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Dec 23, 2016

A Canadian bank, which was fined $1.15 million by Fintrac, committed a “very severe” breach of laws against money laundering by failing to report suspicious transactions, according to documents obtained by the Toronto Star and National Observer.

Dec 23, 2016

The Saskatchewan Police Aboriginal Recruiting Copmmittee was established in 2004 to bring more first nations members into police forces in the province. Officials said they cannot acount for the program's relative lack of success, graduating only 25 self-identified indigenous people from the Saskatchewan police college.

Dec 22, 2016

Denouncing the deadly attack on a Christmas market in Germany, President-elect Donald Trump renewed his vow to stop radical terror groups and appeared to suggest a willingness to move ahead with his campaign pledge to ban temporarily Muslim immigrants from coming to the United States.

Dec 22, 2016

In consultations with Public Safety Canada, communications industry associations and companies have told the federal government they do not want to gather and hold customer data for police services. Rogers Communications said it should not be required to hold information any longer that it does in ordinary circumstances to operate its own business.

Dec 22, 2016

Two Mounties near Revelstoke, British Columbia put salmon on a hockey stick to lure an injured male bald eagle to where it could be restrained and captured.  An animal health worker said the bird was near death when rescued, and it will soon make a complete recovery.

Dec 21, 2016

The federal government is vowing to overhaul the way it funds police services in First Nations communities. Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says Ottawa's First Nations Policing Program — in place since the early 1990s — is out of date and needs reform.

Dec 21, 2016

A Montreal newspaper is asking a court to quash 24 warrants that allowed the city’s police force to spy on one of its reporters, arguing the judicial orders were issued as part of an unprecedented crackdown on leaks rather than any legitimate investigation.

Dec 21, 2016

Germany has launched a Europe-wide manhunt for an “armed and dangerous” Tunisian with ties to Islamic extremists in connection with the Berlin Christmas market attack, according to a European arrest warrant and German lawmakers.

Dec 21, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump is planning to meet with his incoming national security adviser in the aftermath of violence abroad as the process of filling top jobs in his administration presses on, marked by some infighting among advisers.

Dec 21, 2016

Justin Trudeau says his government will ensure security and spy agencies follow the "letter and spirit" of the law, amid mounting concerns they have trampled the privacy of journalists and other Canadians.

Dec 21, 2016

Years of under-reporting of tobacco crops is resulting in action being taken by the Ontario Ministry of Finance. "During the 2016 season, there has been a high rate of non-compliance where registered producers have grown excess acreage," ministry spokesperson Scott Blodgett said in explaining why farmers were slapped with $2,500 fines for exceeding their growing licenses.

Dec 21, 2016

The head of British Columbia's police services says the federal government must fill about 200 vacant Mountie positions to combat the wave of overdoses in the province. Clayton Pecknold said the province now only has about 700 of 900 mandated RCMP personnel.

Dec 20, 2016

Italy is strengthening security measures for areas where crowds are expected for Christmas ceremonies, such as Pope Francis' appearance in St. Peter's Square. Interior Minister Marco Minniti led a meeting Tuesday of the heads of Italy's police and intelligence forces to review security after the truck attack on a Christmas market in Berlin.

Dec 20, 2016

Rogers, TekSavvy, and a consortium of Canadian information technology companies are pushing back against proposed changes to Canada's national security legislation.

Dec 20, 2016

The photograph of men and women cowering after a gallery shooting Monday that killed Russian Ambassador Andrey Karlov — scared, crying and stunned in a corner — is a vivid snapshot of Turks at this moment.

Dec 20, 2016

Lawyers behind a court bid to block a massive sale of weaponized fighting vehicles to Saudi Arabia argued in Federal Court on Monday that Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion ignored serious human-rights violations in favour of preserving jobs when he authorized the export of these machines in April.

Dec 20, 2016

Three Ottawa police constables could be temporarily demoted after pleading guilty to issuing false warnings. After issuing genuine traffic tickets, the officers entered false information about additional warnings in the drivers' database.

Dec 19, 2016

Jordanian security forces freed tourists trapped inside a medieval castle on Sunday after storming the building where armed men had taken shelter following a shoot-out with police that killed at least 10 people, security sources said.

Dec 19, 2016

Military and police deployed across Congo's capital on Monday amid fears of unrest on the last official day of President Joseph Kabila's mandate. He intends to stay on after the midnight deadline; a court has ruled he can remain in power until new elections, now postponed indefinitely, are held.

Dec 19, 2016

The Russian Defence Ministry said on Monday that one of its planes had crashed in northeast Siberia with 39 people on board as it tried to make an emergency landing near a Soviet-era military base. Russian news agencies reported that nobody had been killed in the incident, but said 32 people had been airlifted to hospital, 16 of whom were in serious condition.

Dec 19, 2016

Three retired female Mounties head to Federal Court today to argue that elements of the RCMP's pension plan are outdated and sexist. If they're successful, it could mean big changes for other public service pensions, their lawyer says.

Dec 16, 2016

In Fort Lauderdale, Canadian and US authorities unloaded 26 tons of cocaine Thursday. The drugs, worth an estimated $715 million, were seized in 27 ship searches and five bale recovery operations over three months.

Dec 16, 2016

In 2015, about 530 RCMP members were injured in the course of their duties, with most of the incidents taking place while subduing a suspect. While the report said physical control was the preferred method in such situations, the force is looking at different alternatives to batons and stun guns.

Dec 15, 2016

Michael Fallon: "Today, in London, I am hosting the Iraqi Defence Minister and 13 other nations from the Counter-Daesh coalition who are providing military hardware and training. We’ve made major progress but in 2017 we must deal a decisive blow to these terrorists."

Dec 15, 2016

More than 4,000 commercial flights on any given day are being flown by pilots who have experienced suicidal thoughts, a landmark study of the airline industry suggests.

