Sophia Harris

Business reporter

Sophia Harris covers business and consumer news. Contact: sophia.harris@cbc.ca

Latest from Sophia Harris

2-year-olds are getting kicked off planes for refusing to wear a mask. Is that fair?

Some parents are fuming over rules requiring toddlers to wear masks on airplanes — after they were turfed from flights, thanks to their non-compliant two-year-olds.

COVID-19 medical coverage now available even though Canadians advised to avoid international travel

Several insurance providers and airlines are lining up to offer travellers COVID-19 medical coverage, despite Canada's advisory to avoid non-essential travel abroad.

Why many Canadians support the Canada-U.S. border closure, despite the costs

Canadian support for keeping the border closed to Americans remains strong, despite a decline in new COVID-19 cases in the U.S. and a decimated tourism industry in Canada.

Why millions of travellers have entered Canada despite COVID-19 travel restrictions

Since late March, when Canada closed its international borders to non-essential travel during the COVID-19 pandemic, more than four million people have entered the country. Here’s why Canada's borders are still open to some visitors.

Why Canada has shut its international borders to most travellers during COVID-19

While many countries are reopening their international borders, Canada continues to keep its doors firmly shut to most foreigners.

Canadian tour boats entering U.S. waters lead to turbulence during COVID-19 border closure

Some U.S. commercial tour boat operators in the St. Lawrence River — who are now prohibited from entering Canadian waters — claim their Canadian counterparts don’t face the same restrictions. U.S. Customs says that's not the case.

The Canada-U.S. border could be closed for months. Here's what you need to know now

Here’s the latest on what you need to know about Canada-U.S. border rules and why your neighbours to the south may not be visiting for a while.

Canadian-American couple who wed over FaceTime devastated that Canada won't recognize marriage

A woman from Ontario and her American groom are crestfallen that Ottawa won’t recognize their marriage — performed via FaceTime as they took part in different countries — and allow him to enter Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Canadian woman dying of cancer will be able to reunite with American fiancé

Canadian Danielle Larocque, who has terminal uterine cancer, will soon be reunited with her American fiance, Charles Emch. The couple had been separated by border restrictions put in place to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Yearning to travel as COVID-19 drags on? Here's what you need to know now

As the COVID-19 pandemic drags on and provinces ease their lockdown restrictions, travel is opening up slowly. Here’s what you need to know now as you contemplate a potential trip — in Canada or beyond.

Canadian-American couple reunited after compiling 250-page binder proving common-law status

Two weeks after being separated at the border, Canadian Stephen Barkey and American Cathy Kolsch finally convinced Canadian border officials they were common-law by presenting them with a 250-page binder detailing their lives together.

Strapped for cash? How to uncover unclaimed money that may belong to you

Cash-strapped during the COVID-19 pandemic due to the economic slowdown? To find out if you have any unclaimed funds from your past, here are some free, simple ways to launch a search.

Walmart pulls 'All Lives Matter' shirts following protests, but Amazon is still selling them

Walmart has pulled merchandise bearing the slogan All Lives Matter sold by independent dealers on its website. Amazon still sells the items despite customer complaints.

Canadian drivers with U.S. licence plates harassed by fellow Canadians

Some Canadians driving cars with U.S. licence plates say they've endured vandalism, harassment and even a minor assault from fellow Canadians convinced that they're Americans illegally in Canada. 

Canadian-American couple forced apart at border after they couldn't prove common-law status

Canada loosened its border rules to allow immediate family to enter the country. But many cross-border couples have discovered their relationship doesn't qualify, including Stephen Barkey and Cathy Kolsch, who live in an RV.

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