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Dec 14, 2017

Since 2007 13 human feet have been found along the British Columbia coast. Eight of the feet belonged to six people. The British Columbia Coroners Service does not suspect foul play.

Dec 13, 2017

A convicted child molester was prevented from flying overseas from Sydney Airport on Wednesday under new laws aimed at keeping Australian pedophiles from travelling to Southeast Asia for sex tourism.

Dec 13, 2017

Groups like ISIS use different strategies to attract women to their ranks than men. The government of Canada  is developing “counter-messaging” to disrupt terrorist recruiting.

Dec 12, 2017

An explosion and fire that ripped through Austria’s main gas pipeline hub killed one person and injured at least 18 others, prompting Italy to declare a state of emergency as flows from the strategic site were cut off.

Dec 12, 2017

The RCMP is in a 'perfect storm.' While maintaining police services at several levels of government, chronic underfunding means it cannot function as a federal force.

Dec 11, 2017

A man with a pipe bomb strapped to him set off the crude device in the subway near Times Square injuring the suspect and three other people at the height of the morning rush hour.

Dec 11, 2017

Melbourne, Australia is hosting a three-day conference of law enforcement agencies from the UK, US, Canada, France, New Zealand, Singapore and Belgium on Leadership in Counter Terrorism. Officials are concerned about the potential for Christmas terror attacks as Islamist fighters return from Iraq.

Dec 08, 2017

Daniel Therrien, Canada's privacy commissioner says security legislation should be amended to ensure the government does not keep personal data it does not need. Therrien told the Commons public safety committee that security agencies should not be able to keep a profile on every Canadian.

Dec 07, 2017

Budget documents have revealed that Regina police want a 'tactical rescue vehicle'. Critics say the proposed purchase shows the 'militarization' of Canadian police forces.

Dec 06, 2017

A Toronto area company called The ICEN Group assisted in the release in October of Joshua Boyle, his wife Caitlan Coleman and their three children from Pakistani militants after five years in captivity. Boyle's family hired the company, headed by former CSIS employee Andy Ellis.

Dec 05, 2017

A rapidly growing wildfire in the foothills north of Los Angeles threatened thousands of homes on Tuesday, forcing nearby residents to evacuate the area after causing at least one death and local power outages, officials said.

Dec 05, 2017

Two suspects turned on Yosif Al-Hasnawi when the 19-year-old tried to help an older stranger, police said. Some witnesses, however, criticized paramedics who responded to the shooting, saying Al-Hasnawi was clearly in distress but wasn’t taken seriously.

Dec 05, 2017

The move by the Ontario government to limit the prosecution of HIV-positive people with low viral loads, who don’t have a realistic chance of transmitting the disease is being called as a step in the right direction by some HIV-positive people.

Dec 05, 2017

Foreign ISIS fighters are leaving the Middle East to return home. Britain, France and the United States directly target their citizens fighting for terrorist groups on the battlefield to prevent their return. Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said, "Canada does not engage in death squads."

Dec 04, 2017

When a Florida man was brought into an emergency room with a do not resuscitate (DNR) tattoo on his chest along with a signature, a team of physicians found themselves at an ethical crossroad. Should the tattoo be honoured as an official request to not resuscitate, or should every attempt be made to save the man’s life?

Dec 04, 2017

An Ottawa pharmacist who faked a robbery at his own drugstore to cover up the “mountains” of fentanyl patches he trafficked has been found guilty of his crimes, in what appears to be the city’s first case of narcotics trafficking in the profession and the latest effort to deal with the opioid crisis.

Dec 04, 2017

Germany's domestic intelligence chief has warned that wives and children of German ISIS fighters would pose a major security risk if they return home. Hans-Georg Maassen said they may "identify deeply" with jihadism and it is crucial to have security procedures in place.

Nov 30, 2017

A former CFL player, Const. Jason Mallett, turned disgraced Ottawa police officer has been charged by his own force with having sex while on-duty with multiple women in a series of discipline charges that will see the force wanting the badge of its one-time poster boy.

