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Global vulnerability: Cyber, Digital, Data, Social Media
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IN THE NEWS

May 26

The Canadian Coast Guard's only team of emergency rescue divers is being shut down while the government reprioritizes resources "to enhance search and rescue capacity and response." The team is responsible for rescues and recoveries of people trapped in submerged boats, vehicles and aircraft.

May 25

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada will continue to share information with its intelligence allies, despite a series of recent leaks from the United States.

May 25

A year and a half after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government came to office promising to tighten Canada's gun laws, there are now more than a million restricted and prohibited firearms across the country.

May 25

An ambitious plan to launch a nationwide consultation on Canada’s national security regime didn’t go over well, according to internal reports prepared by the federal government. Academics, experts, and businesses confided to Ottawa “discontent with how the questions are framed” and consistently expressed “skepticism of the need for new investigatory powers,” according to VICE News.

May 25

Like the young man implicated in the Manchester bombing, dozens of young people have left Canada to fight with ISIS. A workshop on returning radicals stated they are "a major and unparalleled threat to the West".

May 24

A fifth suspect has now been arrested and is in custody. The police have said that at the time of his arrest, the person “was carrying a package, which we are currently assessing.”

May 24

Richard Fadden, former director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, believes the Trudeau government should move carefully in dismantling Bill C-51, which gave security forces new powers to fight terrorism. Fadden believes the powers have not been abused and the terror threat remains real.

May 24

After the Manchester bombing and the 2105 Bataclan attack in Paris, Canadians are concerned about their safety at large public events. Major venues are reviewing their security arrangements and individuals can contribute to their own safety.

May 23

Under pressure from a group called Black Lives Matter, the Toronto Pride Event dropped the participation of uniformed Toronto Police Service Officers. A New York group, Gay Officers Action League has invited Toronto officers to the New York Pride event.

May 23

An apparent suicide bomber attacked an Ariana Grande concert venue in Manchester last night, killing 22 and injuring 59 people. Many relatives and friends searched through the night for their children.

May 22

Fourteen Mounties spent two weeks training for major incidents with West Midlands Police in the United Kingdom. The two forces have conducted joint training for more than ten years.

May 22

The Trudeau government campaigned on changes to the mandate of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service. The minister for public security Ralph Goodale has indicated new legislation might be on the way, after a recent round of public consultations.

May 19

A year ago, Frank Elsner was suspended from his duties as Victoria police chief after allegations of discreditable conduct. He has now resigned but an investigation continues.

May 18

Calgary police shot more civilians in 2016 than any other force in Canada. Neil Wittmann, a retired judge, is review Calgary Police Service's culture and policies.

May 18

Commissioner Bob Paulson leaves the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in six weeks. His leadership may be defined by three reports this week that show the force has problems with sexual harassment and personnel management.

May 17

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says allied countries must “properly respect” Canadian values when handling intelligence shared by Canada’s spy agencies, as the fallout from U.S. President Donald Trump’s Russian meeting continues.

May 17

Accusations that President Trump wrongfully disclosed classified information with Russian officials has raised concerns about the viability of intelligence sharing among friendly nations. For decades, Canada has benefited from membership in Five Eyes - Canada, United States, Great Britain, Australia and New Zealand.

May 16

Bell is apologizing to its customers after 1.9 million email addresses and approximately 1,700 names and phone numbers were stolen from a company database.

May 16

President Donald Trump revealed highly classified information about Islamic State militants to Russian officials during a meeting last week, The Washington Post reported Monday, prompting strong condemnation from both Democrats and Republicans.

May 16

The Saskatchewan government says it has been hit with a cyberattack, but one expert suspects it's unrelated to the malware that has sought to extort money from companies, government agencies and other organizations around the world in recent days.

May 16

Ian McPhail, chair of the RCMP Civilian Review and Complaints Commission has called for civilian governance of the force. In a report on workplace harassment, he writes that the force cannot address its dysfunctional culture on its own.

May 15

Atty Mashatan, a professor at Ryerson University’s School of Information Technology Management, said it was nothing more than a fluke that Canada appears to have been largely spared from Friday’s ransomware attack that disrupted services in Russia, the U.K., Ukraine, Spain and India.

May 15

Teams of technicians worked around the clock Saturday to restore Britain’s crippled hospital network and secure the computers that run factories, banks, government agencies and transport systems in other nations after a global cyberattack.

May 15

Federal spending to respond to fires, floods and storms has ballooned over the years, but big savings could be achieved through more upfront spending to fortify vulnerable communities, according to a new evaluation of the government's disaster relief assistance program.

May 15

Three separate reports are expected this week on how the Royal Canadian Mounted Police treats its employees and manages its affairs. As well, labour leaders looking to represent rank-and-file Mounties are suggesting a complete overhaul of the force's command structure.

FRONTLINE COMMENTARY

(May 27)
K. Joseph Spears's picture

With the wide variety of marine activity in the waters around Vancouver and Victoria, it is easy to see why the Canadian Coast Guard's (CCG) decision to cancel its only rescue diving program came as a shock.

(May 26)

British police are reportedly desperately searching to find the bomb-making factory, the bomb-maker, and additional members of the ISIS terror cell operating in the United Kingdom in hopes of averting another tragic attack can occur.

(Apr 04)
Ken Pole's picture

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale has confirmed that the RCMP and CSIS are investigating a report that cell phone use around Parliament Hill is being snooped on through their unique subscriber identify module or simcard.

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