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Jun 02, 2017

The White House confirmed that Trump had decided to pull out of the Paris climate accord, an international treaty signed by 195 countries pledging to fight climate change.

Jun 02, 2017

The U.S. Department of Defense has tasked a cyber protection team to the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, battery deployed to the Korean Peninsula. The department considers the threat emanating form North Korea as one of if not the greatest near term threat.

Jun 02, 2017

The personal information of almost 13,000 public servants was exposed in one of the largest ever privacy breaches at a federal government department. The July 11, 2016, breach at Public Services and Procurement Canada included the salary, age, reading-and-writing test results and other private information.

Jun 02, 2017

The Newfoundland justice minister, Andrew Parsons, says the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary needs outside oversight and new leadership after an incident in which an informant was allowed to commit a crime for which officers could have made an arrest. A report said the supervisors' decision was 'reasonable' but they failed to explain it to front-line officers.

Jun 01, 2017

NATO plans to bolster its ability to respond to cyberattacks and cybercrime by developing tools that can deter attacks on critical military and civilian network infrastructure. The development of NATO defensive and offensive cyber weaponry is tasked to the Western alliance’s dedicated cyber unit, which forms part of NATO’s Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe.

Jun 01, 2017

Members of the police force in New Glasgow, N.S., were all smiles in 2014 when Peter MacKay, the local MP and then defence minister, arranged for the Canadian military to give them a decommissioned light-armoured vehicle, free of charge. Four years later, the town's police chief confirmed that town officials have decided to give it away.

Jun 01, 2017

A woman believed to be from Ghana froze to death last week south of the Canadian border. Manitoba premier Brian Pallister said the death showed the federal government's failure to persuade President Donald Trump to change his country's asylum and deportation policies.

Jun 01, 2017

Women who were sexually harassed while working for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police over a 40 yer period could receive up to $220,000 in compensation. As many as 20,000 woman recruits may be eligible for payments of at least $10,000.

May 31, 2017

The Disaster Management Center said 203 people were confirmed dead. More than 77,000 have been displaced and over 1,500 homes destroyed since rains began inundating the southern and western areas of the Indian Ocean island nation last Friday.

May 31, 2017

A massive explosion rocked a highly secure diplomatic area of the Afghan capital on Wednesday morning, killing 80 people and wounding as many as 350. The German Embassy, the Foreign Ministry and the Presidential Palace are all in the area, as are the British and the Canadian embassies, and the Chinese, Turkish and Iranian embassies.

May 31, 2017

The Canadian Security Intelligence Service produced a report on opposition to resource development shortly after the government announced the twinning of the Trans Mountain pipeline between British Columbia and Alberta. A US-based group called Climate Direct Action is mentioned several times as being dedicated to stopping pipeline activity.

May 31, 2017

Bill C-46, now being debated in the House of Commons, would give Canadian police the power to screen drivers for drugs. Michael Cooper, the Conservative MP for St.Albert-Edmonton questioned whether police would have access to reliable, roadside drug testing equipment.

May 30, 2017

In 2005, James Roszko murdered four RCMP officers who were trying to arrest him at his Mayerthorpe, Alberta farm. A retired Mountie and a Carleton University professor are asking the government to review the case.

May 29, 2017

A public inquiry in Quebec is looking at how the Montreal police force reacted to embarrassing leaks by investigating senior officers and tapping reporters' phones. "Project Spy" was an elaborate plan to trap leakers with false information.

May 26, 2017

The Canadian Coast Guard's only team of emergency rescue divers is being shut down while the government reprioritizes resources "to enhance search and rescue capacity and response." The team is responsible for rescues and recoveries of people trapped in submerged boats, vehicles and aircraft.

May 25, 2017

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada will continue to share information with its intelligence allies, despite a series of recent leaks from the United States.

May 25, 2017

A year and a half after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government came to office promising to tighten Canada's gun laws, there are now more than a million restricted and prohibited firearms across the country.

May 25, 2017

An ambitious plan to launch a nationwide consultation on Canada’s national security regime didn’t go over well, according to internal reports prepared by the federal government. Academics, experts, and businesses confided to Ottawa “discontent with how the questions are framed” and consistently expressed “skepticism of the need for new investigatory powers,” according to VICE News.

May 25, 2017

Like the young man implicated in the Manchester bombing, dozens of young people have left Canada to fight with ISIS. A workshop on returning radicals stated they are "a major and unparalleled threat to the West".

May 24, 2017

A fifth suspect has now been arrested and is in custody. The police have said that at the time of his arrest, the person “was carrying a package, which we are currently assessing.”

May 24, 2017

Richard Fadden, former director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, believes the Trudeau government should move carefully in dismantling Bill C-51, which gave security forces new powers to fight terrorism. Fadden believes the powers have not been abused and the terror threat remains real.

May 24, 2017

After the Manchester bombing and the 2105 Bataclan attack in Paris, Canadians are concerned about their safety at large public events. Major venues are reviewing their security arrangements and individuals can contribute to their own safety.

