IN THE NEWS

Nov 06, 2017

Police chiefs across Ontario have long asked that the province give them the power to suspend without pay officers accused of egregious wrongdoing. 

Nov 06, 2017

Name changes and changes in operations are expected for The Special Investigations Unit, the Office of the Independent Police Review Director, and the Ontario Civilian Police Commission. 

Nov 06, 2017

Police in Ontario could soon get more tools to search for missing people, such as the ability to track cellphones and enter a home or building to search for them.

Nov 06, 2017

Community Safety Minister Marie-France Lalonde and Attorney General Yasir Naqvi, two Ottawa ministers, announced mass changes to the way the provincial government oversees policing.

Nov 06, 2017

Djamel Ameziane, an Algerian, plans to sue the government of Canada for $50 million, because he claims this country is complicit in his confinement and abuse at the Guantanamo facility. Ameziane was never prosecuted or charged.

Nov 06, 2017

A gunman killed at least 26 people at a Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, Texas on Sunday. The assailant, Devin Patrick Kelley, 26, was shot and pursued by citizens, and was found dead in the wreckage of his truck.

Nov 03, 2017

Last week Quebec's anti-corruption task foce arrested sitting National Assembly member Guy Ouellette, a former police officer, but he has not been charged with any crime. The task force says the arrest was in connection with leaked documents but  Ouelette says it was designed to intimidate him in his work as a legislator.

Nov 03, 2017

Commissioners of the inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women want the federal government to create a national police task force to assist their work. An investigative body could reopen old cases that police have closed. Commissioners blamed government red tape for an eight month delay in beginning their work.

Nov 02, 2017

During an interview with investigators, Sayfullo Saipov, a 29-year-old Uzbek native, asked to hang an ISIS flag in his hospital room and said "he felt good about what he had done".

Nov 02, 2017

More than a decade after being run out of Gaza by Hamas, the Palestinian Authority took control of the enclave’s border crossings, the most tangible sign yet of progress in the deal to end a bitter schism between the groups and ease the territory’s isolation.

Nov 02, 2017

The collision of two tanker trucks on the 400 highway north of Toronto killed three people and wrecked more than a dozen vehicles. Support groups say such accident scenes put first responders at risk of mental disorders.

Nov 02, 2017

Despite recognizing the need for needle programs in Canadian prisons during the last election campaign, the Trudeau government has not yet acted. Preventable HIV and Hepatitis C virus infections cost taxpayers millions of dollars.

Nov 01, 2017

Mubin Shaikh, a Canadian Muslim who was radicalized in his teens, told the UN Security Council that he’s haunted by a video image: A 3-year-old boy uses a large knife given to him by his parents to cut off his teddy bear’s head.

Nov 01, 2017

Kevin Omar Mohamed was arrested in 2016 in Waterloo, Ont.,  pleaded guilty in June, 2017 to participating in the activity of a terrorist group and received a four and a half year sentence. His online activities brought him to the attention of authorities who followed his plans and movements through his electronic communications.

Nov 01, 2017

At least eight people are dead in a New York City terrorist attack after a man drove through a bike lane in a rented truck. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau offered sincere condolences on behalf of all Canadians.

Oct 31, 2017

News that foreign state-operated hackers try to gain access to federal government’s computer networks approximately 50 times a week – and that at least one tends to be successful – prompted Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale to underscore the need to “just keep working and win the race” even as hackers seem to stay one step ahead of security efforts.

Oct 31, 2017

A new report says that between 2013 and 2015, on average, more than 2,500 state-sponsored cyber activities a year were directed at Canadian government computer networks. The Communications Security Establishment reports that about one attempt a week succeeded.

Oct 31, 2017

Indigenous victims, accused, and police officers in Nova Scotia can now swear legals oath on eagle feathers rather than Bibles at RCMP detachments. The provincial court system is expected to adopt the practice in November.

