IN THE NEWS

Mar 23, 2017

A single-engine Cessna 172 aircraft crashed near the north shore of Lake Superior at 11:38 p.m. March 15, but there was no sign that a body had gone down with it. Upon investigation, there was no trace that anyone had landed with the plane—and no footprints in the snow.

Mar 23, 2017

One attacker is dead, along with a police officer he stabbed and two civilians he killed with a vehicle. The attack ended with Parliamentary protective police shooting the attacker to death in the grounds of the House of Commons. In related raids at six locations across the United Kingdom, seven people have been taken into custody.

Mar 22, 2017

The federal public safety minister says the Liberals plan to introduce legislation this spring to revamp the Conservative anti-terrorism bill known as C-51.

Mar 22, 2017

Transport Minister Marc Garneau says Canada is evaluating intelligence passed on by the United States to determine if it should join the U.S. and the UK in requiring passengers travelling from some Middle East countries to pack all large electronic devices other than mobile cellphones in their checked baggage.

Mar 22, 2017

A "botched" job of selling off Canada's airports would be costly for travellers and could even threaten national security, interim Conservative Leader Rona Ambrose says. The government is studying the potential privatization of some of Canadian airports, but has not yet made any decision.

Mar 22, 2017

A decommissioned Coast Guard ship that underwent $9-million in repairs in 2009 only to be permanently docked four years later has been sold for $373,000 after being offered for sale on the government’s surplus website.

Mar 22, 2017

Nearly fifty percent of Canadians want to see illegal border crossers turned away, while only 36 percent want to see them accepted as refugees. In recent months, and especially since the election of US president Donald Trump, the number of asylum seekers walking across the southern border has been increasing.

Mar 21, 2017

Police questioned and then released relatives of a man shot dead at a Paris airport, as investigators sought clues about why he attacked an army patrol in an incident that has pushed security to the forefront of France’s election campaign.

Mar 21, 2017

Britain and Germany are poised to sign a new defence pact as Theresa May signals her intention to play a significant role in European security after Brexit. The Prime Minister is seeking to reassure European Union leaders that Britain will continue to cooperate on training, cyber security and maritime patrols.

Mar 21, 2017

Ottawa constable Daniel Montsion was charged with manslaughter after the death of a suspect in July 2016. The Ottawa police force is investigating his use of 'assault' gloves with hard inserts, and the Ontario government is asking all provincial forces to audit their use of the equipment.

Mar 20, 2017

Shared Services’ real mission is to modernize the government’s technology networks by 2020

Mar 20, 2017

Inmate says he smuggled drugs into jail in Kinder eggs hidden in rectum.

Mar 20, 2017

The US Coast Guard seems to have survived attempts by the Trump administration to reduce its budget thanks, in large part, to an “avalanche” of support from Congress, the service’s top officer said last Thursday.

Mar 20, 2017

A study of US firefighters shows their number one source of calories is chicken and turkey. Alcohol is number two, with beer the beverage of choice.

Mar 17, 2017

Donald Trump’s second attempt at instituting a travel ban targeting travelers from several Muslim nations suffered back-to-back blows in two federal courts, with judges in Hawaii and Maryland using the president’s own words against him when striking it down.

Mar 17, 2017

In a single year under Liberal rule, federal prisons became less deadly, less crowded and less black, according to new data obtained by The Globe and Mail that suggests prison life has changed strikingly since the Harper Conservatives fell from power.

Mar 17, 2017

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the American Federal Trade Commission covering cooperation on fraud investigations that involve both countries. The agreement will increase the ability to conduct joint investigations and share information.

Mar 16, 2017

Canada’s seafood labelling requirements fail consumers, particularly when compared to requirements governing two of our largest export partners, the European Union and the United States, according to a SeaChoice international seafood labelling report card released today.

Mar 16, 2017

The minister of transport, Marc Garneau has announced new regulations for civilian drone operations: height, time of operation and proximity to other objects are covered. Unmanned Systems Canada reacted immediately, both applauding the minister's concern but calling for further refinement to the regulations after consultations.

Mar 16, 2017

A Canadian man of Kazakh origins who appeared to live a lavish lifestyle in southern Ontario was arrested as one of four suspects in a massive hack of Yahoo that targeted American government officials, Russian journalists opposed to the regime of President Vladimir Putin, and ordinary email users, authorities said Wednesday.

Mar 16, 2017

Ottawa police have charged a 27-year-old Ottawa woman they say stole a taxi to drive to Parliament Hill and then stole another vehicle once she was turned away from its entrance by security on Monday afternoon.

Mar 16, 2017

Canada’s federal privacy commissioner has launched an investigation into the Canada Border Services Agency’s practice of searching the electronic devices of travellers at the Canadian border.

Mar 16, 2017

In 2006, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service pledged to inform the Federal Court about its collection of telecommunications data. A decade later, federal judges inadvertently became aware of the Operational Data Analysis Centre gathering information about Canadians' electronic communications.

