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Jul 21, 2017

A powerful earthquake struck Greek islands early Friday morning, damaging buildings and a port, killing at least two people and causing more than 120 injuries, authorities said.

Jul 21, 2017

RCMP in Nova Scotia are looking for the operator of a drone that repeatedly came too close to an accident scene on Highway 101 near Avonport. The pilot of a LifeFlight helicopter responding to the scene reported seeing a drone.

Jul 20, 2017

BlackBerry has toughened the government version of its company-hosted SecuSuite encrypted voice and text capabilities to meet demanding U.S. standards.

Jul 20, 2017

The Canadian Armed Forces are sending approximately 225 additional members to British Columbia to assist in the ongoing emergency response to the wildfires. This follows an additional Request for Federal Assistance from the RCMP.

Jul 20, 2017

The $35 million lawsuit against the Canadian Security Intelligence Service by five employees for a variety of human rights offenses is not the first time the spy agency has been under public scrutiny for a toxic culture. The writer says the service seems to be "untouchable".

Jul 19, 2017

Flying to the United States may take a while longer as of today due to enhanced security measures affecting flights to the United States. Air Canada says in an advisory that heightened security introduced by the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security beginning today requires enhanced screening of personal electronic devices such as tablets and laptops.

Jul 19, 2017

A British Columbia court has been told a code of silence called the "blue wall" protects employees from external supervision of their activities. The John Howard Society and the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association are challenging the use of solitary confinement in the correctional system.

Jul 18, 2017

Firefighters from across Atlantic Canada are on their way to British Columbia to help battle the wildfires burning across the province. Crews from Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador boarded a chartered plane at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport early Tuesday morning.

Jul 18, 2017

A highly-classified intelligence assessment warned that threats against Defence Minister Harjit Singh Sajjan posed a “unique challenge” for his security detail. The 2016 document lists a host of possible sources for those threats, from the Islamic State to al-Qaeda, the Taliban, Sikh extremists, and gangs.

Jul 18, 2017

The federal public safety minister, Ralph Goodale says smaller forest fires in B.C. are merging and becoming larger and more difficult to fight, as 20,000 people remain on evacuation alert. Almost 40,000 people have been displaced by dozens of fires.

Jul 18, 2017

Two Canadian senators have written to the prime minister in support of the $10.5 million payout and apology to convicted murderer Omar Khadr. Kim Pate and Wanda Thomas Bernard commended Justin Trudeau for recognizing the "unlawful detention and torture of a Canadian teen".

Jul 17, 2017

Airbus Helicopters Canada is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Innovation in Safety Award. The Innovation in Safety Award was established to measure the advancements and accomplishments of organizations and individuals working to uphold Canadian helicopter safe flying practices.

Jul 17, 2017

About 4,500 people made their way to the Halifax Shipyard on Saturday for a first glimpse at the future Canadian naval ship HMCS Harry DeWolf. Irving Shipbuilding's open house coincided with crews moving outside two large sections of what will eventually form the Arctic offshore patrol ship.

Jul 17, 2017

On July 11, Vicky Penny spent two hours negotiating with Calgary Stampede officials to enter the grounds with her medical marijuana. Eventually, she was allowed in, after agreeing not to smoke while there. By next July, marijuana is expected to be legal, which will pose new challenges to event organizers and public officials.

Jul 14, 2017

Colin Kenny: Emergencies come in all shapes and sizes. In Ontario, unpredictable weather is a fact of life that can have devastating effects on people and property. Then there are the man-made ones such as gas leaks, chemical spills, terror attacks, and child abductions. You’re either prepared for emergencies or you’re not. Simply put, we are not.

Jul 14, 2017

Transport Canada's plan to patrol the Arctic with a drone has been delayed by at least two years, partly because the unmanned aircraft is so large it's considered a kind of missile and falls under complex arms-control rules.

Jul 14, 2017

A $35 million lawsuit by five employees of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) alleges racism, homophobia and discrimination. The CSIS members have not been identified by name and their charges have yet to be proven in court.

Jul 14, 2017

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police will not officially participate in July 22nd's annual Halifax Pride event. In February, Halifax Regional Police announced that an agreement not to participate had been reached with event organizers.

Jul 13, 2017

Canada Border Services Agency officers at the Pigeon River and Rainy River ports of entry seized three undeclared firearms on Canada Day.

Jul 13, 2017

Energy companies in British Columbia have protected pipelines and other assets with sprinkler systems and fire breaks, as dozens of forest fires burn across the province. A state of emergency was declared on Friday and remains in effect.

Jul 13, 2017

By next July, marijuana will be legal across Canada. The province of Ontario is getting ready with a comprehensive online survey about how its citizens think it should be distributed and sold. The attorney general, Yaris Naqvi said there is a particular focus on keeping the drug away from minors.                                                                                       

Jul 12, 2017

Transportation Safety Board of Canada released its investigation report into a fatal collision with terrain involving a privately operated Cessna 182 near Parry Sound, Ontario. This investigation emphasizes the risks of flying at night in areas with limited cultural and ambient lighting, as well as without adequate instrument flying proficiency.

