ANTHRAX, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, HATEBREED – Orlando Meets Summer Of Heaviness And Celebration Of Iconic Thrash Metal Anniversary

The jury may be out on whether the heavier end of the metallic spectrum can provide relief from the Florida heat, but following a truly raucous showing at the Tabernacle in Atlanta, Georgia; New York thrash icons Anthrax, co-headliners Black Label Society and tour opener Hatebreed would do their best to provide the most aggressive distraction possible to the masses in Orlando. It could be dubbed the understatement of the 2020s thus far to stipulate that this trio of metallic stalwart outfits would prove a formidable crowd draw, as just prior to the first notes ringing out the spectators were crammed shoulder to shoulder like sardines into the famed House Of Blues venue on Friday, August 12. And though moving to the kinetic display that would unfold might well have been virtually impossible, there would be no shortage of horns being thrown, frantic moshpits and enthusiastic bodily gesticulations attempted as one classic song gave way to the next.

For an opening act and the de facto youngest fold in this colossal lineup, Hatebreed had little problem leaving an impression, literally on the foreheads and vertebrae of every onlooker. Helmsman Jamey Jasta balanced his forceful grunts and shouts with a humble sense of decorum and humor as he recounted both Scott Ian and Zakk Wylde’s names showing up on his caller ID between songs as the precursor to their inclusion on the tour, topping it all off with a hilarious “When you are asked to go on tour with half of Pantera… You can’t fucking say no”. Holding true to this observation, their set would be chock full of pummeling groove metal numbers from their early to mid-2000s heyday that highly resembled the aforementioned ’90s groove metal icons, with classic and concise selections such as opener “Proven”, “This Is Now “and” Tear It Down “being among the standout performances, though the energy level would hit its notorious apex with a rousing rendition of Exodus classic and thrasher” Bonded By Blood “, which got a sizable mosh pit going despite aforementioned lack of physical space.

With the huddled masses sufficiently jazzed up, co-headliner and southern doom extraordinaire quartet and co-headliner Black Label Society would dial back the fury a tad, but spare no expense in the energy department. Led by the Ozzy Osbourne-like nasally bellows and wild bluesy guitar shredding of Zakk Wylde, the auditory assault took on a bit more of a rocking character, with a healthy level of Black Sabbath and Down trappings in two. Their latest and 2021 release Doom Crew Inc. would be well represented in their set, with the muddy, mid-paced mystique of “Destroy & Conquer” and the melancholy blend of “Master Of Reality” and “NOLA” trappings with a slightly ballad -like demeanor of “Set You Free” being the standouts. Then again, older offerings like the chug-happy banger and opener “Funeral Bell” and the Zeppelin-like, psychedelic stylings of closer “Stillborn” were even more avidly received. Though no offering out of this leather-clad California export lacked in poignancy, the display of two square backdrops at each side revealing the faces of Dimebag Darrel and Vinnie Paul added levels of both fury and nostalgia throughout their balls-to-the-wall set , especially as the tear-jerking melody of “In This River”, dedicated to the former no less, rang through the air.

It would seem a fool’s errand for any band to attempt following such stellar performances, but the fool would wisely choose the perfect proxy in Anthrax, a fold that planted their mad thrashing flag on the very concept of bringing down the house. The crowd response was deafening from the moment that the opening chords of “Among The Living” broke the silence after an ensemble of celebrities including Keanu Reeves, Lady Gaga, Brendon Small, Gene Simmons and a handful of others recounted Anthrax’s impact on them via pre -recorded video projected against the white backdrop covering the stage in its entirety, and the ensuing set would see the lion’s share of said 1987 thrash metal album and staple remind all in attendance why this New York outfit stands proud among the Big Four. In addition to pummeling performances of “Caught In A Mosh” and “I Am The Law” finding a sea of ​​horns flying and heads banging, the mid-paced nuance of “Persistence Of Time” jam “Keep It In The Family” and older melodic speeders off the “Spreading The Disease” album like “Madhouse” and “Metal Thrashing Mad” would see legions attempting to imitate Belladonna’s soaring tenor while Scott Ian’s pounding riffs, Frank Bello’s insanely frenetic bass licks and Charlie Benante’s hyper-paced drumming registered on the Richter Scale.

