Canadians Support COVID-19 Travel Quarantine Change: Poll

A majority of Canadians support reducing the current 14-day quarantine period for international travelers entering Canada, according to a new poll.

Conducted by EKOS Research and commissioned by Unifor Local 7378 and CUPE Local 4055 — two unions representing approximately 1,500 airline workers — the poll is part of a campaign to encourage the federal government to reduce or eliminate border quarantine requirements prior to the Christmas travel season. The poll is now available on the newly launched website, www.betterborders.ca.

Using a sample size of 1,244 respondents, the national poll asked Canadians if they would support a change to COVID-19 rapid testing at the borders. It found 57 per cent support a reduction or elimination of the 14-day quarantine period with proof of a negative COVID-19 test on arrival. Seven per cent of respondents favour eliminating restrictions entirely.

Support is highest in Alberta with 66 per cent of respondents supporting

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China denies Canadians ‘arbitrarily’ detained over Meng case

China is denying it “arbitrarily” detained two Canadian citizens in response to Canada’s arrest of an executive of technology giant Huawei

BEIJING — China on Monday denied that two Canadian citizens held for almost two years had been “arbitrarily” detained in response to Canada’s arrest of an executive of technology giant Huawei.

Foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian’s denial came days after China granted consular access to Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor for the first time since January. Canada’s government on Saturday issued a statement saying it remains “deeply concerned by the arbitrary detention by Chinese authorities” of the two, and called for their immediate release.

Zhao said China “firmly opposes the erroneous statements made by Canada” and reiterated its claim that Kovrig and Spavor were “suspected of engaging in activities that endanger China’s national security.”

“The Chinese

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20% of Canadians not satisfied with telecom sales practices: report

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Twenty per cent of Canadians are dissatisfied with telecom sales practices, according to the CRTC’s latest secret shopper report. 

The report released said 80 per cent of respondents are satisfied on key metrics like appropriate product recommendations and soliciting unwanted services, the number of individuals dissatisfied “is still a significant number.”

“The results of the Secret Shopper Project indicated that the majority of the sales interactions were perceived to be positive, although some shortcomings were also identified,” the CRTC said. 

The report said one issue secret shoppers faced was that the Big Three (Bell, Rogers, and Telus) “do not appear to be offering any flexibility in terms of choices.”

It said the lowest-priced postpaid plans were only being offered at $75 a month excluding a mobile device. 

“This is the lowest priced plan offered by these service providers to the secret shoppers, even those who are looking for a

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