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Sep 29, 2015

The vice-chair of the Ottawa Police Services Board says something needs to be done about the civilian police watchdog’s “abuse of power.”

Sep 28, 2015

Airbus Defence and Space, a reference player on the cyber security market in Europe, and Atos, an international leader in digital services, have agreed to join forces in response to the growing demand for cyber security solutions.

Sep 28, 2015

The Harper government is touting its $1.9-billion surplus for 2014-15 as an indication of sound fiscal management. But to get there it made major cuts to vital public services, which in some cases compromised public safety, says Bruce Campbell today in The Toronto Star

Sep 28, 2015

When Stephen Harper faces his rivals in a key foreign policy debate Monday night, he’ll confront new revelations about the safety of Canadian embassies abroad. CTV News has learned many of Canada’s diplomatic missions in the Middle East and Africa are not safe – putting the lives of diplomats and staff at risk.

Sep 25, 2015

Canada's prison officials have known for years that psychological tests used to determine whether inmates are likely to reoffend are unreliable for aboriginal offenders, but they've done nothing to address the problem, a federal judge has found.

Sep 25, 2015

On Thursday, the RCMP charged Mohamed Shirdon with six terrorism offences as a result of Project Staccato, an investigation by the Integrated National Security Enforcement Team in Alberta. The 22-year-old Somali-Canadian was charged in absentia, since he remains in the Middle East.

Sep 24, 2015

Despite stock-market turmoil and unease in the venture-capital community, cyber security companies are raising large rounds of financing from investors, whose tremendous appetite for high-tech defenses against cyber attacks is not expected to subside even in a market correction.

Sep 24, 2015

The Town of Clarenville, in Newfoundland and Labrador, says hidden security cameras seem to be deterring crime. Chief Administrator Bob Hiscock told CBC Radio's Central Morning Show there has been less vandalism of town property since the hidden camera operation was made public.

Sep 24, 2015

The Canada Border Services Agency is recruiting employees for temporary duty assignments in the Middle East to help speed up the flow of Syrian refugees to Canada.

Balancing public safety with the public purse
Sep 23, 2015

Weighing the competing interests of taxpayers and the Saskatoon Police Service is a challenge come budget time, says a member of the Board of Police Commissioners.

Sep 23, 2015

Gartner has forecast worldwide spending on information security will reach $75.4 billion in 2015, which the research firm suggests is driven by government initiatives, increased legislation, and high-profile data breaches.

Sep 23, 2015

Millions of British Columbians could be at risk of potential fraud or identity theft should a missing government hard drive containing sensitive personal information fall into the wrong hands, say security experts.

Sep 23, 2015

At least 1,500 Canadian passports have been produced under a flawed new system that has opened the door to fraud and tampering, according to documents obtained by CBC/Radio-Canada.

Sep 22, 2015

The International Air Transport Association has announced plans for a three-year schedule of aviation security training that will be offered at a new facility in Sherbrooke, Que.

Sep 22, 2015

Few executives, if any, will openly confess that their company’s cybersecurity strategy stinks. Instead, they slap on a brave face to quell mounting concerns that there’s no reprieve from hackers in a connected world.

Sep 22, 2015

In the latest attempt by Canadian police to keep youths away from terrorism, a Toronto teenager has been ordered to hand over his passport, stay off the Internet and refrain from communicating with a notorious Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant supporter.

Sep 22, 2015

A battle over whether Ontario’s firefighters should be able to administer six “symptom relief” medications — including aspirin — is heating up across the province.

Sep 21, 2015

US Defence bureaucrats are bashing numbers into a database in a bid to develop what the agency hopes will become an automated security scorecard, assessing vulnerability exposure across the country's networks and weapons systems.

Sep 21, 2015

The two men seeking to replace Stephen Harper as prime minister are focusing on security and safety, one day after the Conservatives announced changes to more quickly bring Syrian refugees to Canada this year.

Sep 18, 2015

To date, little has actually been said on the topic of security, and what has been said amounts to the parties doubling down on entrenched and vague positions, say Kent Roach and Craig Forcese in an op-ed piece in the National Post.

Sep 17, 2015

Justice critic Mike Farnworth says more leadership is needed on public safety after a Surrey school was sprayed with bullets this week in yet another eruption of gun violence in B.C.’s fastest-growing city.

Sep 17, 2015

When hackers gained access to a Jeep Cherokee through its entertainment system this summer and remotely took control of the vehicle’s steering, brakes and transmission, it was an eye-opening moment for the auto industry. And it quickly became apparent that Chrysler vehicles weren’t the only vulnerable ones.

Sep 16, 2015

At the forefront, it’s time to re-organize Canada’s foreign and defence policies around the umbrella concept of sustainable common security, says H. Peter Langille.

Sep 16, 2015

B.C.'s college of pharmacists announced plans Tuesday to mandate security requirements for pharmacies in response to a dramatic rise in violent robberies.

