IN THE NEWS

May 05, 2017

The Star editorial: When the Trudeau Liberals ran against and defeated Harper's Conservatives, they campaigned fiercely against that government's far-reaching Bill C-51 on security policy. Now in power, the Toronto Star says it's time for the Liberals to get rid of the legislation.

May 05, 2017

The RCMP is on trial in Moncton under the Canada Labour Code for failing to protect members with the right equipment and training, after the deaths of three officers in 2014. A scientist with Defence Research and Development Canada testified she informed the RCMP in 2012 that superior weapons for its members had been identified and tested.

May 04, 2017

An American company that was paid nearly $700 million to secure an Iraqi base for F-16 fighter jets turned a blind eye to alcohol smuggling, theft, security violations, and allegations of sex trafficking - then terminated investigators who uncovered wrongdoing, an Associated Press investigation has found.

May 04, 2017

The Canadian Security Intelligence Service discontinued the use of "Stingray" cellphone surveillance in January after using it with and without warrants in recent years. The technology gathers information by appearing to mobile telephones as legitimate cellular towers.

May 04, 2017

A driver from North Dakota bought a lesson in the metric system from Manitoba Mounties on May 1, in the form of a speeding ticket. He said he thought the road signs showed a 100 mile per hour limit instead of 100 kilometres. The difference is worth $940.

May 03, 2017

The US Secret Service protects America's first family wherever they go, but host countries always provide escorts. That means Canadian taxpayers paid for Mounties to ski alongside President Trump's daughter Ivanka and her husband on their Whistler vacation.

May 02, 2017

Ottawa police chief Charles Bordeleau wants the Ontario Provincial Police to investigate top officers of his own force in connection with a training accident three years ago. There are allegations that several senior Ottawa officers gave false statements during the accident investigation.

May 02, 2017

The Security Intelligence Review Committee has dismissed a complaint of intimidation against the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) by Ken Stone of Hamilton. Two CSIS agents visited and questioned him after a trip to Iran in 2011.

May 02, 2017

The RCMP is on trial in Moncton for failing to provide Mounties with the right equipment and training. Darryl Davies, a Carleton Universoty criminologist testified he had recommended the force equip every member with a carbine before the 2014 shooting deaths of three officers.
 

May 01, 2017

Finland has rolled out significant legislative and intelligence facility funding proposals meant to strengthen national security and cyber-defense infrastructure. One major initiative includes the establishment in Helsinki of the NATO-supported European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats, or ECE-CHT.

Apr 28, 2017

Two Canada Border Services Agency officers are among five people arrested by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for breach of trust and drug importation offences. The RCMP alleges they were importing cocaine through Toronto's Pearson International Airport.

Apr 28, 2017

As Canada moves closer to more liberal marijuana laws, police forces across the Canada must protect the public from impaired drivers. The investment in roadside testing equipment and training could cost millions of dollars but so far, governments have not come forward to pledge the necessary funding.

Apr 28, 2017

RCMP have arrested five people for smuggling cocaine through Toronto's international airport, including two Canada Border Services Agency officers. The offences are alleged to have occurred between January 2016 and April 2017.

Apr 27, 2017

In Manitoba, there are 86 vacant Royal Canadian Mounted Police positions or about eight percent of the approved establishment. Local politicians are concerned about the impact of the shortages on safety.

Apr 26, 2017

The NAFTA deal, was originally signed in 1994 by President Bill Clinton, allows free trade between the three countries in North America. Donald Trump's team is reportedly preparing an executive order to take the U.S. out of the North American Free Trade Agreement – it could be signed very soon.

Apr 26, 2017

A cross-Canada message on Twitter from the Vancouver police force to cops in Manitoba started with the weather but ended with a gentle recruiting pitch. The Winnipeg Police and the provincial RCMP weren't slow to respond.

Apr 25, 2017

Researchers at the University of Waterloo working on a new hacking tool is touting the technology as a public service.

