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Jan 10, 2017

Helicopter giant Sikorsky has grounded all its S92 aircraft worldwide for safety checks following an incident last month on an oil platform in the North Sea, the BBC is reporting. Sikorsky S92-A helicopters are used by Cougar Helicopters to service the Newfoundland offshore oil industry.

Jan 10, 2017

Canada will contribute up to 10 police officers to the international effort to demobilize guerilla groups and monitor the ceasefire in Colombia, CBC reports. Some officers are expected to be under the United Nations flag, while others would be part of a bilateral deployment, working directly with Columbia's national police force.

Jan 10, 2017

When communications convey a hateful message without becoming a criminal act, US authorities are now using the category of 'hate incident' to initiate action. Identifying the sender allows police to assess potential risk and possibly prevent criminal activity.

Jan 09, 2017

The Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National of Defence, yesterday issued a statement about the truck attack that killed four Israeli solders in Jerusalem. 

Jan 09, 2017

A Palestinian rammed his truck into a group of Israeli soldiers on a popular promenade in Jerusalem on Sunday, killing four of them in an attack that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said is likely to have been inspired by Islamic State.

Jan 09, 2017

A Liberal MP is speaking out about what she considers a frustratingly slow response by her own federal government to the crisis of fentanyl, a potent opioid linked to more than 500 overdose deaths last year in B.C. and Alberta alone.

Jan 09, 2017

As Russian cyber activities in the United States and military intervention in Syria dominate headlines, the Russian bear has pursued a steady march forward much closer to Canada, in the Arctic.

Jan 09, 2017

Canada’s domestic spy service has been trying to figure out ways of obtaining “bulk data” to better feed the holdings of its secretive analytics centre, newly released records obtained by The Globe and Mail show.

Jan 09, 2017

Esteban Santiago, a 26 year olf Iraq war vet, appears to have followed the rules concerning firearms in checked baggage until he allegedlt shot and killed five people in the Fort Lauderdale airport baggage claim area. Current regulations about the declaration and packaging of checked firearms are being reviewed.

Jan 06, 2017

The most powerful publication in the world today is Donald Trump's personal Twitter account. In the past six weeks, it has moved markets, conducted shadow foreign policy, and reshaped the focus of media around the world. It is also shockingly insecure.

Jan 06, 2017

Brushing aside Donald Trump’s dismissiveness, the nation’s intelligence chief insisted Thursday that U.S. agencies are more confident than ever that Russia interfered in America’s recent presidential election. And he called the former Cold War foe an “existential threat” to the nation.

Jan 06, 2017

Last August, officials on the St.Clair River rescued Americans as a west wind pushed Port Huron Float Down participants, some intoxicated and in distress on the St.Clair River towards Canada. So far, the US has not responded positively to Canadian requests for some kind of event organization or sponsorship.

Jan 05, 2017

More than 100 suspected Muslim rebels stormed a jail in the southern Philippines before dawn Wednesday, allowing 158 inmates to escape in what officials said was the biggest jailbreak in the country.

Jan 05, 2017

Ottawa is quietly working on a plan to use computers to assess immigration applications and make some of the decisions currently made by immigration officers, according to a report in the Toronto Star.

Jan 05, 2017

Former Canadian Security Intelligence Services director Ward Elcock says the spy agency needs expanded surveillance powers to address the risk of terror attacks on the scale of recent violence in Europe and Turkey. Elcock said modern technology has surpassed the legal framework for surveilling and foiling the threat of an attack.

Jan 05, 2017

Police in Upper Big Tracadie, Nova Scotia have found Afghan veteran Lionel Desmond, his wife, mother and daughter all dead of gunshot wounds. Desmond, who served in Afghanistan with the Royal Canadian Regiment, was said by a relative to be suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
 

Jan 05, 2017

Hydro One, the Ontario electrical distributor says it is working with law enforcement to investigate a possible electronic intrusion of its systems. A company security officer said the target appeared to have been an older, inactive computer system.

Jan 04, 2017

Galleys on the Canadian Coast Guard’s new patrol ships are getting a makeover so crews can cook safely. The ergonomics of the kitchens are “compromised” and facilities need to be rearranged, the government has told potential contractors.

