GENERAL CBSA APPLICANT CHIT CHAT

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Re: GENERAL CBSA APPLICANT CHIT CHAT

Postby CaptainMarvel » Sun Mar 15, 2020 3:17 pm

Ulcaster555 wrote:
Sun Mar 15, 2020 7:24 am
Hi everyone,

there is a possibility that all type of interviews will be postponed, i do not know if the next intake will also be postponed, however it remains a possibility.

More info coming at the beginning of next week. CBSA will make a decision soon. Obviously i cannot answer questions i don't have the answers too.

Please be patient, I'll try or maybe H.R will provide information as it comes in.
Good info, thanks for the update!

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Postby Newrecruit1983 » Sun Mar 15, 2020 4:29 pm

I am currently at Rigaud in 15B and business as usual on Monday but also we were told things can change. So who knows but for now we are here and the show goes on with or without you.

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Postby Suikoden » Sun Mar 15, 2020 4:36 pm

Know what sucks with this whole Corona thing?
I’m limited to 50lb dumbbells at home. So doing more slower movements and pauses.

Know what’s a blessing?
It’s getting my ass outside to train with jogging finally 😂

What are some of you up to for alternatives for training?
Five laps owed so far

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Re: GENERAL CBSA APPLICANT CHIT CHAT

Postby IronWolf » Sun Mar 15, 2020 4:48 pm

Suikoden wrote:
Sun Mar 15, 2020 4:36 pm
Know what sucks with this whole Corona thing?
I’m limited to 50lb dumbbells at home. So doing more slower movements and pauses.

Know what’s a blessing?
It’s getting my ass outside to train with jogging finally 😂

What are some of you up to for alternatives for training?
this guy has some nice ideas for no equip needed workout (browse his channel for more) : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkS1-El_WlE

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Postby A North » Sun Mar 15, 2020 5:05 pm

Suikoden wrote:
Sun Mar 15, 2020 4:36 pm
Know what sucks with this whole Corona thing?
I’m limited to 50lb dumbbells at home. So doing more slower movements and pauses.

Know what’s a blessing?
It’s getting my ass outside to train with jogging finally 😂

What are some of you up to for alternatives for training?
My gym is still open; attending as long as possible.
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CFSC/CRFSC: 04/16; Sent 01/20
GCT2/WCPT: Exempt (Police Foundations 06/17)
Applied: 12/18
Contacted: 02/19
OTEE: 03/19
G Licence: 02/20

Interview: Postponed (CoVid-19)
PARE: TBD
Psych: TBD
Medical: TBD
Security: TBD
Online: TBD
Rigaud: TBD

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Re: GENERAL CBSA APPLICANT CHIT CHAT

Postby Suikoden » Sun Mar 15, 2020 6:24 pm

A North wrote:
Sun Mar 15, 2020 5:05 pm
Suikoden wrote:
Sun Mar 15, 2020 4:36 pm
Know what sucks with this whole Corona thing?
I’m limited to 50lb dumbbells at home. So doing more slower movements and pauses.

Know what’s a blessing?
It’s getting my ass outside to train with jogging finally 😂

What are some of you up to for alternatives for training?
My gym is still open; attending as long as possible.
Thanks Ironwolf!

And as for gym, mines open too but I’m not risking being held out of working out sick for 2-3 weeks just to get a work out in. I trust myself to be cautious in between sets but I don’t trust others. My parents are also in their 60s and have no intention of getting something only to pass it on.

Membership is only $5 every 2 weeks anyways. Not really breaking the bank either.
Five laps owed so far

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28/29 Apr - CRFSC/CFSC pass
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Postby kittycat1024 » Sun Mar 15, 2020 8:50 pm

'thou i passed my PARE, I still need to keep up exercising :swords:

Thanks God gym still open, I still go jogging 5 nights per week~!!! can't give up!!!! and push ups at home.....while watching TV......
Applied: 2018
PAL: Obtained
Interview: Oct 2019 (Passed)
PARE: Feb 2020 (Passed)
MMPI: TBC
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Postby BoltUp » Sun Mar 15, 2020 10:26 pm

Here’s my dilemma...PARE expires in May and CBSA sent me an email last month saying, “As we are inviting for the next intake in early April 2020, in order to be considered for the summer training you will need valid PARE results by April 3, 2020.”
I’m booked to re-do my PARE on March 25 but they just closed all the schools in Alberta!! Keeping my fingers crossed that the college will still be running it 😖
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Applied: Sept, 2018
OTEE: Oct, 18
PARE: Nov, 18 - May, 20
Interview: Nov, 18

