere in Canada?
It is strongly advised that people in Montreal, Quebec City and Chaudière-Appalaches do not travel outside of the province.
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Passengers at 11 more Canadian airports face mandatory temperature checks – CTV News
Transport Canada is expanding mandatory temperature screening to all passengers in 11 additional airports across the country.
The department announced on Tuesday that temperature screening has begun at airports in St. John’s, N.L. Halifax, Quebec City, Ottawa, Toronto (Billy Bishop), Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Kelowna, B.C. and Victoria.
“Since the beginning of the pandemic, Canadians have come together, made sacrifices, and done their part to help limit the spread of the virus,” Transport Minister Marc Garneau said in a news release.
“Our government has expanded temperature screenings to major airports across the country to support these efforts and as another measure in our multi-layered approach to help protect the safety of the travelling public and air industry workers.”
This is an expansion of the temperature screening program that began on June 30 at four of Canada’s busiest airports: Montreal, Calgary, Vancouver and Toronto (Pearson).
Any passenger found to have an elevated temperature without a medical certificate with a reason for this elevation will not be allowed to continue their travel and will be told to book another flight at least 14 days later.
All employees who work within the restricted area of an airport will also be subject to temperature screening.
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