IN THE NEWS

Aug 12, 2016

Friday afternoon fog, then afternoon showers, thunder and lightning delayed efforts to contain a wildland blaze at Kejimkujik National Park in the western part Nova Scotia. Firefighting crews were removed from the forests for safety reasons because of the lightning.

Aug 12, 2016

While officials praised the RCMP’s successful anti-terror intervention in Strathroy, Ontario, the episode also underlined the limits of the authorities’ ability to control wannabe terrorists with judicial tools such as peace bonds.

Aug 12, 2016

The case of Aaron Driver, the ISIS sympathizer who was killed in Strathroy, Ont., on Wednesday, comes to the fore amid the outstanding question of federal anti-terror laws and the fate of Bill C-51, the former Conservative government's controversial legislation of last year.

Aug 12, 2016

Senior RCMP brass told the chilling tale Thursday at an Ottawa news conference of an assailant “clearly in the final stages of an attack using a homemade explosive device.”

Aug 11, 2016

An FBI tip about a “martyrdom video” that included a threat of an attack on Canadian soil sparked a massive police operation in southwestern Ontario that ended with the death of a 24-year-old terror suspect.

Aug 11, 2016

Firefighters on the Portuguese island of Madeira continues to battle wildfires that have reached Funchal, the island’s largest city, killing three people and destroying over 150 homes, as the national government sought help to deal with nearly 200 blazes on the mainland.

Aug 11, 2016

A suspect whom police feared planned to set off a bomb in a major Canadian city was killed Wednesday by police in a Strathroy home. More details about what the RCMP describe as a “potential terrorism threat”  are expected to be revealed at a news conference today.

Aug 10, 2016

An internal review by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission dismisses allegations that important information was withheld during the licensing of nuclear plants but two nuclear scientists say the review is “less than impartial” and a “sham” that should give Canadians no comfort.

Aug 09, 2016

Today, complete with a First Nations ceremony, the Kitsilano Coast Guard Base on the BC coast was officially re-opened.

Aug 09, 2016

The recent breach of Democratic National Committee data, along with other electronic intrusions, has raised concerns about cyber incidents that could affect the outcome of the US presidential race, or other contests. Cyber security experts see a potential for more hacks and incidents in the coming months which could hurt the integrity of the election campaign.

Aug 09, 2016

A European counter-terrorism intelligence database designed to generate greater intelligence sharing among allies to avert deadly Islamist attacks has gone online after overcoming traditional reluctance by spy agencies to sharing information.

Aug 08, 2016

The bullet that flew through the roof of a media tent at the Olympic Equestrian Center on Saturday came from a nearby slum, according to a Brazilian official. According to the security forces, the bullet was aimed at a police blimp that carried cameras.

Aug 03, 2016

A Syrian rescue service operating in rebel-held territory said on Tuesday a helicopter dropped containers of toxic gas overnight on a town close to where a Russian military helicopter had been shot down hours earlier.

Aug 02, 2016

The summer Olympics kick off on Friday in Brazil. ISIS has called for attacks during the games, and Brazil's government is now working closely with the U.S. to bolster its preparations.

Jul 28, 2016

Donald Trump has expressed some radical thoughts about foreign policy — including that the U.S., as a NATO member, can choose whether or not to come to the aid of an ally under attack. Perhaps Trump’s statement about NATO was just a “rookie mistake.” But there is a more frightening possibility, writes Mark Buchanan in Bloomberg View.

Jul 27, 2016

The White House on Tuesday issued the U.S. government's first emergency response manual for a major cyber attack, though some officials acknowledged it lacked clear guidance on possible retaliation against hacker adversaries.

Jul 27, 2016

The door has been opened just slightly to the possibility of the Liberal government leasing more ships in order to cover gaps in the navy and coast guard fleets, newly released documents reveal.

Jul 27, 2016

Saudi Arabia’s top official in Canada is defending his country’s human rights record and a controversial $15-billion sale of Canadian-made armoured vehicles to the Saudi Arabian National Guard, noting that despite “misleading information” in the media, he still believes the contract will bring the two countries closer.

