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Feb 08, 2018

The Canada Border Services Agency announced the seizure of over 15,500 kilograms of undeclared loose leaf tobacco at the Peace Bridge in Fort Erie.

Feb 08, 2018

Police are searching for an inmate who escaped from Dorchester Penitentiary late Wednesday evening. The 45-year-old is five-feet five-inches tall and weighs 188 pounds. He has fair complexion, blue eyes and blond hair. He was sentenced to life in prison for second-degree murder of a young woman in Ottawa in 1997.

Feb 08, 2018

More than 300 child soldiers were released by armed groups in South Sudan, the second-largest such release since the country’s civil war began five years ago. All sides in the conflict have recruited more than 19,000 children as fighters.

Feb 08, 2018

Under the "connected officer" program, frontline officers with the Toronto Police Service (TPS) are getting new smartphones. The move is designed to release officers from their patrol cars and lighten their paperwork burden.

Feb 08, 2018

In January, a Moncton court found the RCMP guilty of violating the Canada Labour Code, after a better-armed criminal murdered three officers and wounded two others in 2014. The RCMP has announced it will not appeal the sentence. The force will pay a $100,000 fine and make $450,000 in contributions.

Feb 07, 2018

The Netherlands has called back their Ambassador to Ankara and have said they will block the Turkish Ambassador from returning to his office in The Hague.

Feb 07, 2018

Dozens of people are missing following a deadly earthquake in Taiwan, with more than 40 feared trapped in a multistory building tilting perilously in the northeastern city of Hualien. The magnitude 6.4 quake struck 22 kilometers north of the city late Tuesday, killing at least six people and injuring 258 people.

Feb 07, 2018

A 44-year-old OPP officer has been reassigned to desk duties after being charged with a number of offences, including two counts of assault with a weapon, in what investigators say was an off-duty domestic incident.

Feb 07, 2018

When  people are moving towards radical violence and terrorism, their personal routines can signal the change: a new physical fitness program, shedding belongings and settling financial details are on the list. A new report by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service studied about 100 people who "mobilized to violence" in Canada.

Feb 07, 2018

A House of Commons committee is studying Bill C-59, the Liberal government’s updated national security legislation. Some opponents say it gives “extraordinarily permissive” powers to Canada’s Communications Security Establishment (CSE). C-59 would see the CSE become more proactive, able to launch cyber attacks abroad and engage in covert operations.

Feb 06, 2018

The State Council Information Office of the People's Republic of China published a white paper titled "China's Arctic Policy" on January 26.

Feb 06, 2018

Canadian officials worked with their Turkish counterparts to secure the safe passage of two Canadian citizens across the Syrian border. Jolly Bimbachi and Sean Allen Moore had been working together in recent months to try to reclaim her two Canadian sons from their father, who allegedly abducted the children and took them to Lebanon.

Feb 06, 2018

Montréal Maine & Atlantic Canada was found guilty of a charge under the Fisheries Act related to polluting Rivière Chaudière and Lac Mégantic. Judge Conrad Chapdelaine sentenced the company to pay $1 million, the maximum penalty, with the first $400,000 to be paid within six months. The money will go toward cleaning up the lake and river.

Feb 06, 2018

The New York Police Department is giving each officer an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus. Eventually every officer will be able to use their mobile telephone for background checks, monitor 911 calls, and fill out paperwork.

Feb 06, 2018

A new report from the Canadian Security Intelligence Service states that it takes an average of one year for people with radical views to be “mobilized to violence” or terrorism. The agency reviewed approximately 100 cases of “individuals who mobilized to violence" in Canada.

Feb 05, 2018

Luke Stewart is suing Toronto police for confiscating his swimming goggles before the 2010 G20 summit in Toronto, an event which led to many legal actions, officer disciplinary hearings and criminal proceedings. The Canadian Civil Liberties Association says this may be the only civil suit from those protests to actually go to trial.

Feb 02, 2018

The Communications Security Establishment has a mandate to discover flaws in electronic products that criminals or hostile governments could exploit, but it refuses to disclose its policy about that process. As the government is rewriting national security laws, there are calls for the policy to be made public.

