Highlights / border

Health, Immigration & Refugees, International, Society

Canadian airports relax attitude on medical marijuana

Marijuana is still illegal in Canada, except if you have a prescription to possess small amounts for medical reasons. Previously, Canadian Air Transport Security Authority agents (CATSA) would call the police when a passenger was found in possession of marijuana. »

Immigration & Refugees

Cabinet ministers warn migrants at border

Two Canadian cabinet ministers travelled to the border between Canada and the United States on August 21 to warn migrants they must meet certain criteria to be allowed to stay in the country and that they would not be fast-tracked. »

Immigration & Refugees, Politics

Is Ottawa’s tougher immigration message bearing fruit?

The number of asylum seekers crossing illegally the U.S.-Canada border in Quebec has “moderated” slightly from the 250 people a day to an average of 140 asylum seekers a day over the weekend, federal officials said Monday. Speaking to reporters »

Immigration & Refugees, International, Society

Anti-racist protesters cause damage

A planned peaceful march by an anti-migrant group in Quebec City turned violent on Sunday when counter-protesters began throwing objects at police. A group  of about 200 protesting the illegal entry into Canada by thousands of asylum seekers was to »

Immigration & Refugees, Politics

RCMP has intercepted 3,800 asylum seekers crossing illegally into Quebec since Aug. 1

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police has intercepted more than 3,800 asylum seekers who have crossed the Canada-U.S. border in Quebec illegally during the first two weeks of August, the federal police force said Thursday. The figures were released at a joint technical »

International, Society

Privacy watchdog flags U.S. border searches

Canada’s privacy commissioner has warned the government that U.S. plans to enhance border searches may contravene Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms and there’s little recourse for people subjected to them. At issue is the fact that the U.S. conducts »

Immigration & Refugees, Society

Illegal border crossing: human smuggling charges laid

Since the beginning of the year hundreds of asylum claimants have been making their way across unguarded border crossings into Canada. Many have claimed that at least in some cases there are likely organized groups or individuals helping to deliver »

Immigration & Refugees, International, Politics, Society

Canadians growing uneasy about more power for U.S. border guards in Canada

Although not stated, the idea came from terrorist attacks in the U.S. resulting in much tighter border controls in the US. An  international agreement with the US in 2015 permitted U.S. border agents to operate on Canadian soil, in airports, »

Immigration & Refugees, International, Politics, Society

Border guard union head says security threatened by migrant influx, lack of guards

In recent weeks the trickle of migrants crossing illegally into Canada has become, if not a flood, certainly greatly increased in magnitude. The National President of the Customs and Immigration Union, Jean-Pierre Fortin, says the situation Is almost out of »

International, Society

Border guards can ask for your passwords

The British Columbia Civil Liberties Association is warning people to think hard before deciding to take cell phones or other electronic devices across the border between Canada and the United States. Even if they have no grounds for suspicion, border »