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Here’s what we know so far about B.C.’s COVID vaccine card and restaurants – Global News



Starting Sept. 13, everyone in B.C. will be required to provide proof of vaccination to access some events, services and businesses.

By that date, in order to access those spaces, everyone must have at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and by Oct. 24, be fully vaccinated.

One of the locations where proof will be required is indoor and outdoor dining at restaurants, pubs and bars.

Here’s what we know so far about how the vaccine card will work.

It is applicable to everyone 12 years of age and older.

“It’s applicable to everybody. The only exceptions will be restaurants. If you want to go to a restaurant, any restaurant, and do takeout and take away, then we’re not going to require vaccination (cards),” Ian Tostenson, president/CEO of the BC Restaurant and Foodservices Association, told Global News.

“Take out and delivery is exempted, in-restaurant is not exempted and patios are not exempted.”

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Tostenson said the app that is set to launch with the vaccination card will be used by the business community to scan people’s phones or a piece of paper to obtain proof of vaccination.

He said the public will be able to download their vaccination information to their phones and then it can be scanned at restaurants. There will also be an option for people to print out their vaccine card on a piece of paper.

“The thing they will have to do is show proof of vaccination, one way or another, and photo ID. So it looks like it will work well and we’re pretty happy about it.”

At a fast-food restaurant, anyone sitting inside to eat will be required to be vaccinated.

“The objective of the program is to encourage people to get vaccinated,” Tostenson said.

“So it’s really clear, grab and go, no vaccination, if you’re going to stay in the restaurant and sit down, you’re going to have to show your vaccination card.”

Among concerns there might be some confrontations between employees and patrons over being asked to show proof of vaccination, Tostenson said he knows some restaurants are looking into hiring extra security for their workers.

“There’s going to be signage,” he added. “And I think that any reasonable person, whether they’re vaccinated or not, are going to see a sign that quite clearly says, ‘We are required by law to do this and if you don’t do it then we are breaking the law, so please be kind, please work with us’,”.

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Carl McCreath, president of operations for the Steamworks Restaurant Group, told Global News Friday he doesn’t have a lot of information yet about the vaccine card and how it will work in the restaurant industry.

He hopes that it is a quick and easy process for both restaurants and patrons.

“Any information we can get as soon as possible is really the message,” he said.

“We’re hoping everyone just stays calm and we can just get through it.”

Jeff Guignard, the executive director at Alliance of Beverage Licensees also said it is a tight timeline for restaurants and bars to get ready for the launch of this program on Sept. 13, but said they they are working as fast as they can.

“It is an easy-to-use system that is not very burdensome but we do ask for everyone to be patient,” he said.

When it comes to nightclubs, Guignard said they are hoping it will only be a small slowdown to check vaccine status at the doors.

“Staff is just doing what we’re legally ordered to do and we could lose our business if we don’t enforce this so if you object, write to your MLA, that’s the proper place for that discussion.”

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Why some Canadians are ready to travel; landlord boots tenant over tattoos: CBC's Marketplace cheat sheet –



Miss something this week? Don’t panic. CBC’s Marketplace rounds up the consumer and health news you need.

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Ottawa still wants us to stay home. But many travellers are heading to warmer pastures anyway

For many Canadians accustomed to a life of travel, the last year and half has only made their feelings of wanderlust grow stronger.

While the delta variant has complicated plans for a post-pandemic future where it’s safe to travel without reservations, many people are still planning to head south in the coming months.

Air Canada, Air Transat and Sunwing all say the upcoming fall and winter looks promising for travel to sun destinations.

“When looking to the sun market, we are very optimistic about our recovery,” Air Canada spokesperson Peter Fitzpatrick told CBC News in a recent email. He noted the airline is currently “observing demand growth that is above 2019 levels.”

Despite this increased demand, the federal government is still feeling uneasy about people travelling internationally.

In an email to CBC News, Global Affairs Canada said its still advising against non-essential travel outside of Canada and also pointed to practical concerns for those who do choose to go abroad.

“Additional travel restrictions can be imposed suddenly. Airlines can suspend or reduce flights without notice. Travel plans may be severely disrupted, making it difficult to return home.” Read more

A row of beach chairs in Varadero, Cuba, is empty of sun-seekers in March 2021. Cuba is relaxing restrictions for incoming Canadian tourists starting in mid-November. (Ramon Espinosa/The Associated Press)

Can a landlord cancel a lease because of tattoos? It happened to this student

A first-year Western University student who arrived in London, Ont., from Saskatchewan says she had a rental agreement cancelled at the last minute by a landlord who said she didn’t like her tattoos. 

Kadince Ball, 18, started school at Western earlier this month and secured an apartment ahead of her move. She’d already signed a lease and paid her damage deposit, but shortly after she met her landlord Esther Lee in person, Lee told her that she couldn’t move in.

“A lease was signed and because I look a certain way, I was denied tenancy,” said Ball. “None of my tattoos are offensive. They are works of art. They are somebody’s works of art on my body.” 

Lee told CBC News she moved to cancel the lease because she became “scared” after seeing Ball’s tattoos. The day the two first met in person, it was hot and Ball was wearing a tank top that showed her tattoos, which include a snake wrapped around a flower on her forearm, a cherub on one shoulder and a flower on the other shoulder 

“It covered almost 70 per cent of her arm,” said Lee. “That’s why I don’t want to rent it to her because it’s scary, so scary.”

Ball eventually found another apartment. She’s more concerned with her studies than pursuing legal action. But a lawyer at the Community Legal Services Clinic at Western says if she chose to bring the incident to small claims court, she likely would have a case. Read more

Kadince Ball signed a lease for an apartment in London, Ont., before arriving from Saskatchewan for her first year at Western University. When she met the landlord in person, the landlord said she wouldn’t rent to her. She later told CBC News it was because of Ball’s tattoos. (Andrew Lupton/CBC)

How much air pollution is too much? The answer is lower than we once thought

The World Health Organization said earlier this week that the harmful health effects of air pollution kick in at lower levels than it previously thought.

As a result, the WHO is setting a higher bar for policymakers and the public in its first update to its air quality guidelines in 15 years. 

Exposure to air pollution is estimated to cause seven million premature deaths and affect the health of millions more people each year, and air pollution “is now recognized as the single-biggest environmental threat to human health,” said Dr. Dorota Jarosinska, WHO Europe program manager for living and working environments.

Air pollution is now comparable to other global health risks such as unhealthy diets and tobacco smoking, WHO said. Read more

Vehicles drive on a highway as smog envelops the area of Lahore, Pakistan, on Nov. 11, 2020. The World Health Organization said this week that the negative health impacts of poor air quality kick in at lower levels than it previously thought. (K.M. Chaudary/The Associated Press)

What else is going on?

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The EU wants to push all smartphone makers to use the same charging point. Even Apple 
EU wants to cut down on 10,000 tonnes a year of e-waste generated by obsolete tech.

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Tune in Friday at 8 p.m., 8:30 in Newfoundland and Labrador on CBC Television and CBC Gem.

You won’t want to miss it. 

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