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post #3 of Old 10-19-2011
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Well here in Buffalo we live "on the border" and have routinely ventured into Canada for lunch, sailing, bread, back bacon, wine, etc. Likewise Canadians come downtown to shop, attend Bills and Sabre's games etc. So the traffic on the bridges can at times be long and painful. We in general have a 100 yr border history (remember the War of 1812) and refuse to be put off by the recent terrorist theater. So you should have 1) a Passport 2) an enhanced drivers license 3) a Nexus pass. Each on a given day has a targeted use. A Nexus pass gets you a quick lane at the border and a 'b' number for your boat. (In case you stray from US waters into Canadian, you are 'supposed' to report to CANPASS with this number). If you don't land or tie up the 'Mericans don't care. Since you are severely restricted on imported goods with Nexus you can use the enhanced driver's license to speed entry on the regular lanes, I don't know if this programs is implemented in the west. Finally if all else fails produce a passport. Yes it is a PITA but we have hired all these folks and they are out to prove the necessity or they might loose their jobs. So far to my knowledge the only terrorist caught so far was collared by a stewardess on Northwest on the way into Detroit. She wasn't wearing combat boots nor packing a gun. Oh well.

s/v Nemesis
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