TORONTO — Despite strict limits on nonessential journey between Canada and the United States, two Canadian nurses energetic within the so-called “anti-lockdown” motion made it to Washington for the Jan. 6 rally that preceded the deadly riot on the U.S. Capitol.
The girls, Sarah Choujounian and Kristen Nagle, had been a part of a gaggle of American and Canadian health-care professionals calling themselves the “Global Frontline Nurses” who gathered in Washington that day, in keeping with a news release, video from the scene and social media posts.
In the hours earlier than President Trump’s rally on the Ellipse, they held a small occasion in downtown Washington the place each spoke. A live stream posted to Facebook by one other nurse within the group that afternoon exhibits Choujounian on the steps of the Capitol amid a big crowd.
Though there isn’t a proof that both girl participated within the violence, their journey to Washington raises questions on loopholes within the guidelines governing journey between the United States and Canada through the coronavirus pandemic. It additionally provides a reminder of the deep ties between conspiratorial and far-right actions on either side of the border.
Canada and the United States mutually agreed to shut their land border to nonessential journey final March, and have prolonged the restrictions for 30-day increments ever since. The measures get pleasure from widespread assist in Canada, and officers have indicated that they gained’t be lifted anytime quickly.
But they comprise a loophole: Canadians can fly to the United States, together with for nonessential journey, although they have to quarantine for 14 days upon their return. Trudeau has confronted strain to tighten border restrictions, and this month, Canada started requiring all air vacationers to offer a detrimental coronavirus take a look at earlier than entry.
At least one Canadian flag might be seen waving in images and video of the mobbing of the Capitol constructing. The nurses posted a video during which they chatted with Sam, a person Nagle recognized as a “fellow Canadian,” who was current on the Capitol constructing Jan. 6. His identification couldn’t be confirmed.
Jason Kung, a spokesman for Global Affairs Canada,