Perhaps the only thing that topped the flawless performance turned in by the wrecking crew from Yonkers was the back and forth with the crowd, which ranged from the comedic to the sentimental. Though Joey Belladonna worked the audience with the best of them and had always been the de facto front man, Scott Ian would do most of the talking, and proved an effective hype-man, whether it was his rousing call to camaraderie prior to a brief reference to their historic collaboration with Public Enemy’s “Bring The Noise”, or his reverent dedication to Dimebag Darrel, Ronnie James Dio, Lemmy Kilmister and several other fallen heroes of the music scene leading up to their 2011 offering “In The End”. Then again, it all came to a head just prior to the closing banger and ode to the first Americans “Indians” where Belladonna donned a feathered headdress, this time around thrown his way by a fan from the upper balcony – a gesture that both surprised and got the frontman even a tad emotional – and likely added an extra adrenaline rush to their final, mega-thrashing hurray. It was the picture-perfect final explosion to a night of unadulterated metal, one that was nothing other than an incessant succession of cataclysmic volcanic eruptions translated to music.


Environmental consulting group will help water board secure grants for projects

The Nye County Water District has been in operation for more than a decade and while the body has managed to accomplish certain items in that time, much of its duties have gone unmet. This was one of the reasons behind the decision to recall all of the water board’s members in late 2021 and essentially reestablish a new board. That board is now is working to remedy previous issues and one path it is pursuing is additional funding sources that can help expand the water district’s ability to meet its mission statement.

Eileen Christensen, president and principal of BEC Environmental, went before the water board last month to offer her company’s services to assist with the board’s desire to identify potential grants.

“We are an environmental consulting group that has a multi-discipline team. We were established in 2002 and our first client was actually Nye County, developing a brownfields grant, ”Christensen explained, noting that since its inception, her company has secured about $ 17.1 million to support various programs in Nye County and elsewhere in the state.

She turned it over to Amberlee Mahaffey, who said she was aware of a variety of different grants that are available on a yearly basis that could be a good fit for the district, as well as many others that have recently become available due to federal acts . There are even revolving loan funds that could also be secured, Mahafeey said.

“Many of these things are open to you. It’s just a matter of understanding what exactly you are looking for, ”Christensen remarked. “I know that you are still a new board and you are still forming but it sounds like you are moving in a positive direction and as you have the need, we would love to be able to service what those needs are.”

Water board member Michael Lach noted that he invited Christensen to make the presentation. He said he was familiar with her and had watched her secure monies for a wide array of projects. This was a skill he felt could be very beneficial to the water district.

“At this point in time, the federal government has been throwing money to the states and to a lot of projects,” Lach stated. “And I think we would be remiss, when looking at our budget of approximately $ 300,000 a year, not to go after additional funding for a number of things we could direct them to go look for. Because with $ 300,000 a year, we’re not going to be able to do anything major with the monies we have. “

Christensen was back before the water board on Aug. 9 with a Master Services Agreement up for consideration, along with what would be the first work order under that contract. She emphasized that while there are obviously grants the water district may wish to seek on their own behalf, there are others that have already been or will be awarded to entities that the water district could then work with in utilizing those funds. She and her team di lei would be striving to bring all those options to the water board’s attention.

Water board member Bruce Holden said he believed it would be best to hold off on approval of the contract until the board is able to create a list of potential project ideas, adding that this would give BEC some definitive direction.

Lach, however, asserted that this was BEC’s area of ​​expertise, stressing that their team is much more equipped to find pertinent grants than the board members would be. Water district general manager Dann Weeks said that BEC would be compiling such a list and would bring it to the board for its prioritization, which would then give the board a better idea of ​​just what it can do in terms of programs and projects.

When Holden continued to press his point, Lach interjected that grants are time-sensitive so he wanted to move forward immediately. He made the motion to approve the Master Services Agreement, as well as work order No. 1 with a not-to-exceed amount of $ 8,900. That motion passed with all in favor.

Contact reporter Robin Hebrock at rhebrock@pvtimes.com.

