Border security improvements needed: Auditor General

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OTTAWA, Ont. — The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) was subject of a damning report yesterday that suggested the agency is not doing a good enough job at keeping dangerous goods and people out of the country.

Auditor General Sheila Fraser released a report yesterday that showed dangerous goods and individuals have successfully slipped across the border within the past year.

“We found that the CBSA does not capture enough information on the results of its activities to know whether it is doing a good job at the border or to know whether improvements are needed,” Fraser told media.

Specific details about the incidents in question were not released. However, the report said 13% of high-risk containers passed across the border without further examination between January and March of this year. Fraser suggested high-tech screening systems are not working as intended.

“The threat and risk assessments that the agency has put in place are not satisfactorily supporting its efforts to achieve a border management approach that is based on risk,” she said in the report. “Many of the issues identified in our audit have persisted since the 1980s under various organizational structures, as we have reported in the past.”

– With files from the Toronto Star

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