IN THE NEWS

Sep 21, 2017

A day after a massive earthquake that's killed hundreds of people in Mexico, rescuers frantically raced to find survivors buried under rubble as families waited desperately for answers.

Sep 21, 2017

Hurricane Maria, the most powerful storm to make a direct hit on Puerto Rico in almost a century, ravaged the island on Wednesday, knocking out all electricity, deluging towns with flashfloods and mudslides and compounding the already considerable pain of residents here.

Sep 21, 2017

California on Wednesday sued the Trump administration to stop the construction of a proposed wall on the U.S. border with Mexico, arguing that the federal government is overstepping its authority by waiving environmental reviews and other laws.

Sep 21, 2017

Canadian law says refugee claims must be heard in 60 days, so why are people waiting 16 months? Canada has a backlog of more than 30,000 refugee claims, a tally that's growing at roughly 1,400 cases per month.

Sep 21, 2017

Canadian security services work with international partners to fight terrorism. When does collaboration become conspiracy to violate the rights of Canadian citizens and residents?

Sep 20, 2017

In August, 5,712 asylum seekers crossed the border from the United States to Canada, an increase of more than 80 percent from 3,134 in July.  Most crossed from New York to Quebec.

Sep 19, 2017

The PM has reaffirmed that Canada will continue to push for one of the temporary seats on the United Nations Security Council when it becomes open in four years.

Sep 19, 2017

The Trump administration has withdrawn a proposal to let Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s security guards buy $1.2 million in U.S.-made weapons following violence against protesters during Erdogan’s visit to Washington this spring.

Sep 19, 2017

The Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission is investigating Halifax Regional Police after Const. Mark Long claimed discrimination because he was diagnosed with PTSD.  Long says his pay was reduced when he took time off for treatment.

Sep 18, 2017

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police has joined with law enforcement officials from other nations to end the flow of the deadly opioid fentanyl from China. In Canada, about 20 investigations are underway into fentanyl smuggling.

Sep 18, 2017

After the murder of a Canadian soldier by a terrorist in October, 2014, the RCMP stopped hundreds of criminal investigations, mainly into organized crime, to focus on counter-terrorism.

Sep 14, 2017

The RCMP used cellphone-tracking technology in a way that was "not lawful" six times, Canada's privacy commissioner said in a report released Thursday. 

Sep 14, 2017

In Cuba, mystery deepens over attacks on U.S. diplomats.

Sep 14, 2017

There are growing signs that Canada won't meet the criteria for attending a November peacekeeping summit in Vancouver, even though it is the host country.

Sep 14, 2017

In a continuing court case challenging the use of solitary confinement in Canada's correctional system, the federal government contends its practice of 'segregation' does not meet international definitions of extreme treatment.

Sep 13, 2017

Fastenal Canada Ltd., of Kitchener, Ontario, was fined $265,000 after pleading guilty in the Ontario Court of Justice to two counts of contravening the Ozone-Depleting Substances Regulations, 1998 made pursuant to the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999.

Sep 13, 2017

Five patients at a nursing home died in Hurricane Irma's aftermath as people confronted a multitude of new hazards in the storm's wake, including oppressive heat, brush-clearing accidents and poisonous fumes from generators.

Sep 13, 2017

Pat Finnigan, Member of Parliament for Miramichi-Grand Lake, on behalf of the Minister for Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness announced $753,000 in federal funding to the Miramichi Ground Search and Rescue and the New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization of the Department of Justice and Public Safety under the Search and Rescue New Initiatives Fund.

Sep 13, 2017

Portugal’s Pego do Altar reservoir looks like disused quarry now, holding barely 11 per cent of the water it was designed for making this the worst drought in over 20 years.

Sep 13, 2017

Nine people, including a suspect who was fatally shot by an officer, have died after a man opened fire during a gathering to watch football at a suburban Dallas home.

Sep 13, 2017

The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police has asked the federal government to postpone the legalization of marijuana past July 1, 2018 because officers will not have had training in roadside testing, among other reasons.

Sep 13, 2017

Hurricane damage to airport infrastructure slowed the return of Canadians from the Caribbean. An RCAF C-17 taking aid to the region will be available to repatriate stranded Canadians.

Sep 12, 2017

Part of a glacier in the Swiss Alps has broken off and tumbled onto a glacier below after some 220 people in a small nearby town were evacuated as a precaution.