Elon University / Today at Elon / Important information about the monkeypox virus

Elon’s Infectious Disease Response Team shared the following message on Monday, Aug. 15, about how the university is monitoring the spread of monkeypox and preparing for the possibility of a confirmed case on campus.

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

While COVID-19 continues to be the most pressing community health concern we are addressing as we move into the fall semester, we are monitoring the emergence of the monkeypox virus as a growing concern. Officials with the World Health Organization and the United States federal government have activated alert levels that enable coordinated international and national response to the outbreak.

While the monkeypox virus is a serious public health threat, we encourage members of the university community to remain calm, learn about the virus, and follow the guidance of public health officials at the federal, state, and local levels. The Elon University Infectious Disease Response Team has been monitoring the situation and is working with health officials to develop operational plans and protocols for the university, should they become necessary.

A university website has been created to educate the Elon community about the monkeypox virus, including transmission, symptoms, treatment, and steps each of us can take to avoid contracting the virus. The site includes information about the current status of monkeypox in North Carolina and the United States, and we note that the current threat to the general population is low.

The emergence of the current monkeypox outbreak, so closely on the heels of the novel COVID-19 virus, may heighten anxiety for many. Key differences make monkeypox a less serious threat than COVID-19. Among the key distinctions:

  • Monkeypox is spread primarily through skin-to-skin contact and is less contagious than COVID-19.
  • Outbreaks of monkeypox are easier to contain than COVID-19 since spreading the infection requires close contact with infectious particles, not casual contact, and people with monkeypox are generally not contagious until after symptoms appear.
  • Existing vaccines are already available, have already been previously tested, and provide some protection against monkeypox.
  • Monkeypox is typically a mild and self-limiting condition; it is rarely fatal.

Please visit the university website and educate yourself about monkeypox. As a university, we have learned a great deal about managing community health concerns through our recent experiences with the mumps and COVID-19. These lessons will serve us well, should monkeypox affect the university community.

As we have with previous infectious disease concerns, we will remain adaptive and responsive as conditions evolve. Elon’s Infectious Disease Response Team is meeting regularly, working closely with local and state health officials, and leading efforts to support the university community. Information and updates will continue to be available throughout the semester.


Members of the Elon University Infectious Disease Response Team

  • Ginette Archinal, co-chair – University Physician / Medical Director
  • Jana Lynn Patterson, co-chair – Associate Vice President of Student Life and Dean of Students
  • Steve Bailey, liaison to Academic Council – Professor of Physical Therapy Education
  • Owen Covington – Assistant Vice President for News and Information
  • Doug Dotson – Assistant Chief of Campus Safety and Police
  • Stacie Dooley – Assistant Dean of Career & Student Development, Elon Law
  • Val Drummond – Director of Risk Management
  • Raymond Fletcher – Assistant Director of Facilities Management
  • Whitney Gregory – Assistant Dean of Students
  • Kathy Harrison – Faculty / Staff Health & Wellness Clinic Manager
  • Aneshia Jerralds – Associate Director of Residence Life for Operations and Facilities
  • Paul Miller – Associate Provost for Academic Excellence and Operations
  • Shannon Moylan – Director of Environmental Services
  • Stephanie Page, liaison to Staff Advisory Council – Director of Human Resources Operations
  • Madelyn Pastrana – Community Health Manager
  • Carrie Ryan – Assistant Vice President for Auxiliary Services
  • Jeffrey Scheible – Associate Athletics Director for Compliance and Administration
  • Stephanie Vaughn – Student Health Services Practice Manager

Governor Hochul Announces Third Competitive Opportunity to Support Existing Wind Energy and Hydropower Projects in New York State

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced the third solicitation under the large-scale renewable energy procurement program known as Competitive Tier 2, which is designed to retain New York’s existing renewable energy resources. Today’s announcement underscores the importance of the State’s baseline energy generation as a critical part of the expanded Clean Energy Standard and supports New York’s goal to obtain 70 percent of the state’s electricity from renewable sources by 2030 on the path to a zero-emission power grid as outlined in the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act.

“New York’s comprehensive approach to greening the state’s power grid is helping create a thriving and competitive renewable energy market to meet the growing demand for these important resources,” Governor Hochul said, “By keeping existing hydropower and wind energy facilities in New York, we are protecting the good-paying operations and maintenance jobs that will ensure these resources continue to produce clean electricity for generations to come.”

