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Saturday, May 12, 2007

Anything to declare?

Back in 1997 the Red River at Grand Forks, North Dakota flooded and then worked it's way north until the rising waters hit Winnipeg and caused 1/2 a billion dollars in damage.

Several other disasters have worked their way north over the border in the intervening years including numerous tornados and several hurricanes of which Hurricane Juan, which made landfall in Nova Scotia in 2003, was one of most powerful and damaging storms to ever affect Canada and damage was estimated at 2 billion dollars. (Isn't that more than Nova Scotia is even worth?)

Now comes word that a wildfire in Minnesota has crossed the border with total disregard for Canadian territory, immigration or customs and is threatening vast tracts of Northern Ontario timber.

Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Peter Mackay has issued a statement that border controls should be immediately strengthened and sent a letter of protest to the U.S. State Department.

He emphasised that these American bred disaster incursions into Canadian Territory, and the widespread damage they have caused, will not be tolerated indefinitely.

No word yet from the U.S. State Department.

Your "live from the front" scribe;
Allan W Janssen

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