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Feds approved Winnipeg police spying devices

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Italy: three powerful earthquakes in an hour

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CSIS warns energy companies of cyber threat

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Court allows RCMP class action harassment suit

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Canadian Institute for Cybersecurity opens at UNB

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The Canadian Institute for Cybersecurity (CIC), an innovative hub for research, training and industry collaboration, opened at the University of New Brunswick today with the announcement of more than $4.5 million in funding and the establishment of a research partnership with a global technology firm.

Matt DeCourcey, Member of Parliament for Fredericton on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency; and the Honourable Brian Gallant, Premier of New Brunswick, joined representatives from the university and IBM at a news conference in Fredericton to celebrate the creation of the Institute. The CIC will train highly skilled cybersecurity professionals and provide leading-edge research on one of the most pressing issues facing society today.

The Institute, housed at existing facilities at UNB’s Fredericton campus, is a comprehensive multidisciplinary training, research and development, and entrepreneurial unit that will operate in close collaboration with researchers in the social sciences, business, computer science, engineering, law, and science faculties, as well as other national and international research centres. Dr. Ali Ghorbani, Canada Research Chair in Cybersecurity at the University of New Brunswick and Dean of the Faculty of Computer Science at the university, will serve as the founding director of the Institute. 

The Government of Canada has invested $2.270 million through ACOA’s Innovative Communities Fund (ICF) and the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) for the establishment of the CIC, while the Province of New Brunswick is contributing $1.989 million through Opportunities New Brunswick and the New Brunswick Innovation Fund (NBIF). The University of New Brunswick is providing $336,232 towards this initiative. 

Since 2000, UNB has played an important role in the success of cybersecurity research and innovation in New Brunswick. Today, UNB’s Faculty of Computer Science has by far the largest network security research group in the nation and is poised to lead this effort through the newly established Canadian Institute for Cybersecurity (CIC). 

IBM is the Institute’s first research and development partner, helping to fund highly skilled resources in the field of cybersecurity and other in-kind contributions such as technical and management resources to provide project oversight and mentorship for students. 

This partnership builds on IBM’s long-standing history of investments and partnerships across the province. In 2011, IBM acquired Q1 Labs, whose QRadar Security Intelligence Platform was developed in partnership with the University of New Brunswick. The acquisition served as a catalyst for IBM to form its security division, which is now a $2 billion business employing over 8,000 researchers, developers and security experts across 133 countries worldwide. IBM maintains a research and development and customer support centre in Fredericton, which provides support for more than 5,000 customers around the globe.

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“The Government of Canada is committed to developing world-leading clusters in areas where the innovation and expertise already exists. Today’s investment allows the University of New Brunswick to take advantage of its existing knowledge base, and establish a Canadian Institute for Cybersecurity (CIC) that will contribute to Canada’s growth in cybersecurity and innovation.”

-  The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

“The Government of Canada is pleased to support the establishment of the CIC. As this generation moves quickly to adopt the most modern of digital applications such as next generation and mobile technologies, cybersecurity is an important strategic sector, representing huge opportunities and potential for economic growth that will benefit this region for years to come.”

-  Matt DeCourcey, Member of Parliament for Fredericton

“The need for more cybersecurity support and services around the world is a huge opportunity to create jobs here in our province. New Brunswick is already a world leader in cybersecurity. Enhancing training and research opportunities through this institute is another step in seizing this significant economic opportunity.”

-  Premier Brian Gallant

“We’re poised to bring our expertise to this global industry. The Canadian Institute for Cybersecurity is a culmination of more than 15 years of successful innovation and research in cybersecurity at the University of New Brunswick. The creation of the Institute allows us to forge an even more crucial role in developing security measures necessary to protect modern critical infrastructure in Canada and beyond.”

-  University of New Brunswick President Dr. Eddy Campbell

“In today’s society, we trust highly confidential and private information to systems that are constantly under attack. The Canadian Institute for Cybersecurity is poised to alter the cyberwarfare landscape by propelling research, training and collaboration with governments and industry to new levels.”

-  Dr. Ali Ghorbani, founding director of the Canadian Institute for Cybersecurity at UNB

“IBM is proud to be the institute’s first R&D partner and to help New Brunswick build towards a knowledge-based economy. The demand for highly skilled cybersecurity professionals is one of the biggest challenges to overcome in the industry today, and it’s only expected to grow. Together, we are taking an active role in solving the existing skills gap in the province’s cybersecurity space, driving awareness to attract new talent and partnering with educators to provide next-generation training tools.”

-  Sandy Bird, IBM Fellow and CTO of IBM Security

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Mexican nightclub shooting kills 5, wounds 15

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Next-generation 911: video and texting

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RCMP wiretapping order released after 65 years

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Coast guard and salvage crews free tanker

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Turkish cargo plane crashes in Kyrgyzstan

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Donald Trump calls NATO ‘obsolete’

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Former CSIS head on Trump and the intelligence gap

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Giuliani forming cybersecurity team for Trump

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Grain handling safety training for first responders

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Australia plans counter-terrorism ‘super portfolio’

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US deploys radar in response to missile threat

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Gunshot victim to sue Toronto police - again

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Halifax RCMP focus street checks on black citizens

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Trump blasts U.S. intelligence agencies

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Cyberthreats: federal government needs help

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York Region police consider 'name and shame' policy

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Trudeau shakes up key Cabinet posiitons

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Confronting racism in the police force

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Ottawa firefighters caught between two rocky radio systems

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Emails from discovery of HMS Terror show bad blood

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Arctic researchers fear 'short-sighted' freeze on funding

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Canadian doctors saving the jihadists

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Sikorsky S92 helicopters grounded worldwide

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Canada sending peacekeeping police to Colombia

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U.S. police seek to target hate speech

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Minister Sajjan reacts to attack in Jerusalem

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The Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National of Defence, yesterday made the following statement about the truck attack that killed four Israeli solders in Jerusalem:

“As a partner, friend and ally of Israel, Canada fully supports the right of Israelis to live in peace and security, free from the threat of terrorism and incitement to violence.

“Canada condemns this terrorist attack that targeted Israel’s defence forces and expresses our deepest condolences to the victims and their families.”

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Four die In Jerusalem truck-ramming attack

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Hedy Fry: Opioids are a national crisis

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Russian advances in the Arctic leaving NATO behind

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CSIS assessing ‘bulk data’ collection

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Florida airport shootings prompt baggage review

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Trump’s Twitter account shockingly insecure

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Russia an ‘existential threat': U.S. security officials

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Canada asks US to control St.Clair River 'floaters'

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Philippine prison raid leads to major jailbreak

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Immigration applications vetted by computers?

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CSIS needs expanded surveillance powers

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Afghan vet and family shot dead in Nova Scotia

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RCMP looks at Ontario Hydro One cyber threat

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Coast Guard ship gallerys to be redesigned

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Threat of Trump-Kim clash overshadows speech

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How security agencies infiltrated ISIL networks

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Police arrest allegedly drunk Sunwing pilot

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Vancouver detective charged with sex offences

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Cape Breton firefighter linked to arson spree

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Toronto man arrested at border with 25 handguns

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Government adds two groups to terrorist list

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Putin says Syria ceasefire to begin at midnight

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Crown won't appeal photo radar rejection

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Terror makes "no exception for Canadians"

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Trump appoints new homeland security official

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RCMP Underwater Recovery always on call

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Magnitude 7.6 earthquake rocks southern Chile

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UN Security Council bid still worth it?

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Russian military plane crashers en route to Syria

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Trump tweets expansion of nuclear capabilities

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Putin signals renewal of nuclear arms race

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Suspect in Berlin attack shot dead in Milan

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Hijackers diverted a Libyan plane to Malta

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Bank failed to report suspicious transactions

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Saskatchewan ends aboriginal recruiting program

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Trump renews vow for tough immigration plan

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Telecom companies want limits to police powers

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BC RCMP officers rescue bald eagle

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Feds to overhaul First Nations police funding

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Stop police investigation of reporter: La Presse

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Germany launches Europe-wide manhunt

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Trump meeting security adviser after attacks abroad

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Trudeau: Security agencies must obey law

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Farmers expect annual warnings

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BC needs more RCMP officers in drug crisis

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Italy to tighten security for Christmas crowds

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Telecoms push back on proposed police powers

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Turks learning to keep calm as attacks mount

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Saudi arms deal: Dion chose jobs over human rights

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Ottawa officers plead guilty to false ticket charges

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Canadian killed in Jordan police shootout

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Military deploys across Congo's capital

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Russian military plane crashes in Siberia

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Pension plan discriminatory: female Mounties

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Different RCMP and CSIS view of same suspect

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In 2012, CSIS knew exactly where John Maguire was before he left Canada to join ISIS in Syria, where he reportedly died fighting in 2015. Six months later, the RCMP was still trying to trace his movements.

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US Coast Guard and Canadian navy cocaine capture

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More than 500 Mounties injured in 2015

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UK Defence Secretary speaks out on defeating ISIL

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Thousands of pilots have suicidal thoughts

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Peel police board calls emergency meeting

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RCMP phone-tapping during the Cold War

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Worried that your Yahoo account was hacked?

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Project tests screening for drug-impaired drivers

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Fall of Aleppo marks a ‘meltdown for humanity’

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Pot-impaired driving alarms raised

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Ottawa to open up legal market for cannabis

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CSIS won't report on past media surveillance

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RCMP association supports new violent offender law

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Cyber security: Canadian business in denial

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Trudeau briefed weekly on security threats

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New laws to back proposed national drug strategy

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Canadian border bill passes U.S. Congress

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Mountie files PTSD suit for child porn exposure

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B.C. to pilot SAR drones in two communities

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Snowden remark ‘highly inappropriate’: Goodale

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CSIS may use data about innocent people

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RCMP and Alberta regulator fight white collar crime

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Peel Region officer convicted of alcohol offence

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Ottawa demands more of neighbouring paramedics

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Canada selects Airbus C295W for Fixed-Wing SAR

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The Government of Canada has selected the Airbus C295W aircraft for its Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue Program. The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) will receive 16 C295Ws modified for Search and Rescue (SAR). The contract will also include in service support, provided through a joint venture between Airbus Defence and Space and PAL Aerospace.

Canada has been looking to complete the FWSAR procurement process for well over a dacade. The requirement was identified in 2002, announced as "a priority" in 2003, and then "fast-tracked" in 2004. Initial expectations were that replacements for the ageing Buffalos would begin deliveries by 2006.  

At today's announcement event, Simon Jacques, Head of Airbus Defence and Space in Canada said: “We are acutely conscious of the importance of search and rescue in Canada’s vast and challenging territory and we are honoured to have been selected to provide the aircraft and service to ensure that the role is carried out effectively.”

The C295W features substantial Canadian content. Every C295 is powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada engines, pilots and technicians will be trained at a new facility developed by CAE in Comox, BC, and the electro-optical systems for FWSAR will be provided by L3 Wescam of Burlington, Ontario. In-service support for the life of the program will be provided by AirPro, a joint venture between Airbus Defence and Space and PAL Aerospace of St John’s, Newfoundland.  In-service support will be conducted by Canadians in Canada.

Jacques added: “About 20 percent of the aircraft is already Canadian, meaning that it already serves as a global ambassador for the skills, innovation and expertise of Canadians. Now it will get to serve them directly.”

Canada’s C295Ws will be delivered starting three years after contract award. In service, they will join five Airbus CC-150 aircraft used in the air-to-air refueling, transport, and VIP travel roles.

When the contract is finalized, 185 C295s will have been ordered by 25 countries.
 

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Russia adopts new information security doctrine

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Mexican cartels to expand reach in Canada

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Canada may reconsider sharing secrets with U.S.

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Toronto Police Service hires former aide to Harper

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No body cameras for general duty RCMP officers

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Pakistani plane with more than 40 aboard crashes

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Liberals to announce $3 billion SAR aircraft contract

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Retired general to head U.S. Homeland Security

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Earthquake in Indonesia leaves almost 100 dead

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First black Toronto police officer dies, age 87

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Smartphone app to protect pilots from laser attacks

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Firefighter resources stretched thin in Vancouver

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Security shouldn’t trump privacy: watchdogs

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PEI police apologize to Nickelback

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RCMP employee fabricates access request response

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Boston PD Plan to Monitor Internet Draws Criticism

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Canadian security agencies consulting with U.S.

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Saskatchewan RCMP speak out on drunk driving

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IS group to step up attacks on Europe

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Canada, U.S. must work together to face Russia

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Federal forces promise pipeline peace

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Jim Carr, the federal natural resources minister says his government will use police and military forces for ensure opposition to new pipelines remains peaceful. The Trans Mountain pipeline expansion and Line 3 replacement both received approval Tuesday.

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Calgary police under fire for shootings

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Death toll rises in Tennessee wildfire

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Thousands of alleged fugitives nabbed at border

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Prison watchdog investigating use of rubber bullets

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RCMP shooting of terror suspect justified

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Tornadoes lash Southern States

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Ottawa police told to stop racial profiling

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PEI police to punish drunk drivers with Nickelback

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Wildfires wreak havoc in Tennessee

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CSIS may have spied on Canadian journalists

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Illegal smokes on the rise in Ontario

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No-fly list: online redress system imminent

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Montreal cops' half million dollar 'petty cash' mystery

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RCMP reaches deal with China over fentanyl

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Russia may want better relations with Canada in Arctic

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Canada and China accord on blocking fentanyl flow

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Tax lost to contraband dwarfs tax gained from pot

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Quebec police address aboriginal concerns

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Fentanyl scare sends Winnipeg officer to hospital

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Privacy head wants stricter information sharing rules

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Russia, China targeting Canada's secrets: CSIS

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Four US officers shot in one day

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Halifax conference ends on uncertain note

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Canada’s spies have a new risk - Pokemon

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Privacy-protecting encryption here to stay

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Opinion: Canada has lax oversight of security apparatus

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Ottawa police have unreliable data on crime stats

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Coast Guard facing icebreaker shortage

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U.S. spy chief submits resignation

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Experts urge Liberals to update Criminal Code

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Toronto program counters youth extremism

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Canadians approve police access to digital data

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HMCS Vancouver begins humanitarian efforts in New Zealand

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Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Vancouver is assisting the people of New Zealand affected by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck the South Island on November 14. HMCS Vancouver was in the vicinity of Auckland, NZ, at the time of the earthquake preparing for a goodwill visit to celebrate the 75th anniversary of New Zealand’s Naval Forces with other allied naval forces.
 