Through its third Competitive Tier 2 solicitation, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority is seeking proposals to procure Tier 2-eligible Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) from existing privately-owned hydropower and land-based wind generators in New York State that entered commercial operation prior to January 1, 2015. NYSERDA’s procurement approach provides the opportunity to increase the amount of locally-produced renewable energy under contract with New York State, while still allowing Community Choice Aggregations to continue to voluntarily negotiate the best price and terms on energy supply, products, and services for their customers. Demand for Tier 2 RECs has grown substantially in recent years as CCAs have expanded and businesses seek clean energy choices as part of their Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) goals, contributing to a thriving market for Tier 2 RECs in New York State.

NYSERDA will evaluate and select the competitive proposals based on the lowest price received. Proposals are due on September 15, 2022, by 3:00 pm Interested proposers can apply here. NYSERDA expects to announce the awards in October 2022.

A webinar will be held on August 23, 2022, at 3:30 pm to provide interested proposers with an opportunity to learn more about this solicitation. Those interested in the webinar can sign up here, and are encouraged to register and submit questions in advance.

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority President and CEO Doreen M. Harris said, “Under Governor Hochul’s leadership, we are using every tool at our disposal to diversify New York’s energy mix and ensure all in-state renewable resources are contributing to the build-out of the resilient zero-emission power grid of the future. NYSERDA’s Competitive Tier 2 solicitation will attract the market competition needed to deliver affordable renewable energy for New Yorkers while helping to improve local air quality and foster economic growth in host communities. “

As part of its Competitive Tier 2 solicitations, NYSERDA will contract with awarded generators for the purchase of Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs). A REC represents the environmental attributes of one megawatt hour of electricity generated from a renewable source. Launched in January 2021, the Competitive Tier 2 program is funded through a Tier 2 REC obligation required of load serving entities (LSEs). New York State’s LSEs are required to purchase Tier 2 RECs from NYSERDA each year.

Today’s announcement builds on NYSERDA’s first two rounds of awards which resulted in three projects to retain enough renewable energy in New York State to power nearly 8,300 homes and help support ongoing operations of these existing New York-based renewable energy facilities. Project-specific details for the three awarded projects are now available on Open NY. This solicitation also complements the State’s actions to more quickly advance development of large renewable energy projects, markedly decreasing fossil-fuel generation and harmful emissions in the State.

New York State’s Nation-Leading Climate Plan

New York State’s nation-leading climate agenda is the most aggressive climate and clean energy initiative in the nation, calling for an orderly and just transition to clean energy that creates jobs and continues fostering a green economy as New York State recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. Enshrined into law through the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, New York is on a path to achieve its mandated goal of a zero-emission electricity sector by 2040, including 70 percent renewable energy generation by 2030, and to reach economy wide carbon neutrality.

This plan builds on New York’s unprecedented investments to ramp-up clean energy including over $ 35 billion in 120 large-scale renewable and transmission projects across the state, $ 6.8 billion to reduce buildings emissions, $ 1.8 billion to scale up solar, more than $ 1 billion for clean transportation initiatives, and over $ 1.6 billion in NY Green Bank commitments. Combined, these investments are supporting nearly 158,000 jobs in New York’s clean energy sector in 2020, a 2,100 percent growth in the distributed solar sector since 2011 and a commitment to develop 9,000 megawatts of offshore wind by 2035. Under the Climate Act, New York will build on this progress and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 85 percent from 1990 levels by 2050, while ensuring that at least 35 percent with a goal of 40 percent of the benefits of clean energy investments are directed to disadvantaged communities, and advance progress towards the state’s 2025 energy efficiency target of reducing on-site energy consumption by 185 trillion BTUs of end-use energy savings.

Column: OB-GYN care in a post-Roe world

Content warning: This article contains mentions of sexual assault.




In May, Netflix debuted “Our Father,” a shocking documentary that took Twitter and TikTok by storm. The film highlighted the grave violation of autonomy and privacy by a fertility doctor who, without consent, inseminated patients with his own sperm.

The story brings to light a debate of male prevalence in female health care.