Jul 12, 2017

A massive mudslide triggered by heavy monsoon rains swept into a village in India’s remote northeast on Tuesday, leaving 14 people feared dead.

Jul 12, 2017

A national training centre in Regina currently shared by RCMP and Correctional Services Canada (CSC) is moving to Kingston next year for exclusive use by CSC. The growth in RCMP recruiting forced the move. The facility will train correctional officers for at least three years.

Jul 12, 2017

The Anaham First Nations Reserve in British Columbia is near several wildfires but residents are defying RCMP evacuation order. Chief Joe Alphonse of the Tl'etinqox First Nation said several hundred people were staying to fight the fires themselves. Police have the responsibility and legal authority to remove children considered at risk.

Jul 11, 2017

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says it has 'confirmed information' that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed.

Jul 11, 2017

More than 1200 firefighters are battling forest fires across British Columbia's central interior, and thousands of people have been taken to safety. Unusually hot and dry conditions make it more difficult to contain the fires. Farmers have been told to cut fences and open gates so livestock can escape the encroaching flames.

Jul 10, 2017

Defence Research and Development Canada hosts Exercise Precise Response at Canadian Forces Base Suffield. The 14th annual NATO exercise is part of ongoing Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) defence training.

Jul 10, 2017

The Canadian Armed Forces have sent air assets, liaison and personnel to support the ongoing emergency response to the wildfires in British Columbia.

Jul 10, 2017

New satellite technology will beef up Australia’s border protection patrols and security operations in the Asia Pacific as well as help the nation handle disasters in the region. Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne is set to announce a $223 million contract to build a new satellite ground station to deliver Australia’s forces a major communications boost.

Jul 10, 2017

Ottawa is primarily looking within the RCMP to appoint its next commissioner, instead of focusing on an outsider, senior officials in the government and RCMP say. Selecting an external candidate would widely be seen as bringing further scrutiny to the beleaguered force.

Jul 10, 2017

The federal minister for public safety, Ralph Goodale, said Canadian Forces aircraft will assist British Columbia to fight forest fires. Three Griffon helicopters arrived in Kelowna on Sunday and several fixed-wing aircraft will be available.

Jul 10, 2017

After Manitoba RCMP posted details of a ticket issued for going 173 kph in a 100 kph zone on their Facebook page, other motorists responded with comments - many bragging about their own illegal speeding. An RCMP spokesperson noted that some information from the page might be passed to investigators.

Jul 07, 2017

German police clashed with violent protesters Thursday in Hamburg a day ahead of the Group of 20 summit, using water cannons, pepper spray and batons to disperse marchers after some attacked them with bottles and other objects.

Jul 07, 2017

The Chinese ambassador to China says his country's valuable cyber assets are at risk of theft or attack from other countries including Canada. Lu Shaye said in an interview that while the popular view is that China is usually the aggressor in cyber espionage and crime, his country now fears theft by others.

Jul 06, 2017

North Korea ploughs a huge proportion of its meagre economy into its military, and its ambitious missile, nuclear and cyber programs are causing widespread international alarm. Pyongyang spent nearly a quarter of its GDP on the military over the past decade, according to U.S. government estimates.

Jul 06, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump warned North Korea on Thursday that he's considering "some pretty severe things" in response to the isolated nation's unprecedented launch of a missile capable of reaching the U.S. In a public speech in Poland, Trump called on all nations to confront North Korea's "very, very bad behavior."

Jul 06, 2017

A succession of Canadian governments had dealings with the family of Omar Khadr, who has received $10 million and an apology from the current administration for rights violations. In 1996, Jean Chretien's Liberal government intervened to protect his father from the Pakistani government. Ahmed Said Khadr turned out to be an Osama Bin Laden associate and died in a gunfight with Pakistani security forces.

Jul 05, 2017

Brussels has moved to assuage Italy’s concerns over the “unsustainable” influx of migrants, promising Rome more funds, greater co-operation and a curb on charity rescue vessels to tackle the migration crisis.

Jul 05, 2017

The widow of an American soldier killed in Afghanistan and another former U.S. soldier partially blinded by a hand grenade plan to file an emergency injunction to stop Ottawa from paying $10.5-million to former child soldier Omar Khadr.

Jul 05, 2017

In a controversial move, Canada is about to pay convicted murderer Omar Khadr $10 million because officials gave the results of interrogation reports with him to his American prosecutors. Repatriated to Canada and out on bail, the fact that Khadr paid a high price for his crime does not mean he should now enjoy a reward.

