IN THE NEWS

Oct 17, 2017

The federal government is supporting indigenous search and rescue teams along the British Columbia coast with equipment and training. The Coast Guard is preparing shipments of radios, searchlights and medical equipment for indigenous communities.

Oct 17, 2017

In September, Maisum Ansari was charged with 337 firearms offenses after 33 guns were found in a Pickering, Ontario residence. Police also found 53 kilograms of a substance now identified as the deadly street drug fentanyl.
 

Oct 16, 2017

Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau said he's "extremely preoccupied" by an incident that saw a small drone collide with a passenger airplane above Jean Lesage airport in Quebec City on Thursday.

Oct 16, 2017

The government of Canada could prosecute the Afghans who captured and held Joshua Boyle, his wife and their children, but apprehending suspects is probably impossible. The family returned to Canada Friday after five years in captivity.

Oct 16, 2017

When a court in Moncton, New Brunswick found the RCMP guilty of failing to equip its officers properly after the deaths of three Mounties in 2014, RCMP Cpl Patrick Bouchard pointed out to news media that few senior officers attended the trial. He has received a letter from superiors calling his statement "unacceptable".

Oct 13, 2017

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police has suspended the use of a three-page, 41 item questionnaire used to help screen illegal border crossers in Quebec. Critics say its apparent focus on Islamic beliefs and practices was inappropriate.

Oct 13, 2017

After repeated terrorist incidents, it is time for the government of Canada and Canadians to take action. Controlling our borders against illegal immigration is one place to begin.

Oct 12, 2017

Captured by Afghan terrorists in 2012, a Canadian man (who was once married to Omar Khadr’s oldest sister Zaynab), his American wife, and their children have been recovered "safe and sound" by the Pakistani Army and Intelligence Agency actioning info shared by U.S. intelligence, which had been tracking their movement.

Oct 12, 2017

Mounties screening people crossing from the United States have asked them a variety of questions which appear to focus on Islamic beliefs. A lawyer obtained the list of questions. The RCMP says it is no longer using 'that version' of the document.

Oct 12, 2017

A Vancouver businessman has updated the yellow 'baby on board' triangle sign with a new product that gives first responders useful information about all the people in a vehicle. The Child´s Medical Data Carrier comes with an app that provides data including directions to the nearest hospital and messaging to key contacts.

Oct 11, 2017

The government is allocating more than $8 million more for lawyers and other resources to speed the work of the RCMP External Review Committee which investigates RCMP members' employment conditions. The committee's workload has doubled in the three years since its enabling legislation came into effect.

Oct 10, 2017

Fast-moving wildfires caused widespread destruction across Northern California’s wine country as flames engulfed multiple counties and raged across more than 100,000 acres, forcing mandatory evacuations and prompting California’s governor to declare a state of emergency.

Oct 10, 2017

Police forces and prosecutors in Canada are starting to bring manslaughter charges against dealers who provide fentanyl to drug users who die after ingesting the drug. The possibility of a manslaughter conviction arises from the seller knowing fentanyl's lethality.

Oct 10, 2017

The lawyer for 19 year old Canadian Abdulrahman El Bahnasawy told a New York court his client suffers from mental illness and drug issues. El Bahnasawy pleaded guilty in 2016 to plotting terrorist attacks.

Oct 06, 2017

The annual review of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service by an oversight body said the agency had complied with its governing laws and regulations, but the Security Intelligence Review Committee did point out some areas for improvement.

Oct 06, 2017

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police report that the number of people illegally crossing into Canada from the United States to seek asylum has increased by five times since 2016. This year, 13,000 people have been taken into custody after crossing.

Oct 06, 2017

The RCMP is buying almost 5,000 fur-lined hats, after almost dropping the animal product. Each hat requires two or three muskrat pelts.

Oct 05, 2017

The British Columbia Civil Rights Association is appealing a decision by an oversight panel that cleared the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) of illegally monitoring pipeline protestors. The Security Intelligence Review Committee ruled CSIS did not exceed its mandate.

Oct 05, 2017

Some potential asylum seekers rejected at legal Canadian border points are identified to US authorities and jailed for visa violations. On a recent day about 40 potential immigrants were in Clinton County jail in Plattsburgh, New York.

Oct 04, 2017
The suspect in the Edmonton attack that injured five people had been detained for days after arriving in the United States from Mexico, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials said. A U.S. immigration judge ordered Sharif to be removed to Somalia but he was released and did not report back.
Oct 04, 2017

As part of the Government of Canada’s commitment to provide greater flexibility in meeting requirements for those who wish to obtain Canadian citizenship, the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced a significant milestone in implementing changes to the Citizenship Act through the adoption of Bill C-6.

Oct 04, 2017

The move by Canada to introduce new anti-corruption legislation has provoked a visceral reaction from the Russian government. Its proponents say it isn’t targeted specifically at Russia, but Putin made it clear that he sees the global move to adopt Magnitsky legislation as a personal slight.

