Passport required

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Canadians travelling to the U. S. by car need to add one more thing to their checklist starting today as new rules requiring passports kick in.

    Showing up at a crossing with your birth certificate or citizenship card and photo ID won’t guarantee entry anymore. The United States now requires Canadians and Americans entering the U. S. by land or water to present passports or other types of specified documentation.

    This is the last phase of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative — America’s post 9-11 effort to toughen up border security.

    The policy was developed by the Bush administration, but the former president told a Toronto crowd Friday he didn’t know about the passport requirement.

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