Border Security: Canada's Front Line
|Border Security: Canada's Front Line|
|Narrated by||Jeff Cole|
"Would I Lie To You?"|
Performed by Eurythmics
|Country of origin||Canada|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||65|
|Running time||Approx 30 minutes (including commercials)|
|Production company(s)||Force Four Entertainment|
|Original network||National Geographic Channel|
|Original release||September 6, 2012 – November 28, 2014|
Border Security: Australia's Front Line|
Homeland Security USA
Border Security New Zealand
UK Border Force
Customs (Irish TV series)
It follows the work of officers of the Canada Border Services Agency (Agence des services frontaliers du Canada) as they enforce Canadian customs, quarantine, immigration and finance laws.
Season 1 premiered in Canada on Thursday, September 6, 2012 and season 2 premiered on August 27, 2013. New episodes in seasons 1 and 2 aired on National Geographic Channel, with reruns airing on Global and DTour. Season 3 premiered on September 5, 2014 at 10 pm. On October 31, 2014, National Geographic announced that Season 3 will be the show's last
Episodes also air on DMAX in Italy as Airport Security Canada, Seven Network in Australia as Border Security: International with narration by Eden Falk, ProSieben Maxx in Germany as Border Patrol Canada, Discovery MAX in Spain as Control de Aduanas Canadá and on Pick in the UK.
The show was criticized after filming a March 2013 immigration raid where eight workers were arrested. Criticisms included the lack of informed consent for those filmed and that the filming constituted an invasion of privacy. Also at issue was the government's involvement in the show as then-Minister of Public Safety Vic Toews had approved filming.
Some defended the show for realistically portraying many of the agency’s mandates, including deterrents for undocumented immigrants while at the same time displaying the ongoing professionalism of the CBSA officers. The situation was discussed in Parliament during an exchange between the NDP Public Safety Critic, Randall Garrison, and Vic Toews, where Toews defended the show.
A campaign to cancel the show was started: a group of 175 artists and a group of 92 community organizations each published open letters denouncing the show, an online petition calling for the show to be cancelled received over 20,000 signatures, and the BC Civil Liberties Association filed a complaint with the Canadian Privacy Commissioner.
As a result of the controversy, the show's producers chose to not air the footage that had drawn criticism, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) updated the sign indicating that filming was occurring to better describe how consent for filming is obtained and the CBSA limited filming sites. The procedure for obtaining informed consent from participants has also been clarified. Although Luc Portelance, president of the CBSA, recommended in October 2013 that the show should be cancelled, the show was renewed for a third season by Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney.
Mexican national Oscar Mata Duran, who was arrested in the raid, filed a complaint with the Canadian Privacy Commissioner after being filmed by the series and presented with a filming consent form. The Canadian Privacy Commissioner found that the CBSA breached the Privacy Act by filming Duran before he was advised of the purposes of filming and found that the coercive nature of being held in a detention facility would have prevented Duran from providing informed consent for his appearance.
The Privacy Commissioner ruling prompted the CBSA to end its participation in the series at the end of Season 3. CBSA spokesperson Esme Bailey announced the series would not return for a fourth season. However, the show has continued to air in repeats.
Most of the episodes in seasons 1 and 2 were filmed at Vancouver International Airport, the land crossings at BC 99 (Peace Arch) and BC 15 (Pacific Highway), and marine points of entry in British Columbia. Portions of season 2 were also filmed at Toronto Pearson International Airport and the Peace Bridge (QEW). In Season 3, the number of locations expanded with the inclusion Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport and of land checkpoints in Alberta.
Following a ruling by the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, the CBSA stopped allowing Force Four to film the series in Canada. Season 4 focused on American border security, namely the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency.
