IN THE NEWS

Nov 22, 2017

Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams have made a number of arrests and seized a huge cache of drugs after a raid on a Calgary-based drug operation. ALERT says the year-long investigation, dubbed Project Offshore, has netted over $4M worth of fentanyl, cocaine and methamphetamine.

Nov 22, 2017

Victor Omoruyi has been arrested and charged — for the second time — in connection with a human-smuggling ring. Omoruyi was taken into custody on a warrant by RCMP at Saskatoon International Airport after being deported from America. He's been charged under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act with one count of human smuggling and one count of aiding or abetting.​

Nov 22, 2017

The Canada Revenue Agency's call centres blocked more than half the calls they received and gave taxpayers the wrong answers to their questions nearly one third of the time, according to the federal Auditor-General.

Nov 22, 2017

Christopher Calvin Garnier, 29, allegedly strangled off-duty police officer Constable Catherine Campbell and got rid of her body with a compost bin.

Nov 22, 2017

Laser lights were used to illuminate two aircraft and a police cruiser near Halifax airport Monday night. RCMP are investigating the incidents. Directing lasers against aircraft can result in fines of up to $100,000.

Nov 22, 2017

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada is monitoring ISIS fighters returning from the Middle East, revoking their passports and laying criminal charges. He said the Canada Centre for Community Engagement and Prevention of Violence will help jihadists “let go of that terrorist ideology.”

Nov 21, 2017

Canadian Armed Forces Maritime Coastal Defence Vessels deployed on Operation Caribbe in the Eastern Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea have been working hand-in-hand with the United States Coast Guard over the past several weeks to intercept and seize large quantities of illicit drugs.

Nov 21, 2017

More than 15,000 foreign nationals are on Canada's deportation list, but some can't be removed because their home country won't take them back.

Nov 21, 2017

Russia's meteorological service said it had measured pollution of a radioactive isotope at nearly 1,000 times normal levels in the Ural mountains, the first official Russian data supporting reports that an accident had taken place.

Nov 21, 2017

A suicide bomber killed at least 50 people at a mosque in northeastern Nigeria on Tuesday, the biggest mass killing this year in a region facing an insurgency by Islamist militant group Boko Haram.

Nov 21, 2017

Human rights groups say at least 24 people have been killed in violence following the presidential vote, which opposition supporters claim was rigged.

Nov 21, 2017

Bill C59 is a package of security measures from the Trudeau government to modify the Conservatives’ 2015 Anti-Terrorism Act. The Opposition says it shows the Liberals are soft on terrorism.

Nov 20, 2017

Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan wrapped up the 9th annual edition of the Halifax International Security Forum, where he highlighted Canadian security and defence priorities through discussions with Defence Ministers, the academic community, industry, and officials from across the globe.

Nov 20, 2017

Based on a fictional scenario involving a volcanic eruption and subsequent crater collapse, emergency responders and management officials from Canada and U.S. were able to effectively improve situational awareness and communication of critical information necessary to better plan and execute a coordinated response to a potential incident affecting both sides of the border.

Nov 20, 2017

Indigenous leaders in Quebec want help to deal with recreational marijuana use. Quebec and Labrador Assembly of First Nations Chief Ghislain Picard said communities are already struggling to cope with substance abuse.

Nov 20, 2017

The Government will formally apologize to LGBTQ2 Canadians on November 28, the Prime Minister announced on Sunday. An advocate for people who were persecuted said there is no agreement on a financial settlement. Many victims of previous policies lost employment in the armed forces and government.

Nov 17, 2017

Canadian jihadis in Iraq and Syria face a concerted effort to kill them by the Syrian, Iraqi, US, Russian and (recently) Turkish governments, as well as numerous local and foreign-backed militias. But have little to fear from their own government. According to the 2016 report on the Terrorist Threat to Canada, Public Safety Canada is aware that returning jihadis "may have skills, experience and relationships developed abroad that could be used to recruit or inspire individuals in Canada. They may also engage in terrorist financing, helping others to travel, or even planning attacks in Canada. The attacks directed by Daesh in Paris and Brussels provide examples. Most of the attackers were returnees linked to Daesh."

