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Canada's toughest border crossing

Last Updated Jan 24, 2019 at 10:01 am PDT

In this Feb. 10, 2011 photo, traffic moves across the Seaway International Bridge that spans across the St. Lawrence River linking Massena, N.Y., and Cornwall, Ontario, Canada. Depictions of the northern border as out of control may not be quite accurate because assessment tools used are outdated, the head of the U.S. Border Patrol Michael Fisher told a House panel Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

Not all Canada-US border checkpoints are created equal. Some are expansive ports of entry, designed to process tens of thousands of crossings each day. Those are located on major autoroutes, often between major cities.

Others are smaller, more out of the way. Those crossings mostly serve communities. Some serve them quite well, but others exist in places that can make life inconvenient for those who cross, and simply miserable for those who have to do it every day.

This is the story of one of those border crossings-the border that might be the toughest in Canada. And you’ll no doubt be shocked to learn who gets the worst of it.

GUEST: Sonya Fatah, writer (the Walrus), editor of J-Source

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