Mar 15, 2017

Little progress 15 years after 9/11 Commission called for integrated data, voice systems.

Mar 15, 2017

When first responders came off the frontline in the fight against the 2016 fire that devastated Fort McMurray, scientists gathered samples of their breath, blood and urine. A $500,000 federal grant will fund a two-year study of how fighting the blaze affected their physical and mental health.

Mar 14, 2017

Government officials reassured Canadians Monday that none of their personal information was compromised after Statistics Canada’s website was hacked and the CRA’s website was shut down as a precautionary measure when similar vulnerabilities were identified in its computer system.

Mar 14, 2017

British Columbia’s highest court has ruled drug dealers pushing fentanyl should receive sentences of up to 36 months – three times longer than other street-level dealers – to recognize the “scourge” of the deadly synthetic opioid.

Mar 14, 2017

Michel Coulombe will end a 30 year career with the Canadian Security Intelligence Service when he retires at the end of May.  He became director of CSIS in 2013.

Mar 14, 2017

The president of the Toronto Police Association, Mike McCormack says divisions are understaffed and morale is low after the release of a report in January disrupted staffing. The Transformational Task Force report noted the greater use of technology and a change in recruiting.

Mar 13, 2017

A detailed study of the origins of British Islamists exposes a clear link between terrorist crimes and growing up in a predominantly Muslim area of Birmingham, England.

Mar 13, 2017

Bill S-27, referred to as "Wynn's Law" is a bail reform effort that gives clear direction regarding repeat offenders at bail hearings. Introduced by Tory Senator Runciman, it passed second reading with the support of 27 Liberal MPs, and is now on its way to Committee. The Bill seeks to change the wording of the Criminal Code to require the Crown to disclose an assailant’s criminal history and outstanding charges during bail hearings. RCMP Constable Wynn was gunned down by an assailant who had been released on bail despite dozens of outstanding charges.

Mar 13, 2017

A retired teacher who wants to return to work at a Toronto private school is objecting to a requirement that he submit fingerprints for screening against a pardoned sex offender registry. Otto Schmidt, 67, says he has done nothing wrong and the request is discriminatory by age and gender.

Mar 13, 2017

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale is taking on Conservative Party criticism that the government needs to do more at the border to prevent asylum seekers from crossing into Canada.

Mar 13, 2017

New research shows about 8 percent of soldiers and police officers seek PTSD treatment compared with 17 percent of firefighters and 20 percent of paramedics. Katy Kamkar, a Toronto psychologist said cultural differences in the groups may account for the difference.

Mar 13, 2017

U.S. Homeland Secretary John Kelly says there have been countless attempts by terrorists to blow up passenger jets operated by Air Canada and U.S. airlines – plots that have been stopped because of U.S. and Canadian intelligence agencies.

Mar 13, 2017

The Canada Revenue Agency is reporting that all of its online services are back in service after being down since Friday afternoon due to an "internet vulnerability" that was discovered during website maintenance.

Mar 10, 2017

Awso Peshdary, 27, is on trial in Ottawa, accused of being a terrorist recruiter and financier. The Ontario Supreme Court has ordered the Canadian Security Intelligence Service to hand over details of its engagement with a paid informer.

Mar 09, 2017

Three days of national mourning have been declared in Guatemala, after 21 girls were killed in a fire, apparently started in protest against abuse at a crowded children's care home.

Mar 09, 2017

Thieves wearing South African police uniforms staged a brazen heist at the main international airport in Johannesburg, making off with an unknown amount of cash.

Mar 09, 2017

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for an attack on a Kabul military hospital by gunmen disguised as doctors who entered the facility and battled security forces for hours.

Mar 09, 2017

The antiquities museum in the Iraqi city of Mosul is in ruins. Piles of rubble fill exhibition halls and a massive fire in the building’s basement has reduced hundreds of rare books and manuscripts to ankle-deep drifts of ash.

Mar 09, 2017

A controversial treatment known as “liberation therapy” is ineffective in patients with multiple sclerosis, according to Canadian findings from one of the most rigorous studies of the procedure to date.

Mar 09, 2017
The federal government is stripping seven outdated sections from Canada's Criminal Code, including a provision banning abortion that was struck down nearly 30 years ago.
Mar 09, 2017

In 1982, Shelley Peters Carey became the first black female Mountie. Today, after a career with the Canadian Forces in which she rose to lieutenant colonel, Carey says marginalized communities need to feel they have representation.

Mar 08, 2017

A M=4.3 earthquake shook central Switzerland yesterday, and was felt in the country’s largest city, Zurich, approximately 60 km north of the epicenter according to the Swiss Seismological Service.

