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Jun 27, 2017

A major ransomware attack hit computers at Russia’s biggest oil company, banks, Ukraine’s international airport as well as global shipping firm A.P. Moller-Maersk.

Jun 27, 2017

Carleton University professor Darryl Davies has complained to Public Safety minister Ralph Goodale about actions taken by Robert Paulson in his final days as RCMP Commissioner. Davies wants the minister to undo a series of cash payments and job appointments made by Paulson.

Jun 27, 2017

Because Canada's refugee processing system is unable to cope with a backlog of cases, thousands of people who came to Canada from the United States lack legal status. That means finding employment, housing and education services can be difficult if not  impossible.

Jun 26, 2017

The federal government's long-promised counter-radicalization centre is now open. The government says the Canada Centre for Community Engagement and Prevention of Violence will provide national leadership, co-ordination and support to stop young people from heading down a dark path.

Jun 26, 2017

The House of Commons shut down email and computer network services Sunday over fears hackers might try to break into Canadian parliamentary accounts. Commons spokeswoman Heather Bradley told HuffPost Canada the Parliamentary emails accounts "were temporarily deactivated as part of preventative measures" due to the hacking in the United Kingdom.

Jun 26, 2017

China has signed an agreement saying it will stop conducting state-sponsored cyberattacks aimed at stealing Canadian private-sector trade secrets and proprietary technology.

Jun 26, 2017

Police, fire and ambulance services across the Lower Mainland of British Columbia are moving to a new radio standard that features encrypted communications. While the P25 communications protocol can protect confidentiality, some citizens and media organizations are concerned they will lose the ability to understand and follow first responders' activity.

Jun 26, 2017

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says the stabbing of a security officer last week in Flint, Michigan's airport by a Montreal man will not have an impact on border crossing by Canadians to the United States. The accused, Amor Ftouhi,  was apparently not under observation by security forces.

Jun 23, 2017

RCMP corporal Patrick Bouchard says Commissioner Robert Paulson is "not a leader" after the police head testified that the force had not failed to protect three Mounties killed in a 2014 shooting incident in Moncton, New Brunswick. Paulson said high-powered rifles would not have helped the murdered officers. Bouchard called that statement "a slap in the face."

Jun 22, 2017

USS Fitzgerald sailors faced a tough decision to close ship’s flooded section after colliding into a massive Philippine cargo ship. Seven sailors were found dead in the Fitzgerald’s sleeping quarters.

Jun 22, 2017

Reported crime was up in Ottawa in 2016, but the rate of violent crime remained relatively the same, even after a near-record year of homicides, according to the 2016 Ottawa Police Service annual report.

Jun 22, 2017

Halifax’s police chief says his officers are seeing a disturbing rise in suicide calls, and is suggesting the city’s suicide rate be released to help start a conversation around the issue.

Jun 22, 2017

Montreal man Amor Ftouhi, age 50, has been charged with stabbing a security officer Wednesday at the Flint, Michigan airport. The FBI charge states that Ftouhi shouted "Allahu akbar" during the assault.

Jun 21, 2017

Islamic State militants blew up the Grand al-Nuri Mosque of Mosul and its famous leaning minaret. This happened as Iraq’s elite Counter Terrorism Service units got to within 50 meters of the mosque.

Jun 21, 2017

American Airlines canceled dozens of flights scheduled to take off from Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix during the hottest part of the day that mostly affected regional flights on the smaller Bombardier CRJ airliners, which have a maximum operating temperature of about 118°F (48°C).

Jun 21, 2017

At least 15 people are dead after a suicide car bomber posing as a milk delivery van detonated at a district headquarters in Somalia's capital.

Jun 21, 2017

Belgian soldiers shot a man suspected of being a would-be suicide bomber at Brussels Central Station.

Jun 21, 2017

To understand the Liberals' new anti-terrorism measures introduced Tuesday, go back two years to when the party supported the then Conservative government's hard-line anti-terrorism bill with a promise to amend the most controversial measures just as soon as they got the chance.

Jun 21, 2017

On Monday, the US-based Human Rights Watch released a report documenting dozens of cases in which indigenous women allege mistreatment at the hands of police. Clive Weighill, the Saskatoon police chief, says there is "no balance" in the report and that statements to the group from police forces in Saskatchewan were not included in the report.

Jun 20, 2017

Bill C-51—the Conservatives’ 2015 antiterrorism law—did at least one good thing: it ignited the controversy that prompted a massive 139-page bill introduced today in the House of Commons.

Jun 20, 2017

Today the U.S. Senate has confirmed Brock Long to become administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). A strong administrator is vital to the federal-state-local partnerships needed in hurricane and wildfire season, as well as other persistent threats.

