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Aug 16, 2017

Dashboard cameras have been installed in RCMP cruisers for several years but are not switched on during normal operations. A statement from the force says pilot projects are underway but so far no policy has been developed to manage the data acquired by the cameras.

Aug 16, 2017

On Saturday night in Pitt Meadow, British Columbia, people filming a car fire with a family trapped inside disrupted emergency operations. Fire chief Don Jolley said drivers left their vehicles blocking rescue efforts.

Aug 16, 2017

After thousands of Haitians have entered Canada from the United States seeking asylum, the government has instructed consulates in the US to inform potential illegal immigrants of the policies that will apply to them. Asylum seekers must prove they are at risk in their country of origin to be considered refugees.

Aug 15, 2017

The U.S. has failed in its handling of North Korea, and this has created an opportunity for Canada to prove it is ‘back’ on the world stage.

Aug 15, 2017

Two Canadians killed in a restaurant terror attack Sunday night in the Burkina Faso capital of Ouagadougou have been identified: Tammy Jane Mackay Chen, a student and charity organizer, and Bilel Diffalah,  a hygiene and biosecurity volunteer.

Aug 14, 2017

At least 312 people were killed and more than 2,000 left homeless when heavy flooding hit Sierra Leone's capital of Freetown, leaving excavators to pull bodies from rubble.

Aug 14, 2017

A significant shortage of RCMP officers is raising concerns about their safety and the safety of the communities in which they work, according to several Mounties speaking out from across Canada.

Aug 11, 2017

French police shot and arrested a suspect in the ramming of six soldiers near Paris on Wednesday after a dramatic car chase. 

Aug 11, 2017

Toronto mayor John Tory has confirmed an agreement to hire new officers has been reached after talks with the police services board and the police officers' union. Last month the Toronto Police Association said low staffing levels had officers at a breaking point.

Aug 11, 2017

Victor Oromuyi of Regina, Saskatchewan will serve six months in prison for smuggling nine people into Canada from North Dakota. In partnership with his wife Michele, he charged nine Nigerian nationals $2000 each for transit to Canada.

Aug 10, 2017

As the United States has stepped up deportations of Somalis with criminal records, some have crossed illegally into Canada and made refugee claims under false identities.

Aug 10, 2017

At least 100 Canadian Army soldiers are at the Lacolle, Quebec border crossing with the United States, to assist hundreds of refugees arriving daily. They have put up dozens of tents but will not assume any enforcement duties.

Aug 09, 2017

Currently three Canadian police officers deployed to Iraq and a fourth deployment is planned for the coming month. Canadian police officers are being deployed in a gradual, phased and flexible approach until March 2019.

Aug 09, 2017

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police is planning a major study of post traumatic stress disorder and other psychological conditions faced by its members. A posting on the government buy and sell website calls for proposals from teams of medical and psychological personnel to carry out a ten year study.

Aug 08, 2017

Australian police describe two terror plots, one involving the bombing of a passenger plane and the other a potential poison gas attack, as the "most sophisticated" ever attempted on Australian soil.

Aug 08, 2017

Wait times for passengers at airport security checkpoints have grown so long that at least two major airports are paying Ottawa millions of dollars for extra officers to help reduce the lineups.

Aug 08, 2017

Six Americans have been charged with bringing handguns across the New Brunswick border so far this summer, as a Canadian prosecutor says it's proving difficult to let otherwise law-abiding people know they can't bring firearms on vacation.

Aug 07, 2017

The American College of Medical Toxicology has issued a statement telling first responders who come in contact with opioids that "simple commonsense practices, such as wearing gloves, are more than sufficient to protect them". Dr. Andrew Stolbach, a physician at Johns Hopkins wrote, “It’s just not plausible that getting a small amount of fentanyl on your skin is going to cause significant opioid toxicity.”

Aug 04, 2017

In the last five years, almost 270 innocent prisoners have died in  Canada's provincial jails. Critics of the criminal justice system say tough bail conditions and overcrowding contribute to the problem.

Aug 04, 2017

So many people are walking into Canada from the United States, an improvised processing station is growing up at the Lacolle, Quebec crossing point. The government has sent additional RCMP officers to manage the situation.

Aug 03, 2017

Paul Kayuryuk, an Inuk, died of a stroke in 2012 after his symptoms led Baker Lake, N.W.T. RCMP officers to jail him for intoxication. A coroner's jury in Nunavut has recommended police training to distinguish medical conditions from the signs of alcohol abuse.

Aug 02, 2017

In a new policy update written for the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, Hugh Segal, outlines recommendations for Canada and Canadians to stay ahead of a rapidly changing security threat.