Oct 30, 2017

The Gulf Islands were the site of a simulated ferry evacuation with the JTFP of the CAF coordinating search and rescue operations in a large-scale, on-water exercise. The exercise is jointly managed by the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Coast Guard with coordination through the JRCC involving both air coordination by the CAF and marine rescue coordination by the Canadian Coast Guard.

Oct 30, 2017

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police is warning people of Chinese origin in Canada against attempts to extort money. Telephone callers tell potential victims their families are in danger from the government of China or that family members have been kidnapped.

Oct 27, 2017

Montreal police headquarters is among the locations raided last evening by the Quebec provincial force but no details have been released. A source has told Radio-Canada an officer close to the Montreal police chief might be the target.

Oct 27, 2017

In 2014, an explosion during an Ottawa police training exercise injured five people. After an investigation of the incident and subsequent events by Ontario Provincial Police, no criminal charges have been laid against Ottawa police members.

Oct 27, 2017

Over five years, the federal government could spend $546 million to implement new marijuana laws. A new budget forecast says agencies like Health Canada and the RCMP will get some of the money for  licensing, inspection and enforcement. Canada plans to legalize marijuana before next July.

Oct 27, 2017

Bullying, favouritism and discrimination in the Toronto office of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) has brought low morale and resulted in many employees "considering leaving the organization disillusioned and disheartened," according to the report of an independent investigation. Five officers and analysts have filed suit against CSIS, alleging harassment and bullying.

Oct 26, 2017

A group called the Innocence Project is asking Ontario to amend the Police Services Act to make mental health training a requirement of the Ontario Police College. The group plans a constitutional challenge if the province doesn't take action this year.

Oct 25, 2017

A federal judge has slammed the Canadian government for delays in responding to a lawsuit launched by five intelligence officers and analysts who allege that they were bullied and harassed while working at CSIS, Canada’s spy service, because they are gay, Muslim or Black.

Oct 25, 2017

Despite active research, Type 1 Diabetes has no cure and requires daily insulin shots. This expensive, daily drug regimen is the only way to postpone certain death, and yet CRA Minister Lebouthillier has decided that people suffering from this long-term, incurable medical problem no longer qualify for the $1500 disability tax credit.

Oct 25, 2017

A new scanner at the Edmonton Remand Centre, Canada’s biggest correctional facility, will prevent visitors from smuggling weapons, drugs and other contraband. The scanner is expected to be operational by December.

Oct 25, 2017

During the trial of two men convicted of plotting to destroy a Via Rail train, they attempted to depict themselves as psychotic and drug addicted, but the undercover FBI agent who worked to arrest them writes they knew exactly what they were doing.

Oct 24, 2017

The National Women in Law Enforcement Association, a new national non-profit group, will "address gender-based harassment, discrimination and bullying" faced by female police officers. Waterloo, Ontario police Const. Angelina Rivers said, “Women are leaving policing in droves, and there’s a reason for that.”

Oct 24, 2017

Critics of a recent RCMP recruiting video say it shows a police force dominated by values from the past. Training scenes from  the video appear to depict military behaviour.

Oct 23, 2017

Ralph Goodale says some migrants are obtaining U.S. travel visas for the sole purpose of coming to Canada.

Oct 23, 2017

France has charged eight men, including three minors, following an investigation into far right activists allegedly plotting to target politicians and mosques.

Oct 23, 2017

Canada is selling its last inshore coastal surveyor ship, the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Matthew, in an auction that closes on Friday with a minimum bid of $1 million.

Oct 23, 2017

At a meeting of G7 interior ministers in Italy, Canada's Ralph Goodale asked his American counterpart to review how it issues travel visas. The Public Safety Minister told acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke that some people use their visas to the US in order to cross into Canada illegally.

Oct 23, 2017

An undercover agent who helped Canadian police arrest two terror suspects in 2015 says a third man in the plot to derail a passenger train may have escaped. The American agent says a Canadian decision to make arrests may have prevented US authorities from apprehending another person who may still be at large.