Feb 01, 2018

Two students were shot and wounded, one critically, inside a Los Angeles middle school classroom. Police arrested a female student believed to be 12 years old, authorities said.

Feb 01, 2018

At least five mass graves in Burma, all previously unreported, have been confirmed by The Associated Press through multiple interviews with more than two dozen survivors in Bangladesh refugee camps and through time-stamped cellphone videos.

Feb 01, 2018

A Toronto man has been arrested and charged after police found 71 firearms and thousands of rounds of ammunition. Toronto police began the investigation in January after receiving a report about a man who was allegedly "in possession of an illegal firearm."

Feb 01, 2018

Canadian convicts can now select a men's or women's prison by their gender identity.  A new Correctional Service Canada  policy says transgender inmates can select an institution type, "regardless of their anatomy (sex) or gender on their identification documents, unless there are overriding health or safety concerns which cannot be resolved."

Feb 01, 2018

A Montreal man has pleaded guilty to using a public library that straddles the Quebec-Vermont border to smuggle guns. Purchased in the US, the weapons were exchanged in the binational building's washroom.

Feb 01, 2018

Fintrac, the Canadian government agency that fights terrorist financing and money laundering lost a court case in 2016 over its powers to penalize offending businesses.  A review of its penalty program will not be complete before the summer.

Jan 31, 2018

The Canadian Armed Forces and the Department of National Defence held multiple mental health awareness events across Canada today, in support of the Bell Let’s Talk campaign against stigma surrounding mental illness.

Jan 31, 2018

Julie Gascon, Assistant Commissioner of the Canadian Coast Guard’s Central and Arctic Region was joined by Rear Admiral Joanna Nunan, Commander, United States Coast Guard Ninth District to sign the updated Memorandum of Understanding between their agencies concerning Coast Guard icebreaking services in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway maritime transportation system.

Jan 31, 2018

Today is Bell Let’s Talk day. Bell donates five cents for every social interaction facilitated by its network to a mental health initiative in Canada. The campaign is meant both to raise money and to spark the conversation about mental health in general. What happens after a person has taken the brave step of asking for help?

Jan 31, 2018

A lawyer representing a female former RCMP officer in a gender harassment class action lawsuit says the number of claimants could grow from about 2400 now to 3000 or 4000. The federal government earmarked $100 million for compensation.

Jan 30, 2018

In one of Tehran’s busiest squares, an Iranian woman risked arrest by removed her head scarf, tied it to a stick and waved it for all to see. Police, who maintain a booth in the square, either did not see her or decided not to intervene. According to social media accounts, she was one of six women on Monday to make the symbolic gesture.

Jan 30, 2018

Two Toronto police officers have been suspended after allegations they ate marijuana products on duty. They apparently suffered hallucinations, called for help and were taken to hospital.

Jan 30, 2018

A recent Sun newspaper series looked at the threat of terrorism in Canada, based on documents from the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS). One CSIS memo stated “the Service has never before faced a terrorist threat of the scope, scale and complexity of Sunni Islamist-inspired terrorism”.

Jan 30, 2018

The RCMP are taking a request for six more officers in the region to the Halifax board of police commissioners. The force says it needs more people to handle motorcycle gangs, social media and cybercrime complaints.

Jan 29, 2018

Media are invited to attend a Canadian Armed Forces panel discussion on mental health for Bell Let’s Talk Day. The eighth annual Bell Let’s Talk Day is on Wednesday, January 31, 2018. The CAF is a longstanding partner with Bell in this initiative to continue the conversation around mental health and stigma.

Jan 29, 2018

Mountain rescuers were forced to abandon the search for a Polish climber after finding his French climbing partner alive on the Himalayan peak of Nanga Parbat. The pair Elisabeth Revol, 37, and Tomek Mackiewicz, 42, were attempting to climb the mountain, which is nicknamed “Killer Mountain”, without oxygen when they got into difficulty.

Jan 29, 2018

The attacker, driving an ambulance filled with explosives, was able to race through a security checkpoint by saying he was transferring a patient to a hospital. The explosion damaged or destroyed dozens of shops and vehicles in the heart of the city, near government buildings.

