IN THE NEWS

Apr 20, 2017

The number of asylum seekers caught crossing illegally into Canada continues to rise, according to newly released figures. CBSA says that nearly half of the 1,860 migrants who have snuck across the Canada-United States border on foot rather than making a claim for refugee status at an official border crossing did so in March.

Apr 20, 2017

Toronto police officers have asked the city to deny $260,000 in funding to the annual Pride event, after a group called Black Lives Matter persuaded organizers to ban Toronto Police Services from participating. In a letter to city government, officers belonging to the force's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Internal Support Network said funding the event would make them feel "unsupported by our employer."

Apr 20, 2017

Police have charged a 43 year old woman, Michelle Omoruyi, with smuggling nine potential asylum seekers from Africa into Canada. The group was apprehended Friday night at the Saskatchewan border with the United States.

Apr 19, 2017

The Trump administration has notified Congress that Iran is complying with the terms of the 2015 nuclear deal negotiated by former President Barack Obama, and says the U.S. has extended the sanctions relief given to the Islamic republic in exchange for curbs on its atomic program.

Apr 19, 2017

On April 15, RCMP in Saskatchewan laid human smuggling charges after an investigation into illegal border crossing from the United States. In recent months, increasing numbers of people have walked across the US border into Canada to claim refugee status. The Mounties will hold a news conference to explain the charges Wednesday.

Apr 19, 2017

More than half of 18,000 RCMP members under the rank of Inspector have signed up with the National Police Federation (NPF) for union representation. The NPF filed for certification Tuesday. The RCMP is the last non-unionized police force in Canada.

Apr 18, 2017

GE’s Marine Solutions announced that the United States Coast Guard commissioned new National Security Cutter Munro.

Apr 18, 2017

In a trip full of Cold War symbolism, U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence travelled to the tense zone dividing North and South Korea and warned Pyongyang that after years of testing the U.S. and South Korea with its nuclear ambitions, "the era of strategic patience is over."

Apr 18, 2017

Only at a North Korean press conference at the United Nations, can you hear a diplomat say he hoped journalists had a good holiday weekend and then warn of possible thermonuclear war.

Apr 18, 2017

The federal plan to legalize recreational marijuana does not include the general amnesty for past pot convictions some would like to see, says Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale.

Apr 18, 2017

After a series of high-profile setbacks Canadian Security Intelligence Services (CSIS) officials and lawyers are learning how to approach judges with sufficient information to obtain viable warrants. Last fall judges criticized CSIS for failing to inform courts about how information obtained with warrants would be used.

Apr 14, 2017

Dozens of Ontario police  officers, from the Toronto and provincial forces are being trained in field sobriety tests for marijuana use, so they can determine whether drivers should be charged with impaired driving. The federal government is preparing legislation to legalize marijuana.

Apr 13, 2017

North Korean monitoring service 38 North said Wednesday the country's Punggye-ri nuclear site is "primed and ready" for a sixth nuclear test. "The activity during the past six weeks is suggestive of the final preparations for a test," 38 North analyst Joseph Bermudez told CNN.

Apr 13, 2017

Bill C-51, passed by the previous Conservative government, gave the Canadian Security Intelligence Service sweeping new powers to interrupt terrorist activity. However, a source says the agency is not using them because the Liberal government has announced its intention to review and modify the law.

Apr 13, 2017

The Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police understands why Mounties are protesting for higher pay but Robert Paulson warned their actions could undermine public confidence and internal cohesion. Some members have removed or covered the yellow stripes on their uniform trousers.

Apr 12, 2017

At least 10 people were injured in a large fire that broke out in a migrant camp near the northern French city of Dunkirk on Monday night, after a fight between many Afghans and Kurds at the camp. 

Apr 12, 2017

Concerned that terrorist saboteurs or otherwise maliciously dangerous criminals could be targeting a major landmark, police pulled all stops when three teens, two 16 and one 15, broke into Wonderland to steal some candy – they could hardly have expected a helicopter and police dogs would apprehend them.