The ship, with its embarked CH-124 Sea King helicopter and air detachment, will be a key asset in evacuating persons from the affected area and assisting in the transport of emergency supplies into the area as the majority of roads and rail lines have been severed.
 
In the evening of November 14 (Eastern Standard Time) HMCS Vancouver began transiting towards the area worst affected as part of a multinational Task Group of warships.   At noon today (Eastern Standard Time) HMCS Vancouver arrived off the coastal town of Kaikoura, South Island ready to commence operations today.

“HMCS Vancouver’s rapid shift from training and naval operations to assisting earthquake victims in New Zealand is testament to the professionalism and capabilities of the Royal Canadian Navy.  More broadly, Canadians can be proud that their Canadian Armed Forces stand ready to assist our allies when we are called upon” said General Jonathan Vance, Chief of the Defence Staff.

HMCS Vancouver will conduct emergency humanitarian operations in order to minimize human suffering.

The ship has airlift capability.  It also carries basic Humanitarian Assistance Disaster Relief supplies onboard which may be used in post-disaster efforts if needed. These basic supplies include first aid kits, tents, generators, blankets, chainsaws and hand tools. The ship’s company stands ready to support the operation as it develops.
 
HMCS Vancouver’s full complement including her CH-124 Sea King air detachment totals 231 personnel.
 
The Canadian Armed Forces stands ready to support Global Affairs Canada, the lead department for the Government of Canada’s response to the aftermath of the earthquake in New Zealand.
 
The RCN “generates forward” by deploying warships and submarines abroad to train and conduct trials. Already at sea, these ships have the people, tools, skills, and flexibility needed to respond quickly when called upon to support Canada’s military priorities in the region, and to provide the government with defence and security options. The ship’s capabilities can be augmented in situ as needed to meet specialized tasks.
 
The RCN is one of the most flexible tools for the Government of Canada’s diplomatic and foreign policy. Its missions range from humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to deterrence, anti-terrorism and full combat operations. Its 13,000 full-time and part-time military members and 3,700 civilians are stationed across Canada and are deployed around the world.
 
The RCN is one of “Canada’s First Responders” on times of crisis or conflict.  When Canada wants to demonstrate its leadership and commitment, the government sends ships.
 
Canadian Joint Operations Command prepares for and conducts operations to defend Canada, to assist in the defence of North America, and, as directed, to promote peace and security abroad.
 


Le NCSM Vancouver est affecté aux efforts humanitaires après le séisme en Nouvelle-Zélande
 
Le Navire canadien de Sa Majesté (NCSM) Vancouver prêtera main-forte aux Néo-Zélandais touchés par le séisme de magnitude 7,8 qui a frappé l’île du Sud, le 14 novembre. Le NCSM Vancouver était aux environs d’Auckland, en Nouvelle-Zélande au moment du séisme et se préparait pour une visite amicale afin de célébrer le 75e anniversaire des forces navales néo-zélandaises avec d’autres forces navales alliées.
 
Le navire, avec son hélicoptère CH-124 Sea King, et son détachement aérien à bord, seront un atout important pour aider l’évacuation des personnes de la zone touchée et le transport de fourniture d’urgence dans la région, puisque la majorité des routes et des voies ferrées ont été coupées.
 
La soirée du 14 novembre (heure normale de l’Est), le NCSM Vancouver a commencé sa transition en direction de la zone la plus touchée dans le cadre d’une force opérationnelle multinationale de navires de guerre. À midi aujourd’hui (heure normale de l’Est), le NCSM Vancouver est arrivé au large de la ville côtière Kaikoura, sur l’île du Sud, prêt à entreprendre ses opérations.

« Le changement rapide de l’objectif de formation et d’opérations navales aux opérations de secours aux sinistrés après le séisme du NCSM Vancouver fait preuve du professionnalisme et des capacités de la Marine royale canadienne. En gros, les Canadiens peuvent être fiers que leurs Forces armées canadiennes soient prêtes à aider nos alliés au moment où on leur demande. » dit le Général Jonathan Vance, chef d’état-major de la Défense.

Le NCSM Vancouver mènera des opérations d’aide humanitaire d’urgence afin de réduire au minimum la souffrance humaine.
 
Ce navire a des capacités de transport aérien. Il a également à son bord du matériel de base nécessaire aux opérations d’aide humanitaire et de secours aux sinistrés qui peut être utilisé au besoin à la suite d’une catastrophe. Ce matériel de base comprend des trousses de premiers soins, des tentes, des génératrices, des couvertures, des scies à chaîne et des outils à main. L’équipage du navire se tient prêt à appuyer l’opération à mesure qu’elle progresse.
 
L’équipage complet du NCSM Vancouver, y compris les membres de son détachement aérien de CH-124 Sea King, comprend 231 membres.
 
Les Forces armées canadiennes sont prêtes à appuyer Affaires mondiales Canada, le ministère responsable de l’intervention du gouvernement du Canada à la suite du séisme en Nouvelle‑Zélande.
 
La MRC “anticipe les situations” en envoyant des navires de guerre et des sous-marins à l’étranger à des fins d’entraînement et d’essais. Ces navires, déjà en mer, disposent du personnel, des outils, des compétences et de la souplesse nécessaires pour intervenir rapidement lorsqu’ils sont appelés à soutenir les priorités militaires du Canada dans la région et à fournir des options au gouvernement en matière de sécurité et de défense. Les capacités du navire peuvent être améliorées sur place au besoin afin de s’acquitter de tâches spécialisées.
 
La MRC est l’un des outils les plus souples pour la politique étrangère et diplomatique du gouvernement du Canada. Elle effectue toute une gamme de missions, de l’aide humanitaire et des secours aux sinistrés aux opérations de dissuasion, en passant par des opérations de combat et de lutte contre le terrorisme. Elle compte 13 000 militaires à temps plein et à temps partiel ainsi que 3 700 employés civils en poste à l’échelle du Canada et en déploiement partout dans le monde.
 
La MRC est l’un des « premiers intervenants du Canada » en période de crise ou de conflit. Lorsque le Canada veut faire preuve de leadership et d’engagement, le gouvernement déploie des navires.

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Protecting energy infrastructure from domestic threats

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Experts are meeting today and tomorrow at Carleton University to discuss “the challenges of dealing with natural resource development projects and activism" - or, in the words of one participant, how to protect Canada's infrastructure from "domestic extremists".

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Opinion - Bill C-51 'legalizes misconduct'

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Does the anti-terrorism legislation turn CSIS into a secret police force, free to break laws and violate Canadians' rights as it sees fit?

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More concern about police surveillance abuses

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Drone help suspected in UK prison break

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Statement from the Chief Public Health Officer

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Each year, the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada release a report on the state of public health in this country. This year, he has chosen to focus on family violence in Canada:

Family violence is not just about physical abuse. It comes in many forms, including sexual, emotional and financial abuse, as well as neglect.

The statistics are staggering:

In Canada, every day, just over 230 Canadians are reported as victims of family violence.

In 2014, 57,835 girls and women were victims of family violence-accounting for seven out of every 10 reported cases. Every four days a woman is killed by a family member.

Between 2004 and 2014, half of child victims of family-related homicide (160) were under the age of four.

Population surveys tell us that a third of Canadians, that is 9 million people, have reported experiencing abuse before they were 15 years old

About 760,000 Canadians reported experiencing unhealthy spousal conflict, abuse or violence in the last five years.

In 2014, Indigenous people were murdered at a rate six times higher than non-Indigenous Canadians, with Indigenous women being three times more likely to report spousal abuse than non-Indigenous women.

Every day, eight seniors are victims of family violence.

This is a serious public health issue in Canada-one that can have long-lasting and widespread effects on the health of individuals, families and communities. The health impacts of family violence extend far beyond physical injuries and include poor mental health, psychological and emotional distress, suicide, and increased risk of chronic diseases and conditions such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes.

We know that for a variety of reasons, family violence is under-reported. Some victims are not aware that what they are experiencing is family violence, or they may be too afraid or humiliated to speak to someone. We don't yet know enough about what makes some families violent and not others, or effective methods to prevent family violence.

Healthy families are the backbone of a prosperous society. With this in mind, I invite all Canadians to join me in addressing the fear and stigma that keep us from understanding and ultimately preventing family violence.

We need to talk about it.

Dr. Gregory Taylor
Chief Public Health Officer of Canada

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Conference brings together SAR community

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Yesterday marked the final day of the SARScene 2016 conference program, following a week of opportunities for training, education and exercises, as well as presentations and moderated discussions from Search and Rescue (SAR) experts.

SARScene 2016 was co-hosted by Public Safety Canada and the Alberta Municipal Affairs’ Office of the Fire Commissioner. Canada’s 24th annual national Search and Rescue (SAR) conference brought together representatives from federal departments, provincial and territorial search and rescue organizations, first responders, volunteer associations and representatives from volunteer SAR teams across Canada.

"SARScene 2016 has demonstrated the search and rescue community’s commitment to continuous improvement. From advances in technology, to innovative exercises and training, and the sharing of best practices, it’s clear that SAR will continue to evolve to best serve Canadians," said Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness. "I want to thank our co-hosts and everyone who participated, particularly those who participated in the consultations at the SAR Forum."

Delegates were also invited to take part in the SAR Forum to share their views on the National Search and Rescue Program. This consultation will inform Public Safety Canada’s development of national governance and policy framework.

Public Safety awarded three National SAR Program Awards of Excellence to deserving members of the SAR community, and the provincial government also presented four Alberta Emergency Service Medals and congratulated the more than 20 SAR member that received medals across Alberta.

In Canada, SAR is a shared responsibility among federal, provincial/territorial and municipal organizations, supported by air, ground and marine volunteer SAR organizations.

There are more than 15,000 trained SAR volunteers in Canada that form an important part of the National SAR Program.

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Ministers discuss justice and public safety priorities

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Last week, federal, provincial and territorial (FPT) ministers responsible for justice and public safety concluded two days of productive engagement, working on justice and public safety priorities for Canadians.

An Elder welcomed ministers to traditional Mi'kmaw territory.

Ministers discussed key issues including violence against Indigenous women and girls and the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls; tangible responses to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action; the implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in the Canadian context; and how best to address overrepresentation of and gaps in services to Indigenous peoples throughout the justice system. The FPT ministers also approved the release of a compilation of recommendations from published reports which address violence against Indigenous women and girls.

Ministers talked about the importance of continuing to support professional, dedicated and culturally responsive policing services in Indigenous communities. Ministers will continue to collaborate towards a renewed approach for policing in Indigenous communities, recognizing the need for adequate and sustainable funding.

A significant point of discussion was the federal government's ongoing review of the criminal justice system to make it more effective and efficient. The federal ministers provided an overview and update on their discussions to date with stakeholders. FPT ministers noted the importance of this review to address delays in the completion of criminal cases. Ministers also expressed the need to address issues affecting vulnerable people and Indigenous overrepresentation in the criminal justice system.

"I truly appreciate the opportunity to meet with my provincial and territorial colleagues again as well as Indigenous leaders for an open and frank discussion on the issues that confront us all," said Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada. "By maintaining strong partnerships we can ensure that our justice system meets the highest standards of equity and fairness, respects the Charter, and keeps our communities safe."

Provincial and territorial ministers were updated on the implementation of the Office for Community Outreach and Countering Radicalization to Violence and on the Government of Canada's national security consultation. Ministers reaffirmed their commitment to coordinate their efforts to counter radicalization to violence.

Ministers received recommendations on bail, remand, judicial case management, and the need to modernize fingerprinting legislation. Discussions also took place on challenges related to cybercrime and progress made on justice system innovation. They agreed to explore ways to improve access to justice for sexual assault complainants and to share best practices and lessons learned.

They discussed the challenges that the justice system faces in appropriately responding to those with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and other neurocognitive disabilities and agreed to publicly release the Final Report of the Steering Committee on FASD and Access to Justice. They also considered the social and economic impact of alcohol abuse and supported the need for FPT collaboration to identify solutions.

The FPT ministers also agreed to continue to work together to address issues leading up to the legalization of marijuana for non-medical use.

"Once again, I was very impressed with the high level of dedication and passion ministers expressed while discussing key issues affecting public safety in Canada," said Ralph Goodale
Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness. "Together, through the sharing of best practices, varying perspectives and innovative thinking, we can make real progress for the benefit of all Canadians."

Ministers also met with leaders and representatives from five National Indigenous Organizations to hear their perspectives on justice and public safety matters and future engagement.

The meeting was co-chaired by the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, Jody Wilson-Raybould, P.C., Q.C., the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Ralph Goodale, P.C., and the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Nova Scotia, Diana Whalen.

Federal, provincial and territorial attorneys general and ministers responsible for justice and public safety usually meet at least once a year to discuss key justice and public safety issues and give direction to government officials from the various jurisdictions on new and ongoing collaborative work being conducted over the year.

The five National Indigenous Organizations represented were: the Assembly of First Nations, the Métis National Council, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, the Native Women's Association of Canada, and the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples.

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In October 1986, 15 year old Kerrie Ann Brown of Thompson. Manitoba  was raped and murdered after she left a party. Now, the RCMP is using Twitter to recreate her day in words she might have used, to revive old memories and create new leads.

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Ottawa officer accused of racist Web posts

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After the body of Inuit artist Annie Pootoogook was found in the Ottawa River, Sgt Chris Hrnchiar of the OPS forensic identification unit made some online remarks that now have him under internal investigation. Still on the job, Hrnchiar could face loss of pay, demotion, suspension or dismissal.

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Better protection in the pipeline

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After protesters shut down five oil pipelines carrying Canadian crude oil, police and energy companies say preventing a disruption is 'near impossible'.  After the attacks, police, pipeline companies and government officials on both sides of the Canada-US border addressed the threat.

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Goodale highlights Day for Disaster Reduction

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The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Canada’s Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, made the following statement today acknowledging the United Nation’s International Day for Disaster Reduction.

"This week we witnessed the effects of large-scale flooding in Nova Scotia, particularly in Cape Breton, as well as in Newfoundland and Labrador. Residents in these areas have demonstrated resilience and community spirit as they continue to come together to help neighbors.

The United Nation’s International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR) encourages a whole-of-society approach to building more disaster resilient communities and nations. This year, the IDDR launched the Sendai Seven Campaign to promote each of the seven targets of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. This year, the theme focused on the first target: reducing disaster mortality.

