IN THE NEWS

Jun 16, 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Canadian Coast Guard, Terry Beech, announced that the Coast Guard will remain at Sea Island. The Dive Rescue team based there is the only one of its kind in Canada. The team is responsible for rescues and recoveries of people trapped in submerged boats, vehicles and aircraft.

Jun 16, 2017

Public safety took a blow this week as the Bill known as "Wynn's Law" was defeated in the House of Commons on Wednesday. Bill S-217 aimed to make it mandatory for a prosecutor to disclose a suspect’s criminal history during a bail application.

Jun 16, 2017

A British hacker has admitted stealing hundreds of online accounts from a US military communications system and then boasting online of how he controlled US satellites.

Jun 15, 2017

The Liberal government plans to introduce wide-ranging national security legislation next week that will include more robust oversight of Canada's border agency.

Jun 15, 2017

RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson says he had concerns about police militarization, and the adoption of carbine rifles represented a "significant change" in the use of force for frontline officers.

Jun 15, 2017

All three Royal Canadian Mounted Police detachments on Prince Edward Island now have Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) capability. The aircraft are commercially available models, and infrared scanning attachments will assist with search and rescue, and pursuit operations.

Jun 14, 2017

Russia’s cyberattack on the U.S. electoral system before Donald Trump’s election was far more widespread than has been publicly revealed, including incursions into voter databases and software systems in almost twice as many states as previously reported.

Jun 14, 2017

At least six deaths were confirmed early Wednesday after a blaze ripped through a high-rise apartment block in the British capital as residents slept. At least 74 people were injured, according to authorities. More than 250 firefighters battled the west London inferno through the night.

Jun 14, 2017

A new contract for Ottawa police officers provides unlimited psychological services and more time off between shifts. The contract also provides a two percent increase a year for four years.

Jun 14, 2017

A court in Algeria has dropped terror charges against Abderrahmane Ghanem, 30, of Calgary, saying evidence from 'outside sources' did not hold up. Ghanem's Canadian lawyer said the prosecution in Algeria did not dispute defence claims that Canadian intelligence services had supplied evidence for the case.

Jun 14, 2017

In June 2015, the Globe and Mail newspaper began asking police forces how they handled sex assault investigations. A new story published Tuesday and based on Freedom of Information requests shows how police forces across Canada coordinated their answers to the original sex assault story.

Jun 13, 2017

Heavy monsoon rain has triggered landslides in south-east Bangladesh, with officials reporting 92 people killed, including five soldiers.

Jun 13, 2017

A team of scientists had to abandon an expedition in Hudson Bay because of hazardous ice conditions off the coast of Newfoundland caused by climate change.

Jun 13, 2017

The Liberal government’s plan to buy armed drones could face major delays because obtaining such technology needs approval from the U.S.

Jun 13, 2017

Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin is stepping down from the Supreme Court of Canada in December after 28 years on the court, including almost 18 years as chief.

Jun 13, 2017

The realization that cyber weapons will buy time, but will not create a permanent, effective solution is becoming more apparent as the cyberattacks against the Islamic State repeatedly disappoint, according to the New York Times.

Jun 13, 2017

The Trudeau government’s decision to greenlight a Chinese takeover of a Canadian high-tech firm that sells satellite-communication systems to the American military jeopardizes U.S. national security, a congressional commission warned Monday and urged the Pentagon to “immediately review” its dealings with Vancouver-based Norsat International.

Jun 12, 2017

A collaborative project to enhance European public safety showcases innovative information technology

Jun 12, 2017

The Canadian government is preparing to unveil a new office aimed at thwarting radicalized violence, whether perpetuated by radical Islamists or far-right extremists. After a lengthy delay, the Liberals are expected to launch the new office in the near future, pledging $35 million over five years to support intervention efforts, counter-narrative campaigns and research.

Jun 12, 2017

An EasyJet passenger’s suspicions about three plane mates prompted a midair security alert on Saturday – with an emergency landing in Germany, passengers injured and arrested, an airport shut down and luggage blown up by a bomb squad.

Jun 09, 2017

A Top Secret Canadian Security Intelligence Service memo obtained under Access To Information shows that the federal agency has six months to review and assess information about innocent third parties that is obtained during investigations. Previously, information about people in contact with targets of CSIS investigations was held for an indefinite period.

Jun 09, 2017

Three retired female Mounties who opted to work part-time during their careers took the government to court because the shortened hours were not counted as pensionable time and they were blocked from buying back time. On Thursday a federal judge ruled the women lost benefits not because of their gender but because they chose to work part-time.

Jun 08, 2017

The Trudeau government is allowing Chinese investors to buy a Vancouver high-tech firm without a formal national security review even though Canada and many of its allies use the company’s patented satellite communications technology for security, public safety and defence.