Apr 11, 2017

Seaspan Ferries Corporation officially welcomed two new, state-of-the-art dual-fuelled/hybrid vessels to its fleet today during a double commissioning ceremony held at Seaspan's Tilbury Terminal.

Apr 11, 2017

Egypt imposed a three-month nationwide state of emergency Monday as President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi sought to ease public anger and take a tougher stand against Islamic extremists after suicide bombings at two Coptic Christian churches killed 45 people.

Apr 11, 2017

The United States has made a preliminary conclusion that Russia knew in advance of Syria's chemical weapons attack last week due to the fact that a drone operated by Russians was flying over a hospital as victims of the attack were rushing to get treatment.

Apr 11, 2017

Unifor president Jerry Dias argues his fight with the American-based Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) is absolutely the latter.

Apr 11, 2017

In a continuing pay dispute with the federal government, Mounties across Canada are masking or removing the yellow stripes from their uniform trousers.

Apr 11, 2017

On Sunday a helicopter from HMCS Winnipeg allegedly flew low over a busy tourist beach on the Pacific island of Guam. While the aircraft would have been in approved airspace authorities do ask aviators to be mindful of people on the ground.

Apr 10, 2017

Two bombs exploded at churches in different cities in northern Egypt as worshippers were celebrating Palm Sunday, killing at least 43 people and wounding about 100.

Apr 10, 2017

The Stockholm truck attack suspect was a rejected asylum seeker from Uzbekistan who eluded authorities' attempts to deport him by giving police a wrong address, Swedish police said Sunday, while announcing the arrest of a second suspect.

Apr 10, 2017

Russia has raised the prospect of war with the West while mocking British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson for cancelling a trip to Moscow in the wake of the Syrian nerve-gas attack.

Apr 10, 2017

Will the slow-but-steady stream of asylum-seekers crossing the border illegally grow into a roaring flood this summer? Canadian officials have downplayed this possibility, but a new public opinion poll from the Angus Reid Institute finds a substantial portion of the Canadian public anticipating such a surge, and worried about the potential security risks that might be associated with it.

Apr 10, 2017

The National Research Council bought $8 million worth of new laptops after a crippling cyber attack targeted its secrets in 2014, according to the Star. Documents show that NRC had to replace a number of “end-point devices” - internet-connected devices like laptops and printers - after foreign hackers targeted its networks in 2014.

Apr 10, 2017

In cities with more than 100,000 residents, Victoria, British Columbia is the most heavily policed, with 243 officers for every 100,000 people. By contrast, Montreal had 229 and Toronto 189 per 100,000 citizens.

Apr 07, 2017

A man steered a stolen beer truck into a crowd of people and then rammed it into a department store, killing at least three people in what officials were calling a terrorist attack in the heart of Stockholm on Friday afternoon.

Apr 07, 2017

RCMP members in North Vancouver, BC are removing the yellow stripes from their uniforms or wearing cargo pants in protest against what they consider an unsatisfactory contract. On Wednesday retroactive pay increases of 1.25% for two years and a 2.3% market adjustment were announced.

Apr 06, 2017
The RCMP for the first time is publicly confirming it uses cellphone surveillance devices in investigations across Canada — but at the same time says the potential of unauthorized snooping in Ottawa, as reported by CBC News, poses a threat to national security.
Apr 06, 2017

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly offered more soothing words Wednesday for Canadians concerned about border security when he appeared before a Senate committee and was asked what concerns he had about security along the Canada-U.S. frontier.

Apr 06, 2017

RCMP officers are receiving a 1.25 percent raise as of Jan. 1 2015, and another 1.25 percent as of Jan. 1 2016. Effective next month, some members will receive a 2.3 percent "adjustment" increase.

