Public Safety Minister Peter Van Loan opens Douglas border-crossing facility

    DOUGLAS, BC, Aug. 20 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Peter Van Loan,
Minister of Public Safety, joined by Russ Hiebert, Member of Parliament for
South Surrey-White Rock-Cloverdale, today officially opened the new port of
entry facility in Douglas, British Columbia. This modern and environmentally
friendly facility will provide improved service to the public crossing the
border between Blaine, Washington, and Surrey, British Columbia, in time for
the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
    "Our government is strengthening security at our border while
facilitating the flow of goods and people," said Minister Van Loan. "This new
and modern facility demonstrates how we are meeting these two goals through
investing in better infrastructure for our border facilities."
    The Douglas port of entry is one of the busiest ports of entry in Canada,
processing more than 2 million vehicles and over 3 million travellers each
year. The new facility has been designed to meet current and future
operational needs, including the use of new technologies. It has increased the
number of processing lanes from seven to ten, two of which can be used as
dedicated NEXUS lanes for trusted travellers. This will translate into reduced
transit times for travellers.
    The construction included many innovative environmental and energy
efficient strategies to minimize the environmental footprint of the new
facility. The building design is being considered for the prestigious
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification.

For further information:

For further information: Pennie Libby, Communications Manager, Pacific
Region, Canada Border Services Agency, (604) 666-6050; Media Relations, Public
Safety Canada, (613) 991-0657

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