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Feds to lift 14-day quarantine requirement for fully vaccinated Canadian travellers

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OTTAWA — The federal government is set to announce today that fully vaccinated Canadian travellers will no longer need to spend 14 days in quarantine upon arriving home.

A federal source familiar with the policy says the change will go into effect in early July.

The source spoke on condition of anonymity in order to discuss a policy decision that has yet to be made public.

It will apply to Canadian citizens and permanent residents who have had a full course of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Affected travellers will be required to take a COVID-19 test upon arrival in Canada, and remain in isolation until the test comes back negative.

The government will also eliminate the need for fully vaccinated Canadian air travellers to spend three days quarantining in an authorized hotel upon arriving in the country.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 9, 2021.

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Penny Oleksiak wins bronze in 200-metre freestyle for sixth Olympic medal

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TOKYO — Canadian swimmer Penny Oleksiak has won a bronze medal in the women’s 200-metre freestyle at the Tokyo Olympics.

It’s Oleksiak’s sixth career medal, making her Canada’s most decorated summer Olympian.

Speedskater Cindy Klassen and dual Olympian Clara Hughes also have six medals each, while rowing’s Lesley Thompson-Willie and track and field’s Phil Edwards have five each in the Summer Olympics.

Oleksiak finished the first length in the lead at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre and held off a late push by China’s Junxuan Yang to finish third.

Australia’s Ariarne Titmus took gold while Hong Kong’s Siobhan Bernadette Haughey took silver.

Oleksiak won her fifth career medal on Sunday when the Canadian team took silver in the women’s 4 x 100-metre freestyle.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 27, 2021.

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CP NewsAlert: Trucker sentenced to 12 1/2 years in hotel room death of Edmonton woman

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EDMONTON — A judge has sentenced an Ontario trucker driver to 12 1/2 years in prison for killing a woman in his Edmonton hotel room a decade ago.

Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Stephen Hillier said Bradley Barton will get credit for days he has already spent in custody, so about 11 years remain in his sentence.

A jury found Barton guilty in February of manslaughter in the death of Cindy Gladue, a 36-year-old Métis and Cree woman who bled to death at the Yellowhead Inn in June 2011.

Hillier said he rejected what he called the self-serving stories Barton told at his trial to avoid responsibility for the aggressive sexual assault that killed Gladue.

Medical experts testified the mother of three had four times the legal limit of alcohol in her system when she was left to bleed to death in a bathtub from a severe wound caused by rough sex.

Gladue’s relatives bowed their heads when the judge said there is no sentence that will bring Gladue back or undo the intergenerational trauma the woman’s death has caused her family.

It was the second trial for Barton.

A jury found him not guilty in 2015 of first-degree murder, which sparked rallies and calls for justice for Indigenous women.

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