Nov 17, 2017

The government of Newfoundland and Labrador plans to establish a Serious Incident Response Team (SIRT) to investigate police shootings and other serious incidents. Discussions are underway about including other provinces in the SIRT.

Nov 17, 2017

Assistant RCMP commissioner Curtis Zablocki told a Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities meeting that farmers under threat should call 911, secure themselves as best they can and wait for police. Zablocki said new Protection and Response Teams that include conservation officers and commercial vehicle enforcement officers will allow Mounties to spend more time on core policing.

Nov 16, 2017

The 4th EU-Canada Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) Symposium will be held Monday, 20 November in Ottawa. This annual event brings together Canadian and European military and civilian practitioners, policymakers and academic experts, and offers a platform for exchanges on addressing global security threats.

Nov 16, 2017

Twenty countries have joined an international alliance to phase out coal from power generation before 2030. Since signing the Paris Agreement in 2015, which aims to wean the world off fossil fuels, several countries have made national plans to phase out coal from their power supply mix.

Nov 16, 2017

An agency that investigates serious police actions in Manitoba says an RCMP officer was escorting a man to Winnipeg when he wrestled the Mountie’s gun away from him and took off in an unmarked police van.

Nov 15, 2017

The Safe Third Country Agreement specifies that Canada can turn back asylum-seekers coming from the U.S. who failed to make a claim first in that country, but only if they arrive at an officially designated port of entry. Hence the incentive to cross along backroads and through farmers' fields, but there are alternatives that allow the RCMP to reestablish control over the boundary.

Nov 15, 2017

The Mohawk Council, the union representing border guards, and CBSA are still at loggerheads over whether an alternative reporting station will be allowed to go ahead.

Nov 15, 2017

CIJA commends the Toronto Police Service after arrests stemming from evidence of antisemitic, racist, misogynist, and pro-Nazi content in a community newspaper.

Nov 15, 2017

Despite its unwieldy title, the Secretariat of the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians, which will oversee the country’s national security and intelligence operations, is seen as a very positive development.

Nov 15, 2017

A gunman who killed four people in rural California fired into an elementary school but was stopped from entering by teachers. One child was shot at the school after the gunman fired into it. Others were hurt by broken glass.

Nov 15, 2017

The government has announced close to $1.5 million in federal funding for the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre (CIFFC) to support the standardization of first response teams. It will coordinate wildland fire-control services for all provinces, territories and federal fire management agencies.

Nov 15, 2017

B'nai Brith Canada wants Mississauga, Ontario to enforce its own bylaws after protestors threatened violence against Jews and encouraged terrorism. Demonstrators in July and November urged violence against Jews.

Nov 14, 2017

Rescuers dug with their bare hands through the debris of buildings felled by an 7.3 magnitude earthquake that killed more than 430 people in the border region of Iran and Iraq, with nearly all the casualties occurring in an area rebuilt after their ruinous 1980s war.

Nov 14, 2017

A Montreal writer told an audience that the policing crisis that faces Canada’s black community today is rooted in centuries of racism that dehumanized black people.

Nov 14, 2017

With repairs incomplete, the Coast Guard towed CCGS 'Hudson" from an Ontario yard back to Halifax, before the annual closing of the St-Lawrence Seaway. Questions remain about the vessel's fitness for service.

Nov 13, 2017

Ontario Superior Court Justice Robert Smith acquitted a man of sexual assault against his former wife because of their belief that consent is not required in Canada or anywhere.

Nov 13, 2017

Despite the fact that it is illegal in Canada to force anyone (even a spouse) to have sex, a disturbing decision by Ontario Superior Court Justice Robert Smith acquitted a man of sexual assault against his former wife because the man believed his religion and culture entitled him to have sex with her whether she consented or not. In a decision that suggests a selective process of who deserves protection by the legal system, the judge said the Crown had "failed to prove criminal intent" by the husband.