By closely collaborating with our partners in all sectors, reducing the number of lives lost in the face of a disaster is a testament to our collective progress in making our country one that is better prepared to predict and prevent crises and respond efficiently to minimize disruption when disaster strikes. Every one of us is concerned about the devastating societal, economic and environmental impacts of disasters, and every one of us has a role to play in building a safer and more resilient society.

The Government of Canada is determined to find solutions to reduce disaster risks, and to that end, continues to support collaboration across diverse sectors of society on the vulnerability and impacts of disasters to Canadians. Public Safety Canada will host the Seventh Annual National Roundtable for Disaster Risk Reduction November 21-22, in Montreal, Quebec. Also in Montreal, the Government will host 1,000 delegates from over 50 member states in the Americas at the Fifth Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas on March 7."

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Canada leads new push on Syria crisis at UN

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General Dynamics offers new security solutions

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General Dynamics Mission Systems–Canada has officially launched four new public safety and security solutions that provide first responders around the world with integrated mission-critical communications systems that will help save lives.

Built on the company’s SHIELD Ecosystem, these turn-key, fully integrated solutions provide interoperable fixed and mobile digital communications to ensure the right information is available at the right time.

“We are building on our extensive experience in military communications and developing a new series of capabilities to help close the technology gap for the first responders who are facing increasingly complex threats,” said David Ibbetson, vice president and general manager of General Dynamics Mission Systems–Canada. “The SHIELD Ecosystem and the solutions we have developed will support public safety and security organizations around the world by giving them the advanced tools they need to become more connected and coordinated response forces.”   

The four public safety and security solutions include: CitySHIELD, BorderSHIELD, InfrastructureSHIELD and EmergencySHIELD. These dedicated public safety communication systems combine 4G/LTE technology with satellite and fiber optics networking to enhance situational awareness of security threats and reduce emergency response times. The solutions enable police and other first responders to quickly gather and exchange vital information using digital applications on secure systems. SHIELD solutions also provide commanders with enhanced awareness of the availability, capability and location of in-field personnel at all times.

As one of Canada’s largest military systems integrators, General Dynamics has more than 60 years of experience in secure communication innovation and is committed to building long-term partnerships to enhance the interoperability and operational effectiveness of public safety and security forces with technical solutions to help keep the public safe and secure. 

General Dynamics Mission Systems–Canada delivers advanced system solutions to Canadian and international customers. Headquartered in Ottawa, Ontario, with locations in Calgary and Halifax, it is one of the largest defence and security companies in Canada and is a prime contractor and systems integrator for public safety, military and security applications. For more information, visit www.gd-ms.ca. 

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JAG asks for input on Court Martial System

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The Canadian Armed Forces’ (CAF) Judge Advocate General (JAG) is launching consultations with Canadians as part of the ongoing comprehensive review of the court martial system.

As directed by the JAG, Major-General Blaise Cathcart, Q.C., the purpose of the review is to conduct a legal and policy analysis of the CAF’s court martial system. In addition to consulting with Canadians, including soldiers, sailors, and aviators, the Review Team will engage with stakeholders such as victims’ rights advocates, academia, and international experts. This is in an effort to ensure the CAF’s court martial system is effective, efficient, and aligns with Canadian values and the rule of law, all the while serving the particular needs of the CAF.

From October 11 to November 7, 2016, all interested Canadians are invited to participate and share their views with the team conducting the Court Martial Comprehensive Review.

Canadians have three ways that they can join the discussions:

Colonel Rob Holman, Deputy Judge Advocate General for Military Justice and Director General of the Court Martial Comprehensive Review Team said: “The launch of these consultations with Canadians marks an important milestone for the Court Martial Comprehensive Review. By engaging with and listening to what Canadians have to say, we hope to make our world-class military justice system even better.” 

 

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Canada's response to Hurricane Matthew

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The Honourable Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, and the Honourable Harjit Sajjan, Minister of National Defence, have announced that the Government of Canada has deployed the Canadian Disaster Assessment Team (CDAT) to Haiti and set aside up to $3 million as an initial humanitarian response for those in Haiti and other countries in the region affected by Hurricane Matthew.

The CDAT will rapidly assess the situation, which is a critical step in ensuring that a Canadian response to the hurricane is coordinated, evidence-based and tailored to the needs on the ground. Canada is also supporting the United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination unit teams in Jamaica and Haiti, who are still assessing the situation and assisting local authorities.

Canada’s humanitarian assistance will go toward immediate, life-saving needs, such as water and sanitation, food, shelter and basic health services, and will be delivered through experienced humanitarian partners.

Canada contributes financially to UN agencies, the Red Cross Movement and non-governmental organizations to quickly get humanitarian aid to where it is needed.

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"Canada is saddened by the loss of lives due to Hurricane Matthew in Haiti. We are committed to supporting the affected Haitian people and will support them during these trying times."

- Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs

"Canada stands side by side with Haiti in the wake of this devastating hurricane. We work with experienced humanitarian partners, including Canadian and international NGOs, the Red Cross Movement and UN agencies on the ground, and our teams have been working around the clock to assess the situation. Our government is ready to provide further assistance needed to reach the most vulnerable, including, especially, women and children."

- Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie

"The terrible destruction and loss of life in Haiti left by Hurricane Matthew is deeply concerning. The Canadian Disaster Assessment Team deployed quickly via Canadian Armed Forces aircraft to assess the damage. As this situation evolves, the Canadian Armed Forces stand ready to support Government of Canada efforts."

- Harjit Sajjan, Minister of National Defence

On October 4, 2016, Hurricane Matthew tore through Haiti, Jamaica, Cuba and the Dominican Republic.

Over 1.24 million people are estimated to have been affected by Hurricane Matthew in Haiti.

Haiti was the hardest-hit country and requires attention in at least 11 communities around the Grand’Anse, Nippes and Sud areas, where there has been coastal flooding.

The role of the CDAT is to meet with local and international representatives to assess the needs on the ground and to identify potential follow-up response options for the Government of Canada.

The CDAT comprises three experts from Global Affairs Canada and three officers from the Canadian Armed Forces, including the Disaster Assistance Response Team Commander.

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Canadian warships join multinational operation

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Over the next two days, Her Majesty’s Canadian Ships (HMCS) Brandon, Edmonton and Kingston are departing to participate in Operation Caribbe, Canada’s contribution the multinational campaign against illicit trafficking by transnational criminal organizations in the Eastern Pacific Ocean and Caribbean.

Operation Caribbe is one of the many activities undertaken by the Government of Canada and DND/CAF as part of Canada's broader commitment to engagement in the Americas. This annual operation directly supports the CAF's mission to defend against threats and security challenges to Canada, North America, and our defence and security partners.

"One of the Royal Canadian Navy’s most fundamental responsibilities is protecting and maintaining maritime security at home and abroad," said Rear-Admiral Art McDonald, Commander, Maritime Forces Pacific. "We are committed to working with our partners who share our common values and goals in promoting regional stability while supressing criminal activity at sea. Operation Caribbe builds upon and strengthens existing relationships and this is what enables our sailors to continue their success during this operation now and well into the future."

HMCS Brandon and Edmonton depart Esquimalt, B.C. on October 6 to participate in Op Caribbe in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. HMCS Kingston is planned to depart Halifax on October 7 to conduct operations in the Caribbean area of operations. Following readiness training at-sea, the ships will formally join Op Caribbe in the coming days.

"On behalf of all the personnel in Maritime Forces Atlantic, I wish the ship's company of HMCS Kingston a safe deployment to the Caribbean Sea," said Rear-Admiral John Newton, Commander Joint Task Force Atlantic and Commander Maritime Forces Atlantic. "This cooperation with 14 like-minded nations to stem flows of illicit drugs on the international sea lanes is a valuable contribution to regional stability. Moreover, the professionalism at sea and ashore will reinforce Canada's contributions to confidence and capacity building measures in the region. To all aboard Kingston, I know you will make us proud."

This deployment will look to build upon the success of HMC Ships Moncton, Summerside, Edmonton, Saskatoon, and Vancouver, which so far in 2016 have seized and disrupted a total of approximately 2,930 kg of cocaine and 1,520 kg of marijuana while working with the United States Coast Guard and embedded Law Enforcement Detachments.

The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) have conducted Op Caribbe since November 2006 and remain committed to working with Western Hemisphere and European partners to address security challenges in the region and to disrupt illicit trafficking operations

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The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, made the following statement after the tabling of the 2015-16 Annual Report of the Security Intelligence Review Committee (SIRC) last week:

“Over the past year, SIRC conducted nine reviews of activities carried out by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) on topics such as information-sharing, threat reduction activities, and operations abroad including foreign fighter investigations.

Today SIRC has provided Parliament with the findings from its reviews, through its Annual Report.  This is a crucial document for keeping CSIS accountable and providing assurance to Canadians that CSIS is respecting the law, as well as Canadians’ rights and freedoms, as it carries out its national security mandate.

Overall, SIRC found that CSIS complied with the CSIS Act, and that its actions were reasonable and necessary.  SIRC has provided numerous recommendations and the Report notes that CSIS has already implemented a large percentage of them.

The Government of Canada takes the accountability of our security and intelligence agencies seriously, and we are taking measures to further enhance it.

In June, we put forward legislation to create a National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians which would have a broad mandate to scrutinize the activities of any federal department or agency with national security responsibilities, including operational matters.

The Committee would complement the work of SIRC and other review bodies by taking a broader look at Canada’s security and intelligence community and engaging Parliamentarians in government-wide reviews.

As we look to strengthen Canada’s national security accountability framework, we want all Canadians to be involved. We invite you to provide us with your ideas and views on accountability, and many other topics, through our online consultation on national security at Canada.ca/national-security-consultation. Your opinion matters, and this is your opportunity to help shape Canada’s national security framework.”

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RCAF Squadrons fly to Yellowknife for SAR Exercise

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Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) squadrons from across Canada are participating in their annual National Search and Rescue Exercise, SAREX 2016, from September 18 to 24, 2016, in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.
 
Involving nearly 200 participants, the training brings together the Canadian Armed Forces with civilian search and rescue communities, including the Civil Air Search and Rescue Association (CASARA), and other first responders to standardize and evaluate skills. This event follows on the heels of previous successful SAREX events in Gimli, Manitoba (2013), Goose Bay, Newfoundland (2014) and Comox, British Columbia (2015). “For the first time, the National SAREX will experience and overcome the challenges of Search and Rescue in the Northwest Territories, which will provide an exciting Search and Rescue environment. Together, we hope to exercise and showcase all of the important and unique skills of our professional and volunteer organizations,” said Colonel Patrick Thauberger, Commander, 14 Wing Greenwood.
 
Exercise aims include aerial and ground searches, medical responses, parachute accuracy, as well as land and marine rescues.
 
Search and rescue response in Canada involves several provincial and government departments, including Public Safety Canada, the Department of National Defence, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and Transport Canada. A number of volunteer organizations such as CASARA and non-governmental organizations such as STARS (the Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society) regularly assist in search and rescue operations.

Sergeant Chad Hildebrant surveys the land before Search and Rescue Technicians, Warrant Officer Norm Penny and Master Corporal Ashley Barker parachute out of a Twin Otter aircraft during the National Search and Rescue Exercise 2015 (SAREX15) held at Comox, British Columbia on September 14, 2015.
14 Sep – Sergeant Chad Hildebrant surveys the land before Search and Rescue Technicians, Warrant Officer Norm Penny and Master Corporal Ashley Barker parachute out of a Twin Otter aircraft during the National Search and Rescue Exercise 2015 (SAREX15) held at Comox, British Columbia. (Photo: Sgt Halina Folfas, 19 Wing Imaging)
 
The primary SAR responsibility of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) is the provision of aeronautical SAR and the coordination of the aeronautical and maritime SAR system.

CAF resources may also assist in ground search and rescue (GSAR) efforts, medical evacuations and other humanitarian incidents if requested by the responsible provincial/territorial or municipal authority. The Canadian Rangers, Reserve Force members of the CAF, regularly aid in GSAR upon request in sparsely settled regions of the country.

Approximately one third of the RCAF’s 150 Search and Rescue Technicians are participating in the exercise. Others are on duty and maintaining a 24-hour standby at their respective squadrons around the country.

 RCAF squadrons and organizations participating include:

  • 103 Search and Rescue Squadron, 9 Wing Gander, Newfoundland;
  • 413 Transport and Rescue Squadron,14 Wing Greenwood, Nova Scotia;
  • 417 Combat Support Squadron, 4 Wing Cold Lake, Alberta;
  • 424 Transport and Rescue Squadron, 8 Wing Trenton, Ontario;
  • 435 Transport and Rescue Squadron,17 Wing Winnipeg, Manitoba;
  • 439 Combat Support Squadron, 3 Wing Bagotville, Quebec;
  • 440 Transport Squadron, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories;
  • 442 Transport and Rescue Squadron,19 Wing Comox, British Columbia;
  • The Canadian Forces School of Search and Rescue, Comox; and
  • Representatives from the Joint Rescue Coordination Centers from Victoria,Trenton and Halifax.

A variety of RCAF aircraft will be utilized during the exercise, including:

  • The CH-149 Cormorant helicopter;
  • The CC-115 Buffalo;
  • The CH-146 Griffon helicopter;
  • The CC-130 Hercules; and
  • The CC-138 Twin Otter

Other organizations participating formally in the exercise include the following:

  • Public Safety Canada;
  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada;
  • Transport Canada;
  • Environment and Climate Change Canada;
  • The Canadian Rangers;
  • The Royal Canadian Mounted Police;
  • Nav Canada;
  • The Civil Air Search and Rescue Association (CASARA);
  • The Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS); and
  • The Yellowknife Airport.

Des escadrons de l’ARC se dirigent à Yellowknife pour participer à un exercice de recherche et sauvetage

Des escadrons de l’Aviation royale canadienne (ARC) des quatre coins du pays participent à leur exercice annuel de recherche et sauvetage, SAREX 2016, du 18 au 24 septembre 2016, à Yellowknife (Territoires du Nord-Ouest).
 
Comptant près de 200 participants, cette formation rassemble les Forces armées canadiennes avec des groupes civils de recherche et sauvetage, y compris l’Association civile de recherche et de sauvetage aérien (ACRESA), et d’autres premiers intervenants pour normaliser et évaluer les compétences. Cet exercice suit les événements précédents et réussis du SAREX, à Gimli (Manitoba) en 2013, Goose Bay (Terre-Neuve) en 2014, et à Comox (Colombie-Britanique) en 2015. « Pour la première fois, le SAREX national comprendra des défis de recherche et sauvetage à surmonter dans les Territoires du Nord-Ouest, ce qui présente un milieu dynamique pour réaliser ces exercices. Ensemble, nous espérons mettre à l’épreuve et en valeur toutes les compétences uniques et importantes de nos organismes professionnels et bénévoles, » dit Colonel Patrick Thauberger, commandant de la 14e Escadre Greenwood.
 
