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Dec 31, 2015

A collection of knives and blades of varying shapes and sizes, a homemade billy club fashioned out of a pipe, and sharp items that may appear innocuous. These are some of the items located and seized by deputy sheriffs at Regina's provincial court.

Dec 31, 2015

Fears of possible terrorist attacks ahead of the New Year celebrations have tightened security in major capitals, with both Brussels and Paris cancelling firework displays.

Dec 31, 2015

Parts stripped from U.S. presidential helicopters have played a critical role in keeping the Canadian military’s search-and-rescue chopper fleet flying, according to documents obtained by the Citizen, but the air force is still undecided on whether the former American aircraft will be joining its ranks.

Dec 31, 2015

Canadian researchers find that a large amount of Canadians’ internet traffic is routed through the United States, making it vulnerable to interception.

Dec 30, 2015

Police in Belleville, Ont., are warning drivers that drones could become a growing hazard on the road after one of the airborne devices crashed into the grille of a moving vehicle on Monday morning, causing $1,000 in damage to it.

Dec 30, 2015

Police killings in the U.S., especially of black people, have sparked protests in cities across the country over the last year and a half. Black Lives Matter, a loosely organized U.S. movement, brought many stories of black people killed by police officers to the forefront in 2015.

Dec 30, 2015

The Conservative government led by Stephen Harper commissioned intensive polling earlier this year to gauge whether Canadians supported the military air war against ISIL in Iraq, internal documents reveal. Fifty-nine percent of Canadians supported the Canadian air strikes, while 35 per cent opposed them and six per cent did not know.

Dec 30, 2015

The federal government’s central IT department is looking for a new unified security platform to do everything from pinpointing individual Internet usage, to preventing malicious actors from intruding on government networks, to blocking pornography and online gaming sites.

Dec 29, 2015

ISIS leader Charaffe al Mouadan, who the coalition says had direct contacts with the suspected ringleader behind the terror attacks in Paris, was killed by an airstrike in Syria on December 24, coalition forces announced Tuesday.

Dec 29, 2015

Whether it’s an earthquake or a terrorist attack, it’s important for humanitarian organizations and police to be able to respond quickly and efficiently. Due to the constantly shifting nature of operations of this scope, mobile apps and services can be a very useful way for responders to communicate with one another and access real-time communication on the ground.

Dec 29, 2015

The Transportation Security Administration is increasing random checks of airport and airline employees who hold badges that enable them to bypass security checkpoints. The decision follows instances in the past two years in which employees used restricted entrances to smuggle guns and launder money.

Dec 29, 2015

RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson is making life more difficult for rank-and-file officers by stating publicly that there are racists on the force who he would like to remove from duty, the association that represents the force’s members says.

Dec 24, 2015

A new pilot project aims to help the region’s smallest patients by providing a dedicated ambulance for the CHEO team that’s responsible for rapidly stabilizing and moving critically ill newborns.

Dec 24, 2015

The Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department is using multicopters equipped with large nets to catch in mid-air unauthorised unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that may threaten public safety, a video posted by the NowThisFuture popular science media organisation demonstrated.

Dec 24, 2015

Trying to decipher what drives a person to terrorism is a misguided strategy as is much else about our understanding of violent religious extremism, according to a new book by a veteran Ottawa security intelligence analyst.

Dec 23, 2015

Canadians with criminal records for marijuana crimes are eagerly waiting to see if Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will offer pardons when pot is legalized. Tens of thousands are charged with possession every year, and if convicted face consequences that can be devastating.

Dec 23, 2015

An investigator is being appointed to examine how the Saint John police force handled the Richard Oland murder. The announcement was made Tuesday on the website of the New Brunswick Police Commission, which says it's acting at the request of the Saint John board of police commissioners.

Dec 22, 2015

The informant who befriended and spied on suspected members of an ISIL terror network in Ottawa was paid at least $550,000 during the two-year RCMP investigation, the Citizen has learned.

Dec 22, 2015

It’s admirable that local officials, including the mayor and the police chief, want to do something about gun violence in Ottawa, says Mark Sutcliffe in the Ottawa Citizen today. But it’s also a little naive for the community to believe this is a problem entirely — or even mostly — within their control, he says.

Dec 22, 2015

Canada’s federal prison agency has introduced a series of re-forms to the way it handles solitary confinement, part of its response to a highly critical coroner’s inquest into the death of Ashley Smith that concluded two years ago.

Dec 21, 2015

Contactless payment cards that have been cancelled by consumers can still be exploited by thieves for several days, it has emerged.

Dec 21, 2015

A new survey of cyber security professionals from information management company Nuix shows that businesses are placing greater emphasis on insider threats. 

Dec 21, 2015

A third of emergency vehicles equipped to deal with major contaminations in England, including "dirty bombs", are to be withdrawn on 31 December, according to a leaked document.