As the film quickly racked up 42.60 million viewing hours – making it one of 2022’s most popular Netflix documentaries thus far – it raised questions for viewers about who is occupying positions of power in reproductive health care settings.

It’s time to think critically about male prevalence in female health care, and how the standards of the industry should better reflect patient autonomy rather than the interests of practitioners and the legal frameworks they work within.

This film, and others like it, echos a trend in popular culture. Reproductive rights are an increasingly pressing topic of conversation, especially since the Supreme Court overturned the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling, leaving abortion regulations up to individual states and reducing access to care.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends seeing an OB-GYN for the first time between the ages of 13 and 15, and getting a pap smear for the first time after the age of 21. And sometimes, as college-age students seek care for the first time, men are the only practitioners available for patients to see.

Women are systematically disadvantaged in their influence in STEM industries, including medicine. For instance, less than a third of doctors are women while men dominate 37 of the 43 medical fields. And despite 41 percent of OB-GYN doctors being men, only 8 percent of patients who seek OB-GYN care prefer a male doctor, according to an article from the Dayton Daily News.

There are certainly benefits to having men in reproductive care spaces – and we want to be clear that everyone, regardless of gender identity, should have the opportunity to pursue career paths that focus on women’s health issues. Transgender and gender diverse patients in particular may benefit from the ability to choose a health care provider that they feel best suits their interests and identity.

But while these benefits exist, it’s still crucially important for women to have power in spaces that concern their health and safety.

Since Roe was overturned, those impacted by the decision have taken to social media to share how women should protect themselves. Viral tweets urge women to delete their period apps to avoid authorities potentially using fertility information against them. Other posts encourage women to not disclose the date of their last period to primary care providers.

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These fears are not unfounded. Patient privacy has been completely uprooted since women’s decisions regarding their reproductive health have become an unprotected right. And part of the fear of health care professionals taking advantage of patients stems from a lack of female providers.

In a world where people who can get pregnant are ever-so careful with their personal health information, we must turn to creating health care spaces that value the struggles women face, rather than uphold regressive legal precedents. In an industry that has potential to take advantage of women in vulnerable positions, patients must be able to discuss intimate health issues with providers who can identify with their concerns and who are also personally impacted by legislation limiting their privacy.

Health care professionals, including female practitioners, are not immune to their own beliefs and biases. But increasing the number of female professionals in a field that fundamentally impacts them is a step toward elevating their voices and needs.

The demographic of practitioners is changing. In 1970, seven percent of gynecologists were women, whereas now, they make up 59 percent of the profession. Women succeeding in these fields is indicative of important progress being made towards equality, both for the women giving and receiving care.

In a post-Roe world, the ongoing debate of men overseeing female care needs to shift to consider the protection of female patients. Men in these positions of power need to advocate for their patients and listen to the women in their fields.



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Ministers admit 34 hospital buildings in England have roofs that could collapse | Hospitals

Thirty-four hospital buildings in England have roofs made of concrete that is so unstable they could fall down at any time, ministers have admitted.

The revelation has prompted renewed fears that ceilings at the hospitals affected might suddenly collapse, injuring staff and patients, and calls for urgent action to tackle the problem.

Maria Caulfield, a health minister, made the disclosure in a written answer to a parliamentary question asked by the Liberal Democrats’ health spokesperson, Daisy Cooper.

Caulfield said surveys carried out by the NHS found that 34 buildings at 16 different health trusts contained reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC), which one hospital boss has likened to a “chocolate Aero bar”. RAAC was widely used in building hospitals and schools in the 1960s, 70s and 80s but has a 30-year lifespan and is now causing serious problems.

In 2020 Simon Corben, NHS England’s director of estates, declared that RAAC planks posed a “significant safety risk” because their age meant they could fall down without warning.

Caulfield’s admission means more NHS facilities are at risk from RAAC than previously thought. Until now it was believed 13 trusts were affected, but the minister put that figure at 16. Her answer did not identify the 16 trusts concerned or indicate how many of the “34 buildings containing RAAC planks” were hospitals in which patients are treated.

However, the identities of some of the hospitals concerned are already known, including Hinchingbrooke in Cambridgeshire, Frimley Park in Surrey and Airedale in Yorkshire.

