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May 04, 2016

Canada’s border agency “undoubtedly” needs a new oversight mechanism, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale told The Hill Times in a wide-ranging interview on his role guiding the government’s public safety priorities.

May 04, 2016

Canada is citing the risk of espionage as it prepares to reject the immigration applications of two Chinese employees of mainland telecom giant Huawei, in the first such cases to emerge amid a swirl of unsubstantiated international spying concerns about the firm.

May 03, 2016
Canada is prepared to join a key United Nations anti-torture agreement more than a decade after it was first passed.
May 03, 2016

RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson outlined to a Senate committee the challenges the force faces in trying to obtain evidence abroad to pursue charges when it comes to terrorist financing.

May 03, 2016

The Communications Security Establishment is refusing to release the number of privacy breaches the agency has logged since 2007. The agency claims disclosing number of breaches since 2007 would reveal too much about its capabilities.

May 02, 2016

A 19-year-old volunteer firefighter and son of a former mayor of Mayerthorpe, Alberta, has been charged with 18 counts of arson and reportedly helped fight a number of the fires he is accused of setting.

May 02, 2016

A Vancouver coast guard base controversially shuttered by the previous Conservative government has reopened, but a union spokesman says it lacks around-the-clock rescue capacity.

May 02, 2016

The RCMP has changed its application requirements, with more people now eligible to apply to be a Mountie and some applicants not needing to take some of the previously mandatory tests.

Apr 29, 2016
China has unveiled a proposal for a $50 trillion global electricity network that would help fight pollution and the effects of climate change.
Apr 28, 2016

Canada and the United States came together from April 26 to 28, 2016 to assess technologies that can help their respective emergency management officials and responders communicate and exchange information more efficiently during an emergency situation touching both sides of the border.

Apr 28, 2016

Civilian and military first responders from Simcoe County will converge on Canadian Forces Base Borden on Sunday, May 1, 2016, to participate in a joint mass casualty exercise as part of Exercise STOP, DROP AND ROLL, a simulated response to an air show accident.

Apr 28, 2016

The future of Winnipeg's former police headquarters is looking bleak after city council voted unanimously to redevelop the land where the Public Safety Building currently stands.

Apr 28, 2016

In these difficult times, what the world needs now is a country that demonstrates how to balance rights and security to ensure everyone’s well-being, says Amira Elghawaby in the Toronto Star.

Apr 27, 2016

A new survey conducted for a gun-control advocacy group suggests that two-thirds of Quebecers are in favour of the registration of long guns.

Apr 26, 2016

A terrorist group in the Philippines has killed John Ridsdel, the 68-year-old Canadian kidnapped last September – an execution Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called “cold-blooded murder” and the man’s family said was “senseless.”

Apr 26, 2016

Canadian detectives cannot keep secret their advanced spying devices or their relationships with telecommunications corporations because claims of police privilege carry little or no weight in criminal courts.

Apr 26, 2016

The former Conservative government's tough-on-crime agenda has suffered another blow as British Columbia's highest court strikes down two more mandatory-minimum sentencing laws, ruling them unconstitutional.

Apr 25, 2016

A Transportation Safety Summit, led by the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB), wrapped up two days of discussion last Friday in Gatineau. The Summit brought together a broad cross-section of senior Canadian transportation executives from government, and from the marine, pipeline, rail and aviation industries, including some of their bargaining agents.

Apr 25, 2016

Forty per cent of Ontario inmates who were locked away in solitary confinement for 30 or more straight days – twice the limit permitted under the United Nations’ Nelson Mandela Rules – suffered from mental-health issues or other special needs, an analysis of more than 600 inmate records from the last five months of 2014 found.

Apr 25, 2016

The Liberals are facing calls to reopen a new peacekeeping training centre three years after the demise of Canada's former school. The new centre would be located in Kingston, Ont., near the Canadian Forces base and military college, but would be a civilian-led operation.

Apr 22, 2016

Canada Border Services Agency says three people are in custody after a suspected explosive device was found in a vehicle at a British Columbia border crossing.

Apr 22, 2016

The RCMP alleged in documents released Thursday that two men arrested after returning to Toronto from Turkey may “travel to participate” in terrorism unless their conduct is restricted through peace bonds.

Apr 21, 2016

Air Canada says three people suffered minor injuries when one of its planes crash-landed at the Gander International Airport on Wednesday.

Apr 21, 2016

President Barack Obama is set to meet with top officials from six Arab nations to discuss regional security issues in the Persian Gulf including the fight against the Islamic State militant group.

Apr 21, 2016

New numbers show that in the first month after the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) database was introduced at primary border inspection points, it flagged 1,800 cases in which travellers had outstanding warrants against them.

