US-Canada border

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In a decision that seemed to surprise no one, the closure of the United States' border with Canada was extended Friday through September 21.

Gary Theriault hops off his motorcycle and walks into the Tastee-Freez, a roadside ice cream and takeout stand just a short hop from the Canadian border, in Madawaska, Maine.

As he waits for his milkshake, Theriault peers across the St. John River towards Edmundston, New Brunswick. He says the two communities have long been linked by their heritage and connected economies.

Fort Erie

Usually, this would be the time when there are bonfires on the beaches on the Canadian shore of Lake Erie, traffic building on the Peace Bridge and people talking about Sherkston. Not this year.

New York State is relaxing some of its rules that limited certain types of outdoor activities.

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The Buffalo-Niagara region is home to the busiest land border crossings between the U.S. and Canada. With no current travel restrictions in place amid the COVID-19 pandemic, WBFO’s Kyle Mackie reports on precautions at the border and the atmosphere on either side.


Chris Caya, WBFO

Senator Charles Schumer appeared Monday morning at the Niagara Falls rail station, which he stated was designed to handle pre-clearance for rail passengers heading into Canada. He's urging government and customs officials in Canada to move forward and implement such a program.

Thomas O'Neil-White

Standing at the foot of West Ferry Street with the Peace Bridge in the background, on Thursday Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer announced he will introduce a bill requiring a minimum number of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Agents along the U.S. border with Canada.

A man caught trying to sneak snakes in his socks across the Western New York border into Canada has pleaded guilty.