Nov 30, 2017

The federal government has pledged to fund a treatment centre for an Ontario reserve plagued by mercury contamination. The treatment centre is “dream come true” and once it is built, those affected by the serious impacts of mercury contamination will not have to travel to centres like Winnipeg or Kenora, Ont., to receive care

Nov 30, 2017

Information released before Parliament begins debate on C-59, a new national-security bill, shows that federal agencies want to gather "bulk" amounts of electronic data about ordinary Canadians to find terrorist threats. A committee reviewing the bill will hear from federal officials and police chiefs today.

Nov 29, 2017

The combination of Libya’s splintered government in the wake of Muammar Gaddafi’s fall and the influx of people from Nigeria has led to a situation where stranded men and women are being held against their will and, in some cases, sold into slavery or prostitution.

Nov 29, 2017

About 11 percent of medicines in developing countries are counterfeit and likely responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of children from diseases like malaria and pneumonia every year, the World Health Organization said.

Nov 29, 2017

A Canadian man pleaded guilty in a U.S. court to charges stemming from a massive breach at Yahoo that authorities say was directed by two Russian intelligence agents and affected at least a half billion user accounts.

Nov 29, 2017

Police are calling down warnings of an alleged phone scam after it turned out the phone calls were part of a legitimate Ontario fundraising campaign. The Ontario police association is running a campaign for its program called "Kids and Cops and Canadian Tire Fishing Days."

Nov 29, 2017

In the House of Commons Tuesday, Conservative opposition leader Andrew Scheer said the Liberal government is going easy on suspected ISIS terrorists returning to Canada. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the  Conservatives  are trying to frighten Canadians.

Nov 28, 2017

A 22-year-old Canadian woman from Montreal is in the custody of Kurdish forces in Syria, along with her two-year-old daughter and newborn baby girl, after having fled a Daesh-controlled region of Syria.

Nov 28, 2017

After spending several weeks in Peru co-ordinating the search for her missing son, Jesse Galganov’s mother has hired a renowned Israeli search-and-rescue company that has experience locating missing people in remote places around the world.

Nov 28, 2017

The Trudeau government has created the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians (NSICOP), a $4.5-million body consisting of eight MPS and three senators supported by a secretariat from the Privy Council Office.

Nov 28, 2017

It looks like a typical one-bedroom seniors apartment, but hidden inside are a series of sensors. The apartment, located inside Ottawa’s Élisabeth Bruyère Hospital, is a living laboratory that comes equipped with technology that gathers information to help identify memory and mobility issues.

Nov 28, 2017

Ottawa police are taking the final steps to reduce the “boys’ club” mentality that was historically prevalent in dealing with women’s careers on the force.

Nov 28, 2017

A new DNA testing device made in Ottawa can cut the time it takes to test for legionnaires’ disease from more than a week to 45 minutes.

Nov 28, 2017

The RCMP will remove data about religious and cultural practices from records about Muslim refugee claimants who came from the U.S. into Canada at an irregular crossing point  in Quebec. An interview guide used questions specifically targeting Muslims.

Nov 27, 2017

The hackers’ targets: The former head of cybersecurity for the U.S. Air Force. An ex-director at the National Security Council. A former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency. All were caught up in a Russian government-aligned cyberespionage campaign. None was warned by the FBI.

Nov 27, 2017

Iran's powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps has warned the European Union not to meddle with its missile development program. If the EU interferes with Iran's missile program, "we will also regard the Europeans as a threat and will act accordingly," said IRGC Deputy Commander Hossein Salami.

Nov 27, 2017

After arriving in Syria, Zarah's husband trained as a fighter and soon “became a martyr for the caliphate, thanks to God. I loved him. But we all must make sacrifices for our beliefs.” Another woman, originally from Kosovo, said she would "want both her kids to grow up to be martyrs."