Oct 20, 2017

The St. John's Status of Women Council has  criticized a national police operation in which officers across the country interviewed sex workers to find victims of exploitation and trafficking. The RCMP said  324 interviews in seven provinces yielded 14 arrests.

Oct 19, 2017

As part of Cyber Security Awareness Month, Canada’s Communications Security Establishment (CSE), has released Assemblyline, one of its own cyber defence tools, as open source software.

Oct 19, 2017

Police in Halton, Ontario are the first in Canada to acquire an advanced, dedicated LTE wireless public safety network. As well as voice communications, the network sends dispatch information, records information, GPS data, maps, pictures, videos and real-time analytics to mobile devices.

Oct 19, 2017

RCMP in Edson, Alberta are being sued for $100,000 after an incident in which a victim's HIV-positive status was allegedly disclosed to a suspect. The victim had been assaulted and required medical treatment. The suit alleges the suspect could only have become aware of the victim's medical condition at the RCMP detachment. 

Oct 18, 2017

It is a common story among firefighters, who are exposed to harmful toxins on the job. Most know all too well the price some pay for that exposure. A growing body of evidence has shown firefighters have an increased risk of cancer and other serious illnesses compared to the general population, partly due to their exposure to hazardous chemicals from the smoke.

Oct 18, 2017

Peter Stoffer, a former MP and  part-time advocate with Trauma Healing Centers in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia says the health care system could have worked better to get a Halifax Regional Police officer the PTD treatment she needed in Ontario. Stoffer said a dedicated facility in the region could save money.

Oct 17, 2017

A federal lawsuit filed against several U.S. and European pharmaceutical and medical supply companies alleges the corporations knowingly financed anti-American military activity through bribes and kickbacks to Iraqi government officials.

Oct 17, 2017

Residents of areas that are no longer in harm’s way have been allowed to return home after the number of evacuation orders fell to 75,000 on Sunday, compared to 100,000 on Saturday.

Oct 17, 2017

International aid is arriving in Somalia in response to Saturday’s massive truck bomb that killed more than 300 people. Another nearly 400 people were injured in the deadliest attack in Somalia’s history and one of the world’s worst attacks in years. Scores remain missing and the death toll could still rise.

Oct 17, 2017

The federal government is supporting indigenous search and rescue teams along the British Columbia coast with equipment and training. The Coast Guard is preparing shipments of radios, searchlights and medical equipment for indigenous communities.

Oct 17, 2017

In September, Maisum Ansari was charged with 337 firearms offenses after 33 guns were found in a Pickering, Ontario residence. Police also found 53 kilograms of a substance now identified as the deadly street drug fentanyl.
 

Oct 16, 2017

Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau said he's "extremely preoccupied" by an incident that saw a small drone collide with a passenger airplane above Jean Lesage airport in Quebec City on Thursday.

Oct 16, 2017

The government of Canada could prosecute the Afghans who captured and held Joshua Boyle, his wife and their children, but apprehending suspects is probably impossible. The family returned to Canada Friday after five years in captivity.

Oct 16, 2017

When a court in Moncton, New Brunswick found the RCMP guilty of failing to equip its officers properly after the deaths of three Mounties in 2014, RCMP Cpl Patrick Bouchard pointed out to news media that few senior officers attended the trial. He has received a letter from superiors calling his statement "unacceptable".

Oct 13, 2017

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police has suspended the use of a three-page, 41 item questionnaire used to help screen illegal border crossers in Quebec. Critics say its apparent focus on Islamic beliefs and practices was inappropriate.

Oct 13, 2017

After repeated terrorist incidents, it is time for the government of Canada and Canadians to take action. Controlling our borders against illegal immigration is one place to begin.

Oct 12, 2017

Captured by Afghan terrorists in 2012, a Canadian man (who was once married to Omar Khadr’s oldest sister Zaynab), his American wife, and their children have been recovered "safe and sound" by the Pakistani Army and Intelligence Agency actioning info shared by U.S. intelligence, which had been tracking their movement.

