Border Security: Canada's Front Line

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Border Security: Canada's Front Line
Border Security Canada's Front Line - Title Card.jpg
Title Card
Narrated by Jeff Cole
Opening theme "Would I Lie To You?"
Performed by Eurythmics
Country of origin Canada
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 65
Production
Running time Approx 30 minutes (including commercials)
Production company(s) Force Four Entertainment
Release
Original network National Geographic Channel
Original release September 6, 2012 – November 28, 2014
Chronology
Related shows Border Security: Australia's Front Line
Homeland Security USA
Border Security New Zealand
UK Border Force
Customs (Irish TV series)
External links
Website natgeotv.com/ca/border-security/about
Production
website
www.forcefour.com/productions/catalogue/border-security/

Border Security: Canada's Front Line is a Canadian television program produced by Force Four Entertainment that airs on National Geographic Channel.

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.

Broadcast[edit]

Season 1 premiered in Canada on Thursday, September 6, 2012[1] and season 2 premiered on August 27, 2013.[2] 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.

Episodes also air on DMAX in Italy as Airport Security Canada, Seven Network in Australia as Border Security: International[3] 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.

Controversy[edit]

The show was criticized after filming a March 2013 immigration raid where eight workers were arrested.[4] Criticisms included the lack of informed consent for those filmed[5] and that the filming constituted an invasion of privacy.[6] Also at issue was the government's involvement in the show as then-Minister of Public Safety Vic Toews had approved filming.[5]

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.[7] 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.[8]

A campaign to cancel the show was started: a group of 175 artists[9] and a group of 92 community organizations[6] each published open letters denouncing the show, an online petition calling for the show to be cancelled received over 20,000 signatures,[10] and the BC Civil Liberties Association filed a complaint with the Canadian Privacy Commissioner.[5]

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[11] and the CBSA limited filming sites.[12] The procedure for obtaining informed consent from participants has also been clarified.[13] 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.[14]

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.[15]

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.[16]

Locations[edit]

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).[17] 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 onwards focused on American border security, namely the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency.[18]

Episodes[edit]

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

References[edit]

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  7. ^ Collacott, Martin (18 March 2013). "Illegal workers should not be allowed to stay". Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 9 October 2014. 
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  9. ^ "Open letter from artists and cultural producers: End the 'Border Security' TV series". Rabble. 19 April 2013. Retrieved 9 October 2014. 
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