Jun 08, 2017

In 2014, a Newfoundland man was shot and slightly wounded during an escape from a sting operation. He has won a suit against the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary for the use of excessive force, but the amount of the settlement has not been disclosed.

Jun 07, 2017

In the face of flat budgets, Winnipeg is losing two joint RCMP and city police force units: Manitoba Integrated Organized Crime Task Force and the Manitoba Warrant Task Force. The officers involved will complete current assignments before returning to their respective forces.

Jun 06, 2017

Noting that roughly 41% of fatalities of motor coach collisions are a direct result of driver exhaustion, a union representing drivers is calling on the government to tighten regulations related to the number of on-duty hours.

Jun 06, 2017

Ottawa Police and Crime Stoppers are seeking the public’s help in identifying a female responsible for stealing approximately $4,000 in donations from the Autism Speaks Canada walk that took place in Ottawa on Sunday, June 4th.

Jun 06, 2017

Ottawa and the provinces are drafting national guidelines for the use of solitary confinement in an attempt to standardize a controversial form of incarceration that varies widely across the country.

Jun 05, 2017

Canada's terrorism threat level remains at medium in the wake of attacks that killed one Canadian visiting the U.K., but police and security agencies will be on high alert to protect revellers during 150th anniversary celebrations across the country.

Jun 05, 2017

This recent terror attack in Britain marks the third incident in less than three months. All have been linked to Islamic State (Daesh).

Jun 05, 2017

Ontario's police watchdog is investigating a series of three shootings — one involving a police officer — that left two people dead in downtown Ottawa.

Jun 05, 2017

The federal government is advising Canadians to be vigilant in the wake of Saturday night's deadly terrorist attack in London. The government and diplomats on the ground in London advised travellers to avoid the affected areas, follow the instructions of local authorities and monitor local media.

Jun 05, 2017

Chrissy Archibald of Castelgar, British Columbia died in her fiance's arms Saturday after being struck by the terrorists' van and is believed to be their first victim. She worked at a homeless shelter before travelling to Europe.

Jun 02, 2017

The governor of Puerto Rico has issued a strongly worded statement warning that Trump's withdrawal from the Paris Climate Change Agreement will negatively affect American citizens.

Jun 02, 2017

Mobile communications standards offer new possibilities in safety-critical broadband communication, the LTE mobile radio standard enables this in the form of MCPTT.

Jun 02, 2017

At least 44 migrants, including babies, have died of thirst after their vehicle broke down in the Sahara Desert as they were making their way to Libya.

Jun 02, 2017

‘Agitated’ man threatening to blow up Malaysia Airlines flight was subdued and tied up by passengers.

Jun 02, 2017

A gunman stormed a casino in the Philippine capital and torched gambling tables in the crowded space, creating a choking level of smoke that killed at least 36 people.

Jun 02, 2017

The White House confirmed that Trump had decided to pull out of the Paris climate accord, an international treaty signed by 195 countries pledging to fight climate change.

Jun 02, 2017

The U.S. Department of Defense has tasked a cyber protection team to the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, battery deployed to the Korean Peninsula. The department considers the threat emanating form North Korea as one of if not the greatest near term threat.

Jun 02, 2017

The personal information of almost 13,000 public servants was exposed in one of the largest ever privacy breaches at a federal government department. The July 11, 2016, breach at Public Services and Procurement Canada included the salary, age, reading-and-writing test results and other private information.

Jun 02, 2017

The Newfoundland justice minister, Andrew Parsons, says the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary needs outside oversight and new leadership after an incident in which an informant was allowed to commit a crime for which officers could have made an arrest. A report said the supervisors' decision was 'reasonable' but they failed to explain it to front-line officers.

Jun 01, 2017

NATO plans to bolster its ability to respond to cyberattacks and cybercrime by developing tools that can deter attacks on critical military and civilian network infrastructure. The development of NATO defensive and offensive cyber weaponry is tasked to the Western alliance’s dedicated cyber unit, which forms part of NATO’s Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe.

Jun 01, 2017

Members of the police force in New Glasgow, N.S., were all smiles in 2014 when Peter MacKay, the local MP and then defence minister, arranged for the Canadian military to give them a decommissioned light-armoured vehicle, free of charge. Four years later, the town's police chief confirmed that town officials have decided to give it away.

Jun 01, 2017

A woman believed to be from Ghana froze to death last week south of the Canadian border. Manitoba premier Brian Pallister said the death showed the federal government's failure to persuade President Donald Trump to change his country's asylum and deportation policies.

Jun 01, 2017

Women who were sexually harassed while working for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police over a 40 yer period could receive up to $220,000 in compensation. As many as 20,000 woman recruits may be eligible for payments of at least $10,000.

May 31, 2017

The Disaster Management Center said 203 people were confirmed dead. More than 77,000 have been displaced and over 1,500 homes destroyed since rains began inundating the southern and western areas of the Indian Ocean island nation last Friday.