Jul 05, 2017

When the gates to Stampede Park open this year, visitors to the ten-day event will face noticeably tighter security. The most visible sign to most people will be bag searches for potential weapons.

Jul 04, 2017

After the deaths of 86 people in Nice last July in a terrorist attach, Montreal police created a document to defend the city's popular events against similar attacks. Recommendations include the installation of permanent retractable bollards in public areas to block vehicle attacks.

Jul 03, 2017

A wave of knife attacks on Canada Day left Winnipeg police officers disheartened, according to spokesperson Const. Jan Murray. Seven people were wounded in five different incidents.

Jun 30, 2017

The U.S. Weather Service placed a majority of Utah and northern Arizona under critical fire watch as a heat wave made its way through the Southwest this week. Firefighters are battling high winds and dry conditions as they fight a fire that has grown to 72 square miles. Officials expect to contain the massive fire by mid-July. In Utah, more than 1,500 people have been evacuated to safety. In the neighboring state of Arizona, Gov. Ducey declared a State of Emergency, directing $200,000 of emergency funds to help contain fires in the Coronado and Prescott National Forests, which are not expected to be contained before end of July.

Jun 30, 2017

Iraq’s prime minister on Thursday declared an end to the Islamic State’s so-called caliphate in the Middle East as forces pushed deeper into the Iraqi city of Mosul and the Syrian city of Raqqa.

Jun 30, 2017

Counter-terrorism police in New South Wales have arrested two teenagers during raids on properties in Sydney. Three more search warrants are being executed at properties in those suburbs this evening, police said.

Jun 30, 2017

The Special Investigations Unit, which probes police-involved deaths, serious injuries and allegations of sexual assault, opened 327 cases in 2016, up from 312 in 2015 — a 5 per cent increase.

Jun 30, 2017

Canada’s top cop – a police commander known for his hard stand on terrorism investigations – is heading for the exit gates saying that organized crime is the biggest threat facing Canadians.

Jun 30, 2017

A recent report shows minority members are more often 'carded' or checked on the street by police but Lethbridge chief Rob Davis insists the practice does not mean his force is racist. He is interpreting a recent complaint as dealing with policy and said it would be reviewed.

Jun 30, 2017

Downtown streets are blocked off and concrete blocks are in position around Parliament Hill as half a million people are expected to celebrate the Canadian sesquicentennial. There will be a more visible security presence and screening around the Hill.

Jun 29, 2017

U.S. officials on Wednesday announced enhanced security and screening measures for all commercial flights to the United States but backed away from a proposal to expand a ban on laptops and other electronic devices.

Jun 29, 2017

Companies worldwide are working to recover their operations a day after being hit by a powerful cyberattack. This is the second attack in just two months.

Jun 29, 2017

A new study of how criminal prosecutions are laid shows that having Crown prosecutors rather than police make the decision reduces the stress on court resources significantly. In Ontario, where police can lay charges about half of cases are eventually dropped or rejected.

Jun 29, 2017

As concrete barriers were being installed around Parliament Hill, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau assured the nation that everything possible is being done to ensure a safe July 1 celebration. Specialized military and police counter-terrorism units will be on standby during the event.

Jun 28, 2017

The Government of Canada has repealed the coming into force of the private right of action for violations of Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL).

Jun 28, 2017

A man who pled guilty to plotting to shoot hundreds of people on behalf of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) received a life sentence Tuesday in a case that prosecutors say illustrates the dangers of Americans radicalized through social media.

Jun 28, 2017

Civilians trapped by Isil-affliated groups in the besieged Filipino city of Marawi are being forced to join the fighting, loot and become sex slaves to militants

Jun 28, 2017

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Ottawa did not compromise national security when it approved a Chinese investor’s takeover of a Vancouver high-tech company even though the U.S. Department of Defence has begun reviewing all its business dealings with Norsat International Inc.

Jun 28, 2017

A police helicopter launched a daring attack on the Venezuelan Supreme Court Tuesday, in a dramatic escalation of the months-long crisis engulfing the regime of President Nicolas Maduro.

Jun 28, 2017

A new U.S.-Israeli working group – its formation announced this week at a major international cyber event in Israel – aims to devise and employ new methods of identifying cyber enemies and “holding nations accountable” for bad cyber behavior.

Jun 28, 2017

Edmonton police are standing by a 'carding' policy that checks more coloured and indigenous people on the street than other populations. A spokesperson said the public might reasonably expect police to intervene in cases where crime or disorder is anticipated, or when people appear to be at risk of victimization.

Jun 28, 2017

With half a million people converging on Parliament Hill to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday, security measures to protect the event are on a scale never before seen in the nation's capital. A CSIS memo obtained by CTV News from security sources states Canada is a direct target for terrorist action.

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

Democracy Watch has announced its court challenge of decisions made by federal Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson, including her refusal to recuse herself from investigating and ruling on complaints about Prime Minister Trudeau’s actions.

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.

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