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Dec 19, 2016

Jordanian security forces freed tourists trapped inside a medieval castle on Sunday after storming the building where armed men had taken shelter following a shoot-out with police that killed at least 10 people, security sources said.

Dec 19, 2016

Military and police deployed across Congo's capital on Monday amid fears of unrest on the last official day of President Joseph Kabila's mandate. He intends to stay on after the midnight deadline; a court has ruled he can remain in power until new elections, now postponed indefinitely, are held.

Dec 19, 2016

The Russian Defence Ministry said on Monday that one of its planes had crashed in northeast Siberia with 39 people on board as it tried to make an emergency landing near a Soviet-era military base. Russian news agencies reported that nobody had been killed in the incident, but said 32 people had been airlifted to hospital, 16 of whom were in serious condition.

Dec 19, 2016

Three retired female Mounties head to Federal Court today to argue that elements of the RCMP's pension plan are outdated and sexist. If they're successful, it could mean big changes for other public service pensions, their lawyer says.

Dec 16, 2016

In Fort Lauderdale, Canadian and US authorities unloaded 26 tons of cocaine Thursday. The drugs, worth an estimated $715 million, were seized in 27 ship searches and five bale recovery operations over three months.

Dec 16, 2016

In 2015, about 530 RCMP members were injured in the course of their duties, with most of the incidents taking place while subduing a suspect. While the report said physical control was the preferred method in such situations, the force is looking at different alternatives to batons and stun guns.

Dec 15, 2016

Michael Fallon: "Today, in London, I am hosting the Iraqi Defence Minister and 13 other nations from the Counter-Daesh coalition who are providing military hardware and training. We’ve made major progress but in 2017 we must deal a decisive blow to these terrorists."

Dec 15, 2016

More than 4,000 commercial flights on any given day are being flown by pilots who have experienced suicidal thoughts, a landmark study of the airline industry suggests.

Dec 15, 2016

Peel Region’s police board has called an emergency meeting to deal with a $21 million lawsuit launched against Chief Jennifer Evans and several other officers.

Dec 15, 2016

The federal government secretly gave RCMP security officials the authority to tap telephone calls without court oversight during the Cold War, newly unearthed archival documents show. The surveillance program, codenamed "Picnic," began as an emergency effort during the Korean War, but federal agencies collaborated with telephone companies in 1954 to continue the wiretaps.

Dec 15, 2016

This is the fourth major security issue that has rocked Yahoo since it announced in July, 2016, that it was in talks to merge with U.S. wireless carrier Verizon.

Dec 15, 2016

RCMP and police forces across Canada will work together on testing roadside equipment to test drivers for drug impairment. Two devices will be compared for reliability under field conditions, using saliva samples volunteered by drivers.

Dec 14, 2016

The Syrian army captured Aleppo from rebel fighters on Tuesday, a culmination of years of fighting and a devastating siege in what was one of the bloodiest battles of the civil war. But before crippled opposition forces agreed to withdraw in a ceasefire, there were reports of widespread massacres by Syrian troops taking full control of what was once the country’s largest city.

Dec 14, 2016

The federal task force on legalizing marijuana says the Liberal government must launch a public awareness blitz and boost spending on police training and tools to keep pot-impaired drivers off the roads.

Dec 14, 2016

In a report released on Tuesday, a task force chaired by former Liberal minister Anne McLellan provided 80 recommendations to end the prohibition on marijuana that dates back to 1923, using a model similar to the one in place for sales of tobacco and alcohol.

Dec 14, 2016

Canada’s spy agency has backtracked on its promise to reveal to a Senate committee how many Canadian journalists it spied on in the past, citing operational security.

Dec 14, 2016

The Mounted Police Professional Association of Canada supports Bill S-217 or 'Wynn's law' which changes the information which must be considered before bail is granted in criminal cases. In 2015, RCMP Const. David Wynn was shot and killed by a man on bail whose previous convictions had apparently not been taken into consideration.

Dec 13, 2016

Small and medium sized businesses in Canada still have blinkers on when it comes to being fully prepared for cyber breaches, says security experts. That was the consensus from a number of speakers last week at a workshop in Toronto.

Dec 13, 2016

One day after U.S. President-Elect Donald Trump insisted he’s too “smart” for traditional daily intelligence briefings, the national security advisor to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he and the PM meet several times a week to discuss issues at the top of the security agenda.

Dec 13, 2016

The proposed Canadian Drugs and Substances Strategy, announced by health minister Jane Philpott, would replace the existing anti-drug strategy with a comprehensive approach. The revised plan restores harm reduction as a key element.

Dec 12, 2016

A bill with potentially sweeping consequences for the Canada-U.S. border has just been adopted by the American Congress, allowing new projects aimed at speeding up travel through the international boundary.

Dec 12, 2016

Const. Wayne Wardrope has filed suit against the RCMP, alleging duties related to child pornography investigations led to post-traumatic stress disorder. The suit alleges his duties continued for months after he took his problems to superior officers.