Apr 25, 2017

The number of refugees coming to Canada from the USA continues to rise. Thanks to a loophole in the Safe Third Country Agreement with the United States, once they’re here, they can’t be turned back, they have the right to claim asylum. Will Canada close that loophole?

Apr 25, 2017

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his father, former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau intervened to ensure his late brother Michel was not prosecuted for possession of marijuana. Justin Trudeau said his brother, who died about six months later in an accident was found with marijuana after a car crash but his father used his connections to make the charges "go away".

Apr 25, 2017

In 2014, three Moncton RCMP officers were killed and two others wounded by a better armed gunman. The federal police force is now on trial on charges under the Canada Labour Code for failing to provide those employees with the right equipment and training. On Monday, the prosecutor told the court compliance with the code could have prevented at least some of the deaths and injuries.

Apr 24, 2017

HMCS Saskatoon seizes 464 kg and assists in disruption of an estimated 1,500 kg of cocaine in cooperation with the United States Coast Guard during Operation Caribbe.

Apr 24, 2017

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police face charges in a Moncton court of failing to provide officers with the necessary equipment and training to overpower an armed suspect. A gunman shot and killed three Mounties in Moncton in 2014.

Apr 24, 2017

Under a 2014 counterterrorism directive, provincial and municipal police forces in Ontario are directed to forward data collected from street checks - "carding" - to federal intelligence and law enforcement agencies. The practice of carding individuals has been criticized as intrusive and discriminatory.

Apr 21, 2017

​France began picking itself up Friday from another deadly shooting claimed by ISIS, with President Francois Hollande convening the government's security council and his would-be successors in the presidential election campaign treading carefully before voting this weekend.

Apr 21, 2017

In recent months, hundreds of people have walked across the US border into Canada to claim asylum. The RCMP has not charged anyone will illegal crossing and there are claims that as many as half the asylum seekers have some form of criminal record.

Apr 21, 2017

The Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) processes data collected from clearance forms to prevent people who are security risks from entering Canada or obtaining sensitive employment. In a series of letters, the Privacy Commissioner has expressed concerns about how widely the information is being used.

Apr 20, 2017

The number of asylum seekers caught crossing illegally into Canada continues to rise, according to newly released figures. CBSA says that nearly half of the 1,860 migrants who have snuck across the Canada-United States border on foot rather than making a claim for refugee status at an official border crossing did so in March.

Apr 20, 2017

Toronto police officers have asked the city to deny $260,000 in funding to the annual Pride event, after a group called Black Lives Matter persuaded organizers to ban Toronto Police Services from participating. In a letter to city government, officers belonging to the force's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Internal Support Network said funding the event would make them feel "unsupported by our employer."

Apr 20, 2017

Police have charged a 43 year old woman, Michelle Omoruyi, with smuggling nine potential asylum seekers from Africa into Canada. The group was apprehended Friday night at the Saskatchewan border with the United States.

Apr 19, 2017

The Trump administration has notified Congress that Iran is complying with the terms of the 2015 nuclear deal negotiated by former President Barack Obama, and says the U.S. has extended the sanctions relief given to the Islamic republic in exchange for curbs on its atomic program.

Apr 19, 2017

On April 15, RCMP in Saskatchewan laid human smuggling charges after an investigation into illegal border crossing from the United States. In recent months, increasing numbers of people have walked across the US border into Canada to claim refugee status. The Mounties will hold a news conference to explain the charges Wednesday.

Apr 19, 2017

More than half of 18,000 RCMP members under the rank of Inspector have signed up with the National Police Federation (NPF) for union representation. The NPF filed for certification Tuesday. The RCMP is the last non-unionized police force in Canada.

Apr 18, 2017

GE’s Marine Solutions announced that the United States Coast Guard commissioned new National Security Cutter Munro.

Apr 18, 2017

In a trip full of Cold War symbolism, U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence travelled to the tense zone dividing North and South Korea and warned Pyongyang that after years of testing the U.S. and South Korea with its nuclear ambitions, "the era of strategic patience is over."