Les objectifs de l’exercice comprennent des recherches aériennes et au sol, des interventions médicales, des sauts de précision en parachute ainsi que des sauvetages au sol et en mer.
 
Les interventions de recherche et de sauvetage au Canada comprend la participation de nombreux services provinciaux et gouvernementaux, y compris Sécurité publique Canada, le ministère de la Défense, Pêches et Océans Canada et Transports Canada. Divers organismes bénévoles comme l’Association civile de recherche et de sauvetage aérien (ACRSA), et d’autres organismes non gouvernementaux comme la Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS), aident régulièrement dans le cadre d’opérations de recherche et de sauvetage.

Captain Matt Adam steers his CC-130 Hercules aircraft from 435 Squadron in a tight orbit around the ground target during in SAREX 15, in Comox, British Columbia on September 14, 2015.
14 sep – Le capitaine Matt Adam oriente l’aéronef CC-130 Hercules du 435e Escadron en orbite autour de la cible au sol, au cours de l’exercice SAREX 15, à Comox, en Colombie Britannique. (Photo: Caporal Ian Thompson, technicien en imagerie, 4e Escadre Cold Lake)

La principale responsabilité des Forces armées canadiennes (FAC) en matière de SAR consiste en la prestation de services de SAR aéronautique et en la coordination du système de SAR aéronautique et maritime.

Des ressources des FAC peuvent également prêter main-forte aux efforts de recherche et sauvetage au sol (RSS), aux évacuations médicales et à d’autres incidents humanitaires si une autorité provinciale ou territoriale responsable leur en fait la demande. Les Rangers canadiens, membres de la Réserve des FAC, aident régulièrement dans des efforts de RSS lorsque cela est demandé dans des régions peu peuplées du pays.

Environ un tiers des 150 techniciens de recherche et de sauvetage de l’ARC participe à l’exercice. Les autres sont en devoir et maintiennent une disponibilité 24 heures sur 24 à leurs escadrons respectifs partout au pays.
 
Les organisations et les escadrons de l’ARC qui participent à cet exercice comprennent :

  • 103e Escadron de recherche et de sauvetage, 9e Escadre Gander (Terre-Neuve);
  • 413e Escadron de transport et sauvetage, 14e Escadre Greenwood (Nouvelle-Écosse);
  • 417e Escadron de soutien au combat, 4e Escadre Cold Lake (Alberta);
  • 424e Escadron de transport et de sauvetage, 8e Escadre Trenton (Ontario);
  • 435e Escadron de transport et de sauvetage, 17e Escadre Winnipeg (Manitoba);
  • 439e Escadron de soutien au combat, 3e Escadre Bagotville (Québec);
  • 440e Escadron de transport, Yellowknife (Territoires du Nord-Ouest);
  • 442e Escadron de transport et de sauvetage, 19e Escadre Comox (Colombie-Britannique)
  • l’École de recherche et de sauvetage des Forces canadiennes, à Comox;
  • des représentants des centres conjoints de coordination de sauvetage de Victoria, Trenton et Halifax.

Divers aéronefs des l’ARC seront utilisés pendant l’exercice, notamment :

  • l’hélicoptère CH-149 Cormorant;
  • le CC-115 Buffalo;
  • l’hélicoptère CH-146 Griffon;
  • le CC-130 Hercules;
  • le CC-138 Twin Otter.

D’autres organisations qui participent officiellement à l’exercice comprennent :

  • Sécurité publique Canada;
  • Pêches et Océans Canada;
  • Transports Canada;
  • Environnement et Changement climatique Canada;
  • les Rangers canadiens;
  • Gendarmerie Royale du Canada;
  • NAV Canada;
  • l’Association civile de recherche et de sauvetage aériens (ACRSA);
  • la Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS);
  • l’aéroport de Yellowknife.

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Airbus Defence and Space is designing and building a new constellation of optical satellites, comprising four identical and very agile sensors delivering very high-resolution imagery. The highly responsive dual VHR constellation will offer state-of-the art service to the Airbus Defence and Space imagery user’s community for the next decade.

Along with the space segments, to be launched in 2020 and 2021, innovative ground segments offering multi-mission capabilities, large-scale image processing and easy data access incorporating “bigdata/cloud technologies” will be developed and deployed. This will not only enhance applications in traditional markets but will also open up new applications in developing markets, analytics and intelligence.

Offering intraday revisit capacity of any point on earth, improved reactivity in satellite tasking, and the ability to capture millions of km² per day, this constellation, entirely funded, owned and operated by Airbus Defence and Space, will respect all French laws and regulations and will ensure the continuity of the Pléiades mission.

Recognised operational Pléiades system features will be improved to match the market requirements expected to be the norm at the time of launch, and will deliver new applications such as business intelligence and analytics.

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Brazilian Air Force takes maiden SAR flight with C295W

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The first of the Airbus C295W aircraft that the Brazilian Air Force (Força Aérea Brasileira) ordered, configured specifically for search and rescue (SAR) missions, has made its maiden flight.

The new aircraft will join Brazil’s existing fleet of transport-configured C295s.

Brazil’s new SAR C295Ws are very similar to the C295W aircraft that Airbus Defence and Space is offering as part of its bid for Canada’s Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue (FWSAR) project. In particular, they are fitted with a similar Mission System, the third generation of Airbus Fully Integrated Tactical System (FITS), that has been proposed to Canada.

“This repeat order reflects Brazil’s high level of confidence in the C295W and further confirms the demonstrated excellence of this aircraft in a SAR role,” said Simon Jacques, President of Airbus Defence and Space Canada.

“The C295W and its integrated SAR mission system are already in service and proven,” Jacques said. “We are confident the C295W will meet Canada’s demanding SAR requirements, and that our proposal for the FWSAR project provides the most long-term benefits and international opportunities to Canadian industry.”

All C295Ws sold worldwide feature substantial Canadian content. Pratt & Whitney Canada provides the C295W’s engines, CAE provides flight simulators and training systems, and L-3 WESCAM provides advanced electro-optical systems. In addition, in the FWSAR role for Canada, PAL Aerospace will provide in-service support for Canada’s SAR C295Ws in partnership with Airbus.

Airbus Defence and Space has sold 168 C295s and C295Ws (the 'W' is the winglet variant) in 23 countries, and the aircraft is operating around the world in a variety of configurations, including maritime patrol, anti-submarine, and search and rescue.

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Goodale: Statement on the Anniversary of 9/11

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Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, made the following statement on the anniversary of 9/11 and the National Day of Service:

The terrible events of September 11, 2001, which took the lives of 3,000 innocent people, including 24 Canadians, represent a senseless tragedy which we must never forget.

The attacks were an affront to our democratic society, and compelled us to strengthen our resolve and collaboration with international partners to defend our values and freedoms.

As we reflect on that day, exactly 15 years ago, we must also remember the many gestures of kindness. The citizens of Gander in Newfoundland and Labrador, for example, were remarkably generous and compassionate as they offered shelter and food to travelers who had to make an unplanned stay in their community for a while. Such positive actions are the reason why September 11 is the National Day of Service which promotes the importance of supporting each other and volunteering within our own communities.

Today, I participated in the ceremony in honor of the fallen in-service firefighters. Firefighters, and other first responders, are also a source of inspiration as they show courage, generosity and strength in tragic moments, like the ones that happened 15 years ago, but also while performing their daily tasks.

I invite Canadians to remember September 11, 2001 events but mostly to recognize the solidarity that came out of that tragedy and to continue, by their generous gestures, to enhance our communities on a daily basis. It remains important for Canada to stay vigilant and united, and to continue to safeguard our rights and freedoms.

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Goodale: Statement to Fire Services Association

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The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, today issued the following statement after speaking at the Canadian Volunteer Fire Services Association annual general meeting:

Today I had the opportunity to extend my deep appreciation for the vital roles that volunteer fire fighters play in keeping Canadians safe. We recently experienced our volunteers’ determination and resiliency during the wildfire firefighting efforts in Fort McMurray this spring; their commitment to public service is remarkable.

Responding to emergencies requires tireless efforts on behalf of all first responders – including fire fighters, police and paramedics – and that is why it is so important that they have the help and support they need to ensure their health and well-being. To this end, Public Safety Canada is collaborating with the Health Portfolio to develop a coordinated national action plan on post-traumatic stress injuries in support of public safety officers. The plan will not only support the health and well-being of the public safety community, but will also contribute to the safety and resiliency of Canada.

Volunteers are at the heart of emergency response and providing all levels of government with critical resources – they represent the community’s link to municipal, provincial/territorial and federal organizations in the delivery of services. We value the contribution that volunteers make to emergency response work, which is why we are committed to enhancing compensation benefits for public safety officers and volunteers killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty. This initiative will offer some financial security to families who are struggling with the loss of a loved one or a permanently changed life circumstance.

The Government of Canada has also recently renewed its contribution program with the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) of Canada. The Hazardous Material (HazMat) training initiative is available to all fire responders, both professional and volunteer. We are proud to continue to work with the IAFF in support of such an initiative that further provides first responders, including volunteer fire fighters, with the ability to respond safely and effectively to HazMat incidents.

I would like to take this opportunity to extend my deepest appreciation to all of Canada’s volunteer fire fighters for the important and courageous work they do every day. You serve the public without hesitation and put others’ safety before your own, and for that I want to thank you.

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Liberals launch consultation on national security

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The Government of Canada is inviting Canadians to participate in a constructive dialogue on our national security framework. This broad consultation is intensifying today with the publication of a discussion paper to prompt debate and input.

This consultation is one part of the government's approach to national security issues. In June, the government also introduced new legislation to create a "National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians" to strengthen scrutiny and accountability of all our security agencies. The government is also working on the establishment of a new national office and centre of excellence to bolster and coordinate community efforts to prevent vulnerable individuals from being radicalized to violence. In addition, it has undertaken a complete re-examination of Canada's cyber-security capabilities.

“Today’s consultation launch is an important step in the development of our national security framework," said Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness. "Our government is committed to engaging Canadians before tabling new legislation that will ensure we maintain our Charter rights while keeping Canadians safe. This consultation is in keeping with our government’s commitments to Canadians on openness and transparency.”

This public consultation will help inform future changes to national security tools, including those introduced in the former Bill C-51. These changes will ensure Canada’s national security framework is effective in keeping Canadians safe, and equally in safeguarding Canadians’ Charter rights in a free and democratic society.

“Today we are moving forward on our commitment to repeal the problematic elements of former Bill C-51, the Anti-terrorism Act, 2015," said  Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould. "Input from Canadians on this Act, and more broadly on Canada’s national security framework, will help inform the development of laws and policies in this important area. Our goal is to ensure the safety of Canadians, while protecting our rights and freedoms.”

The consultation will focus on topics that include terrorism measures in the Criminal Code, information-sharing between national security institutions, as well as measures aimed at investigative capabilities, prevention, and threat reduction.

All Canadians are encouraged to share their views on these topics through the consultation web page, where they can learn more about these important issues and submit their input online. Online submissions will be accepted until December 1, 2016.

The Government of Canada will also be engaging Canadians through several town hall events across Canada over the coming months, and will be seeking the input of experts and interest groups in targeted meetings.

In addition, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security and the Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence are being invited to study the issues under consideration.

 

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Team Spartan to Highlight Capabilities and Canadian Industrial Strength at DEFSEC for FWSAR Program

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Team Spartan, which is offering its C-27J aircraft as part of Canada’s Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue (FWSAR) competition, will be highlighting the aircraft’s capabilities and potential economic and employment impact in Nova Scotia and across Canada at the 2016 Defence and Security exposition (DEFSEC) at Halifax’s Cunard Centre, between September 7th and 8th.
 
The Team Spartan exhibit at DEFSEC 2016 will demonstrate the unique capabilities of the aircraft and the size and scope of the team’s industrial partners that will create high-tech and manufacturing jobs across Canada – including significant programs in and around Halifax -- if the C-27J is chosen to be the next FWSAR platform for Canada.
 
Nova Scotia-represented companies that are part of Team Spartan include IMP Aerospace, Bluedrop Training & Simulation and General Dynamics Mission Systems-Canada.  All three companies expect to bring long-term, high-tech jobs to the region with a program win.
 
“Team Spartan has developed a very strong partnership with Canadian companies here in Halifax and across the country that will play an enormous role in bringing this aircraft to all Canadians,” said Steve Lucas, Team Spartan’s spokesman.  “The C-27J is a proven Search and Rescue platform, already in service with the US Coast Guard.  Aviation and defence professionals attending this show from all over Canada will be able to see what Team Spartan and the C-27J will provide to Canada for this important program,” Lucas said.
 
Team Spartan, led by Leonardo Aircraft and General Dynamics Mission Systems-Canada (GDMS-C), will be joined at the exhibition by two of its key Canadian partners, Halifax-based IMP Aerospace which is responsible for the integration of the GDMS-C made mission system into the C-27J fleet, and DRS Technologies Canada which is responsible for pilot and maintenance crew training systems.
 
Ahead of the exhibition, Team Spartan will hold a community event in Halifax focused on the technology and manufacturing capabilities it will be offering the Nova Scotia region.  The event, to be held at the IMP Aerospace facilities adjacent to the Halifax Stanfield International Airport on September 6th, will attract local and dignitaries and federal representatives who will listen to presentations on the economic and employment impacts on the region as well as around the country.  Team Spartan will also outline the world-class C-27J and why it is the right plane for the FWSAR program.
 
FWSAR is a program designed to save lives, and only uncompromising solutions matter.  The Team Spartan C-27J is that solution and will be an effective, multi-mission asset that will not only replace two different aging fleets of aircraft but bring the FWSAR program into the 21st century with a more capable, less costly platform equipped with modern lifesaving technology.
 
The C-27J, already in operation with the U.S. Coast Guard as a search and rescue platform, will be the best choice to meet Canada’s future FWSAR requirements given:

  • its capability to rapidly respond to emergency situations across the vast expanse of the Canadian SAR Area of Responsibility (AOR) in all weather conditions;
     
  • its state-of-the-art Canadian-made mission suite and sensor systems, designed to quickly locate people in distress;
     
  • its proven air delivery systems, able to deploy with maximum accuracy, emergency equipment and supplies.

