IN THE NEWS

Mar 15, 2017

Little progress 15 years after 9/11 Commission called for integrated data, voice systems.

Mar 15, 2017

When first responders came off the frontline in the fight against the 2016 fire that devastated Fort McMurray, scientists gathered samples of their breath, blood and urine. A $500,000 federal grant will fund a two-year study of how fighting the blaze affected their physical and mental health.

Mar 14, 2017

Government officials reassured Canadians Monday that none of their personal information was compromised after Statistics Canada’s website was hacked and the CRA’s website was shut down as a precautionary measure when similar vulnerabilities were identified in its computer system.

Mar 14, 2017

British Columbia’s highest court has ruled drug dealers pushing fentanyl should receive sentences of up to 36 months – three times longer than other street-level dealers – to recognize the “scourge” of the deadly synthetic opioid.

Mar 14, 2017

Michel Coulombe will end a 30 year career with the Canadian Security Intelligence Service when he retires at the end of May.  He became director of CSIS in 2013.

Mar 14, 2017

The president of the Toronto Police Association, Mike McCormack says divisions are understaffed and morale is low after the release of a report in January disrupted staffing. The Transformational Task Force report noted the greater use of technology and a change in recruiting.

Mar 13, 2017

A detailed study of the origins of British Islamists exposes a clear link between terrorist crimes and growing up in a predominantly Muslim area of Birmingham, England.

Mar 13, 2017

Bill S-27, referred to as "Wynn's Law" is a bail reform effort that gives clear direction regarding repeat offenders at bail hearings. Introduced by Tory Senator Runciman, it passed second reading with the support of 27 Liberal MPs, and is now on its way to Committee. The Bill seeks to change the wording of the Criminal Code to require the Crown to disclose an assailant’s criminal history and outstanding charges during bail hearings. RCMP Constable Wynn was gunned down by an assailant who had been released on bail despite dozens of outstanding charges.

Mar 13, 2017

A retired teacher who wants to return to work at a Toronto private school is objecting to a requirement that he submit fingerprints for screening against a pardoned sex offender registry. Otto Schmidt, 67, says he has done nothing wrong and the request is discriminatory by age and gender.

Mar 13, 2017

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale is taking on Conservative Party criticism that the government needs to do more at the border to prevent asylum seekers from crossing into Canada.

Mar 13, 2017

New research shows about 8 percent of soldiers and police officers seek PTSD treatment compared with 17 percent of firefighters and 20 percent of paramedics. Katy Kamkar, a Toronto psychologist said cultural differences in the groups may account for the difference.

Mar 13, 2017

U.S. Homeland Secretary John Kelly says there have been countless attempts by terrorists to blow up passenger jets operated by Air Canada and U.S. airlines – plots that have been stopped because of U.S. and Canadian intelligence agencies.

Mar 13, 2017

The Canada Revenue Agency is reporting that all of its online services are back in service after being down since Friday afternoon due to an "internet vulnerability" that was discovered during website maintenance.

Mar 10, 2017

Awso Peshdary, 27, is on trial in Ottawa, accused of being a terrorist recruiter and financier. The Ontario Supreme Court has ordered the Canadian Security Intelligence Service to hand over details of its engagement with a paid informer.

Mar 09, 2017

Three days of national mourning have been declared in Guatemala, after 21 girls were killed in a fire, apparently started in protest against abuse at a crowded children's care home.

Mar 09, 2017

Thieves wearing South African police uniforms staged a brazen heist at the main international airport in Johannesburg, making off with an unknown amount of cash.

Mar 09, 2017

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for an attack on a Kabul military hospital by gunmen disguised as doctors who entered the facility and battled security forces for hours.

Mar 09, 2017

The antiquities museum in the Iraqi city of Mosul is in ruins. Piles of rubble fill exhibition halls and a massive fire in the building’s basement has reduced hundreds of rare books and manuscripts to ankle-deep drifts of ash.

Mar 09, 2017

A controversial treatment known as “liberation therapy” is ineffective in patients with multiple sclerosis, according to Canadian findings from one of the most rigorous studies of the procedure to date.

Mar 09, 2017
The federal government is stripping seven outdated sections from Canada's Criminal Code, including a provision banning abortion that was struck down nearly 30 years ago.
Mar 09, 2017

In 1982, Shelley Peters Carey became the first black female Mountie. Today, after a career with the Canadian Forces in which she rose to lieutenant colonel, Carey says marginalized communities need to feel they have representation.

Mar 08, 2017

A M=4.3 earthquake shook central Switzerland yesterday, and was felt in the country’s largest city, Zurich, approximately 60 km north of the epicenter according to the Swiss Seismological Service.

Mar 08, 2017

The federal government is moving to clean up Canada's Criminal Code by stripping so-called "zombie laws" from the books. Criminal justice experts have been calling on the justice minister to reform the code they say is filled with outdated laws, duplications and inconsistent language.

