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Canadian pensioners fighting more than $12K in fines for refusing to quarantine in a hotel

Canada's controversial hotel quarantine requirement for international air passengers has been scrapped. But it remains a thorn in the side of those who defied the rules, got fined and plan to fight their fine in court. 

Thelma Perry, 80, and her husband, Glen, 87, of Barrie, Ont., are anxiously waiting for their day in court. 

On July 4, the fully vaccinated couple got hit with $12,510 in fines at Pearson International Airport in Toronto for refusing to quarantine in a hotel. They were ticketed about two hours before the federal government ended the hotel quarantine requirement for fully vaccinated travellers.

"That was outrageous," Thelma Perry said. "We're going to fight it. I want the judge to hear me out, because I don't think this ticket is fair." 

The couple flew to Toronto after spending about six months doing missionary work with several interdenominational churches in Jamaica. Perry said she and Glen didn't know about Canada's hotel quarantine requirement before they travelled home. When they were informed at the Toronto airport they must check into a hotel, the couple refused.

Perry said they felt safer doing their full 14-day quarantine at their house, especially after hearing from other passengers at the airport that some quarantine hotels had been hit with COVID-19 outbreaks. 

"I have my nice home here," Perry said. "I want to stay safe, and I don't want to go to the hotel and mix with that crowd."

Their daughter, Joan Trensch of Barrie, said the fines total roughly half her parents' yearly combined pension income. "How can they live on what they live on and then pay this fine?" she said. Read more on this story here.

Daniil Medvedev's U.S. Open win foils Novak Djokovic's historic Grand Slam bid

(John Minchillo/The Associated Press)

Russia's Daniil Medvedev reacts after defeating Novak Djokovic of Serbia in the men's singles final of the U.S. Open tennis championships on Sunday in New York. Medvedev's win in three straight sets denied Djokovic's bid to claim the first calendar-year Grand Slam in men's tennis since 1969. Read more on Medvedev's victory here.

In brief

The Conservative child-care plan will help the poorest Canadians, leaving middle income families across the country with less support than those in the lowest tax bracket, Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole says. Asked which income bracket would get the most under the Conservative child-care plan, O'Toole said: "It's very low. It would be in the $30,000 range." O'Toole made the remarks during the first instalment of The National Presents: Face to Face with the Federal Party Leaders, in which four undecided voters get five minutes to ask one of four federal party leaders about an issue close to their hearts. Read more from the questions put to O'Toole. Tune in this evening for Face to Face with Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, at 8 p.m. ET on CBC News Network. You'll also find it on our digital platforms, with a half-hour version on The National each night, and then repeated at 11:30 p.m. local time on CBC TV. 

WATCH / Erin O'Toole answers questions on child care from Jason Hawkins of Toronto: 

Erin O’Toole on child care

10 months ago
Duration 11:56

Meghan Piironen isn't just studying political science. She's doing it — running for the New Democratic Party in Ontario's rural Haldimand-Norfolk riding in southwestern Ontario, where she lives with her parents. Her election run has impressed her classmates at the University of Ottawa. "They're like, 'Wow, you just like completely jumped the gun!'" she told CBC News. The 19-year-old is one of several student candidates running in the Sept. 20 federal election. In Ontario, all major parties have at least one student running, except for the Liberals. Read more on the young candidates here.

If you have a question about the federal election, send us an email at We're answering as many as we can leading up to election day.

When Nathan Maharaj volunteered to be part of a human vaccine trial, he didn't expect to be shut out of Ontario restaurants, gyms and even weddings a few months later. Maharaj has been fully vaccinated with the Quebec-based Medicago trial vaccine since April. But he's one Ontarian who, for various reasons, didn't get vaccinated with COVID-19 vaccines approved by the World Health Organization — a requirement for people to obtain a passport granting access to non-essential services starting Sept. 22 in the province. Those in Canada who are not vaccinated against COVID-19, for whatever reason, will see their access to restaurants, events and even some employment stripped away — leaving many feeling ostracized, experts say. Read more on this story here

A CBC investigation that cast doubt on the authenticity of a letter that has enabled more than 1,000 people to claim Indigenous ancestry is reinvigorating efforts to remove so-called "pretendians" from the Algonquins of Ontario (AOO) membership list. The letter had been used at a 2013 hearing to persuade a retired judge that 19th century voyageur Thomas Lagarde was Algonquin, making him a key "root ancestor." That meant 1,000 of his descendants could claim they were Algonquin and thus potential beneficiaries of a massive pending land claim agreement involving almost $1 billion and more than 500 kilometres of land between the AOO and the federal and Ontario governments. A CBC investigation using handwriting analysis, archival research and historical evaluation revealed that the letter is likely fake. The new revelations have prompted Pikwakanagan First Nation — the only federally recognized Algonquin First Nation in Ontario — to renew efforts to remove people who rely on Lagarde for their Algonquin ancestry from membership. Read more on the removal of people from the membership list

WATCH | Mysterious letter: 

Mysterious letter

11 months ago
Duration 2:54

Another billionaire entrepreneur is set to ride into space this week in a flight that could make history as the first all-civilian crew launched into Earth orbit. Jared Isaacman, the American founder and chief executive of e-commerce firm Shift4 Payments, and three fellow spaceflight novices are slated to blast off from Cape Canaveral, Fla., for a three-day space flight before they splash down in the Atlantic. Isaacman put down an unspecified amount of money for fellow billionaire and SpaceX owner Elon Musk to fly him and the others into orbit aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule. The first five-hour launch window for the mission opens on Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET. Read more on the pending space flight

Now for some good news to start your Monday: A New Brunswick teenager spent the pandemic wheeling and dealing hockey cards around the world to grow a massive collection of his favourite player, NHL superstar, Connor McDavid. Recchi Robichaud, 14, now has nearly 500 cards of the reigning MVP.  The Baie-Sainte-Anne teenager used his downtime during the pandemic to more than doubled the number of McDavid cards he had back in the summer of 2020.  "The past 14 months I worked a lot, I worked 10 times harder than I ever have on my collection," Robichaud said. His dedication hasn't gone unnoticed. The Edmonton Oilers featured him and his collection on social media earlier this month — the second time the NHL team put him in the spotlight. Read more on the expanding hockey card collection

Front Burner: A disappearance at 'The Pit'

Nearly six years after Sheree Fertuck's disappearance near Kenaston, Sask., a murder trial is underway for her husband in Saskatoon. 

The Crown says Greg Fertuck confessed to shooting Sheree and disposing of her body. But Greg's confession was made to undercover police, who posed as criminals in a controversial operation known as a "Mr. Big" sting.

The judge must now decide whether Greg's confession is admissible at trial. Greg has pleaded not guilty. 

Today on Front Burner, we trace back every twist in the case with Alicia Bridges, co-host of the CBC investigative podcast The Pit

Today in history: September 13

1981: Thousands of people from more than 880 Canadian communities take part in the first Terry Fox Memorial Run, raising money for cancer research.

1991: A 55-tonne concrete beam falls onto a walkway at Montreal Olympic Stadium. No one is injured but the Expos are forced to move all their home games for the rest of the baseball season.

2004: Canada's first same-sex divorce is granted after an Ontario Superior Court judge strikes down the definition of "spouse" in the Divorce Act.

2012: Peter Lougheed, who is widely credited as being one of the most influential leaders in Alberta's history, dies in hospital in Calgary at the age of 84. He led the Progressive Conservatives to victory over the governing Social Credit party in 1971. He remained premier until 1985.

With files from The Canadian Press, The Associated Press and Reuters

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