 
For more information about Team Spartan and the C-27J, visit www.C-27J.ca

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Officers allege friendship trumps the law

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Rank-and-file police officers are circulating a petition to express a vote of non-confidence in the leadership of Chief Charles Bordeleau. Officers are alleging a personal friendship has absolved another senior officer of misconduct.

Since June, Const. Lindsy Richardson has filed more than one complaint of workplace misconduct against Acting Supt. Paul Johnston, who now is in charge of the professional standards section, which investigates officer misconduct. Based on Police Chief Bordeleau's long friendship with Johnston, other officers believe an outside organization should be assigned to investigate the allegations.

http://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/police-chief-declines-to-investigate-misconduct-allegations-against-officer-in-charge-of-internal-affairs

Chief Charles Bordeleau has reassured his members that he understands their concerns and is eager to hear their feedback “in a respectful and appropriate manner.”

http://www.ottawasun.com/2016/03/17/chief-charles-bordeleau-responds-to-ottawa-officer-who-criticized-his-leadership

Insp. Pat Flanagan, a senior officer, says “confidence and respect in our chief has taken a significant downturn. We go to great lengths to build trust and confidence with the community we serve; unfortunately the same can’t be said internally.” Flanagan said that in more than 32 years of policing he has never seen officer morale this low.

The civilian watchdog that vindicated Chief Bordeleau on allegations that he interfered with the law in getting his father-in-law's traffic ticket withdrawn, has revealed that the department has no policy or guidelines about what they can and can't do when their family members find themselves before the courts.

http://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/0813-chief

Former Ottawa Police Chief, Senator Vern White, is very concerned about the public battle. “It’s not healthy for any of us, and it’s certainly not healthy for this community — and they deserve better than that.”

http://www.1310news.com/2016/08/18/senior-officer-former-police-chief-say-something-must-be-done-about-morale/

 

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Ottawa pledges to hire deradicalization adviser

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Govenement to engage with Canadians on cyber security

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The Government of Canada has launched its public consultation to engage with Canadians on the evolving cyber security landscape.

Until mid-October this year, the Government of Canada will be engaging and consulting with Canadians about the trends and challenges of cyber security. Topics will include the evolution of the cyber threat, the increasing economic significance of cyber security, the expanding frontiers of cyber security, and Canada’s way forward on cyber security.

According to Public Safety Canada, Canadians are the heaviest internet users in the world. The average Canadian spends more than 40 hours online per month. Canadian businesses are also at risk of cyber attacks. Approximately 70 percent of Canadian businesses have been victims of cyber attacks, resulting in an average cost of $15,000 per incident.

The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, said “The government's cyber security review is an opportunity to build Canadian strength and expertise.  Canadians spend more time online than people in any other country.  We need to get really good at cyber security - across our personal, business, infrastructure and government sectors - so we can take full advantage of the digital economy, while protecting the safety and security of Canadians, and selling our valuable cyber skills and products into a booming market throughout the rest of the world.  I hope Canadians will participate vigorously to help us shape this opportunity.”

The department is looking for new ideas to renew Canada's approach and initiatives to cyber security. The online consultation is available to Canadians until October 15, 2016 at https://www.canada.ca/en/services/defence/cybersecurity/.

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Canada: $35 million to fight radicalization

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Ottawa will spend $35 million over five years to fund programs that reach out to vulnerable people open to radicalization in a bid to prevent terror attacks in Canada.

The federal government is looking to establish national centers for de-radicalization across Canada to fight extremism.

Last week’s events in Strathroy, Ontario, is a good example of why Canada may need to establish ways of preventing radicalization.

Federal officials are consulting with experts in order to have the right people available to work in these centers “to intervene in the right way, with the right tools and at the right time,” Public Security Minister Ralph Goodale said on Monday. Goodale visited Montreal’s de-radicalization center to learn how we can help young people who are vulnerable to extremism and violence. It is important that we learn how to identify individuals who could be vulnerable to insidious influences that can draw certain people towards extremism which may lead to violence.

Ottawa will be working with the expertise of Montreal, Calgary, the United Kingdom, and France in order to establish the best anti-radicalization centers.

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Wildfire poses threat to Rio Olympics

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A wildfire in the hills of the Deodoro Region in Rio de Janeiro has raised some concerns for the Olympics. As the winds have been gaining strength, a close eye needs to be kept on this fire.

The men's and women's BMX events are to take place in these hills over the next few days. Nothing has been reported yet as to whether or not the events will be postponed or canceled due to the fire.

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Canada’s counter-radicalization efforts have little national coherence

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Kitsilano Coast Guard Base Reopens

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The Kitsilano Coast Guard Base on the BC coast was shut down by the former Harper government more than three years ago. Operational response started up quietly in May, but today was the official re-opening, complete with a First Nations ceremony. The Liberal government pledges to improve the search and rescue capacity and expand the role to include an incident command post for environmental response on the water.

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http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/news/kitsilano-coast-guard-closure/

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http://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/were-back-kits-coast-guard-base-officially-reopens

Feds promise improved services at reopened Kits Coast Guard Base
http://www.news1130.com/2016/08/08/federal-govt-promises-improved-services-for-reopened-kitsilano-coast-guard-base/

GlobalNews VIDEO: Kits Coast Guard Base
http://globalnews.ca/video/2871320/kits-coast-guard-base-officially-reopens/

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Airbus A330 tanker aircraft chosen for NATO

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The Netherlands Ministry of Defence has notified its Parliament of the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with Luxembourg to proceed with the acquisition of a pooled fleet of Airbus A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (A330 MRTT) aircraft, and the signing of a contract paving the way for the delivery of two aircraft with options for up to six more when, it is expected, other nations join the grouping. The contract also covers two years of initial support. Further details can be seen at https://www.defensie.nl/english/latest/news/2016/07/28/netherlands-and-luxembourg-buy-tanker-aircraft-together.

Final arrangements will be made in the coming weeks between Europe’s organization for the management of cooperative armament programmes – OCCAR – acting on behalf of the NATO Support & Procurement Agency (NSPA) and the nations, and Airbus Defence and Space for the completion of the financial process resulting in a formal order for the aircraft.

Discussions are underway at various stages with Belgium, Germany, Norway and Poland with a view to those nations also participating in the programme, known as the Multinational MRTT Fleet (MMF) initiative.

"The purchase of the MRTT A330 type aircraft is an important contribution in addressing the scarce tanker and transport capability of the European Union in particular. In addition to refuelling aircraft and strategic transports, MRTT aircraft can also be used for carrying out medical evacuations, if necessary in intensive care units," stated an announcement from The Netherlands Ministry of Defence.

The fleet will be NATO property, however, Luxembourg and the Netherlands will have exclusive user rights to the aircraft.

The European Defence Agency (EDA) and the European materiel organisation, Organisation Conjointe de Coopération en matière d’ARmement (OCCAR), are closely involved in the purchase of the aircraft, on behalf on the NATO Support & Procurement Agency (NSPA).

In addition to the purchase, the MRTT project also covers maintenance and operational deployment. The Netherlands is the lead nation in this multinational collaboration project.

The new aircraft will be stationed at Eindhoven Air Base. The Netherlands will also be responsible for registering the aircraft and monitoring their airworthiness. A study will be carried out to determine whether European Air Transport Command, which is also stationed in Eindhoven, will be able to supervise the MRTT pool.

Costs and personnel will be allocated on the basis of the number of flying hours that each country needs. The expected life span of the fleet is 30 years and the investment budget is between €250 million and €1 billion.

Video and imagery of the A330 MRTT can be downloaded from Broadcast Room here.

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Miami Police shoot another unarmed black man

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The video shows a (large black) man lying on his back in the street, holding his hands in the air. "All he has is a toy truck," the man shouts, worried that the police may harm his autistic (white male) patient who had run away from the group. "I am a behavior therapist at a group home." Inexplicably, the caregiver is shot in the leg by police as he lays on the pavement with his patient sitting at his feet (like a protective puppy).

"Sir, why did you shoot me?" Charles Kinsey says he asked the officer as he lay on his back with his hands in the air. The reply, according to the victim, was "I don't know." 

A large black man, Charles is a behavioural therapist in Miami who works with challenged teens. He had been chasing an autistic patient who had run away from the group. Police received a 9-11 call about an armed man and possible suicide. When police arrived on scene, they directed Kinsey to lay down, and he complied. The video clearly shows a calm man laying on his back with his hands in the air, and the audio indicates he was very concerned the police might shoot his patient. He tells the officers that the young man only has a toy truck, that neither of them are armed, that he works at a nearby group home, and that the young man is autistic.

The actual shot by the police officer was not caught on the video that has apparently gone viral.

In hospital later, the victim tells reporters that he was shocked that he had been shot himself. "As long as I've got my hands up, they're not gonna shoot me, that's what I'm thinking," Kinsey said. "Wow, was I wrong."

The incident took place on July 18 at approximately 5pm. The community wants answers. An investigation is underway. Police are asking for additional witnesses.

http://wsvn.com/news/local/video-shows-moments-before-north-miami-police-shot-unarmed-man/

http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/21/us/miami-officer-involved-shooting/index.html

https://www.rt.com/usa/352470-miami-police-shoot-caregiver/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAJRcRZPfwQ

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State of Emergency brief plus attempted coup video links from Turkey

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Backgrounder, as provided by the Embassy for Turkey in Canada:

"The developments unfolded in Turkey was a bloody coup attempt by a group of plotters in the military, linked to the Fethullah Gülen Terrorist Organization (FETÖ), to overthrow the democratically-elected Government and the constitutional order in Turkey.

"FETÖ, which staged this treason, has dangerous undercover networks not only in the army but also in several state organs. In the context of the ongoing measures for public order and security, a nation-wide State of Emergency was declared as from the 21st of July 2016 in accordance with our Constitution and in full observance of European Convention of Human Rights.

"Instituting a 'State of Emergency' is a measure permissible under international law. This step is taken by states when there is an imminent threat to its security and order (as it is the case with France, which has recently extended for another six months the country-wide state of emergency). It is evident that Turkey has faced serious and multi-dimensional security threats since 15 July 2016.

"The state of emergency will not affect fundamental rights and freedoms of our citizens. On the contrary, it is a nation wide measure taken for the efficient protection of the constitutional order as well as fundamental rights and freedoms. Utmost importance is duly being shown to this end.

"Democratic structure of the state will be protected and the rule of law will continue to be upheld." 

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The following links of videos from the night of the attempted coup in Turkey have been compiled below for your convenience. 
 

1. Attack on Turkish General National Assembly

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=mCigdJ0OL4s 

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=OMt6E2PlRlI 

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=iH1cteGQRXk

 

2.  Attack on Presidential Palace

https://youtu.be/BLLW6or8oCQ

https://youtu.be/nOeQQ0zB0JM

 

3. Bombing of Civilians Gathered in Front of the Presidential Palace 

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=gCQRnL34qqo 

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=h6-gTkVJfos 

http://www.cumhuriyet.com.tr/m/video/video/569899/Saray_in_yanina_dusen_bombanin_en_net_goruntuleri.html

 

4. Sikorski Attack on Ankara Police Department and Civilians

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=igVgPf99zHA

 

5. Attack on the Civilians on the Bosphorus Bridge

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=UDSMFHSouNM

https://youtu.be/rprQ-otxTgA

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_vmc34kKr0 

 

6. Killing of a Civilian by a Captain

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Ns9Yy0uYTpk

 

7. Tanks Shooting Civilians

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=cQDVwnMk2AA

 

8. Attack on Civilians

http://www.ntv.com.tr/video/turkiye/17-sivilin-olduruldugu-baskin-ani-ntvde,yTnxecTPYE-iYkGFS0ZQLA 

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=deVEgRy60vwü

http://www.ntv.com.tr/video/turkiye/darbeci-vatandasi-boyle-vurdu,yG1baJ_w5ECTmqe-gImpvQ 

 

9. Bombing of Civilians

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=GSHyltzLWzI

 

10. Attack on the Hotel Hosting President Erdoğan

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=vEgL8xTHkCY 

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=7fCIWoXM_2g

 

11. Tanks Being Used Against the Civilians

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=mlUPCvMY9Hc

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=S5sOlBzlVvg

http://mobil.hurriyet.com.tr/darbe-gecesi-uzerinden-2-tank-gecti-40154678

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=_RKq9y915tI

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=q_kQ6X3TAo4

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Minister meets academics, experts as part of DPR

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The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Status of Women, today hosted an informative gender-focused discussion with experts in various related fields as part of public consultations taking place across the country to inform a new defence policy for Canada.

Meeting participants included academics and subject matter experts from a variety of non-governmental organizations, including the Institute for Inclusive Security and the White Ribbon Campaign.

Today’s discussion focused on five main points:

  • How to best assess gender implications in the development of Canada’s new defence policy;
  • Methods for applying Gender Based Analysis+ in the planning of new operations;
  • How to ensure a career within the Canadian Armed Forces is appealing to all regardless of gender;
  • How to apply best practices to ensure Canada remains a leader in promoting human rights and gender equality, particularly in settings where cultural norms differ widely from our own;
  • How best to promote the strategy of taking gender and other factors (such as age and education) into account  during the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of policies, programs and military operations.

“Today’s session is an important step to ensure Canada remains a world leader in the advancement of gender equality," said The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Status of Women. "I’m pleased that the Canadian Armed Forces are demonstrating leadership by integrating gender considerations into its processes and policy development. I welcome the opportunity to take part in this dialogue and play a role in the changing culture of this important Canadian institution.”

Participants provided short submissions ahead of the meeting, which were used alongside the public consultation paper to guide the discussion. These submissions are available on the Defence Policy Review online consultation portal at http://dgpaapp.forces.gc.ca/en/defence-policy-review/perspectives.asp.

“Gender equality is a priority for the Government of Canada and for the Canadian Armed Forces," said Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan. "By incorporating diverse viewpoints into our discussions on defence issues, we ensure Canada’s new defence policy is more inclusive, and more representative of Canadians, as well as the women and men who serve.”

The public consultation process will continue to be open for input until July 31, 2016, via the defence consultation website at www.canada.ca/defence-consultations.

Gender-based Analysis+ (GBA+) is an analytical tool used by the federal government to advance gender equality in Canada which assesses the potential impacts of policies, programs or initiatives on diverse groups, taking into account gender and other identity factors (such as age, education, language, geography, culture and income).

