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    Local MPs weigh in on border reopening, vaccine passports

    Local

    The Canada-U.S. border’s land crossings were closed in March of 2020 to nonessential travel in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 and have remained closed ever since – but that may be changing soon.

    Niagara Falls mayor Jim Diodati recently told POLITICO that Canada’s Minister of Public Safety Bill Blair met with Canadian border city mayors by videoconference and indicated that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government would start easing restrictions on June 22, provided the country’s vaccination campaign stays on its current trajectory.

    CTV News confirmed on Wednesday that fully vaccinated Canadians who fly into the country will no longer be forced to self-isolate for 14 days after arriving and will no longer have to stay in a quarantine hotel. Fully vaccinated travellers will still have to take a COVID-19 test upon arriving in Canada and will have to isolate until that test result comes back negative.

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    In their own words: an interview with Mayor Kevin Gibson of Wainfleet

    Local

    When it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mayor Kevin Gibson of Wainfleet has faith that his community will prevail.

    “We’re resilient people. We’re used to hardship.”

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    St. Catharines’ Kristen Kit Olympics bound, with a little help from surprise funding

    Sports

    Her resume speaks for itself, but one thing is missing: an Olympic appearance.

    That last accomplishment can be, and will be, checked off this year for Kristen Kit.

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    Promising financial outlook for province, despite uncertainty of fiscal balance by decade’s end

    Business

    On June 10, Ontario’s independent Financial Accountability Office (FAO) released its spring 2021 ‘Economic and Budget Outlook’ report. The report provides an overview of the province’s current finances and an assessment of future economic outlook.

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    Ford’s use of notwithstanding clause hardly an affront to democracy

    Provincial

    Responding to a court decision which overturned the Ford government’s changes to election advertising rules for third parties, the Ontario PC government has said it will impose the notwithstanding clause of Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms to follow through with its plans.

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    The importance of Canada’s oil and gas industry: part two

    National

    Calgary-based TC Energy Corp announced this week that it is terminating the Keystone XL pipeline project. Gone is the promise of the daily export of 830,000 barrels of Canadian crude.

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    Rapid testing and masks cut risks to business

    Opinion

    The Ontario economic recovery from COVID-19 has and will continue to be highly dependent upon cooperation and collaboration between business, government and our dependent communities.

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    TNI Weekly News Roundup

    Local

    With 60 percent of adults having at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, outdoor activities will be the first to open on June 11 at 12:01am, with limited, well-managed crowding and permitted restricted retail.

    This includes larger outdoor gatherings up to 10 people; outdoor dining for up to 4 people per table; essential retail capacity at 25 per cent; non-essential retail at 15 per cent; outdoor religious services; outdoor sports, training, and personal training for up to 10 people; day camps; campsites and campgrounds; Ontario Parks; outdoor horse racing and motor speedways; outdoor pools, splash pads and wading pools.

    Ontario will remain in Step One for at least 21 days.

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    Congressman Chris Jacobs joins separated families in Niagara Falls, as calls to reopen Canada-U.S. border intensify

    Local

    On Sunday, June 6, U.S. Congressman Chris Jacobs held a press conference on the American side of the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge in Niagara Falls.

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    Quick guide to Canada Summer Games satellite venues around the region

    Local

    In just over a year, Niagara welcomes the nation for the 2022 Canada Summer Games. Over 5,000 young athletes from all 13 provinces and territories will converge in several towns and cities around the region to compete.

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    UN climate change experts say doing nothing to reach carbon neutrality would be less harmful

    Business

    Do you ever feel good when someone won’t tell you how much something costs – something you have to pay for?

    No? Me neither.

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    Lockdown impact comes home to roost

    Provincial

    On a provincial basis, Ontario and Nova Scotia were the hardest hit by job losses. This is not surprising for Ontario, considering that the province remains the most locked-down jurisdiction in North America.  Ontario lost 32,000 jobs, while Nova Scotia shed 22,000, which is a massive loss for the much smaller province. It is partially a result of heightened pandemic-related health measures in recent weeks.

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    Attempts to conjure a Conservative bogeyman fall flat with O’Toole

    National

    You can set your watch to Liberal and NDP efforts to paint Conservatives as knuckle-draggers on social questions, including on LGBTQ+ issues and women’s reproductive rights. Fearmongering around hidden agendas and desires to roll back civil rights seem to manifest right before each election campaign.

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    More than just simple apologies

    Opinion

    I was glad to see that the editors of The Niagara Independent published a response to my recent article about the problems at Brock University.

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