Nov 27, 2017

The minister of public safety, Ralph Goodale said in a televised interview that the chance of reintegrating ISIS fighters is "pretty remote". Mr. Goodale says prosecutions are difficult because battlefield intelligence about individuals must be turned into evidence usable in Canadian courts.

Nov 26, 2017

Worshippers in Egypt’s North Sinai were killed when a Sufi mosque was bombed and gunmen positioned outside were shooting those escaping the carnage inside. Paramedics and other responders were also shot. Latest reports say 305 people were killed and another 128 are wounded.

Nov 25, 2017

Underground banks are illegal, but common in China. According to China’s Ministry of Public Security, underground banks handled more than $137 billion in transactions last year.

Nov 23, 2017

Airbus Helicopters has been awarded a contract from South Korea's National 119 Rescue Headquarters for the purchase of two additional H225 helicopters.

Nov 23, 2017

Authorities on removed dozens of asylum seekers and ratcheted up pressure on more than 300 others to abandon a decommissioned immigration camp, where refugees reported their shelters, beds and other belongings have been destroyed.

Nov 23, 2017

While some countries try to kill their citizens fighting for ISIS in Syria before they can return, Canada places its hopes on reintegration and counseling. If that fails, returning terrorists can be prosecuted but lawyers are reluctant to bring the charges.

Nov 23, 2017

A selection committee headed by former New Brunswick premier Frank McKenna is looking for a new RCMP commissioner to replace Bob Paulson. One of the contenders is Devon Clunis, former Winnipeg police chief and labour leader Barbara Byers.

Nov 22, 2017

Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams have made a number of arrests and seized a huge cache of drugs after a raid on a Calgary-based drug operation. ALERT says the year-long investigation, dubbed Project Offshore, has netted over $4M worth of fentanyl, cocaine and methamphetamine.

Nov 22, 2017

Victor Omoruyi has been arrested and charged — for the second time — in connection with a human-smuggling ring. Omoruyi was taken into custody on a warrant by RCMP at Saskatoon International Airport after being deported from America. He's been charged under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act with one count of human smuggling and one count of aiding or abetting.​

Nov 22, 2017

The Canada Revenue Agency's call centres blocked more than half the calls they received and gave taxpayers the wrong answers to their questions nearly one third of the time, according to the federal Auditor-General.

Nov 22, 2017

Christopher Calvin Garnier, 29, allegedly strangled off-duty police officer Constable Catherine Campbell and got rid of her body with a compost bin.

Nov 22, 2017

Laser lights were used to illuminate two aircraft and a police cruiser near Halifax airport Monday night. RCMP are investigating the incidents. Directing lasers against aircraft can result in fines of up to $100,000.

Nov 22, 2017

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada is monitoring ISIS fighters returning from the Middle East, revoking their passports and laying criminal charges. He said the Canada Centre for Community Engagement and Prevention of Violence will help jihadists “let go of that terrorist ideology.”

Nov 21, 2017

Canadian Armed Forces Maritime Coastal Defence Vessels deployed on Operation Caribbe in the Eastern Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea have been working hand-in-hand with the United States Coast Guard over the past several weeks to intercept and seize large quantities of illicit drugs.

Nov 21, 2017

More than 15,000 foreign nationals are on Canada's deportation list, but some can't be removed because their home country won't take them back.

Nov 21, 2017

Russia's meteorological service said it had measured pollution of a radioactive isotope at nearly 1,000 times normal levels in the Ural mountains, the first official Russian data supporting reports that an accident had taken place.

Nov 21, 2017

A suicide bomber killed at least 50 people at a mosque in northeastern Nigeria on Tuesday, the biggest mass killing this year in a region facing an insurgency by Islamist militant group Boko Haram.

Nov 21, 2017

Human rights groups say at least 24 people have been killed in violence following the presidential vote, which opposition supporters claim was rigged.

Nov 21, 2017

Bill C59 is a package of security measures from the Trudeau government to modify the Conservatives’ 2015 Anti-Terrorism Act. The Opposition says it shows the Liberals are soft on terrorism.

