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May 26, 2016

The US nuclear weapons force still uses a 1970s-era computer system and 8-inch floppy disks, a government report has revealed.

May 25, 2016

Only half of Ottawa city council bothered to respond to a survey that informed the latest Ottawa Police Services business plan. It’s the second time in a row the police force has recorded a lousy participation rate from council on a business plan survey.

May 25, 2016

Under an interim policy RCMP officers are being told to record any encounter with the public that they feel may lead to violence, with the hope that privacy issues can be avoided through disclosure.

May 24, 2016

In an effort to improve the safety of non-Canadians who have been detained under the Immigration and Refugee Act, the CBSA has put out a tender to industry looking for alternatives to confinement in dealing with individuals of concern.

May 20, 2016

The RCMP is facing more allegations of workplace harassment, this time in the unit that oversees the federal witness protection program at the force's national headquarters in Ottawa.

May 19, 2016

The RCMP commissioner decided to handle this one himself – and with good reason. As Canada's top cop, Bob Paulson knew it wasn't going to look good, and that he, personally, had been in the thick of it. So, the head of the RCMP sat down on Tuesday night and tapped out his own version of a tangled story about illicit spying by his officers.

May 18, 2016

A former Carleton and Ottawa University professor accused of murder in a 1980 terrorist bombing of a synagogue, he was first arrested 28 years later and in 2014  extradited to a Paris jail while investigations continued. Not formally charged and being held on faulty hand writing analysis evidence the French justice system is finding the case very weak against him.

May 18, 2016

Police in Canada who operate sweeping surveillance devices that target mobile phones are breaking the law, according to lawyers acting for dozens of crime suspects.

May 18, 2016

The federal NDP leader is calling on the government to investigate revelations that RCMP officers conducted unauthorized surveillance of two journalists in 2007.

May 17, 2016

In an effort to convince the Afghan government to change the plans for a new Hydro transmission corridor thousands protested in Kabul, the route change would bring access to Hydro that is lacking for millions of Afghans and shorten the proposed route.

May 17, 2016

In a day and age where technology changes like the weather, retailers are struggling to keep up with new and different forms of deception by some less than honest customers.

May 17, 2016

Across North America, a mobile-phone-targeting device – also known as an “IMSI catcher” – is being revealed as controversial and indiscriminate, but judges have endorsed the police legal logic in a Toronto case and others.

May 17, 2016

Sixteen months after the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that Mounties have the right to collective bargaining, Mounties now have even less of a voice when dealing with management.

May 17, 2016

The United States and Russia have invited Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion to sit as a permanent member of the 17-nation International Syria Support Group which is meeting in Vienna on Tuesday to find a diplomatic solution to the Syrian conflict and extend a country-wide truce.

May 16, 2016

The Liberal government will introduce legislation this week to protect transgender Canadians against discrimination and violence, pushing the type of measure that is causing a political storm in the United States.

May 16, 2016

In order to review, monitor and scrutinize the activities of the country’s most secret national security organizations including CSIS, the RCMP, the CSE, and the CBSA, Parliament’s first all-party National Security Oversight Committee will require dedicated secure facilities that match the “top secret RCMP signals-intelligence standards.”

May 13, 2016

A Toronto firefighter died Thursday morning after falling from her mountain bike and plunging an estimated 20 to 24 metres down a cliff in Kelso Conservation Area in Milton, Ont.

May 12, 2016

The desire to live close to nature and forests in particular comes with a sobering reality as the recent disaster in Fort McMurray have demonstrated. Certain conditions need to be met in order to give firefighters a chance.

May 12, 2016

Providing police with a broader scope of enforcement for new forms of cyber crime and old crimes in new ways is the suggestion of a former RCMP deputy commisioner.

May 12, 2016

Public Safety Canada is taking a lead role in global talks to expand the country’s efforts to address concerns over illegal offshore tax schemes.

May 12, 2016

People convicted of minor offences would pay less than those guilty of serious crimes when applying for a pardon under a scenario being studied by the federal parole board.

May 11, 2016

Public Safety Minister Goodale yesterday issued a statement on the establishment of the Canada-U.S. Redress Working Group on issues related to Canadian and U.S. travellers who experience difficulties with aviation security lists.

May 11, 2016
Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says Canada needs "an entirely new database and information system" to completely solve the problem of people - including youngsters - being delayed at airports due to false matches.
May 11, 2016

A high-profile former police officer who acted as the RCMP's chief spokesman in British Columbia has been charged with sexual assault in a case the province's top Mountie describes as "disturbing."

