Canadian cancer patient separated from American fiancé due to Coronavirus clampdown
Lots of Canadians are separated from their loved ones irrespective of the rules granting immediate family access to Canada. Danielle Larocque, a Canadian citizen has terminal cancer and she is separated from her fiancé; her greatest desire is to come together again with her American fiancé, Charles Emch before the tide turns; it is a heart-rending story. Larocque is 67 years old and she resides in Ottawa. She went on to say, that she had been told that she has less than a year to live. She said further that she was hopeful that he could make it over to Canada, so she could spend her final days with him; however, the couples are still separated due to the closure of borders to curtail the spread of the Coronavirus.
Accordingly, the U.S. land border is also shut down to Canadian visitors. Canadians can take flights to get into the United States but Larocque is incapable because of the state of her health; which leaves the couples with only one option which is that they would have to make do with video calls. According to her fiance, 81 years old Emch, who resides in Pompano Beach, Fla; he went on to say that they would love to be together and that he was ready to do a Coronavirus screening and was also fully prepared to self-isolate if only the Canadian government would just allow him into the country. He stressed how important it was for him to be by her side due to the short time she had left to live.
Canada's travel clampdown has caused anguish for many international couples who are still separated due to the pandemic.
The federal government currently reviewed its regulations to accommodate foreigners to visit close family in Canada, which covers for common-law partners and spouses. However, that consideration has in no way helped unmarried couples like Larocque and Emch, who do not meet the benchmark. Larocque expresses her sadness about the situation. In further explanation of the couples’ predicament, Tara Vidosa, who is Laroque’s daughter, submitted that the couples, Larocque and Emch do not have papers to show they have co-habited at the same address.