Nov 13, 2017

For many years, perhaps even for generations, female genital mutilation (FGM) in the U.S. has gone unreported, unsuspected and undetected because of the secretive trafficking of this barbaric practice. A Michigan doctor is being prosecuted in the first federal prosecution, and those working to eradicate this criminal practice hope the attention will help put an end to this family-inflicted brutality against girls.

Nov 10, 2017

After a four-year investigation and the cooperation of police forces in Canada and the United States, RCMP in southern Ontario have arrested nine people with alleged ties to organized crime in the United States. Police seized fentanyl, heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, and about three million cigarettes.

Nov 09, 2017

The RCAF has decided to use a grey colour scheme for the C-295W fleet "to enable surging flexibility" for the "very wide range of missions" it is required to conduct, said a DND spokesman.

Nov 09, 2017

An Ottawa-born man is one of seven people charged in a region-wide bust that netted assault rifles, cocaine, methamphetamine and pot, plus more than $150,000 in cash.

Nov 09, 2017

Every time she flies, four-year old Alia Mohamed of Nanaimo, B.C. is hauled aside because her name is on the Canadian 'no-fly' list. Her parents and others traveled to Ottawa to ask the government to overhaul what they say is a defective system.

Nov 09, 2017

Five reports released by the federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime outline victim and survivor perspectives on restorative justice, bail reform, administration of justice issues, the criminal justice system and the Canadian Victims Bill of Rights. The Ombudsman found low confidence in the criminal justice system.

Nov 08, 2017

Chairman David McGuinty says if the 11-member national security and intelligence committee of parliamentarians does its job, no other Canadians will face the same kind of fate as Maher Arar and Omar Khadr.

Nov 08, 2017

On Monday night, the Trump administration confirmed it will end temporary protection status (TPS) for citizens of Nicaragua, many of whom have lived in the U.S. for nearly two decades. About 2,500 people are expected to be directly affected, and the Canadian government says it will be ready to handle any new influx of irregular border-crossers.

Nov 08, 2017

Jack Letts, a teenage convert to Islam from Oxford, moved to Syria where he lived in the ISIL capital. Letts, captured by Kurdish forces as a suspected ISIL fighter, is a joint British-Canadian citizen and Kurdish authorities have talked of possibly releasing him to Canadian officials.

Nov 08, 2017

Ottawa may have to spend as much as $13.3 million more each year on firefighters — without getting any new services — as a result of new provincial legislation meant to benefit low-income earners.

Nov 08, 2017

Devin Patrick Kelley, the man who shot and killed 26 people at a Texas church on Sunday, should have been barred from possessing firearms. The United States Air Force failed to place his criminal history in a database that could have prevented him from purchasing firearms.

Nov 08, 2017

In the wake of the $10.5 million payout to Omar Khadr by the Canadian government, a fresh lawsuit claims $50 million for an Algerian man who says Canada is responsible for his incarceration at Guantanamo. Djamel Ameziane resided briefly in Canada in the early 1990s before his refugee claim was rejected.

Nov 07, 2017

RCMP officers have arrested five naked people at the scene of a two vehicle collision south of Edmonton. An officer said the situation was "convoluted" and might involve drugs and alcohol.

Nov 07, 2017

Canada will make biological threats a priority when it assumes the G7 presidency next year.  Mark Gwozdecky,  an associate deputy minister at Global Affairs Canada told a recent conference that infectious diseases are "ruthless, persistent and all too adaptive."

Nov 07, 2017

Calgary police have charged a man and woman with 59 offenses, including possession of counterfeit money and illegal firearms, and the production of fentanyl, an illegal substance. This is the first time charges have been laid under an Alberta law against equipment used to make pills without a licence.

Nov 06, 2017

The Government of Canada has established a National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians, a multi-party committee whose representatives, from both the House and the Senate, will report annually, tabling recommendations in both Houses of Parliament and the appropriate Standing Committees.

Nov 06, 2017

The Syrian army announced on Friday it liberated the long-contested eastern city of Deir el-Zour from the Islamic State group.

