A Reddit user reported last week that her father had been stopped by border officials after he bought cigarettes in Weston. Two officers approached him, she says, and asked for his identification. According to her, they questioned other people and detained a woman.
Other Reddit users concluded that this was likely an identity theft scam, or, perhaps, alt-right nutjobs doing vigilante ‘policing’—but CityTV reported this week that Canadian Border Services officials were in Weston.
CityNews confirmed with [the] Canadian Border Services Agency that immigration officers were in the area of Weston Road and Lawrence Avenue on Monday, though they would not tell us what they were doing there or whether they interacted with people.
In a statement, a spokesperson told CityNews, “The CBSA does not publicly discuss ongoing investigations or provide information relating to investigative techniques or plans for specific lawful investigations.”
Hours later, a second email added, “The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) does not conduct random street checks.”