Jun 20, 2017

Otto F. Warmbier, the University of Virginia honors student who was released from a North Korean prison last week after spending 17 months in captivity and more than a year in a coma, died on Monday at the Cincinnati hospital where he had been receiving treatment.

Jun 20, 2017

The federal government is imposing a cap of 15 days on holding prisoners in solitary confinement, but some say the move is not enough to meet the international bar for human rights.

Jun 20, 2017

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale plans to introduce a bill today to upgrade a list of Conservative anti-terrorism measures. It will include more robust oversight of the Canada Border Services Agency along with changes to ensure existing security watchdogs can exchange information and collaborate more easily on reviews.

Jun 20, 2017

A US-based group called Human Right Watch has accused the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Saskatchewan of dozens of incidents of abuse against indigenous people. The group's report is based on interviews with indigenous women and social workers.

Jun 19, 2017

A 4.1-magnitude earthquake, which struck 28 kilometres north of the northwest village of Nuugaatsiaq, Greenland, is believed to have partially triggered the tsunami on Saturday night.

Jun 19, 2017

Sensitive personal details relating to almost 200 million US citizens have been accidentally exposed by a marketing firm contracted by the Republican National Committee.

Jun 19, 2017

France’s interior minister says that a driver who rammed a car carrying explosives into a police convoy on the Champs-Elysees avenue has died after the “attempted attack” on security forces.

Jun 19, 2017

A huge forest fire raging since Saturday in central Portugal has killed at least 62 people, most of them dying in their cars as they tried to flee.

Jun 19, 2017

The driver of a van that drove into a crowd of Londoners near the Finsbury Park Mosque after services is in custody. One person is dead and others are injured.

Jun 16, 2017

District of North Vancouver and West Vancouver fire crews pulled the man out of the river using ropes and swift water techniques near the Highway 1 overpass. Photos.

Jun 16, 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Canadian Coast Guard, Terry Beech, announced that the Coast Guard will remain at Sea Island. The Dive Rescue team based there is the only one of its kind in Canada. The team is responsible for rescues and recoveries of people trapped in submerged boats, vehicles and aircraft.

Jun 16, 2017

Public safety took a blow this week as the Bill known as "Wynn's Law" was defeated in the House of Commons on Wednesday. Bill S-217 aimed to make it mandatory for a prosecutor to disclose a suspect’s criminal history during a bail application.

Jun 16, 2017

A British hacker has admitted stealing hundreds of online accounts from a US military communications system and then boasting online of how he controlled US satellites.

Jun 15, 2017

The Liberal government plans to introduce wide-ranging national security legislation next week that will include more robust oversight of Canada's border agency.

Jun 15, 2017

RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson says he had concerns about police militarization, and the adoption of carbine rifles represented a "significant change" in the use of force for frontline officers.

Jun 15, 2017

All three Royal Canadian Mounted Police detachments on Prince Edward Island now have Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) capability. The aircraft are commercially available models, and infrared scanning attachments will assist with search and rescue, and pursuit operations.

Jun 14, 2017

Russia’s cyberattack on the U.S. electoral system before Donald Trump’s election was far more widespread than has been publicly revealed, including incursions into voter databases and software systems in almost twice as many states as previously reported.

Jun 14, 2017

At least six deaths were confirmed early Wednesday after a blaze ripped through a high-rise apartment block in the British capital as residents slept. At least 74 people were injured, according to authorities. More than 250 firefighters battled the west London inferno through the night.

Jun 14, 2017

A new contract for Ottawa police officers provides unlimited psychological services and more time off between shifts. The contract also provides a two percent increase a year for four years.

Jun 14, 2017

A court in Algeria has dropped terror charges against Abderrahmane Ghanem, 30, of Calgary, saying evidence from 'outside sources' did not hold up. Ghanem's Canadian lawyer said the prosecution in Algeria did not dispute defence claims that Canadian intelligence services had supplied evidence for the case.

Jun 14, 2017

In June 2015, the Globe and Mail newspaper began asking police forces how they handled sex assault investigations. A new story published Tuesday and based on Freedom of Information requests shows how police forces across Canada coordinated their answers to the original sex assault story.

Jun 13, 2017

Heavy monsoon rain has triggered landslides in south-east Bangladesh, with officials reporting 92 people killed, including five soldiers.

Jun 13, 2017

A team of scientists had to abandon an expedition in Hudson Bay because of hazardous ice conditions off the coast of Newfoundland caused by climate change.

Jun 13, 2017

The Liberal government’s plan to buy armed drones could face major delays because obtaining such technology needs approval from the U.S.

Jun 13, 2017

Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin is stepping down from the Supreme Court of Canada in December after 28 years on the court, including almost 18 years as chief.