Episodes typically have five or more segments; the first two to appear are described here to allow identification of the episodes
|Number||Date||Segment 1||Segment 2|
|1||2012||Vancouver International Airport: An Australian man has two bottles of liquor and a DUI record||Vancouver International Airport: Detector dog Whisky identifies three suspicious suitcases from China|
|2||2012||Vancouver International Airport: A Dutch woman plans a 4-night stay to visit her boyfriend but has a massive amount of luggage||Vancouver International Airport: A traveler has three envelopes of cash|
|3||2012||Vancouver International Airport: A UK man is suspected of coming to Canada to work illegally||Vancouver International Airport: A Chinese businessman is belligerent about being examined|
|4||2012||Douglas: CBSA is suspicious of two men who switched seats while in line for primary inspection||Vancouver International Airport: A UK traveler is under suspicion because of an expired work permit|
|5||2012||Vancouver International Airport: An American snowboarder arrives drunk||Vancouver Mail Centre: A package bound for BC might be a gun barrel|
|6||2012||Vancouver International Airport: A Canadian man returning from years in Japan is belligerent||Douglas: A family from California in a rental car is suspected of carrying drugs|
|7||2012||Vancouver International Airport: A Korean woman is traveling with her Canadian fiance||Port Metro Vancouver: The wife of a ship's officer lacks a visa to enter Canada|
|8||2012||Vancouver International Airport: Detector dog Nova is suspicious of an unclaimed bag.||Vancouver International Airport: Detector dog Nova checks out a Canadian man going to Las Vegas to get married.|
|9||2012||Vancouver International Airport: Outbound travelers are being checked for currency; A man going to Ecuador has a record for theft||Vancouver Mail Centre: A package declared as baby formula looks suspicious|
|10||2012||Vancouver International Airport: A Russian man en route to USA plans to sightsee in Vancouver||Vancouver International Airport: A Korean man claims to be going to Winnipeg for sightseeing|
|11||2012||Vancouver International Airport: An American IT consultant plans to travel to Toronto to visit a girlfriend||Douglas: An ailing American man seeks help from the Slovak consulate|
|12||2012||Sidney Harbour: An Alaska-bound American vessel has weapons and wine||Victoria International Airport: A Canadian couple return from a music festival in California|
|13||2012||Inland Enforcement Team: The hunt is on for two Central American drug runners||Vancouver International Airport: A Greek man claims to be making a last-minute vacation to Canada|
|15||2013||Vancouver International Airport: American man returning from a long stay in the Philippines wants to stay 264 days in Canada||Pacific Highway: An American man bound to Vancouver by bus has a criminal record|
|16||2013||Toronto Pearson International Airport: A man returning from India & Sri Lanka arouses suspicions by claiming his bag isn't his||Vancouver International Airport: A California man is traveling with a large quantity of professional photo equipment|
|17||2013||Vancouver International Airport: Chinese man quits his job before a vacation in Canada but has IT books with him||Douglas: American man going to Whistler has DUI conviction|
|18||2013||Vancouver International Airport: Canadian man returning from a 4-month tour of Americas has a baby doll leg||Douglas: American woman lacks proper ID and has a suspicious California car|
|19||2013||Vancouver International Airport: An Australian snowboarder has undeclared brass knuckles||Douglas: A group of U.S. musicians headed to Vancouver reek of marijuana|
|20||2013||Pacific Highway: An American soldier has driven a long way for a short visit||Vancouver International Airport: A British woman brings many suspicious items for a two-month visit|
|21||2013||Vancouver International Airport: A man arriving from Beijing is looking to cash a $10,000 cheque||Douglas: An American man comes to snowboard but has DUI issues|
|22||2013||Vancouver International Airport: A Canadian man returns from a backpacking trip of Central America||Vancouver International Airport: A group of American rappers arrive for shows but some members have criminal records|
|23||2013||Douglas: Two lost Canadians made a wrong turn into USA; one has a criminal record||Toronto Mail centre: A package from Trinidad & Tobago is declared to be African art|
|24||2013||Vancouver International Airport: An L.A. man claims to be sightseeing and visiting a distant cousin||Pacific Highway: A woman from Utah plans to visit a friend for a few hours|
|25||2013||Toronto Pearson International Airport: A Canadian man returning from Cuba tests positive for cocaine||Toronto Mail Centre: An infrared lamp coming from Germany seems to have organic matter inside|
|26||2013||Toronto Pearson International Airport: Currency dog Jagger sniffs out a Canadian man returning from China||Vancouver air cargo facility: A box from Asia marked paint brushes appears to contain none; instead they are markers. But are they really?|
|27||2013||Douglas: An American man with a visitor record seeks to have his extended so he can transit to Alaska||Vancouver air cargo facility: A package declared as a book has a hidden insert|
|28||2013||Toronto Pearson International Airport: A Canadian woman returning from Jamaica is suspected of smuggling cocaine when she presents a fake funeral program||Abbotsford-Huntington: American man traveling to Alaska with elderly parents and four large dogs in a large RV trailer is suspected of smuggling guns|
|29||2013||Vancouver International Airport: Slovakian man is back soon after a 14-month stay in Canada||Toronto Pearson International Airport: Canadian returning from China with an elderly relative is found with dried worms|
|31||2013||Douglas: Moldovan man needs to renew expired work permit||Pender Island: CBSA inspects commercial fishing boat headed for Alaska|
|32||2013||Peace Bridge: Group of engineering grad students appears suspicious||Vancouver International Airport: Croatian man makes a last-minute trip to Canada|
|33||2013||Vancouver air cargo facility: Two packages from India declared as clothing appear to be something else||Pacific Highway: A California teen is heading for a mountain bike event in Whistler|
|34||2013||Pender Island: CBSA officers inspect an American fishing boat for firearms||Peace Bridge: A trucker from Alabama is being questioned about an unsealed load|
