IN THE NEWS

Feb 16, 2018

Female RCMP members are angered by a Facebook group apparently created by male Mounties which demeans women. RCMP leadership said it is "aware of some Facebook groups that may have been created by current or former employees that contain content that is inappropriate."

Feb 15, 2018

Seventeen people were killed at a Florida school on Wednesday afternoon in one of America’s deadliest school shootings. The former student charged in a deadly rampage is a troubled teenager who threatened and harassed peers, talked about killing animals, and posed with guns in disturbing photos on social media, according to students and neighbours.

Feb 15, 2018

Anti-corruption campaigners say it is easier to register a company in Canada than it is to get a library card. A new report says lax Canadian disclosure rules make it easy to conceal illicit transactions.

Feb 15, 2018

The Quebec National Assembly has given the province's anti-corruption unit, L'Unité permanente anti-corruption (UPAC) more powers. Under new legislation, UPAC is recognized as a specialized police force and given wider jurisdiction.

Feb 14, 2018

After South Korea’s Olympic short-track speed skater Minjeong Choi was disqualified by the race judges, Canadian Kim Boutin moved into the bronze-medal position. Boutin’s Instagram account was soon flooded with the usual hideous vitriol and death threats.

Feb 14, 2018

A Toronto firefighter who mysteriously went missing while on a ski trip to upstate New York has been found "alive and in good health" in California, New York State Police said.

Feb 14, 2018

The fraudsters behind the so-called “one ring scam” place calls that appear to originate overseas and hang up quickly. Curious victims return the missed call and inadvertently agree to fees that get piled onto their monthly phone bill.

Feb 14, 2018

Police say the scheme involves a call from someone posing as a retailer claiming to alert the victim that their credit card account has been compromised. The victim is told to call 911 and their financial institution to report the fraud. However, when they hang up, the call has not been disconnected.

Feb 14, 2018

The Northwest Territories is looking at the creation of an RCMP unit to investigate 71 unsolved cases of missing and murdered persons. The three person unit would organize, catalogue, and investigate suspicious deaths, unsolved homicides, missing persons and unidentified human remains.

Feb 14, 2018

Almost a year and a half into its mandate, the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women has still not asked many police agencies across the country for their records. Technological challenges have prevented the inquiry from reviewing police files it does have.

Feb 13, 2018

Last week, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) released its report on Mobilization to Violence (Terrorism) Research. Predictably, the report has generated backlash and concerns. Given the significance of the issue, it is of course prudent to carefully consider the report’s findings.

Feb 13, 2018

Investigators say the crash of a Russian passenger plane that killed all 71 people on board may have been caused by the pilots’ failure to activate heating for pressure measurement equipment, resulting in flawed speed data.

Feb 13, 2018

Wading through knee-deep snow, hundreds of emergency workers searched a field for remains of the 71 victims from the crash of a Russian airliner, and aviation experts began deciphering the jet's two flight recorders.

Feb 13, 2018

A senior official of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service told a senate committee his agency is confident law enforcement will know about extremists returning from fighting abroad and be prepared for their arrival. The Liberal government has stated that many returning foreign fighters will need to be rehabilitated.

Feb 13, 2018

The Royal Canadian Mounted police has assured private agencies like insurance companies that negotiate with kidnappers on behalf of families they will not be criminally investigated. James Malizia, the RCMP assistant commissioner for national security, told a Senate committee "If there is anything that we can do during a hostage-taking that could assist or provide a level of comfort for agencies or companies that they won't be prosecuted or pursued with respect to criminal investigation, we have done that in the past."

Feb 12, 2018

The Fraser Institute, Institute for Research on Public Policy, Centre for International Governance Innovation, Canadian Global Affairs Institute, and the Macdonald-Laurier Institute have been identified by the University of Pennsylvania’s annual Think Tank Index Report as the top five in Canada.

Feb 12, 2018

The pilot of a Grand Canyon tour helicopter and three British passengers were under intensive medical care for burns and other injuries, two days after the chopper plunged into jagged rocks during a sightseeing flight.