Oct 04, 2017

British citizens who repeatedly view terrorist content online could face up to 15 years behind bars in a move designed to tighten the laws tackling radicalisation. “I want to make sure those who view despicable terrorist content online, including jihadi websites, far-right propaganda and bomb-making instructions, face the full force of the law,” said Britain's Home Secretary Rudd.

Oct 04, 2017

Abdulahi Hasan Sharif, charged with attempted murder after weekend attacks in Edmonton, was under a 2011 deportation order from the United States. In 2012, he received refugee status in Canada after entering the country at a "regular port of entry".

Oct 04, 2017

Staff at the Nova Scotia Youth Facility are concerned for their safety after the transfer of a 19-year old convicted murderer who has already attacked correctional officers. They say they lack the equipment and training to manage his custody safely.

Oct 04, 2017

Even in cases like Edmonton's weekend van attack which appear to be obvious terrorism, crown prosecutors do not always lay terrorism charges. There are additional burdens of proof under terror laws that make cases more complex, and penalties for crimes like attempted mass murder are already quite strict.

Oct 03, 2017

The United States Coast Guard deployed C-27J Spartans – its newest medium range surveillance aircraft – to assist in relief following Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

Oct 03, 2017

By efficiently analyzing mountains of data from sensors monitoring key components and behaviour of the aircraft, FlyScan can enhance flight safety, increase fleet availability, and reduce the maintenance burden.

Oct 03, 2017

The Royal Thai Police has received two H175 helicopters from Airbus Helicopters, making it the first in Asia Pacific to operate the newest rotorcraft. The Royal Thai Police will be using this super medium aircraft, equipped with the latest aircraft technology and capabilities, for VVIP transportation and various police missions.

Oct 03, 2017

The attack on an outdoor concert in Las Vegas Sunday killed 59 people. Three Canadians are among the dead: Jordan McIldoon of Maple Ridge, B.C.,  Jessica Klymchuk of Valleyview, Alberta, and a woman whose name has not been released. At least four Canadians remain in hospital.

Oct 03, 2017

The suspect in the weekend terror attack in Edmonton that injured five people, Abdulahi Hasan Sharif entered Canada in 2012 at a legal border crossing. Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said background checks at the time revealed no negative information.

Oct 02, 2017

Toronto police say two men are facing trafficking charges after more than 900,000 contraband cigarettes were seized in a raid. The Contraband Tobacco Enforcement Team executed two search warrants last week, including one at a storage unit. Officers seized 907,000 unstamped cigarettes.

Oct 02, 2017

Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure and Frequentis have been selected to supply mission-critical technologies for the “ELKOS Austria” project, a nationwide, unified command and communication system. The companies will also support the refurbishment of the current control and command system at the warning centre in Lower Austria.

Oct 02, 2017

At least 50 people were killed and 200 wounded Sunday night by a gunman who opened fire from the 32nd floor of a hotel into a crowd of people at an outdoor concert in Las Vegas.

Oct 02, 2017

The Somali refugee arrested for Saturday's terror attack in Edmonton was known to police but in 2015, he was deemed not to be a threat. Abdulahi Hasan Sharif could face five charges of attempted murder.

Oct 01, 2017

Excitement has been renewed within the federal NDP party with the single-ballot election of Jagmeet Singh as the new NDP leader who won 53% of the vote. During his acceptance speech, he proudly announced the launch of his campaign for Canada's next federal election.

Oct 01, 2017

Police say terrorism charges are pending against a suspect arrested after a series of violent attacks that saw an Edmonton police officer stabbed and several pedestrians run down by a truck.

Sep 29, 2017

A cautionary tale about how religion enforcement officers in Malaysia don't like it when you speak about the commonalities between Islam, Judaism and Christianity.

Sep 29, 2017

Former RCMP deputy commissioner Peter German will head an independent investigation of British Columbia casinos for money laundering. One recent suspicious transaction involved $13.5 million in cash.

Sep 28, 2017

Fewer prisoners in solitary confinement has been linked with an increase in violent attacks in Canadian correctional facilities. Over three years, the number of people in segregation has dropped to 300 from 800 but attacks on other inmates by those leaving solitary confinement have increased.  

Sep 28, 2017

On Friday, Mounties abandoned pursuit of a stolen truck that collided with another vehicle and killed three women. Assistant commissioner Curtis Zablocki said senior commanders assess risk to the public and severity of the crime before decidingto continue a pursuit.

Sep 27, 2017

Chief Charles Bordeleau of the Ottawa Police Service says his force does not reflect the diversity of the community it serves. The service is evaluating its program for women and minority recruitment.

Sep 26, 2017

The union is calling for a national strategy to resolve a serious gap in protecting correctional officers. The public is being encouraged to watch a new film movie depicting the violent, raw reality of the day-to-day work of correctional officers and then ask their local MP to support a national strategy to recognize correctional officers as first responders, which will allow them access PTSD resources regardless of where they live in Canada.