Apr 05, 2017

Russian investigators have identified Kyrgyz-born Akbarzhon Dzhalilov as the suicide bomber who carried out Monday's deadly attack on a crowded subway train in St. Petersburg.

Apr 05, 2017

At least 70 people have been killed in northern Syria after being exposed to a toxic gas that survivors said was dropped from warplanes, an attack that sparked comparisons to the most infamous act of the country’s six-year war.

Apr 05, 2017

The House of Commons has passed a Liberal bill that will establish a committee of parliamentarians to oversee national security and intelligence operations. Bill C-22 will create a committee of seven MPs and two senators with the power to look at intelligence and security operations in any department or agency.

Apr 05, 2017

Confronted by one of his first foreign crises, President Donald Trump on Tuesday split the blame for Syria’s worst chemical weapons attack in years between President Bashar Assad, its Russian-backed leader, and former President Barack Obama, as the new American administration struggled to explain what it might do in response.

Apr 05, 2017

At least 58 people have been killed and dozens wounded in a suspected chemical attack on a rebel-held town in north-western Syria, a monitoring group says. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that strikes on Khan Sheikhoun by Syrian government or Russian jets had caused many people to choke.

Apr 05, 2017

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says the RCMP and CSIS have launched investigations in response to a CBC News/Radio-Canada report, which revealed that someone is using devices that track and spy on cellphones in the area around Parliament Hill.

Apr 05, 2017

RCMP members have had the right to join a union for several years but rival offerings by two different groups have delayed its formation. Now Quebec Mounties are proposing to form their own union.

Apr 04, 2017

A months-long CBC News/Radio-Canada investigation has revealed that someone is using devices that track and spy on cellphones in the area around Parliament Hill. The devices are known as IMSI catchers and have been used by Canadian police and security authorities, foreign intelligence and even organized crime.

Apr 04, 2017

After 35 years with the RCMP, Assistant Commissioner Pierre Perron is joining Huawei Technologies as a brand ambassador. The company's telecommunications equipment has been designated by various countries as a security risk.

Apr 03, 2017

Developing story: at least 50 people have been injured and 12 confirmed dead, so far, after what may be a terrorist attack in Russia today. Reports of additional unexploded bombs found.

Apr 03, 2017

A grim search for the missing resumed at dawn Sunday in southern Colombia after surging rivers sent an avalanche of floodwaters, mud and debris through a small city, killing at least 200 people and leaving many more wounded and homeless.

Apr 03, 2017

Ontario Provincial Police stopped what appeared to be an illegal road rally near Barrie on Highway 400 Sunday and hauled away at least a dozen exotic vehicles, including a Lamborghini. Some drivers denied they were engaged in what police termed "stunt driving."

Apr 03, 2017

Candidates for the leadership of the Canadian Conservative Party debated illegal immigration, among other issues, in Toronto Sunday evening. Some candidates want to rewrite international agreements to stem the flow of asylum seekers walking across the border from the United States.

Mar 31, 2017

Minority groups have presssured Pride events to exclude police, due to a history of troubled relations. When does the present pay for the past?

Mar 30, 2017

Australian authorities told 40,000 people to evacuate to higher ground on Thursday as a storm system generated by a powerful cyclone that pummelled the northeast two days ago swept down the coast with heavy rain.

Mar 30, 2017

China’s state-sponsored cyberattack on the National Research Council’s computer infrastructure cost Ottawa hundreds of millions of dollars, according to federal documents that shed light on fallout from the 2014 breach.

Mar 30, 2017

A news report Wednesday stated that some workers at Montreal's international airport had been radicalized. The TVA network said they had access to restricted areas and were seeking information about weapons. Officials say the workers have been reassigned.

Mar 30, 2017

After the death of a suspect last July, Ottawa constable Daniel Montsion was charged with manslaughter. Bracelets with the mottos "united we stand" and "divided we fall' and his badge number have been sold to some officers and supporters while other members consider them inappropriate.

