Travel rules to ease for fully vaccinated Canadians, Hamilton approves redevelopment of Downtown Entertainment Venues & Ford invokes Notwithstanding Clause

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Fully-vaccinated Canadians will be able to travel outside of the country without having to self-isolate for 14 days or having to stay in a quarantine hotel upon arrival, starting as early as July.

Health Minister Patty Hajdu announced the first step in a “phased” easing of the federal government’s pandemic border measures on Wednesday, more than a year after Canada restricted non-essential travel due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The move follows calls to end mandatory hotel quarantines and permit fully vaccinated Canadians to move around more freely.

However, seeing these changes become a reality will depend on whether there are any concerning fluctuations in new case counts and vaccination rates, as well as pending consultations with provinces and territories.

ALSO: Canada to receive 7M Moderna vaccine doses in June

GUEST: Dr. Omar Khan, Assistant Professor with the Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Department of Immunology with the University of Toronto

GUEST: Mike McNaney, President and CEO of the National Airlines Council of Canada

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A private consortium is getting the go-ahead to redevelop a series of downtown Hamilton entertainment venues after coming to a multi-year, multi-million dollar agreement with the city on Wednesday.

Hamilton’s city council gave formal approval for a partnership with the Hamilton Urban Precinct Entertainment Group (HUPEG) which is set to spend more than $500 million on a mixed-use development, including an affordable housing project and a $50-million restoration of First Ontario Centre.

HUPEG is a consortium of local investors that includes Carmen’s Group, the LIUNA Pension Fund, Fengate Capital, Meridian Credit Union, Jetport Inc. and Paletta International.

The group was selected in July 2020 as the preferred redeveloper of FirstOntario Centre, the Hamilton Convention Centre and FirstOntario Concert Hall.

GUEST: PJ Mercanti, CEO of The Carmen’s Group

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The Ford government is taking the bold step of invoking the notwithstanding clause of the constitution to overturn a court decision issued just this week.

The court decision deemed certain parts of the Elections Finances Act unconstitutional for limiting third party advertising but rather than comply with the ruling, the government is set to override the court.

Government House Leader Paul Calandra has informed Speaker of the Legislative Assembly Ted Arnott of their intention to recall the House to pass the sections of Bill 254 again with the notwithstanding clause added in.

“That is what we believe is needed to ensure fair elections in the province of Ontario,” Calandra said.

Bill 254 expanded restrictions on third-party advertising that had first been introduced by the Wynne Liberal government in 2018. Union groups, led by the Working Families Coalition, challenged those rules in court but that case wasn’t heard before these new rules were enacted.

GUEST: Paul Calandra, Ontario Government House Leader, MPP Markham—Stouffville

GUEST: Duff Conacher, Co-Founder of Democracy Watch

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