CBSA takes close look at small and re­mote cross­ings

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier

The Canada Bor­der Ser­vices Agency has just re­leased a re­port af­ter eval­u­at­ing small and re­mote Ports of En­try, an ex­er­cise that was nec­es­sary fol­low­ing the new perime­ter se­cu­rity deal be­tween Canada and the United States.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, there are nu­mer­ous prob­lems re­lated to the gen­eral se­cu­rity and safety of the per­son­nel work­ing at some of those posts such as poor heat­ing, ro­dent and pest prob­lems, lack of potable wa­ter, in­ad­e­quate space for in­ter­view­ing trav­el­ers and a lack of cam­eras. The re­port also came to the con­clu­sion that the cross­ings were of­ten im­por­tant if not cru­cial to small bor­der com­mu­ni­ties where res­i­dents fre­quently crossed the bor­der for things like food, gas and emer­gency ser­vices.

More than half of the coun­try’s one hun­dred and seven­teen land-bor­der Posts of En­try fall into the cat­e­gory of small and re­mote bor­der cross­ings. Those cross­ings process only a small per­cent­age of the cross-bor­der traf­fic (less than 5% in 2012-2013).

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High­wa­ter is not one of the busiest bor­der posts in the re­gion, but sees good traf­fic dur­ing the week-end.

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Glen Sut­ton is so quiet that the road on the Que­bec side is in one of the worst con­di­tions in the prov­ince.

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