May 10, 2016

The RCMP and other Canadian police forces will be poring over the Panama Papers data released Monday, searching for possible connections to criminal activity, says Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale.

May 10, 2016

Russia, the U.S., Mexico, Australia, Taiwan, Israel and the Palestinian Authority have all offered help in fighting the northern Alberta wildfire, but Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says there’s no need for international assistance

May 09, 2016

Rookie Conservative MP David Yurdiga, who represents Fort McMurray, has opened a new riding office in Lac La Biche and is trying to help out, after 88,000 people were evacuated from the city last week.

May 09, 2016

The federal government is preparing to introduce legislation that will establish rules for a new border-crossing experiment that could change the way travellers enter the U.S.

May 09, 2016

With the clock ticking down to a tight deadline imposed by the Supreme Court of Canada, CBC News has learned the Official Opposition is pulling support for a bill that would give Mounties the right to collective bargaining.

May 06, 2016

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale meets today in Toronto with provincial ministers responsible for emergency preparedness.

May 06, 2016

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has picked an experienced deputy minister in foreign affairs rather than a senior security bureaucrat as his new national security adviser.

May 05, 2016

The Canadian military has deployed helicopters and transport planes in response to the raging wildfire that has incinerated parts of Fort McMurray, Alta. – with more support to come as needed.

May 04, 2016

“Non-lethal” weapons like rubber bullets and tear gas that are deployed by police around the globe to break up mass protests can cause severe injury, disability and death for the targets, according to an international study.

May 04, 2016

A huge wildfire in Fort McMurray, Alta., destroyed an entire neighbourhood and burned homes and businesses in several others Tuesday, and continues to rage out of control.

May 04, 2016

Canada’s border agency “undoubtedly” needs a new oversight mechanism, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale told The Hill Times in a wide-ranging interview on his role guiding the government’s public safety priorities.

May 04, 2016

Canada is citing the risk of espionage as it prepares to reject the immigration applications of two Chinese employees of mainland telecom giant Huawei, in the first such cases to emerge amid a swirl of unsubstantiated international spying concerns about the firm.

May 03, 2016
Canada is prepared to join a key United Nations anti-torture agreement more than a decade after it was first passed.
May 03, 2016

RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson outlined to a Senate committee the challenges the force faces in trying to obtain evidence abroad to pursue charges when it comes to terrorist financing.

May 03, 2016

The Communications Security Establishment is refusing to release the number of privacy breaches the agency has logged since 2007. The agency claims disclosing number of breaches since 2007 would reveal too much about its capabilities.

May 02, 2016

A 19-year-old volunteer firefighter and son of a former mayor of Mayerthorpe, Alberta, has been charged with 18 counts of arson and reportedly helped fight a number of the fires he is accused of setting.

May 02, 2016

A Vancouver coast guard base controversially shuttered by the previous Conservative government has reopened, but a union spokesman says it lacks around-the-clock rescue capacity.

May 02, 2016

The RCMP has changed its application requirements, with more people now eligible to apply to be a Mountie and some applicants not needing to take some of the previously mandatory tests.

Apr 29, 2016
China has unveiled a proposal for a $50 trillion global electricity network that would help fight pollution and the effects of climate change.
Apr 28, 2016

Canada and the United States came together from April 26 to 28, 2016 to assess technologies that can help their respective emergency management officials and responders communicate and exchange information more efficiently during an emergency situation touching both sides of the border.

Apr 28, 2016

Civilian and military first responders from Simcoe County will converge on Canadian Forces Base Borden on Sunday, May 1, 2016, to participate in a joint mass casualty exercise as part of Exercise STOP, DROP AND ROLL, a simulated response to an air show accident.

Apr 28, 2016

The future of Winnipeg's former police headquarters is looking bleak after city council voted unanimously to redevelop the land where the Public Safety Building currently stands.

Apr 28, 2016

In these difficult times, what the world needs now is a country that demonstrates how to balance rights and security to ensure everyone’s well-being, says Amira Elghawaby in the Toronto Star.

Apr 27, 2016

A new survey conducted for a gun-control advocacy group suggests that two-thirds of Quebecers are in favour of the registration of long guns.

Apr 26, 2016

A terrorist group in the Philippines has killed John Ridsdel, the 68-year-old Canadian kidnapped last September – an execution Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called “cold-blooded murder” and the man’s family said was “senseless.”

