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Ken Pole's picture

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

Scott Newark's picture

If Canada is successful in working with the new Trump administration to achieve mutual security objectives, that could well have positive influence on how economic issues unfold, including cross-border trade.

Canadian Global Affairs Institute's picture

Defeating the physical ISIS caliphate is an achievable goal but addresses none of the underlying causes and it would not end the conflicts of the region.

Criminal actors have adopted a converged approach to illicit operations, easily moving across borders and transitioning seamlessly between human trafficking, cybercrime, fraud, and other opportune activities.

Chris MacLean's picture

The Liberals have taken an unprecedented step in its draft RFP for what is probably the largest procurement in Canadian history, specifying that companies (and contractors) interested in bidding must not engage in advertising their qualifications. 

Norton Rose Fulbright's picture

A recent report from the International Financial Action Task Force, originally formed by the G-7 countries in 1989, found Canada lacking in some international standards.

Casey Brunelle's picture

From all facets across the political spectrum, Donald Trump has been described as both the best and worst thing to happen to U.S. politics.

Last year in Canada, organized crime syphoned off nearly $3B from the Canadian tax base. What are we doing about it? FrontLine examines this issue in a 3-part report.
Scott Newark's picture

This week’s successful prevention of a terrorist attack in Ontario merits appreciation of police work, but it raises important questions.

Scott Newark's picture

In light of the June 12th terrorist attack in Florida, where it appears law enforcement agencies had some information regarding the killer’s support for IS, it is important to be aware of the Canadian preventive measures that could have been used if the subject was in Canada.

Casey Brunelle's picture

To state that tensions between Russia and NATO have risen markedly in the last several years does little to improve understanding and insight of political realities.

Ken Pole's picture

Richard Fadden, who announced his retirement last week after nearly 40 years of public service, told CBC Radio's As It Happens that while ISIS does not pose an "existential" threat to Canada, it is accomplishing its prime objective of breeding terror.

Phil Gibson's picture

Debate over access to encrypted cell phone messages raises fundamental security and privacy issues. Why is this not a bigger issue in Canada? For one thing, it’s a political loser.

Scott Newark's picture

Reviewing the annually published Public Accounts, illuminates number of areas where a re-allocation of funds could revitalize public funding to be beneficial and relevant to more Canadians.

Scott Newark's picture

The RCMP update on its internal review following the 2014 shooting of five officers in Moncton is largely silent on preventive policy issues. More can be done.

Ken Pole's picture

The U.S. National Cybersecurity Protection System (NCPS), managed by the Department of Homeland Security, is only partly successful in detecting and preventing intrusions at federal agencies, according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

Scott Newark's picture

The realities of power are sinking in on both the Prime Minister and the new Cabinet Ministers who, upon appointment, were provided with quite precise…and public…mandate letters.

George Petrolekas's picture

Tomorrow, the defence ministers from six nations will meet in Paris to discuss an acceleration and intensification of the coalition's efforts against the Islamic State. Canada will not be present. What does this absence mean?

Scott Newark's picture

Bad things happen when political correctness and bureaucratic risk aversion are prioritized over public safety.

George Petrolekas's picture

It is difficult to characterize 14 dead and 17 wounded as anything other than a shock to the United States. If Paris changed France, San Bernardino changes America.

Jonathan Calof's picture

Events like Securetech demonstrate just how varied the safety and security community is, and the broad range of subjects that need to be covered to help this group be more effective.

Phil Gibson's picture

Key people were in Ottawa to discuss climate change, security and defence last week – but the security sector was noticeably absent.

George Petrolekas's picture

At first, I thought the government was going to be tone-deaf to the entreaties of the military, of pundits, and premiers that the refugee airlift to Canada needed to be slowed down...

Jonathan Calof's picture

I will focus on three of the many elements of what I saw on Day One of the Securetech conference, to drive home the importance of what I saw at the event.

Casey Brunelle's picture

The recent Paris attacks reminds the world once again of the very real and evolving threat of militant extremism both at home and abroad.

George Petrolekas's picture

One month in, we're getting an idea of the new government's decision making.

When asked what is most likely to blow governments off course, Former UK PM, Harold Macmillan, is reputed to have answered "Events my boy, events."

Scott Newark's picture

The new Government has made it clear that it intends to proceed with its campaign promise to bring 25K Syrian refugees from the war torn region to Canada and that it will try and do so before the end of this year. An ambitious plan but then converting political promise into government action often is.

Chris's picture

Rona Ambrose has been chosen by her fellow party members as the interim leader of the new Conservative party. Ambrose, a very experienced Minister who held the portfolios of Environment, Public Works, and Health during her time in the Conservative Cabinet, was at times impeded by an Opposition that often opposed for the sake of being combative...

Scott Newark's picture

It is a virtual certainty that Canadians can expect some changes from this new majority government on matters related to public safety and security.

K. Joseph Spears's picture

The recent sinking during a whale watching expedition highlights the importance of a robust search and rescue capacity and marine response infrastructure that includes the First Nations.