Dr. Flordeliz Osler

Manitoba’s new Senator

Dr. Flordeliz (Gigi) Osler

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed on September 26 that the Governor General has appointed Flordeliz (Gigi) Osler and Ian Shugart as independent Senators to fill vacancies for Manitoba and Ontario.

“I am pleased to welcome Flordeliz (Gigi) Osler and Ian Shugart as Parliament’s newest independent Senators,” said Trudeau. “I am confident that their dedication, unique perspectives, and stellar careers will help them best serve Canadians from all walks of life.”

Dr. Flordeliz (Gigi) Osler fills the Manitoba seat vacated by former Justice Murray Sinclair, who retired from the Red Chamber in January 2021. Dr. Osler is an internationally renowned surgeon, an assistant professor at the University of Manitoba, and a dedicated advocate for equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Canada drops COVID-19

border and travel restrictions

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Effective October 1st, Canadians can travel and explore the world again without restrictions. However, it is still highly recommended that we continue to do our part to reduce the spread of COVID-19, by getting vaccinated and boosted, using high quality and well-fitted masks where appropriate, and self-isolating if we have symptoms.

After two and a half years, travel restrictions are lifted. The Government of Canada has removed all COVID-19 entry restrictions, as well as testing, quarantine, and isolation requirements for anyone entering Canada, effective October 1, 2022.

The government announcement pointed to several factors behind the removal of border measures, including modelling that indicates that Canada has largely passed the peak of the Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 fuelled wave, Canada’s high vaccination rates, lower hospitalization and death rates, as well as the availability and use of vaccine boosters (including the new bivalent formulation), rapid tests, and treatments for COVID-19.