Jan 03, 2017

Canada is due to legalize cannabis next year. Observers are concerned that excessive tax will create the same contraband situation as tobacco, involving the same or more players.

Jan 03, 2017

The fearsome prospect of a showdown between the world’s biggest military power and its most unpredictable nuclear-capable nation threatened to overshadow the conciliatory language in the New Year’s speech where Mr. Kim raised his country’s missile capacity – although not as a threat, a subtlety that went largely unrecognized.

Jan 03, 2017

Abdullah Milton, a Muslim convert, came to the attention of CSIS in 2011 when he posted pictures of Ottawa on the Internet. Eeventually, as a paid informant earning at least $800,000 he helped RCMP build cases against potential terrorists.

Jan 02, 2017

A Sunwing Airlines pilot faces charges after police allege he was impaired before takeoff. Police say the pilot boarded the Boeing 737 in Calgary early Saturday for a flight that was scheduled to make stops in Regina and Winnipeg before continuing on to Cancun, Mexico.

Dec 30, 2016

A veteran officer who helped put a pimp behind bars in 2014 has been arrested and now faces several sex-related charges, the Vancouver Police Department announced Thursday.

Dec 30, 2016

In the eight weeks before July 1, the, all-volunteer fire department in Florence dealt with 11 structure fires, a huge increase from the seasonal average. The tiny department was so busy it cancelled its own Canada Day parade after fighting one nasty blaze in a vacant home on June 30.

Dec 30, 2016

Thanh Viet Pham, 36, of Toronto, was apprehended in Quebec after walking across the border from the United States with 25 handguns, 10 of which were loaded. The suspect is known to police and was the subject of an outstanding warrant in Toronto.

Dec 29, 2016

Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, announced Wednesday that the Canadian government has listed two groups, Al Qaida in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) and the Indian Mujahideen (IM), as terrorist entities under the Criminal Code.

Dec 29, 2016

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Syrian opposition groups and the Syrian government had signed a number of documents including a ceasefire deal that would take effect at midnight on the night of Dec. 29-30. He also said that Russia had agreed to reduce its military deployment in Syria.

Dec 29, 2016

Prosecutors in Quebec will not appeal a sternly worded court decision that found flaws in photo-radar evidence for a $1,160 speeding ticket, a spokesman said Wednesday.

Dec 29, 2016

Dr. Norman Cornett of Concordia University said the aftermath of the Berlin Christmas market massacre showed the importance of public engagement with security forces. He urged Canadians to support RCMP, CSIS and other counter-terrorism organizations.

Dec 28, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump tapped an experienced hand from the George W. Bush era and a longtime Trump Organization official to become members of his inner circle when he assumes office next month. Thomas Bossert will become an assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism.

Dec 28, 2016

Across Canada, only about 70 Mounties belong to Underwater Recovery teams, working in cold, dark and dangerous waters. Their work is crucial in both criminal and accident investigations.

Dec 27, 2016

Officials removed a tsunami warning after a magnitude 7.6 earthquake struck 225 km (140 miles) southwest of Puerto Montt in southern Chile on Sunday, prompting an evacuation order for southern coastal areas.

Dec 26, 2016

When the Liberals made the bid for a seat at the United Nations Security Council one of their top international priorities, they probably didn’t foresee the wave of isolationism and populism ready to sweep over the United States and Europe in 2016.

Dec 26, 2016

All 84 passengers and eight crew on the Russian military’s Tu-154 plane are believed to have died Sunday morning when it crashed two minutes after taking off from the southern city of Sochi en route to Syria.

Dec 23, 2016

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump said: “Let it be an arms race,” when asked for clarification of his Thursday Twitter post calling for an expansion of U.S. nuclear weapon capabilities. "The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes," he said in his tweet.

Dec 23, 2016

Speaking at an end-of-year meeting with his defence chiefs, Russian President Vladimir Putin said bolstering nuclear capability should be a chief objective for 2017. "We can say with certainty – we are stronger now than any potential aggressor," he said.

Dec 23, 2016

The suspect in Berlin Christmas market attack was shot dead near Milan, according to Italian officials, bringing an end to an international manhunt for the 24-year old Tunisian that had kept the continent on edge as the holidays fast approached.