May 31, 2017

A massive explosion rocked a highly secure diplomatic area of the Afghan capital on Wednesday morning, killing 80 people and wounding as many as 350. The German Embassy, the Foreign Ministry and the Presidential Palace are all in the area, as are the British and the Canadian embassies, and the Chinese, Turkish and Iranian embassies.

May 31, 2017

The Canadian Security Intelligence Service produced a report on opposition to resource development shortly after the government announced the twinning of the Trans Mountain pipeline between British Columbia and Alberta. A US-based group called Climate Direct Action is mentioned several times as being dedicated to stopping pipeline activity.

May 31, 2017

Bill C-46, now being debated in the House of Commons, would give Canadian police the power to screen drivers for drugs. Michael Cooper, the Conservative MP for St.Albert-Edmonton questioned whether police would have access to reliable, roadside drug testing equipment.

May 30, 2017

In 2005, James Roszko murdered four RCMP officers who were trying to arrest him at his Mayerthorpe, Alberta farm. A retired Mountie and a Carleton University professor are asking the government to review the case.

May 29, 2017

A public inquiry in Quebec is looking at how the Montreal police force reacted to embarrassing leaks by investigating senior officers and tapping reporters' phones. "Project Spy" was an elaborate plan to trap leakers with false information.

May 26, 2017

The Canadian Coast Guard's only team of emergency rescue divers is being shut down while the government reprioritizes resources "to enhance search and rescue capacity and response." The team is responsible for rescues and recoveries of people trapped in submerged boats, vehicles and aircraft.

May 25, 2017

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada will continue to share information with its intelligence allies, despite a series of recent leaks from the United States.

May 25, 2017

A year and a half after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government came to office promising to tighten Canada's gun laws, there are now more than a million restricted and prohibited firearms across the country.

May 25, 2017

An ambitious plan to launch a nationwide consultation on Canada’s national security regime didn’t go over well, according to internal reports prepared by the federal government. Academics, experts, and businesses confided to Ottawa “discontent with how the questions are framed” and consistently expressed “skepticism of the need for new investigatory powers,” according to VICE News.

May 25, 2017

Like the young man implicated in the Manchester bombing, dozens of young people have left Canada to fight with ISIS. A workshop on returning radicals stated they are "a major and unparalleled threat to the West".

May 24, 2017

A fifth suspect has now been arrested and is in custody. The police have said that at the time of his arrest, the person “was carrying a package, which we are currently assessing.”

May 24, 2017

Richard Fadden, former director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, believes the Trudeau government should move carefully in dismantling Bill C-51, which gave security forces new powers to fight terrorism. Fadden believes the powers have not been abused and the terror threat remains real.

May 24, 2017

After the Manchester bombing and the 2105 Bataclan attack in Paris, Canadians are concerned about their safety at large public events. Major venues are reviewing their security arrangements and individuals can contribute to their own safety.

May 23, 2017

Under pressure from a group called Black Lives Matter, the Toronto Pride Event dropped the participation of uniformed Toronto Police Service Officers. A New York group, Gay Officers Action League has invited Toronto officers to the New York Pride event.

May 23, 2017

An apparent suicide bomber attacked an Ariana Grande concert venue in Manchester last night, killing 22 and injuring 59 people. Many relatives and friends searched through the night for their children.

May 22, 2017

Fourteen Mounties spent two weeks training for major incidents with West Midlands Police in the United Kingdom. The two forces have conducted joint training for more than ten years.

May 22, 2017

The Trudeau government campaigned on changes to the mandate of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service. The minister for public security Ralph Goodale has indicated new legislation might be on the way, after a recent round of public consultations.

May 19, 2017

A year ago, Frank Elsner was suspended from his duties as Victoria police chief after allegations of discreditable conduct. He has now resigned but an investigation continues.

May 18, 2017

Calgary police shot more civilians in 2016 than any other force in Canada. Neil Wittmann, a retired judge, is review Calgary Police Service's culture and policies.

May 18, 2017

Commissioner Bob Paulson leaves the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in six weeks. His leadership may be defined by three reports this week that show the force has problems with sexual harassment and personnel management.

May 17, 2017

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says allied countries must “properly respect” Canadian values when handling intelligence shared by Canada’s spy agencies, as the fallout from U.S. President Donald Trump’s Russian meeting continues.

May 17, 2017

Accusations that President Trump wrongfully disclosed classified information with Russian officials has raised concerns about the viability of intelligence sharing among friendly nations. For decades, Canada has benefited from membership in Five Eyes - Canada, United States, Great Britain, Australia and New Zealand.

May 16, 2017

Bell is apologizing to its customers after 1.9 million email addresses and approximately 1,700 names and phone numbers were stolen from a company database.

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