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Jan 27, 2017

The case against Ottawa terror suspect Awso Peshdary depends on the testimony of a paid RCMP informant. Peshdary's lawyers only learned the informant also worked for CSIS several days ago and say they cannot make an adequate defence without records from that agency.

Jan 26, 2017

President Trump signed executive actions Wednesday ordering the construction of a U.S.-Mexico border wall and targeting sanctuary cities.

Jan 26, 2017

Const. Paul Laforest of the Ottawa police service has been demoted for six weeks after issuing false traffic warnings. The paperwork was created to inflate individual activity statistics.

Jan 26, 2017

During a controversial arrest Tuesday, a Toronto police officer was recorded apparently warning others about getting AIDS if the suspect spit on them. On Twitter the force apologized for the remark and said it would retain expert trainers to educate officers about how the disease is spread.

Jan 25, 2017

A manager in charge of investigating hacking attacks at Russia’s biggest cybersecurity firm has been arrested along with a senior Russian FSB intelligence officer and that they both face charges of treason.

Jan 25, 2017

Toronto Police Services will review an arrest in which the suspect appeared to be Tasered and kicked while on the ground and under restraint. The suspect is accused of assaulting a female officer in the downtown area.

Jan 24, 2017

A new study suggests nearly a third of cigarettes sold in Ontario are purchased illegally. The study found 32% of respondents purchased contraband cigarettes – the highest level in the country.

Jan 24, 2017

Within hours of taking the oath of office, Donald Trump began changing the landscape for US law enforcement. He is moving to end consent decrees under which the federal government investigated city police, and to restore the supply of military equipment to civilian police departments.

Jan 24, 2017

The Mounties are changing the way missing persons cases are investigated, with mandatory steps for each case, including family communication. The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls is mandated to report by the end of 2018.

Jan 23, 2017

The upcoming special National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians will likely be more expensive in its initial setup and annual operating costs compared to any other House and Senate national security-related committees, according to Public Safety documents.

Jan 23, 2017

National-security agencies counselled Ottawa against allowing a Chinese firm to take over a Montreal high-tech company, warning it would undermine a technological edge that Western militaries have over China, The Globe and Mail has learned.

Jan 23, 2017

In February, private member's legislation drafted by BC Tory MP Todd Doherty to support first responders with PTSD will receive second reading in the House of Commons. For its part, the government says it is creating a national strategy and will respond to Doherty's bill when it is read in Parliament.

Jan 20, 2017

The failure of a core computer network device prevented Mounties and other police agencies including the Toronto Police Service from accessing the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) database.

Jan 20, 2017

An analysis of Canada's online behaviour commissioned by CBC's Marketplace suggests a 600 per cent jump in the past year in how often Canadians use language online that's racist, Islamophobic, sexist or otherwise intolerant.

Jan 20, 2017

A new report from the Transportation Safety Board details the frantic, fruitless attempt to rescue a deckhand pulled overboard just hours into the lobster season – one of a series of deaths on both coasts that demonstrate the remarkable danger of commercial fishing.

Jan 19, 2017

The Canada Revenue Agency is scrutinizing the Facebook pages, Twitter feeds and other social media posts of Canadians it suspects could be cheating on their taxes. That's just one example of the agency's increasing focus on what it can learn by collecting and analyzing many kinds of data.

Jan 19, 2017

A high-rise building in Tehran engulfed by a fire collapsed on Thursday, killing at least 30 firefighters and injuring some 75 people, state media reported. The disaster struck the Plasco building, an iconic structure in central Tehran just north of the capital’s sprawling bazaar.

Jan 19, 2017

An overnight avalanche possibly triggered by Wednesday’s central Italian earthquakes has buried a mountain hotel, where as many as 30 guests are missing in the snow-filled debris of the collapsed resort.

Jan 19, 2017

Internal reports detailing critical IT failures at the RCMP suggest gaffes and poor service from Shared Services Canada continue to jeopardize police work and the safety of officers and the public.

Jan 19, 2017

Dozens dead in car-bomb attack at camp housing government soldiers and rival armed groups in northern city of Gao.

Jan 19, 2017

Former RCMP member Jeffrey Ray Gillis, 43, has been sentenced to 30 days in jail for assault by a court in Prince Edward Island. The defence cited his disagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder but the judge noted he had not sought recommended treatment until after being criminally charged.

Jan 18, 2017

Federal public safety officials approved a licence that would enable the Winnipeg Police Service to purchase devices from an undisclosed company designed to intercept the private communications of citizens, according to CBC News.

Jan 18, 2017

A series of three strong earthquakes hit central Italy in the space of an hour Wednesday, shaking the same region that suffered a series of deadly quakes last year and has been buried under more than a metre of snow in recent days.

Jan 18, 2017

In a classified document obtained under information access law, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service warns energy companies of the heightened risk of cyber and physical sabotage against pipelines, storage facilities and transmission towers. Companies were warned about "significant financial interactions with certain foreign states" but the countries involved were not named.

