Document Type

Border Policy Brief

Publication Date

Spring 2021


Comparative Analyses, Governance, Human Mobility


News media, as an outgrowth of civic culture and communication, can shift existing views of political, economic and ecological life, especially in cross-border contexts. In a bi-national jurisdiction such as Cascadia, which sprawls across the British Columbia/Washington border, news reporters help align prominent political and economic issues with concurrent national or international narratives (see “Reporting on Cascadia: The Evolution of a Cross-Border Media Ecosystem”1).

This is especially true when major political events with cross-border ramifications serve as a catalyst for extensive media coverage. Amid the global COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 and 2021, the challenges facing cross-border communities along the Canada–US boundary have been particularly acute. While dozens of such jurisdictions exist along this border, including metropolitan regions, a number of smaller communities face unique circumstances given their challenging geographic situation and subsequent cross-border realities.

Subjects - Topical (LCSH)

Travel restrictions--Washington (State)--Point Roberts; Travel restrictions--Canada--British Columbia; Covid-19 Pandemic, 2020- --British Columbia; Press--United States

Geographic Coverage

Point Roberts (Wash.)--Press coverage; Point Roberts (Wash.)--Politics and government; British Columbia






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