Mar 08, 2017

The federal government is moving to clean up Canada's Criminal Code by stripping so-called "zombie laws" from the books. Criminal justice experts have been calling on the justice minister to reform the code they say is filled with outdated laws, duplications and inconsistent language.

Mar 08, 2017

With higher visitor traffic expected for Canada’s 150th celebrations along with continuing efforts to enhance Hill security, the Parliamentary Protective Service wants a $6.1-million increase to its annual funding next year as well as almost $2.4-million in additional funding for 2016-17.

Mar 08, 2017

The federal government has four months to find someone to lead Canada's national police force through even more tumultuous times. In his retirement announcement earlier this week, outgoing Commissioner Bob Paulson highlighted a number of pressing internal — as opposed to operational — issues for his successor.

Mar 08, 2017

Malaysia has accused North Korea of holding 11 of its citizens hostage, marking a new low point in the diplomatic row that followed last month's killing of Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half brother of the North Korean dictator.

Mar 08, 2017

The head of Canada's customs and immigration employee union says the Canadian border is like 'Swiss cheese' and his members are becoming overworked and tired by the recent flood of illegal asylum seekers. Jean-Pierre Fortin said hundreds of jobs cut by the previous government should be restored.

Mar 08, 2017

Thousands of documents released by Wikileaks purport to show the scope and power of Central Intelligence Agency electronic spying. Times of London article looks at UK implications. (Register)

Mar 07, 2017

A fishing captain in Newfoundland and Labrador was rescued along with his four crew members during a vicious offshore storm.

Mar 07, 2017

The City of Ottawa’s plan to deal with the opioid drug crisis is a model for the rest of the province and the Ontario government is ready to fund it with $2.5 million, Premier Kathleen Wynne said Monday.

Mar 07, 2017

Now, more than seven months after Abdirahman Abdi, 37, died following a violent arrest on the steps of his Hintonburg apartment building, a rare charge of manslaughter is to be laid against an Ottawa police officer.

Mar 07, 2017

Bob Paulson served as RCMP Commissioner for five years. During his term, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police struggled with sexual harassment and discrimination, as well as the rising threat of domestic terrorism.

Mar 06, 2017

The Liberal government is set to reject proposals that would have given broader powers to its new national-oversight committee of parliamentarians. The legislation to create the committee, Bill C-22, will return to the House of Commons this week for debate after it was heavily modified late last year by the Public Safety Committee of the House.

Mar 06, 2017

Hundreds of asylum seekers have been crossing the US border into Canada in recent weeks, but Canada does not intend to take measures to deter them. The public safety minister Ralph Goodale says the scale of the crossings is not large enough to justify action.

Mar 03, 2017

Paramedic services in York Region near Toronto assigns a first responder to every shift, tasked with watching colleague's psychological health as they perform their duties. In the first year of the program, which has operated for about 16 months, there were 10,000 contacts with paramedic personnel.

Mar 02, 2017

Boeing is investigating an internal security breach impacting thousands of workers in four U.S. states, including Washington. The company says it was notified in January after a worker accidentally sent personal information of 36,000 Boeing employees to his spouse in November.

Mar 02, 2017

Three Concordia University buildings in downtown Montreal remained closed Wednesday after the institution received bomb threats targeting Muslim students.

Mar 02, 2017

When US Homeland scretary John Kelly visits Ottawa next month, illegal border crossing will probably be on the agenda. American officials want to know how illegal immigrants seeking asylum in Canada were first able to enter the United States.

Mar 01, 2017

The federal government is in the final stages of enacting legislation that will require all businesses in Canada to report any cyber security breach as soon as they become aware of it.

Mar 01, 2017
Montenegro has asked Britain for technical help to defend against cyber attacks after suffering a barrage of online assaults in the wake of an alleged Russian-backed coup plot
Mar 01, 2017

The federal government is facing “serious” cyber attacks on a daily basis, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service said in its annual report released Tuesday. Increasingly numerous, capable and aggressive state-sponsored hackers and terrorist groups are making regular attempts to penetrate government computer networks.

Mar 01, 2017

Long after other Canadian forces have implemented data monitoring programs to flag troubling activity by its officers, the Montreal police department continues to use what it calls 'the good father' approach. The Quebec minister of public security has asked the provincial police to investigate the Montreal force.

Feb 28, 2017

The threat of political blackmail could figure in a wide-ranging review of risks to Canada’s electoral system, says a senior official from the national cyberspy agency.

Feb 28, 2017

Government documents obtained by the National Post reveal why Canada rejected dozens of Syrians as refugees, and provide a “high-level overview” of the backgrounds of those who were selected.

Feb 28, 2017

Four suspects in the killing of Kim Jong-nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean ruler Kim Jong-un, are North Korean spies, South Korea's intelligence service told members of parliament in Seoul.

Feb 28, 2017

The threat of political blackmail could figure in a wide-ranging review of risks to Canada's electoral system, says a senior official from the national cyberspy agency.

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