IN THE NEWS

Mar 04, 2016

A Canada-U.S. initiative to create new, cross-border, law-enforcement teams has been "postponed" due to unresolved concerns about how to treat police officers accused of breaking the law.

Mar 04, 2016

A federal project to build a flagship data centre at a Canadian Forces base has been dealt a blow after civilian planners suddenly realized there was a top-secret military communications post getting in the way.

Mar 03, 2016

Perhaps Canadians would be more willing to welcome additional refugees if Justin Trudeau and his government addressed the security implications of their decisions.

Mar 03, 2016

There was a spike in murders in rural Alberta last year. Mounties say there were 65 homicides within its 112 Alberta detachment jurisdictions in 2015, compared to 36 the year before. They say it is also much higher than the 10-year average of 40 murders.

Mar 02, 2016

Airbus Helicopters today announced the delivery of the first of two H215 helicopters to join the Finnish Border Guard fleet.

Mar 02, 2016

There are calls for an independent body to investigate allegations of bullying and harassment inside Canada's national police force in the wake of CBC News reports about misconduct at the RCMP-run Canadian Police College.

Mar 02, 2016

The union representing workers at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency is sounding the alarm on inspector staffing levels, saying ongoing budget cuts has led to less oversight over safety and sanitation in Canadian plants.

Mar 02, 2016

Conservative senators are vowing to fight legislation that would restore the citizenship of dual nationals convicted of terrorism, by stalling its passage.

Mar 01, 2016

The U.S Agriculture Department has given the Canadian Food Inspection Agency until mid-March to fix significant food safety and sanitation concerns found during an audit of Canada’s meat, poultry and egg inspection systems.

Feb 29, 2016

The Barrett .50 caliber rifle is now the official state rifle of Tennessee. Originally designed for military use, its rounds can “penetrate light armor, down helicopters, destroy commercial aircraft, and blast through rail cars,” according to a report from the Violence Policy Center, a gun safety group.

Feb 29, 2016

Windsor police on average seized more than one gun for every day last year. It was part of a trend that saw large spikes in the number of both gun seizures and drug charges, two concerns that often go together.

Feb 26, 2016

Donald Trump wants a wall on the border — just not the northern one. He dismissed the idea of a wall with Canada during Thursday's televised debate.

Feb 26, 2016

Immigration Minister John McCallum knew he had a tough sell Thursday when he introduced legislation to repeal the Conservative law that stripped Canadian citizenship from dual nationals convicted of terrorism-related offences.

Feb 25, 2016

Brampton city council has declared that Uber presents a "public safety concern" and is asking the ride-sharing service to halt operations pending a review of bylaws in the city northwest of Toronto.

Feb 25, 2016

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale has issued a statement on the review of workplace harassment within the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).

Feb 24, 2016

Canada’s spy agencies have tracked 180 Canadians who are engaged with terrorist organizations abroad, while another 60 have returned home.

Feb 24, 2016

Canada’s spies are expecting a budget boost when the Liberals table their first fiscal plan next month, documents released Tuesday show.

Feb 23, 2016

Two American anti-trafficking groups are expanding into Canada this year, intent on using technology to better analyze and detect a crime that is notoriously under-reported but that the RCMP calls “widespread.”

Feb 23, 2016

In a bid to reduce policing costs in the city, Tory on Monday said he is “formally” asking Premier Kathleen Wynne to amend provincial laws to allow photo radar in Toronto.

Feb 23, 2016

The unlawful sharing by Canada’s electronic spy agency of metadata involving Canadians’ communications went on for years before the practice was suspended in 2014, parliamentarians learned Monday.

Feb 22, 2016

Police officers and firefighters in Ontario received $485-million worth of pay hikes over and above raises given to other municipal employees between 2010 and 2014.

Feb 22, 2016

Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson said Sunday that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's move to expedite the process for Syrian refugees seeking asylum has him worried terrorists may be embedded among the refugees who then seek to enter the United States.

Feb 22, 2016

About half the people in Canada's provincial jails on any given night have not been convicted of anything — a number that has ballooned over the years due to growing fear of letting people out on bail, says a federally commissioned study.

Feb 22, 2016

The federal government wants to improve the accuracy of its no-fly list and curb “false positives” by adding addresses, birth dates and social-insurance numbers to the security data it shares with airlines.