Nov 20, 2017

Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan wrapped up the 9th annual edition of the Halifax International Security Forum, where he highlighted Canadian security and defence priorities through discussions with Defence Ministers, the academic community, industry, and officials from across the globe.

Nov 20, 2017

Based on a fictional scenario involving a volcanic eruption and subsequent crater collapse, emergency responders and management officials from Canada and U.S. were able to effectively improve situational awareness and communication of critical information necessary to better plan and execute a coordinated response to a potential incident affecting both sides of the border.

Nov 20, 2017

Indigenous leaders in Quebec want help to deal with recreational marijuana use. Quebec and Labrador Assembly of First Nations Chief Ghislain Picard said communities are already struggling to cope with substance abuse.

Nov 20, 2017

The Government will formally apologize to LGBTQ2 Canadians on November 28, the Prime Minister announced on Sunday. An advocate for people who were persecuted said there is no agreement on a financial settlement. Many victims of previous policies lost employment in the armed forces and government.

Nov 17, 2017

Canadian jihadis in Iraq and Syria face a concerted effort to kill them by the Syrian, Iraqi, US, Russian and (recently) Turkish governments, as well as numerous local and foreign-backed militias. But have little to fear from their own government. According to the 2016 report on the Terrorist Threat to Canada, Public Safety Canada is aware that returning jihadis "may have skills, experience and relationships developed abroad that could be used to recruit or inspire individuals in Canada. They may also engage in terrorist financing, helping others to travel, or even planning attacks in Canada. The attacks directed by Daesh in Paris and Brussels provide examples. Most of the attackers were returnees linked to Daesh."

Nov 17, 2017

The government of Newfoundland and Labrador plans to establish a Serious Incident Response Team (SIRT) to investigate police shootings and other serious incidents. Discussions are underway about including other provinces in the SIRT.

Nov 17, 2017

Assistant RCMP commissioner Curtis Zablocki told a Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities meeting that farmers under threat should call 911, secure themselves as best they can and wait for police. Zablocki said new Protection and Response Teams that include conservation officers and commercial vehicle enforcement officers will allow Mounties to spend more time on core policing.

Nov 16, 2017

The 4th EU-Canada Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) Symposium will be held Monday, 20 November in Ottawa. This annual event brings together Canadian and European military and civilian practitioners, policymakers and academic experts, and offers a platform for exchanges on addressing global security threats.

Nov 16, 2017

Twenty countries have joined an international alliance to phase out coal from power generation before 2030. Since signing the Paris Agreement in 2015, which aims to wean the world off fossil fuels, several countries have made national plans to phase out coal from their power supply mix.

Nov 16, 2017

An agency that investigates serious police actions in Manitoba says an RCMP officer was escorting a man to Winnipeg when he wrestled the Mountie’s gun away from him and took off in an unmarked police van.

Nov 15, 2017

The Safe Third Country Agreement specifies that Canada can turn back asylum-seekers coming from the U.S. who failed to make a claim first in that country, but only if they arrive at an officially designated port of entry. Hence the incentive to cross along backroads and through farmers' fields, but there are alternatives that allow the RCMP to reestablish control over the boundary.

Nov 15, 2017

The Mohawk Council, the union representing border guards, and CBSA are still at loggerheads over whether an alternative reporting station will be allowed to go ahead.

Nov 15, 2017

CIJA commends the Toronto Police Service after arrests stemming from evidence of antisemitic, racist, misogynist, and pro-Nazi content in a community newspaper.

Nov 15, 2017

Despite its unwieldy title, the Secretariat of the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians, which will oversee the country’s national security and intelligence operations, is seen as a very positive development.

Nov 15, 2017

A gunman who killed four people in rural California fired into an elementary school but was stopped from entering by teachers. One child was shot at the school after the gunman fired into it. Others were hurt by broken glass.

Nov 15, 2017

The government has announced close to $1.5 million in federal funding for the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre (CIFFC) to support the standardization of first response teams. It will coordinate wildland fire-control services for all provinces, territories and federal fire management agencies.

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