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Sep 03, 2015

Foreign Islamic militants have been able to secure Pakistani national identity cards for years in exchange for bribes as low as $100, giving them vastly greater freedom to operate, according to a report by Pakistan's top intelligence agency obtained by The Associated Press.

Sep 02, 2015

Irving Shipbuilding has started building Canada's first Arctic offshore patrol ship at the company's massive shipyard in Halifax. Hundreds of employees gathered Tuesday in the new assembly hall as a huge sheet of cut steel was hoisted into place and a special ceremony was held to mark the occasion.

Sep 02, 2015

The U.S. government has not yet notified any of the 21.5 million federal employees and contractors whose security clearance data was hacked more than three months ago, officials acknowledged on Tuesday.

Sep 01, 2015

Ontario Community Safety Minister Yasir Naqvi pledged Tuesday to draft a regulation to crack down on arbitrary “police interactions with members of the public.” Speaking in Toronto at the final public meeting in a province-wide review of police street checks — more commonly known as carding — Naqvi said his government opposes all “arbitrary or random stops by police.”

Sep 01, 2015

A regional power devoted to ensuring its own survival, Israel has burgeoned into a high tech epicenter built around Internet security, anti-virus software, and other cyber defense technologies.

Sep 01, 2015

The province of Ontario has launched a new set of traffic laws as part of its "Making Ontario Roads Safer Act". Bill 31 came into effect today, two months after being unanimously approved at Queen's Park. The new legislation means changes to existing traffic laws, and stiffer fines and penalties for those who break them.

Sep 01, 2015

At least 80 police officers in Ontario were on suspension with pay during a three-week period this summer, including a Durham Police officer who has amassed more than $600,000 since first being suspended in 2008, a National Post investigation has discovered.

Aug 31, 2015

Canada has received approval to install search and rescue repeaters on the U.S. Air Force’s next generation Global Positioning System satellites.

Aug 31, 2015

Tom Mulcair is poised to announce measures aimed at ending violence against women. The NDP leader is expected to commit today to restore the shelter enhancement program scrapped by the Harper government, with sufficient funding to ensure no woman in need is turned away from a shelter.

Aug 31, 2015

An RCMP database on missing persons and unidentified remains, touted by the Harper government in 2010 as "concrete action" for the problem of murdered and missing indigenous women, is still incomplete and far over budget five years after it was announced.

Aug 31, 2015

Canada’s police chiefs want legal authority to seize mail in transit to stem the flow of illicit drugs, fake medicine and weapons through the postal system.

Aug 31, 2015

The Canadian border got dragged into the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign on Sunday, with a prominent candidate appearing to entertain the notion of building a giant wall on the 49th parallel.

Aug 28, 2015

Police across the country are looking for new powers to seize, jam or de-activate the phone numbers of street-level “dial a dope” drug dealers.

Aug 28, 2015

The Conservatives are using former members of the Canadian military to act as security guards at their election campaign events, in addition to the RCMP officers who are assigned to the Stephen Harper’s personal detail.

Aug 28, 2015

There is a shared sense of disappointment in the ranks of Fredericton police and the public over the suspension of five officers, the force’s chief said Thursday. Leanne Fitch took the unusual step of calling a news conference Thursday to address concerns over the recent suspensions of the Fredericton officers.

Aug 27, 2015

The Vancouver Police Department has erected temporary surveillance cameras in a neighbourhood on the city’s east side, and although the department says the cameras are being used to fight gang violence, it won’t say which groups are being targeted or why that specific location was chosen.

Aug 26, 2015

Ministers from nine European countries are to meet in Paris on Saturday to discuss security on the continent’s extensive rail network, following last week’s suspected terrorist attack on a high-speed train from Amsterdam to Paris.

Aug 26, 2015

As security gains greater visibility in boardrooms and C-suites, security professionals are increasingly asked to provide metrics to track the current state of a company's defenses. But which numbers really matter?

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.

Aug 26, 2015

FireScience Online has just completed an expert-driven guide to restoring trust in law enforcement. The guide outlines what law enforcement organizations are already doing to foster confidence, and what else can and needs to be done.

Aug 25, 2015

Jacon Modglin is part of a new cadre of "community paramedics" working in a dozen pilot programs across California. Their jobs are to treat patients before they get sick enough to need emergency care. The paramedics are still first responders, just deployed to prevent a crisis rather than react to one.

Aug 25, 2015

Police in more than 20 North American cities are testing the latest in less-lethal alternatives to bullets – “blunt impact projectiles” that cause suspects excruciating pain but stop short of killing them. Or at least that’s the goal.

Aug 25, 2015

Scam artists, extortionists and “unconfirmed reports” of possible suicides have emerged in the aftermath of the Ashley Madison hack, Toronto police said Monday. Toronto Police, alongside the Ontario Provincial Police, the RCMP, FBI and U.S. Homeland Security, are probing the hack, which saw the personal information of more than 30 million site users released last week.

Aug 24, 2015

Some American police departments are ecretly using one of the government’s most powerful phone surveillance tools — capable of intercepting data from hundreds of people’s cellphones at a time — to track suspects via their phones.

Aug 24, 2015

A new administrative scheme that would allow police to obtain basic information about Internet subscribers without a warrant is one option being considered by federal officials following a landmark Supreme Court ruling that curbed access to such data, Canadian police chiefs say.

Aug 22, 2015

The No. 2 leader of the Islamic State militant group was killed in a U.S. military airstrike in Iraq earlier this week, the White House said Friday. Ned Price, a spokesman for the White House National Security Council, said Fadhil Ahmad al-Hayali was traveling in a vehicle near Mosul, in northern Iraq, when he was killed Tuesday.

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.

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