Jul 26, 2016

Two attackers seized hostages Tuesday in a church near the Normandy city of Rouen, France, killing a priest by slitting his throat before being shot and killed by police, French officials said.

Jul 26, 2016

Canada will put a stop to the transport of crude oil by older and less crash-resistant tanker rail cars earlier than scheduled, Transport Minister Marc Garneau announced Monday, however, the timeline for ending similar transportation of all other flammable liquids remains the same.

Jul 25, 2016

Fast-moving wildfires have forced hundreds of people to leave their homes in mountains north of Los Angeles, California. About 300 people have been evacuated near the city of Santa Clarita.

Jul 25, 2016

An association that represents some of Canada’s Mounties says members have “grave reservations” about the RCMP’s recent decision to ease entrance requirements, including allowing permanent residents to apply. The Mounted Police Professional Association of Canada said Sunday management has caved in to political correctness and the “knee jerk” changes amount to lowering standards.

Jul 25, 2016

Gunfire erupted outside a nightclub in Fort Myers, Fla., at about 12:30 a.m. Monday, leaving two people dead and at least 14 people injured. Fort Myers police responded to Club Blu, where they found several victims suffering from gunshot wounds in the parking lot.

Jul 22, 2016

At least one shooter is still on the loose after a shooting inside a McDonald's at Munich's Olympia shopping mall Friday, police spokeswoman Claudia Küntzel said. "There could be several dead and one or even several shooters are on the loose." The shooting happened around 5:50 p.m. (11:50 a.m. ET).

Jul 22, 2016

The Saskatchewan city of North Battleford shut down its water intake plant today because of a major pipeline oil spill. Although the reservoirs and water tower had luckily been filled to capacity, the Mayor has asked residents to reduce use to help ensure an adequate supply of safe water.

Jul 22, 2016

The minister of National Defence can carry on being the boss of the military justice system, says Canada’s top court. The Supreme Court of Canada has found defence ministers, even though they are political players, are the only ones who can appeal the decisions of a court martial, or the court martial appeals court.

Jul 21, 2016

The Tunisian man who killed 84 people on the French Riviera by ploughing his truck into Bastille Day crowds had been planning the attack for months with the help of at least five accomplices, the Paris prosecutor said on Thursday.

Jul 21, 2016

Brazilian police have arrested 10 people, and issued warrants for two more, who they say were radicalized online by the Islamic state and were planning to attack the Summer Olympic Games, which begin here August 5.

Jul 21, 2016

Canada's largest icebreaker is preparing for a critical expedition to the North Pole, marking the country's final mission in the High Arctic before making an official claim to the barren, but strategically important area at the top of the world.

Jul 21, 2016

The video shows a (large black) man lying on his back in the street, holding his hands in the air. "All he has is a toy truck," the man shouts, worried that the police may harm his autistic (white male) patient who had run away from the group. "I am a behavior therapist at a group home." Inexplicably, the caregiver is shot in the leg by police as he lays on the pavement with his patient sitting at his feet (like a protective puppy).

Jul 21, 2016

Two New Hampshire State Troopers charged with assault related to the arrest of a suspect after a high speed chase in May 2016. A news helicopter videotaped the arrest from the sky. The video clearly shows the suspect on the ground, and surrounded by about 5 officers, the suspect is violently pummeled by officers. Investigators found the use of force was not justified and two officers have been charged. They will be arraigned in September.

Jul 21, 2016

A backgrounder on the reasons for declaring a State of Emergency have been provided by official Turkish sources. Also, video links, taken on the night of the attempted coup in Turkey, have been compiled here for your convenience. 

Jul 20, 2016

The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Status of Women, today hosted an informative gender-focused discussion with experts in various related fields as part of public consultations taking place across the country to inform a new defence policy for Canada.

Jul 20, 2016

Canada's prison watchdog is calling for tighter legal restrictions and greater oversight over solitary confinement as two more cases of suicide in segregation hit the spotlight.

Jul 19, 2016

An armed man who injured a woman after firing a handgun during a festival at Montreal's Parc Jean-Drapeau has been charged with several gun-related offences.