Apr 18, 2017

Only at a North Korean press conference at the United Nations, can you hear a diplomat say he hoped journalists had a good holiday weekend and then warn of possible thermonuclear war.

Apr 18, 2017

The federal plan to legalize recreational marijuana does not include the general amnesty for past pot convictions some would like to see, says Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale.

Apr 18, 2017

After a series of high-profile setbacks Canadian Security Intelligence Services (CSIS) officials and lawyers are learning how to approach judges with sufficient information to obtain viable warrants. Last fall judges criticized CSIS for failing to inform courts about how information obtained with warrants would be used.

Apr 14, 2017

Dozens of Ontario police  officers, from the Toronto and provincial forces are being trained in field sobriety tests for marijuana use, so they can determine whether drivers should be charged with impaired driving. The federal government is preparing legislation to legalize marijuana.

Apr 13, 2017

North Korean monitoring service 38 North said Wednesday the country's Punggye-ri nuclear site is "primed and ready" for a sixth nuclear test. "The activity during the past six weeks is suggestive of the final preparations for a test," 38 North analyst Joseph Bermudez told CNN.

Apr 13, 2017

Bill C-51, passed by the previous Conservative government, gave the Canadian Security Intelligence Service sweeping new powers to interrupt terrorist activity. However, a source says the agency is not using them because the Liberal government has announced its intention to review and modify the law.

Apr 13, 2017

The Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police understands why Mounties are protesting for higher pay but Robert Paulson warned their actions could undermine public confidence and internal cohesion. Some members have removed or covered the yellow stripes on their uniform trousers.

Apr 12, 2017

At least 10 people were injured in a large fire that broke out in a migrant camp near the northern French city of Dunkirk on Monday night, after a fight between many Afghans and Kurds at the camp. 

Apr 12, 2017

Concerned that terrorist saboteurs or otherwise maliciously dangerous criminals could be targeting a major landmark, police pulled all stops when three teens, two 16 and one 15, broke into Wonderland to steal some candy – they could hardly have expected a helicopter and police dogs would apprehend them.

Apr 11, 2017

Seaspan Ferries Corporation officially welcomed two new, state-of-the-art dual-fuelled/hybrid vessels to its fleet today during a double commissioning ceremony held at Seaspan's Tilbury Terminal.

Apr 11, 2017

Egypt imposed a three-month nationwide state of emergency Monday as President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi sought to ease public anger and take a tougher stand against Islamic extremists after suicide bombings at two Coptic Christian churches killed 45 people.

Apr 11, 2017

The United States has made a preliminary conclusion that Russia knew in advance of Syria's chemical weapons attack last week due to the fact that a drone operated by Russians was flying over a hospital as victims of the attack were rushing to get treatment.

Apr 11, 2017

Unifor president Jerry Dias argues his fight with the American-based Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) is absolutely the latter.

Apr 11, 2017

In a continuing pay dispute with the federal government, Mounties across Canada are masking or removing the yellow stripes from their uniform trousers.

Apr 11, 2017

On Sunday a helicopter from HMCS Winnipeg allegedly flew low over a busy tourist beach on the Pacific island of Guam. While the aircraft would have been in approved airspace authorities do ask aviators to be mindful of people on the ground.

Apr 10, 2017

Two bombs exploded at churches in different cities in northern Egypt as worshippers were celebrating Palm Sunday, killing at least 43 people and wounding about 100.

Apr 10, 2017

The Stockholm truck attack suspect was a rejected asylum seeker from Uzbekistan who eluded authorities' attempts to deport him by giving police a wrong address, Swedish police said Sunday, while announcing the arrest of a second suspect.

Apr 10, 2017

Russia has raised the prospect of war with the West while mocking British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson for cancelling a trip to Moscow in the wake of the Syrian nerve-gas attack.

Apr 10, 2017

Will the slow-but-steady stream of asylum-seekers crossing the border illegally grow into a roaring flood this summer? Canadian officials have downplayed this possibility, but a new public opinion poll from the Angus Reid Institute finds a substantial portion of the Canadian public anticipating such a surge, and worried about the potential security risks that might be associated with it.