Jan 17, 2017

A Federal Court judge has allowed two sexual harassment lawsuits by women against the RCMP to go ahead as a class action. As many as 20,000 women employed by the force after 1974 could participate. In October 2016 the Mounties issued an apology to women and a settlement that could address up to $100 million in claims.

Jan 16, 2017

The Canadian Institute for Cybersecurity, an innovative hub for research, training and industry collaboration, opened at the University of New Brunswick today with the announcement of more than $4.5 million in funding and the establishment of a research partnership with a global technology firm.

Jan 16, 2017

A gunman killed at least five people and wounded more than a dozen others Monday at a nightclub in the Caribbean coast resort of Playa del Carmen, police said. The shooting occurred in the early morning hours outside the Blue Parrot nightclub, which was hosting an event that was part of the BPM electronic music festival.

Jan 16, 2017

It’s going to take a lot more than new regulations to allow all Canadians to send urgent, life-and-death text and video messages to emergency call centres, say advocates of so-called next-generation 911 services.

Jan 16, 2017

The public and Parliament were never informed that Prime Minister Louis St-Laurent and three senior ministers signed Privy Council order 3486 in 1951 forcing telephone companies to wiretap any suspects deemed "likely" to communicate "for purposes that may be prejudicial to the security or defence of Canada."

Jan 16, 2017

A tanker that ran aground off the coast of Nova Scotia has returned to port after being stuck in shallow water for a week. The Canadian Coast Guard and salvage crews freed the Arca 1 from a bay near the community of Little Pond in Cape Breton on Sunday.

Jan 16, 2017

A Turkish cargo plane crashed Monday in a residential area just outside the main airport in Kyrgyzstan, killing 37 people on the ground and in the plane, the Emergency Situations Ministry said. The Boeing 747 crashed on approach to the Manas airport, south of the capital, Bishkek.

Jan 16, 2017

Donald Trump called NATO obsolete and predicted that other European Union members would follow the U.K. in leaving the bloc, according to an interview with Germany’s Bild newspaper.

Jan 16, 2017

Richard Fadden, who served as head of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service under both the Harper and Trudeau governments believes President-elect Trump needs to develop a better relationship with his country's security services, but dismissed speculation that Mr. Trump had made himself vulnerable to Russian blackmail attempts.

Jan 13, 2017

President-elect Donald Trump has tapped former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani to assist on cybersecurity issues in the new administration. Transition spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters that Giuliani will "chair" the cyber task force that Trump announced last Friday.

Jan 13, 2017

BeGrainSafe, a safety program for grain handlers and first responders, will debut in Manitoba January 17. The Canadian Agricultural Safety Association organized the program, with assistance from a number of sponsors.

Jan 12, 2017

Australian Prime Minster Malcolm Turnbull is planning a major shake-up in counter-terrorism and domestic security — with a new super-portfolio to tackle the escalating threat. The new ­department and ministry would be similar to the Home Office in the UK and Homeland Security in the US.

Jan 12, 2017

The Pentagon has deployed high-tech radar to keep watch for a potential North Korean long-range-missile launch in the coming months, according to a US defense official. It is the first US military response to Pyongyang's claim it could launch an intercontinental ballistic missile.

Jan 12, 2017

For six years, Kofi Patrong has been fighting for the right to sue the Toronto police service for its alleged role in a 2004 gang-related shooting that left him with a serious leg injury. This week, the legal saga finally ended in victory for Patrong,

Jan 12, 2017

Black people made up 41 percent of people checked on the street by RCMP in Halifax during the first ten months of 2016. The activity appears to have taken place when a number of gang shootings happened in the city.

Jan 11, 2017

Hours before his first news conference as president-elect, Donald Trump on Wednesday blasted U.S. intelligence agencies, blaming them for leaking unsubstantiated reports on his relationship with Russia and demanding, “Are we living in Nazi Germany?”

Jan 11, 2017

The Canadian government is "simply not up to the overall challenge" of fending off cyberthreats on its own and must partner with the private sector and the United States to tackle the problem, warns a federally commissioned report.

Jan 11, 2017

York Regional police saw an unusually high number of impaired drivers in 2016. With no reason to expect an improvement in 2017, the force is considering putting the identities of people charged or convicted online.

Jan 10, 2017

As International Trade Minister, Chrystia Freeland closed the Canada-EU free trade deal. She now replaces Liberal veteran Stéphane Dion as the Minister of Global Affairs Canada. Ahmed Hussen, the first Somali-Canadian elected to the House of Commons, will replace John McCallum as minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.

Jan 10, 2017

Police relations with racialized communities in Ottawa remain tense.

Jan 10, 2017

A big effort is ongoing at Ottawa City Hall to eliminate bugs from the new radio system before first responders join the network. 

Jan 10, 2017

Internal Parks Canada emails show how the final days of the search for HMS Terror last September — ending in a discovery that should have been pure triumph — degenerated into secrecy and recrimination.

Jan 10, 2017

With a key Arctic research project set to close in 2018, Trudeau's science minister considers next steps.

Jan 10, 2017

Canadian doctors who have honed their skills from the battlefields of Afghanistan to the killing fields of Iraq, are now using them to save the lives of enemy jihadists.

