Cornwall border part of Canada-U.S. surveillance fence

The Cornwall port of entry during winter. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

OTTAWA – More eyes will be watching border points across the Seaway Valley.

The RCMP has unveiled a state-of-the-art surveillance system, which will watch all border activity from the Maine-Quebec border to Morrisburg, as well as the St. Lawrence Seaway and Lake Ontario through Toronto and Oakville.

It will be made up of RCMP video cameras, radar, ground sensors, licence plate readers and thermal radiation detectors to name a few.

Details of the $92 million project, which was known as the Border Integrity Technology Enhancement Project, were unveiled Tuesday at a security conference in Ottawa.

The plan was originally part of the 2014 federal budget as a means to combat contraband smuggling.

The so-called surveillance fence will zero in on 100 high risk areas, including Cornwall’s border crossing, known as a hotbed for smuggling activity.

The network of eyes should be running by 2017-18.

The National Post says some Mohawks have already condemned the practice as “high-tech weaponry” and an attack on the Akwesasne economy.

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