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Aug 22, 2015

Hundreds of thousands of small drones are infesting American skies, raising fears of a jetliner collision catastrophe, terrorist attack, assassination and other crimes from on high.

Aug 22, 2015

The number of people killed or injured by guns in Toronto so far this year is already higher than 2014, reversing a recent downward trend. But while gun violence appears to be going up in Ontario’s capital, criminologists say this apparent increase in gun violence doesn’t necessarily mean the city is becoming more dangerous.

Aug 22, 2015

Statistics show overall crime rates in Canada are at historic lows, but officers on the front lines are under scrutiny like never before. 

Aug 21, 2015

As the province launches a round of public consultation on police carding, Ontario’s largest police association is stepping up its defence of the controversial practice with a poll suggesting 40 per cent of Ontarians support carding when provided with highly selective examples of the procedure.

Aug 21, 2015

Calgary Constable Bill Martin says he believes social media, the internet and smartphones bridge the gap between officers on the ground and those who interact with them. At the end of the day, people just want to know what’s going on, Martin said.

Aug 20, 2015

An investigation is underway after a laser was reportedly pointed at an airplane destined for Halifax on Wednesday. Few details were readily available, but the laser reportedly came as the flight was in the final moments of landing at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport.

Aug 20, 2015

Addressing supporters in Surrey, B.C., on Wednesday, Mulcair vowed that an NDP government would devote $250 million to a police recruitment fund during its first four years in office. This up-front investment would be followed by $100 million in annual, ongoing funding, he added.

Aug 20, 2015

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair promised Tuesday to inject a "modest" $9 million into natural disaster prevention and relief as Western Canada reels from one of its worst wildfire seasons on record.

Aug 19, 2015

A lawyer who was suspended last spring from the federal security roundtable has just received a letter of appreciation from the government. In the letter, Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney and Justice Minister Peter MacKay thank Hussein Hamdani for his decade of work on the Cross-Cultural Roundtable on Security.

Aug 19, 2015

Known on the beat as Indian Ernie because of his Cree ancestry, Ernie Louttit's reputation grew far beyond his rank. Among other things, he was a key figure in seeing that justice was served in the Neil Stonechild case. Now, two years removed from the street, Louttit says he has gained a great deal of perspective on the role of policing.

Aug 19, 2015

The Canadian government’s attempt to deport two Pakistani citizens arrested in Toronto for terrorism is lagging, and the lawyer for one of them said Tuesday that Pakistan was refusing to take his client back.

Aug 18, 2015

An anti-terror law that stipulates exorbitant fines, and possible suspension from employment, for “false” reporting on militant attacks has come into effect in Egypt.

Aug 18, 2015

The union representing Ottawa police officers says the cost-saving decision to outsource courthouse security to civilians puts public safety in the hands of a for-profit company that lacks accountability and can’t be governed by taxpayers.

Aug 18, 2015

Raphael Waugh reflects on his Toronto childhood and on patrolling Regent Park as a constable with 51 Division, the Toronto police designation for a bustling, cluttered section of the city’s core.

Aug 17, 2015

Could it be that terrorists are not people with extreme ideas trying to build up the courage to turn them into murder, but rather violence-prone people hunting for some excuse to turn their proclivities into deeds? Doug Saunders raises that interesting qiestion in the weekend edition of The Globe and Mail.

Aug 17, 2015

Two political parties in the Middle East designated as terror groups by Canada predict the Islamic State movement won't survive and question why they're blacklisted when co-operation could defeat the common enemy.

Aug 17, 2015

The federal government is delaying implementation of regulations intended to help police trace crime guns — the seventh time it has put off the measures. Just days before the federal election call, the government quietly published a notice deferring the firearm marking regulations until June 1, 2017.

Aug 17, 2015

A former KGB agent who spent six years hiding in a Vancouver church to avoid deportation to Russia has left Canada after surrendering to immigration enforcement authorities, his lawyer said Sunday.

Aug 14, 2015

One man is dead and six officers were sent to hospital following an altercation in Vancouver on Thursday afternoon. Vancouver police say officers responded to a call of a distraught man causing a disturbance in the city’s southeast end at around 2:30 p.m. yesterday.

Aug 14, 2015

Rwandan intelligence agents have been harassing suspected government opponents living abroad, including in Canada, according to a “secret” Canada Border Services Agency report disclosed in Federal Court.

Aug 13, 2015

Airbus Helicopters Canada is seeking nominations from Canadian helicopter industry professionals for the 2015 "Innovation in Safety Award". Do you know an individual or organization whose exceptional pursuit of the highest standards of professional excellence has demonstrated a direct impact on the overall goal of safe flying procedures? Nominate them for the award!

Aug 13, 2015

Statisticians can glean insightful information from Facebook posts, tweets and other online social media communications that may help improve public safety, researchers have said. Michiko Wolcott and colleagues evaluated social media traffic posted during and the days following typhoon Haiyan striking the Philippines in November 2013 to develop a set of social media analytics for emergency response managers.

Aug 13, 2015

Garda World Security Corp, a security services firm that provides armored transportation and guards, is exploring a sale that could value it at more than C$3 billion ($2.31 billion) including debt, people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.

Aug 13, 2015

A Manitoba man has turned his cellphone case over to police after it caused panic on a crowded public beach. The black case, shaped like a handgun, was tucked in the waistband of the man’s shorts on Sunday while he was at Grand Beach north of Winnipeg. RCMP were called and responded with real rifles and Tasers.

