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NEW THIS MORNING | A month of free transit begins in Ottawa

From now to the new year, fare boxes and Presto card readers on buses will be covered and fare gates at transit stations will be wide open. All Para Transpo trips, including rural trips, will be booked at no charge.

An OC Transpo bus rolls through downtown Ottawa, Thursday April 16, 2020. (Adrian Wyld/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Feds reinstating foreign air travel testing, reviewing booster strategy in light of Omicron

Canada is reviewing its vaccine booster strategy, adding new countries to the list of nations subjected to federal travel restrictions, and is imposing new testing requirements on all air travellers coming from outside of Canada with the exception of the U.S., due to concerns over the Omicron variant. Federal ministers and public health officials announced these three new steps with the aim of preventing further importation and spread of the variant of concern.

Minister of Transport Omar Alghabra looks on as Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos responds to a question during a news conference, Tuesday, November 30, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

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Feds reinstating foreign air travel testing, reviewing booster strategy in light of Omicron

Canada is reviewing its vaccine booster strategy, adding new countries to the list of nations subjected to federal travel restrictions, and is imposing new testing requirements on all air travellers coming from outside of Canada with the exception of the U.S., due to concerns over the Omicron variant. Federal ministers and public health officials announced these three new steps with the aim of preventing further importation and spread of the variant of concern.

Minister of Transport Omar Alghabra looks on as Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos responds to a question during a news conference, Tuesday, November 30, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Unvaccinated travellers barred from planes and trains as of today

Unvaccinated travellers over the age of 12 won't be able to board a plane or passenger train in Canada beginning today, and a negative COVID-19 test will no longer serve as a substitute for most people. The stringent new requirement comes into effect as Canada reacts to the emergence of the Omicron variant.

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