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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.

Nov 24, 2015

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says the quick response of officials in Canada to several bomb threats that caused three planes to be searched in Halifax this week shows how well the country and its partners are able to respond to emerging security incidents.

Nov 24, 2015

The UN agency that oversees global aviation will focus on airport security at a meeting in March in light of the recent terrorist attack that brought down a Russian airliner in Egypt, a top official said Monday.

Nov 24, 2015

Citing "increased terrorist threats" from militant groups in various regions of the world, the U.S. State Department issued a global alert on Monday for Americans planning to travel following deadly militant attacks in France and Mali.

Nov 23, 2015

When French President François Hollande declared that the deadly attacks against Paris were an "act of war," former Conservative defence minister Jason Kenney tweeted that this declaration "has implications for Canada under the NATO Treaty's Article 5." In practical terms, however, the 28 NATO members, including Canada, would have no obligation to take any action.

Nov 23, 2015

Soldiers and military personnel at a Kingston, Ont. base are being asked to clear their barracks to make room for an early wave of Syrian refugees arriving in just over a week, CTV News has learned.

Nov 21, 2015

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan yesterday launched the annual Halifax International Security Forum by underscoring the timely importance of bringing together key defence leaders to discuss a number of pressing global security issues.

Nov 20, 2015

Sudbury police say they've stepped up security at public events following the recent terrorism attacks in France. Sudbury police chief Paul Pederson says the landscape of security at public gatherings has changed dramatically in the last few years.

Nov 20, 2015

Security experts from around the globe are in Halifax for the seventh annual International Security Forum. Last week’s attacks in Paris are expected to dominate the discussion. Global's Dave Squires reports.

Nov 20, 2015

Last week's Paris killings have raised fears about the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil, a country with so little history of terrorism that the president has played down the chance of an attack and legislators long resisted bills to make it a crime.

Nov 20, 2015

The Supreme Court of Canada has upheld the constitutionality of the military justice system. The court on Thursday dismissed four appeals which argued sections of the National Defence Act were broader than necessary and therefore violated the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Nov 20, 2015

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is aggressively pursuing development of chemical weapons, setting up a branch dedicated to research and experiments with the help of scientists from Iraq, Syria and elsewhere in the region, according to Iraqi and U.S. intelligence officials.

Nov 19, 2015

The head of Canada's main spy agency says he views the possibility of a cyberattack by ISIS or other extremist groups on the country's "critical infrastructure" as "a major threat."

Nov 19, 2015

A respected authority on immigration and refugees says Canada and the United Nations have the operational know-how and security safeguards to safely vet 25,000 Syrians for rapid resettlement.

Nov 19, 2015

Radicalized Canadians intent on going to far-off combat zones are developing sophisticated cover stories and using “broken travel patterns” to disguise their true motivations, according to an internal RCMP document that reveals public safety officials were, as of one year ago, closely monitoring about 50 foreign fighters abroad and 14 who had returned home.

Nov 18, 2015

A former Calgarian has been added to the Interpol wanted list. Farah Mohamed Shirdon, 22, left Alberta to fight with the Islamic State in Syria last year. The CBC aired a propaganda video of Shirdon burning his Canadian passport and threatening U.S. President Barack Obama in June.

Nov 18, 2015

Police in Mississauga shot a young man whom they suspected was wearing an explosive device just hours after attackers in Paris killed 129 people using assault rifles and suicide vests.

Nov 18, 2015

BC Hydro has been awarded the 2015 Airbus Helicopters Canada “Innovation in Safety” Award for their dedicated and collaborative approach to ensuring many years of safe operations.

Nov 17, 2015

The level of jihadist militancy simmering in France and other parts of western Europe simply doesn't exist in Canada, making the sort of attack that devastated Paris less likely, security experts say.

Nov 17, 2015

A rigorous screening process has always been central to the federal government's plan to resettle 25,000 refugees by the end of the year, says Health Minister Jane Philpott, amid security concerns after the attacks in Paris.

Nov 17, 2015

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is refusing to bend on his promise to accept 25,000 Syrian refugees by the end of the year, even after several provincial and municipal leaders expressed concern about speed taking priority over security.

Nov 16, 2015

France launched "massive'' air strikes on the Islamic State group's de-facto capital in Syria Sunday night, destroying a jihadi training camp and a munitions dump in the city of Raqqa, where Iraqi intelligence officials say the attacks on Paris were planned.