Jul 19, 2016

Two Air Transat pilots have been arrested in Scotland on suspicion of being under the influence of alcohol before they were due to fly a transatlantic flight to Toronto yesterday, authorities say.

Jul 19, 2016

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission is investigating allegations contained in an anonymous letter claiming to be written by specialists at the nuclear regulator that says information has been withheld from commissioners while making critical decisions about the licensing of this country’s nuclear plants.

Jul 18, 2016

Canada’s impending peacemaking mission to Africa took on a more urgent tone Thursday night when a Tunisian man drove a truck through crowds enjoying Bastille Day fireworks on Nice’s palm-lined waterfront, says Matthew Fisher. France needs Canada’s help — and Canada will answer the call.

Jul 17, 2016

A number of police have been killed, and recent reports indicate up to seven shot, in a Sunday morning situation which police say has now been "contained." The shooting took place on or near Airline Highway. Few details have officially been released at this time, but police may have captured one suspect and are searching for more. At least two officers have been confirmed dead, but some reports put the number at three. 

Jul 15, 2016

In Turkey today, a military faction attacked government buildings and civilians in a failed coup attempt. At least 1,000 people are reported hospitalized and the death toll was at 161 at last verification. As part of its plan, the military took Turkish TV stations off the air. The government was able to regain control and has arrested or detained 1,500 military personnel, according to news reports. The PM has vowed that coup plotters will be tried for treason.

Jul 15, 2016

A Chinese citizen living in Vancouver, who admitted helping Chinese military officers hack into the computer networks of U.S. defence contractors to steal classified information, has been sentenced to 46 months in prison. He was convicted of participating in a years-long conspiracy to steal military technical data, including schematics related to Boeing C-17 military transport aircraft and Lockheed F-22 and F-35 fighter jets.

Jul 15, 2016

RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson is apologizing to victims and witnesses of "egregious behaviour" at one of the Mounties' top training facilities. CBC News also reports that the force has also removed Chief Supt. Marty Chesser, commanding officer of the force's national headquarters, from his post.

Jul 15, 2016

A Frenchman of Tunisian descent drove a truck through crowds celebrating Bastille Day along Nice’s beachfront, killing at least 84 people, many of them children. The slaughter ended only after police killed the armed attacker in a hail of bullets.

Jul 14, 2016

In what is being described in local French media reports as a terrorist attack, a truck driver sped along the promenade in Nice, plowing through and over people in the crowd. Initial reports estimated more than 30 dead, but that has been recently updated to more than 60 killed. The large crowd was celebrating Bastille Day along the waterfront, and the calamity took place as the fireworks were ending, which added to the confusion when gunfire was heard. 

Jul 14, 2016

Containing the spread of terrorism across Africa is a consideration for Canada as it mulls where best to contribute to a UN peacekeeping mission, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said Wednesday.

Jul 13, 2016

Canada’s refugee system is failing persecuted peoples around the world who can’t flee their own country, say members of the House Immigration Committee.

Jul 13, 2016

A strong majority of Canadians object to this country’s sale of military goods to Saudi Arabia, China and Algeria, three countries with poor human-rights records that currently rank among the top 10 buyers of defence and security gear from Canada.

Jul 13, 2016

Global instability is expected to drive up the cost of securing Canada’s foreign embassies and missions, documents obtained by The Star show. The warning comes after Global Affairs Canada has exhausted a 10-year, $643.4-million fund to “address security deficiencies” in its network of overseas missions.

Jul 12, 2016

The commissioner of the RCMP has told his officers they are not expected to take part in community events while off duty if they don't want to, after CBC revealed Mounties across the country were declining "red serge duty" in a protest over working conditions.

Jul 12, 2016

A group advocating for full immigration status for all migrants says more than 50 immigration detainees began refusing food Monday in two Ontario centres. The immigration detainees are asking for a meeting with Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale to discuss their concerns.

Jul 12, 2016

The Mounties will sign an agreement to look at new ways of strengthening relations with Canada's Indigenous communities when the Assembly of First Nations kicks off its annual general assembly today in Niagara Falls, Ont., according to CBC News.

