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Old 23-08-2016, 00:34   #76
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Re: American Boaters going to Canada, Be Advised...

Some humorous happenings at the border.

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Old 23-08-2016, 05:26   #77
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Re: American Boaters going to Canada, Be Advised...

Strypes, I'm also sorry for that reception. Assuming the incident is as you related it, that was unnecessarily heavy handed.

Without thoroughly reviewing the regulations, I'd say
- first, write down all of the details as you recall them, including names, dates, times, official numbers. Have your friends, wives, witnesses do the same. Keep any supporting documents you have, including your original notes.
- you may have encountered a bad apple, or just one who elected not to give you any favourable consideration when he had the discretion to do so.
- appeal this matter through whatever means the CBSA website allows
- write the Minister responsible, copy the local Member of Parliment, & the Town
- consider the need for a legal representative
- you may have a defence of due diligence
- you definitely want to get this off your record, or at least have an appeal on record. Having such a conviction will be a noose around your neck for the rest of your life!
- who were the funds paid to? I assume you have receipts? Confirm payment was made to the Receiver General for Canada.

Good luck.

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Old 23-08-2016, 05:59   #78
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Re: American Boaters going to Canada, Be Advised...

It doesn't surprise me one bit that you were treated like a criminal. I'm a Canadian and I get treated like that all the time by the Canadian Border Patrol. Most of them have a real bad attitude and are on a real big power trip. US Border Patrol have always treated me professionally and I rather enjoy talking to them. I did get fleeced for all my cash by State police in Minnesota some years back so I don't carry cash in the US anymore.When visiting any country , Anything can happen, and it seems that it's just money that they're after. It's called legal Extortion , Expect it anytime ,anywhere. Be safe.
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Old 23-08-2016, 06:16   #79
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Re: American Boaters going to Canada, Be Advised...

Here is a different story. ~1500 Americans invaded Canada on inner tubes and only documentation were Bud Light Cans. Canadian Border Services and Coast Guard picked up these folks and bussed them back to the US.
U.S. partiers wash up in Canada, blown across St. Clair River - Windsor - CBC News
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Re: American Boaters going to Canada, Be Advised...

This may or may not have already been mentioned but don't hesitate to report this to higher authority. Yes, they are there to do their jobs which does not include verbal abuse. They will be answerable to their conduct and behaviour.

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