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May 16, 2017

President Donald Trump revealed highly classified information about Islamic State militants to Russian officials during a meeting last week, The Washington Post reported Monday, prompting strong condemnation from both Democrats and Republicans.

May 16, 2017

The Saskatchewan government says it has been hit with a cyberattack, but one expert suspects it's unrelated to the malware that has sought to extort money from companies, government agencies and other organizations around the world in recent days.

May 16, 2017

Ian McPhail, chair of the RCMP Civilian Review and Complaints Commission has called for civilian governance of the force. In a report on workplace harassment, he writes that the force cannot address its dysfunctional culture on its own.

May 15, 2017

Atty Mashatan, a professor at Ryerson University’s School of Information Technology Management, said it was nothing more than a fluke that Canada appears to have been largely spared from Friday’s ransomware attack that disrupted services in Russia, the U.K., Ukraine, Spain and India.

May 15, 2017

Teams of technicians worked around the clock Saturday to restore Britain’s crippled hospital network and secure the computers that run factories, banks, government agencies and transport systems in other nations after a global cyberattack.

May 15, 2017

Federal spending to respond to fires, floods and storms has ballooned over the years, but big savings could be achieved through more upfront spending to fortify vulnerable communities, according to a new evaluation of the government's disaster relief assistance program.

May 15, 2017

Three separate reports are expected this week on how the Royal Canadian Mounted Police treats its employees and manages its affairs. As well, labour leaders looking to represent rank-and-file Mounties are suggesting a complete overhaul of the force's command structure.

May 12, 2017

The Communications Security Establishment has begun a promised review into the risks of foreign interference in the 2019 election, the Star has learned. CSE, Canada’s signals intelligence and cyber defence agency, is conducting a “risk assessment” into how vulnerable Canadian elections are to foreign hacking and information operations.

May 12, 2017

Shocking revelations this spring about security at Montreal’s airport caused Canada’s spy agency to mobilize “very quickly” and re-screen tens of thousands of files, one of its officials said Thursday. TVA network reported March 28 that four Aéroport de Montréal employees lost their security clearance because they showed potential signs of being radicalized.

May 10, 2017

A mountain of work remains to be done, but as the great Ottawa River flood of 2017 receded Tuesday, the residents of Chemin Voisine in Rockland took a moment pat themselves on the back.

May 10, 2017

The Liberal government is expected to table a charter statement today that will defend its sweeping reforms on drug- and alcohol-impaired driving in Canada.

May 10, 2017

In a stunning and abrupt move, U.S. President Donald Trump fired James Comey, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the man responsible for leading a criminal investigation into possible collusion between Mr. Trump’s election campaign and Russia.

May 10, 2017

A powerful Russian crime syndicate that's accused of laundering hundreds of millions of dollars around the world appears to have also flowed millions through nearly 30 Canadian bank accounts.

May 09, 2017

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale is defending the federal response to flood relief efforts in Ontario and Quebec, saying the Liberals sent troops and resources immediately after hearing provincial pleas for help.

May 09, 2017

As the flood waters have started to subside, officials at all levels of government have begun to face questions about the response. Could the army have been called in earlier? Did officials underestimate the effects of recent rains? Did the dams along the river system hold back enough floodwaters? Who will pay for all of this?

May 08, 2017

Yesterday, the Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, issued a statement about flooding in Eastern Ontario.

May 08, 2017
The Liberal government is set to begin tackling mandatory minimum sentences this spring, but advocates for reform have been waiting a long time for the promise to play out.
May 08, 2017

Canada is on track to spend millions over the next three years in its bid to win a rotating two-year seat on the United Nations' Security Council – even as some inside and outside the UN say the election process needs an overhaul.

May 08, 2017

Flooding in southern Quebec has forced hundreds of people from their homes. Canadian Forces members and equipment are assisting civilian authorities along the 'Trois Rivieres-Ottawa corridor.'

May 05, 2017

Today, the Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, made a statement about flooding in Quebec. He said that the federal government has accepted Quebec's formal request for federal assistance to help citizens in need.

May 05, 2017

The Star editorial: When the Trudeau Liberals ran against and defeated Harper's Conservatives, they campaigned fiercely against that government's far-reaching Bill C-51 on security policy. Now in power, the Toronto Star says it's time for the Liberals to get rid of the legislation.

May 05, 2017

The RCMP is on trial in Moncton under the Canada Labour Code for failing to protect members with the right equipment and training, after the deaths of three officers in 2014. A scientist with Defence Research and Development Canada testified she informed the RCMP in 2012 that superior weapons for its members had been identified and tested.

May 04, 2017

An American company that was paid nearly $700 million to secure an Iraqi base for F-16 fighter jets turned a blind eye to alcohol smuggling, theft, security violations, and allegations of sex trafficking - then terminated investigators who uncovered wrongdoing, an Associated Press investigation has found.

May 04, 2017

The Canadian Security Intelligence Service discontinued the use of "Stingray" cellphone surveillance in January after using it with and without warrants in recent years. The technology gathers information by appearing to mobile telephones as legitimate cellular towers.

