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Feb 09, 2017

Canadian border agents and airlines are being warned to be on the lookout for tampered Canadian visas from Chinese nationals coming from Shanghai and the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, but Ottawa is being tight-lipped about the extent of the problem and threat to this country’s security.

Feb 09, 2017

The nation’s largest police force has declined to mount an audit of recent sexual-assault complaints, leaving it out of step with a growing legion of law-enforcement agencies launching wholesale case reviews in light of a Globe and Mail investigation.

Feb 09, 2017

A Times of London investigation says global brands like Mercedes-Benz and Sandals Resorts are unwittingly advertising on websites that support terrorist and criminal groups. After being reached by The Times, Google removed some revenue-generating content from its service.

Feb 08, 2017

As many as 13,000 opponents of Bashar al-Assad were secretly hanged in one of Syria’s most infamous prisons in the first five years of the country’s civil war as part of an extermination policy ordered by the highest levels of the Syrian government.

Feb 08, 2017

A top immigration lawyer says that asylum seekers sneaking across the U.S.-Manitoba border can expect to have their refugee claims heard by Canada.

Feb 08, 2017

Ottawa Hospital's Breast Health Centre is undertaking a two-year study to determine if new 3D mammography technology will improve the accuracy and speed of diagnosis, leading to earlier treatment and fewer false positives. 

Feb 08, 2017

The former construction boss and spy was sentenced Tuesday to seven years in prison for perpetrating multiple frauds in connection with the 2008 bankruptcy of ICI Construction.

Feb 08, 2017

Canada will never be a “party” to torture, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said a day after meeting his counterpart in U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration. U.S. Defence Secretary James Mattis vowed during Trump's campaign to bring back not only waterboarding but “a hell of a lot worse.”

Feb 08, 2017

After nearly two dozen refugees walked across the Canada-U.S. border over the weekend, officials in a Manitoba community say the trend seems to be growing, and are concerned that the "volume might spike" further when the weather warms up in the Spring. "They are coming at all hours of the night, in the dark," Border Security officials admit.

Feb 08, 2017

Global Affairs Canada has established a dedicated team to work on the government’s goal of winning a two-year seat on the United Nations Security Council beginning in 2021.

Feb 08, 2017

After a 20-month investigation, the Globe and Mail has found inconsistencies in how Canadian police forces manage and close cases in which sexual assault is alleged. Police officers and politicians respond.

Feb 07, 2017

Philip Morris International is trying to shed that image with a surprising new PR offensive that foresees a “smoke-free” future for the firm, a time when it quits selling cigarettes.

Feb 07, 2017

RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson says he’s concerned that the “caustic tone” of “political discourse” in Canada may be a contributing factor in radicalizing “criminal extremists” like the shooter in Quebec City last week.

Feb 07, 2017

A new survey suggests Ontario's police governing agencies want the province to grant police chiefs the authority to suspend officers accused of serious misconduct without pay.

Feb 07, 2017

Speaking about the recent decision to issue more rifles to Mounties, RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson said he is worried about the militarization of Canadian police. Paulson was speaking to th Senate national security committee.

Feb 06, 2017

About 60 suspects, the vast majority of them foreigners, were arrested early Sunday in the capital, Ankara.

Feb 06, 2017

Avalanches in Afghanistan have killed at least 54 people in the last three days, officials said Sunday.

Feb 06, 2017

From Down syndrome to ‘near normal’? New Delhi clinic makes stem cell claims that worry experts.

Feb 06, 2017

Thousands of Canada Border Services Agency workers are one step closer to a possible strike vote after talks broke off between Treasury Board and the Public Service Alliance of Canada as the federal government’s largest union fights for better compensation. 

Feb 06, 2017

Ottawa’s planned national counter-radicalization centre will help root out lone wolf and copycat attackers - no matter what kind of messaging inspires them, said Canada’s public safety minister, a week after one man was charged for shooting and killing six Muslim men at a mosque in Quebec City.

Feb 06, 2017

A former top national security adviser says that during his career leaks of classified information at National Defence prompted him to call in the RCMP "a couple of times" in recent years.

Feb 03, 2017

Conservative leadership candidate Kevin O'Leary says he took down an Internet video of himself firing automatic weapons out of "respect" for the memorial to three of the six victims of the weekend massacre at a Quebec City mosque. Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale described the timing of the video as "obviously crass, insensitive and exceedingly dumb."

Feb 03, 2017
The Liberal government says it is being “proactive” in trying to protect Canada’s electoral system from cyberattacks, after events such as the Russian hacking controversy in the recent U.S. election.
Feb 03, 2017

'Stable Grounds' in Rodney, Ontario will treat troubled first responders with equine-assisted psychotherapy, which uses horses as part of the treatment. The program will be open to uniformed professionals with symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Feb 02, 2017

Citing harassment and other incidents, 14-year veteran Jen Ward resigned from the Calgary force during a meeting of the police commission. Police chief Roger Chaffin said the force is looking at gender equity issues.