Psych Eval, April, 19
Security papers sent April 30, 19
Medical Eval: May 19
Integrity Interview Aug 20/19
Clearance Granted: Aug 23/19

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Re: GENERAL CBSA APPLICANT CHIT CHAT

Postby IronWolf » Sun Mar 15, 2020 10:59 pm

BoltUp wrote:
Sun Mar 15, 2020 10:26 pm
Here’s my dilemma...PARE expires in May and CBSA sent me an email last month saying, “As we are inviting for the next intake in early April 2020, in order to be considered for the summer training you will need valid PARE results by April 3, 2020.”
I’m booked to re-do my PARE on March 25 but they just closed all the schools in Alberta!! Keeping my fingers crossed that the college will still be running it 😖
Hopefully it works for you. In my area, where the schools are closed - no other activities in the school take place - like events during weekend in the Gym.
The whole school system is closed - even the kids or parents are not allowed to go and pick up items they have in the lockers.

Now may be the perfect time CBSA to show flexibility and accept PARE tests as valid, even if they are + 1,2 3 months over the 18. Especially if the test centers are closed now for a long time.

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Postby Boomboom72 » Sun Mar 15, 2020 11:12 pm

IronWolf wrote:
Sun Mar 15, 2020 10:59 pm
BoltUp wrote:
Sun Mar 15, 2020 10:26 pm
Here’s my dilemma...PARE expires in May and CBSA sent me an email last month saying, “As we are inviting for the next intake in early April 2020, in order to be considered for the summer training you will need valid PARE results by April 3, 2020.”
I’m booked to re-do my PARE on March 25 but they just closed all the schools in Alberta!! Keeping my fingers crossed that the college will still be running it 😖
Hopefully it works for you. In my area, where the schools are closed - no other activities in the school take place - like events during weekend in the Gym.
The whole school system is closed - even the kids or parents are not allowed to go and pick up items they have in the lockers.

Now may be the perfect time CBSA to show flexibility and accept PARE tests as valid, even if they are + 1,2 3 months over the 18. Especially if the test centers are closed now for a long time.
Funny you say that, I was thinking the same thing for those with expiring medicals as well!! Mine is literally expiring the month before the next invites. With the impact on Health Canada concerning the coronavirus I am positive that there will be additional delays with processing medical clearances for the foreseeable future! In The National capital region it’s pretty much all hands on deck right now regarding the virus
Applied: June 2018
OTEE: Sept 2018 (Passed)
Interview: Nov 2018 (Passed)
Psych: March 2019 (Passed)
Security / backround: April 2019 (Passed)
Pare: June 2019 (Passed)
Medical: June 2019 (Passed)
Integrity: August 2019 (Passed)
OITP: TBD
Rigaud: TBD

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Postby Boomboom72 » Sun Mar 15, 2020 11:13 pm

Boomboom72 wrote:
Sun Mar 15, 2020 11:12 pm
IronWolf wrote:
Sun Mar 15, 2020 10:59 pm
BoltUp wrote:
Sun Mar 15, 2020 10:26 pm
Here’s my dilemma...PARE expires in May and CBSA sent me an email last month saying, “As we are inviting for the next intake in early April 2020, in order to be considered for the summer training you will need valid PARE results by April 3, 2020.”
I’m booked to re-do my PARE on March 25 but they just closed all the schools in Alberta!! Keeping my fingers crossed that the college will still be running it 😖
Hopefully it works for you. In my area, where the schools are closed - no other activities in the school take place - like events during weekend in the Gym.
The whole school system is closed - even the kids or parents are not allowed to go and pick up items they have in the lockers.

Now may be the perfect time CBSA to show flexibility and accept PARE tests as valid, even if they are + 1,2 3 months over the 18. Especially if the test centers are closed now for a long time.
Funny you say that, I was thinking the same thing for those with expiring medicals as well!! Mine is literally expiring the month before the next invites. With the impact on Health Canada concerning the coronavirus I am positive that there will be additional delays with processing medical clearances for the foreseeable future! In The National capital region it’s pretty much all hands on deck right now regarding the virus. But if you look at it another way might in fact be even more reason to have everyone freshly examined and healthy !!
Applied: June 2018
OTEE: Sept 2018 (Passed)
Interview: Nov 2018 (Passed)
Psych: March 2019 (Passed)
Security / backround: April 2019 (Passed)
Pare: June 2019 (Passed)
Medical: June 2019 (Passed)
Integrity: August 2019 (Passed)
OITP: TBD
Rigaud: TBD

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Re: GENERAL CBSA APPLICANT CHIT CHAT

Postby IronWolf » Mon Mar 16, 2020 12:44 am

Just as expected ... and I bet it's not just one ... CBSA seems to be doing damage control now, but with the zero protection on the agents, this was just waiting to happen.