In January 2016, the Chief of Defence Staff issued a directive which forms the basis for integrating GBA+ across the CAF. In order to guide and assist the CAF in implementing GBA+, a number of Gender Advisors are being identified, trained and placed in both strategic and operational levels, including in the Chief of Defence Staff’s office.

As of July 15, 2016, the Department of National Defence (DND) has received over 13,300 submissions in the Defence Policy Review e-workbook and over 4,700 participants who have contributed comments and votes through the online discussion forum.

Including today’s session, DND has hosted eight roundtable meetings with key stakeholders as part of the Defence Policy Review.

Previous roundtables were held in Vancouver, Toronto, Yellowknife, and Ottawa with Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan; in Edmonton with Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence Kent Hehr; and in Montreal and Halifax, with the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence, John McKay.

A guide is also available online for communities wishing to carry out their own consultations with interested citizens. These events will play an important role in augmenting the work being done by DND and the CAF, helping to ensure that the review process is credible, evidence-based, and informed by the views of Canadians.

All Canadians are encouraged to participate in the consultation process online at www.canada.ca/defence-consultations until July 31, 2016.

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Truck attack ups the ante for Canada’s peacekeeping

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Coup in Turkey results in mass arrests

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After violent clashes in Ankara and Istanbul leave 161 dead, the government was able to quickly regain control and Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says plotters are being arrested and will be tried for treason. He publicly assured the nation that the government is in charge.

See timeline of events:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/07/16/turkey-coup-president-erdogan-says-military-elements-guilty-of-t/

Mass arrests after coup bid quashed, says Prime Minister Binali Yildirim.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-36813924

Turkish President declares coup attempt over
http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/15/asia/turkey-military-action/

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In what is being described in local media reports as a terrorist attack, a truck driver sped along Promenade des Anglais in Nice, France, plowing through and over people in the crowd – using his truck as a weapon.

Initial reports estimated more than 30 dead, but that has been recently updated to up tp 73 killed.

The large crowd was celebrating the French national day, Bastille Day, along the waterfront, and the calamity took place as the fireworks were ending, which added to the confusion when gunfire was heard. 

An eyewitness account says the area was blocked off to traffic but somehow the large truck got through a blockade and started running through the celebratory crowd. Unconfirmed reports say the driver began shooting into the crowd before ramming the large, white, panel truck through revelers and continuing to progress along the street for a couple of kilometres. 

The suspect was neutralized by police, but not before hundreds of people were injured and more than 70 people were killed.

The truck was loaded with explosives and grenades.

Earlier in the day, President François Hollande had told reporters that, on July 26, France would end the state of emergency that had been put in place after the Nov. 2015 militant Islamist attacks on Paris. "We can't extend the state of emergency indefinitely, it would make no sense. That would mean we're no longer a republic with the rule of law applied in all circumstances," Hollande told journalists in a traditional interview on Bastille day, France's national day.

Estimates put the number of people attending the National Day celebration at more than 40,000 people in the area. Global leaders are tweeting their shock and dismay, expressing their solidarity with France at this time.

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Community leaders are justifiably worried that the probe will be too limited; they urge authorities to consider all possible federal and state criminal charges against officers who were caught on video killing a man who was already pinned to the ground by multiple police officers in Baton Rouge, and another killed in Minnesota after a traffic stop.

Timeline

Baton Rouge, Louisiana: 4 July 2016
Alton Sterling shot several times while being held on the ground by police
http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/06/us/baton-rouge-shooting-alton-sterling/

St. Paul​, Minnesota: 5 July 2016
Philando Castile death: Aftermath of police shooting streamed live by girlfriend from inside car
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-36732908

Dallas, Texas: 7 July 2016
Four officers killed, seven wounded in Dallas shooting protest
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-minnesota-police-idUSKCN0ZN0MF

Breaking News: 8 July 2016
Police negotiating with a Dallas suspect
http://www.cnbc.com/2016/07/07/two-police-officers-shot-at-dallas-protest-rally-nbc-5-reports-amid-outrage-over-alton-sterling-philandro-castile-shootings.html

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‘We need more Canada,’ says U.S. President

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Feds to enhance benefits for public safety officers

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The Government of Canada is committed to enhance compensation benefits for public safety officers who are permanently disabled or killed in the line of duty. This includes the creation of a public safety officers compensation benefit for firefighters, police officers and paramedics. In listening to representatives from the three public safety officer groups, the Government of Canada will better understand their compensations needs.

The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada, participated this week in the Tri-Services Roundtable on Compensation Benefits for Public Safety Officers. Participants included associations, practitioners and unions representing the three services – firefighters, police officers and paramedics. The information gained from the Roundtable will be used to design a compensation benefit that best meets the needs of public safety officers. This initiative aims to offer a measure of financial security to families who are struggling with the loss of a loved one or permanently changed life circumstance.

“When firefighters, police officers and paramedics put their safety on the line, they are acting in service to all Canadians," the Minister said. "I am pleased to be able to advance efforts to support these courageous men, women and their families. It remains a priority for me and for the Government of Canada.”

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Airbus Helicopters Canada expands Fort Erie facility

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As part of Airbus Helicopters Canada’s international repair-and-overhaul success, it has expanded its Support and Services department at their main facility in Fort Erie, Ontario. The 5,000 square foot space is an increase of 65% for the company’s Repair and Overhaul department.  

“It is our main priority to keep our customers‘ aircraft operating at peak performance. With this expansion, we will increase the efficiency of our Repair and Overhaul capabilities, resulting in faster turn-around-time when an aircraft requires service.” said Romain Trapp, President of Airbus Helicopters Canada. “An operator’s competiveness is directly linked to the amount of time their aircraft is flying. We are committed to taking the steps necessary to ensure we support our customers’ ability to succeed, as their success will ultimately become a reflection of our own.”

The expansion of Airbus Helicopters Canada’s Repair and Overhaul department is a direct result of the high demand for service from customers both domestically and internationally. Five years ago there was a dramatic increase in AS350/H125 aircraft sales worldwide. With 300 - 600 flight hours per year, many of these aircraft are coming due for overhaul. Today, there are currently 522 AS350/H125’s flying in Canada. 

Part of the newly expanded facility is the creation of additional Repair & Overhaul workstations as well as, the hiring of new full-time employees to assist with the high demand. Airbus Helicopters Canada is considered an International Centre of Excellence for light aircraft, including; H120, EC130/H130, AS350/H125 and AS355.

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Airbus Innovation in Safety competition now open

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Airbus Helicopters Canada is looking to recognize outstanding achievement in the rotary wing industry with the 5th Annual ‘Innovation in Safety Award’.

The winner of this year’s ‘Innovation in Safety Award’ will be selected, once again, by a committee of industry professionals.  The award ceremony will take place during the Helicopter Association of Canada’s annual conference, November 10th -14th in Edmonton, Alberta. The award recipient will receive a cash prize of $10,000.00 CAD in addition to recognition from the industry.

“Airbus Helicopters‘ chief priority is to support flight safety for the thousands of men and women who are transported in aircraft every day,” said Romain Trapp, President, Airbus Helicopters Canada. “Carrying out this commitment across Canada are the people we want to honor with this award.”

The Innovation in Safety Award was established as a point of reference to measure the advancements and accomplishments of organizations and individuals working to uphold Canadian helicopter safe flying practices, while employing an exceptional or ground-breaking approach.  This award is a testimony to the high degree of professionalism and innovation found in today’s Canadian rotor wing operations.

The award will be presented to the nominee who has demonstrated an impact on the overall goal of safe flying procedures, as recognized through the examination of skill development, training and additional resources, while sustaining Canadian helicopter safe flying practices.

To be eligible, nominees must:

  • Be a Canadian-owned organization, group, company, agency or individual resident of Canada.
  • Have a lifelong career in helicopter flying and training minimum 25 to 30 years, without any accidents. Professionalism and safe flying experience demonstrates a remarkable example for future helicopter pilots.
  • Demonstrate a commitment and exceptional dedication to Canadian rotor wing operational safety over an extended period of time (three years or longer).
  • Have successfully completed a program or research project that has had a significant impact on safety in the Canadian rotor wing industry.
  • Show an outstanding act, effort, contribution or service to safety in the Canadian rotor wing industry.

The 2016 ‘Innovation in Safety Award’ application is located on the Airbus Helicopters Canada website at: https://www.airbushelicopters.ca/innovation-in-safety-award-2016

Deadline for submission is October 2, 2016

Please email applications to:
Laura Senecal – Director, Public Relations & Corporate Affairs
laura.senecal@airbus.com

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Canada to host Disaster Risk Reduction Platform

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Canada’s Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, the Honourable Ralph Goodale, has announced that Canada will host the Fifth Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas in 2017. This meeting will bring together some 1,000 delegates from over 50 member states in the Americas to discuss opportunities for collaboration and coordination in meeting shared objectives to reduce disaster risks in the region and to meet the United Nations’ Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (2015-2030) commitments.

A senior official from Public Safety Canada, Lori MacDonald, Assistant Deputy Minister of Emergency Management and Programs, took part this week in the First Meeting of Ministers and High-Level Authorities for the Americas on the Sendai Framework, hosted by the government of Paraguay. This week’s meetings laid the groundwork for the Regional Platform meeting in Canada next year and identified guidelines to develop an action plan for the Americas.

Quick Facts

  • Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) is a systematic, whole-of-society approach to identifying, assessing and analyzing the causal effects of disasters and reducing the risks and impacts of disasters based on risk assessments.
  • In March 2015, Canada endorsed the United Nations’ Sendai Framework for DRR to contribute to the substantial reduction of disaster risk and losses globally by 2030. Public Safety Canada is responsible for leadership on the domestic implementation of disaster risk reduction, including Canada’s commitments under the Sendai Framework.
  • The Government of Canada is building strong, inclusive and sustainable communities by implementing its plan to invest over $120 billion in infrastructure over the next ten years, including improvements to the ability of Canada’s public infrastructure to withstand the impacts of climate change. Phase 1 of the plan was announced in Budget 2016 and included a number of investments that aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and enhance climate change resilience, such as:
  • $75 million to support enhanced municipal planning for climate change resilience, including funding to support municipal projects to identify and implement greenhouse gas reduction opportunities, assess local climate risks, and integrate climate change impacts into asset management planning practices;
  • $40 million to integrate climate resilience into building design guides and codes; and
  • $129.5 million for climate change adaptation programs focused on building the science base to inform decision-making, protecting the health and well-being of Canadians, building resilience in the North and in Indigenous communities, and enhancing competitiveness in key economic sectors.

“Building a safe and resilient Canada is a responsibility shared by all levels of government, as well as the private sector, non-government organizations and individual Canadians. We look forward to hosting our hemispheric colleagues in 2017 and to engaging both domestically and internationally to work towards these important commitments.”

- The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

“The Government of Canada helps make our communities more livable while protecting new and existing infrastructure from the potential effects of climate change. We provide a range of funding programs to support communities in mitigating the risks associated with natural hazards and making municipal infrastructure more resilient, sustainable and environmentally friendly.”

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“Climate change is leading to more and stronger extreme weather events in Canada and around the world. As we work together across Canada and internationally to fight climate change, it’s equally important that we unite to help our communities adapt to these challenges. I am glad the Government of Canada is leading this coordinated approach to address the impacts of climate change at the community level and beyond.”

- The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change

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House of Commons Standing Committee on National Defence hears from Communications Security Establishment (19 May 2016)
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Ms Greta Bossenmaier, the Chief of the Communications Security Establishment (CSE) spoke before the House of Commons Standing Committee on National Defence on 19 May 2016 to explain the CSE mandate, role and ongoing activities. She was accompanied by Mr. Dominic Rochon, Deputy Chief, Policy and Communications, and Ms. Shelly Bruce, Deputy Chief, Signals Intelligence. It is our pleasure to appear before you today to talk about the mandate, role and ongoing activities of CSE.

Twitter: CSE_CST (English), CST_CSE (French)

Ms. Greta Bossenmaier (Chief, Communications Security Establishment):

This year marks CSE's 70th anniversary. In the past 70 years, the Communications Security Establishment has adapted to enormous changes in the international security environment and in the rapidly evolving nature of communications technology. From the Cold War and telegraph to terrorist groups like ISIS, and the Internet, the nature of our work is more complex and more diverse than ever.

    Allow me to start by providing some background. Just over five years ago, CSE's place in government was changed to that of a stand-alone agency within the National Defence portfolio, reporting to the Minister of National Defence. Today, CSE is one of Canada's key security and intelligence organizations.

    Our mission is derived from our three-part mandate under the National Defence Act.

    The first part of our mandate is the collection and analysis of foreign signals intelligence. The National Defence Act authorizes CSE to acquire and use information from the global information infrastructure to provide foreign signals intelligence based on the Government's intelligence priorities. This intelligence helps provide a comprehensive view and unique insight into the potential threats Canada faces. It's important to emphasize that CSE only targets foreign entities and communications, and is prohibited by law from targeting Canadians or anyone in Canada.

     The second part of our mandate is cyber defence and protection. CSE provides advice, guidance, and services to help ensure the protection of electronic information and information infrastructures of importance to the Government of Canada. Our sophisticated cyber and technical expertise helps identify, prepare for, and respond to the most severe cyber threats and attacks against computer networks and systems, and the information they contain.

    Finally, the third part of our mandate is to provide technical and operational assistance to federal law enforcement and security agencies in the performance of their lawful duties. As Canada's national cryptologic agency, CSE possesses unique capabilities and expertise. Under the assistance mandate, those capabilities may be used to assist a requesting law enforcement or security agency under their legal authority.

    It's also very important to highlight that the principles of lawfulness and privacy are critical to our work. We have a responsibility to protect privacy, and we take that responsibility very seriously. Protecting Canadians' privacy is a fundamental part of our organizational culture and is embedded in our organizational structures, policies, and processes. CSE has a strong privacy framework as well as internal review and independent external review.

    The external review of the Communications Security Establishment is performed by the independent CSE commissioner. The commissioner, a retired or supernumerary judge, and his expert staff have full access to CSE's employees, our records, our systems, and our data. He has the power to subpoena, if necessary. These measures contribute to ensuring that CSE's activities are conducted in a way that protects Canadians' privacy interests.

    As I mentioned earlier, throughout its 70-year history, CSE has proudly served our country while adapting to enormous changes in the international security environment. As you might imagine, this dynamic environment will continue to shape our current and ongoing activities.

