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Jun 09, 2017

A Top Secret Canadian Security Intelligence Service memo obtained under Access To Information shows that the federal agency has six months to review and assess information about innocent third parties that is obtained during investigations. Previously, information about people in contact with targets of CSIS investigations was held for an indefinite period.

Jun 09, 2017

Three retired female Mounties who opted to work part-time during their careers took the government to court because the shortened hours were not counted as pensionable time and they were blocked from buying back time. On Thursday a federal judge ruled the women lost benefits not because of their gender but because they chose to work part-time.

Jun 08, 2017

The Trudeau government is allowing Chinese investors to buy a Vancouver high-tech firm without a formal national security review even though Canada and many of its allies use the company’s patented satellite communications technology for security, public safety and defence.

Jun 08, 2017

In 2014, a Newfoundland man was shot and slightly wounded during an escape from a sting operation. He has won a suit against the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary for the use of excessive force, but the amount of the settlement has not been disclosed.

Jun 07, 2017

In the face of flat budgets, Winnipeg is losing two joint RCMP and city police force units: Manitoba Integrated Organized Crime Task Force and the Manitoba Warrant Task Force. The officers involved will complete current assignments before returning to their respective forces.

Jun 06, 2017

Noting that roughly 41% of fatalities of motor coach collisions are a direct result of driver exhaustion, a union representing drivers is calling on the government to tighten regulations related to the number of on-duty hours.

Jun 06, 2017

Ottawa Police and Crime Stoppers are seeking the public’s help in identifying a female responsible for stealing approximately $4,000 in donations from the Autism Speaks Canada walk that took place in Ottawa on Sunday, June 4th.

Jun 06, 2017

Ottawa and the provinces are drafting national guidelines for the use of solitary confinement in an attempt to standardize a controversial form of incarceration that varies widely across the country.

Jun 05, 2017

Canada's terrorism threat level remains at medium in the wake of attacks that killed one Canadian visiting the U.K., but police and security agencies will be on high alert to protect revellers during 150th anniversary celebrations across the country.

Jun 05, 2017

This recent terror attack in Britain marks the third incident in less than three months. All have been linked to Islamic State (Daesh).

Jun 05, 2017

Ontario's police watchdog is investigating a series of three shootings — one involving a police officer — that left two people dead in downtown Ottawa.

Jun 05, 2017

The federal government is advising Canadians to be vigilant in the wake of Saturday night's deadly terrorist attack in London. The government and diplomats on the ground in London advised travellers to avoid the affected areas, follow the instructions of local authorities and monitor local media.

Jun 05, 2017

Chrissy Archibald of Castelgar, British Columbia died in her fiance's arms Saturday after being struck by the terrorists' van and is believed to be their first victim. She worked at a homeless shelter before travelling to Europe.

Jun 02, 2017

The governor of Puerto Rico has issued a strongly worded statement warning that Trump's withdrawal from the Paris Climate Change Agreement will negatively affect American citizens.

Jun 02, 2017

Mobile communications standards offer new possibilities in safety-critical broadband communication, the LTE mobile radio standard enables this in the form of MCPTT.

Jun 02, 2017

At least 44 migrants, including babies, have died of thirst after their vehicle broke down in the Sahara Desert as they were making their way to Libya.

Jun 02, 2017

‘Agitated’ man threatening to blow up Malaysia Airlines flight was subdued and tied up by passengers.

Jun 02, 2017

A gunman stormed a casino in the Philippine capital and torched gambling tables in the crowded space, creating a choking level of smoke that killed at least 36 people.

Jun 02, 2017

The White House confirmed that Trump had decided to pull out of the Paris climate accord, an international treaty signed by 195 countries pledging to fight climate change.

Jun 02, 2017

The U.S. Department of Defense has tasked a cyber protection team to the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, battery deployed to the Korean Peninsula. The department considers the threat emanating form North Korea as one of if not the greatest near term threat.

Jun 02, 2017

The personal information of almost 13,000 public servants was exposed in one of the largest ever privacy breaches at a federal government department. The July 11, 2016, breach at Public Services and Procurement Canada included the salary, age, reading-and-writing test results and other private information.

Jun 02, 2017

The Newfoundland justice minister, Andrew Parsons, says the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary needs outside oversight and new leadership after an incident in which an informant was allowed to commit a crime for which officers could have made an arrest. A report said the supervisors' decision was 'reasonable' but they failed to explain it to front-line officers.

Jun 01, 2017

NATO plans to bolster its ability to respond to cyberattacks and cybercrime by developing tools that can deter attacks on critical military and civilian network infrastructure. The development of NATO defensive and offensive cyber weaponry is tasked to the Western alliance’s dedicated cyber unit, which forms part of NATO’s Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe.

Jun 01, 2017

Members of the police force in New Glasgow, N.S., were all smiles in 2014 when Peter MacKay, the local MP and then defence minister, arranged for the Canadian military to give them a decommissioned light-armoured vehicle, free of charge. Four years later, the town's police chief confirmed that town officials have decided to give it away.

Jun 01, 2017

A woman believed to be from Ghana froze to death last week south of the Canadian border. Manitoba premier Brian Pallister said the death showed the federal government's failure to persuade President Donald Trump to change his country's asylum and deportation policies.