Aug 12, 2015

Canada needs a more sustainable wildfire-management strategy – one that would not only consider what is needed in the next fire season, but also anticipate what is needed in the next 20 fire seasons, says Toddi Steelman, executive director and professor, School of Environment and Sustainability, University of Saskatchewan.

Aug 12, 2015

Hundreds of military personnel and embassy staff could be at risk after Islamic State (ISIS) leaked what is believed to be their names, email addresses and passwords online.

Aug 12, 2015

Some new equipment will be tested out Wednesday, which should help local first responders stay in closer contact with their U.S. counterparts during future emergencies and cross-border incidents. The Department of Homeland Security & Emergency Management in Michigan's Wayne County received a $4-million grant which has been used to boost its collaboration with neighbouring agencies, including a handful in Canada.

Aug 12, 2015

The Conservatives promised Tuesday that, if re-elected, they would spend almost $27 million a year to help the RCMP root out drug labs and change the focus of the national mental health commission that it created in 2007.

Aug 12, 2015

The City of Ottawa must hire more security guards or install an electronic system to lock down its Laurier Avenue West headquarters in an emergency similar to last year’s shooting rampage at the nearby National War Memorial and Parliament Hill, says security reviews conducted weeks after the Oct. 22 event.

Aug 11, 2015

On Sunday, Conservative Leader Stephen Harper vowed to bring in a new law to crack down on Canadians travelling to areas of the world under the apparent control of terrorists. Though details of the proposed law are scarce, Sukanya Pillay, executive director and general counsel of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, discusses whether it would be legal and workable and whether it might unfairly target some segments of the population.

Aug 11, 2015

Toronto police are refusing to let their armed, off-duty officers earn extra cash at Muzik pending a review of the nightclub’s security measures in the wake of last week’s double homicide.

Aug 11, 2015

The federal correctional investigator says he is concerned about the number of deaths in federal prisons after three in Nova Scotia facilities in just over three months has added to the national total.

Aug 11, 2015

In an effort to raise awareness of the ravages of post-traumatic stress disorder and to build a support network, nine current and former RCMP members have gone public with their stories in a 13-minute video that is part confessional, part public-service announcement.

Aug 10, 2015

The Liberals and the NDP would fight insurgents overseas by doing little more than “dropping aid on dead people,” Stephen Harper said Monday as he reinforced the Conservative party’s tough-on-terror strategy.

Aug 10, 2015

As drones become cheaper and more accessible, they’re being used for everything from wildlife surveys to pipeline surveillance. But they also have the potential to dangerously clutter up airspace and experts say Canada’s regulatory system hasn’t caught up to the technology.

Aug 10, 2015

Canadians have no right to travel to regions of the world controlled by terrorist groups, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Sunday in promising a broader legal crackdown on what he called “terror tourism.”

Aug 07, 2015

Facebook’s new security chief has called on the internet industry to go beyond securing the web “for the 1 per cent” and create cyber security defences that will work across emerging markets.

Aug 07, 2015

Russia is the leading suspect in a sophisticated cyber-attack on the unclassified email network of the US military’s joint staff that prompted the Pentagon last month to restrict access to portions of that network, US officials said on Thursday.

Aug 07, 2015

Eight months have passed since a group of Quebec youths packed their bags and boarded planes to the Middle East, allegedly to join ISIL or other terrorist groups, disappearing to an uncertain fate. Now, however, the Montreal Gazette has learned that two of the youths have quietly returned to Quebec, under the watchful eye of the RCMP.

Aug 07, 2015

Just before the election was called last weekend, the Harper government reversed the RCMP’s ban on certain Czech- and Swiss-made rifles — the first time the government had exercised new powers allowing it to override the police force’s gun-classification decisions.

Aug 06, 2015

Notorious bank robber and author Stephen Reid says he’s seen the Conservative government’s tough-on-crime agenda turn Canada’s prison system – once revered for its emphasis on rehabilitation – noticeably more tough and unforgiving on the inside.

Aug 05, 2015

China is planning to set up "network security offices" in major Internet companies and for websites so authorities can move more quickly against illegal online behavior, the Ministry of Public Security said in a statement.

Aug 05, 2015

Israeli authorities kicked off a promised crackdown on Jewish extremists following last week’s deadly arson attack on a Palestinian family, arresting a high-profile activist accused of leading a new movement of defiant settler youths who embrace violence and reject the rule of law in the name of the purity of the Holy Land.

Aug 04, 2015

Last week, the federal Government announced that it has amended the firearms classification regulations to prescribe Ceska Zbrojovka (CZ) 858 rifles and certain Swiss Arms family of firearms as “restricted” or “non-restricted” as they were treated prior to February 26, 2014.

Aug 04, 2015

Last week, Canada’s Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, the Honourable Steven Blaney, announced the coming into force of two additional provisions under the Common Sense Firearms Licensing Act. 

Aug 04, 2015

Human trafficking is a despicable crime and a serious violation of human rights. Every year, thousands of men, women and children fall into the hands of traffickers and the impact stretches across nearly every country in the world. Today (July 30), we mark World Day Against Trafficking in Persons to raise awareness around the global issue of human trafficking and to encourage people to take action against this terrible crime.

Aug 04, 2015

Cyber-security specialist Norway Registers Development (NRD) has signed a contract with the Bangladesh government to develop a national cyber defence strategy to tackle growing network-related attacks in the country.

Aug 26, 2015

The most senior police officer charged over mass arrests made during the Toronto’s G20 summit five years ago was found guilty on three out of five offences at a disciplinary hearing on Tuesday.

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