Canadian International Council

Canadian International Council

August 12, 2008 17:16 ET

High-Tech Tools Can Plug the Holes in the Border Between Canada and U.S.

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 12, 2008) - Remote sensing technology and computer programs are the way to further protect both Canada and the United States from criminal incursions at the largely unmonitored stretches of the Canada-U.S. border, says Margaret Kalacska in a paper released today by the Canadian International Council (CIC).

"Remote sensing technology, which makes it possible to collect data on dangerous or inaccessible areas, has gained prominence in recent years due to technological advances," explains Kalacska, one of CIC's inaugural fellowship recipients. "This technology, coupled with space and airborne imaging, along with joint cooperation between authorities on both sides of the border, can be used to protect both countries against organized crime, money laundering and drug, human and illegal arms trafficking. Although traditional border crossings have been tightened up since the 9/11 attacks, criminals are now seeking easier access points."

The author argues that this call for action is not driven by paranoia over terrorism in Washington and the Bush administration, as both Canada and the U.S. have separately identified the above criminal activities along their joint border as threats to their national security.

Kalacska is a geography professor at McGill University, a former post-doctoral research fellow at Simon Fraser University's School of Criminology, and one of eight fellows chosen earlier this year by the CIC to contribute new perspectives in vital areas of Canadian foreign policy leading to further discussion and debate. The program's initial areas of focus for 2008-09 include the following: China, Border Issues, Arctic Sovereignty and Security and Energy.

For more information on the CIC or the selected fellows please visit: www.canadianinternationalcouncil.org

The Canadian International Council (CIC) is a non-partisan, nationwide council established to strengthen Canada's role in international affairs. With 13 branches nationwide, part of the CIIA national branch network, CIC seeks to advance research, discussion and debate on international issues by supporting a Canadian foreign policy network that crosses academic disciplines, policy areas, and economic sectors. The CIC will feature a privately funded fellowship program, supported by a network of issue-specific working groups. Carefully selected CIC fellows will focus on important foreign policy issues, working out of universities and research institutions across the country. The CIC was founded in 2007 by Jim Balsillie, co-CEO of RIM (Research In Motion).

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