Oct 12, 2017

Mounties screening people crossing from the United States have asked them a variety of questions which appear to focus on Islamic beliefs. A lawyer obtained the list of questions. The RCMP says it is no longer using 'that version' of the document.

Oct 12, 2017

A Vancouver businessman has updated the yellow 'baby on board' triangle sign with a new product that gives first responders useful information about all the people in a vehicle. The Child´s Medical Data Carrier comes with an app that provides data including directions to the nearest hospital and messaging to key contacts.

Oct 11, 2017

The government is allocating more than $8 million more for lawyers and other resources to speed the work of the RCMP External Review Committee which investigates RCMP members' employment conditions. The committee's workload has doubled in the three years since its enabling legislation came into effect.

Oct 10, 2017

Fast-moving wildfires caused widespread destruction across Northern California’s wine country as flames engulfed multiple counties and raged across more than 100,000 acres, forcing mandatory evacuations and prompting California’s governor to declare a state of emergency.

Oct 10, 2017

Police forces and prosecutors in Canada are starting to bring manslaughter charges against dealers who provide fentanyl to drug users who die after ingesting the drug. The possibility of a manslaughter conviction arises from the seller knowing fentanyl's lethality.

Oct 10, 2017

The lawyer for 19 year old Canadian Abdulrahman El Bahnasawy told a New York court his client suffers from mental illness and drug issues. El Bahnasawy pleaded guilty in 2016 to plotting terrorist attacks.

Oct 06, 2017

The annual review of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service by an oversight body said the agency had complied with its governing laws and regulations, but the Security Intelligence Review Committee did point out some areas for improvement.

Oct 06, 2017

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police report that the number of people illegally crossing into Canada from the United States to seek asylum has increased by five times since 2016. This year, 13,000 people have been taken into custody after crossing.

Oct 06, 2017

The RCMP is buying almost 5,000 fur-lined hats, after almost dropping the animal product. Each hat requires two or three muskrat pelts.

Oct 05, 2017

The British Columbia Civil Rights Association is appealing a decision by an oversight panel that cleared the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) of illegally monitoring pipeline protestors. The Security Intelligence Review Committee ruled CSIS did not exceed its mandate.

Oct 05, 2017

Some potential asylum seekers rejected at legal Canadian border points are identified to US authorities and jailed for visa violations. On a recent day about 40 potential immigrants were in Clinton County jail in Plattsburgh, New York.

Oct 04, 2017
The suspect in the Edmonton attack that injured five people had been detained for days after arriving in the United States from Mexico, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials said. A U.S. immigration judge ordered Sharif to be removed to Somalia but he was released and did not report back.
Oct 04, 2017

As part of the Government of Canada’s commitment to provide greater flexibility in meeting requirements for those who wish to obtain Canadian citizenship, the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced a significant milestone in implementing changes to the Citizenship Act through the adoption of Bill C-6.

Oct 04, 2017

The move by Canada to introduce new anti-corruption legislation has provoked a visceral reaction from the Russian government. Its proponents say it isn’t targeted specifically at Russia, but Putin made it clear that he sees the global move to adopt Magnitsky legislation as a personal slight.

Oct 04, 2017

British citizens who repeatedly view terrorist content online could face up to 15 years behind bars in a move designed to tighten the laws tackling radicalisation. “I want to make sure those who view despicable terrorist content online, including jihadi websites, far-right propaganda and bomb-making instructions, face the full force of the law,” said Britain's Home Secretary Rudd.

Oct 04, 2017

Abdulahi Hasan Sharif, charged with attempted murder after weekend attacks in Edmonton, was under a 2011 deportation order from the United States. In 2012, he received refugee status in Canada after entering the country at a "regular port of entry".

Oct 04, 2017

Staff at the Nova Scotia Youth Facility are concerned for their safety after the transfer of a 19-year old convicted murderer who has already attacked correctional officers. They say they lack the equipment and training to manage his custody safely.

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