Mohawk man beats Canada Customs on illegal search case

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Mohawk man beats Canada Customs on illegal search case

first_imgTom FennarioAPTN NewsA Mohawk man from Akwesasne has beaten charges he was facing from the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) with a never-before-used defence.“It’s harassmen – they have no right to do this to people around here,” said Kanawakeron Jody Swamp.In 2017, Swamp, 53, was pulled over at customs in Cornwall Ont., just across the river from where he lives in Akwesasne.Swamp was in possession of about $300 worth of firecrackers.He was charged with three violations of the Customs Act, along with a single charge for transporting explosives, even though he was coming from the Ontario side of Akwesasne, Kawehno:ke island.“As soon as I saw this case, and read the legislation, I thought this doesn’t make sense and something needs to be done,” said Swamp’s lawyer Keith Gordon.What upset Gordon is that CBSA doesn’t appear to be following its own rules.So the Mohawk Ojibway lawyer set out to prove it.Gordon argued before an Ontario judge that in 2012, the CBSA told a senate committee travellers not suspected of coming from the U.S. “would be release [sic] right away.”This was in reference to Cornwall’s unique position as the only Canadian port of entry that has both local and international traffic.That’s because the Akwesasne Mohawk Territory falls on the borders of Quebec, Ontario and New York State.This means travellers coming from New York must cross through Kawehno:ke (also known as Cornwall island) in Akwesasne, before reaching the Canadian port of entry in Cornwall.Even Akwesasne residents coming from the New York side who live on the island must pass through customs in Cornwall before returning to the island.Mohawks who live on Kawehno:ke must pass through customs whenever they want to go into Cornwall, which they consider their unceded territory and where they need to do shopping and other errands.“Everybody on this island [Kawehno:ke] they must go through there at least twice a day, three times a day. People want to get groceries and stuff like that,” explained Swamp when asked what daily life is like on Akwesasne’s Ontario side.Akwesasne Mohawks make up about 70 per cent of traffic at the Cornwall customs, and during rush hours the wait can add quite a bit of time to the commute.Gordon says they are treated like criminals on their own unceded territory.“I’ve been asking myself, ‘Why isn’t it being challenged? Why is it being continued? Why am I hearing people of this community talk about discrimination, arbitrariness, harassment?’” he asked.Last week, an Ontario judge ruled because Swamp was travelling within Canada, he could not be searched without reasonable suspicion.“A weight was lifted off my shoulders, you know, having them come down on me, for no reason, and having me going through the court system for so long, it was just a big relief,” said Swamp.In an email to APTN News CBSA declined to be interviewed and said they are “reviewing the court decision and will assess next steps.”They have 30 days to appeal the decision.For now, Gordon and Swamp will savour a victory they hope will set a precedent.“The argument is, Canada, follow your own laws,” concluded Gordon.tfennario@aptn.ca@tfennariolast_img read more

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SAINTS face fierce local rivals Warrington Wolves

first_imgSAINTS face fierce local rivals Warrington Wolves on Friday at Langtree Park in Round 17 of the First Utility Super League.As with all our home games this year, we have a host of entertainment both on and off the field to bring you the ultimate matchday experience, ideal for all the family.Game Schedule: Turnstiles open at 6:30pm. Live Entertainment – We have two live performances from Tenor Tom Loughlin (son of Saints Legend Paul Loughlin) and young local artist Sam Flaherty.Club Face Painters – These will be operating in the Typhoo and the Hattons Solicitors Family Stands, as well as the Totally Wicked North Stand from 6.30pm … come along and get your face painted in Saints colours for free!Bouncy Castles – these are located in both the North Stand and South East concourse.Kiosk Food – We have a great range of hotdogs, other great food and pies for you to enjoy. The latter have just been rated the best in Super League by Rugby AM. Members can get our special Pie & Pint Offer on all home kiosks for just £5 (please note the offer cover pints of Fosters or Saints Gold only).Boots – Your favourite furry mascot Boots will be in attendance in all the concourse areas from 6:30pm onwards – so look out for him and say hello!Players – We will have two members of the first-team squad down in the concourses to meet fans and sign autographs. They will be in the South West concourse area at around 7:00pm, North Stand (7:10pm) and the South East (7:20pm). The Saints Angel Cheerleaders – Will be performing pre-game.Half time – ODs Jewellrey & Watch Boutique Crossbar Challenge The match is sponsored by Arthur J Gallagher with Kingstone Press Cider as our match ball sponsor and Warrington Audi as our programme sponsor.Team NewsKeiron Cunningham has named his 19-man squad for the match. You can find out more hereTicketsTickets for the game are available from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park or by calling 01744 455 052. Price details are here.There will be cash turnstiles on the Hattons Solicitors West, Totally Wicked North and McLoughlin and Harvey East Stands.If you require a Solarking South Stand ticket then you need to head to the Ticket Office.Saints SuperstoreThe Saints Superstore is open from 9am until kick-off and then again for a short period post-match. The thirteenth edition of our fantastic match programme ‘Strength in Numbers’ will be on sale.It features an exclusive interview with Adam Swift and a look back at recent events at Langtree Park.There’s also the latest news and views from around the club, our Academy and community teams. Today’s programme is available on the concourse as well as in the Saints Superstore and is sponsored by Warrington AudiTravelIf you haven’t planned your trip to Langtree Park, then take a look at our Travel Section for the best ways of getting to the stadium.Matchday Car Parking details are here.OD’s Crossbar ChallengeThe half time crossbar game returns with participants having the chance to win £100 in ODs vouchers.If you want to take part email the club at keepmeupdated@saintsrlfc.comlast_img read more

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