"The Canada Border Services Agency says an employee at Toronto Pearson International Airport has tested positive for COVID-19."

"“We can assure you that the employee is in isolation at home and following direction from local health officials,” Ashley Lemire of the CBSA said in a statement to CP24.
Lemire said the location and time of infection are unknown at this time. She said the agency is proactively notifying all employees who have had contact with the individual.

“Employees who may have been in contact with the infected individual have been asked to self-monitor for symptoms and to contact public health for direction. These employees may also be instructed by public health to self-isolate and remain at home for the recommended period.”

CBSA is also taking steps to clean the location where the officer worked, Lemire said.

She said the agency is working in close cooperation with federal health agencies, its employees and the union to ensure appropriate measures are in place.

The union representing customs and immigration officers had said they had called on the government repeatedly to improve measures to ensure proper screening.

"While our working relationship with CBSA regarding the current pandemic remains fair, we are disappointed in the lack of overall information and guidance provided by other parts of the federal government," the Customs and Immigration Union said in a statement on Friday. "At this time, all members should follow established safety protocols.""

https://toronto.ctvnews.ca/cbsa-officer ... -1.4854299

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Re: GENERAL CBSA APPLICANT CHIT CHAT

Postby hsinom » Mon Mar 16, 2020 1:54 am

Ulcaster555 wrote:
Sun Mar 15, 2020 7:24 am
Hi everyone,

there is a possibility that all type of interviews will be postponed, i do not know if the next intake will also be postponed, however it remains a possibility.

More info coming at the beginning of next week. CBSA will make a decision soon. Obviously i cannot answer questions i don't have the answers too.

Please be patient, I'll try or maybe H.R will provide information as it comes in.

Hopefully next intakes are not affected. This would really suck for people like me waiting for years to get a offer for training . Then again it’s the government :ponder:. Please do keep us updated.
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Inventory/Request for Docs- Dec 2017
Interview- Sept 2018
Security Sent- Sept 2018
Psych - Oct 2018
Medical - Feb 2019/Mar 2020 Renewal
Pare- April 2019
Security Interview - May 2019
Security Clearance- Dec 2019
OITP- ?
Rigaud- ?

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Postby kittycat1024 » Mon Mar 16, 2020 7:49 am

A Canada Border Services Agency officer at Toronto Pearson airport has tested positive for COVID-19, the agency says.
“We can assure you that the employee is in isolation at home and following direction from local health officials,” Ashley Lemire of the CBSA said in a statement to CP24.
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Applied: 2018
PAL: Obtained
Interview: Oct 2019 (Passed)
PARE: Feb 2020 (Passed)
MMPI: TBC
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Postby dankmb » Mon Mar 16, 2020 9:02 am

As i have friends and family that currently work for Health Canada (although this is just an assumption here) i believe everything will be delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Although we might consider ourselves overall healthy in general, it is a HUGE risk for the entire college to take that on if an outbreak were to occur there. There are instructors, teachers, administrative workers, cafeteria, house keeping etc. that still have to go home to their families and the college cannot run without half their staff.

Health Canada is also seeing a large influx in testing and as said above 'all hands are on deck.' Even though recruiting is obviously a priority, so is keeping everyone safe. (and by everyone, again I don't mean the general healthy people like most of us who wouldn't even be affected, but those potentially around us.)

I read earlier about a job posting - they might still be posting the job even though their recruitment events are cancelled (large crowds) but WHEN they'll get back to you after you apply is another question.

My PARE test is re-scheduled for Wednesday, colleges in Ontario haven't closed yet but who knows after this afternoon - I don't think there will be any give on "extending" the expiration on these. At the end of the day, there are facilities that do these tests that are not in college campus', although they might be far away from you, that's just another obstacle in the application unfortunately. However HR would be better suited to answer that question.

This is obviously not 100% right but given the facts I've been told and making common sense of things - it seems quite obvious that a majority of our applications will be affected. However, silver lining is to take this time to take care of yourself and get in the best shapes of ya lives !!


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