Finally and mercifully, Arivacan is dead upon arrival at airports and across the border because mandatory vaccinations for foreign entry into Canada have been lifted by the end of the month, according to government sources.
The mess-prone app, which frantic foreigners scramble to download into customs lineups or roaming in cars near land points of entry, began its day in the pandemic as Canada opened a cautious door to international travel .
But the travel industry and border businesses have spent the past year demanding that their economic health be eradicated, insisting the app with its questionnaires and vaccination codes does much to keep Canada a buffer from a COVID-19-infested world. reduced.
And they proved to be right.
The timing of the prime minister’s decision Thursday (expected to be announced on Monday) was driven more by the need to protect Justin Trudeau’s political disguise than by the health of the general public.
Well, perhaps the fledgling Conservative leader Pierre Poilievre deserves help to encourage the government to bring Canada into the high-flying line with the rest of the travel world.
One of the biggest applause in his adversary’s gatekeeper arsenal is dropped from the list, with the cabinet’s decision to present Arrivcan as the only alternative.
But the app as an alleged agent of airport chaos was seen as a government obsession on common sense, raising the charge as an example of the liberal ‘awakening’ you heard a lot about recently. Is.
So without much, if any, protests from oh-so-vigilant health officials over the pandemic, the app and associated random testing at airports would be abandoned, a legacy of flight connections missed from the ArriveCAN-generated lineup while costing the economy mega millions. Terrified tourists leaving behind the US dollar from the no-show.
This, at least since getting infected—all ommicrons spread out, was so pointless. Airport arrivals always tested positive at roughly the same or lower rate than the general public. Someone arriving in Canada never had a higher risk of the variant than a typical Albertan moving to Saskatchewan. And if you wanted to find out one type, you found it in the sewage system, not a random airport test.
For much of the past year, this self-righteous sermon on legitimate public health substance has been a crazy and confusing affair of the Big Brother-know-best genre.
Furthermore, where there was a will, there was always a way to bypass mandatory testing, falsify the ArriveCAN app, or dodge the vaccination process with money or connections.
It was an open secret when I was in Mexico last winter that you could buy a negative COVID result for US$200 in a matter of minutes, without having to be held in isolation for a week or more after a positive COVID test. Compared to a steal of a deal that, for the record, didn’t apply to me.
And then there was the curious case of a crazy anti-vaxxer acquaintance of mine who recently showed up in Toronto that he had ‘obtained’ fake proof of vaccination from a pharmacy in Texas.
In other words, money could buy an illegal entrée in Canada, while a cash-strapped family with kids was trapped in a motel until they showed up on a double pink bar test strip.
Arrivcan may have been born as a well-intentioned attempt to safely open the border to vaccinated visitors, but there’s a welcome relief that a computer app no longer determines whether you’re eligible to enter Canada. are or not. It remained blocked at the border forever.
That’s the bottom line.