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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.

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 04, 2015

On Tuesday morning, 71 schools in the province and in the Ottawa region were evacuated, closed or searched after receiving a threatening email from an anonymous mailer.

Nov 04, 2015

AlphaCipher Acquisition Corporation has announced that it accepted the resignation of retired Lt.-Gen. Andrew Leslie from its board of directors due to his recent election as a Member of Parliament.

Nov 03, 2015

Pressure is building on the new Liberal government to go well beyond revamping the Conservative anti-terrorism bill to rethinking a whole raft of Stephen Harper security measures and policies.

Nov 03, 2015

The federal government should consider restricting the use of small camera-equipped drones near "sensitive and protected" areas such as residential neighbourhoods, schoolyards and prisons, says the federal privacy czar.

Nov 03, 2015

Pressure is building on the new Liberal government to go well beyond revamping the Conservative anti-terrorism bill to rethinking a whole raft of Stephen Harper security measures and policies.

Nov 03, 2015

The federal government should consider restricting the use of small camera-equipped drones near "sensitive and protected" areas such as residential neighbourhoods, school yards and prisons, says the federal privacy czar.

Nov 02, 2015

Emergency responders in Canada and the United States have been given exclusive access to 20 megahertz (MHz) of spectrum that formerly carried analog television signals. As yet, though, Canadian proponents have few committed resources to kick-start the proposed public safety broadband network, whereas their American counterparts have been promised USD $7 billion (CAD $9.24 billion).

Nov 02, 2015

The U.S. and British governments will hold a joint exercise to test cyber security and information sharing arrangements involving global financial institutions, according to the U.K. National Computer Emergency Response Team.

Nov 02, 2015

When overhauling Bill C-51 in the coming months, the new Trudeau government should give serious consideration to revamping Canada's national security policy-making apparatus to ensure the adoption of well-informed and objective national security and foreign policies, says Navid Hassibi in The Huffington Post.

Oct 30, 2015

In a world where conducting business online isn’t optional, organizations can protect themselves by making a comprehensive cyber security plan and seeing it through — just like they do for any other aspects of the operation.

Oct 30, 2015

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was ridiculed for rolling out a plan to put a wall on the Canadian border. But less than two months later, the U.S. Congress has passed a new act designed to stop terrorists and criminals from slipping over from the Great White North.

Oct 29, 2015

The wife of one of the Moncton RCMP officers killed last year is calling on the New Brunswick government to ensure that first responders suffering from post-traumatic stress have access to timely treatment and enough time to recover.

Oct 29, 2015

Ontario is proposing a new regulation that would ban the random stopping of citizens by police — known as carding — and require officers to provide a written record of any such exchanges.

Oct 28, 2015

Nova Scotia taxpayers have spent more than $300,000 beefing up security at Province House over the last year in response to the Parliament Hill shooting.

Oct 28, 2015

The Parti Quebecois is calling for Public Security Minister Lise Theriault to step down in the wake of sexual assault allegations against indigenous women in Val d’Or.

Oct 27, 2015

Two men posing as police officers used a flashing strobe light to pull over vehicles in north Calgary and demand money, even assaulting and robbing a victim, say city police.

Oct 26, 2015

Russian submarines and spy ships are aggressively operating near the vital undersea cables that carry almost all global Internet communications, raising concerns among U.S. military and intelligence officials that the Russians might plan to attack those lines in times of conflict.

Oct 26, 2015

Internal government notes say the Canadian Security Intelligence Service is likely to team up with “trusted allies,” such as the American CIA and Britain’s MI6, on overseas operations to derail threats — plans that underscore concerns about CSIS accountability under new security legislation.
 

Oct 26, 2015

Explosions and gunshots rang out in downtown Montreal early Saturday afternoon, but police were quick to reassure startled tourists and weekend shoppers — it was just a simulation to test the city’s anti-terrorism response.

Oct 23, 2015

Toronto Police helped the FBI uncover a $5-billion fraud and money-laundering conspiracy in a case they say highlights the need for co-operation to track crime proceeds that cross borders more easily than ever.

Oct 23, 2015

A major investigation into human trafficking has led to the rescue earlier this month of 20 people — some as young as 14 — suspected of working in the sex trade as minors or against their will, police said Thursday.

Oct 23, 2015

The effects of a gunman's assault on Parliament Hill still reverberate for New Democrat MP Nathan Cullen, who can't forget the scene inside the party's caucus room as shots cracked in the hall outside.

Oct 23, 2015

Investigations into allegations of sexual assault by Quebec police officers against native women are nearly finished and the files will soon be sent to Crown prosecutors, the government said Thursday.

Oct 23, 2015

RCMP tests on a variety of semi-automatic weapons sold in Canada have found the guns can be converted temporarily into fully automatic firearms through an improvised technique described on the internet.

Oct 22, 2015

A year after a rampaging gunman stormed the Centre Block, the RCMP and federal officials are still studying ways to make Parliament Hill more secure, says a senior Mountie. While it's still early, the process could lead to new, highly visible security measures on the Hill, said RCMP Assistant Commissioner Gilles Michaud.

Oct 22, 2015

The controversial security bill rammed through Parliament by the Conservative government in the spring is expected to be overhauled without delay by the new Liberal government, say party officials and other sources.

Oct 22, 2015

Scores of people turned out under dark skies for a hilltop ceremony on Wednesday in honour of a soldier gunned down a year ago as he stood guard at the National War Memorial on Parliament Hill.

Oct 22, 2015

As Canadians mark the one-year anniversary of the Ottawa shootingtoday, Muslim communities around the country will be sharing in the sorrow at the deaths of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent but will also be reminded of some of the ugly rhetoric that accompanied the tragedy and the unwelcome attention it drew to their faith.

Oct 21, 2015

The Government of Canada will hold a ceremony at the National War Memorial on October 22, 2015, at 11 a.m., to commemorate the assault on Parliament Hill one year ago. The event will also honour the sacrifices of Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent and Corporal Nathan Cirillo, and the bravery of the first responders.

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