Feb 12, 2018

The crew of the Saratov Airlines flight that crashed near Moscow on Sunday didn't report any problems before the plane crashed into snowy terrain, killing all 71 people on board, state-run media said.

Feb 12, 2018

Ottawa police officers are “de-policing” — or avoiding proactive policing — out of fear of being scrutinized by the public, according to the groundbreaking study of an Ottawa police officer turned doctoral researcher.

Feb 12, 2018

 Known Traveller Digital Identity, a Canada-Netherlands joint venture will allow people to cross borders faster with a digital profile on their mobile devices. Travellers between the two countries will test the program with a global rollout planned by 2020.

Feb 12, 2018

Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) is asking domestic firms for technology in development or not yet on the market to help the Canadian Forces to track unmanned aerial vehicles. PSPC told potential bidders,The wide spread application of UAV increases not only military, but also public safety and security concerns.”

Feb 09, 2018

Every U.S. state and Canadian province has a "Move Over" law to separate active emergency vehicles from other motorists, but uneven regulations across jurisdictions can constitute a real hazard for first responders.

Feb 09, 2018

The Ontario Provincial Police will not lay charges in their investigation into a $4.77 million overpayment for helicopters by ORNGE, the provincial air ambulance service. The force could not find key documents and some witnesses would not talk.

Feb 08, 2018

The Canada Border Services Agency announced the seizure of over 15,500 kilograms of undeclared loose leaf tobacco at the Peace Bridge in Fort Erie.

Feb 08, 2018

Police are searching for an inmate who escaped from Dorchester Penitentiary late Wednesday evening. The 45-year-old is five-feet five-inches tall and weighs 188 pounds. He has fair complexion, blue eyes and blond hair. He was sentenced to life in prison for second-degree murder of a young woman in Ottawa in 1997.

Feb 08, 2018

More than 300 child soldiers were released by armed groups in South Sudan, the second-largest such release since the country’s civil war began five years ago. All sides in the conflict have recruited more than 19,000 children as fighters.

Feb 08, 2018

Under the "connected officer" program, frontline officers with the Toronto Police Service (TPS) are getting new smartphones. The move is designed to release officers from their patrol cars and lighten their paperwork burden.

Feb 08, 2018

In January, a Moncton court found the RCMP guilty of violating the Canada Labour Code, after a better-armed criminal murdered three officers and wounded two others in 2014. The RCMP has announced it will not appeal the sentence. The force will pay a $100,000 fine and make $450,000 in contributions.

Feb 07, 2018

The Netherlands has called back their Ambassador to Ankara and have said they will block the Turkish Ambassador from returning to his office in The Hague.

Feb 07, 2018

Dozens of people are missing following a deadly earthquake in Taiwan, with more than 40 feared trapped in a multistory building tilting perilously in the northeastern city of Hualien. The magnitude 6.4 quake struck 22 kilometers north of the city late Tuesday, killing at least six people and injuring 258 people.

Feb 07, 2018

A 44-year-old OPP officer has been reassigned to desk duties after being charged with a number of offences, including two counts of assault with a weapon, in what investigators say was an off-duty domestic incident.

Feb 07, 2018

When  people are moving towards radical violence and terrorism, their personal routines can signal the change: a new physical fitness program, shedding belongings and settling financial details are on the list. A new report by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service studied about 100 people who "mobilized to violence" in Canada.

Feb 07, 2018

A House of Commons committee is studying Bill C-59, the Liberal government’s updated national security legislation. Some opponents say it gives “extraordinarily permissive” powers to Canada’s Communications Security Establishment (CSE). C-59 would see the CSE become more proactive, able to launch cyber attacks abroad and engage in covert operations.

Feb 06, 2018

The State Council Information Office of the People's Republic of China published a white paper titled "China's Arctic Policy" on January 26.

Feb 06, 2018

Canadian officials worked with their Turkish counterparts to secure the safe passage of two Canadian citizens across the Syrian border. Jolly Bimbachi and Sean Allen Moore had been working together in recent months to try to reclaim her two Canadian sons from their father, who allegedly abducted the children and took them to Lebanon.