May 23, 2017

Under pressure from a group called Black Lives Matter, the Toronto Pride Event dropped the participation of uniformed Toronto Police Service Officers. A New York group, Gay Officers Action League has invited Toronto officers to the New York Pride event.

May 23, 2017

An apparent suicide bomber attacked an Ariana Grande concert venue in Manchester last night, killing 22 and injuring 59 people. Many relatives and friends searched through the night for their children.

May 22, 2017

Fourteen Mounties spent two weeks training for major incidents with West Midlands Police in the United Kingdom. The two forces have conducted joint training for more than ten years.

May 22, 2017

The Trudeau government campaigned on changes to the mandate of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service. The minister for public security Ralph Goodale has indicated new legislation might be on the way, after a recent round of public consultations.

May 19, 2017

A year ago, Frank Elsner was suspended from his duties as Victoria police chief after allegations of discreditable conduct. He has now resigned but an investigation continues.

May 18, 2017

Calgary police shot more civilians in 2016 than any other force in Canada. Neil Wittmann, a retired judge, is review Calgary Police Service's culture and policies.

May 18, 2017

Commissioner Bob Paulson leaves the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in six weeks. His leadership may be defined by three reports this week that show the force has problems with sexual harassment and personnel management.

May 17, 2017

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says allied countries must “properly respect” Canadian values when handling intelligence shared by Canada’s spy agencies, as the fallout from U.S. President Donald Trump’s Russian meeting continues.

May 17, 2017

Accusations that President Trump wrongfully disclosed classified information with Russian officials has raised concerns about the viability of intelligence sharing among friendly nations. For decades, Canada has benefited from membership in Five Eyes - Canada, United States, Great Britain, Australia and New Zealand.

May 16, 2017

Bell is apologizing to its customers after 1.9 million email addresses and approximately 1,700 names and phone numbers were stolen from a company database.

May 16, 2017

President Donald Trump revealed highly classified information about Islamic State militants to Russian officials during a meeting last week, The Washington Post reported Monday, prompting strong condemnation from both Democrats and Republicans.

May 16, 2017

The Saskatchewan government says it has been hit with a cyberattack, but one expert suspects it's unrelated to the malware that has sought to extort money from companies, government agencies and other organizations around the world in recent days.

May 16, 2017

Ian McPhail, chair of the RCMP Civilian Review and Complaints Commission has called for civilian governance of the force. In a report on workplace harassment, he writes that the force cannot address its dysfunctional culture on its own.

May 15, 2017

Atty Mashatan, a professor at Ryerson University’s School of Information Technology Management, said it was nothing more than a fluke that Canada appears to have been largely spared from Friday’s ransomware attack that disrupted services in Russia, the U.K., Ukraine, Spain and India.

May 15, 2017

Teams of technicians worked around the clock Saturday to restore Britain’s crippled hospital network and secure the computers that run factories, banks, government agencies and transport systems in other nations after a global cyberattack.

May 15, 2017

Federal spending to respond to fires, floods and storms has ballooned over the years, but big savings could be achieved through more upfront spending to fortify vulnerable communities, according to a new evaluation of the government's disaster relief assistance program.

May 15, 2017

Three separate reports are expected this week on how the Royal Canadian Mounted Police treats its employees and manages its affairs. As well, labour leaders looking to represent rank-and-file Mounties are suggesting a complete overhaul of the force's command structure.

May 12, 2017

The Communications Security Establishment has begun a promised review into the risks of foreign interference in the 2019 election, the Star has learned. CSE, Canada’s signals intelligence and cyber defence agency, is conducting a “risk assessment” into how vulnerable Canadian elections are to foreign hacking and information operations.

May 12, 2017

Shocking revelations this spring about security at Montreal’s airport caused Canada’s spy agency to mobilize “very quickly” and re-screen tens of thousands of files, one of its officials said Thursday. TVA network reported March 28 that four Aéroport de Montréal employees lost their security clearance because they showed potential signs of being radicalized.

May 10, 2017

A mountain of work remains to be done, but as the great Ottawa River flood of 2017 receded Tuesday, the residents of Chemin Voisine in Rockland took a moment pat themselves on the back.

May 10, 2017

The Liberal government is expected to table a charter statement today that will defend its sweeping reforms on drug- and alcohol-impaired driving in Canada.

May 10, 2017

In a stunning and abrupt move, U.S. President Donald Trump fired James Comey, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the man responsible for leading a criminal investigation into possible collusion between Mr. Trump’s election campaign and Russia.

May 10, 2017

A powerful Russian crime syndicate that's accused of laundering hundreds of millions of dollars around the world appears to have also flowed millions through nearly 30 Canadian bank accounts.

May 09, 2017

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale is defending the federal response to flood relief efforts in Ontario and Quebec, saying the Liberals sent troops and resources immediately after hearing provincial pleas for help.

May 09, 2017

As the flood waters have started to subside, officials at all levels of government have begun to face questions about the response. Could the army have been called in earlier? Did officials underestimate the effects of recent rains? Did the dams along the river system hold back enough floodwaters? Who will pay for all of this?

