Artists entering Canada are targeted by Canada Border Services Agency

May 07 14:05 2019 Print This Article

Recently, there have been multiple incidents of Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) officers stopping artists for secondary screening.  We are aware of a number of incidents. The incidents occurred at multiple border crossings.  In all cases, the CBSA equated being an artist with being a drug mule.

In one incident, Tim Horgan, a Canadian indigenous artist from New Brunswick was detained and escorted by CBSA officers to a local hospital for x-ray screening even after an invasive internal exam by the CBSA officers (no ingested narcotics were found). Tim Horgan was informed by the CBSA officers that the indicators for extreme screening were that (1) he was an artist; (2) artists could not afford vacations in the Dominican Republic and (3) artists could not afford to fly business class.  This incident was widely reported by Maria Jose Burgos of the CBC – See “An Indigenous artists takes a vacation alone – and CBSA holds him, X-rays him for drugs“.

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