Feb 06, 2018

Montréal Maine & Atlantic Canada was found guilty of a charge under the Fisheries Act related to polluting Rivière Chaudière and Lac Mégantic. Judge Conrad Chapdelaine sentenced the company to pay $1 million, the maximum penalty, with the first $400,000 to be paid within six months. The money will go toward cleaning up the lake and river.

Feb 06, 2018

The New York Police Department is giving each officer an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus. Eventually every officer will be able to use their mobile telephone for background checks, monitor 911 calls, and fill out paperwork.

Feb 06, 2018

A new report from the Canadian Security Intelligence Service states that it takes an average of one year for people with radical views to be “mobilized to violence” or terrorism. The agency reviewed approximately 100 cases of “individuals who mobilized to violence" in Canada.

Feb 05, 2018

Luke Stewart is suing Toronto police for confiscating his swimming goggles before the 2010 G20 summit in Toronto, an event which led to many legal actions, officer disciplinary hearings and criminal proceedings. The Canadian Civil Liberties Association says this may be the only civil suit from those protests to actually go to trial.

Feb 02, 2018

The Communications Security Establishment has a mandate to discover flaws in electronic products that criminals or hostile governments could exploit, but it refuses to disclose its policy about that process. As the government is rewriting national security laws, there are calls for the policy to be made public.

Feb 01, 2018

Two students were shot and wounded, one critically, inside a Los Angeles middle school classroom. Police arrested a female student believed to be 12 years old, authorities said.

Feb 01, 2018

At least five mass graves in Burma, all previously unreported, have been confirmed by The Associated Press through multiple interviews with more than two dozen survivors in Bangladesh refugee camps and through time-stamped cellphone videos.

Feb 01, 2018

A Toronto man has been arrested and charged after police found 71 firearms and thousands of rounds of ammunition. Toronto police began the investigation in January after receiving a report about a man who was allegedly "in possession of an illegal firearm."

Feb 01, 2018

Canadian convicts can now select a men's or women's prison by their gender identity.  A new Correctional Service Canada  policy says transgender inmates can select an institution type, "regardless of their anatomy (sex) or gender on their identification documents, unless there are overriding health or safety concerns which cannot be resolved."

Feb 01, 2018

A Montreal man has pleaded guilty to using a public library that straddles the Quebec-Vermont border to smuggle guns. Purchased in the US, the weapons were exchanged in the binational building's washroom.

Feb 01, 2018

Fintrac, the Canadian government agency that fights terrorist financing and money laundering lost a court case in 2016 over its powers to penalize offending businesses.  A review of its penalty program will not be complete before the summer.

Jan 31, 2018

The Canadian Armed Forces and the Department of National Defence held multiple mental health awareness events across Canada today, in support of the Bell Let’s Talk campaign against stigma surrounding mental illness.

Jan 31, 2018

Julie Gascon, Assistant Commissioner of the Canadian Coast Guard’s Central and Arctic Region was joined by Rear Admiral Joanna Nunan, Commander, United States Coast Guard Ninth District to sign the updated Memorandum of Understanding between their agencies concerning Coast Guard icebreaking services in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway maritime transportation system.

Jan 31, 2018

Today is Bell Let’s Talk day. Bell donates five cents for every social interaction facilitated by its network to a mental health initiative in Canada. The campaign is meant both to raise money and to spark the conversation about mental health in general. What happens after a person has taken the brave step of asking for help?

Jan 31, 2018

A lawyer representing a female former RCMP officer in a gender harassment class action lawsuit says the number of claimants could grow from about 2400 now to 3000 or 4000. The federal government earmarked $100 million for compensation.

Jan 30, 2018

In one of Tehran’s busiest squares, an Iranian woman risked arrest by removed her head scarf, tied it to a stick and waved it for all to see. Police, who maintain a booth in the square, either did not see her or decided not to intervene. According to social media accounts, she was one of six women on Monday to make the symbolic gesture.

Jan 30, 2018

Two Toronto police officers have been suspended after allegations they ate marijuana products on duty. They apparently suffered hallucinations, called for help and were taken to hospital.