May 08, 2017

Yesterday, the Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, issued a statement about flooding in Eastern Ontario.

May 08, 2017
The Liberal government is set to begin tackling mandatory minimum sentences this spring, but advocates for reform have been waiting a long time for the promise to play out.
May 08, 2017

Canada is on track to spend millions over the next three years in its bid to win a rotating two-year seat on the United Nations' Security Council – even as some inside and outside the UN say the election process needs an overhaul.

May 08, 2017

Flooding in southern Quebec has forced hundreds of people from their homes. Canadian Forces members and equipment are assisting civilian authorities along the 'Trois Rivieres-Ottawa corridor.'

May 05, 2017

Today, the Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, made a statement about flooding in Quebec. He said that the federal government has accepted Quebec's formal request for federal assistance to help citizens in need.

May 05, 2017

The Star editorial: When the Trudeau Liberals ran against and defeated Harper's Conservatives, they campaigned fiercely against that government's far-reaching Bill C-51 on security policy. Now in power, the Toronto Star says it's time for the Liberals to get rid of the legislation.

May 05, 2017

The RCMP is on trial in Moncton under the Canada Labour Code for failing to protect members with the right equipment and training, after the deaths of three officers in 2014. A scientist with Defence Research and Development Canada testified she informed the RCMP in 2012 that superior weapons for its members had been identified and tested.

May 04, 2017

An American company that was paid nearly $700 million to secure an Iraqi base for F-16 fighter jets turned a blind eye to alcohol smuggling, theft, security violations, and allegations of sex trafficking - then terminated investigators who uncovered wrongdoing, an Associated Press investigation has found.

May 04, 2017

The Canadian Security Intelligence Service discontinued the use of "Stingray" cellphone surveillance in January after using it with and without warrants in recent years. The technology gathers information by appearing to mobile telephones as legitimate cellular towers.

May 04, 2017

A driver from North Dakota bought a lesson in the metric system from Manitoba Mounties on May 1, in the form of a speeding ticket. He said he thought the road signs showed a 100 mile per hour limit instead of 100 kilometres. The difference is worth $940.

May 03, 2017

The US Secret Service protects America's first family wherever they go, but host countries always provide escorts. That means Canadian taxpayers paid for Mounties to ski alongside President Trump's daughter Ivanka and her husband on their Whistler vacation.

May 02, 2017

Ottawa police chief Charles Bordeleau wants the Ontario Provincial Police to investigate top officers of his own force in connection with a training accident three years ago. There are allegations that several senior Ottawa officers gave false statements during the accident investigation.

May 02, 2017

The Security Intelligence Review Committee has dismissed a complaint of intimidation against the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) by Ken Stone of Hamilton. Two CSIS agents visited and questioned him after a trip to Iran in 2011.

May 02, 2017

The RCMP is on trial in Moncton for failing to provide Mounties with the right equipment and training. Darryl Davies, a Carleton Universoty criminologist testified he had recommended the force equip every member with a carbine before the 2014 shooting deaths of three officers.
 

May 01, 2017

Finland has rolled out significant legislative and intelligence facility funding proposals meant to strengthen national security and cyber-defense infrastructure. One major initiative includes the establishment in Helsinki of the NATO-supported European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats, or ECE-CHT.

Apr 28, 2017

Two Canada Border Services Agency officers are among five people arrested by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for breach of trust and drug importation offences. The RCMP alleges they were importing cocaine through Toronto's Pearson International Airport.

Apr 28, 2017

As Canada moves closer to more liberal marijuana laws, police forces across the Canada must protect the public from impaired drivers. The investment in roadside testing equipment and training could cost millions of dollars but so far, governments have not come forward to pledge the necessary funding.

Apr 28, 2017

RCMP have arrested five people for smuggling cocaine through Toronto's international airport, including two Canada Border Services Agency officers. The offences are alleged to have occurred between January 2016 and April 2017.

Apr 27, 2017

In Manitoba, there are 86 vacant Royal Canadian Mounted Police positions or about eight percent of the approved establishment. Local politicians are concerned about the impact of the shortages on safety.

Apr 26, 2017

The NAFTA deal, was originally signed in 1994 by President Bill Clinton, allows free trade between the three countries in North America. Donald Trump's team is reportedly preparing an executive order to take the U.S. out of the North American Free Trade Agreement – it could be signed very soon.

Apr 26, 2017

A cross-Canada message on Twitter from the Vancouver police force to cops in Manitoba started with the weather but ended with a gentle recruiting pitch. The Winnipeg Police and the provincial RCMP weren't slow to respond.

Apr 25, 2017

Researchers at the University of Waterloo working on a new hacking tool is touting the technology as a public service.

Apr 25, 2017

The number of refugees coming to Canada from the USA continues to rise. Thanks to a loophole in the Safe Third Country Agreement with the United States, once they’re here, they can’t be turned back, they have the right to claim asylum. Will Canada close that loophole?

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