Travel restrictions coming to Canada and Poland abortion ban: In The News for Jan. 29


In The News is a roundup of stories from The Canadian Press designed to kickstart your day. Here is what's on the radar of our editors for the morning of Jan. 29 ...

What we are watching in Canada ...

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to announce today new measures aimed at further restricting international travel as more infectious variants of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 spread around the globe.

Trudeau has been urging Canadians for weeks not to take any non-essential trips outside the country.

And he's been warning that the federal government could impose at any time restrictions that it would make it harder for them to return.

He's expected to follow up those warnings today with concrete action, in time to put a stop to an exodus of winter-weary Canadians taking advantage of the coming March break to vacation in warmer climes.

Quebec Premier Francois Legault has been urging Ottawa to require anyone returning from abroad to quarantine for two weeks in a hotel, at their own expense.

Trudeau, who has conspicuously left the door open to that option, is expected to adopt it today.

He is also expected to announce other measures to further discourage travel abroad.

Also this ...

A series of commemorations marking the fourth anniversary of the Quebec City mosque shooting are taking place today and tomorrow.

Six Muslim men were killed and five others wounded shortly after finishing evening prayers at the Quebec City Islamic cultural centre on Jan. 29, 2017.

Virtual events organized by the mosque and affiliated groups will begin shortly before 11 a.m. today with a reading from the Qur’an, which will be streamed on platforms such as Facebook and Zoom.

A vigil is also scheduled to take place in the Montreal neighbourhood of Parc-Extension, which has a large Muslim population.

In a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, which was publicized Thursday, one of the co-founders of the Islamic cultural centre, Boufeldja Benabdallah, said the federal government hasn't done enough to get handguns off the market.

Also on Thursday, the federal government announced that it plans to make Jan. 29 the "National Day of Remembrance of the Quebec City Mosque Attack and Action Against Islamophobia."