Canada: News

Coronavirus News Update – Feb. 11: New Cases and Deaths Decline, Germany Extends Lockdown

Coronavirus News Update – Feb. 11: New Cases and Deaths Decline, Germany Extends Lockdown

The daily coronavirus death toll in the United States appears to be in decline, following in lockstep with a drop in the number of new infections and fewer hospitalizations. The death toll is a lagging indicator and those figures began to drop in January.  The United States has reported under 100,000 new coronavirus cases for the past three days and the seven-day average has fallen 50% since peaking on January 8.
Germany’s …

Canada Institutes New Quarantine Rules for International Arrivals, Suspends Flights to Mexico, the Caribbean

Canada Institutes New Quarantine Rules for International Arrivals, Suspends Flights to Mexico, the Caribbean

The Canadian government announced significant new restrictions on international travel as it tries to stem the spread of new variants of the coronavirus.
The new measures were announced by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who said at a news conference in Ottawa that the country’s largest airlines have agreed to suspend flights to and from the Caribbean and Mexico for three months.
The action comes as concerns grow over new strains of the …

Coronavirus News Update – Jan. 24: Biden Speaks of ‘a Dark Winter,’ U.K. Variant Possibly More Deadly Than Thought

Coronavirus News Update – Jan. 24: Biden Speaks of ‘a Dark Winter,’ U.K. Variant Possibly More Deadly Than Thought

“We’re in a dark winter of this pandemic,” said President Joseph Biden at the end of the week, warning that the situation in the United States will get worse before it gets better. He warned that the death toll could rise to over 500,000 this month alone.
As the number of cases of the coronavirus across the globe passed the 99 million mark, with 25.5 million of those in the United …

WestJet’s 737 Max Fleet Returns to the Skies

WestJet’s 737 Max Fleet Returns to the Skies

WestJet’s fleet of Boeing 737 Max jets began to return to the skies Thursday with the departure of Flight 115 from Calgary to Vancouver, followed by Flight 122, which operated from Vancouver to Calgary.
Passengers on the first flight included the airline’s CEO, Ed Sims, and Chris Rauenbusch, president of the flight attendants’ union.  The flight was helmed by Captains David Colquhoun and Scott Wilson.
“The return of WestJet’s Max aircraft to …

Air Canada Sets Date to Restart Boeing 737 Max Flights

Air Canada Sets Date to Restart Boeing 737 Max Flights

Air Canada, which recently announced an additional 25% capacity cutback for January, will return the beleaguered Boeing 737 Max aircraft to the skies starting February 1.
The move will make the Canadian carrier the third North American airline to do so.  American Airlines, the world’s largest airline, restarted its 737 Max flights at the end of December, while WestJet has announced January 21 restart date.
The airline’s vice president of flight operations …

Canada Names New Transport Minister

Canada Names New Transport Minister

Omar Alghabra was named Canada’s new transport minister by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, replacing Marc Garneau.
Alghabra served as parliamentary secretary to the prime minister for public service renewal, deputy prime minister, and minister of intergovernmental affairs prior to receiving this new title. He had held the position since 2019.
The appointment of Alghabra follows an announcement from Trudeau that he was making changes to his cabinet after Navdeep Bains, Canada’s minister …

Coronavirus News Update – Nov. 23: Oxford/Astra Zeneca Vaccine 90% Effective, L.A. Suspends Outdoor Dining

Coronavirus News Update – Nov. 23: Oxford/Astra Zeneca Vaccine 90% Effective, L.A. Suspends Outdoor Dining

Just as the world hit 59 million cases, New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut crossed a collective milestone over the weekend that few wish to cross: The tri-state area recorded its one millionth positive coronavirus case.  Earlier in the month, Texas, followed by California, crossed that milestone.
The number of new reported daily cases in the United States was 141,648.  The nation has seen a 54% increase over the past 14 …