Many groups and individuals are opting out of their regular United States vacation over worries of encountering trouble at the border or over security in the country. Many Canadians simply don’t feel welcomed or safe visiting their southern neighbour anymore.
I know plenty of people, including myself, who changed destinations in order to avoid issues with the border.
Girl Guides of Canada cancelled all trips to the united states since reports of Canadians and permanent residents living in Canada having troubles at the border. Their decisions to stay away from the United States at this time also reflect the organisation’s commitment to inclusivity and equal opportunities for all girls and women.
“We really wanted to make sure that no girl gets left behind.” – Sarah Kiriliuk, National Manager of Marketing and Communications for the Girl Guides of Canada
The city of Toronto issued an office ban on school trips to the United States over concerns about the travel ban. I can’t say I can blame them. Our country is pretty mixed when it comes to race, cultures and religions. This decision represents 584 schools and nearly a quarter million of students won’t be spending its usual tourist revenue in the United States.
“We do not make this decision lightly, but given the uncertainty of these new travel restrictions and when they may come into effect, if at all, we strongly believe that our students should not be placed into these situations of potentially being turned away at the border.” – John Malloy, Director of Education