IN THE NEWS

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.

Oct 31, 2017

A new report says that between 2013 and 2015, on average, more than 2,500 state-sponsored cyber activities a year were directed at Canadian government computer networks. The Communications Security Establishment reports that about one attempt a week succeeded.

Oct 31, 2017

Indigenous victims, accused, and police officers in Nova Scotia can now swear legals oath on eagle feathers rather than Bibles at RCMP detachments. The provincial court system is expected to adopt the practice in November.

Oct 30, 2017

The Gulf Islands were the site of a simulated ferry evacuation with the JTFP of the CAF coordinating search and rescue operations in a large-scale, on-water exercise. The exercise is jointly managed by the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Coast Guard with coordination through the JRCC involving both air coordination by the CAF and marine rescue coordination by the Canadian Coast Guard.

Oct 30, 2017

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police is warning people of Chinese origin in Canada against attempts to extort money. Telephone callers tell potential victims their families are in danger from the government of China or that family members have been kidnapped.

Oct 27, 2017

Montreal police headquarters is among the locations raided last evening by the Quebec provincial force but no details have been released. A source has told Radio-Canada an officer close to the Montreal police chief might be the target.

Oct 27, 2017

In 2014, an explosion during an Ottawa police training exercise injured five people. After an investigation of the incident and subsequent events by Ontario Provincial Police, no criminal charges have been laid against Ottawa police members.

Oct 27, 2017

Over five years, the federal government could spend $546 million to implement new marijuana laws. A new budget forecast says agencies like Health Canada and the RCMP will get some of the money for  licensing, inspection and enforcement. Canada plans to legalize marijuana before next July.

Oct 27, 2017

Bullying, favouritism and discrimination in the Toronto office of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) has brought low morale and resulted in many employees "considering leaving the organization disillusioned and disheartened," according to the report of an independent investigation. Five officers and analysts have filed suit against CSIS, alleging harassment and bullying.

Oct 26, 2017

A group called the Innocence Project is asking Ontario to amend the Police Services Act to make mental health training a requirement of the Ontario Police College. The group plans a constitutional challenge if the province doesn't take action this year.

Oct 25, 2017

A federal judge has slammed the Canadian government for delays in responding to a lawsuit launched by five intelligence officers and analysts who allege that they were bullied and harassed while working at CSIS, Canada’s spy service, because they are gay, Muslim or Black.

Oct 25, 2017

Despite active research, Type 1 Diabetes has no cure and requires daily insulin shots. This expensive, daily drug regimen is the only way to postpone certain death, and yet CRA Minister Lebouthillier has decided that people suffering from this long-term, incurable medical problem no longer qualify for the $1500 disability tax credit.

Oct 25, 2017

A new scanner at the Edmonton Remand Centre, Canada’s biggest correctional facility, will prevent visitors from smuggling weapons, drugs and other contraband. The scanner is expected to be operational by December.

Oct 25, 2017

During the trial of two men convicted of plotting to destroy a Via Rail train, they attempted to depict themselves as psychotic and drug addicted, but the undercover FBI agent who worked to arrest them writes they knew exactly what they were doing.

Oct 24, 2017

The National Women in Law Enforcement Association, a new national non-profit group, will "address gender-based harassment, discrimination and bullying" faced by female police officers. Waterloo, Ontario police Const. Angelina Rivers said, “Women are leaving policing in droves, and there’s a reason for that.”

Oct 24, 2017

Critics of a recent RCMP recruiting video say it shows a police force dominated by values from the past. Training scenes from  the video appear to depict military behaviour.

Oct 23, 2017

Ralph Goodale says some migrants are obtaining U.S. travel visas for the sole purpose of coming to Canada.

Oct 23, 2017

France has charged eight men, including three minors, following an investigation into far right activists allegedly plotting to target politicians and mosques.

Oct 23, 2017

Canada is selling its last inshore coastal surveyor ship, the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Matthew, in an auction that closes on Friday with a minimum bid of $1 million.

Oct 23, 2017

At a meeting of G7 interior ministers in Italy, Canada's Ralph Goodale asked his American counterpart to review how it issues travel visas. The Public Safety Minister told acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke that some people use their visas to the US in order to cross into Canada illegally.

Oct 23, 2017

An undercover agent who helped Canadian police arrest two terror suspects in 2015 says a third man in the plot to derail a passenger train may have escaped. The American agent says a Canadian decision to make arrests may have prevented US authorities from apprehending another person who may still be at large.

Oct 20, 2017

The St. John's Status of Women Council has  criticized a national police operation in which officers across the country interviewed sex workers to find victims of exploitation and trafficking. The RCMP said  324 interviews in seven provinces yielded 14 arrests.

Oct 19, 2017

As part of Cyber Security Awareness Month, Canada’s Communications Security Establishment (CSE), has released Assemblyline, one of its own cyber defence tools, as open source software.

Oct 19, 2017

Police in Halton, Ontario are the first in Canada to acquire an advanced, dedicated LTE wireless public safety network. As well as voice communications, the network sends dispatch information, records information, GPS data, maps, pictures, videos and real-time analytics to mobile devices.

Oct 19, 2017

RCMP in Edson, Alberta are being sued for $100,000 after an incident in which a victim's HIV-positive status was allegedly disclosed to a suspect. The victim had been assaulted and required medical treatment. The suit alleges the suspect could only have become aware of the victim's medical condition at the RCMP detachment. 

Oct 18, 2017

It is a common story among firefighters, who are exposed to harmful toxins on the job. Most know all too well the price some pay for that exposure. A growing body of evidence has shown firefighters have an increased risk of cancer and other serious illnesses compared to the general population, partly due to their exposure to hazardous chemicals from the smoke.

Oct 18, 2017

Peter Stoffer, a former MP and  part-time advocate with Trauma Healing Centers in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia says the health care system could have worked better to get a Halifax Regional Police officer the PTD treatment she needed in Ontario. Stoffer said a dedicated facility in the region could save money.

Oct 17, 2017

A federal lawsuit filed against several U.S. and European pharmaceutical and medical supply companies alleges the corporations knowingly financed anti-American military activity through bribes and kickbacks to Iraqi government officials.

Oct 17, 2017

Residents of areas that are no longer in harm’s way have been allowed to return home after the number of evacuation orders fell to 75,000 on Sunday, compared to 100,000 on Saturday.

Oct 17, 2017

International aid is arriving in Somalia in response to Saturday’s massive truck bomb that killed more than 300 people. Another nearly 400 people were injured in the deadliest attack in Somalia’s history and one of the world’s worst attacks in years. Scores remain missing and the death toll could still rise.

Oct 17, 2017

The federal government is supporting indigenous search and rescue teams along the British Columbia coast with equipment and training. The Coast Guard is preparing shipments of radios, searchlights and medical equipment for indigenous communities.

Oct 17, 2017

In September, Maisum Ansari was charged with 337 firearms offenses after 33 guns were found in a Pickering, Ontario residence. Police also found 53 kilograms of a substance now identified as the deadly street drug fentanyl.
 

Oct 16, 2017

Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau said he's "extremely preoccupied" by an incident that saw a small drone collide with a passenger airplane above Jean Lesage airport in Quebec City on Thursday.

Oct 16, 2017

The government of Canada could prosecute the Afghans who captured and held Joshua Boyle, his wife and their children, but apprehending suspects is probably impossible. The family returned to Canada Friday after five years in captivity.

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