Nov 06, 2017

Detection dogs helped police find 35 kilograms of cocaine in suitcases in a cabin the women shared and 60 kilograms of the drug in the man’s luggage in a separate cabin. The drugs were worth an estimated $30.5 million.

Nov 06, 2017

Ontario has announced sweeping changes to its policing laws including the ability for police chiefs to suspend officers without pay if they are in custody or charged with a serious federal offence not allegedly committed in the course of their duties.

Nov 06, 2017

The Justice for Abdirahman Coalition is pleased that many of its recommendations have been folded into new provincial legislation strengthening police oversight.

Nov 06, 2017

Police chiefs across Ontario have long asked that the province give them the power to suspend without pay officers accused of egregious wrongdoing. 

Nov 06, 2017

Name changes and changes in operations are expected for The Special Investigations Unit, the Office of the Independent Police Review Director, and the Ontario Civilian Police Commission. 

Nov 06, 2017

Police in Ontario could soon get more tools to search for missing people, such as the ability to track cellphones and enter a home or building to search for them.

Nov 06, 2017

Community Safety Minister Marie-France Lalonde and Attorney General Yasir Naqvi, two Ottawa ministers, announced mass changes to the way the provincial government oversees policing.

Nov 06, 2017

Djamel Ameziane, an Algerian, plans to sue the government of Canada for $50 million, because he claims this country is complicit in his confinement and abuse at the Guantanamo facility. Ameziane was never prosecuted or charged.

Nov 06, 2017

A gunman killed at least 26 people at a Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, Texas on Sunday. The assailant, Devin Patrick Kelley, 26, was shot and pursued by citizens, and was found dead in the wreckage of his truck.

Nov 03, 2017

Last week Quebec's anti-corruption task foce arrested sitting National Assembly member Guy Ouellette, a former police officer, but he has not been charged with any crime. The task force says the arrest was in connection with leaked documents but  Ouelette says it was designed to intimidate him in his work as a legislator.

Nov 03, 2017

Commissioners of the inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women want the federal government to create a national police task force to assist their work. An investigative body could reopen old cases that police have closed. Commissioners blamed government red tape for an eight month delay in beginning their work.

Nov 02, 2017

During an interview with investigators, Sayfullo Saipov, a 29-year-old Uzbek native, asked to hang an ISIS flag in his hospital room and said "he felt good about what he had done".

Nov 02, 2017

More than a decade after being run out of Gaza by Hamas, the Palestinian Authority took control of the enclave’s border crossings, the most tangible sign yet of progress in the deal to end a bitter schism between the groups and ease the territory’s isolation.

Nov 02, 2017

The collision of two tanker trucks on the 400 highway north of Toronto killed three people and wrecked more than a dozen vehicles. Support groups say such accident scenes put first responders at risk of mental disorders.

Nov 02, 2017

Despite recognizing the need for needle programs in Canadian prisons during the last election campaign, the Trudeau government has not yet acted. Preventable HIV and Hepatitis C virus infections cost taxpayers millions of dollars.

Nov 01, 2017

Mubin Shaikh, a Canadian Muslim who was radicalized in his teens, told the UN Security Council that he’s haunted by a video image: A 3-year-old boy uses a large knife given to him by his parents to cut off his teddy bear’s head.

Nov 01, 2017

Kevin Omar Mohamed was arrested in 2016 in Waterloo, Ont.,  pleaded guilty in June, 2017 to participating in the activity of a terrorist group and received a four and a half year sentence. His online activities brought him to the attention of authorities who followed his plans and movements through his electronic communications.

Nov 01, 2017

At least eight people are dead in a New York City terrorist attack after a man drove through a bike lane in a rented truck. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau offered sincere condolences on behalf of all Canadians.

Oct 31, 2017

News that foreign state-operated hackers try to gain access to federal government’s computer networks approximately 50 times a week – and that at least one tends to be successful – prompted Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale to underscore the need to “just keep working and win the race” even as hackers seem to stay one step ahead of security efforts.

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