Dec 15, 2016

Peel Region’s police board has called an emergency meeting to deal with a $21 million lawsuit launched against Chief Jennifer Evans and several other officers.

Dec 15, 2016

The federal government secretly gave RCMP security officials the authority to tap telephone calls without court oversight during the Cold War, newly unearthed archival documents show. The surveillance program, codenamed "Picnic," began as an emergency effort during the Korean War, but federal agencies collaborated with telephone companies in 1954 to continue the wiretaps.

Dec 15, 2016

This is the fourth major security issue that has rocked Yahoo since it announced in July, 2016, that it was in talks to merge with U.S. wireless carrier Verizon.

Dec 15, 2016

RCMP and police forces across Canada will work together on testing roadside equipment to test drivers for drug impairment. Two devices will be compared for reliability under field conditions, using saliva samples volunteered by drivers.

Dec 14, 2016

The Syrian army captured Aleppo from rebel fighters on Tuesday, a culmination of years of fighting and a devastating siege in what was one of the bloodiest battles of the civil war. But before crippled opposition forces agreed to withdraw in a ceasefire, there were reports of widespread massacres by Syrian troops taking full control of what was once the country’s largest city.

Dec 14, 2016

The federal task force on legalizing marijuana says the Liberal government must launch a public awareness blitz and boost spending on police training and tools to keep pot-impaired drivers off the roads.

Dec 14, 2016

In a report released on Tuesday, a task force chaired by former Liberal minister Anne McLellan provided 80 recommendations to end the prohibition on marijuana that dates back to 1923, using a model similar to the one in place for sales of tobacco and alcohol.

Dec 14, 2016

Canada’s spy agency has backtracked on its promise to reveal to a Senate committee how many Canadian journalists it spied on in the past, citing operational security.

Dec 14, 2016

The Mounted Police Professional Association of Canada supports Bill S-217 or 'Wynn's law' which changes the information which must be considered before bail is granted in criminal cases. In 2015, RCMP Const. David Wynn was shot and killed by a man on bail whose previous convictions had apparently not been taken into consideration.

Dec 13, 2016

Small and medium sized businesses in Canada still have blinkers on when it comes to being fully prepared for cyber breaches, says security experts. That was the consensus from a number of speakers last week at a workshop in Toronto.

Dec 13, 2016

One day after U.S. President-Elect Donald Trump insisted he’s too “smart” for traditional daily intelligence briefings, the national security advisor to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he and the PM meet several times a week to discuss issues at the top of the security agenda.

Dec 13, 2016

The proposed Canadian Drugs and Substances Strategy, announced by health minister Jane Philpott, would replace the existing anti-drug strategy with a comprehensive approach. The revised plan restores harm reduction as a key element.

Dec 12, 2016

A bill with potentially sweeping consequences for the Canada-U.S. border has just been adopted by the American Congress, allowing new projects aimed at speeding up travel through the international boundary.

Dec 12, 2016

Const. Wayne Wardrope has filed suit against the RCMP, alleging duties related to child pornography investigations led to post-traumatic stress disorder. The suit alleges his duties continued for months after he took his problems to superior officers.

Dec 10, 2016

Drones will be used by search-and-rescue crews in two communities in British Columbia as part of a one-year pilot project. The drones will be used in Coquitlam and Kamloops with the blessing of Emergency Management B.C.

Dec 09, 2016

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale has rebuked a Canadian spywatcher for publicly suggesting Edward Snowden “should be shot.” The minister told reporters in Ottawa on Thursday that the remark was highly inappropriate.

Dec 09, 2016

Ralph Goodale is keeping the door open to the idea of Canada's spy agency crunching potentially sensitive data about innocent people. He told MPs at a House of Commons committee Thursday he is weighing views on whether the Canadian Security Intelligence Service should be allowed to retain and use such information.

Dec 09, 2016

The Joint Serious Offences Team brings nine people together from the Mounties and the Alberta Securities Commission, to make cases under both the Criminal Code and the provincial securities act. The team will draw on the services of a specialized prosecutor to pursue criminal charges.

Dec 09, 2016

Trevor Campbell, a 17-year Peel Regional officer was demoted to second-class from fist-class constable for six months under the Police Services Act, after a serious 2012 single-car crash in Gatineau, Quebec. His blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit.

Dec 08, 2016

Ottawa has sought nearly twice as much help from neighbours’ ambulances since it stopped paying for it this year.

Dec 08, 2016

The Government of Canada has selected the Airbus C295W aircraft for its Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue Program. The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) will receive 16 C295Ws modified for Search and Rescue (SAR). The contract will also include in service support, provided through a joint venture between Airbus Defence and Space and PAL Aerospace.

Dec 08, 2016

Russian President Vladimir Putin Monday approved the new Doctrine of Information Security of Russia, which has already come into force. The doctrine says that one main aim in ensuring information security is the strategic prevention of military conflicts which could arise from the use of information technologies.

Dec 08, 2016

Violent drug cartels are expected to expand their reach in Canada now that a visa requirement for Mexicans has been lifted, according to government documents obtained by Postmedia News.

Dec 08, 2016

The civil servant in charge of the government’s spy-watchdog agency says Canada may have to reconsider how it shares intelligence with the United States if president-elect Donald Trump makes good on his promise to torture terrorists to gather intelligence.

Dec 08, 2016

The Toronto Police Service has hired a key aide to former prime minister Stephen Harper to provide strategic communication advice to the force as it undergoes the largest overhaul in its history.

Dec 08, 2016

In a memo, senior RCMP management has informed the force that it will not be issuing body cameras because models tested to date have not had sufficient battery life nor been sturdy enough. The force also told officers not to use personal cameras on the job.

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.

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