    In terms of results, our intelligence has played a vital role in supporting Canada's military operations. It has helped uncover foreign-based extremists' efforts to attract, radicalize, and train individuals to carry out attacks in Canada and around the world. It has provided early warning to thwart foreign cyber-threats to the Government of Canada and critical infrastructure and networks. It has identified and helped to defend the country against espionage by hostile foreign intelligence agencies. It has furthered Canada's national interests in the world by providing context about global events and crises and informing Canada's government decision-making in the fields of national security, defence, and international affairs.

     As part of our ongoing efforts, we will continue to ensure that we provide timely and valuable foreign intelligence to meet the priorities of the Government of Canada. In an increasingly complex international environment, the need for foreign intelligence is as critical as ever.

     Specifically, CSE support for Operation Impact provides vital information and helps protect Canadian troops from threats on the ground in Iraq. The Minister of National Defence has identified intelligence as an important aspect of this mission, and I'm proud that CSE will continue this contribution as Canada's mission evolves.

    We will also continue to place an emphasis on cyber security. More and more of the world's and Canada's government operations, our business, our military systems, and citizens' lives are conducted online. This increased prevalence of digital information and electronic systems represents tremendous opportunity for Canada, but it also presents risks and threats to our government systems, to Canadian industry, and ultimately to Canadians.

    While protecting Canada's most sensitive communications and information has always been core to CSE's mandate throughout our 70-year history, increased reliance on digital information has necessitated a heightened focus for us on cyber security. This is a realm in which the Communications Security Establishment has proven to be an innovative leader and trusted partner, leading the CSE to be a centre of excellence in cyber security for the Government of Canada.

     The number of nation-states and non-state actors that possess the ability to conduct persistent malicious cyber-operations is growing, and Canada is an attractive target. CSE's cyber-defence activities play a critical role in the whole-of-government effort in combatting cyber-threats.

     For example, CSE's sophisticated cyber-defence mechanisms block over 100 million malicious cyber-actions against the Government of Canada every day. In addition, CSE's cyber-defence information sharing has helped prevent significant losses to the economy and to Canada's most sensitive information, which has helped Canadian businesses protect their systems and information.

    Through CSE's educational initiatives, such as our “Top 10 IT Security Actions”, which I provided you a copy of today, we're helping to protect Government of Canada networks and information. We help ensure that government IT professionals are informed about the latest threats and mitigation measures to protect Government of Canada systems and the information they contain.

    Finally, we are committed to becoming more open and transparent about how we protect Canadians' security and their privacy.

    In January, CSE held its first-ever technical briefing for media and for parliamentarians. Explaining complex technical aspects of our work in unclassified settings is challenging, and this media briefing was a positive first step.

    We are taking other steps to tell Canadians more about the work that we do to help protect them, from recently entering the social media world by launching a Twitter account, to posting new content to our website, to producing videos about our cyber defence work.

    I'll conclude my remarks by stating that I am confident in our ability to remain resilient in the midst of significant change, to address the growing demands posed by cyber threats, to provide timely and vital foreign intelligence to the Government of Canada, and to continue to safeguard the privacy of Canadians.

    My confidence stems from the professionalism and commitment of CSE's highly skilled workforce. CSE's employees play a fundamental role in shaping our organization and our capabilities, and in delivering on our objectives. They are our most important asset.

     Thank you for inviting us here today. It would be our pleasure to answer any questions you might have.
 

QUESTIONS:

Mr. Darren Fisher (Dartmouth – Cole Harbour, Liberal):
I'm interested in the balance of protection, the privacy of Canadians versus how we make sure that we protect Canadians by getting the intelligence that we actually need. That's your job, right?

    When you discovered that you did share that metadata containing the identities of Canadians, what did you do right away? What did you did to correct that? You'll see there are lessons learned here, but what types of things did you do immediately when you discovered that had happened?

Ms. Greta Bossenmaier:
I think it's really important, as the member pointed out, that when this issue occurred, CSE actually found the issue, and proactively informed the Minister of National Defence and the commissioner who reviews the Communications Security Establishment. We found the issue. We proactively informed our authorities. We also proactively suspended the sharing of the metadata in question. We also did a review in terms of the incident overall. We looked at and determined that there was a whole suite of additional privacy measures in place; hence, we assessed that the privacy impact was low.

    We also took note that the commissioner did a review of the issue as well. He noted that he believed the error was unintentional. He also noted the CSE's full co-operation with his review. Basically, we found it, identified it, informed those responsible, and we undertook a review. We continue now to update our systems and our processes to ensure that we have robust processes in place and that we are able to share the important intelligence.

Mr. Darren Fisher:
Have we resumed that sharing process of the metadata again with our allies?

Ms. Greta Bossenmaier:
We have not yet resumed the sharing. We want to ensure that a solid process is in place and procedures are in place before we start sharing again. That's something the minister will make the final decision on.

Mr. Darren Fisher:
In your opinion, do you think that any changes are needed to Canadian laws or legislation as a result of the commissioner's recommendations?

Ms. Greta Bossenmaier:
It's most prudent for me to leave legislative changes in the purview of government and Parliament. I will note that over the last number of years, commissioners and previous commissioners have made a number of recommendations with regard to CSE's activities. Over 90% of those recommendations have now been implemented. Some of those recommendations did touch on potential legislative changes.

Mr. Randeep Sarai (Surrey Centre, Liberal):
I want to thank you for taking valuable time out from protecting our country on the cybersecurity side to come here. As guardians of Canada's cyber security and cybercrime, you prevent intelligence breaches and control the firewalls. Do you think Canada has adequate security measures as of now for the cyber-threats that we face globally?

Ms. Greta Bossenmaier:
The whole realm of cyber security is a very dynamic environment, because the threats are changing, the nature of technology is changing, and threat actors are changing. It's a very dynamic environment and from the CSE's perspective of working with our partners across government, we are putting a lot of focus on that.

    Over the last number of years, protecting and enhancing the protection of the Government of Canada's systems has really been a core focus for our organization. I would say that we've made a lot of progress over the last number of years in terms of upping the defences around the Government of Canada's systems and also helping to protect critical infrastructure in Canada.

    At the same time, I would be remiss if I didn't say that this is a constantly evolving challenge. We can never rest on our laurels saying we've done a good job, as it's just too dynamic an environment. One of our key challenges going forward and working with our partners across government will be to continue to remain diligent and try to continue to stay ahead of the threats and ahead of the demands.

    While we've made, I believe, significant progress, I would never want to leave the committee with the impression that we're done and there's not more to do. This will be an environment in which we will have to continue to remain ever vigilant and continue to up our game.

Mr. Randeep Sarai:
What percentage of the government's IT budget is used to defend against cybercrime? Would you know that in terms of each department? Do you monitor that?

Ms. Greta Bossenmaier:
We monitor systems, that's for sure. We don't monitor in terms of the actual expenditure across the Government of Canada.

    I'd have to say that perhaps one of the central agencies would be better able to answer that question in terms of the total amount that government spends on information technology and information technology security.

Mr. Randeep Sarai:
A little along the same lines, many countries now are budgeting separately or have a separate line item for cyber security versus just IT. Do you recommend that Canada also have that same separate line so we can monitor in each department how much we are spending for cyber security rather than just having it clumped in with IT and have it a very small percentage?

    My understanding is that a lot of agencies or foreign or organized crime are trying to penetrate our systems, whether it be minutely to gather someone's personal intel to blackmail them or whether it's to get corporate espionage. Do you think it would be recommended to have it as a separate line item so that we could also see and budgets don't get all clumped into IT?

Ms. Greta Bossenmaier:
To your point that the environment is so dynamic and the nature of the threat actors, we're seeing everything from cybercriminals to the so-called hacktivists, to state actors and non-state actors, all playing a very active role in this cyber-threat realm.

    In terms of creating a separate line item or showing the amount of expenditure, maybe on that I would just note that the government has committed to undertake a cybersecurity review that is led by the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness in collaboration with a number of other ministers, including the Minister of National Defence. Perhaps that's a question that will be raised in the midst of that review.

Mrs. Cheryl Gallant (Renfrew – Nipissing – Pembroke, CPC):
How is Canada sharing threat intelligence and with whom is it sharing? How does it do the sharing of threat intelligence?

Ms. Greta Bossenmaier:
In terms of sharing threat intelligence, I'll go back to our three-part mandate. First, it's a mandate in terms of foreign signals intelligence and also a mandate in terms of cyber-protection. We share threat information from both of those domains.

    I'll start on the cyber-protection mandate. I'm going to turn to my colleague, Madam Bruce, to talk a little on the foreign intelligence side.

    In terms of cyber-protection, we share threat information with two key parties, if I can put it that way. First, we share within the Government of Canada family. It's often said that cyber security is a team imperative, that in order to be truly protected, all the pieces of the Government of Canada need to work together.

    One of the key roles for CSE is to share the cyber-threat information that we're seeing and detecting with other Government of Canada partners. Some of those partners include Shared Services Canada, which plays a very important role in terms of providing IT infrastructure for the Government of Canada. We also share threat information with individual departments that may be coming under attack or facing particular threats. Such is that first bucket of whom we share with in terms of cyber-threats. We also share cyber-threat information via our partners in the Department of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness. They run a cyber centre, which has an important role of providing both threat information and mitigation advice to critical infrastructure components in the private sector. So there are two big families in which we share our cyber-threat information.

Mrs. Cheryl Gallant:
Very quickly, does threat intelligence sharing occur with IT security firms in the private sector?

Ms. Greta Bossenmaier:
Via our partners in Public Safety in terms of critical infrastructure providers, one of their roles is to share cyber-threat information with critical infrastructure providers.

Mrs. Cheryl Gallant:
The USA Freedom Act has revised the USA Patriot Act, which was passed shortly after 9/11 and it required certain phone companies to give the NSA bulk records, metadata, and the number, dates, times, and duration of phone calls, but not the identity of callers or the contents of the conversations.

    Would a similar amendment to Bill C-51, removing your ability to collect metadata, impact your ability to carry out your mandate?

Ms. Greta Bossenmaier:
I'll try to answer that in a couple of perspectives. I'm not an expert on the USA Freedom Act, so I won't spend too much time on that.

    In terms of our sharing of metadata, I'll just talk a bit about our answer about what we've gone through there in terms of identifying the issues. We will not resume that sharing of metadata until both I and the minister are confident that the processes are in place.

Mrs. Cheryl Gallant:
If you were not allowed to collect the metadata, would that impact or impede your ability to fulfill your mandate?

Ms. Greta Bossenmaier:
Yes, I can tell you that metadata is critical to CSE's operations from three perspectives, and I'll try to be brief.

    As you know, metadata is not the content of the communications; it's the context around the communications. It's routing information, how telecommunications are routed through the global information infrastructure.

    There are three critical roles that metadata plays for CSE and for the Government of Canada. First, it helps us to better understand the global information infrastructure, that vast intranet of information, and how it works. Second, it helps us to identify foreign threat actors – who they are and whom we'll target our defence activities against. Third, it helps us from a cyber-defence perspective. It helps us to identify malicious cyber-actors and to protect Government of Canada systems.

    So the short answer is yes, metadata is critical to our operations.

Mrs. Cheryl Gallant:
Does the U.S. share its information from Prism with Canada, with CSE?

Ms. Greta Bossenmaier:
I don't have that information off the top of my head.

Mrs. Cheryl Gallant:
Individuals in the private sector knew about the Heartbleed bug months before anyone publicly reported the vulnerability. Recognizing that the CSE does not monitor Canadian individuals, when was it that the CSE first learned about the Heartbleed bug?

Ms. Greta Bossenmaier:
I believe the Heartbleed virus incident happened before my time at CSE. It was back in 2014, I believe.

Mrs. Cheryl Gallant:
To what extent does the CSE monitor the dark web?

Ms. Greta Bossenmaier:
Our cyber-activities and cyber-defence activities are critically important to the Government of Canada. Mr. Chair, I'm sure the committee can appreciate that it wouldn't be appropriate for me to get into our capabilities, methods, and techniques here.

Mrs. Cheryl Gallant:
Does the CSE track or monitor threats emanating from the dark net?

Ms. Greta Bossenmaier:
We take our cyber security responsibilities very seriously, and we use a variety of techniques and tools, but from a national security perspective, it would be inappropriate for me to talk about our methods, capabilities, and techniques.

Mrs. Cheryl Gallant:
From the standpoint of the CSE, we're in the policy development stage of cyber security from a defence standpoint. Would it help the CSE to fulfill its mandate were Canada to adopt more than just a defensive posture on cyber security? What if we were to adopt an offensive posture? Would that be of assistance to the CSE?

Ms. Greta Bossenmaier:
CSE is here to assist the Government of Canada both in terms of foreign signals intelligence and cyber-defence. There are two reviews. One is the defence review ongoing now, led by the Minister of National Defence. The other is the cyber-review, which the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Management will lead. It's an interesting question that perhaps those reviews will consider.

Mrs. Cheryl Gallant:
Mr. Chairman, I would like to ask our witness to provide us with the date that the CSE first detected the Heartbleed virus or knew about it.

The Chair:
Can we get that reported to us after the committee meeting? If you could take that under advisement, we'd appreciate it.

Ms. Greta Bossenmaier:
I'll take that down in my notes.

Mr. Randall Garrison:
I think we all recognize the important work that CSE does in protecting national security, but the very nature of your work also brings into question the other part of the dual responsibility of governance, and that is protecting civil liberties and privacy.

    The question of metadata raises serious concerns for many Canadians, especially given the 2012 project that CSE seemed to have been running in partnership with the U.S. National Security Agency, which had to do with monitoring airport Wi-Fis and people's movements. The commissioner, as the review authority, recommended that CSE request a new ministerial directive on the use of metadata. He said that your mandate and your instructions were unclear.

    Have you requested or received a new ministerial directive on metadata?

Ms. Greta Bossenmaier:
The incident, actually, that the member referenced was covered in, I want to say, last year's report by our commissioner. He looked into this incident, and he determined that CSE, number one, had the authority to conduct the activity, the study, and also did so in a lawful manner. I thought that would be important to put on the record.

    In terms of addressing the commissioner's recommendations, I noted he's made over a hundred recommendations. Dom will correct me in terms of the actual number, and we have implemented over 90% of those recommendations. The recommendations that the member has cited were recommendations that he made in his most recent report, and we are still in the throes of actioning those.

Mr. Randall Garrison:
Given the problem that came up with information-sharing of metadata with the Five Eyes, and I know you were asked previously by Mr. Fisher whether that sharing is taking place, I just want to reconfirm that while we're still collecting and still analyzing that metadata, without a new ministerial directive we're not sharing that with any of our partners at this point.

