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  • Returning to Canada, New COVID-19 Rules, New App

    There are new rules for Canadians returning home from outside the country beginning November 30, 2021 There's also a new "must have" app, called ArriveCAN. The biggest change is for Canadians returning to Canada after being out of the county for 72 hours or less. They will no longer need proof of a negative COVID-19 test. Returning travelers will still need proof of vaccination. Paper or digital documentation are both acceptable. If you don't have proof you may have to get tested and/or self-isolate. You may also receive a hefty fine. For Canadians returning after being out of the country for longer than 72 hours or visiting Foreign Nationals the ArriveCAN app should be used to submit: - Contact information and travel details - Vaccination information and pre-entry test results - Quarantine plan If the information isn't submitted via the ArriveCAN app 72 hours prior to arriving at the border they: - won't be eligible for the fully vaccinated traveler exemption - may face additional delays at the border for public health questioning - may be subject to fines or enforcement action The rules apply to Foreign Nationals as well as Canadian citizens or permanent residents. If you're a Foreign national you may be denied boarding your flight to Canada or be denied entry into Canada if crossing at a land, rail, or marine border crossing. Canadians or permanent residents won't be denied entry but once again they may face medical questioning, fines, and self-quarantine, You can download the app for free on your smartphone or device. If you have not received the COVID-19 vaccination for a medical reason you will likely need documentation. Unvaccinated children under 12 returning after being out of Canada longer than 72 hours won't be permitted to attend school or daycare for 2 weeks. The new rules come into effect on November 30, 2021 Click HERE for Government of Canada and App links Click HERE: - if you have a reusable receipt - are an essential service provider - are traveling with an under 18 - are traveling with an under 12 Here is a list of acceptable vaccines: - Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty, tozinameran, BNT162b2) - Moderna (Spikevax, mRNA-1273) - AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria, COVISHIELD, ChAdOx1-S, AZD1222) - Janssen/Johnson & Johnson (Ad26.COV2.S) Starting November 30 2021, 03:01 AM EST, the following COVID-19 vaccines authorized by the World Health Organization (WHO) will be accepted by the Government of Canada for travel: - Bharat Biotech (Covaxin, BBV152 A, B, C) Starting November 30 - Sinopharm (Beijing) BBIBP-CorV (Vero Cells) Starting November 30 - Sinovac (CoronaVac, PiCoVacc) Starting November 30 To qualify as a fully vaccinated traveler, you must have received at least 2 doses of an accepted vaccine or a mix of 2 accepted vaccines, or at least 1 dose of the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine, at least 14 full days prior to the day you travel. Immediate restrictions for travelers arriving from the Southern Africa Region: Canadians citizens, those registered under the Indian Act, and permanent residents, who have been in the Southern Africa region within the previous 14 days, including South Africa, Eswatini, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and Namibia: must follow new pre-entry testing before continuing their journey to Canada, and post-arrival requirements Foreign nationals who have been in these countries within the period of 14 days will not be permitted entry into Canada.

  • Nooksack Flooding South of US Canada Border

    It's pretty well known that South of Abbotsford in Washington State the Nooksack River has overflowed its banks. The river has captured the undivided attention of thousands of people who call the Sumas Prairie home. The Nooksack is not only a source of trouble for British Columbians, it has forced hundreds out of their homes in Washington State as well. Here are excellent videos taken by Citizen Journalists in Washington and posted to social media. In the first featured video, we hear the eerie wail of flood sirens in Sumas Washington. The second and third videos we picked are excellent drone videos showing the extent of flooding in Everson, a city of about 3000 souls 12 kilometers south of Abbotsford Thank you both for posting such informative videos. Like British Columbia, Washington State has been hit by floods. The Skagit river rose above flood levels affecting Mt Vernon. 160,000 were without power and other services. Interstate highway 5 (I5), was closed just south of Bellingham by a slide. It has since been opened. Hundreds of people were evacuated when the Nooksack River flooded areas of Whatcom County. Local schools were closed. An evacuation order was issued for parts of Ferndale and impassable roads cut off access to the Lummi Nation. Over 80% of homes in the small city of Sumas just south of the Sumas border crossing were damaged by floodwater. The floods even caused a Burlington National Santa Fee freight train to leave the tracks Near Sumas. Skagit and Clallam counties fell victim to major flooding. Salso suffered serious flooding. The population of Hamilton Washington was evacuated to shelters. The Makah First people were trapped behind landslides.

  • Huntingdon Hit By Floodwaters Again

    Huntingdon Village, on the border with Washington State, has been hit with flooding again as shown in a video posted on Youtube by "The 4K Guy". Floodwater hasn't yet reached the levels seen last week Custom agents from the Sumas border crossing can be seen redirecting traffic. Pallets of sandbags are on hand but according to Abbotsford Mayor Braun sandbags are not going to stop the water if t starts to flow into the area from south of the border. City crews are busy clearing storm drains. Debris litters yards and the rail line that runs along the border. Traffic is moving on Sumas road despite its ditches being full to the brim. Parking lots of several businesses are flooded. Another video posted by the 4K Guy shows Highway 1 being closed Sunday night (November 28th ) as a precaution. The fear is water will pool causing hazardous driving conditions between Abbotsford and Chilliwack.

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