Mar 29, 2017

While the Trudeau government considers an extradition treaty with China, two former leaders of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service advise against the measure, due to that country's poor record on human rights. Last week, the government of Australia slowed similar negotiations with China, amid considerable opposition.

Mar 29, 2017

On Monday Conservative leadership candidate Maxime Bernier said he would offer the assistance of Canadian Forces members to deal with illegal immigrants crossing from the United States. Greg Janzen, the reeve of Emerson, Manitoba said the measure would be "overkill".

Mar 28, 2017

Seven high school students and a teacher have died and more than 40 people have been injured after an avalanche hit ski slopes in Japan.

Mar 28, 2017

Ottawa’s police chief has initiated a complaint against an officer who punched a handcuffed teen during a 2015 arrest.

Mar 28, 2017

Swiss and Turkish authorities have opened separate probes into protesters in Bern who called for the assassination of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Mar 28, 2017

With summer approaching and record numbers of illegal immigrants walking across the Canadian border with the United States, law enforcement resources are being stretched. Maxime Bernier, a leading contender to be the new Conservative leader says he would consider supplementing the border personnel with Canadian Forces members.

Mar 28, 2017

The government wants marijuana to be legalized by July 1, 2018 but what will police do about enforcing the existing laws in the meantime? Police forces in five major Canadian cities were asked about their intentions.

Mar 27, 2017

Hamas closed its only civilian border crossing with Israel on Sunday, and Israeli troops were on high alert as tensions between the two enemies continued to rise, two days after a senior Hamas operative was mysteriously shot dead at point-blank range in the parking garage of his home.

Mar 27, 2017

Amber Rudd, the U.K.’s home secretary, made comments about 'terrorists having a place to hide' after police discovered that London’s Westminster attacker had sent a text via WhatsApp just before his rampage.

Mar 27, 2017

Every hour of every day, cyber warriors silently fight an unrelenting war with millions of daily attacks to battle invading adversaries thousands of miles from America's shores. At Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, hundreds of cyber warriors learn offensive and defensive cyber capabilities.

Mar 27, 2017

Fewer Canadians are being turned away at the U.S. land border in recent months despite mounting concerns that Donald Trump's immigration policies are making it much harder to cross, according to The Canadian Press.

Mar 27, 2017

Gunfire erupted early Sunday inside a crowded Cincinnati nightclub after a dispute broke out among several men, killing one man and injuring 15 other people, authorities said. No suspect was in custody by the afternoon and police did not think the shooting at the Cameo club was terrorism-related.

Mar 27, 2017

New Canadian research shows one young person is shot almost every day in Ontario, with the vast majority of injuries being unintentional. The findings, published Monday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, do not offer an explanation of what’s driving the number of injuries.

Mar 27, 2017

In the next few days Montreal's police chief will present a plan to stop what has been called 'infighting' in the force. There have been allegations of false evidence planting to derail internal corruption investigations.

Mar 24, 2017

After the death of a suspect in custody and subsequent manslaughter charges against an officer, the Ottawa force began a review of gloves worn by police. The Ontario provincial Special Investigations Unit has already described the gloves worn by the Ottawa officer as weapons.

Mar 23, 2017

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Wednesday's apparent terrorist incident outside the British Parliament is a "cowardly attack" on democracy around the world. And he says Canada stands ready to help Britain in any way it can after the attack, which left at least four dead in London

Mar 23, 2017

It was the terrorist attack that police and security services always feared, but hoped would never come. A man, dressed all in black, drove a car at 50 mph the full length of Westminster Bridge, aiming deliberately at pedestrians and cyclists.

Mar 23, 2017

In Montreal federal prosecutors have dropped drugs, weapons and kidnapping charges against 35 alleged Mafia members, apparently abandoning an investigation that spanned half a decade. According to one crown lawyer, the move maybe linked to questions about RCMP investigative techniques.

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