Jul 12, 2016

Canadian-made tactical equipment that helps authorities blast their way into buildings has surfaced in Saudi Arabia at the scene of a violent house raid by government security forces in late June that left one man dead in a region home to the country’s oppressed Shia minority.

Jul 11, 2016

Most rank-and-file RCMP officers don’t believe Canada’s national police force will survive without unionization but they have firm ideas about what they want and expect from a new unionized workplace.

Jul 08, 2016

The RCMP is retooling its witness protection program following a secret internal review that called for changes to enrolment decision-making and better reporting on the program’s impact

Jul 08, 2016

Snipers opened fire on police officers in the heart of Dallas, killing five officers and wounding at least five others during protests over two recent fatal police shootings of black men, police said, in a week that bore dark echoes of the tumultuous civil rights era.

Jul 08, 2016

The U.S. Justice Department has opened a criminal investigation into the fatal police shooting of a black man in Louisiana's capital, the state's governor said on Thursday, as two deadly encounters between law enforcement and black men triggered peaceful protests. It is not known yet if a subsequent shooting of police officers is linked.

Jul 06, 2016

The man in charge of the Canadian Police College in Ottawa has been moved to a new job just as the RCMP puts the final touches on a wide-ranging review into how the Mounties handled allegations of disturbing behaviour at the school.

Jul 06, 2016

Canadian officials have “serious security concerns” over the increased presence of countries and private companies operating in the Earth’s orbit. Global Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion was warned in November that satellites enabling everything from telecommunications to national defence are facing a range of threats — from anti-satellite weaponry to pieces of junk floating around the planet

Jul 05, 2016

Cyberspace is likely be declared a domain of warfare at NATO’s Warsaw Summit. The cyber domain is an integral part of modern wars, conflicts and crises, and therefore also a key part of NATO´s current and future operative security environment.

Jul 05, 2016

A judge who asked an alleged rape victim why she didn’t simply keep her knees together says that sensitivity training has given him new empathy and that he is still fit to be a judge.

Jul 04, 2016

A suicide truck bomb in downtown Baghdad killed an estimated 121 people and wounded nearly 200 others who were out shopping and celebrating early Sunday ahead of the holiday marking the end of Ramadan, security and medical officials said.

Jun 30, 2016

A Kuwaiti security contractor, with partners in the U.S., is facing growing anger after it is alleged to have killed 24 of its own bomb-sniffing dogs when it lost a security contract with Kuwait National Petroleum.

Jun 30, 2016

The Liberals’ decision to lift the visa requirement on Mexico starting Dec. 1 has drawn opposition from Conservatives who say the move sets a dangerous precedent and threatens the credibility of Canada’s immigration system.

Jun 30, 2016

Canada quietly left the door open Wednesday to participating in a United Nations cease fire observer mission, should the Colombian government make a request.

Jun 30, 2016

During what was almost certainly his last visit to Canada as president of the United States, Barack Obama gave a glowingly-received speech Wednesday urging North American unity amid growing protectionist sentiment and global uncertainty.

Jun 30, 2016

Security preparations for Barack Obama's visit to Ottawa have been months in the making as the RCMP, provincial and municipal police readied themselves for the U.S. president's visit to Canada, an RCMP spokesman says.

Jun 29, 2016

The Government of Canada is committed to enhance compensation benefits for public safety officers who are permanently disabled or killed in the line of duty, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale told a public safety officer roundtable. This includes the creation of a public safety officers compensation benefit for firefighters, police officers and paramedics.

Jun 29, 2016

Canada is condemning the suicide bombing attack on Istanbul's Ataturk airport that killed at least 36 people and wounded many others. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Twitter that Canada "strongly condemns tonight's deadly attack in Turkey," adding that his thoughts are with the victims as "we stand with our allies against terrorism."

Jun 29, 2016

Suicide attackers armed with guns and bombs killed 41 people and wounded scores at Istanbul’s busy Ataturk Airport. The government said Islamic State extremists were believed responsible.

Jun 28, 2016

As part of Airbus Helicopters Canada’s international repair-and-overhaul success, it has expanded its Support and Services department at their main facility in Fort Erie, Ontario. The 5,000 square foot space is an increase of 65% for the company’s Repair and Overhaul department.

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