Dec 10, 2016

Drones will be used by search-and-rescue crews in two communities in British Columbia as part of a one-year pilot project. The drones will be used in Coquitlam and Kamloops with the blessing of Emergency Management B.C.

Dec 09, 2016

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale has rebuked a Canadian spywatcher for publicly suggesting Edward Snowden “should be shot.” The minister told reporters in Ottawa on Thursday that the remark was highly inappropriate.

Dec 09, 2016

Ralph Goodale is keeping the door open to the idea of Canada's spy agency crunching potentially sensitive data about innocent people. He told MPs at a House of Commons committee Thursday he is weighing views on whether the Canadian Security Intelligence Service should be allowed to retain and use such information.

Dec 09, 2016

The Joint Serious Offences Team brings nine people together from the Mounties and the Alberta Securities Commission, to make cases under both the Criminal Code and the provincial securities act. The team will draw on the services of a specialized prosecutor to pursue criminal charges.

Dec 09, 2016

Trevor Campbell, a 17-year Peel Regional officer was demoted to second-class from fist-class constable for six months under the Police Services Act, after a serious 2012 single-car crash in Gatineau, Quebec. His blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit.

Dec 08, 2016

Ottawa has sought nearly twice as much help from neighbours’ ambulances since it stopped paying for it this year.

Dec 08, 2016

The Government of Canada has selected the Airbus C295W aircraft for its Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue Program. The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) will receive 16 C295Ws modified for Search and Rescue (SAR). The contract will also include in service support, provided through a joint venture between Airbus Defence and Space and PAL Aerospace.

Dec 08, 2016

Russian President Vladimir Putin Monday approved the new Doctrine of Information Security of Russia, which has already come into force. The doctrine says that one main aim in ensuring information security is the strategic prevention of military conflicts which could arise from the use of information technologies.

Dec 08, 2016

Violent drug cartels are expected to expand their reach in Canada now that a visa requirement for Mexicans has been lifted, according to government documents obtained by Postmedia News.

Dec 08, 2016

The civil servant in charge of the government’s spy-watchdog agency says Canada may have to reconsider how it shares intelligence with the United States if president-elect Donald Trump makes good on his promise to torture terrorists to gather intelligence.

Dec 08, 2016

The Toronto Police Service has hired a key aide to former prime minister Stephen Harper to provide strategic communication advice to the force as it undergoes the largest overhaul in its history.

Dec 08, 2016

In a memo, senior RCMP management has informed the force that it will not be issuing body cameras because models tested to date have not had sufficient battery life nor been sturdy enough. The force also told officers not to use personal cameras on the job.

Dec 07, 2016

A Pakistan International Airlines plane with more than 40 people on board crashed in the mountainous north of the country on Wednesday, police and the civil aviation authority said.

Dec 07, 2016

The Liberal government will announce the winner of a multi-billion dollar program for new search and rescue aircraft on Thursday, even as industry sources say aerospace giant Airbus has won the deal. The Airbus C-295 was selected over the C-27J built by the Italian firm, Leonardo.

Dec 07, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump plans to nominate retired Marine General John Kelly to lead the Department of Homeland Security, CBS News reported on Wednesday. Kelly, the former head of the U.S. Southern Command, has accepted the offer, CBS said, citing unidentified sources.

Dec 07, 2016
A strong earthquake rocked Indonesia's Aceh province early Wednesday, killing nearly 100 people and sparking a frantic rescue effort in the rubble of dozens of collapsed and damaged buildings.
Dec 07, 2016

Lawrence McLarty, already an eight year police veteran in Jamaica, joined the Toronto force in 1960. He was an original member of the Emergency Task Force.

Dec 06, 2016

Defence scientists have developed a smartphone app that could be used to prevent dazzling mid-air laser attacks on pilots. The danger from people shining hand-held laser pointers into cockpits is so high that earlier this year a pilots’ union called for the devices to be classed as offensive weapons.

Dec 06, 2016

Firefighters in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside have seen their call volume double due to soaring overdose rates, prompting their union to demand additional resources to fight the crisis.

Dec 06, 2016

Privacy commissioners from across the country will tell the Trudeau government today to make respect for personal information a cornerstone of its revamped national security policy.

Dec 06, 2016

In a social media posting, the Kensington, P.E.I. police threatened to play Nickelback music to drunk drivers on their way to jail. Now, with remarks about the immorality of bullying, no matter the target, the force has apologized to the band and removed the post.

Dec 06, 2016

The RCMP has admitted an employee backdated the response to an access to information request from Canadian Press by five months. The employee falsified a note and the date on the response to explain why it was late.

Dec 05, 2016

The Boston Police Department is taking heat from civil liberty groups for plans to spend up to $1.4 million on new threat monitoring software.

Dec 05, 2016

Canadian security agencies responsible for vetting the thousands of Syrian refugees who have been arriving in Canada since late last year have been using a “robust” and “multi-layered” security check process that includes consulting U.S. Homeland Security databases.

Dec 05, 2016

Over the weekend, Saskatchewan RCMP officers went online to mark National Impaired Driving Enforcement Day. Once an hour for 24 hours, Mounties shared their experiences with drunk drivers.