“It’s simply unthinkable that patients are being treated in buildings that could be at risk of collapse,” said Ed Davey, the Lib Dem leader. “From record waiting lists to crumbling hospital roofs, patients are paying the price of years of Conservative neglect of our NHS.”

Several hospitals are now having to use steel props to hold up roofs to reduce the risk of that happening. One – the Queen Elizabeth in King’s Lynn, near the Conservative leadership contender Liz Truss’s south-west Norfolk constituency – is currently deploying no fewer than 1,500 supports.

In a televised leadership debate with her rival Rishi Sunak last month, Truss voiced her concern about the large number of hospitals in England that had major structural problems. “I’m afraid some of our hospitals are falling apart. The Queen Elizabeth in King’s Lynn, near me – bits of the hospital are being held up by stilts. That is not good enough for patients across the NHS, ”she said.

Caroline Shaw, the hospital’s chief executive, told the Sunday Times last month that “the roof is like a chocolate Aero bar. There are bubbles in the concrete and we’re checking it daily to make sure those bubbles don’t break, and the roof doesn’t come down. It really is like a ticking timebomb. “

She added: “For patients who are lying in bed and seeing these props, it does feel quite unsafe.” The hospital had to evacuate patients from its intensive care unit last year and move some to hospitals 40 miles away amid fear that the roof might collapse.

But Davey pointed out that Truss had been a member of recent governments that had resisted pleas from NHS leaders for a major increase in the service’s capital budget to enable an overhaul of its aging, sometimes dangerously inadequate estate.

“It is outrageous that Liz Truss is openly referencing that her local constituency hospital has been fitted with these roofs, despite sitting in cabinet and being a senior member of successive Conservative governments. This government’s failed NHS record of record waiting times and crumbling hospitals is also her record of failure, ”he said.

Last year a whistleblower at West Suffolk hospital, which also has RAAC planks, revealed to the BBC that it had commissioned a law firm to assess its risk of facing charges of corporate manslaughter if a sudden roof collapse proved fatal.

Hinchingbrooke last year banned patients weighing more than 19 stone from having surgery in two of its operating theaters in case it put too much strain on the floor.

Pippa Heylings, a Lib Dem councilor in Cambridgeshire, said: “We want to see a health minister at our local hospital this week to see for themselves and finally take urgent action.”

In her reply, Caulfield told Cooper that the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) had set aside £ 110m “to mitigate the immediate risk” and that trusts would receive £ 575m more to help. However, several of the affected trusts say it would be cheaper to build a new hospital than rebuild one riddled with RAAC.

A DHSC spokesperson said: “We are taking action to improve health infrastructure across the country and have provided more than £ 4bn for trusts to support local priorities – including to maintain and refurbish their premises – and have set aside over £ 685m to directly address issues relating to the use of RAAC in the NHS estate.

“By 2030 we will have 40 new hospitals which will provide state-of-the-art facilities to ensure world-class provision of healthcare for NHS patients and staff by replacing outdated infrastructure.”

What you need to know about Canada’s divisive ArriveCAN app

Ottawa is making plans to expand the capabilities of its ArriveCAN app even as criticism continues to mount over the mandatory online data-entry system for travelers entering the country.

Earlier this week, Transport Canada gave an update on its plans to improve the app, including by adding an optional, online advance CBSA declaration feature for people going to the Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Billy Bishop Toronto City, Ottawa, Québec City and Halifax international airports.

The feature, which Transport Canada says cuts the amount of time travelers spend at a Canada Border Services Agency kiosk by a third, is currently only available to those passing through Toronto Pearson, Vancouver or Montreal-Trudeau international airports.

“With the thousands of travelers arriving in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal airports each day, the use of the optional advance CBSA declaration has the potential to save hours in wait time,” according to Transport Canada’s release.

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With Ottawa signalling no plans to do away with the app, here’s a refresher on how it works, why it’s in place – and who’s for and against its continued use.

Why was it put in place?

Though the app was introduced earlier in the pandemic, the version of ArriveCAN people are familiar with today launched in July 2021, when Canada began easing public health restrictions on people coming into Canada. Fully vaccinated Canadians and permanent residents crossing the border were no longer required to quarantine upon their return.