Sep 16, 2015

Upgraded security measures at City Hall are ruffling a few feathers among some council members who say the screening process is too extreme.

Sep 16, 2015

Equipment thefts and vandalism on oilsands sites in northern Alberta are growing as more jobs continue to be cut in the oil and gas sector, says one security expert.

Sep 14, 2015

The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service says it can save taxpayers $17 million -- by closing five stations. That's hardly good news if it means reduced fire protection. The fine print in this story, however, revealed something that has not been pressed hard enough at city hall. Innovation.

Sep 14, 2015

The raft of national security laws the Conservative government has created this year was largely unwise, unconstitutional and unlikely to make Canadians safer from terrorists, two of the country’s leading security law scholars conclude in a damning new book.

Sep 11, 2015

AM General was awarded a $428 million (US) firm-fixed-price indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract for new M997A3 Humvee Ambulance Chassis Vehicles for the US Army, Army Reserve, and Army National Guard's disaster relief missions.

Sep 11, 2015

Toronto police committed “egregious wrongful conduct” after they planted loose heroin on the centre console of a drug suspect’s car to create a pretext for searching the vehicle, a judge has found.

Sep 10, 2015

The federal government is bringing in major changes to the way Canadian passports are issued, changes that could speed up the renewal process but also invite forgery, fraud and identity theft at a time of heightened global security.

Sep 10, 2015

More than 50 intelligence analysts working out of the U.S. military's Central Command have formally complained that their reports on ISIS and al Qaeda’s branch in Syria were being inappropriately altered by senior officials, says a report in the The Daily Beast.

Sep 10, 2015

Security concerns are not a good enough reason to prevent the Canadian government from bringing thousands of Syrian refugees into the country, argues former immigration minister Ron Atkey. Atkey, who served under Prime Minister Joe Clark in 1979 and 1980, says the Progressive Conservative government then managed to help 60,000 refugees from Indochina come to Canada after the end of the Vietnam War.

Sep 09, 2015

In focusing on a very scary but infrequent threat, we’ve lost sight of threats that are ongoing and pose a more consistent risk to Canadians, writes Madeline Asby in the Ottawa Citizen. For example, the problem of American handguns crossing the Canadian border.

Sep 08, 2015

In the year leading up to the terrorist attacks in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., and Ottawa, the section of the federal public safety ministry in charge of anti-terrorism was completely dysfunctional because of a rotten work environment, according to a top secret investigation conducted by the former head of the RCMP at the request of the government.

Sep 08, 2015

How much of your IT budget should be spent on security? In the face of high-profile data breaches like the Ashley Madison incident playing out in the headlines, it appears many Canadian executives are thinking it should be more than they spend currently.

Sep 08, 2015

The Ottawa Citizen is running material about what each political party is promising to do in the areas of security and defence. Here is the view of the Conservative Party.

Sep 03, 2015

Foreign Islamic militants have been able to secure Pakistani national identity cards for years in exchange for bribes as low as $100, giving them vastly greater freedom to operate, according to a report by Pakistan's top intelligence agency obtained by The Associated Press.

Sep 02, 2015

Irving Shipbuilding has started building Canada's first Arctic offshore patrol ship at the company's massive shipyard in Halifax. Hundreds of employees gathered Tuesday in the new assembly hall as a huge sheet of cut steel was hoisted into place and a special ceremony was held to mark the occasion.

Sep 02, 2015

The U.S. government has not yet notified any of the 21.5 million federal employees and contractors whose security clearance data was hacked more than three months ago, officials acknowledged on Tuesday.

Sep 01, 2015

Ontario Community Safety Minister Yasir Naqvi pledged Tuesday to draft a regulation to crack down on arbitrary “police interactions with members of the public.” Speaking in Toronto at the final public meeting in a province-wide review of police street checks — more commonly known as carding — Naqvi said his government opposes all “arbitrary or random stops by police.”

Sep 01, 2015

A regional power devoted to ensuring its own survival, Israel has burgeoned into a high tech epicenter built around Internet security, anti-virus software, and other cyber defense technologies.

Sep 01, 2015

The province of Ontario has launched a new set of traffic laws as part of its "Making Ontario Roads Safer Act". Bill 31 came into effect today, two months after being unanimously approved at Queen's Park. The new legislation means changes to existing traffic laws, and stiffer fines and penalties for those who break them.

Sep 01, 2015

At least 80 police officers in Ontario were on suspension with pay during a three-week period this summer, including a Durham Police officer who has amassed more than $600,000 since first being suspended in 2008, a National Post investigation has discovered.

Aug 31, 2015

Canada has received approval to install search and rescue repeaters on the U.S. Air Force’s next generation Global Positioning System satellites.

Aug 31, 2015

Tom Mulcair is poised to announce measures aimed at ending violence against women. The NDP leader is expected to commit today to restore the shelter enhancement program scrapped by the Harper government, with sufficient funding to ensure no woman in need is turned away from a shelter.