Dec 18, 2015

The need to deter Canadians from driving while drunk means judges do not have to be lenient when sentencing young people or those with no criminal record, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled on Thursday in restoring a 6 1/2-year sentence given to an 18-year-old impaired driver who caused the death of his two young passengers while speeding.

Dec 18, 2015

A boy who robbed a convenience store at age 15 to fund a trip to Syria and told police the stolen money was “spoils of war” has been found guilty of two terrorism charges.

Dec 16, 2015

Many of the B.C. governments computer systems are at risk of being compromised by hackers due to lax security controls, says the province’s auditor general.

Dec 16, 2015

In a presidential race reshaped by national security concerns, Republican front-runner Donald Trump defended his provocative call for banning Muslims from the United States on Tuesday as the candidates debated their plans for fighting Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants and keeping Americans secure.

Dec 15, 2015

The Obama administration is reviewing procedures for vetting would-be immigrants, with an eye toward examining applicants' online presence, to close security gaps in the U.S. visa system, the White House said Monday.

Dec 15, 2015

Knives, bullets, hammers, crowbars. If you're wondering what these items have in common, you might be surprised to learn they're all things passengers have attempted to get through airport security in a carry-on bag.

Dec 15, 2015

Saudi Arabia said Tuesday that 34 nations have agreed to form a new “Islamic military alliance” to fight terrorism with a joint operations centre based in the kingdom’s capital, Riyadh.

Dec 14, 2015

A new report says Ontario has become a "major hub" for human trafficking and sexual violence in Canada, with most of the victims being local underage girls and young women.

Dec 14, 2015

Canada’s $200-million fleet of new coast guard mid-shore patrol vessels were accepted and put to use despite a series of serious safety concerns first identified before their construction, some of which are still outstanding.

Dec 14, 2015

Police in America have turned to Scotland for guidance on how to do their jobs without reaching for a gun.

Dec 11, 2015

Leaders of some of Canada's largest industries are creating a new network to help businesses and the public stay abreast of emerging cyber threats from malware, hackers and online criminals.

Dec 11, 2015

Canada has not increased its security alert level amid European reports of an ISIS-linked terror plot that may have been targeting Canadian cities, said Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale.

Dec 11, 2015

The Winnipeg police service has spent $343,000 on a new armoured tactical vehicle, saying the decision was made in part because of last year’s targeted attack on police officers in Moncton, N.B.

Dec 10, 2015

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan was non-committal Wednesday about renewing Canada's $300 million support for Afghan security forces, despite a deadly attack at Kandahar Airfield that left dozens dead.

Dec 10, 2015

RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson conceded before a group of First Nations leaders on Wednesday that there are racists inside his police force, a surprising admission welcomed by indigenous people, who say it is key to addressing the crisis of missing and murdered indigenous women.

Dec 10, 2015

The prospect of a terrorist cyberattack on an airplane struck federal intelligence analysts as more pie-in-the-sky than a real possibility, newly released documents show.

Dec 09, 2015

C4i Consultants have signed a memorandum of understanding with the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) to support the "One Million Lives" project.

Dec 09, 2015

Canadians are unsure that bombing ISIS targets will work, are hesitant about sending troops to the Middle East, but think a ground war may be needed. These are the main findings of a recent nationwide public opinion survey conducted by Abacus Data.

Dec 09, 2015

The infamous Heartbleed bug that forced the shutdown of Canada Revenue Agency computers last year had a wider penetration of government systems than previously disclosed, after a slow federal response gave hackers a two-day window to steal secrets.

Dec 09, 2015

Her Majesty's Canadian Ships (HMC Ships) Brandon and Whitehorse recently concluded their participation in Operation CARIBBE 2015 with a substantial contribution to the multinational campaign against illicit trafficking in the eastern Pacific Ocean.

Dec 08, 2015

A new study suggests that Canadians have more confidence in the police than in other big institutions such as the school system, the banks, the courts, the media and the federal government.

Dec 08, 2015

RCMP officers would be allowed to engage in collective bargaining under legislation to be introduced by the Liberal government.

Dec 08, 2015

An alleged Alberta drug trafficker who shared a nearly identical phone number with a Mountie was busted after would-be clients kept repeatedly phoning in orders to police.

Dec 07, 2015

Quebec will create its own registry for non-restricted firearms, Public Security Minister Pierre Moreau announced last week, more than three years after the Conservative government passed a law abolishing the federal long-gun database.

Dec 07, 2015

Britain's army was called in to help put down sandbags and evacuated people from their homes Sunday as stormy weather left the country's northern towns and cities severely flooded.