Mar 08, 2017

With higher visitor traffic expected for Canada’s 150th celebrations along with continuing efforts to enhance Hill security, the Parliamentary Protective Service wants a $6.1-million increase to its annual funding next year as well as almost $2.4-million in additional funding for 2016-17.

Mar 08, 2017

The federal government has four months to find someone to lead Canada's national police force through even more tumultuous times. In his retirement announcement earlier this week, outgoing Commissioner Bob Paulson highlighted a number of pressing internal — as opposed to operational — issues for his successor.

Mar 08, 2017

Malaysia has accused North Korea of holding 11 of its citizens hostage, marking a new low point in the diplomatic row that followed last month's killing of Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half brother of the North Korean dictator.

Mar 08, 2017

The head of Canada's customs and immigration employee union says the Canadian border is like 'Swiss cheese' and his members are becoming overworked and tired by the recent flood of illegal asylum seekers. Jean-Pierre Fortin said hundreds of jobs cut by the previous government should be restored.

Mar 08, 2017

Thousands of documents released by Wikileaks purport to show the scope and power of Central Intelligence Agency electronic spying. Times of London article looks at UK implications. (Register)

Mar 07, 2017

A fishing captain in Newfoundland and Labrador was rescued along with his four crew members during a vicious offshore storm.

Mar 07, 2017

The City of Ottawa’s plan to deal with the opioid drug crisis is a model for the rest of the province and the Ontario government is ready to fund it with $2.5 million, Premier Kathleen Wynne said Monday.

Mar 07, 2017

Now, more than seven months after Abdirahman Abdi, 37, died following a violent arrest on the steps of his Hintonburg apartment building, a rare charge of manslaughter is to be laid against an Ottawa police officer.

Mar 07, 2017

Bob Paulson served as RCMP Commissioner for five years. During his term, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police struggled with sexual harassment and discrimination, as well as the rising threat of domestic terrorism.

Mar 06, 2017

The Liberal government is set to reject proposals that would have given broader powers to its new national-oversight committee of parliamentarians. The legislation to create the committee, Bill C-22, will return to the House of Commons this week for debate after it was heavily modified late last year by the Public Safety Committee of the House.

Mar 06, 2017

Hundreds of asylum seekers have been crossing the US border into Canada in recent weeks, but Canada does not intend to take measures to deter them. The public safety minister Ralph Goodale says the scale of the crossings is not large enough to justify action.

Mar 03, 2017

Paramedic services in York Region near Toronto assigns a first responder to every shift, tasked with watching colleague's psychological health as they perform their duties. In the first year of the program, which has operated for about 16 months, there were 10,000 contacts with paramedic personnel.

Mar 02, 2017

Boeing is investigating an internal security breach impacting thousands of workers in four U.S. states, including Washington. The company says it was notified in January after a worker accidentally sent personal information of 36,000 Boeing employees to his spouse in November.

Mar 02, 2017

Three Concordia University buildings in downtown Montreal remained closed Wednesday after the institution received bomb threats targeting Muslim students.

Mar 02, 2017

When US Homeland scretary John Kelly visits Ottawa next month, illegal border crossing will probably be on the agenda. American officials want to know how illegal immigrants seeking asylum in Canada were first able to enter the United States.

Mar 01, 2017

The federal government is in the final stages of enacting legislation that will require all businesses in Canada to report any cyber security breach as soon as they become aware of it.

Mar 01, 2017
Montenegro has asked Britain for technical help to defend against cyber attacks after suffering a barrage of online assaults in the wake of an alleged Russian-backed coup plot
Mar 01, 2017

The federal government is facing “serious” cyber attacks on a daily basis, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service said in its annual report released Tuesday. Increasingly numerous, capable and aggressive state-sponsored hackers and terrorist groups are making regular attempts to penetrate government computer networks.

Mar 01, 2017

Long after other Canadian forces have implemented data monitoring programs to flag troubling activity by its officers, the Montreal police department continues to use what it calls 'the good father' approach. The Quebec minister of public security has asked the provincial police to investigate the Montreal force.

Feb 28, 2017

The threat of political blackmail could figure in a wide-ranging review of risks to Canada’s electoral system, says a senior official from the national cyberspy agency.

Feb 28, 2017

Government documents obtained by the National Post reveal why Canada rejected dozens of Syrians as refugees, and provide a “high-level overview” of the backgrounds of those who were selected.

Feb 28, 2017

Four suspects in the killing of Kim Jong-nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean ruler Kim Jong-un, are North Korean spies, South Korea's intelligence service told members of parliament in Seoul.

Feb 28, 2017

The threat of political blackmail could figure in a wide-ranging review of risks to Canada's electoral system, says a senior official from the national cyberspy agency.

