June 3, 2011
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From the Canadian Press, June 1, 2011
Border workers push for biometric screening in perimeter security plan with U.S.
By Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press
OTTAWA — Canada’s front-line border officers back the idea of a perimeter security arrangement with the United States, with a few caveats.
The Customs and Immigration Union wants more intensive screening of travellers, including a biometric face-recognition tool to pinpoint security threats and wanted criminals.
And it’s pushing for an end to closures and reduced hours at land-border crossings.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper and U.S. President Barack Obama have signed an agreement that could lead to a formal North American security perimeter.
The union’s submission, part of a federal consultation on the initiative, was obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act. Union president Ron Moran was unavailable Tuesday.
The perimeter arrangement is aimed at expanding joint operations on security while allowing for smoother flow of goods and people across the Canada-U.S. border. The federal government says an ambitious joint-action plan should be ready this summer.
Critics contend a border deal would endanger Canadian sovereignty and federal control of personal information.
ASU hosts model North American Union legislature
The North American Center for Transborder Studies (NACTS)at Arizona State University will co-host the 2011 “Triumvirate” at the Tempe campus.
The sixth edition of the Triumvirate, the only trinational inter-parliamentary student simulation in North America, will take place from May 29 through June 3. Organized by ASU and the North American Forum on Integration (NAFI) from Montreal, the event will bring together about 50 students from seven American, Canadian and Mexican universities.
“The Triumvirate, is a unique, one-of-a-kind event,” NACTS director Rick Van Schoik said.
University student participants from Mexico, the United States and Canada participate in a week-long simulation exercise simulating a congressional meeting between North American legislators. Student delegates are assigned one of the three roles: legislator (representing a country other than their own), journalist, or lobbyist. The legislators will debate themes of a political, economic and environmental nature, while lobbyists will attempt to influence the legislators’ decisions and the TrilatHerald journalist team will analyze the evolution of the debates.