Ellen Richardson went to Pearson airport on Monday full of joy about flying to New York City and from there going on a 10-day Caribbean cruise for which she’d paid about $6,000.
But a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent with the Department of Homeland Security killed that dream when he denied her entry.
“I was turned away, I was told, because I had a hospitalization in the summer of 2012 for clinical depression,’’ said Richardson, who is a paraplegic and set up her cruise in collaboration with a March of Dimes group of about 12 others.
At the time, Richardson said, she was so shocked and devastated by what was going on, she wasn’t thinking about how U.S. authorities could access her supposedly private medical information.
And the Canadian authorities are playing games with this, too:
U.S. authorities “do not have access to medical or other health records
for Ontarians travelling to the U.S.,’’ said health ministry spokeswoman
Joanne Woodward Fraser, adding the ministry could not provide any
Bullshit; they HAD the information, Fraser; stop pretending otherwise.