Jun 13, 2017

The realization that cyber weapons will buy time, but will not create a permanent, effective solution is becoming more apparent as the cyberattacks against the Islamic State repeatedly disappoint, according to the New York Times.

Jun 13, 2017

The Trudeau government’s decision to greenlight a Chinese takeover of a Canadian high-tech firm that sells satellite-communication systems to the American military jeopardizes U.S. national security, a congressional commission warned Monday and urged the Pentagon to “immediately review” its dealings with Vancouver-based Norsat International.

Jun 12, 2017

A collaborative project to enhance European public safety showcases innovative information technology

Jun 12, 2017

The Canadian government is preparing to unveil a new office aimed at thwarting radicalized violence, whether perpetuated by radical Islamists or far-right extremists. After a lengthy delay, the Liberals are expected to launch the new office in the near future, pledging $35 million over five years to support intervention efforts, counter-narrative campaigns and research.

Jun 12, 2017

An EasyJet passenger’s suspicions about three plane mates prompted a midair security alert on Saturday – with an emergency landing in Germany, passengers injured and arrested, an airport shut down and luggage blown up by a bomb squad.

Jun 09, 2017

A Top Secret Canadian Security Intelligence Service memo obtained under Access To Information shows that the federal agency has six months to review and assess information about innocent third parties that is obtained during investigations. Previously, information about people in contact with targets of CSIS investigations was held for an indefinite period.

Jun 09, 2017

Three retired female Mounties who opted to work part-time during their careers took the government to court because the shortened hours were not counted as pensionable time and they were blocked from buying back time. On Thursday a federal judge ruled the women lost benefits not because of their gender but because they chose to work part-time.

Jun 08, 2017

The Trudeau government is allowing Chinese investors to buy a Vancouver high-tech firm without a formal national security review even though Canada and many of its allies use the company’s patented satellite communications technology for security, public safety and defence.

Jun 08, 2017

In 2014, a Newfoundland man was shot and slightly wounded during an escape from a sting operation. He has won a suit against the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary for the use of excessive force, but the amount of the settlement has not been disclosed.

Jun 07, 2017

In the face of flat budgets, Winnipeg is losing two joint RCMP and city police force units: Manitoba Integrated Organized Crime Task Force and the Manitoba Warrant Task Force. The officers involved will complete current assignments before returning to their respective forces.

Jun 06, 2017

Noting that roughly 41% of fatalities of motor coach collisions are a direct result of driver exhaustion, a union representing drivers is calling on the government to tighten regulations related to the number of on-duty hours.

Jun 06, 2017

Ottawa Police and Crime Stoppers are seeking the public’s help in identifying a female responsible for stealing approximately $4,000 in donations from the Autism Speaks Canada walk that took place in Ottawa on Sunday, June 4th.

Jun 06, 2017

Ottawa and the provinces are drafting national guidelines for the use of solitary confinement in an attempt to standardize a controversial form of incarceration that varies widely across the country.

Jun 05, 2017

Canada's terrorism threat level remains at medium in the wake of attacks that killed one Canadian visiting the U.K., but police and security agencies will be on high alert to protect revellers during 150th anniversary celebrations across the country.

Jun 05, 2017

This recent terror attack in Britain marks the third incident in less than three months. All have been linked to Islamic State (Daesh).

Jun 05, 2017

Ontario's police watchdog is investigating a series of three shootings — one involving a police officer — that left two people dead in downtown Ottawa.

Jun 05, 2017

The federal government is advising Canadians to be vigilant in the wake of Saturday night's deadly terrorist attack in London. The government and diplomats on the ground in London advised travellers to avoid the affected areas, follow the instructions of local authorities and monitor local media.

Jun 05, 2017

Chrissy Archibald of Castelgar, British Columbia died in her fiance's arms Saturday after being struck by the terrorists' van and is believed to be their first victim. She worked at a homeless shelter before travelling to Europe.

Jun 02, 2017

The governor of Puerto Rico has issued a strongly worded statement warning that Trump's withdrawal from the Paris Climate Change Agreement will negatively affect American citizens.

Jun 02, 2017

Mobile communications standards offer new possibilities in safety-critical broadband communication, the LTE mobile radio standard enables this in the form of MCPTT.

Jun 02, 2017

At least 44 migrants, including babies, have died of thirst after their vehicle broke down in the Sahara Desert as they were making their way to Libya.

Jun 02, 2017

‘Agitated’ man threatening to blow up Malaysia Airlines flight was subdued and tied up by passengers.

Jun 02, 2017

A gunman stormed a casino in the Philippine capital and torched gambling tables in the crowded space, creating a choking level of smoke that killed at least 36 people.

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