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Transport Canada to suspend random COVID testing at airports, U.S. lifts COVID-19 test requirement

The Government of Canada has announced that mandatory randomized testing will be temporarily suspended at all airports between Saturday, June 11 and Thursday, June 30, 2022. Unvaccinated travellers will still be tested on-site. As of July 1, all testing, including for unvaccinated travellers, will be performed off-site.

The GNCC is asking for the revocation of all extraordinary measures at airports and border crossings. Express your support with our Scrap the App campaign.

Meanwhile, the Biden administration is lifting its requirement that international air travelers to the U.S. take a COVID-19 test within a day before boarding their flights, easing one of the last remaining government mandates meant to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

A senior administration official says the mandate expires Sunday.

The official says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has determined the mandate is no longer necessary.

Click here to read more.

The Welland Creatives Network  would like to invite you to an informal ‘Meet & Greet’ at the The Vegan Hippie Chick  (91 East Main Street, in downtown Welland) on June 23rd, 2022, from 7 to 9 PM.
The Welland Creatives Network is a like-minded group of cultural workers and artists with a mandate to support and facilitate events and activities that highlight creative activities and endeavours in the City of Welland, as well as being advocates for the local arts sector.
Our recent event 13TEEN on the 13TEENTH at the Welland Museum was very well received and we’re excited to see that there’s a great interest in (and appetite for) cultural events in the Rose City, and there’s many artists – and an eager audience – that should be part of a network, a community, that we can build upon to do more, and more amazing things.
This event is a relaxed, collegial gathering, free to everyone, to help solidify the bonds already there, and help build new networks and relationships around culture in Welland.

Niagara unemployment drops further while labour force shrinks

The local unemployment rate hit 5.0% in May, down again from 5.2% in April. The region is now below both the Canadian (5.1%) and Ontario (5.4%) averages. National employment rose by 40,000 (+0.2%) in May.

The size of the local labour force shrank from 245,500 in April to 243,600 in May, and the ranks of the employed fell from 232,600 to 231,400. The labour force comprises all those working and actively seeking work, whereas employment counts only those currently working.

In the Hamilton-Niagara peninsula, there were 31,550 unfilled jobs in Q4 2021. This number is now likely higher given the national increase from 915,000 in Q4 2021 to 1,013,000 in March, 2022.

The national employment increase was driven by gains in full-time work among young and core-aged women. The increase was spread across several industries, led by wholesale and retail trade, and was concentrated in Alberta.

Click here to read more.

Click here to access Statistics Canada’s interactive labour force survey app.

Pelham GO-VAXX Clinics extended for summer

The GO-VAXX Mobile Vaccination Clinic will continue to operate regular walk-in vaccination clinics at the Meridian Community Centre, in the Town of Pelham, over the next three months.

All GO-VAXX buses are providing an mRNA COVID19 vaccine for first, second, third (booster doses) for adults and youth ages 12 and up, as well as the pediatric Pfizer COVID19 vaccine for children aged five to 11, 4th dose boosters to eligible persons are also offered.

Click here to access dates and times.

Mask mandate to remain in place at Niagara Health

Although provincial masking mandates will change on Saturday, June 11, Niagara Health will continue to require everyone who comes into any hospital site to continue to wear a face mask, including when visiting at a patient’s bedside.

There are no changes to visitor guidelines, which must be followed.

Click here to read more.

BELONGINGS (unpacking Welland)

Join us for the finale celebration of our arts project, combining community and circus arts! 
Saturday June 18th, 2-5pm
at Femmes du Feu Creations wonderful new location:
22 King Street, Welland, Ontario
Drop by, see what we’ve done, and join in some fun and simple art-making, story sharing and gentle performance. 
Ruth Howard, Jumblies Theatre  (Toronto)
Holly Treddenick (Welland)
Deanna Jones (St. Catharine’s)
Kitsuné Soleil (Niagara Falls)
Sara Lou Routley (Niagara Falls)
Nicole Joy-Fraser (St. Catharine’s)
Arie Verheul van de Ven (Toronto)
Charles Chipanga (Welland)
Thank you to the Ontario Arts Council – Conseil des arts de l’Ontario for their support of this project!

You can read more about us and the project here:




Best regards,

Alexis Higginbotham
Executive Director
60 East Main Street
Welland, ON
L3B 3X4
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