Dec 02, 2016

Europol has warned that militants from so-called Islamic State (IS) will aim to step up attacks on European targets, as they face defeat in the Middle East.

Dec 02, 2016

Canada wants to work with the United States to face the "challenge" posed by Russia, Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion said Thursday. The minister said Canada and the U.S. have a shared interest in dealing with Russia's incursion into Ukraine.

Dec 02, 2016

There have been five fatal shootings by Calgary police this year. Ritesh Narayan, a criminologist at Mount Royal University said there is a disconnect between police training and what happens in the field.

Dec 01, 2016

Search and rescue crews are looking for more possible victims of the devastating Tennessee wildfires. The death toll rose to seven after the discovery of three more bodies in the ruins. Officials say the fire was likely "human-caused."

Dec 01, 2016

Canada's borders have become less porous in the wake of a CBC News investigation that revealed a major security gap in the way passengers were being screened before being allowed into Canada. In the past 12 months since new screening measures came into effect in November 2015, CBSA apprehended 3,067 people with outstanding criminal arrest warrants at border crossings.

Dec 01, 2016

Canada’s outgoing federal prisons ombudsman is probing the use of rubber bullets by staff after correctional officers shot and injured an inmate whose unlawful stay in solitary confinement was recently reported in The Globe and Mail.

Dec 01, 2016

During an August RCMP anti-terror operation in Strthroy, Ontario, suspect Aaron Driver was shot and killed. An investigation by Strathroy-Caradoc police and the Ontario Provincial Police concluded the shooting was justified.

Dec 01, 2016

Severe weather slamming the Carolinas is the latest in a series of violent storms ripping through the South. In just over a day, more than a dozen tornadoes hit Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Alabama causing widespread damage. Five people have been killed.

Nov 30, 2016

Renu Mandhane, the Ontario human rights commissioner, told the Ottawa police services board that changes of racial profiling against the city's force cannot be explained away. She told the board police should stop 'fishing' with traffic stops in neighbourhoods that already feel over-policed.

Nov 30, 2016

On Facebook, the Kensington, PEI police service has made it clear they will throw the book - or at least the lyrics and music - at drunk drivers. On the way to jail, they will listen to 'Silver Side Up', Nickelback's third album.

Nov 29, 2016

Tennessee – A raging wildfire continued to burn Tuesday in Gatlinburg, killing three people, destroying hundreds of homes and businesses, and forcing the evacuation of thousands of residents, Sevier County's mayor said. More than 150 homes have been destroyed so far.

Nov 29, 2016

Under intense questioning before the Senate Standing Committee on National Security and Defence, officials of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service admitted they may have spied on Canadian journalists. In recent weeks, the Montreal and Quebec provincial police forces have admitted unwarranted surveillance of reporters.

Nov 28, 2016

Dave Bryans, of the Ontario Convenience Stores Association (OCSA), said that 32.8% of the cigarette butts collected in the study were from illegal sources — an increase of 8% from 2015. The finding raises questions about the effectiveness of government attempts to curb the spread of tobacco sold illegally off First Nation reserves, he said.

Nov 28, 2016

Canada could implement a redress system as early as spring of 2018 to make it easier for children and adults falsely flagged as security threats to get past extra airport security checks when their names match those of people on no-fly lists.

Nov 28, 2016

In records for October, Montreal police show a $524,937.50 payment under petty cash. So far, the force has only said the 'exceptional' payment was managed according to the rules.

Nov 25, 2016
The Mounties have reached an agreement with China to try and halt the transpacific flow of fentanyl into Canada. RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson and the vice-minister of China's public security ministry have agreed to boost efforts to disrupt the flow of the drug and other opioids.
Nov 25, 2016

A Russian politician who laments the decline of his country’s relations with Canada suggested Thursday that his homeland might be willing to play nice in its long-standing dispute over who controls the North Pole.

Nov 25, 2016

The RCMP commissioner, Bob Paulson and China's vice-minister of public security, Chen Zhimin have agreed to work on disrupting the traffic of fentanyl and other opioids from China to Canada. Talks on joint investigations begin next week.

Nov 24, 2016

If Canada wants billions rather than millions, Finance Minister Morneau should be unleashing his dogs on the contraband tobacco business rather than looking to the narcotics market for a tax influx.

Nov 24, 2016

The Quebec provincial police force is creating a new station in Val d'Or, specifically to address aboriginal concerns. There has been a series of allegations against the Sûreté du Québec about physical and sexual abuse of aboriginal women.  

Nov 23, 2016

While handling evidence last month, a Winnipeg officer accidentally came in contact with a substance believed to be fentanyl. A spokesperson for the Winnipeg Police Association said the incident illustrates the increasing complexity and risk of law enforcement work.

Nov 23, 2016

Daniel Therrien, the federal privacy commissioner, wants better oversight of how law enforcement and intelligence agencies collect and share data about Canadians. It was recently disclosed that the Canadian Security Intelligence Service illegally retained ten years of data about innocent Canadians.

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