Aug 31, 2015

An RCMP database on missing persons and unidentified remains, touted by the Harper government in 2010 as "concrete action" for the problem of murdered and missing indigenous women, is still incomplete and far over budget five years after it was announced.

Aug 31, 2015

Canada’s police chiefs want legal authority to seize mail in transit to stem the flow of illicit drugs, fake medicine and weapons through the postal system.

Aug 31, 2015

The Canadian border got dragged into the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign on Sunday, with a prominent candidate appearing to entertain the notion of building a giant wall on the 49th parallel.

Aug 28, 2015

Police across the country are looking for new powers to seize, jam or de-activate the phone numbers of street-level “dial a dope” drug dealers.

Aug 28, 2015

The Conservatives are using former members of the Canadian military to act as security guards at their election campaign events, in addition to the RCMP officers who are assigned to the Stephen Harper’s personal detail.

Aug 28, 2015

There is a shared sense of disappointment in the ranks of Fredericton police and the public over the suspension of five officers, the force’s chief said Thursday. Leanne Fitch took the unusual step of calling a news conference Thursday to address concerns over the recent suspensions of the Fredericton officers.

Aug 27, 2015

The Vancouver Police Department has erected temporary surveillance cameras in a neighbourhood on the city’s east side, and although the department says the cameras are being used to fight gang violence, it won’t say which groups are being targeted or why that specific location was chosen.

Aug 26, 2015

Ministers from nine European countries are to meet in Paris on Saturday to discuss security on the continent’s extensive rail network, following last week’s suspected terrorist attack on a high-speed train from Amsterdam to Paris.

Aug 26, 2015

As security gains greater visibility in boardrooms and C-suites, security professionals are increasingly asked to provide metrics to track the current state of a company's defenses. But which numbers really matter?

Aug 26, 2015

The most senior police officer charged over mass arrests made during the Toronto’s G20 summit five years ago was found guilty on three out of five offences at a disciplinary hearing on Tuesday.

Aug 26, 2015

FireScience Online has just completed an expert-driven guide to restoring trust in law enforcement. The guide outlines what law enforcement organizations are already doing to foster confidence, and what else can and needs to be done.

Aug 25, 2015

Jacon Modglin is part of a new cadre of "community paramedics" working in a dozen pilot programs across California. Their jobs are to treat patients before they get sick enough to need emergency care. The paramedics are still first responders, just deployed to prevent a crisis rather than react to one.

Aug 25, 2015

Police in more than 20 North American cities are testing the latest in less-lethal alternatives to bullets – “blunt impact projectiles” that cause suspects excruciating pain but stop short of killing them. Or at least that’s the goal.

Aug 25, 2015

Scam artists, extortionists and “unconfirmed reports” of possible suicides have emerged in the aftermath of the Ashley Madison hack, Toronto police said Monday. Toronto Police, alongside the Ontario Provincial Police, the RCMP, FBI and U.S. Homeland Security, are probing the hack, which saw the personal information of more than 30 million site users released last week.

Aug 24, 2015

Some American police departments are ecretly using one of the government’s most powerful phone surveillance tools — capable of intercepting data from hundreds of people’s cellphones at a time — to track suspects via their phones.

Aug 24, 2015

A new administrative scheme that would allow police to obtain basic information about Internet subscribers without a warrant is one option being considered by federal officials following a landmark Supreme Court ruling that curbed access to such data, Canadian police chiefs say.

Aug 22, 2015

The No. 2 leader of the Islamic State militant group was killed in a U.S. military airstrike in Iraq earlier this week, the White House said Friday. Ned Price, a spokesman for the White House National Security Council, said Fadhil Ahmad al-Hayali was traveling in a vehicle near Mosul, in northern Iraq, when he was killed Tuesday.

Aug 22, 2015

Hundreds of thousands of small drones are infesting American skies, raising fears of a jetliner collision catastrophe, terrorist attack, assassination and other crimes from on high.

Aug 22, 2015

The number of people killed or injured by guns in Toronto so far this year is already higher than 2014, reversing a recent downward trend. But while gun violence appears to be going up in Ontario’s capital, criminologists say this apparent increase in gun violence doesn’t necessarily mean the city is becoming more dangerous.

Aug 22, 2015

Statistics show overall crime rates in Canada are at historic lows, but officers on the front lines are under scrutiny like never before. 

Aug 21, 2015

As the province launches a round of public consultation on police carding, Ontario’s largest police association is stepping up its defence of the controversial practice with a poll suggesting 40 per cent of Ontarians support carding when provided with highly selective examples of the procedure.

Aug 21, 2015

Calgary Constable Bill Martin says he believes social media, the internet and smartphones bridge the gap between officers on the ground and those who interact with them. At the end of the day, people just want to know what’s going on, Martin said.

Aug 20, 2015

An investigation is underway after a laser was reportedly pointed at an airplane destined for Halifax on Wednesday. Few details were readily available, but the laser reportedly came as the flight was in the final moments of landing at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport.

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