Feb 28, 2017

The Canadian military conducted almost a dozen formal internal investigations into the "loss or compromise" of classified information during a six year period, and over half of them involved the navy, internal defence department data shows.

Feb 27, 2017

Seaspan Ferries has added the second of two new dual-fuelled/hybrid ferries to its fleet. Seaspan Reliant, the new state-of-the-art LNG-fuelled vessel, arrived in BC after the long voyage from Sedef Shipyard in Turkey.

Feb 27, 2017

Russian hackers interfered with the U.S. presidential election, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has tasked a cabinet minister with ensuring nothing similar happens in Canada – but it’s not governments who should be most concerned about security online, it’s individuals, says Scott Jones, who is tasked with defending the federal government’s networks.

Feb 27, 2017

Canada's public safety minister has rejected a statement from a former cabinet colleague that asylum seekers coming to the Manitoba border have had to wait more than a day and a half to be processed.

Feb 27, 2017

Canada's top cop is warning that ongoing computer network failures and slipshod service from Shared Services Canada could have "catastrophic" consequences for police and the public.

Feb 27, 2017

Fentanyl, a potent street drug is responsible for a wave of addicts' deaths from overdose. RCMP Mounties say higher profit margins mean smugglers can carry or ship smaller quantities that are harder to detect.

Feb 27, 2017

A Canadian representative of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees says many illegal border crossers entering Canada seek better treatment than they might expect from the new US administration. Most seeking asylum in Canada are from Turkey, Sudan, Yemen or Syria.

Feb 24, 2017

For police in Canada's wild North, sometimes the weather conditions call for a bit of creativity. And officers in northern Manitoba have come up with a pretty creative solution to transport prisoners from places where their traditional vehicles can't go.

Feb 24, 2017

In a new twist to the unsolved mystery of the assassination that triggered the Rwandan genocide, United Nations peacekeepers have found a missile launcher with remarkable similarities to the weapon that killed Rwanda’s president in 1994.

Feb 24, 2017

VX nerve agent, a chemical on a U.N. list of weapons of mass destruction, was used to kill the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in last week’s bizarre murder in a busy Kuala Lumpur airport, Malaysian police said on Friday.

Feb 24, 2017

A group of MPs is trying to get to the bottom of how and why the government invokes national security exceptions on so many of its federal contracts.

Feb 24, 2017

People crossing into Canada from the United States seeking asylum may be returned to their home countries if their applications to live here are turned down. The US is a recognized safe state and need not accept refugee applications from people who have applied and failed elsewhere.

Feb 23, 2017

The government’s decision to award Airbus Defence & Space the contract for 16 new C295W fixed-wing search and rescue aircraft for the RCAF is being challenged in Federal Court by Team Spartan.

Feb 23, 2017

Trudeau has said being cleared in Canada offers travelers protection under the Canadian Charter of Rights, rather than being subjected to American laws at the border.

Feb 23, 2017

A study has concluded that the increased presence of killer whales in Arctic waters is intimidating narwhal into drastically changing their behavior. It's another symptom of how climate change is remaking the delicate northern environment.

Feb 23, 2017

Astronomers have found at least seven potentially life-bearing, Earth-sized planets orbiting the same star 40 light-years away.

Feb 23, 2017

Canada’s Princess of pot Jodie Emery led a dozen protesters on Parliament Hill Wednesday morning to demand the government act quickly to legalize marijuana and immediately stop arresting people for simple possession.

Feb 23, 2017

Two more Ottawa police officers have been demoted in a force-wide probe into fake traffic warnings that’s grown so large that internal affairs officers were so backlogged they were delayed in accepting one officer’s guilty pleas.

Feb 23, 2017

The union representing Irving’s Halifax shipyard workers is concerned about the ongoing hiring of foreign workers for jobs that could be filled by locals.

Feb 23, 2017

The Northwest Territories justice minister Louis Sebert says he is satisfied with the Mounties' response to a report on unfounded sexual assault cases. Between 2010 and 2014 about one in three sex assault charges in NWT and Nunavut was dismissed.

Feb 22, 2017

The bodies of at least 74 people, believed to be migrants, have washed ashore on the Libyan coast in the latest tragedy at sea for people fleeing to Europe to escape war and poverty.

Feb 22, 2017

The Trudeau government announced Tuesday that some 1,200 people considered to be among the most vulnerable refugees in the world are to be housed in Canada by the end of this year,

Feb 22, 2017

The Trump administration outlined a sweeping crackdown on undocumented immigrants Tuesday, proclaiming that it would seek to swiftly deport many more people without court hearings and target migrants charged with crimes or thought to be dangerous

Feb 22, 2017

Ottawa police are currently investigating two fatal drug overdoses by teenagers in the west end.

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