Norad Santa Tracker: Where’s Santa Now?

VANKUVER – Even a pandemic can’t stop Santa’s arrival in town.

A cheerful old Saint Nick came to Canada to deliver presents when public health officials allowed him and his reindeer to rise.

For the 66th year in a row, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (Norad) tracks Santa’s whereabouts as he travels the world.

“It’s a big responsibility, but we’re very proud to do it,” Captain Ken Jacobson, Canada’s NORAD regional public affairs official, told CTV News Winnipeg on Thursday.

Under a joint U.S.-Canadian military operation, Santa Claus entered Canada before 9 p.m. EST. His first stop in Canada was Alert, Nunavut, the northernmost community in Canada. After a quick stop in Greenland, Santa flew into Canadian airspace again at about 9:10 p.m. EST and was greeted by Royal Canadian Air Force pilots escorting him to St. John’s, NL.

“When they meet him, Santa always greets him. He likes to see pilots. We raise our wings, saying, “Healthy Santa.” How are you?’ Then we continue to give him a safe passage through North American airspace, ”Jacobson said.

Canadians can see where Santa and his deer are in real time on the Norado website or @NoradSanta Twitter. Canadians can also call 1-877-HI-NORAD (1-877-446-6723) and talk to Norad volunteers who can answer questions like “When will he come to my house? and “What cookies does he like?”

Norado’s mission to follow Santa every Christmas Eve began after the 1955 the phone number of Norad’s predecessor, the Continental Air Defense Command, was erroneously printed in a newspaper ad in the department store.

Air Force Colonel Harry Shoup, the commander on duty one night, answered a call from a child who dialed an incorrectly printed number, believing he was calling Santa. After more children called that evening, Shoup appointed an on-call officer to answer the children’s calls, marking the beginning of an annual tradition.

CHRISTMAS COMPLIES WITH THE COVID-19 PROTOCOLS APPLIED BY THE FEDS

Santa and Mrs. Klaus are tax-paying Canadian citizens living in Canada’s North Pole, 2018. approved by the federal government.

Although federations have urged Canadians to avoid unnecessary international travel, with the growth of the Omicron variant, Chief Public Health Officer dr. Theresa Tam said on Thursday that Santa had the green light to rise.

To this end, it was confirmed that Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, and all eligible elves have been completely vaccinated and have even received a revaccination.

“His mask fits well and the sled is naturally ventilated. So I’m glad to announce that everything is clear to Santa,” she declared.

All of Santa’s deer were healthy and asymptomatic, Tam said. However, Rudolph had to check to see if his red nose was a concern for COVID-19.

“I can confirm that the results are negative and he is free and free to lead the sledge on Christmas Eve,” said Dr. Howard Njoo.

Transport Canada also released Santa’s sledge after inspecting its chassis, reindeer harnesses and communications and navigation systems. Santa also confirmed to Transport Minister Omar Alghabra that he had completed his pre-flight checklist earlier that week.

“When I spoke to Santa, he assured me that he met all the prerequisites for coming to Canada and that he was committed to ensuring the safety of himself, the Canadians and our transport workers,” Alghabra told the news. run.

With files from CTV News Winnipeg and The Associated Press.

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