Apr 20, 2016

Canada’s electronic spies are working on ways to defend government systems from the “impending threat” of quantum computing, according to a report in the Toronto Star.

Apr 19, 2016

The Mounties have been using portable devices to target the telecommunications of crime suspects despite knowing that such surveillance runs the risk of knocking out phone calls from “innocent third parties” – including people dialling 911.

Apr 18, 2016

British police are investigating after a drone crashed into a British Airways jet over Heathrow airport in what is believed to be the first case of its kind. The pilot of the BA727 flight from Geneva, carrying 132 passengers and five crew members, reported to police that the front of the aircraft had been struck by the unmanned object shortly before it landed at lunchtime on Sunday.

Apr 18, 2016

Five Toronto Transit Commission special constables have been charged with attempting to obstruct justice and fabricating evidence for writing false tickets to homeless people, a shocking situation both in substance and because it is so rare for officers to be charged criminally in relation to their duties.

Apr 18, 2016

Earthquakes of magnitudes exceeding 7.0 struck Ecuador and Japan just hours apart Saturday. A magnitude 7.8 quake in Ecuador killed at least 246 people, including two Canadians, and injured more than 2,500. In Japan, a 7.3 earthquake on Saturday and a 6.5 quake two days earlier killed a total of at least 41 people and left tens of thousands homeless.

Apr 15, 2016

Canada's transportation minister is pledging to share more information about the country's most dangerous rail crossings, after CBC News revealed an internal government list, that pinpoints the 500 "highest risk" crossings, has never been shared with municipalities.

Apr 15, 2016

A $16-million RCMP project to help keep dangerous refugees out of Canada has turned out to be an expensive security flop. An internal evaluation says the screening project delivered information too late, strayed beyond its mandate, and in the end did almost nothing to catch refugees who might be linked to criminal or terrorist groups.

Apr 14, 2016

Here's something you don't see every day. Officers from Ontario's Peel Regional Police attended a temple last week for a lecture on mindfulness meditation and Buddhist philosophy.

Apr 14, 2016

Retired Mounties and spouses of RCMP officers say they are speaking out against a bill that could have wide-ranging consequences for officers, because members currently serving in the force are fearful of doing so.

Apr 13, 2016

The federal Liberals are facing calls to postpone the closing of a Coast Guard station in the Vancouver Island community of Comox until a parliamentary committee is finished reviewing the plan.

Apr 13, 2016

The Canadian government will spend $133 million over the next five years for new technologies to improve surveillance of the Arctic. Defence Research and Development Canada, the military’s science organization, is coordinating the surveillance research.

Apr 13, 2016

Transport Canada does not routinely warn the public about all railway crossings that appear in its database of the country's 500 "highest risk" crossings, CBC has learned.

Apr 12, 2016

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale is leaving the door cracked open to new solutions for supervising the Canada Border Services Agency, amid calls from within the Senate, opposition and civil rights and refugee groups for a different solution from the parliamentary oversight committee promised by the government.

Apr 12, 2016

There is less likelihood of a Paris- or Brussels-style ISIL attack here because of geography and security screening of immigrants before they arrive, the head of the federal Integrated Threat Assessment Centre told parliamentarians Monday.

Apr 12, 2016

The Canadian Coast Guard has transferred a fast rescue craft to the Maritimes branch of the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary.

Apr 12, 2016

The privacy commissioner has opened an investigation into the use of International Mobile Subscriber Identity (IMSI) catchers, otherwise known as stingrays, by law enforcement.

Apr 11, 2016

Turkish police carried out a controlled explosion of a bag left in Istanbul’s popular Taksim square on Saturday, a Reuters witness at the scene said, hours after the U.S. embassy warned of “credible threats” to tourist areas.

Apr 08, 2016

Mohamed Abrini, wanted over November's Islamic State attacks in Paris, has been arrested in Brussels, Belgian public broadcaster VRT said on Friday, adding that he was probably involved in last month's Brussels bombings.

Apr 08, 2016

Two people were killed in an apparent murder-suicide at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio on Friday that triggered a lockdown at the facility, the Bexar County Sheriff's Office said.

Apr 08, 2016

A wave of gang-related shootings in Surrey has prompted the city’s mayor to propose changing the rules for criminal prosecution to get more accused gunmen before the courts.

Apr 07, 2016

The National Governors Association (NGA) today announced that five states – Alaska, Hawaii, Illinois, Utah and West Virginia – will participate in a policy academy on emergency communications interoperability.

Apr 07, 2016

Several Quebec police officers violated United Nations regulations by engaging in sexual activities with Haitian women, and at least two had children, the CBC’s French-language network reported Wednesday.