May 04, 2017

A driver from North Dakota bought a lesson in the metric system from Manitoba Mounties on May 1, in the form of a speeding ticket. He said he thought the road signs showed a 100 mile per hour limit instead of 100 kilometres. The difference is worth $940.

May 03, 2017

The US Secret Service protects America's first family wherever they go, but host countries always provide escorts. That means Canadian taxpayers paid for Mounties to ski alongside President Trump's daughter Ivanka and her husband on their Whistler vacation.

May 02, 2017

Ottawa police chief Charles Bordeleau wants the Ontario Provincial Police to investigate top officers of his own force in connection with a training accident three years ago. There are allegations that several senior Ottawa officers gave false statements during the accident investigation.

May 02, 2017

The Security Intelligence Review Committee has dismissed a complaint of intimidation against the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) by Ken Stone of Hamilton. Two CSIS agents visited and questioned him after a trip to Iran in 2011.

May 02, 2017

The RCMP is on trial in Moncton for failing to provide Mounties with the right equipment and training. Darryl Davies, a Carleton Universoty criminologist testified he had recommended the force equip every member with a carbine before the 2014 shooting deaths of three officers.
 

May 01, 2017

Finland has rolled out significant legislative and intelligence facility funding proposals meant to strengthen national security and cyber-defense infrastructure. One major initiative includes the establishment in Helsinki of the NATO-supported European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats, or ECE-CHT.

Apr 28, 2017

Two Canada Border Services Agency officers are among five people arrested by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for breach of trust and drug importation offences. The RCMP alleges they were importing cocaine through Toronto's Pearson International Airport.

Apr 28, 2017

As Canada moves closer to more liberal marijuana laws, police forces across the Canada must protect the public from impaired drivers. The investment in roadside testing equipment and training could cost millions of dollars but so far, governments have not come forward to pledge the necessary funding.

Apr 28, 2017

RCMP have arrested five people for smuggling cocaine through Toronto's international airport, including two Canada Border Services Agency officers. The offences are alleged to have occurred between January 2016 and April 2017.

Apr 27, 2017

In Manitoba, there are 86 vacant Royal Canadian Mounted Police positions or about eight percent of the approved establishment. Local politicians are concerned about the impact of the shortages on safety.

Apr 26, 2017

The NAFTA deal, was originally signed in 1994 by President Bill Clinton, allows free trade between the three countries in North America. Donald Trump's team is reportedly preparing an executive order to take the U.S. out of the North American Free Trade Agreement – it could be signed very soon.

Apr 26, 2017

A cross-Canada message on Twitter from the Vancouver police force to cops in Manitoba started with the weather but ended with a gentle recruiting pitch. The Winnipeg Police and the provincial RCMP weren't slow to respond.

Apr 25, 2017

Researchers at the University of Waterloo working on a new hacking tool is touting the technology as a public service.

Apr 25, 2017

The number of refugees coming to Canada from the USA continues to rise. Thanks to a loophole in the Safe Third Country Agreement with the United States, once they’re here, they can’t be turned back, they have the right to claim asylum. Will Canada close that loophole?

Apr 25, 2017

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his father, former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau intervened to ensure his late brother Michel was not prosecuted for possession of marijuana. Justin Trudeau said his brother, who died about six months later in an accident was found with marijuana after a car crash but his father used his connections to make the charges "go away".

Apr 25, 2017

In 2014, three Moncton RCMP officers were killed and two others wounded by a better armed gunman. The federal police force is now on trial on charges under the Canada Labour Code for failing to provide those employees with the right equipment and training. On Monday, the prosecutor told the court compliance with the code could have prevented at least some of the deaths and injuries.

Apr 24, 2017

HMCS Saskatoon seizes 464 kg and assists in disruption of an estimated 1,500 kg of cocaine in cooperation with the United States Coast Guard during Operation Caribbe.

Apr 24, 2017

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police face charges in a Moncton court of failing to provide officers with the necessary equipment and training to overpower an armed suspect. A gunman shot and killed three Mounties in Moncton in 2014.

Apr 24, 2017

Under a 2014 counterterrorism directive, provincial and municipal police forces in Ontario are directed to forward data collected from street checks - "carding" - to federal intelligence and law enforcement agencies. The practice of carding individuals has been criticized as intrusive and discriminatory.

Apr 21, 2017

​France began picking itself up Friday from another deadly shooting claimed by ISIS, with President Francois Hollande convening the government's security council and his would-be successors in the presidential election campaign treading carefully before voting this weekend.

Apr 21, 2017

In recent months, hundreds of people have walked across the US border into Canada to claim asylum. The RCMP has not charged anyone will illegal crossing and there are claims that as many as half the asylum seekers have some form of criminal record.

Apr 21, 2017

The Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) processes data collected from clearance forms to prevent people who are security risks from entering Canada or obtaining sensitive employment. In a series of letters, the Privacy Commissioner has expressed concerns about how widely the information is being used.

Apr 20, 2017

The number of asylum seekers caught crossing illegally into Canada continues to rise, according to newly released figures. CBSA says that nearly half of the 1,860 migrants who have snuck across the Canada-United States border on foot rather than making a claim for refugee status at an official border crossing did so in March.

