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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby Suikoden » Fri Mar 29, 2019 11:12 am

rwgottar wrote:
Fri Mar 29, 2019 11:06 am
So, I collect knives and the last year or so, the CBSA has made it pretty difficult for knife collectors in Canada. There have been several instances where a Custom folding knife made in Canada, sold to a collector in the US, sold again to a collector back in canada have been seized at the border.

It kind of seems like the CBSA has made up it's own interpretation of the law in regards to folding knives, and for people in the knife collecting community it's made purchasing knives that would otherwise be perfectly legal to own/carry in Canada a bit of a gamble. Some of these knives can reach upwards of $2000

Is there any way to reconcile this?
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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby CanadianRedacted » Fri Mar 29, 2019 7:24 pm

Suikoden wrote:
Fri Mar 29, 2019 11:12 am
rwgottar wrote:
Fri Mar 29, 2019 11:06 am
So, I collect knives and the last year or so, the CBSA has made it pretty difficult for knife collectors in Canada. There have been several instances where a Custom folding knife made in Canada, sold to a collector in the US, sold again to a collector back in canada have been seized at the border.

It kind of seems like the CBSA has made up it's own interpretation of the law in regards to folding knives, and for people in the knife collecting community it's made purchasing knives that would otherwise be perfectly legal to own/carry in Canada a bit of a gamble. Some of these knives can reach upwards of $2000

Is there any way to reconcile this?
This is NOT the place for this.
The government of Canada has signed onto the UN convention that includes knives. As such knives with a 'flipper' or thumb stud that can be semi-opened with one hand and flicked open the rest of the way are now officially prohibited. They are considered centrifugal opening knives. Yes Cabelas and every other gas station will sell them but they are now prohibited on import. It is a recent interpretation of the law and is now CBSA protocol to seize these knives. Other prohibited knives are still obviously prohibited regardless of why you want them. If you get annoyed with collecting knives there's always marbles.

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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby CanadianRedacted » Fri Mar 29, 2019 7:38 pm

Stathakos wrote:
Mon Mar 25, 2019 9:23 pm
JoshG wrote:
Tue Mar 12, 2019 10:52 pm
Is there often overtime available at ports?

I believe so, especially in the Prairies...
It depends what region you want to go to. Some ports only offer a couple hours of o/t while others will have several hundred hours offered. If you want o/t the small prairie ports are good.

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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby Stathakos » Sat Mar 30, 2019 3:22 pm

CanadianRedacted wrote:
Fri Mar 29, 2019 7:38 pm
Stathakos wrote:
Mon Mar 25, 2019 9:23 pm
JoshG wrote:
Tue Mar 12, 2019 10:52 pm
Is there often overtime available at ports?

I believe so, especially in the Prairies...
It depends what region you want to go to. Some ports only offer a couple hours of o/t while others will have several hundred hours offered. If you want o/t the small prairie ports are good.

I think I had over 400 hours of o.t at my port
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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby Sabres39 » Sat Mar 30, 2019 11:23 pm

I applied a couple months ago, wrote and passed the OTEE.

I have a couple questions.

I am not able to relocate due to family and my wife's job. On the application I didn't list any places I would be interested in that would require me to move. If I'm hired, do I find out where I will be posted before the training starts? Could they post me to a place that I did not list in my original application?

Any tips on the interview? What's the format? Anything to expect in the interview? Are they situational questions where you derive an example from your own experience?

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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby Stone. » Sun Mar 31, 2019 12:07 am

Sabres39 wrote:
Sat Mar 30, 2019 11:23 pm
I applied a couple months ago, wrote and passed the OTEE.

I have a couple questions.

I am not able to relocate due to family and my wife's job. On the application I didn't list any places I would be interested in that would require me to move. If I'm hired, do I find out where I will be posted before the training starts? Could they post me to a place that I did not list in my original application?

