Saturday, June 19, 2021

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Benedict Moran:

Now, despite the border closure, infection rates in Canada are higher than the US. And the country has lagged behind with vaccinations: 34% of Canadians have received one dose, but only 3% are fully vaccinated. So while the US is reopening, lockdowns in Canada have gotten even stricter.

Last month, the government of Ontario also prohibited non-essential travel, setting up checkpoints at the borders with neighboring Quebec and Manitoba. So talk of re-opening Canada’s international borders has taken a backseat. The border closure has also impacted friends and families. The US and Canada share the world’s longest international border. Much of it is unguarded, and looks like this. But it also runs right through many communities. Derby Line, Vermont and Stanstead, Quebec are effectively one town. The border is only marked by stones. It traverses lawns, this home’s chimney, and even goes right through the town library.

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