Jun 01, 2017

Women who were sexually harassed while working for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police over a 40 yer period could receive up to $220,000 in compensation. As many as 20,000 woman recruits may be eligible for payments of at least $10,000.

May 31, 2017

The Disaster Management Center said 203 people were confirmed dead. More than 77,000 have been displaced and over 1,500 homes destroyed since rains began inundating the southern and western areas of the Indian Ocean island nation last Friday.

May 31, 2017

A massive explosion rocked a highly secure diplomatic area of the Afghan capital on Wednesday morning, killing 80 people and wounding as many as 350. The German Embassy, the Foreign Ministry and the Presidential Palace are all in the area, as are the British and the Canadian embassies, and the Chinese, Turkish and Iranian embassies.

May 31, 2017

The Canadian Security Intelligence Service produced a report on opposition to resource development shortly after the government announced the twinning of the Trans Mountain pipeline between British Columbia and Alberta. A US-based group called Climate Direct Action is mentioned several times as being dedicated to stopping pipeline activity.

May 31, 2017

Bill C-46, now being debated in the House of Commons, would give Canadian police the power to screen drivers for drugs. Michael Cooper, the Conservative MP for St.Albert-Edmonton questioned whether police would have access to reliable, roadside drug testing equipment.

May 30, 2017

In 2005, James Roszko murdered four RCMP officers who were trying to arrest him at his Mayerthorpe, Alberta farm. A retired Mountie and a Carleton University professor are asking the government to review the case.

May 29, 2017

A public inquiry in Quebec is looking at how the Montreal police force reacted to embarrassing leaks by investigating senior officers and tapping reporters' phones. "Project Spy" was an elaborate plan to trap leakers with false information.

May 26, 2017

The Canadian Coast Guard's only team of emergency rescue divers is being shut down while the government reprioritizes resources "to enhance search and rescue capacity and response." The team is responsible for rescues and recoveries of people trapped in submerged boats, vehicles and aircraft.

May 25, 2017

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada will continue to share information with its intelligence allies, despite a series of recent leaks from the United States.

May 25, 2017

A year and a half after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government came to office promising to tighten Canada's gun laws, there are now more than a million restricted and prohibited firearms across the country.

May 25, 2017

An ambitious plan to launch a nationwide consultation on Canada’s national security regime didn’t go over well, according to internal reports prepared by the federal government. Academics, experts, and businesses confided to Ottawa “discontent with how the questions are framed” and consistently expressed “skepticism of the need for new investigatory powers,” according to VICE News.

May 25, 2017

Like the young man implicated in the Manchester bombing, dozens of young people have left Canada to fight with ISIS. A workshop on returning radicals stated they are "a major and unparalleled threat to the West".

May 24, 2017

A fifth suspect has now been arrested and is in custody. The police have said that at the time of his arrest, the person “was carrying a package, which we are currently assessing.”

May 24, 2017

Richard Fadden, former director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, believes the Trudeau government should move carefully in dismantling Bill C-51, which gave security forces new powers to fight terrorism. Fadden believes the powers have not been abused and the terror threat remains real.

May 24, 2017

After the Manchester bombing and the 2105 Bataclan attack in Paris, Canadians are concerned about their safety at large public events. Major venues are reviewing their security arrangements and individuals can contribute to their own safety.

May 23, 2017

Under pressure from a group called Black Lives Matter, the Toronto Pride Event dropped the participation of uniformed Toronto Police Service Officers. A New York group, Gay Officers Action League has invited Toronto officers to the New York Pride event.

May 23, 2017

An apparent suicide bomber attacked an Ariana Grande concert venue in Manchester last night, killing 22 and injuring 59 people. Many relatives and friends searched through the night for their children.

May 22, 2017

Fourteen Mounties spent two weeks training for major incidents with West Midlands Police in the United Kingdom. The two forces have conducted joint training for more than ten years.

May 22, 2017

The Trudeau government campaigned on changes to the mandate of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service. The minister for public security Ralph Goodale has indicated new legislation might be on the way, after a recent round of public consultations.

May 19, 2017

A year ago, Frank Elsner was suspended from his duties as Victoria police chief after allegations of discreditable conduct. He has now resigned but an investigation continues.

May 18, 2017

Calgary police shot more civilians in 2016 than any other force in Canada. Neil Wittmann, a retired judge, is review Calgary Police Service's culture and policies.

May 18, 2017

Commissioner Bob Paulson leaves the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in six weeks. His leadership may be defined by three reports this week that show the force has problems with sexual harassment and personnel management.

May 17, 2017

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says allied countries must “properly respect” Canadian values when handling intelligence shared by Canada’s spy agencies, as the fallout from U.S. President Donald Trump’s Russian meeting continues.

May 17, 2017

Accusations that President Trump wrongfully disclosed classified information with Russian officials has raised concerns about the viability of intelligence sharing among friendly nations. For decades, Canada has benefited from membership in Five Eyes - Canada, United States, Great Britain, Australia and New Zealand.

May 16, 2017

Bell is apologizing to its customers after 1.9 million email addresses and approximately 1,700 names and phone numbers were stolen from a company database.

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.

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