Feb 02, 2017

As of February 1, contractors working with the Government of Canada must submit fingerprints so their identities and criminal history can be verified. Public Works and Government Services Canada said the RCMP had stopped verifying information using individuals' names.

Feb 01, 2017

The RCMP are investigating the Quebec City shooting to determine whether to add terrorism-related counts to the charge sheet, even as politicians of all stripes have branded the mosque attack as a “terrorist” act.

Feb 01, 2017

Heavy artillery and rockets hit residential areas in eastern Ukraine on Tuesday amid a new outburst of fighting between government troops and Russia-backed separatist rebels

Feb 01, 2017

Richard Fadden, Canada's former National Security Advisor, said the threat of violence from the extreme right wing had been assessed as low because of a low volume of evidence to the contrary. The man charged with the murder of six people in a Quebec City mosque, Alexandre Bissonnette, apparently expressed nationalist and anti-immigrant sentiments in online postings.

Jan 31, 2017

Declines in revenues in the newspaper industry over the past two decades has lead to massive layoffs. The Public Policy Forum report offers suggestions for how government policies and other laws can reduce the rise of "fake news" and "clickbait".

Jan 31, 2017

The Canadian news industry has been facing a massive decline in revenues for a long time, much of which can be attributed to digital media sites. A Public Policy Forum report lists some bold suggestions on how to save the future of journalism.

Jan 31, 2017

Some 125 public health care advocates from across Canada will be on Parliament Hill today to meet with Members of Parliament and call for the creation of a National Public Drug Plan that would make medicines accessible and affordable across Canada.

Jan 31, 2017

Alexandre Bissonnette, who was charged late Monday with six counts of first-degree murder and five counts of attempted murder, is a fan of U.S. President Donald Trump; French far right leader Marine Le Pen; the separatist Parti Quebecois; and a Quebec City columnist, Mathieu Bock-Cóté, known for his pro-nationalist and anti-multicultural views.

Jan 31, 2017

One suspect, Alexandre Bissonnette,  is in custody after six people were killed and eight wounded Sunday night in a Quebec City mosque during evening prayers. Across Canada, Muslims are considering increased security measures at their religious and cultural centres.

Jan 31, 2017

In 1992, after police obtained a conviction with evidence from a tracking device planted on a vehicle, a dissenting Supreme Court justice worried about future electronic surveillance. Today, 25 years later, the debate about life in a watchdog society continues.

Jan 30, 2017

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has taken a stand on social media against the temporary US ban on refugees and immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries. Mr Trudeau underscored his government's commitment to bringing in "those fleeing persecution, terror & war".

Jan 30, 2017

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says the federal government should consider setting up a civilian board of management for the RCMP. The concept is not a new one. In fact, it was the central recommendation of the 2007 report from a task force on governance and cultural change at the RCMP.

Jan 30, 2017

Two people are in custody after gunshots killed six and wounded eight during evening prayers at the Islamic cultural centre in Ste-Foy outside Quebec City. Both Premier Couillard and Prime Minister Trudeau condemned the act as terrorism.

Jan 27, 2017

As Ottawa ponders a new approach to defending the country’s vital cyber systems and networks, a 2016 briefing note prepared for Justin Trudeau noted the U.S., U.K., Australia and New Zealand have all updated their cyber security strategies, with the U.S. planning to spend $24 billion to bolster the country’s defences.

Jan 27, 2017

The case against Ottawa terror suspect Awso Peshdary depends on the testimony of a paid RCMP informant. Peshdary's lawyers only learned the informant also worked for CSIS several days ago and say they cannot make an adequate defence without records from that agency.

Jan 26, 2017

President Trump signed executive actions Wednesday ordering the construction of a U.S.-Mexico border wall and targeting sanctuary cities.

Jan 26, 2017

Const. Paul Laforest of the Ottawa police service has been demoted for six weeks after issuing false traffic warnings. The paperwork was created to inflate individual activity statistics.

Jan 26, 2017

During a controversial arrest Tuesday, a Toronto police officer was recorded apparently warning others about getting AIDS if the suspect spit on them. On Twitter the force apologized for the remark and said it would retain expert trainers to educate officers about how the disease is spread.

Jan 25, 2017

A manager in charge of investigating hacking attacks at Russia’s biggest cybersecurity firm has been arrested along with a senior Russian FSB intelligence officer and that they both face charges of treason.

Jan 25, 2017

Toronto Police Services will review an arrest in which the suspect appeared to be Tasered and kicked while on the ground and under restraint. The suspect is accused of assaulting a female officer in the downtown area.

Jan 24, 2017

A new study suggests nearly a third of cigarettes sold in Ontario are purchased illegally. The study found 32% of respondents purchased contraband cigarettes – the highest level in the country.

Jan 24, 2017

Within hours of taking the oath of office, Donald Trump began changing the landscape for US law enforcement. He is moving to end consent decrees under which the federal government investigated city police, and to restore the supply of military equipment to civilian police departments.

Jan 24, 2017

The Mounties are changing the way missing persons cases are investigated, with mandatory steps for each case, including family communication. The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls is mandated to report by the end of 2018.