Jan 10, 2017

Helicopter giant Sikorsky has grounded all its S92 aircraft worldwide for safety checks following an incident last month on an oil platform in the North Sea, the BBC is reporting. Sikorsky S92-A helicopters are used by Cougar Helicopters to service the Newfoundland offshore oil industry.

Jan 10, 2017

Canada will contribute up to 10 police officers to the international effort to demobilize guerilla groups and monitor the ceasefire in Colombia, CBC reports. Some officers are expected to be under the United Nations flag, while others would be part of a bilateral deployment, working directly with Columbia's national police force.

Jan 10, 2017

When communications convey a hateful message without becoming a criminal act, US authorities are now using the category of 'hate incident' to initiate action. Identifying the sender allows police to assess potential risk and possibly prevent criminal activity.

Jan 09, 2017

The Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National of Defence, yesterday issued a statement about the truck attack that killed four Israeli solders in Jerusalem. 

Jan 09, 2017

A Palestinian rammed his truck into a group of Israeli soldiers on a popular promenade in Jerusalem on Sunday, killing four of them in an attack that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said is likely to have been inspired by Islamic State.

Jan 09, 2017

A Liberal MP is speaking out about what she considers a frustratingly slow response by her own federal government to the crisis of fentanyl, a potent opioid linked to more than 500 overdose deaths last year in B.C. and Alberta alone.

Jan 09, 2017

As Russian cyber activities in the United States and military intervention in Syria dominate headlines, the Russian bear has pursued a steady march forward much closer to Canada, in the Arctic.

Jan 09, 2017

Canada’s domestic spy service has been trying to figure out ways of obtaining “bulk data” to better feed the holdings of its secretive analytics centre, newly released records obtained by The Globe and Mail show.

Jan 09, 2017

Esteban Santiago, a 26 year olf Iraq war vet, appears to have followed the rules concerning firearms in checked baggage until he allegedlt shot and killed five people in the Fort Lauderdale airport baggage claim area. Current regulations about the declaration and packaging of checked firearms are being reviewed.

Jan 06, 2017

The most powerful publication in the world today is Donald Trump's personal Twitter account. In the past six weeks, it has moved markets, conducted shadow foreign policy, and reshaped the focus of media around the world. It is also shockingly insecure.

Jan 06, 2017

Brushing aside Donald Trump’s dismissiveness, the nation’s intelligence chief insisted Thursday that U.S. agencies are more confident than ever that Russia interfered in America’s recent presidential election. And he called the former Cold War foe an “existential threat” to the nation.

Jan 06, 2017

Last August, officials on the St.Clair River rescued Americans as a west wind pushed Port Huron Float Down participants, some intoxicated and in distress on the St.Clair River towards Canada. So far, the US has not responded positively to Canadian requests for some kind of event organization or sponsorship.

Jan 05, 2017

More than 100 suspected Muslim rebels stormed a jail in the southern Philippines before dawn Wednesday, allowing 158 inmates to escape in what officials said was the biggest jailbreak in the country.

Jan 05, 2017

Ottawa is quietly working on a plan to use computers to assess immigration applications and make some of the decisions currently made by immigration officers, according to a report in the Toronto Star.

Jan 05, 2017

Former Canadian Security Intelligence Services director Ward Elcock says the spy agency needs expanded surveillance powers to address the risk of terror attacks on the scale of recent violence in Europe and Turkey. Elcock said modern technology has surpassed the legal framework for surveilling and foiling the threat of an attack.

Jan 05, 2017

Police in Upper Big Tracadie, Nova Scotia have found Afghan veteran Lionel Desmond, his wife, mother and daughter all dead of gunshot wounds. Desmond, who served in Afghanistan with the Royal Canadian Regiment, was said by a relative to be suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
 

Jan 05, 2017

Hydro One, the Ontario electrical distributor says it is working with law enforcement to investigate a possible electronic intrusion of its systems. A company security officer said the target appeared to have been an older, inactive computer system.

Jan 04, 2017

Galleys on the Canadian Coast Guard’s new patrol ships are getting a makeover so crews can cook safely. The ergonomics of the kitchens are “compromised” and facilities need to be rearranged, the government has told potential contractors.

Jan 03, 2017

Canada is due to legalize cannabis next year. Observers are concerned that excessive tax will create the same contraband situation as tobacco, involving the same or more players.

Jan 03, 2017

The fearsome prospect of a showdown between the world’s biggest military power and its most unpredictable nuclear-capable nation threatened to overshadow the conciliatory language in the New Year’s speech where Mr. Kim raised his country’s missile capacity – although not as a threat, a subtlety that went largely unrecognized.

Jan 03, 2017

Abdullah Milton, a Muslim convert, came to the attention of CSIS in 2011 when he posted pictures of Ottawa on the Internet. Eeventually, as a paid informant earning at least $800,000 he helped RCMP build cases against potential terrorists.

Jan 02, 2017

A Sunwing Airlines pilot faces charges after police allege he was impaired before takeoff. Police say the pilot boarded the Boeing 737 in Calgary early Saturday for a flight that was scheduled to make stops in Regina and Winnipeg before continuing on to Cancun, Mexico.

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