Sep 26, 2017

Warnings that a volcano on the Indonesian tourist island of Bali will erupt have sparked an exodus of more than 75,000 people that is likely to continue to swell. Authorities have ordered the evacuation of villagers living within a high danger zone that in places extends 12 kilometres from Mount Agung's crater.

Sep 26, 2017

New guidance to Canadian federal agencies limits but does not eliminate their use of information obtained by torture, but it does place new curbs on their ability to communicate with foreign agencies likely or known to abuse prisoners.

Sep 26, 2017

The Saskatchewan RCMP is under criticism for a policy of abandoning vehicle pursuits because of safety concerns after a stolen truck killed three women in a collision.

Sep 25, 2017

Google’s powerful search engine is defeating some court-ordered publication bans in Canada and undermining efforts to protect young offenders and victims

Sep 25, 2017

With 4.28 homicides per 100,000 people as of September 23, Edmonton had Canada's worst record for murder. Statistics are gathered from cities only, not their metropolitan regions.

Sep 22, 2017

An August 2017 survey shows many soldiers and first responders have trouble finding help for their health issues. While members of these groups listed sleep and stress issues as concerns, they did not always link them to the health risks they face.

Sep 21, 2017

A day after a massive earthquake that's killed hundreds of people in Mexico, rescuers frantically raced to find survivors buried under rubble as families waited desperately for answers.

Sep 21, 2017

Hurricane Maria, the most powerful storm to make a direct hit on Puerto Rico in almost a century, ravaged the island on Wednesday, knocking out all electricity, deluging towns with flashfloods and mudslides and compounding the already considerable pain of residents here.

Sep 21, 2017

California on Wednesday sued the Trump administration to stop the construction of a proposed wall on the U.S. border with Mexico, arguing that the federal government is overstepping its authority by waiving environmental reviews and other laws.

Sep 21, 2017

Canadian law says refugee claims must be heard in 60 days, so why are people waiting 16 months? Canada has a backlog of more than 30,000 refugee claims, a tally that's growing at roughly 1,400 cases per month.

Sep 21, 2017

Canadian security services work with international partners to fight terrorism. When does collaboration become conspiracy to violate the rights of Canadian citizens and residents?

Sep 20, 2017

In August, 5,712 asylum seekers crossed the border from the United States to Canada, an increase of more than 80 percent from 3,134 in July.  Most crossed from New York to Quebec.

Sep 19, 2017

The PM has reaffirmed that Canada will continue to push for one of the temporary seats on the United Nations Security Council when it becomes open in four years.

Sep 19, 2017

The Trump administration has withdrawn a proposal to let Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s security guards buy $1.2 million in U.S.-made weapons following violence against protesters during Erdogan’s visit to Washington this spring.

Sep 19, 2017

The Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission is investigating Halifax Regional Police after Const. Mark Long claimed discrimination because he was diagnosed with PTSD.  Long says his pay was reduced when he took time off for treatment.

Sep 18, 2017

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police has joined with law enforcement officials from other nations to end the flow of the deadly opioid fentanyl from China. In Canada, about 20 investigations are underway into fentanyl smuggling.

Sep 18, 2017

After the murder of a Canadian soldier by a terrorist in October, 2014, the RCMP stopped hundreds of criminal investigations, mainly into organized crime, to focus on counter-terrorism.

Sep 14, 2017

The RCMP used cellphone-tracking technology in a way that was "not lawful" six times, Canada's privacy commissioner said in a report released Thursday. 

Sep 14, 2017

In Cuba, mystery deepens over attacks on U.S. diplomats.

Sep 14, 2017

There are growing signs that Canada won't meet the criteria for attending a November peacekeeping summit in Vancouver, even though it is the host country.

Sep 14, 2017

In a continuing court case challenging the use of solitary confinement in Canada's correctional system, the federal government contends its practice of 'segregation' does not meet international definitions of extreme treatment.

Sep 13, 2017

Fastenal Canada Ltd., of Kitchener, Ontario, was fined $265,000 after pleading guilty in the Ontario Court of Justice to two counts of contravening the Ozone-Depleting Substances Regulations, 1998 made pursuant to the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999.

Sep 13, 2017

Five patients at a nursing home died in Hurricane Irma's aftermath as people confronted a multitude of new hazards in the storm's wake, including oppressive heat, brush-clearing accidents and poisonous fumes from generators.

Sep 13, 2017

Pat Finnigan, Member of Parliament for Miramichi-Grand Lake, on behalf of the Minister for Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness announced $753,000 in federal funding to the Miramichi Ground Search and Rescue and the New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization of the Department of Justice and Public Safety under the Search and Rescue New Initiatives Fund.

Sep 13, 2017

Portugal’s Pego do Altar reservoir looks like disused quarry now, holding barely 11 per cent of the water it was designed for making this the worst drought in over 20 years.

Sep 13, 2017

Nine people, including a suspect who was fatally shot by an officer, have died after a man opened fire during a gathering to watch football at a suburban Dallas home.

Sep 13, 2017

The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police has asked the federal government to postpone the legalization of marijuana past July 1, 2018 because officers will not have had training in roadside testing, among other reasons.

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