Dec 23, 2016

Two hijackers diverted a Libyan commercial plane with 118 passengers on board to Malta on Friday and threatened to blow it up with hand grenades, Maltese authorities and state media said. Emergency teams had been dispatched to the site of what it called an “unlawful interference” on the airport tarmac.

Dec 23, 2016

A Canadian bank, which was fined $1.15 million by Fintrac, committed a “very severe” breach of laws against money laundering by failing to report suspicious transactions, according to documents obtained by the Toronto Star and National Observer.

Dec 23, 2016

The Saskatchewan Police Aboriginal Recruiting Copmmittee was established in 2004 to bring more first nations members into police forces in the province. Officials said they cannot acount for the program's relative lack of success, graduating only 25 self-identified indigenous people from the Saskatchewan police college.

Dec 22, 2016

Denouncing the deadly attack on a Christmas market in Germany, President-elect Donald Trump renewed his vow to stop radical terror groups and appeared to suggest a willingness to move ahead with his campaign pledge to ban temporarily Muslim immigrants from coming to the United States.

Dec 22, 2016

In consultations with Public Safety Canada, communications industry associations and companies have told the federal government they do not want to gather and hold customer data for police services. Rogers Communications said it should not be required to hold information any longer that it does in ordinary circumstances to operate its own business.

Dec 22, 2016

Two Mounties near Revelstoke, British Columbia put salmon on a hockey stick to lure an injured male bald eagle to where it could be restrained and captured.  An animal health worker said the bird was near death when rescued, and it will soon make a complete recovery.

Dec 21, 2016

The federal government is vowing to overhaul the way it funds police services in First Nations communities. Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says Ottawa's First Nations Policing Program — in place since the early 1990s — is out of date and needs reform.

Dec 21, 2016

A Montreal newspaper is asking a court to quash 24 warrants that allowed the city’s police force to spy on one of its reporters, arguing the judicial orders were issued as part of an unprecedented crackdown on leaks rather than any legitimate investigation.

Dec 21, 2016

Germany has launched a Europe-wide manhunt for an “armed and dangerous” Tunisian with ties to Islamic extremists in connection with the Berlin Christmas market attack, according to a European arrest warrant and German lawmakers.

Dec 21, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump is planning to meet with his incoming national security adviser in the aftermath of violence abroad as the process of filling top jobs in his administration presses on, marked by some infighting among advisers.

Dec 21, 2016

Justin Trudeau says his government will ensure security and spy agencies follow the "letter and spirit" of the law, amid mounting concerns they have trampled the privacy of journalists and other Canadians.

Dec 21, 2016

Years of under-reporting of tobacco crops is resulting in action being taken by the Ontario Ministry of Finance. "During the 2016 season, there has been a high rate of non-compliance where registered producers have grown excess acreage," ministry spokesperson Scott Blodgett said in explaining why farmers were slapped with $2,500 fines for exceeding their growing licenses.

Dec 21, 2016

The head of British Columbia's police services says the federal government must fill about 200 vacant Mountie positions to combat the wave of overdoses in the province. Clayton Pecknold said the province now only has about 700 of 900 mandated RCMP personnel.

Dec 20, 2016

Italy is strengthening security measures for areas where crowds are expected for Christmas ceremonies, such as Pope Francis' appearance in St. Peter's Square. Interior Minister Marco Minniti led a meeting Tuesday of the heads of Italy's police and intelligence forces to review security after the truck attack on a Christmas market in Berlin.

Dec 20, 2016

Rogers, TekSavvy, and a consortium of Canadian information technology companies are pushing back against proposed changes to Canada's national security legislation.

Dec 20, 2016

The photograph of men and women cowering after a gallery shooting Monday that killed Russian Ambassador Andrey Karlov — scared, crying and stunned in a corner — is a vivid snapshot of Turks at this moment.

Dec 20, 2016

Lawyers behind a court bid to block a massive sale of weaponized fighting vehicles to Saudi Arabia argued in Federal Court on Monday that Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion ignored serious human-rights violations in favour of preserving jobs when he authorized the export of these machines in April.

Dec 20, 2016

Three Ottawa police constables could be temporarily demoted after pleading guilty to issuing false warnings. After issuing genuine traffic tickets, the officers entered false information about additional warnings in the drivers' database.

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.

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