Apr 20, 2017

Toronto police officers have asked the city to deny $260,000 in funding to the annual Pride event, after a group called Black Lives Matter persuaded organizers to ban Toronto Police Services from participating. In a letter to city government, officers belonging to the force's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Internal Support Network said funding the event would make them feel "unsupported by our employer."

Apr 20, 2017

Police have charged a 43 year old woman, Michelle Omoruyi, with smuggling nine potential asylum seekers from Africa into Canada. The group was apprehended Friday night at the Saskatchewan border with the United States.

Apr 19, 2017

The Trump administration has notified Congress that Iran is complying with the terms of the 2015 nuclear deal negotiated by former President Barack Obama, and says the U.S. has extended the sanctions relief given to the Islamic republic in exchange for curbs on its atomic program.

Apr 19, 2017

On April 15, RCMP in Saskatchewan laid human smuggling charges after an investigation into illegal border crossing from the United States. In recent months, increasing numbers of people have walked across the US border into Canada to claim refugee status. The Mounties will hold a news conference to explain the charges Wednesday.

Apr 19, 2017

More than half of 18,000 RCMP members under the rank of Inspector have signed up with the National Police Federation (NPF) for union representation. The NPF filed for certification Tuesday. The RCMP is the last non-unionized police force in Canada.

Apr 18, 2017

GE’s Marine Solutions announced that the United States Coast Guard commissioned new National Security Cutter Munro.

Apr 18, 2017

In a trip full of Cold War symbolism, U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence travelled to the tense zone dividing North and South Korea and warned Pyongyang that after years of testing the U.S. and South Korea with its nuclear ambitions, "the era of strategic patience is over."

Apr 18, 2017

Only at a North Korean press conference at the United Nations, can you hear a diplomat say he hoped journalists had a good holiday weekend and then warn of possible thermonuclear war.

Apr 18, 2017

The federal plan to legalize recreational marijuana does not include the general amnesty for past pot convictions some would like to see, says Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale.

Apr 18, 2017

After a series of high-profile setbacks Canadian Security Intelligence Services (CSIS) officials and lawyers are learning how to approach judges with sufficient information to obtain viable warrants. Last fall judges criticized CSIS for failing to inform courts about how information obtained with warrants would be used.

Apr 14, 2017

Dozens of Ontario police  officers, from the Toronto and provincial forces are being trained in field sobriety tests for marijuana use, so they can determine whether drivers should be charged with impaired driving. The federal government is preparing legislation to legalize marijuana.

Apr 13, 2017

North Korean monitoring service 38 North said Wednesday the country's Punggye-ri nuclear site is "primed and ready" for a sixth nuclear test. "The activity during the past six weeks is suggestive of the final preparations for a test," 38 North analyst Joseph Bermudez told CNN.

Apr 13, 2017

Bill C-51, passed by the previous Conservative government, gave the Canadian Security Intelligence Service sweeping new powers to interrupt terrorist activity. However, a source says the agency is not using them because the Liberal government has announced its intention to review and modify the law.

Apr 13, 2017

The Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police understands why Mounties are protesting for higher pay but Robert Paulson warned their actions could undermine public confidence and internal cohesion. Some members have removed or covered the yellow stripes on their uniform trousers.

Apr 12, 2017

At least 10 people were injured in a large fire that broke out in a migrant camp near the northern French city of Dunkirk on Monday night, after a fight between many Afghans and Kurds at the camp. 

Apr 12, 2017

Concerned that terrorist saboteurs or otherwise maliciously dangerous criminals could be targeting a major landmark, police pulled all stops when three teens, two 16 and one 15, broke into Wonderland to steal some candy – they could hardly have expected a helicopter and police dogs would apprehend them.

Apr 11, 2017

Seaspan Ferries Corporation officially welcomed two new, state-of-the-art dual-fuelled/hybrid vessels to its fleet today during a double commissioning ceremony held at Seaspan's Tilbury Terminal.

Apr 11, 2017

Egypt imposed a three-month nationwide state of emergency Monday as President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi sought to ease public anger and take a tougher stand against Islamic extremists after suicide bombings at two Coptic Christian churches killed 45 people.

Apr 11, 2017

The United States has made a preliminary conclusion that Russia knew in advance of Syria's chemical weapons attack last week due to the fact that a drone operated by Russians was flying over a hospital as victims of the attack were rushing to get treatment.

Apr 11, 2017

Unifor president Jerry Dias argues his fight with the American-based Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) is absolutely the latter.

Apr 11, 2017

In a continuing pay dispute with the federal government, Mounties across Canada are masking or removing the yellow stripes from their uniform trousers.

Apr 11, 2017

On Sunday a helicopter from HMCS Winnipeg allegedly flew low over a busy tourist beach on the Pacific island of Guam. While the aircraft would have been in approved airspace authorities do ask aviators to be mindful of people on the ground.

Apr 10, 2017

Two bombs exploded at churches in different cities in northern Egypt as worshippers were celebrating Palm Sunday, killing at least 43 people and wounding about 100.

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