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Couple to Face Smuggling Charges for Trying to Drive New SUV into Canada

Emmanuel Tava, 41, and Fortune Mendaza, 38, a husband and wife from Stittsville, Ontario, have been charged under the Customs Act with attempted smuggling and evasion of the payment of duties in relation to a 2015 SUV that they allegedly tried to drive across the border without declaring for import. The two have a hearing date this Friday, July 18, at the Ontario Court of Justice in Brockville. Tava and Mendaza have not commented on the matter...

Name Tags on Border Services Officers Here to Stay

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has said that it will continue to require its border services officers (BSOs) to wear name tags after a July 3 decision by the Occupational Health and Safety Tribunal Canada. The tribunal's ruling found that the name tags are a hazard to BSOs, obliging the CBSA under the Labour Code and Occupational Health and Safety Regulations to take preventive measures to protect its agents. It stated that the CBSA mus...

Canada Council Film Project held by Customs

Part of a video installation created by Iranian-born filmmaker Sadaf Foroughi under a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts has been detained by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) on the basis that it violates a ban on imports from Iran. Foroughi has filed an appeal with the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) arguing that the piece falls under the personal effects exemption to the sanctions, but time may be ru...

CBSA Improves Data Tracking After Review Finds 19,000 Obsolete Watch List Entries

Following an evaluation by the Auditor General of Canada late last year, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has conducted an internal review and made changes to the way it handles data on lookout flags for travelers it considers suspicious. A new report from Public Safety Canada prepared at the behest of the Public Accounts Committee of the House of Commons details the findings of the CBSA review and the measures that the agency is taking t...

Indian Statue Allegedly Held by Department of Canadian Heritage

The High Commission of India in Ottawa says that the Department of Canadian Heritage has been keeping a 12th century statue from Khajuraho at its district office in Edmonton since 2011, and that it has requested its return. According to the Commission, it received a letter about the statue from Canadian Heritage three years ago, but only recently passed it on to the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), the agency within the Indian Department of ...