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the greater partitioning of Cascadia: border divisions

the greater partitioning of Cascadia: border divisions

I have posted before that Cascadia is becoming two very distict Cascadias as the US and Canadian governments administrate differently, as economies shift and as world's most longest and peaceful border becomes more militarized. The following articles illustrate the continuing division that the Amerikan expansionist president Polk started back in the 1840s.
the greater partitioning of Cascadia: border divisions

I have posted before that Cascadia is becoming two very distict Cascadias as the US and Canadian governments administrate differently, as economies shift and as world's most longest and peaceful border becomes more militarized. The following articles illustrate the continuing division that the Amerikan expansionist president Polk started back in the 1840s:

CASCADIA Mayors plea for delay Cross-border impacts feared if U.S. forges ahead with security crackdown

By Jeff Nagel
Black Press
Jul 04 2006

Lower Mainland mayors joined counterparts from Washington, Oregon and Idaho Friday in urging U.S. officials to delay plans to force all visitors to carry passports.

The motion passed at the Cascadia Mayors Council meeting in Surrey after the 35 Pacific northwest mayors heard forecasts that tighter border security will hurt cross-border tourism and trade.

The U.S. government has set Jan. 1, 2007 as the date passports will be required to enter the U.S. by air or water, and Jan. 1, 2008 for land crossings.

In the meantime, a group of U.S. senators is trying to pass an amendment that would delay implementation of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative until Jan. 1, 2009.

Most residents on both sides of the border don't have passports and many of them don't know about the planned changes, said Mary Mahon-Jones, with the B.C. Council of Tourism Associations.

She cited polls that show a third of Canadians and Americans who don't hold passports say they don't plan to cross the border again if they have to get one.

"The process of getting a passport is, frankly, a colossal hassle, at least in Canada," Mahon-Jones said.

The more Americans and Canadians do get passports, she added, the more they may be tempted to travel to more distant countries, rather than just across the 49th parallel.

American visits to Canada are already down sharply this year even though the passport rule isn't in force yet.

Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts said a delay would buy time to pursue alternatives, such as creating a different identification card or upgrading driver's licences to include extra security data.

"We are very aware and cognizant of the security issue," Watts said.

"But we also want to make sure the implementation of this is done right."

It's not just tourism that's at stake.

All trucks carrying goods that cross the border would have to have accepted identification.

And the passport rule could impact many businesses located in Surrey, White Rock, Langley and Abbotsford which take advantage of the proximity of the border.

"With Surrey being the largest border crossing in Western Canada and the second largest in the country, those issues are front and centre in what we're dealing with," Watts said.

Anthony Welcher, the U.S. State Department's director of intergovernmental affairs, told the mayors plans call for passports to be mandatory for all travellers - even children.

He admitted that may drive up costs for families and deter tourism, but said the U.S. plans reduced passport fees to ensure a family of four won't pay more than $100.

He defended the requirement, saying it will help protect children from cross-border kidnappings.

"It is a burden. But it will help keep our children safe and secure."

Welcher said Canadians shouldn't hold out hope the passport plan will be shelved.

"Honestly, I've got to say it's tough," he said.

"Barring an amendment, we're just going to have to deal with it."

The Cascadia mayors' motion backs a similar call by Premier Gordon Campbell and Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire to delay implementation until after the 2010 Winter Olympics while other options are pursued.

Senator Gerry St. Germaine said both countries must work to ensure anti-terror measures don't unnecessarily impede the millions of people who cross the border and billions of dollars in cross-border trade and investment.

"These new requirements will have long term implications," he said.

"We must act very, very carefully."

found at  link to www.peacearchnews.com


Biking to Canada and back (if the Border Patrol lets us in)

For the Monitor

July 05. 2006 8:00AM

Among the numerous and sometimes conflicting doctrines we try to observe in my household is that of treading lightly on the Earth. That is difficult to accomplish in a society that seems dedicated to waste and self-indulgence, where the only feasible means of long-distance travel is the automobile and the only way to feel good about oneself is to buy something new.

It is also a difficult concept to pass on to children whose friends race here and there in parent-purchased cars, communicating continually on parent-purchased cell phones. And it becomes especially hard to convey when there is work to do in the garden or at the woodpile. Nonetheless we attempt to set an example through consumer restraint, household economy and energy conservation.

Energy conservation was one of the main motives behind our choice of a vacation this year: bicycling to Canada. That isn't as rigorous a feat as most Americans might suppose, for the nearest border crossing lies only about 110 highway miles from our door. Avoiding deadly highways requires more mileage, but the round trip still falls within a week's easy cycling, during which we can ignore traffic jams and oil-industry gouging.

The flatter terrain of southern Maine might have been a preferable choice for bicycling. The coast is lovely, but it is usually packed with people from places no one wants to live, and by their mass presence they often make Maine feel like another one of those unpleasant places. There is something immensely gratifying about gliding all the way to an international border on such ecologically sound transportation.

There is something appealing about entering Canada by any transportation, for that matter.

Canada is a different world, at least from Vermont and New Hampshire. The U.S. side stands in the tall conifers of the great northern forest while the Canadian side slips immediately into rolling farmland and occasional, distinct towns, with little of the endless suburban sprawl that ate up so much of the United States so quickly.
The abrupt change in language offers an instant taste of Renaissance Europe, at least for those who remember their professor rattling off Middle French, and what can be more therapeutically humbling than trying to recall the vocabulary of a seldom-used language?

The money adds to the European atmosphere. Canadian bills are pieces of art, emblazoned with exotic historical characters and scenes in a variety of colors. The larger denominations are decorated with ornate engravings that mimic embroidery, and in that currency we have a dollar that still makes the American version seem as though it were actually worth something.

One-way cordiality

The strongest attraction Canada exerts may be the calm, peaceful atmosphere, which, unfortunately, seems especially foreign anymore. Just note the difference in customs officials.

Since the first time I crossed the Canadian border, I've never had an unpleasant experience with a Canadian customs officer. All of them have been flawlessly courteous, most of them are quite congenial and many are even unarmed. Approaching the U.S. border, meanwhile, usually turns the stomach sour.

Certain U.S. border stations in Vermont long ago developed widespread and well-deserved reputations for rudeness and unwarranted, invasive searches. Since the commencement of King George's War, the U.S. crossings have served as an introduction to American paranoia, with suspicious officers engaging travelers in deceptively inquisitive banter.

On my last re-entry by automobile at Beecher Falls, a pleasant young agent asked me the usual questions and wished me a safe trip, but as I started away, his older colleague interceded, hand-near-holster, and awkwardly initiated a perfectly artificial conversation. When I inadvertently misquoted the New England price of a New York Times, he grew as stern and mistrustful as an East German border guard. Welcome home, Yank.

Canada may have the friendliest customs service, but my belongings have been closely searched at places like the German border, back in the heyday of the Bader-Meinhof gang, without giving me the impression that I was being singled out for scrutiny. The only customs officers who have ever made me feel like a criminal suspect have been our own.

Until recently (and they may be doing it yet), the Border Patrol was stopping traffic nearly 100 miles inside the United States, interrogating citizens and frequently detaining them - probably for such suspicious actions as mispronouncing local nomenclature.

This sort of internal surveillance would be easier to bear if the New Hampshire State Police would establish a similar roadblock along the Massachusetts border and ask everyone to say "Kancamagus."

(William Marvel is an author and historian who lives in South Conway.)


found at  link to www.cmonitor.com