Sep 12, 2017

Government cargo planes flew in supplies and troops began distributing boxes of food to jittery survivors of an earthquake that destroyed a large part of Juchitan and killed a nationwide toll of 90.

Sep 12, 2017

An appeals court granted a request Monday from President Donald Trump's administration to halt a plan for new pollution controls at Utah's oldest coal-fired power plants.

Sep 12, 2017

The government of Canada is sending civilian aircraft to repatriate Canadians stranded by Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean. The United States, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands have already used military aircraft to assist their citizens.

Sep 12, 2017

Witnesses have told a Commons committee that legal marijuana will not quickly or easily displace the illegal market. The Trudeau government plans to legalize marijuana by July 2018.

Sep 11, 2017

Returnees are one of the highest priorities for the RCMP national security program. Read about one case of how Canada is dealing with returnees.

Sep 11, 2017

The Government of Canada is investing in new Search and Rescue (SAR) lifeboats to ensure that the Canadian Coast Guard has the equipment they need to keep Canadians and Canadian waterways safe.

Sep 11, 2017

Canadians stranded in the Caribbean by Hurricane Irma say their government is slow to assist them. Hundreds of travellers have asked for help returning home.

Sep 10, 2017

German authorities believe ISIL holds some 11,100 genuine blank Syrian passports that can be completed with any individual's details, allowing potential attackers unfettered passage across borders.

Sep 08, 2017

A new report issued by the Macdonald-Laurier Institute calls for change from the top at the Royal Canadian Mounted Police: one official would manage administration and another would run policing; and, a Civilian Board of Management would link the force to elected officials and the federal bureaucracy.

Sep 07, 2017

Equifax, one of the three major consumer credit reporting agencies, said that hackers had gained access to company data that potentially compromised sensitive information for 143 million American consumers, including Social Security numbers and driver’s license numbers.

Sep 07, 2017

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, which is monitoring the reception of asylum seekers at the most popular irregular crossing south of Montreal, says the number of processed claims has plunged to 10-50 claims on recent days from a peak of several hundred daily arrivals earlier in the summer.

Sep 07, 2017

Hurricane Irma skirted north of the Dominican Republic early Thursday as the Category 5 storm set its sights on south Florida after leaving devastation in its wake in the Caribbean.

Sep 07, 2017

This summer at an undisclosed location, RCMP interviewed Premier Brad Wall of Saskatchewan about a $21 million land deal. The provincial auditor concluded the final price paid by the province for the land was too high.

Sep 06, 2017

Norwegian air ambulance operator, NOLAS, became the first civil customer to receive an helicopter equipped with the advanced Helionix avionics system. 

Sep 06, 2017

A Royal Canadian Air Force CC130J Hercules departed 8 Wing Trenton for Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, carrying humanitarian supplies from the Government of Canada to aid in Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

Sep 06, 2017

Tens of thousands of Rohingya pour into Bangladesh amid wave of killings and arson.

Sep 06, 2017

Italy's health ministry has ordered an investigation into the death of a 4-year-old girl from malaria after checks determined she hadn't traveled to any country at risk for the disease.

Sep 06, 2017

RCMP detachments in Nunavut and Northwest Territories have vacancy rates over eight percent. Brian Sauvé, co-chair of the National Police Federation says the shortage of Mounties in those detachments brings risk to officers and the public.

Sep 05, 2017

A Calgary Transit officer and a paramedic have recently been hospitalized after drug exposure in the course of their duties. A spokesman for the paramedics association said fentanyl and carfentanil are dangerous in minute quantities.

Sep 02, 2017

The Minister of Public Safety confirms that Canada, Ontario and Quebec are working closely with FEMA to provide a range of much needed supplies to the people of Texas, Louisiana and the surrounding areas.

Sep 01, 2017

Public opinion poll from the Angus Reid Institute shows majority (57%) of Canadians disapprove of the Trudeau government's handling of the illegal border crossing situation.

Sep 01, 2017

Terry Lake, who served as health minister in a Liberal BC government has taken a job with a Quebec marijuana company called Hydropothecary. He will serve as vice-president of corporate social responsibility.

Aug 31, 2017

Two Hercules military transport planes joined the effort to transport 3,700 people to safety. All 2,000 residents of Wasagamack had to leave Tuesday as a large forest fire came within 800 metres of the community. Smoke from the northern Manitoba forest fires forced out people with health problems from the St. Theresa Point and Garden Hill reserves.

