British Columbia

Border agents escort workers away from Hastings Racecourse in Vancouver

A number of individuals were escorted off the site of Hastings Racecourse on Monday morning, according to a written statement from the track.

Track official says the people taken off the site work for various horse owners and trainers

People taken away from Hasting Racecourse by border officials on Monday are employed by owners in the backstretch area, not the track, according to a statement from its general manager.

A number of individuals were escorted off the site of the Hastings Racecourse on Monday morning, according to a written statement from the track.

In the statement, Darren MacDonald, general manager of the racecourse, said that he had been informed that Canada Border Services Agency was on site and "escorted a number of individuals employed by various horse owners off site."

He wrote that individuals were working in the backstretch "under the employment and supervision of various horse owners and trainers that are stabled at Hastings Racecourse to race."

A backstretch is the area adjacent to a racetrack where the horses are stabled.

Macdonald said the owners and trainers are not affiliated with the Great Canadian Gaming Corporation and are not employees of the racecourse.

In a statement, the CBSA said it was "conducting investigations related to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act at the Hastings Race Course in Vancouver today."

"The CBSA conducts enforcement actions when it is believed that a contravention of the Customs Act or the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act has occurred."

The CBSA declined to comment on the specifics of the case because it is an ongoing investigation.

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