My wife is from YHZ and we currently live in ATL. For the first time in over 20 years she didn't get to go home for a summer visit. And her mom is sitting in her bubbled house going crazy because she can't see any family. Hopefully it opens up soon. The cure can't be worse than the sickness.
As a Canadian, I don't want swaths of people coming into the country anytime soon. The USA's abysmal numbers speak for themselves. We're already tightening things up here again so that the increasing numbers level off before ours become like the USA.
YYZ will be lucky to break 7 million pax next year. YVR, YUL and YYC will be lucky to break 3 million, YEG will be lucky to break 1.5 million, while YOW, YWG and YHZ will be lucky to break 1 million.
It is appalling to see just how many people on here seem to show no mercy or care toward those who were unable to see their loved ones overseas or are greatly reliant on travel to the US (or via US) one way or another. Canada should reopen its border to all international travelers. There is a smart and safe way of doing so. Testing before departure to Canada and once again upon arrival, a limited 5 day quarantine and mandatory health screening on 14th day of stay, could all be implemented. In fact, the U.K. is currently exploring some of these ideas. Another option would be, require all travelers to take a test a week or two prior to travelling to Canada in addition to taking it before departure and upon arrival in Canada. These methods would ensure that the vast majority of travelers coming into Canada are safe. Yes, some may still slip through, no test is perfect. However, blanket quarantine and travel bans are ineffective and sooner or later, will entirely decimate the Canadian economy. Also, I keep hearing talk about US numbers yet no mention of Europe's or South America's numbers where the virus is raging uncontrollably at the moment. Or is it just the US travelers than need to be kept away? This interactive illustration below shows the actual situation in the world, not what some people desperately want to believe. The map also shows that for whatever reason, the less developed the country or region is, the lower the infection rate per 100,000.https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/202 ... -maps.html
I suppose I am proud to be one of the "few" Canadians who fully supports reopening of the borders and welcoming tourists and travelers from all countries. Our government must make the right steps to make it happen. There was a lot that was done wrong with regards to containing the virus here in Canada. It wasn't executed perfectly. The much larger case count in the US, Europe and South America are all reflective upon many different factors. Canada's lower number is not at all a reflection of supposedly "better" policies. Factors such as: total population, population density, business connectivity, culture, economic activity/progress, freedom of movement, availability of services & tourist attractions, even down to how social people actually are or their desire to see places, etc, all play a major factor in reasons why COVID-19 spreads faster in some places and less in others. It isn't just the government polices. Keeping the country closed to all non essential traffic doesn't do much good in the long run. Despite the borders being shut to nonessential visitors, the virus is ranging within Canada as it is. This clearly indicates that the international visitors/tourists aren't the culprit. Besides, a greater percentage of people in Canada choose not to wear face masks compared to the US population. Yet my fellow citizens love to brag about being the "best" or most "caring" even when facts don't support the reality. I am seriously getting tired (and embarrassed) of my fellow citizen constantly acting like they're superior. Besides, if government policies were so effective globally, I guess we all have a thing or two to learn from countries like Brunei, Fiji, Laos, East Timor, Mongolia, Lesotho, Djibouti, and underdeveloped countries in Asia & Africa. These countries and regions would have to the real winners in this COVID-19 mess.
Air travel and international travelers are safe and are not the culprit.. As per IATA, research points to low risk for COVID-19 transmission inflight. I guess this goes against the popular opinion.https://www.iata.org/en/pressroom/pr/2020-09-08-012/
Instead of bragging about Canada doing "well" or pointing fingers at the US nonstop like it is some kind of competition, it is time we really understand the real
reasons why COVID-19 spreads more in some regions than others, and most importantly, do the absolute best we can with all of the tools we have at our disposal. We must show care and compassion toward people who are apart from their loved ones. COVID-19 isn't going away anytime soon, but US travelers and other overseas travelers aren't to blame at all. Besides, they did not
cause this pandemic to begin with. This is actual the reality. Not to mention, the closed borders will further depress the economic activity in this country.