Aug 02, 2017

As Canadian trade officials prepare to face off against their US counterparts in, most people in this country say scrapping the current supply management system should be on the negotiating table during the upcoming NAFTA talks.

Aug 02, 2017

After a series of shootings over five weeks, RCMP in Surrey, British Columbia have posted the pictures of five men the public should avoid because they appear to have been targets. The men, who live in Vancouver, Surrey and Coquitlam have not cooperated with police.

Aug 01, 2017

Pew Research Center conducted a survey about security threats among 41,953 respondents in 38 countries from Feb. 16 to May 8, 2017. People around the globe identify ISIS and climate change as the leading threats to national security.

Aug 01, 2017

Mounties are warning Metro Vancouver residents about a scheme that has tricked at least six people into thinking their loved ones had been kidnapped. Police say the cyber crooks seem to be targeting female Chinese nationals who are attending school in the Vancouver area.

Aug 01, 2017

The Liberal government chose in its recent defence policy to remain outside of the U.S. anti-ballistic missile program, upholding a decision made over a decade ago by Prime Minister Paul Martin. But North Korea's increasing capability means countries like Canada face a new world.

Aug 01, 2017

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau watched fire-fighters battle British Columbia's forest fires from a Canadian Forces Chinook helicopter yesterday, and later spoke with fire-fighters in person to thank them for their service.

Aug 01, 2017

Four years ago, a police officer in Ajax, Ontario shot and killed Michael MacIsaac after the man threatened him with a steel rod. Jennifer Chambers, executive director of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health-funded Empowerment Council and a witness at the inquest, said police need training in handling such confrontations without violence.

Jul 31, 2017

Calgary police say a youth who was involved in a break-and-enter stabbed a K9 police service dog multiple times before being apprehended. In addition to the break-and-enter charges, the offender will be charged under a new (2015) section of the Criminal Code, section 445, which deals with injuring a police animal in the execution of its duties.

Jul 31, 2017

Because the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) has special powers of investigation and the ability to conceal its actions, Public Safety minister Ralph Goodale has a responsibility to ensure its officers' conduct is beyond reproach. The recent $35 million lawsuit by five employees follows Canadian Human Rights Commission reports critical of its conduct in 2011 and 2014.

Jul 28, 2017

Chief Bobby Cameron of Saskatchewan's Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations has called on the federal government to crack down on online hate speech. He said abuse including threats of violence against First Nations people is spurring hatred.

Jul 27, 2017

The Canada Border Services Agency announced that a Montréal man has been sentenced to 12 months in prison and his trucking company Réno Réal Inc. has been fined $567,645 for attempting to smuggle tobacco into Canada.

Jul 27, 2017

Some 20 people from Multan, Pakistan, have been arrested for ordering the rape of a teenage girl, in revenge for a rape her brother allegedly committed.

Jul 26, 2017

Senator Murray Sinclair, who led the Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Canada's residential schools is now heading an investigation of Thunder Bay, Ontario's Police Services Board. Community leaders criticized Thunder Bay's police after the deaths of indigenous young people.

Jul 26, 2017

In June 2014 a man armed with a rifle in Moncton, New Brunswick murdered three RCMP officers and wounded two others. Better tactical understanding of a gun battle could have prevented their deaths.

Jul 25, 2017

YouTube unveiled its latest weapon in its effort to combat terrorist propaganda on its site by using redirection.

Jul 25, 2017

Headingley Mounties arrested a man on a lawn mower early Saturday on his way with a companion to buy cigarettes. After charging him with impaired driving, the police reminded the public that operating any motor vehicle while impaired by drugs or alcohol is illegal.

Jul 25, 2017

Under a new law, California officials will be able to enforce Canadian domestic violence protection orders. Canada already recognizes protection orders issued in California.

Jul 24, 2017

The Government of Canada committed to match the Government of British Columbia support in an amount equivalent to the total dollar amount being paid to every registered wildfire evacuee households throughout the evacuation period.

Jul 24, 2017

The 22 Pushup Challenge marked its first anniversary Saturday on Parliament Hill where participants said the PTSD awareness program had brought positive change. Phil Ralph of campaign organizer Wounded Warrior Canada said chains of command are becoming aware of the effectiveness of PTSD support programs.

Jul 24, 2017

"Predictive policing" software running on police car computers can direct Vancouver offices to the scene of the crime - before it happens. By updating and analyzing crime reports every two hours, the system can direct resources to an area in a radius of 100 or 500 metres, with 80 percent accuracy.

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.

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