Canada was not ready to face the challenges inherent in reopening the border with the United States, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Wednesday, stopping short of confirming that non-essential travel ban will be extended to 21 June.

The federal government has been asked to extend the ban at this time, which is currently set to expire May 21, and the good response is expected from Washington – but most likely will not come for a few days, a source familiar with the ongoing discussion, but is not authorized to talk about them openly, told The Canadian Press. News of the request was first reported by the Globe and Mail.

“Now, we make the decision for now,” Trudeau said when asked about the possibility of keeping the border closed even after June 21, regardless of the desire of the US, which is dealing with the worst outbreak COVID 19th in the World.

“Clearly, there is a reflection on what further steps could and probably in different situations and progression different from COVID-19, but every step of the way in a situation of unprecedented, we react to and respond to the reality that we see now, and that’s where we’ll stay focused. ”

One of the realities is also complicated: more than one million active cases in the US – 42 percent of the active caseload in the world – and the death toll approaching Wednesday at 83,000 people, is growing at a rate of more than 1,000 deaths a day.

Another is political urgency levels are uncontrollable, much of it comes from the White House and Republican-led state capitol, to reopen closed businesses and ease restrictions on personal mobility, often deviate from the guidelines Trump’s own administration.

Not everyone is in a hurry. In New York, home to fully one-quarter of US COVID-19 case, Governor Andrew Cuomo still has his feet firmly on the brakes. Reopenings there will be slow, strictly monitor variables such as hospital admissions and diagnostic tests and antibodies to ensure the virus does not widen back.

“We must remain vigilant because we are still learning,” Cuomo warned as he raved about the initial conviction list COVID-19 proved to be false, including the promise of antibody immunity and that children are largely resistant.

“What we think we know is not always turn out to be true,” he said. “The virus has been in front of us every step of the way in this country.”

Businesses, local authorities, and other stakeholders in and around the border communities began to realize that their traditional models of computation on cross-border traffic may be over, says Laurie Trautman, director of the Border Policy Research Institute at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Wash.

“I think it just started to kind of hit home,” Trautman said. “We are no longer just sort of waiting out the end of this, but we really will need to start thinking in a new way.”

He cited the Vancouver International Airport, once one of the largest cross-border hubs in Canada, which is now coming to terms with the fact that the annual passenger load just cut in half, and most likely will not recover even after the travel restrictions lifted.

“They are not weathering the storm, either. They actually switched to the new model.”

Montana, which borders Alberta, BC and Saskatchewan, has seen a steady decline in cases in recent weeks and allow the action to live in the house that ended two weeks ago. Ohio, which shares Lake Erie to Ontario, retail stores reopened Tuesday and has allowed a certain industry to continue operations. Pennsylvania also has begun to ease restrictions, especially in the north.

In Minnesota, the sea bordering Ontario and Manitoba, and currently has a total caseload of nearly 13,000 and more than 630 deaths, Governor Tim Walz is expected to address residents Wednesday as the current restrictions on the emergency declaration and live in a country house close to their expiry date.

But all that was before the backdrop of fear.

Rick Bright – was ousted last month as head of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority after clashing with the administration Trump prefers president for drug therapy now-discredited – is expected to warn Congress on Thursday that without a national strategy, the US could face a prolonged pandemic will cause more disease, death and “the darkest winter in modern history,” reported CNN.

Kathryn Friedman, a law professor at the University at Buffalo and an expert on Canada-US issues., Says the conversation on both sides of the border between the stakeholders, local and regional leaders and members of Congress have shifted.

“People began to turn away from stabilizing the situation to think about recovery, reduce barriers and open borders,” said Friedman.

For one thing, Canada and the United States will need to ensure the principles and rules them to lift the restrictions in harmony, and it will be important to ensure that regional and local leaders in close contact.

“I think it would be very difficult if, for example, Canada has a health and safety first as a principle, and the US is the economic recovery -. I think it would be a bit more challenging”

BC Premier John Horgan and Washington Governor Jay Inslee are in regular contact, he noted, while Cuomo and Ontario Premier Doug Ford.

“There are people who strongly recommends that New York and Quebec and Ontario in sharing information at least on the stages and how they open and any concerns they may have.”

Others have recommended adding a representative from Ford’s office task force on re-opening that Cuomo established last month by a fellow governor of New Jersey, Delaware, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Massachusetts.

This report by The Canadian Press first published May 13, 2020.”Clearly, there is a reflection on what further steps could and probably in different situations and progression different from COVID-19, but every step of the way in a situation of unprecedented, we react to and respond to the reality that we see now, and that’s where we’ll stay focused. ”

One of the realities is also complicated: more than one million active cases in the US – 42 percent of the active caseload in the world – and the death toll approaching Wednesday at 83,000 people, is growing at a rate of more than 1,000 deaths a day.

Another is political urgency levels are uncontrollable, much of it comes from the White House and Republican-led state capitol, to reopen closed businesses and ease restrictions on personal mobility, often deviate from the guidelines Trump’s own administration.

Not everyone is in a hurry. In New York, home to fully one-quarter of US COVID-19 case, Governor Andrew Cuomo still has his feet firmly on the brakes. Reopenings there will be slow, strictly monitor variables such as hospital admissions and diagnostic tests and antibodies to ensure the virus does not widen back.

“We must remain vigilant because we are still learning,” Cuomo warned as he raved about the initial conviction list COVID-19 proved to be false, including the promise of antibody immunity and that children are largely resistant.

“What we think we know is not always turn out to be true,” he said. “The virus has been in front of us every step of the way in this country.”

Businesses, local authorities and other stakeholders in and around the border communities began to realize that their traditional models of computation on cross-border traffic may be over, says Laurie Trautman, director of the Border Policy Research Institute at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Wash.

“I think it just started to kind of hit home,” Trautman said. “We are no longer just sort of waiting out the end of this, but we really will need to start thinking in a new way.”

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