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Journal from isolation: what happens now?

By Peter Mazereeuw      

Two parents, two kids, health (and sanity) on the line.

Travellers, pictured at 4 p.m. on March 14, 2020, at the Ottawa International Airport from Air Transat flight 2855 from Cancun to Ottawa and several others line up to see an immigration officer.  The Hill Times photograph by Peter Mazereeuw

In hindsight, I chose a poor time to take a vacation.

Peter Mazereeuw

Peter Mazereeuw is a deputy editor for The Hill Times covering politics, legislation, and the Senate.
- peter@hilltimes.com


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