Apr 10, 2017

The National Research Council bought $8 million worth of new laptops after a crippling cyber attack targeted its secrets in 2014, according to the Star. Documents show that NRC had to replace a number of “end-point devices” - internet-connected devices like laptops and printers - after foreign hackers targeted its networks in 2014.

Apr 10, 2017

In cities with more than 100,000 residents, Victoria, British Columbia is the most heavily policed, with 243 officers for every 100,000 people. By contrast, Montreal had 229 and Toronto 189 per 100,000 citizens.

Apr 07, 2017

A man steered a stolen beer truck into a crowd of people and then rammed it into a department store, killing at least three people in what officials were calling a terrorist attack in the heart of Stockholm on Friday afternoon.

Apr 07, 2017

RCMP members in North Vancouver, BC are removing the yellow stripes from their uniforms or wearing cargo pants in protest against what they consider an unsatisfactory contract. On Wednesday retroactive pay increases of 1.25% for two years and a 2.3% market adjustment were announced.

Apr 06, 2017
The RCMP for the first time is publicly confirming it uses cellphone surveillance devices in investigations across Canada — but at the same time says the potential of unauthorized snooping in Ottawa, as reported by CBC News, poses a threat to national security.
Apr 06, 2017

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly offered more soothing words Wednesday for Canadians concerned about border security when he appeared before a Senate committee and was asked what concerns he had about security along the Canada-U.S. frontier.

Apr 06, 2017

RCMP officers are receiving a 1.25 percent raise as of Jan. 1 2015, and another 1.25 percent as of Jan. 1 2016. Effective next month, some members will receive a 2.3 percent "adjustment" increase.

Apr 05, 2017

Russian investigators have identified Kyrgyz-born Akbarzhon Dzhalilov as the suicide bomber who carried out Monday's deadly attack on a crowded subway train in St. Petersburg.

Apr 05, 2017

At least 70 people have been killed in northern Syria after being exposed to a toxic gas that survivors said was dropped from warplanes, an attack that sparked comparisons to the most infamous act of the country’s six-year war.

Apr 05, 2017

The House of Commons has passed a Liberal bill that will establish a committee of parliamentarians to oversee national security and intelligence operations. Bill C-22 will create a committee of seven MPs and two senators with the power to look at intelligence and security operations in any department or agency.

Apr 05, 2017

Confronted by one of his first foreign crises, President Donald Trump on Tuesday split the blame for Syria’s worst chemical weapons attack in years between President Bashar Assad, its Russian-backed leader, and former President Barack Obama, as the new American administration struggled to explain what it might do in response.

Apr 05, 2017

At least 58 people have been killed and dozens wounded in a suspected chemical attack on a rebel-held town in north-western Syria, a monitoring group says. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that strikes on Khan Sheikhoun by Syrian government or Russian jets had caused many people to choke.

Apr 05, 2017

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says the RCMP and CSIS have launched investigations in response to a CBC News/Radio-Canada report, which revealed that someone is using devices that track and spy on cellphones in the area around Parliament Hill.

Apr 05, 2017

RCMP members have had the right to join a union for several years but rival offerings by two different groups have delayed its formation. Now Quebec Mounties are proposing to form their own union.

Apr 04, 2017

A months-long CBC News/Radio-Canada investigation has revealed that someone is using devices that track and spy on cellphones in the area around Parliament Hill. The devices are known as IMSI catchers and have been used by Canadian police and security authorities, foreign intelligence and even organized crime.

Apr 04, 2017

After 35 years with the RCMP, Assistant Commissioner Pierre Perron is joining Huawei Technologies as a brand ambassador. The company's telecommunications equipment has been designated by various countries as a security risk.

Apr 03, 2017

Developing story: at least 50 people have been injured and 12 confirmed dead, so far, after what may be a terrorist attack in Russia today. Reports of additional unexploded bombs found.

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