Aug 31, 2017

In 2005, the RCMP allegedly ordered Staff Sergeant Mike Frizzell  to stop investigating a pension fund scandal which eventually led to high level resignations. Frizzell says his treatment by senior officials caused his subsequent mental illness and he has filed a lawsuit for $2.8 million in damages.

Aug 31, 2017

A national survey shows first responders are much more likely to develop mental disorders than other Canadians. One researcher said the result was "surprisingly higher".

Aug 30, 2017

The Government of Canada creates an expert panel on measuring Canada’s progress in building its resilience to climate change. The panel will also support the federal government in better communicating to Canadians how we are preparing for and adapting to the current and future impacts of climate change.

Aug 30, 2017

The Oakland division of the California Highway Patrol had to deal with a deer that didn't pay the toll on the Bay Bridge early Tuesday morning. As they tweeted, the doe was a "buck short".

Aug 29, 2017

After years of waiting for a government-wide system, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police will develop its own email service. Shared Services Canada has failed to deliver its new 'canada.ca' addresses to more than 15 percent of government employees, so RCMP members will continue with the '@rcmp-grc.gc.ca' domain name.

Aug 29, 2017

The British Columbia Civil Liberties Association and the John Howard Society of Canada are challenging the use of prolonged isolation in Canadian prisons in B.C. Supreme Court. Lawyer Joe Arvay said the practice is cruel and inhumane punishment with “truly horrific” consequences.

Aug 28, 2017

OPP says three Toronto-area men were responsible for allegedly importing more than 1,000 kilograms of pure cocaine into Canada from Argentina.

Aug 28, 2017

The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport announced a total investment of over $175 million in seven measures to help protect Arctic waters as part of the Oceans Protection Plan. 

Aug 28, 2017

After years of email crashes and outages, the RCMP had decided it can't wait for a new harmonized email system for the entire federal government.

Aug 28, 2017

As a tribute to the firefighters who risk their lives to keep Canadians safe, today, the Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister for Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, announced the formal establishment of Firefighters’ National Memorial Day.

Aug 28, 2017

The number of people killed in twin vehicle attacks in Spain last week rose to 16.

Aug 28, 2017

Police intercepted a group of 70 Rohingya late Saturday after they crossed the "zero line" border zone, where Myanmar soldiers earlier fired mortars and machine guns at villagers making the dangerous dash from the northern state of Rakhine into Bangladesh.

Aug 28, 2017

The Saskatchewan RCMP division was the only one in Canada to drop its old in-car video recorders before new ones became operational. A spokesperson explained the division prioritized the use of new rifles and body armour.

Aug 25, 2017

Thousands of Haitians have crossed into Quebec from the United States illegally this summer. Prime Minister Trudeau said 'irregular' immigration provided no advantage, a statement immediately challenged by his political opposition.

Aug 24, 2017

The Canada Border Services Agency and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police announced today that a seizure of heroin at the John C. Munroe Hamilton International Airport resulted in two arrests.

Aug 23, 2017

An adult Aedes aegypti mosquito, the species responsible for the majority of human Zika virus cases, has been found in Canada for the first time and is believed to be establishing its species in Ontario.

Aug 22, 2017

Last week an arbitration process gave Halifax police officers raises of 2.75% annually for five years, but now city council is trying to decide whether the city can actually pay.

Aug 21, 2017

It is imperative to understand the importance of CPEC and what it exactly is before determining whether it will be a threat to India's security or a military alliance against India.

Aug 21, 2017

An arbitration board has awarded Halifax Regional Police officers a new, five-year contract offering annual 2.75% pay increases. About 520 sworn officers serve on the Halifax force.

Aug 18, 2017

After a vehicle attack in Barcelona by a suspected Islamist terrorist killed 13 people, Spanish police killed five people during counter-terrorism operations.

Aug 18, 2017

Between August 1 and August 15, RCMP at the Canada-US border intercepted almost 3800 asylum seekers, most at one point in Quebec. The government has announced the establishment of temporary shelters and some additional personnel to manage the situation.

Aug 17, 2017

Many people are left in serious condition after a white van strikes popular tourist area in the Las Ramblas district in Barcelona, Spain.

Aug 17, 2017

Since 1980, right-wing extremists have been associated with about 30 homicides in Canada, but expert opinion is divided on the threat they present. Some argue such right-wing groups are too incoherent and divided to pose a serious problem.

Aug 16, 2017

Pretending to be a "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, the outcome is backfiring as right-wing proponents are coming to terms with being duped by hate-filled, pro-Nazi, white supremacists.

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