Jan 30, 2018

A recent Sun newspaper series looked at the threat of terrorism in Canada, based on documents from the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS). One CSIS memo stated “the Service has never before faced a terrorist threat of the scope, scale and complexity of Sunni Islamist-inspired terrorism”.

Jan 30, 2018

The RCMP are taking a request for six more officers in the region to the Halifax board of police commissioners. The force says it needs more people to handle motorcycle gangs, social media and cybercrime complaints.

Jan 29, 2018

Media are invited to attend a Canadian Armed Forces panel discussion on mental health for Bell Let’s Talk Day. The eighth annual Bell Let’s Talk Day is on Wednesday, January 31, 2018. The CAF is a longstanding partner with Bell in this initiative to continue the conversation around mental health and stigma.

Jan 29, 2018

Mountain rescuers were forced to abandon the search for a Polish climber after finding his French climbing partner alive on the Himalayan peak of Nanga Parbat. The pair Elisabeth Revol, 37, and Tomek Mackiewicz, 42, were attempting to climb the mountain, which is nicknamed “Killer Mountain”, without oxygen when they got into difficulty.

Jan 29, 2018

The attacker, driving an ambulance filled with explosives, was able to race through a security checkpoint by saying he was transferring a patient to a hospital. The explosion damaged or destroyed dozens of shops and vehicles in the heart of the city, near government buildings.

Jan 29, 2018

Prosecutors in criminal cases in different countries claim radical views expressed online can lead to violence. Should social media and ebsite operators be held responsible for people who turn words into action ?

Jan 26, 2018

Sentencing is expected today in the RCMP's trial for Labour Code violations related to the 2014 murders of three Mounties in Moncton, New Brunswick. The case involved the force's failure to equip officers properly to face heavily armed criminals.

Jan 25, 2018

A newly surfaced letter not only claims the trio survived but purports to be from one of them. “My name is John Anglin. I escape from Alcatraz in June 1962 with my brother Clarence and Frank Morris,” the letter which was recently obtained by KPIX 5, the CBS station in San Francisco, read.

Jan 25, 2018

Two students were killed Tuesday and 18 other people were wounded when a 15-year-old boy armed with a handgun opened fire inside a Kentucky high school, authorities said.

Jan 25, 2018

Five Islamic State gunmen stormed the Save the Children office in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad after an explosion, killing five people and wounding dozens in a 10-hour siege, officials said. The assailants were killed.

Jan 25, 2018

Accused of involvement in a terrorist bombing, Hassan Diab was arrested by Canadian police at the request of French authorities in 2008 and extradited. Released without trial and back in Canada, Dian wants a public inquiry into Canada's extradition law.

Jan 25, 2018

Toronto police are investigating reports of sexual assault during medical examinations against a doctor who worked for the RCMP. This follows similar allegations against a doctor who worked for the Mounties in Nova Scotia.

Jan 24, 2018

The Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada announced an investment of $1.3 million over five years for the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control and the University of British Columbia's Collaborating Centre for Prison Health and Education.

Jan 24, 2018

When Gatineau police officers got a routine call to check out a suspicious person Monday night they ended up with an unexpected collar – a man who’s been in the lam for nearly two decades in connection with a massive money-laundering scheme that included the shipment of hundreds of kilograms of cocaine for organized crime.

Jan 24, 2018

Impaired driving is a crime, but charges are rarely laid against drugged drivers. Right now, there is no limit on the amount of cannabis found in blood, as there is for alcohol. Drugs are now more often found than alcohol in the blood of drivers killed in crashes.

Jan 24, 2018

A Canadian Security Intelligence Service threat assessment says terrorism will continue in Canada. A report states "domestic extremists are likely to continue to target Canadian uniformed personnel and related installations in neighbourhoods that are familiar to them ... ”

Jan 23, 2018

Bell Canada is alerting customers after hackers illegally accessed the information of fewer than 100,000 customers, the telecom giant told CBC News. The breach comes just eight months after 1.9 million customer emails were stolen from Bell's database by an anonymous hacker.

Jan 23, 2018

A tsunami warning for coastal British Columbia and parts of Alaska has ended after a powerful earthquake struck about 250 kilometres southeast of Chiniak, Alaska.

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