IN THE NEWS

Dec 07, 2016

A Pakistan International Airlines plane with more than 40 people on board crashed in the mountainous north of the country on Wednesday, police and the civil aviation authority said.

Dec 07, 2016

The Liberal government will announce the winner of a multi-billion dollar program for new search and rescue aircraft on Thursday, even as industry sources say aerospace giant Airbus has won the deal. The Airbus C-295 was selected over the C-27J built by the Italian firm, Leonardo.

Dec 07, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump plans to nominate retired Marine General John Kelly to lead the Department of Homeland Security, CBS News reported on Wednesday. Kelly, the former head of the U.S. Southern Command, has accepted the offer, CBS said, citing unidentified sources.

Dec 07, 2016
A strong earthquake rocked Indonesia's Aceh province early Wednesday, killing nearly 100 people and sparking a frantic rescue effort in the rubble of dozens of collapsed and damaged buildings.
Dec 07, 2016

Lawrence McLarty, already an eight year police veteran in Jamaica, joined the Toronto force in 1960. He was an original member of the Emergency Task Force.

Dec 06, 2016

Defence scientists have developed a smartphone app that could be used to prevent dazzling mid-air laser attacks on pilots. The danger from people shining hand-held laser pointers into cockpits is so high that earlier this year a pilots’ union called for the devices to be classed as offensive weapons.

Dec 06, 2016

Firefighters in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside have seen their call volume double due to soaring overdose rates, prompting their union to demand additional resources to fight the crisis.

Dec 06, 2016

Privacy commissioners from across the country will tell the Trudeau government today to make respect for personal information a cornerstone of its revamped national security policy.

Dec 06, 2016

In a social media posting, the Kensington, P.E.I. police threatened to play Nickelback music to drunk drivers on their way to jail. Now, with remarks about the immorality of bullying, no matter the target, the force has apologized to the band and removed the post.

Dec 06, 2016

The RCMP has admitted an employee backdated the response to an access to information request from Canadian Press by five months. The employee falsified a note and the date on the response to explain why it was late.

Dec 05, 2016

The Boston Police Department is taking heat from civil liberty groups for plans to spend up to $1.4 million on new threat monitoring software.

Dec 05, 2016

Canadian security agencies responsible for vetting the thousands of Syrian refugees who have been arriving in Canada since late last year have been using a “robust” and “multi-layered” security check process that includes consulting U.S. Homeland Security databases.

Dec 05, 2016

Over the weekend, Saskatchewan RCMP officers went online to mark National Impaired Driving Enforcement Day. Once an hour for 24 hours, Mounties shared their experiences with drunk drivers.

Dec 02, 2016

Europol has warned that militants from so-called Islamic State (IS) will aim to step up attacks on European targets, as they face defeat in the Middle East.

Dec 02, 2016

Canada wants to work with the United States to face the "challenge" posed by Russia, Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion said Thursday. The minister said Canada and the U.S. have a shared interest in dealing with Russia's incursion into Ukraine.

Dec 02, 2016

There have been five fatal shootings by Calgary police this year. Ritesh Narayan, a criminologist at Mount Royal University said there is a disconnect between police training and what happens in the field.

Dec 01, 2016

Search and rescue crews are looking for more possible victims of the devastating Tennessee wildfires. The death toll rose to seven after the discovery of three more bodies in the ruins. Officials say the fire was likely "human-caused."

Dec 01, 2016

Canada's borders have become less porous in the wake of a CBC News investigation that revealed a major security gap in the way passengers were being screened before being allowed into Canada. In the past 12 months since new screening measures came into effect in November 2015, CBSA apprehended 3,067 people with outstanding criminal arrest warrants at border crossings.

Dec 01, 2016

Canada’s outgoing federal prisons ombudsman is probing the use of rubber bullets by staff after correctional officers shot and injured an inmate whose unlawful stay in solitary confinement was recently reported in The Globe and Mail.

Dec 01, 2016

During an August RCMP anti-terror operation in Strthroy, Ontario, suspect Aaron Driver was shot and killed. An investigation by Strathroy-Caradoc police and the Ontario Provincial Police concluded the shooting was justified.

Dec 01, 2016

Severe weather slamming the Carolinas is the latest in a series of violent storms ripping through the South. In just over a day, more than a dozen tornadoes hit Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Alabama causing widespread damage. Five people have been killed.

Nov 30, 2016

Renu Mandhane, the Ontario human rights commissioner, told the Ottawa police services board that changes of racial profiling against the city's force cannot be explained away. She told the board police should stop 'fishing' with traffic stops in neighbourhoods that already feel over-policed.

Nov 30, 2016

On Facebook, the Kensington, PEI police service has made it clear they will throw the book - or at least the lyrics and music - at drunk drivers. On the way to jail, they will listen to 'Silver Side Up', Nickelback's third album.

