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    Now it’s Canada’s turn to correct staffing issues that discourage cross-border travel

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    From the Buffalo News:

    Will Canada start listening now? With border backups attracting attention across the country and pressure rising at all levels of government, perhaps Ottawa will finally act to defuse a problem that poses economic perils on both sides of the border.

    The problem, which has been evident at various times all summer, repeated itself late last month as Canadians returning home from the Kanye West concert in Buffalo encountered not only long lines at the border crossing in Fort Erie, but the additional insult of watching booths closing as agents packed up for the night. An unnecessarily long wait was thoughtlessly extended.

    Canadian authorities have been made aware of the problem. Yet nothing improves.

    Border mayors want feds to resolve bridge delays

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Niagara’s three border mayors plan to write a letter this week calling on the federal government to address the traffic backups that have been a frequent problem at bridges into Canada this summer.

    “We’re all feeling the pain. It’s very frustrating,” said Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati, adding counterpart mayors in the U.S. are equally frustrated.

    Diodati said he has heard from people that it has taken them more than an hour to come back to Canada on Niagara’s bridges. He said even at the Whirlpool Bridge, which is a Nexus-only crossing, it took motorists half an hour to come into Canada Saturday.

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