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CBSA Launches Social Media Campaign

Yay! The CBSA social media finally launched its social media campaign!

Below is the first video they posted on their new CBSA Youtube channel and I have to say its not bad at all.





They are also on Twitter as @CanBorder

and have a Facebook Page as the Canada Border Services Agency

I love it! I just really hope they will use social media to really engage and help people.
I pray they don’t ignore people or censor people who dissent.

They have clearly outlined their terms of use policies here so I hope that aside from people who violate these terms that the rest will be acknowledged and assisted with whatever their issues are.

Word is that there may soon be a CBSA reality tv shows or series coming to TV soon. In 2004, Australia was the first country to have a reality series show on their Customs officers and what they do and apparently it was a huge hit down under. The show was called Border Security: Australia’s Front Line and was on Channel 7 from 2004-2008. The US also had a show called Homeland Security which ran on ABC for 13 episodes. In my opinion it wasn’t bad but not nearly as good as the Australian show. I have my fingers crossed our Canadian version will be as good or better.

Either way it will be good for the public to see a little about what we do.

CBSA was created in 2003 and in 2011 most people have no idea what CBSA stands for or what the Canada Border Services Agency does; hence my reference to Canada Customs (even my domain name). So some branding is better than no branding I guess.

I have to admit that while I am ecstatic that CBSA finally adopted social media…I’m not holding my breath that it will be done right. There is this psychology or culture within the agency to tip toe around anything that could even be remotely considered to be in conflict with the Privacy Act or section 107 of the Customs Act. People are afraid even though the legislation clearly outlines when we can and when we cannot release information. The authority to release the names of suspected war criminals was always there…but for some reason until this year people were too afraid to do just this. I really don’t understand why. Maybe they didn’t feel comfortable until public sentiment was there alongside with conservative government in power. I can only speculate.

On a side note, I know that this site is being monitored by the agency. I hope that they have reached the conclusion that what I am doing is not illegal or against the agency in any way. I hope they understand that I truly do what I do because I love my job and want to help others every way I can. I recognized a hole online that needed to be filled and so I tried to fill it. Now that the Agency is attempting to do the same perhaps my services will no longer be necessary and my blog will have to change accordingly. I don’t know. I guess we will see.

Thanks for reading.