Apr 26, 2016

Canadian detectives cannot keep secret their advanced spying devices or their relationships with telecommunications corporations because claims of police privilege carry little or no weight in criminal courts.

Apr 26, 2016

The former Conservative government's tough-on-crime agenda has suffered another blow as British Columbia's highest court strikes down two more mandatory-minimum sentencing laws, ruling them unconstitutional.

Apr 25, 2016

A Transportation Safety Summit, led by the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB), wrapped up two days of discussion last Friday in Gatineau. The Summit brought together a broad cross-section of senior Canadian transportation executives from government, and from the marine, pipeline, rail and aviation industries, including some of their bargaining agents.

Apr 25, 2016

Forty per cent of Ontario inmates who were locked away in solitary confinement for 30 or more straight days – twice the limit permitted under the United Nations’ Nelson Mandela Rules – suffered from mental-health issues or other special needs, an analysis of more than 600 inmate records from the last five months of 2014 found.

Apr 25, 2016

The Liberals are facing calls to reopen a new peacekeeping training centre three years after the demise of Canada's former school. The new centre would be located in Kingston, Ont., near the Canadian Forces base and military college, but would be a civilian-led operation.

Apr 22, 2016

Canada Border Services Agency says three people are in custody after a suspected explosive device was found in a vehicle at a British Columbia border crossing.

Apr 22, 2016

The RCMP alleged in documents released Thursday that two men arrested after returning to Toronto from Turkey may “travel to participate” in terrorism unless their conduct is restricted through peace bonds.

Apr 21, 2016

Air Canada says three people suffered minor injuries when one of its planes crash-landed at the Gander International Airport on Wednesday.

Apr 21, 2016

President Barack Obama is set to meet with top officials from six Arab nations to discuss regional security issues in the Persian Gulf including the fight against the Islamic State militant group.

Apr 21, 2016

New numbers show that in the first month after the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) database was introduced at primary border inspection points, it flagged 1,800 cases in which travellers had outstanding warrants against them.

Apr 20, 2016

Canada’s electronic spies are working on ways to defend government systems from the “impending threat” of quantum computing, according to a report in the Toronto Star.

Apr 19, 2016

The Mounties have been using portable devices to target the telecommunications of crime suspects despite knowing that such surveillance runs the risk of knocking out phone calls from “innocent third parties” – including people dialling 911.

Apr 18, 2016

British police are investigating after a drone crashed into a British Airways jet over Heathrow airport in what is believed to be the first case of its kind. The pilot of the BA727 flight from Geneva, carrying 132 passengers and five crew members, reported to police that the front of the aircraft had been struck by the unmanned object shortly before it landed at lunchtime on Sunday.

Apr 18, 2016

Five Toronto Transit Commission special constables have been charged with attempting to obstruct justice and fabricating evidence for writing false tickets to homeless people, a shocking situation both in substance and because it is so rare for officers to be charged criminally in relation to their duties.

Apr 18, 2016

Earthquakes of magnitudes exceeding 7.0 struck Ecuador and Japan just hours apart Saturday. A magnitude 7.8 quake in Ecuador killed at least 246 people, including two Canadians, and injured more than 2,500. In Japan, a 7.3 earthquake on Saturday and a 6.5 quake two days earlier killed a total of at least 41 people and left tens of thousands homeless.

Apr 15, 2016

Canada's transportation minister is pledging to share more information about the country's most dangerous rail crossings, after CBC News revealed an internal government list, that pinpoints the 500 "highest risk" crossings, has never been shared with municipalities.

Apr 15, 2016

A $16-million RCMP project to help keep dangerous refugees out of Canada has turned out to be an expensive security flop. An internal evaluation says the screening project delivered information too late, strayed beyond its mandate, and in the end did almost nothing to catch refugees who might be linked to criminal or terrorist groups.

Apr 14, 2016

Here's something you don't see every day. Officers from Ontario's Peel Regional Police attended a temple last week for a lecture on mindfulness meditation and Buddhist philosophy.

Apr 14, 2016

Retired Mounties and spouses of RCMP officers say they are speaking out against a bill that could have wide-ranging consequences for officers, because members currently serving in the force are fearful of doing so.

Apr 13, 2016

The federal Liberals are facing calls to postpone the closing of a Coast Guard station in the Vancouver Island community of Comox until a parliamentary committee is finished reviewing the plan.

Apr 13, 2016

The Canadian government will spend $133 million over the next five years for new technologies to improve surveillance of the Arctic. Defence Research and Development Canada, the military’s science organization, is coordinating the surveillance research.

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