Feb 19, 2016

The Communications Security Establishment, Canada’s electronic spy service, is set to play a more prominent role in the war against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

Feb 19, 2016

The U.S. no-fly list, not Canada’s secret air-security list, might be what has been ensnaring Canadian youngsters, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale is telling several families experiencing travel headaches.

Feb 19, 2016

Legislation that recognizes PTSD as an occupational illness for Ontario first responders has been hailed as a “huge win.” If passed, the legislation will cover police, paramedics, corrections workers, dispatchers and First Nations emergency response teams.

Feb 19, 2016

A Transport Canada database reveals that 33 laser strikes were reported by aircraft in the National Capital Region during the past year — part of an alarming trend that places pilots and their passengers at risk.

Feb 18, 2016

This past weekend, the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) “If You See Something, Say Something™” public awareness campaign materials were on display for the 2016 NBA All-Star Game in Toronto, through a new partnership with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Feb 18, 2016

Canada's Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Minister of Justice and Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, met with their counterparts from Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States during the Five Country Ministerial Meeting and Quintet of Attorneys General.

Feb 17, 2016

Two former high-ranking officials have written a joint letter warning that Canada’s national security agencies are under strain and urging the Liberal government to address the issue as a top priority.

Feb 17, 2016

China has installed surface-to-air missiles on an island in the South China Sea, an escalation that further militarizes a region where significant tensions have already emerged between China and its neighbours.

Feb 16, 2016

Ontario is launching public consultations on the changing policing in Ontario. The community safety and correctional services ministry says the nature of policing and the role of police officers have changed since the Police Services Act was written in 1990.

Feb 16, 2016

The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, has offered condolences on behalf of the Government of Canada following the death of police officer Thierry Leroux in the community of Lac-Simon, on Saturday February 13, 2016.

Feb 16, 2016

Global geopolitical uncertainty has pushed defense to the top of national agendas, helping prop up sales at major defense products suppliers, CNBC has been told.

Feb 16, 2016

The U.S. Coast Guard has often been characterized as perennially underfunded, but thanks to Congress, the service received a major boost to its acquisition accounts for fiscal year 2016.

Feb 16, 2016

The federal cabinet will soon be asked to pump more money into one of the key civilian projects under the national shipbuilding strategy in what's expected to be the first real test of the Trudeau government's commitment to stick with the Conservative-era program.

Feb 15, 2016

Quebec's political leaders were expressing their condolences to the family of a police officer who was shot and killed in the line of duty Saturday.

Feb 15, 2016

Two Toronto-based human rights organizations have are alleging pro-Iraqi government Shia militias were responsible for a massacre of at least 55 Yazidi slaves kidnapped by ISIS and possibly hundreds more Sunni civilians during the liberation of Ramadi in early January.

Feb 12, 2016

The Ontario government will unveil a strategy in June to combat human trafficking, and while it will not focus solely on indigenous women, the province acknowledges that the exploitation “overwhelmingly” affects indigenous women.

Feb 12, 2016

First responders in Eastern Ontario are using a unique new tool to help them do their jobs more quickly and safely, and it's all up in the air.

Feb 12, 2016

Renfrew County is upset over how the city of Ottawa seems to be downloading ambulance emergency calls onto their rural neighbours.

Feb 12, 2016

Tech-savvy criminals are increasingly turning to drones to sneak contraband into Quebec prisons. Numbers released by Quebec's Ministry of Public Security show that in the last year, 16 drones were spotted hovering near the province's prisons.

Feb 11, 2016

One of Toronto’s highest-profile police leaders – a reformer who spent most of his career trying to improve relations between police and citizens – is leaving the force.

Feb 11, 2016

The number of restricted firearms across Canada rose more than 82 per cent while Prime Minister Stephen Harper was in power, with the sharpest increase after the Conservatives formed a majority government.

Feb 10, 2016

A year before the election, Trudeau gained national attention when he mocked Canada's participation in airstrikes against ISIS. Once elected, the challenge became how to achieve a "pull out" without causing serious damage to international relationships, and to maintain some semblance of credibility domestically.

Feb 10, 2016

The Ontario Government has passed legislation which imposes new restrictions on criminal record checks. All employers that rely on such checks should take note.

Feb 10, 2016

Two former employees of the Canadian Coast Guard and the Department of National Defence are facing charges in Halifax following a drug investigation with ties to Colombian and Mexican drug cartels.

Feb 10, 2016

Skyrocketing cocaine seizures at the border last spring and summer are credited to the increasing collection and use of solid, actionable intelligence, says the Canada Border Services Agency.