|35||2013||Abbotsford-Huntington: An underemployed couple in a high-value vehicle have photos of grow operations on a phone||Vancouver International Airport: A British man claims he's visiting to reconcile with his husband|
|36||2013||Vancouver International Airport: A Mexican man is extremely nervous||Port Metro Vancouver: The mobile x-ray unit inspects shipping containers from China|
|37||2013||Vancouver International Airport: A tattooer from Philadelphia is coming to meet a friend||Toronto International Mail Centre: A package from India declared as homemade snacks seems to be too heavy and contains odd shapes|
|38||2013||Douglas: An American man claims to have entered Canada by mistake while driving around Seattle||Vancouver Mail Centre: Agents are suspicious of a package that doesn't feel natural|
|39||2013||Vancouver International Airport: An American repairman formerly denied entry to Canada claims to be up on a job||Pacific Highway: Two Americans in a borrowed truck are going to visit a friend in Richmond|
|41||2014||Douglas: A Texas couple has undeclared weapons||Toronto Pearson International Airport: A Canadian man returning from Jamaica has an anomalous bag|
|42||2014||Montreal Trudeau International Airport: A man from Lebanon has been away for almost a year||Vancouver International Airport: A Canadian man returns from another of his frequent trips to Asia|
|43||2014||Toronto Pearson International Airport: UK man going to South America tries to avoid CBSA||Montreal Trudeau International Airport: Lebanese man has previously been caught with undeclared cash|
|44||Pacific Highway: Two skateboarders, one American, one Canadian, are referred to secondary inspection||Toronto Pearson International Airport: Two Canadians returning from China are suspected of exceeding their declaration|
|45||Vancouver air cargo facility: cargo inspectors examine four crates from Asia||Montreal Trudeau International Airport: A Canadian man returning from India doesn't know what's in his suitcase|
|46||Port Metro Vancouver: Marine Team Zulu inspects a freighter from Brazil||Toronto Peason International Airport: Canadian man returns from a month in China has too many cigarettes and lard|
|48||2014||Vancouver International Airport: A Hungarian man is suspected of looking for work in Canada||Coutts: CBSA checks the serial numbers of a shipment of guns coming into Canada|
|5045||2014||Toronto Pearson International Airport: A Canadian man returns with little luggage after six weeks in Africa||Aldergrove: A hunter from Washington is towing a boat on a Canadian trailer|
|5053||2014||Coutts: A Canadian man has livestock bound for Saskatoon||Toronto Pearson International Airport: A man from the Bahamas appears for inspection with a pro-marijuana T-shirt|
|5054||2014||Toronto Pearson International Airport: Currency dog Jagger sniffs out a Canadian man returning from Egypt||Pacific Highway: An American man claims to be buying a collectible camper in Vancouver|
|5055||2014||Douglas: A Canadian woman is back from a 6-hour shopping trip to Washington||Toronto Pearson International Airport: A dog accuses a Canadian man coming from Belarus of having undeclared agricultural products.|
|5056||2014||Toronto Pearson International Airport: A Canadian man returning from two months in China declares only $40 in merchandise||Coutts: A group returns from a rave in Nevada|
|5057||2014||Osoyoos: An American teacher on a fishing trip has a record for assaulting a police officer||Peace Bridge: Twin brothers who accidentally crossed the border are found with open beer|
|5058||2014||Montreal Trudeau International Airport: Detector dog Hunter discovers a couple from France has undeclared liquor||Pacific Highway: An American refrigerated truck loaded with strawberries is checked for false compartments|
|5059||2014||Vancouver International Airport: A Mexican woman is overly friendly and in no rush to claim her bag||Ambassador Bridge: An American man declares a long gun|
|5060||2015||Vancouver International Airport: A woman transiting Canada is caught with marijuana in her bra||Toronto Pearson International Airport: A Canadian woman returning from China seems unaware of how much money she's carrying|
|5061||2015||Port Metro Vancouver: CBSA officers inspect a suspicious shipping container bound for Asia||Montreal Trudeau International Airport: A Tunisian national returns from a visit to family but declares nothing|
|5062||2015||Vancouver International Airport: Canadian woman returns from a trip to US which was paid for by a lover of hers||Toronto Pearson International Airport: A Canadian woman makes a $500 declaration|
|5063||2015||Toronto Pearson International Airport: An Iranian student has undeclared cigarettes||Toronto air cargo facility: A pair of crates from China are inspected to determine their age and historic significance|
|5064||2015||Halifax Stanfield International Airport: Detector dog Roscoe finds a package||Abbotsford-Huntington: Middle-aged couple meeting in person for the first time going to Alaska via Prince Rupert|
|5067||2014||Vancouver International Airport: Canadian man returning from Hong Kong has $9000 in cash and packages of duck||Montreal Trudeau International Airport: An American man comes to install a trampoline for a Canadian buyer|
|5068||2015||Toronto Pearson International Airport: CBSA conducts an airside inspection of a flight from Trinidad||Montreal Trudeau International Airport: Australian man coming from Vegas tries to bypass immigration|
|5069||2015||Lunenburg: CBSA inspects a vehicle coming from St-Pierre et Miquelon that didn't report in Fortune, Newf.||Toronto Pearson International Airport: CBSA inspects two cases bound for northern Africa|
|5071||2015||Vancouver International Airport: Detector dog Ashton flags two suspicious unclaimed bags.||Douglas: A couple headed to Vancouver for a Katy Perry concert has a concealed weapon permit.|
|5072||2015||Toronto Pearson International Airport: Canadian man returning from Jamaica is angry to be asked if he knows another black man||Pender Island: CBSA boards American pleasure craft to check their stock of alcohol|
|unk||Douglas: Canadian man returns after losing money at a Washington Indian casino||Toronto Pearson International Airport: Outbound passenger's jacket contains concealed tubes that turn out to be live birds|
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