Any tips on the interview? What's the format? Anything to expect in the interview? Are they situational questions where you derive an example from your own experience?
You find out where you're going after 9-10 weeks of training. Yes, the CBSA will post you wherever they need you, which is every POE in Canada. If you're not willing to relocate then I'd suggest not even showing up for the interview.

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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby fabledsky » Sun Mar 31, 2019 12:13 am

Quick question, do I need to get first aid on my own or is that part of the training?

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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby CanadianRedacted » Sun Mar 31, 2019 12:37 pm

Sabres39 wrote:
Sat Mar 30, 2019 11:23 pm
I applied a couple months ago, wrote and passed the OTEE.

I have a couple questions.

I am not able to relocate due to family and my wife's job. On the application I didn't list any places I would be interested in that would require me to move. If I'm hired, do I find out where I will be posted before the training starts? Could they post me to a place that I did not list in my original application?

Any tips on the interview? What's the format? Anything to expect in the interview? Are they situational questions where you derive an example from your own experience?
Throughout the application process you will have signed several times that you are O.K. with moving anywhere in the country. Do not take this lightly as I know MANY people who signed these contracts thinking they would get a local port because they live close to the border or are from Toronto/Vancouver. Sit down with your spouse and figure out what your plan should be together.

Depending on what hiring process you applied for, you will have either picked various ports in the 'small communities hiring initiative' or you will get your port in a double lottery around week 10 in Rigaud. That is a long time to be away from family and without actual pay to find out you can't take the job because you can't relocate. The CBSA will not try help you until after you apply for a spousal transfer once taking your position at the port, which could take a looong time depending what port you are posted to.

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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby CanadianRedacted » Sun Mar 31, 2019 1:02 pm

fabledsky wrote:
Sun Mar 31, 2019 12:13 am
Quick question, do I need to get first aid on my own or is that part of the training?
They offer it in Rigaud but its recommended you get it beforehand. It will eat up a weekend and you need all the time outside of the campus that you can get.

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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby StudentAnon » Sun Mar 31, 2019 1:26 pm

Does the CBSA recognize first aid certificate from the heart and stroke foundation? It's "First Aid 8H (CPR AED Adult + Child + AP 1.5h)"

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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby fabledsky » Sun Mar 31, 2019 10:57 pm

CanadianRedacted wrote:
Sun Mar 31, 2019 1:02 pm
fabledsky wrote:
Sun Mar 31, 2019 12:13 am
Quick question, do I need to get first aid on my own or is that part of the training?
They offer it in Rigaud but its recommended you get it beforehand. It will eat up a weekend and you need all the time outside of the campus that you can get.
There's quite a few first aid courses... would the standard one work?

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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby CanadianRedacted » Thu Apr 04, 2019 10:39 am

fabledsky wrote:
Sun Mar 31, 2019 10:57 pm
CanadianRedacted wrote:
Sun Mar 31, 2019 1:02 pm
fabledsky wrote:
Sun Mar 31, 2019 12:13 am
Quick question, do I need to get first aid on my own or is that part of the training?
They offer it in Rigaud but its recommended you get it beforehand. It will eat up a weekend and you need all the time outside of the campus that you can get.
There's quite a few first aid courses... would the standard one work?
I believe it says online which one you need. I know St. Johns Ambulance offers a course for Standard First Aid with CPR and AED.

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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby NFON1994 » Wed Apr 10, 2019 11:43 am

Hey everyone,

Was just wondering if anyone could explain what the psych interview might consist of?

Also I am willing to move anywhere in the country but I read in the job posting that during the selection process I would be asked my preferred locations. Any idea when in the process this happens?

Thanks in Advance!

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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby Cookie Monster » Wed Apr 10, 2019 1:27 pm

NFON1994 wrote:
Wed Apr 10, 2019 11:43 am
Hey everyone,

Was just wondering if anyone could explain what the psych interview might consist of?

Also I am willing to move anywhere in the country but I read in the job posting that during the selection process I would be asked my preferred locations. Any idea when in the process this happens?

Thanks in Advance!

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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby Squadcar » Thu Apr 18, 2019 12:51 am

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