Jan 23, 2017

The upcoming special National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians will likely be more expensive in its initial setup and annual operating costs compared to any other House and Senate national security-related committees, according to Public Safety documents.

Jan 23, 2017

National-security agencies counselled Ottawa against allowing a Chinese firm to take over a Montreal high-tech company, warning it would undermine a technological edge that Western militaries have over China, The Globe and Mail has learned.

Jan 23, 2017

In February, private member's legislation drafted by BC Tory MP Todd Doherty to support first responders with PTSD will receive second reading in the House of Commons. For its part, the government says it is creating a national strategy and will respond to Doherty's bill when it is read in Parliament.

Jan 20, 2017

The failure of a core computer network device prevented Mounties and other police agencies including the Toronto Police Service from accessing the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) database.

Jan 20, 2017

An analysis of Canada's online behaviour commissioned by CBC's Marketplace suggests a 600 per cent jump in the past year in how often Canadians use language online that's racist, Islamophobic, sexist or otherwise intolerant.

Jan 20, 2017

A new report from the Transportation Safety Board details the frantic, fruitless attempt to rescue a deckhand pulled overboard just hours into the lobster season – one of a series of deaths on both coasts that demonstrate the remarkable danger of commercial fishing.

Jan 19, 2017

The Canada Revenue Agency is scrutinizing the Facebook pages, Twitter feeds and other social media posts of Canadians it suspects could be cheating on their taxes. That's just one example of the agency's increasing focus on what it can learn by collecting and analyzing many kinds of data.

Jan 19, 2017

A high-rise building in Tehran engulfed by a fire collapsed on Thursday, killing at least 30 firefighters and injuring some 75 people, state media reported. The disaster struck the Plasco building, an iconic structure in central Tehran just north of the capital’s sprawling bazaar.

Jan 19, 2017

An overnight avalanche possibly triggered by Wednesday’s central Italian earthquakes has buried a mountain hotel, where as many as 30 guests are missing in the snow-filled debris of the collapsed resort.

Jan 19, 2017

Internal reports detailing critical IT failures at the RCMP suggest gaffes and poor service from Shared Services Canada continue to jeopardize police work and the safety of officers and the public.

Jan 19, 2017

Dozens dead in car-bomb attack at camp housing government soldiers and rival armed groups in northern city of Gao.

Jan 19, 2017

Former RCMP member Jeffrey Ray Gillis, 43, has been sentenced to 30 days in jail for assault by a court in Prince Edward Island. The defence cited his disagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder but the judge noted he had not sought recommended treatment until after being criminally charged.

Jan 18, 2017

Federal public safety officials approved a licence that would enable the Winnipeg Police Service to purchase devices from an undisclosed company designed to intercept the private communications of citizens, according to CBC News.

Jan 18, 2017

A series of three strong earthquakes hit central Italy in the space of an hour Wednesday, shaking the same region that suffered a series of deadly quakes last year and has been buried under more than a metre of snow in recent days.

Jan 18, 2017

In a classified document obtained under information access law, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service warns energy companies of the heightened risk of cyber and physical sabotage against pipelines, storage facilities and transmission towers. Companies were warned about "significant financial interactions with certain foreign states" but the countries involved were not named.

Jan 17, 2017

A Federal Court judge has allowed two sexual harassment lawsuits by women against the RCMP to go ahead as a class action. As many as 20,000 women employed by the force after 1974 could participate. In October 2016 the Mounties issued an apology to women and a settlement that could address up to $100 million in claims.

Jan 16, 2017

The Canadian Institute for Cybersecurity, an innovative hub for research, training and industry collaboration, opened at the University of New Brunswick today with the announcement of more than $4.5 million in funding and the establishment of a research partnership with a global technology firm.

Jan 16, 2017

A gunman killed at least five people and wounded more than a dozen others Monday at a nightclub in the Caribbean coast resort of Playa del Carmen, police said. The shooting occurred in the early morning hours outside the Blue Parrot nightclub, which was hosting an event that was part of the BPM electronic music festival.

Jan 16, 2017

It’s going to take a lot more than new regulations to allow all Canadians to send urgent, life-and-death text and video messages to emergency call centres, say advocates of so-called next-generation 911 services.

Jan 16, 2017

The public and Parliament were never informed that Prime Minister Louis St-Laurent and three senior ministers signed Privy Council order 3486 in 1951 forcing telephone companies to wiretap any suspects deemed "likely" to communicate "for purposes that may be prejudicial to the security or defence of Canada."

Jan 16, 2017

A tanker that ran aground off the coast of Nova Scotia has returned to port after being stuck in shallow water for a week. The Canadian Coast Guard and salvage crews freed the Arca 1 from a bay near the community of Little Pond in Cape Breton on Sunday.

Jan 16, 2017

A Turkish cargo plane crashed Monday in a residential area just outside the main airport in Kyrgyzstan, killing 37 people on the ground and in the plane, the Emergency Situations Ministry said. The Boeing 747 crashed on approach to the Manas airport, south of the capital, Bishkek.

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