Ms. Greta Bossenmaier:
We have not resumed the sharing of that type of metadata with our allies, but we do continue to collect it and to analyze it.

Mr. Randall Garrison:
There was a remark by Ms. Gallant earlier that of course CSE doesn't monitor Canadians, and I think we all understand that on your own legal authority, your mandate doesn't include monitoring Canadians here or abroad.

Ms. Greta Bossenmaier:
Correct.

Mr. Randall Garrison:
But under the third piece of your mandate, you provide assistance to Canadian law enforcement authorities. Isn't it true that in fact CSE does monitor Canadians under the legal authority of other agencies?

Ms. Greta Bossenmaier:
I think it's very important to reflect on the various parts of our mandate. I have actually given out a little summary sheet about the three-part mandate. In terms of our foreign signals intelligence and information protection mandates, the part A and part B, it's in our legislation, and we do not direct our activities at Canadians – anywhere or anyone in Canada.

     We do have a part C mandate, which is an assistance mandate. Under that mandate we can provide technical and operational assistance to federal law enforcement and security agencies in the performance of their lawful duties and under their authority. It's under their authority that these activities take place.

Mr. Randall Garrison:
To be clear, then, your agency is involved in doing this.

     My question would be, do you take for granted when those requests come that they're lawful, on behalf of the other agencies, or is there an independent review of those requests in your agency as to their lawfulness before those activities are undertaken?

Ms. Greta Bossenmaier:
When we receive a request, it is a request. We review that request to ensure that the lawful authority is there.

Mr. Randall Garrison:
Do you report these activities that you undertake on behalf of other agencies as part of your annual reporting or your reporting to the commissioner, or do you depend on those agencies to report those activities to their monitoring bodies?

Ms. Greta Bossenmaier:
In terms of the commissioner of the Communications Security Establishment, I already noted earlier that he has the authority to review all of CSE's activities, and again, that includes our information, our people, our systems, etc. His review and his authority to review cover all three parts of the CSE mandate.

Mr. Randall Garrison:
There is no proactive monitoring of Canadians for other agencies to any body.

Ms. Greta Bossenmaier:
We do produce a classified annual report to the minister. I produce that to the minister, so I do report to the minister on an overview of all of CSE's activities, and again, the commissioner also produces a public report that touches all of CSE's activities.

Mr. Randall Garrison:
Do those reports contain at least a summary of your activities undertaken on behalf of other agencies which monitor Canadians?

Ms. Greta Bossenmaier:
Dom, do you want to provide an overview in terms of what the reports include?

Mr. Dominic Rochon:
The annual report to the minister, the classified annual report, absolutely does. It covers those activities.

     I'll just clarify again that actually under me, we have a responsibility, whenever there is a request that comes from a security agency such as the RCMP or CSIS, to verify that they do have lawful authority, meaning they have to have a warrant or whatever it is. Then when we engage, we're operating under their lawful authority, so we're acting as their agent. We're acting as though we were a CSIS or RCMP employee, and absolutely, those are reviewed by the commissioner. The commissioner reviews those activities making sure that we actually verified that.

    We have Department of Justice staff on the premises to help us, if there's any question as to whether or not the lawful authority is indeed in place. So, yes, we report annually to the minister in a classified report and those contain statistics.

Mr. Sven Spengemann (Mississauga – Lakeshore, Liberal):
I have two brief questions. If I could refer to page 2 of your testimony, the second paragraph, “It's important to emphasize that CSE only targets foreign entities and communications, and is prohibited by law from targeting Canadians or anyone in Canada”.

    Bracketing the “in Canada” portion, how seamless are operations in the case of Canadians with dual nationalities? If someone is Canadian and holds a second nationality and is outside the country, are you still prohibited by law from gathering information with respect to that person? If you're not, is somebody else able to?

Ms. Shelly Bruce (Deputy Chief, Signals Intelligence, Communications Security Establishment):
We do not distinguish between dual nationality and Canadian citizenship. We use the definition under the Immigration Act of what constitutes a Canadian.

Mr. Sven Spengemann:
If you don't have authority, is there another entity in the security establishment that would have authority? I'm thinking of our police forces.

Ms. Shelly Bruce:
Absolutely. We work very closely with the security and intelligence community within Canada. Everybody has their own remit and their own mandate and they operate within those constraints. The RCMP and CSIS would be the two that are more likely.

Mr. Sven Spengemann:
It's fair to say that operationally it really is quite seamless. Even though your jurisdiction stops, the other jurisdiction kicks in right at that spot where yours stops.

    The second question goes back to testimony that this committee received early on in the review of the aerial readiness of North America. Can you comment on and ideally substantiate the testimony that this committee received that domestic terrorism, defined as terrorism that would occur within Canada, is our principal security threat?

Ms. Greta Bossenmaier:
Mr. Chair, I'm not au courant of the previous testimony that occurred here. I will note that in terms of overall threats to Canada, I reflect on the remarks that were made not too long ago by the outgoing national security adviser who talked about two primary threats that he was most concerned about. He had a responsibility of looking at the overall threat environment for Canada. The two that he referred to that were utmost in his mind were counterterrorism and cyber-threats.

    In terms of overall threat reporting, the national security adviser and CSIS both have an authority to look at the overall threat environment.

The Chair:
The parliamentary secretary asked if he could have a question. I'd like some latitude to give him an opportunity to speak. Mr. McKay, you have the floor.

Hon. John McKay (Scarborough – Guildwood, Liberal):
One of our NATO partners, Estonia, had a cyber-attack from what's presumed to be Russia. It was pretty serious. What are the implications for NATO, and therefore indirectly for us, and what were the lessons learned from that cyber-attack?

Ms. Greta Bossenmaier:
Many of the questions today go back to the heart of what I think we're seeing, a watershed change in the nature of the cyber environment, the types of attacks that are occurring. To the point the member made, there are a wide variety of attacks.

    You're referencing attacks at a state level. We're seeing attacks on critical infrastructure in various countries, attacks against the Government of Canada systems from a variety of threat actors. From each one of these either successful or unsuccessful attacks, we all learn something. The international community learns something. One of the things we learn over and over again goes back to my earlier point that we can't be complacent, that we always have to continue to look at our methods, our tools, our techniques, the types of threat actors.

    It's impossible to be complacent. You always have to try to stay ahead of this.

    The other item I raised before is it has to be a team imperative. No one organization or one country can do everything alone. It very much is trying to work together and bring together the various resources to deal with these complicated cyber-attacks.

    Looking forward, we'll have to continue to be very vigilant. The advice that we provide to the Government of Canada, I've given you our “Top 10 IT Security Actions”, those have evolved. We continue to learn from various actions that are taken. We also learn from when people have implemented some of our recommendations. Once those are taken care of, what are the next variety of steps we recommend that people take?

    It's constantly evolving, necessary to be a team imperative, and impossible to say we're done; I don't think we're ever going to be done in this domain.

Mr. Jean Rioux:
If I am not mistaken, your $583 million envelope comes from the Department of National Defence. You are in charge of providing intelligence to all the other departments. This intelligence is useful not just to defence or foreign affairs, for example. What is the connection or what are the ramifications with the other departments?

Ms. Greta Bossenmaier:
As a point of clarification, our budget doesn't actually come from the Department of National Defence. It's appropriated to the Communications Security Establishment. As I mentioned, it was about five years ago that the Communications Security Establishment became a stand-alone agency, still under the National Defence portfolio and clearly reporting to the Minister of National Defence, but we're now a separate organization. Again, that happened about five years ago.

    In terms of the funds we have and the efforts we make, the member is absolutely correct. I can talk both on the foreign signals intelligence side and on the information protection side. We work very closely with our colleagues in the Department of National Defence. We have a long-standing relationship that goes back throughout our 70-year history of working with the Canadian Armed Forces and supporting them in their operations. That continues today with our efforts with them, for example, in Operation Impact in Iraq.

    At the same time, we do provide foreign signals intelligence to decision-makers across the Government of Canada, not only in terms of the Minister of National Defence and colleagues at the Department of National Defence, but through other decision-makers across the Government of Canada in line with the intelligence priorities that the government sets.

    The member is also absolutely correct in terms of our cyber-defence activities. We work very closely, of course, with the Department of National Defence to help ensure that their systems are secure. At the same time, we work with the whole-of-government partners, again whether it be Shared Services Canada, or Public Safety emergency management, or the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, and individual departments, all of which are part of this overall effort to secure the Government of Canada systems.

    Yes, our efforts across all three of our mandates are there to support Government of Canada priorities. We work not only with our colleagues in the Department of National Defence, and of course in the Canadian Armed Forces—we're very proud to work alongside them—but across the other government departments as well.

Mr. Jean Rioux:
Earlier, the parliamentary secretary was talking about cyber threats. This is an area he is quite familiar with. It is new to me. For my own knowledge and for those watching us this morning, can you provide some very simple examples of cyber threats?

Ms. Greta Bossenmaier:
In terms of specific examples of cyber-threats, I'll try to answer that in two parts. I'll talk briefly about the cyber-threat actors, because it's an important piece, and also about some of the cyber-threats we are seeing.

    To speak briefly on the actors, there are sophisticated nation-states that target and try to infiltrate systems. There are non-state actors. We've seen the prevalence in recent months of reports that ISIL is developing cyber capabilities. There are state actors and non-state actors. There is cybercrime, as was raised by one of the other members of the committee a moment ago, and there is the rise of cybercriminals who look to steal information or to steal resources.

    There are also examples of the so-called hacktivists. These are organizations or people who are trying to be disruptive, and who are trying to disrupt a government service or disrupt a system. There were examples in the last year. In terms of giving a concrete example of those people who are trying to be disruptive, there were a number of so-called denial-of-service attacks. Those are from people or organizations trying to flood the government systems with requests through a variety of systems that slow down or impede legitimate Canadians trying to do business with the government from being able to do so.

    You can see that nuisance and threat activity, and you can see defacement of government websites. The earlier example that was raised was in terms of significant attacks that could be trying to steal intellectual property or trying to infiltrate systems to gain personal information. There was a significant cyber-attack recently with one of our partner countries, and what the cyber-attackers were trying to go after was personnel information, Government of Canada employees and other people who are working for the government.

    To underline the point, it's a variety of different threat actors and a variety of different techniques that are being employed for a variety of different ends, all of which either are disrupting systems and trying to infiltrate information, or trying to steal information or shut down systems.

    I hope that gives you a bit of an idea of the range of threats and actors we are seeing.

Mr. Pierre Paul-Hus:
Ms. Bossenmaier, in your handout it says that more than 100 million cyber attacks are directed at the Government of Canada's systems daily. That is huge. I suppose that of that number, there are attacks that are made continually by automated systems. There must also be some attacks being made directly by people. Do you have an idea of the source of the attacks being made against National Defence?

Ms. Greta Bossenmaier:
In terms of the nature of attacks, I'll go back to my earlier comments. They are coming from a variety of sources with everything from sophisticated cyber-actors to the hackers or hacktivists, perhaps in someone's basement or perhaps not. There is a wide variety.

    In terms of those that are focused on the Department of National Defence, I would have to refer you to the Department of National Defence because it's their responsibility to have that overall view of their systems. We're there in a support role for them.

    With regard to your reference to the 100 million probes we are seeing a day, the variety of different types of activity, some are just probes. They're trying to look at the Government of Canada writ large for the weak spot. There is an old phrase, “the weakest link in the chain”. They are looking for weak spots and trying to understand if there are systems that haven't been updated, or if there are weak spots they can try to infiltrate. They are trying to probe. One of CSE's responsibilities is to help thwart those probes on Government of Canada systems.

    In terms of using automation, those are all things that are important for us.

Mr. Pierre Paul-Hus:
In your mandate described in subsection 273.64(1) of the National Defence Act, it mentions an assistance role in paragraph (c): “to provide technical and operational assistance to federal law enforcement and security agencies in the performance of their lawful duties.”

    Is Bill C-51 currently of capital importance in order for you to be able to perform those duties?

Ms. Greta Bossenmaier:
In terms of our assistance mandate, federal law enforcement security organizations may request CSE's technical assistance, an important part of our overall mandate and, aptly, that's in part C of our assistance mandate. In order for us to consider the request, the organization has to have the lawful authority to be able to ask us. If an organization has the lawful authority, and as my colleague pointed out, if we've confirmed that they have that, we can consider providing that assistance to them.

    In terms of Bill C-51 in particular, that bill has not impacted CSE directly, in the sense it's not changing CSE's authorities, etc. It has altered CSIS' authorities. If they, again, had the lawful authority to ask us, we could consider assisting them in their lawful mandate. But it's not directly affecting our mandate. Our mandate stays the same under that reference to the National Defence Act that you made.

Mr. James Bezan:
I have two quick questions. First, we always talk about the Five Eyes relationship that you share, but as a branch of National Defence I assume that we're also sharing intelligence with our NATO members. Mr. McKay talked about the Russia cyber-threat, and how they attacked Estonia back in 2008. I wonder if there were lessons learned there that were shared with Canada through CSE.

    Second, you talked about protecting critical infrastructure. I know that you mean energy systems and financial systems and things along those lines, but are you also engaged with protecting the cyberbsecurity for corporations that have defence contracts? I draw your attention to the issue where there was a cyber-attack on a subcontractor for the cruise missile. The schematics were stolen, then sold on the open market. That's how it's believed China got the information to develop their own cruise missiles.

     I wonder if you work with defence contractors in Canada who are providing equipment to our military to ensure that they're protecting their systems.

Ms. Greta Bossenmaier:
As I noted, we do work with Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada. They have a particular role with regard to the Canadian Cyber Incident Response Centre that is a link to critical infrastructure providers and a link to the private sector in terms of providing everything from threat mitigation advice to information on if we see something coming, how they can help themselves. We provide information to Public Safety and work with Public Safety dealing with those critical infrastructure providers.

    In terms of defence contractors in particular, I would want to confirm in terms of their relationship with CCIRC, but I also would have to confirm in terms of their relationship and how they work with the Department of National Defence.

Mr. James Bezan:
Okay. Just the question on the NATO relationship.

Ms. Shelly Bruce:
We have very robust sharing relationships with our Five Eyes partners, and obviously we're working, as the chief mentioned, in Operation Impact in a broader coalition context. There are aspects of our work that can be shared beyond the Five Eyes, but they have to be subject to different rules.

The Chair:
Very good. Thank you so much for attending. Your work is fascinating. It's very important to all Canadians.

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