Nov 16, 2015

The Liberal government is inheriting a new study into the "root causes" of terrorism – a study the Harper government ordered last year, despite mocking Justin Trudeau's call for the same basic research.

Nov 16, 2015

Canada’s public safety minister says his government will take great care to ensure Syrian refugees are properly vetted before they are allowed to enter the country over the next several months, but no system is perfect.

Nov 13, 2015

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is promising to look into reports that the RCMP proposed shadowing an Ottawa journalist to learn who leaked secret information on a suspected terrorist.

Nov 13, 2015

With gun violence in the United States at epidemic proportions, a group of the nation’s top constitutional scholars, organized by the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS), sent a letter to the White House calling on President Obama to take executive action to curb gun violence. ​

Nov 12, 2015
US authorities unveil indictments against against two Israelis and two Americans for ‘breathtaking’ cybercrime that affected 100 million customers. Twelve victims spanning the globe are identified by pseudonym in the indictment. Gery Shalon, self-described founder of the group, ran what officials describe as “a sprawling cybercriminal enterprise” with “hundreds of employees, co-conspirators and infrastructure in over a dozen countries”.
Nov 12, 2015

Justin Trudeau’s decision to take charge of a new cabinet committee on Intelligence and Emergency Management was described by security experts as a bold but risky move that could put the prime minister on the hook if there is a security intelligence failure.

Nov 11, 2015

Students at Canadian Universities have responded in record numbers to the 2016 Unmanned Systems Canada Student UAS Competition. A total of 18 teams from across Canada have registered for the event. 

Nov 11, 2015

German public radio station rbb-Inforadio reported Wednesday that the country’s foreign intelligence agency spied on the FBI and U.S. arms companies, adding to a growing list of targets among friendly nations the agency allegedly eavesdropped on.

Nov 11, 2015

The Department of Homeland Security said Monday that it will send its second-in-command to Beijing this week to discuss cybersecurity concerns with the Chinese ahead of a major meeting next month in the U.S.

Nov 10, 2015

As tourists abandon the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, government and aviation officials warned that global airport security will need to be reviewed if suspicions are confirmed that a bomb brought down a Russian jetliner over Sinai.

Nov 10, 2015

Cyber crime is a multi million dollar business. In the UK alone, the Cabinet Office estimates the cost of cyber crime to be in the region £27bn every year, and that number is only snowballing as we move towards a society where everything and everyone perpetually relies on information, and nothing is obscure.

Nov 10, 2015

The RCMP will give awards to 20 Mounties and former House of Commons security officers in recognition of their bravery when a gunman stormed Parliament Hill last year.

Nov 09, 2015

Border officers have been warned that “disillusioned and traumatized foreign fighters” who had been taking part in extremist violence in Syria and Iraq may be trying to slip back into Canada, declassified documents show.

Nov 09, 2015

Newly appointed Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould says the government will review the use of mandatory minimum sentences brought in under the former Conservative government’s “tough on crime” agenda.

Nov 06, 2015

Battlefield strength security used by soldiers halfway across the world could be found in one smartphone app – all developed by cyber-security leaders out of Oxford University.

Nov 06, 2015

Battlefield strength security used by soldiers halfway across the world could be found in one smartphone app – all developed by cyber-security leaders out of Oxford University.

Nov 05, 2015

Traditional security approaches and technologies are failing to keep attackers out, indicating a need to rethink security, according to Ashok Sankar, director of cyber security at Raytheon-Websense.

Nov 05, 2015

Britain’s newly designed passport was meant to celebrate the country’s creativity and innovation over the last five centuries, and officials have called it the “latest step in an evolutionary process” for passport security.

Nov 05, 2015

Ralph Goodale is Canada's new minister of public safety and emergency preparedness. Goodale, who was re-elected in the Regina-Wascana riding in the federal election Oct. 19, was sworn in as a member of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's cabinet on Wednesday morning

Nov 04, 2015

Last week’s Security Serious events and seminars drew attention to the simple ways smaller business in particular can improve their security without spending lots of money, or in many cases any at all. The problem is that a lot of advice remains trapped inside some of the country’s most experienced security professionals and companies and is not always heard by the SMEs that would benefit from it.

Nov 04, 2015

The Calgary airport terminal will be the scene of a training exercise Wednesday night, with fake gunshots, people with fake injuries and emergency vehicles in the late evening hours.

Nov 05, 2015

Traditional security approaches and technologies are failing to keep attackers out, indicating a need to rethink security, according to Ashok Sankar, director of cyber security at Raytheon-Websense.

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