Jan 29, 2018

Prosecutors in criminal cases in different countries claim radical views expressed online can lead to violence. Should social media and ebsite operators be held responsible for people who turn words into action ?

Jan 26, 2018

Sentencing is expected today in the RCMP's trial for Labour Code violations related to the 2014 murders of three Mounties in Moncton, New Brunswick. The case involved the force's failure to equip officers properly to face heavily armed criminals.

Jan 25, 2018

A newly surfaced letter not only claims the trio survived but purports to be from one of them. “My name is John Anglin. I escape from Alcatraz in June 1962 with my brother Clarence and Frank Morris,” the letter which was recently obtained by KPIX 5, the CBS station in San Francisco, read.

Jan 25, 2018

Two students were killed Tuesday and 18 other people were wounded when a 15-year-old boy armed with a handgun opened fire inside a Kentucky high school, authorities said.

Jan 25, 2018

Five Islamic State gunmen stormed the Save the Children office in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad after an explosion, killing five people and wounding dozens in a 10-hour siege, officials said. The assailants were killed.

Jan 25, 2018

Accused of involvement in a terrorist bombing, Hassan Diab was arrested by Canadian police at the request of French authorities in 2008 and extradited. Released without trial and back in Canada, Dian wants a public inquiry into Canada's extradition law.

Jan 25, 2018

Toronto police are investigating reports of sexual assault during medical examinations against a doctor who worked for the RCMP. This follows similar allegations against a doctor who worked for the Mounties in Nova Scotia.

Jan 24, 2018

The Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada announced an investment of $1.3 million over five years for the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control and the University of British Columbia's Collaborating Centre for Prison Health and Education.

Jan 24, 2018

When Gatineau police officers got a routine call to check out a suspicious person Monday night they ended up with an unexpected collar – a man who’s been in the lam for nearly two decades in connection with a massive money-laundering scheme that included the shipment of hundreds of kilograms of cocaine for organized crime.

Jan 24, 2018

Impaired driving is a crime, but charges are rarely laid against drugged drivers. Right now, there is no limit on the amount of cannabis found in blood, as there is for alcohol. Drugs are now more often found than alcohol in the blood of drivers killed in crashes.

Jan 24, 2018

A Canadian Security Intelligence Service threat assessment says terrorism will continue in Canada. A report states "domestic extremists are likely to continue to target Canadian uniformed personnel and related installations in neighbourhoods that are familiar to them ... ”

Jan 23, 2018

Bell Canada is alerting customers after hackers illegally accessed the information of fewer than 100,000 customers, the telecom giant told CBC News. The breach comes just eight months after 1.9 million customer emails were stolen from Bell's database by an anonymous hacker.

Jan 23, 2018

A tsunami warning for coastal British Columbia and parts of Alaska has ended after a powerful earthquake struck about 250 kilometres southeast of Chiniak, Alaska.

Jan 23, 2018

An Ohio man who admitted receiving training in Syria to kill members of the U.S. military and then plotting to carry out an attack has been sentenced to 22 years in prison.

Jan 23, 2018

Thousands of Filipino families have been evacuated in the Philippine province of Albay as the country’s most active volcano inches toward a possibly major eruption.

Jan 23, 2018

The Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) updates internal tracking of Canadian jihadists abroad as often as once a week. Weekly reports from 2016 and early 2017 track those “currently in Turkey/Syria/Iraq” and those “returned to Canada from Turkey/Syria/Iraq”. The Liberal government has put the number of returnees at 60 for over two years.

Jan 23, 2018

RCMP members in the Halifax region have accused a local doctor of sexual assault against them over 22 years during medical exams and assessments. Halifax Regional Police are investigating.

Jan 22, 2018

The solution ordered by Brazil is very similar to that of Canada. Brazil’s first C295 SAR aircraft toured three of Canada’s search and rescue bases in 2017. Accessing the contractual option for additional SAR-configured aircraft will bring its C295 fleet to 15 aircraft, with 12 transport-configured and 3 SAR-configured.

