Girl Guides Canada cancelled a nationally-sponsored trip to a camp in California scheduled for this summer.
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Girl Guides cancel US trips

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Girll Guides of Canada cancelled trips to destinations in the United States, as well as “any travel that includes a connecting flight through an American airport”.

“We know our members value the safe, inclusive and accepting space that Guiding provides. These values are reflected in all we do, including the Girl Guide travel experiences we offer girls and women. While the United States is a frequent destination for Guiding trips, the ability of all our members to equally enter this country is currently uncertain”, Sharron Callahan international commissioner, and director of provincial operations Holly Thompson, wrote in a joint advisory.

Girl Guides Canada is the latest group to cancel plans for visits to the United States in solidarity with all its members due to the current confusion over who can enter the U.S. and who can’t. © CP/Pawel Dwulit

 “We really wanted to make sure that no girl gets left behind.”

“This was a very difficult decision to make. We hope that members will appreciate this reflects our commitment to inclusivity and equal opportunities for all girls and women.” Callahan and Thompson explained in the notice.

Sarah Kiriliuk is national manager of marketing and communications for the Girl Guides of Canada. She told CBC News Network that the decision is a pre-emptive move.

“We have lots of girls across the country that travel every year overseas and to the U.S.,” she said. “We really wanted to make sure that no girl gets left behind.”

She explained that trips are planned months in advance and it would be disappointing if anyone got to the border and was turned away.

“We wanted to make sure there was zero risk,” Kiriliuk said.

The decision was prompted by the travel bans in the United States.

Trump’s first executive order banned travel temporarily, prohibiting people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United State.  While it was blocked by a U.S. court, a second executive order will go into effect on March 16.

This second order took Iraq off the list of banned countries, but processing visas for travellers from Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya, Yemen and Iran, will then be suspended for 90 days.

All of this activity has caused confusion at some Canada-U.S. border points which resulted in some Canadian citizens of Muslim heritage having been refused entry.

A nationally-sponsored trip to a camp in California scheduled for this summer has been changed to a different destination, 

Brownie leader, Kristin Maier, in Penticton, British Columbia, said she’s happy to hear about the decisions.

“The ability of our members to equally enter the United States is uncertain under new laws set by president Donald Trump,” she told CBC News. She said she is “beyond happy to be part of an organization that takes such a clear stance on equal rights and equal opportunities.”

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One comment on “Girl Guides cancel US trips
  1. Blanche Dumont says:

    That is a very bright, attentive decision which was taken here. The more Canadians realize what is going on in USA and make their trip elsewhere and avoiding passing through USA custom, these decisions should make business men and women protest against Trumps’policies for one can decide to build everything in his own country, bye only in his own country, but he better not need anything from other country because he might be in big trouble if other countries decide to do the same, and I repeat this is a very very responsible decision. Thank you for being so aware.