Nov 29, 2016

Tennessee – A raging wildfire continued to burn Tuesday in Gatlinburg, killing three people, destroying hundreds of homes and businesses, and forcing the evacuation of thousands of residents, Sevier County's mayor said. More than 150 homes have been destroyed so far.

Nov 29, 2016

Under intense questioning before the Senate Standing Committee on National Security and Defence, officials of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service admitted they may have spied on Canadian journalists. In recent weeks, the Montreal and Quebec provincial police forces have admitted unwarranted surveillance of reporters.

Nov 28, 2016

Dave Bryans, of the Ontario Convenience Stores Association (OCSA), said that 32.8% of the cigarette butts collected in the study were from illegal sources — an increase of 8% from 2015. The finding raises questions about the effectiveness of government attempts to curb the spread of tobacco sold illegally off First Nation reserves, he said.

Nov 28, 2016

Canada could implement a redress system as early as spring of 2018 to make it easier for children and adults falsely flagged as security threats to get past extra airport security checks when their names match those of people on no-fly lists.

Nov 28, 2016

In records for October, Montreal police show a $524,937.50 payment under petty cash. So far, the force has only said the 'exceptional' payment was managed according to the rules.

Nov 25, 2016
The Mounties have reached an agreement with China to try and halt the transpacific flow of fentanyl into Canada. RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson and the vice-minister of China's public security ministry have agreed to boost efforts to disrupt the flow of the drug and other opioids.
Nov 25, 2016

A Russian politician who laments the decline of his country’s relations with Canada suggested Thursday that his homeland might be willing to play nice in its long-standing dispute over who controls the North Pole.

Nov 25, 2016

The RCMP commissioner, Bob Paulson and China's vice-minister of public security, Chen Zhimin have agreed to work on disrupting the traffic of fentanyl and other opioids from China to Canada. Talks on joint investigations begin next week.

Nov 24, 2016

If Canada wants billions rather than millions, Finance Minister Morneau should be unleashing his dogs on the contraband tobacco business rather than looking to the narcotics market for a tax influx.

Nov 24, 2016

The Quebec provincial police force is creating a new station in Val d'Or, specifically to address aboriginal concerns. There has been a series of allegations against the Sûreté du Québec about physical and sexual abuse of aboriginal women.  

Nov 23, 2016

While handling evidence last month, a Winnipeg officer accidentally came in contact with a substance believed to be fentanyl. A spokesperson for the Winnipeg Police Association said the incident illustrates the increasing complexity and risk of law enforcement work.

Nov 23, 2016

Daniel Therrien, the federal privacy commissioner, wants better oversight of how law enforcement and intelligence agencies collect and share data about Canadians. It was recently disclosed that the Canadian Security Intelligence Service illegally retained ten years of data about innocent Canadians.

Nov 22, 2016

Canada's spy agency is openly warning that Russia and China are out to steal the country's most prized secrets. The Canadian Security Intelligence Service, which rarely identifies security threats by name, makes the frank statement in briefing notes prepared for service director Michel Coulombe.

Nov 22, 2016

So far this year, 57 law enforcement officers have been shot and killed in the United States. At least two attacks on Sunday were ambushes.

Nov 21, 2016

After three days of discussion, the Halifax International Security Forum ended with a collective shrug as political thinkers from around the globe expressed uncertainty about how the election of Donald Trump in the U.S. might affect the international order.

Nov 21, 2016

Canada’s spies are guarding against a new threat to operational security: Pokemon. Canada’s electronic spy agency issued guidelines for spooks and employees playing Pokemon Go, a popular augmented reality game for mobile devices based on the hit 1996 Nintendo game.

Nov 21, 2016

As Canadian police push for more power in the online world, documents obtained by the Star suggest privacy-protecting encryption software is here to stay. A memo prepared for Daniel Therrien, the privacy commissioner, stated it would be difficult for any one country to weaken or ban encryption technology.

Nov 21, 2016

Will it take a Canadian Edward Snowden to shed light on secret intelligence activities? Recent revelations have embarrassed the government but not enough apparently to bring change.

Nov 18, 2016

Based on stories alone, one might think Ottawa is a dangerous place to live. The reality is that our communities have no clear picture of the problem.

Nov 18, 2016

The Canadian Coast Guard is looking at ways to deal with a looming shortage of icebreakers as its aging fleet faces a mounting threat of frequent mechanical breakdowns. It may need as many as five extra icebreakers over the next few years as the current fleet goes through repairs and upgrades and a new polar icebreaker is built.

Nov 18, 2016

Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. said Thursday that he has submitted his letter of resignation to President Barack Obama, cementing his long-declared plan to leave his job as the nation’s spy chief when a new president is sworn in.

Nov 18, 2016

Criminal justice experts are calling on the government to overhaul Canada's Criminal Code, arguing it is riddled with outdated "zombie" laws and confusing, inconsistent language.

