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    Why Canada’s response to Omicron gets ‘top marks’

    The Omicron variant has officially arrived in Canada, with several provinces reporting cases of the new variant of concern. The discovery of Omicron has also prompted the federal government to impose a series of new restrictions at the Canadian border, including a travel ban on 10 African countries and mandatory testing upon arrival for all travellers outside the U.S.  On this episode of Editor's Edition, Alicja Siekierska and the Public Policy Forum's Sean Speer take a look at how the government and public health officials have responded to the emergence of the new variant of concern. Speer argues that the response to Omicron has been handled in "a sensible way" and that policymakers have "resisted the temptation to use language and messaging that could create alarm."  If you have any policy-related questions, or feedback about the show, please email alicja@yahoofinance.com.

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    Border testing more 'sensible' than blanket travel ban

    The federal government introduced a series of new restrictions at Canada's borders in response to the Omicron variant this week. Part of the new restrictions includes a ban on foreign nationals that have visited 10 African countries within the last 14 days. The list of countries facing the travel ban now includes Egypt, Malawi, Nigeria, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe.  On this episode of Editor's Edition, Alicja Siekierska and the Public Policy Forum's Sean Speer dig into the government's new travel restrictions, and what is the most effective policy when it comes to limiting the spread of the Omicron variant.  If you have any policy-related questions, or feedback about the show, please email alicja@yahoofinance.com.

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    Editor's Edition: Omicron is here. What next?

    The recent discovery of the Omicron variant has led to a resurgence of concern about the COVID-19 pandemic around the world. In Canada, the federal government announced it will introduce a series of new restrictions at Canada's borders in response to the variant, including requiring that all air travellers coming into Canada from outside the U.S. be tested and isolate upon arrival.  On this episode of Editor’s Edition, Alicja Siekierska and the Public Policy Forum’s Sean Speer take a look at the Omicron variant and how policymakers need to respond to the changing COVID-19 pandemic. They also discuss the government's new travel restrictions, the World Health Organization's push for a new pandemic plan, and a report from Ontario's Auditor General that showed $210 million in COVID-19 relief went to businesses that were ineligible for support.  If you have any policy-related questions you want Sean to answer, or feedback about the show, please email alicja@yahoofinance.com.