But Canada still wanted a way to account for people’s vaccination statuses and COVID-19 results from a recent test. The app allowed travelers to take a photo or upload a snapshot of their vaccine documentation into the app before going through customs.

How does it work today?

Canada has lifted most of its travel restrictions for fully vaccinated travelers, including the need for domestic travelers to show proof of vaccination while traveling by train or plane.

But regardless of vaccination status, all travelers coming into Canada are required to submit their information to the ArriveCAN app – or the website version if they don’t have a smartphone – up to 72 hours before entering Canada.

When travelers finish inputting their information, they’re emailed a receipt to show a Canadian border officer upon arrival, along with their COVID-19 test results and any vaccination documents.

The app has not been without its issues. Last month, the CBSA acknowledged a glitch that incorrectly informed travelers to quarantine when in fact they didn’t have to, affecting around 10,200 people.

What are the potential penalties for non-compliance?

Canadians who fail to provide the required information through ArriveCAN won’t be denied entry but may face a 14-day quarantine, the need to take a COVID-19 test on arrival and a followup test eight days later.

They may also be fined $ 5,000 and face “additional delays at the border for public health questioning,” according to Canada’s main ArriveCAN information page.

Is anyone exempt from using ArriveCAN?

Yes, including people who can’t access the app or website because of cognitive or physical impairments.

Instead, they may provide the information verbally at the border or by completing a paper form.

The exemption also applies to people who can’t fill out the information online because of a natural disaster, censorship, lack of access to internet or an ArriveCAN outage.

There is a degree of leeway for some people at land border crossings too.

As of May 24, “to allow for more flexibility,” the Canada Border Services Agency began letting fully vaccinated Canadian land travelers off with a warning the first time they neglect to fill out the app if they had no prior history of non-compliance.

The agency told Radio-Canada on Friday that since late July, fully vaccinated foreign travelers entering Canada by land have also been able to avail themselves of the one-time exemption.

The union representing border workers told CBC News last month that between 30 and 40 per cent of travelers entering into Canada in Windsor, Ont., Weren’t completing the app before arriving.

Who’s against it?

Border city mayors have said the app is a barrier for tourists looking to enter Canada, and for trade.

Other politicians – including Conservative Party of Canada leadership candidates Jean Charest, Pierre Poilievre, Leslyn Lewis and Scott Aitchison – have called for the app to be scrapped, saying it creates headaches for some travelers and and contributes to delays at airports.

In a tweet last month, Poilievre called on Canada to “stop forcing ArriveCAN on people” and “restore sanity to our airports.” The tweet included video, which CBC News has not verified, of an elderly person without a cell phone calling the app “bureaucracy run amok” while at a Toronto airport.

Lewis more recently called the app a “surveillance experiment” that needs to end.

Who wants the app to stay?

MP Taylor Bachrach, the New Democrats’ transport critic, said ArriveCAN continues to play “an important role” in helping screen international arrivals for new variants and for verifying that visitors to Canada are fully vaccinated to protect the country’s health care system.

“But the government must make the app work as intended so it can reduce wait times at airports and border crossings as promised,” Bachrach said in a statement.

The government also needs to better address people who can’t use the online app for accessibility reasons, he added.

“It is totally inappropriate for customs agents to be acting as IT technicians as they troubleshoot travelers’ technology challenges” he said.

Green Party MP Elizabeth May said she has found the app helpful and easy to use during her travels.

“The recent glitch, on the other hand, demonstrates a serious problem in terms of privacy breaches,” she said in a statement.

What does the government have to say about it?

In its release earlier this week, Transport Canada said 1,600 security screening officers with the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority have been hired across Canada since April, while 30 new customs inspection kiosks have been recently added at Toronto Pearson International Airport.

In its own statement to CBC News, the CBSA said 99.53 per cent of air travelers used ArriveCAN in the week ending July 17, according to the most recently available data.

Millions of people have used the app without issue, the spokesperson added.

“Without ArriveCAN, processing times for travelers would increase significantly, as these public health functions would need to be completed manually for each traveler by CBSA officers at the port of entry.”