Feb 09, 2016

The men and women who protected Parliament Hill against the violent incursion of gunman Michael Zehaf-Bibeau on Oct. 22, 2014 were honoured by the Governor General at Rideau Hall yesterday.

Feb 09, 2016

Toronto Police are warning the public to protect their personal identity after they uncovered a “fraud lab” in the Bloor and Parliament Street area of downtown Toronto.

Feb 09, 2016

Senator Bob Runciman is pushing the federal government to institute a scholarship fund for the families of federal public safety officers killed in the line of duty.

Feb 09, 2016

Airbus Helicopters has received EASA certification for the Rig’N Fly (Rig Integrated GPS approaches with eNhanced Fly-ability and safetY), an avionics enhancement designed to provide automatic rig approaches for offshore operations.

Feb 08, 2016

The Liberal government has taken up the former Conservative government’s legal fight against an apology and compensation for three Canadians tortured in the Middle East, despite voting in favour of the former detainees’ cause while they sat in opposition.

Feb 08, 2016

Canada’s frontline officers and police chiefs are alarmed by the growing chaos in the marijuana industry, saying the Liberal Party’s promise to eventually legalize the drug has sparked confusion across the country.

Feb 05, 2016

Rick Hanson, the former chief of the Calgary Police Service, addressed the Calgary Chamber of Commerce on Thursday to issue a warning on the possibility a terrorist attack could occur on Canadian soil.

Feb 05, 2016
Canada's plan to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees was the focus of a U.S. Senate committee today in Washington, where lawmakers wanted reassurances America's ally and neighbour to the north isn't taking any "shortcuts."
Feb 04, 2016

Turkish Embassy spokesperson responds to questions on the Open Skies Treaty Observation Flight over Turkey that could not be conducted by the Russian Federation and on Statements of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov concerning the violation of Turkish airspace by the Russian aircraft.

Feb 04, 2016

Senator Bob Runciman has introduced an important new Bill in the Senate to ensure judges have all the facts before they release violent or habitual criminals on bail.

Feb 04, 2016

The Trudeau government appears to have picked the Liberal MPs who will play a key role in shaping a powerful new committee of parliamentarians that will oversee the activities of more than a dozen federal security agencies.

Feb 04, 2016

Changes are being made to the role of auxiliary RCMP constables following the deadly shootings on Parliament Hill in 2014 and at a casino in St. Albert, Alta., last year.

Feb 03, 2016

In a scathing report Tuesday, Auditor General Michael Ferguson found the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has been failing to identify, let alone examine and seize, many illegal shipments leaving Canada for other parts of the world.

Feb 03, 2016

Canada's prison watchdog says Correctional Services Canada must wake up to a major demographic transformation inside its penitentiaries.

Feb 02, 2016

Zaynab Khadr, the famously outspoken eldest child of Canada’s most notorious family, who has publicly praised Osama bin Laden and yearned for her own martyrdom, has been detained in Turkey. It is not clear whether she has been arrested or charged, and Turkish diplomats in Ottawa could offer no details on Monday.

Feb 02, 2016

The Canada Border Services Agency missed its target for the “timely” removal of failed refugee claimants by 29 per cent, the agency’s latest departmental performance report shows, but recent changes in how the agency tracks that information means there’s no way to tell how that number compares to previous performance.

Feb 02, 2016

Vancouver firefighters are calling on Mayor Gregor Robertson to look into their leadership, after Fire Chief John McKearney temporarily took a medical fire truck in Kitsilano out of service over the weekend.

Feb 01, 2016

Irving Shipbuilding has fired back at the CBC about its news report detailing problems with the Canadian Coast Guard’s mid-shore patrol ships.

Feb 01, 2016

Canada and the United States are currently vulnerable to an imminent threat that could “topple the pillars of civilization”, says the executive director of the EMP Task Force on National Homeland Security, a U.S. Congressional advisory board.

Feb 01, 2016
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says a change in culture is needed within Canadian police forces to ensure indigenous people are treated the same as everyone else. Trudeau told a CBC forum Sunday night that a "pervasive culture" in police forces, governments and religious communities has led to indigenous people being less valued.
Jan 31, 2016

The conduct of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) and the Canadian Security Establishment (CSE), and the effectiveness of the independent review agencies overseeing them, was front and centre in the news last week, and that's a good thing. Scott Newark puts context to the issues.

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