Apr 07, 2016

Mayor John Tory and a coalition of Toronto city councillors are taking their fight to bolster rail safety in the city to the recently elected federal government.

Apr 06, 2016

About 500 Mounties who were working on organized crime investigations have been moved to national security and terrorism cases, RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson said last week in Vancouver.

Apr 06, 2016

Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, has issued a statement following an on-duty incident that led to the death of Vancouver Island RCMP Constable Sarah Beckett.

Apr 06, 2016

The RCMP has confirmed that a police officer with West Shore RCMP on Vancouver Island was killed in a crash Tuesday morning in Langford on Vancouver Island.

Apr 05, 2016

After terrorists targeted the subway in Brussels last month, authorities in Montreal tried to allay local jitters by announcing they were boosting security measures in the métro system.

Apr 05, 2016

A report done for Transport Canada and quietly tabled in the House of Commons, paints a grim portrait of the country’s coast guard fleet, saying it is understaffed, desperately in need of new ships and without political support.

Apr 04, 2016

Some Canadian cities and police forces already wrestling with cash-flow shortages are moving toward outfitting officers with body cameras despite privacy concerns and scant consensus on the technology’s cost-effectiveness.

Apr 04, 2016

Canada’s two main spy agencies are looking to “maximize” opportunities to work together despite continued concerns about watchdogs’ ability to keep tabs on joint operations.

Apr 04, 2016

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the threat of a nuclear terror attack on Canada is lower than it was five or six years ago, and that he sees it as a “modest success” that groups like ISIS haven’t gotten their hands on more dangerous weapons.

Apr 01, 2016

The commissioner of the RCMP is generally known for his candour and “shoot from the lip” style. But on Thursday, he got a bit cagey — all over a simple question about whether he got a speeding ticket.

Apr 01, 2016

The new police force created to patrol Parliament Hill after the 2014 gunman attack is reporting an increase in drug and weapon incidents, including one case where a handgun was taken inside the Peace Tower.

Apr 01, 2016

The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, yesterday issued a statement on the reappointment of Howard Sapers as Correctional Investigator of Canada:

Mar 31, 2016

In PMO news today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau commented on the retirement of his National Security Advisor, Richard Fadden, who retires after 39 years of public service. The PM also announced the appointment of a new Deputy Clerk of the Privy Council and Associate Secretary to Cabinet.

Mar 31, 2016

Against a backdrop of global concern over the smuggling of nuclear materials, Canada will take a prominent seat at the table today at the international Nuclear Security Summit in Washington as 53 nations gather to discuss nuclear terrorism in a world threatened by ISIS.

Mar 31, 2016

Brian Carter, President – Seaspan Shipyards, announced today the start of construction on Seaspan’s second National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) ship, the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG)’s second Offshore Fisheries Science Vessel (OFSV).

Mar 31, 2016

Six accused mobsters were acquitted of first-degree murder charges in Laval on Wednesday as they agreed to plead guilty to a lesser charge of murder conspiracy, scuttling a separate hearing that risked revealing sensitive information about police surveillance technology.

Mar 31, 2016

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will use a Nuclear Security Summit to call on countries to submit to voluntary independent inspections of nuclear facilities and spend more on securing and disposing of highly radioactive material.

Mar 31, 2016

The Liberal government shares the same convictions as its Conservative predecessor in the realm of foreign policy, but it assesses the consequences of those convictions differently, said Stéphane Dion, the foreign affairs minister, in a major speech this week.

Mar 30, 2016

The Canadian Coast Guard would like to inform the public that its seasonal search and rescue bases in Québec City, Tadoussac, Kegaska, Rivière-au-Renard, Havre-Saint-Pierre and Cap-aux-Meules will open on or around April 1st, 2016.

Mar 30, 2016

Her Majesty’s Canadian Ships (HMCS) Summerside and Saskatoon assisted in the seizure of almost 700 kg of cocaine while on patrol in the Caribbean Sea and the eastern Pacific Ocean while participating on Operation CARIBBE.

Mar 30, 2016

The U.S. Coast Guard intercepted a submarine-like boat carrying more than five tonnes of cocaine worth $267 million in the Pacific Ocean earlier this month, officials said Monday.

Mar 30, 2016

Matthew Fisher: One of the few things terrorists have to worry about when driving into Belgium from the Netherlands is exceeding the speed limit of 120 kilometres per hour while crossing the border.

Mar 30, 2016

The Sûreté du Québec announced Wednesday morning they are involved in worldwide raids targeting contraband tobacco, drug trafficking and money laundering.

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