Nov 18, 2016

For two years, Toronto police and other agencies have been quietly intervening to prevent the radicalization of vulnerable young people. Unlike some other responses to extremist recruiting, the program works within existing community safety actitivies.

Nov 18, 2016

Survey data indicates Canadians want their privacy online, but favour police access to data belonging to people suspected of serious crimes. That police power, however, should be closely supervised, the poll found.

Nov 17, 2016

The Royal Canadian Navy has sent HMCS Vancouver to assist the people of New Zealand affected by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck the South Island on November 14.

Nov 17, 2016

Most Canadians feel strongly about their right to privacy online, but a new poll shows the vast majority are willing to grant police new powers to track suspects in the digital realm — so long as the courts oversee the cops.

Nov 17, 2016

Using RCMP aircraft to poach caribou, leaving a loaded gun at a gas station, sexual offences involving children and not responding to calls for help are among 700 cases over the last five years where the RCMP found its employees had broken its rules or the law.

Nov 17, 2016

The national Opioid Summit and Conference, in Ottawa November 18 and 19, will look at answers to a growing number of overdoses and deaths due to illegal drugs. Federal health minister Jane Philpott and her Ontario counterpart Eric Hoskins will co-host the events.

Nov 17, 2016

Last year, activists launched a digital revenge campaign against the RCMP after the fatal shooting of James McIntyre in Dawson Creek, B.C. The victim attacked officers responding to a disturbance complaint.

Nov 16, 2016

An annual study in Western Canada found an average of 14.7 per cent of cigarette butts were unbranded, indicating they were contraband. Of the top 10 sites with the highest rates, six are universities, colleges or high schools. At the top of the pile is the University of British Columbia, where nearly half of all butts examined were not store-bought brands.

Nov 16, 2016

Canada is prepared to reinstate a visa requirement for Mexican travellers if the number of refugee claims jumps too high, says Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister John McCallum. The visa is set to be lifted on Dec. 1st.

Nov 15, 2016

The first U.S. warship to visit New Zealand in more than 30 years was changing course Tuesday to help evacuate people stranded in a coastal town following a powerful earthquake.

Nov 15, 2016

Two crew members were injured Monday after a Porter flight from Ottawa had to evade what may have been a drone as it landed at Toronto’s Billy Bishop Airport.

Nov 15, 2016

The RCMP says at least ten high-profile cases have been blocked by rules and laws that do not take digital computing and communication into account. Child abusers, drug dealers and terrorists are hiding behind legal and technical barriers police cannot breach.

Nov 15, 2016

Hundreds of people living near Drum Beach on the Irish coast have gone to see a Canadian built houseboat that washed ashore on the weekend. The boat has been visited by customs inspectors, and Mayo County Council will decide on its final disposition.

Nov 14, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump backed away from his promise to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexican border, saying some areas could instead be "fencing," and added he would move to deport up to three million immigrants in the country illegally who have criminal records.

Nov 11, 2016

The Nishnawbi Aski Police Service, which covers 34 Ontario First Nations communities, admits it has neither the resources nor legal standing to do a proper job. At an inquest into the death of a young woman in their custody, the force asked to be brought under the province's police laws or the jury should recommend it be disbanded.  

Nov 10, 2016

The election of Meng Hongwei to a four-year term as head of Interpol has raised concerns about China's tracking and harassment of its nationals living abroad.  Hongwei has served as China's vice minister of public security.

Nov 09, 2016

With the number of Quebec reporters under police surveillance at ten, and more details about the depth of that scrutiny, a national debate about law enforcement powers is underway. Despite official claims of no wrongdoing, the province will study police powers to gather information.

Nov 08, 2016

British police suspect two inmates at Pentonville prison may have had a drone deliver equipment needed for their escape. They cut through bars with a diamond-tipped saw, possibly flown to them by drone, police said.

Nov 08, 2016

After Idle No More and anti-shale gas demonstrations, the RCMP set up Project Sitka to identify people considered capable of criminal action. A 2015 report, obtained under an access to information request, said the Mounties recommended taking indigenous rights activism out of the terrorism-extremism category and placed under a different definition.

Nov 07, 2016

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the government's $1.5-billion (over 5 years) ocean protection plan in Vancouver today for responses to tanker and fuel spills in the Pacific, Atlantic and Arctic oceans. The funding will include creating a marine safety system, restoring marine ecosystems and research into oil spill cleanup methods.

Nov 07, 2016

The head of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service says his agency had no intent of wrongdoing when it kept electronically gathered data about Canadians under no suspicion of criminal activity. Last week a federal court judge ruled CSIS had broken the law by keeping the information.

Nov 05, 2016

A court ruling that forced the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) to suspend analysis of information it has gathered about citizens could mean a larger role for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. With less information to share, CSIS could be a less valuable partner to foreign intelligence agencies.

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