More than 500 air passengers fined for defying hotel quarantine rules

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The Public Health Agency of Canada said that it was aware of 513 tickets being issued to air passengers who arrived in Toronto or Vancouver between 22 February and 25 April for refusing to go to a quarantine hotel. In the two cities, PHAC officers and police can issue tickets. However, PHAC said the rules regarding tickets differ in Calgary and Montreal. Even so, several passengers have said that they recently landed in these cities and have not been hit with fines despite refusing to quarantine in designated hotels. Some have instead quarantined at home or at a friend’s house. [CBC News][By Emily Ma] 

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Oversight Board Gives Facebook 6 Months to Make up its Mind About Trump Ban

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A May 5 decision by the Facebook Oversight Board upheld the company’s decision to ban former American president Donald Trump from their platforms following the January 6 Capitol riots. However, the board called the case a “politically controversial hot potato,” since Trump’s indefinite suspension is not a final decision. Facebook must now either “restore Trump’s account, make his suspension permanent, or suspend him for a specific period of time.”

[NPR] [By Kevin Wang] 

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Johnson & Johnson vaccine recommended despite risk of rare blood clots

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Health Canada approved the Johnson & Johnson in March and changed its labelling last week to  acknowledge the risk of a blood-clotting condition connected to the shot known as vaccine-induced immune thrombotic thrombocytopenia (VITT). VITT has occurred in seventeen of the roughly eight million Americans who have received the shot and has a mortality rate of about forty percent. Although Canada recommends the Johnson & Johnson vaccine for all Canadians 30 years of age and older, officials say to weigh the benefits and risks before deciding whether or not to get the vaccine.   [CBC News][By Emily Ma]