MISSISSAUGA, Nov. 29, 2021  International travelers wearing face masks walk with their luggage carts to a COVID-19 testing site after arriving at Toronto Pearson International Airport in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, on Nov. 28, 2021. Two people in the Canadian capital city of Ottawa have tested positive for the highly transmissible Omicron variant of COVID-19, according to the Ontario provincial government on Sunday. (Credit Image: © Zou Zheng/Xinhua via ZUMA Press)

COVID-19 vaccine mandates for travel to be lifted

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Truckers stuck at the border due to a demonstration over COVID-19 travel restrictions on highway 104 in Nova Scotia, June 23, 2021. (Riley Smith/The Canadian Press)

After flip-flopping, Ottawa says truckers need to get vaccinated

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Legault leaves a news conference in Montreal, on Dec. 30, 2021 (Graham Hughes/CP)

I have questions about le unvax tax

Paul Wells: There’s at least a decent case to be made for François Legault’s plan to tax unvaccinated Quebecers. But don’t be surprised if he drops the idea.
A grocery store worker clean a work space and plexiglass divider in downtown Vancouver on April 29, 2020 (Jonathan Hayward/CP)

The plexiglass barrier problem

Justin Ling: Vaccines, masks and ventilation are working. So why do governments keep doubling-down on the measures that don’t effectively stop COVID?
Erin O’Toole at press conference in downtown St. John's, N.L. on Jul. 26, 2021. (Paul Daly/CP)

Conservatives have a vaccine problem

Andrew MacDougall: If Erin O’Toole can’t get his caucus to the right place on vaccines he doesn’t deserve to lead the country
(Zhang Wenzong/Xinhua via ZUMA Press)

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Quebec Health Minister Christian Dube in Montreal on October 13, 2021. (Paul Chiasson/Canadian Press)

Quebec delays its vaccine mandate for health-care workers

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The Ambassador Bridge in Detroit on Oct. 4, 2021. (Carlos Osorio/Associated Press)

U.S. to open the border to vaccinated Canadians in November

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A COVID-19 vaccination sign is shown in Montreal, on Aug. 1, 2021 (Graham Hughes/CP)

Vaccinations: No more carrot—bring out the stick

Scott Gilmore: Rewards and bribes aren’t working. It’s increasingly clear there’s only one way out of this pandemic and the approaching fourth wave. 
Three generations of the Nunnikhoven family including those who live in Aldergrove, B.C. (left) and those who live in Lynden, Wash. (right) spend Mother's Day together separated by a ditch along the Canada-U.S. border on May 10, 2020 (Darryl Dyck/CP)

The extraordinarily slow plan to reopen the border

Justin Ling: The public is distrustful of a reopening and the Liberals are ill-prepared. It doesn’t bode well for a return to normal anytime soon.