Dec 07, 2015

President Barack Obama urged Americans Sunday to reject divisiveness and vilifying Islam even as he confirmed that radical jihadis had massacred 14 people last week in a terrorist attack in California. In a sombre Oval Office speech that ruled out sending ground troops to Syria and called for tougher gun control at home, Mr. Obama said there was “no immediate cure” to the cancer of terrorism.

Dec 04, 2015

A bloody rampage in California – unlike almost any mass shooting in modern American history – is now being treated as a potential act of terrorism.

Dec 04, 2015

A Canadian company was the middleman in an illegal export of armoured vehicles to Venezuela, according to the United States Department of Commerce. At the beginning of September, in the middle of the Canadian election campaign, the US government handed a Canadian-owned group of companies that manufactures those vehicles $3.5 million USD in total for violating US export rules.

Dec 03, 2015

While Alberta grapples with a public-health crisis from Fentanyl overdoses, the province-wide police agency at the forefront of the battle against the deadly drug is now preparing to lose more than a quarter of its officers from budget cuts.

Dec 03, 2015

The RCMP is releasing a new cybercrime strategy a week after commissioner Bob Paulson told the Securetech conference last week that it needs warrantless access to subscriber information from Internet providers.

Dec 02, 2015

The federal Public Safety Department has rejected Air Canada's request for regular access to security risk assessments, something the airline wanted in order to play a bigger role in passenger safety.

Dec 02, 2015

Inside a few Canadian school buses a new sensor technology is helping keep drunk drivers off the roads. It's part of a test project underway at Sober Steering, a Waterloo, Ont.-based startup that aspires to make the breathalyzer obsolete with a different way to monitor blood-alcohol levels that's both faster and cheaper.

Dec 02, 2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel ousted Chicago’s police superintendent on Tuesday, responding to an uproar over a white officer shooting a black teenager 16 times and anger at the Police Department for resisting, for more than a year, release of a video of the fatal shooting.

Dec 01, 2015

NATO's future role in Afghanistan and how to fund the country's fledgling security forces is up for debate Tuesday among the military alliance's foreign ministers meeting in Brussels.

Nov 30, 2015

Anybody who thinks of Whitehorse as a sleepy northern outpost need only to read the news last week to reconsider: three men convicted for their roles in a B.C./Yukon drug ring, another man turning himself in to face charges related to a downtown shooting, while one other man remains at large — also wanted in connection with the shooting.

Nov 30, 2015

A nine-year-old Winnipeg girl whose parents named her after an Egyptian goddess says she's feeling a lot better after a Canadian Forces soldier apologized for getting upset at her during a Grey Cup event for children.

Nov 30, 2015

The plane that flies Prime Minister Justin Trudeau around the world can be tracked in mid-air using a simple website or free app, a fact that some security experts say could put him at risk.

Nov 29, 2015

Muslims are expected to comprise the majority of Belgium's population in less than 20 years. "The victory of Allah is near," says Abu Imran, the leader of Sharia4Belgium in this video. "We believe Sharia will be implemented worldwide." He scoffs at the idea that democracy could ever be a choice of Muslims, and says it is only a matter of a few short decades before proponents of Sharia gain the majority and force "unbelievers" out of office. This was previously posted to FrontLine on 13 October, a month before the Paris attacks.

Nov 27, 2015

The targeting of Canada’s aboriginal women by serial killers demands specific action to protect them from “sick and dangerous” people who have found novel ways to seek out their victims, the federal Indigenous Affairs Minister says.

Nov 27, 2015

Following RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson chilling warning that his police force cannot protect Canadians from cyber crimes, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale seemed unwilling to wade into the questions Paulson raised about Canada’s legal framework.

Nov 26, 2015

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in an exclusive CNN interview Thursday in Ankara, that not only did the Russian fighter jets violate Turkish airspace near the Syrian border, but ignored 10 warnings before being shot down. Other reports suggest the aircraft was shot down 17 seconds after crossing into Turkish airspace.

Nov 26, 2015

The RCMP is trying to identify two men who “may be able to assist” with a national security investigation following a report of suspicious behaviour near the Roger’s Centre three months ago, police said Wednesday.

Nov 26, 2015

RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson bluntly warned Canadians Wednesday that legal restraints on police access to personal Internet data means there is no guarantee they can help victims of cyber crimes.

Nov 25, 2015

Some 500 Canadian officials are being deployed to Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey to be Canada's eyes and ears on the ground as thousands of Syrian refugees are selected for resettlement in this country.

Nov 25, 2015

Staff at Canadian Forces bases across the country are counting beds and making tentative plans to house and feed thousands of Syrian refugees expected to arrive in the coming weeks.

Nov 25, 2015

The government will resettle only about 10,000 Syrian refugees by the end of the year, or less than half the 25,000 promised by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during the election campaign.

Nov 24, 2015

According to an article published by TASS, the Russian News Agency, on November 23, 2015, Russia is deploying a squadron of drones to the Arctic region.

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