‘I don’t want to break his heart, but he’ll understand’: Canadians wrestling with whether to go home for Christmas

‘I don’t want to break his heart, but he’ll understand’: Canadians wrestling with whether to go home for Christmas
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Jeannie Gorry, a government worker living in New Westminster, B.C., couldn’t say no when her son offered to fly her to Toronto this winter so she could spend Christmas with him.

But with COVID-19 cases on the rise and government leaders discouraging interprovincial travel, the single mom decided this week to cancel the flight.

“I’m 58 years old and can’t risk it. I’m laying low, working from home, hoping I don’t get COVID,” she said. “I cancelled that flight today. I just haven’t told him. I don’t want to break his heart, but he’ll understand.”

Across this sprawling country, in which families and generations often spread from coast to coast, many are weighing their options for holiday travel this winter. Do they book that flight to reunite with loved ones or stay…



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