Jan 22, 2018

The Philippines' most active volcano exploded thunderously Monday, sending a huge grey column of lava fragments, ash and steam into the sky and prompting authorities to warn that a violent eruption may be imminent.

Jan 22, 2018

An avalanche hit Turkish soldiers conducting military operations against Kurdish rebels in Turkey's southeast on Sunday, killing five of them and injuring 12 others, officials said.

Jan 22, 2018

After years of denying it existed, Montreal is dropping the police quota system for traffic tickets.  Mayor Valérie Plante said senior managers will lose bonuses tied to the ticket targets.

Jan 22, 2018

A briefing note from the Canadian Security Intelligence Service in October 2016 states, “The Service has never before faced a terrorist threat of the scope, scale and complexity of Sunni Islamist-inspired terrorism...” The document seems to conflict with public statements by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Jan 19, 2018

The Crown has filed an appeal against the acquittal of a Montreal woman on terror-related charges. Sabrine Djermane was accused of attempting to leave Canada to commit a terror act abroad; possession of an explosive substance; and committing an act under the direction or for the profit of a terrorist organization. Prosecutors are appealing the explosive substance verdict.

Jan 19, 2018

Police in Nigeria say two Canadians and two Americans kidnapped on Tuesday are in “good spirits”. The officials say they are being held by bandits, not terrorists, and a ransom has been demanded.

Jan 18, 2018

With a crippled ISIS now less focused on recruiting followers for a new life in Iraq and Syria than on lashing out at perceived enemies, Michael Dempsey looks at what can be done to counter the shifting tactics of ISIS.

Jan 18, 2018

An oil spill from an Iranian oil tanker that sank in the East China Sea is now the size of Paris. The slick covers an area of 101 square kilometers, after almost doubling in size from the start of the week, according to figures released Wednesday by the Chinese State Oceanic Administration.

Jan 18, 2018

A Greenfield hospital system last week paid a $50,000 ransom to hackers who hijacked patient data. The SamSam ransomware attack accessed Hancock Health's computers through an outside vendor's account. It quickly infected the system by locking out data and changing the names of more than 1,400 files to "I'm sorry."

Jan 18, 2018

Ottawa Police Const. Marcel Allen was arrested Tuesday. Police allege that Allen entered a teen’s home with a knife looking to settle a dispute between the teen and one of his own children. Police also allege that Allen flashed his badge during the altercation.

Jan 18, 2018

A British Columbia court has ruled that indefinite solitary confinement for federal inmates is unconstitutional, because it risks psychological harm. The decision is suspended for 12 months so the government can draft new legislation.

Jan 18, 2018

Reports from Nigeria say gunmen have kidnapped two Canadians and two Americans on a road known for abductions. Local media say two security personnel were shot and killed during the attack.

Jan 17, 2018

The Canadian Coast Guard will be seeking proposals from qualified marine salvage companies for bulk oil removal from the wreck of the Manolis L. The freighter sank in January 1985 near Change Islands in Notre Dame Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador.

Jan 17, 2018

Kangni Fiowole-Kouevi, 36, had made it across the border near Emerson, Manitoba. He is the latest African asylum-seeker to face the possibility of losing his fingers to frostbite.

Jan 17, 2018

For years, the Winnipeg Police Service has had the largest or one of the largest per capita complements in Canada. The Winnipeg Police Board wants to bring the number in line with the national average which would mean cutting the force by as many as 267 officers.

Jan 16, 2018

Venezuelan special forces captured five members of a band led by a rebellious police officer who have been on the run since stealing a helicopter and launching grenades at government buildings in the capital last year, officials said.

Jan 16, 2018

Twin suicide bombings rocked Baghdad, killing 38 people in the deadliest attack since Iraq declared victory over the Islamic State group last month. The bombers targeted the bustling Tayran Square, in the heart of the capital, setting off their explosive vests among labourers and street vendors during the morning rush hour.

Jan 16, 2018

A Vancouver-area teen was with his family when he ran into the deadly crossfire of the region's intermittent gang war. Police say the 15-year-old boy was shot just after 9 p.m. on one of Vancouver's busiest streets, and died on Monday afternoon after his family took him off of life support.

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