IN THE NEWS

Oct 18, 2016

Yesterday marked the final day of the SARScene 2016 conference program, following a week of opportunities for training, education and exercises, as well as presentations and moderated discussions from Search and Rescue (SAR) experts.

Oct 18, 2016

Last week, federal, provincial and territorial ministers responsible for justice and public safety concluded two days of productive engagement, working on justice and public safety priorities for Canadians.

Oct 17, 2016

A year after a stunning majority win, Maclean’s adds up the stumbles and successes of Justin Trudeau’s government in our Trudeau Report Card. The hard work of delivering on more than 200 campaign promises—and breaking some along the way—has only just begun.

Oct 17, 2016

The Streit Group, heavily promoted last year by the Global Affairs Department as a rising star in the export market, has on at least two occasions sold - or modified - sport utility and luxury vehicles to people with alleged gang connections.

Oct 14, 2016

In year of record violence, National Capital illegal gun dealers auction weapons.

Oct 14, 2016

The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Canada’s Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, has issued a statement acknowledging the United Nation’s International Day for Disaster Reduction.

Oct 14, 2016

As the war in Syria rages on and Russia vetoes yet another resolution aimed at ending the bloodshed, Canada is spearheading a new diplomatic effort to try to end the brutal civil war.

Oct 12, 2016

A joint rescue operation was conducted on Monday involving the RCAF’s 442 Transport and Rescue Squadron and various civilian agencies after a plane crashed north of Anahim Lake, BC.

Oct 12, 2016

The RCMP say they have found a stolen vehicle they believe is connected with a suspect wanted in the shooting of a Mountie in southeastern British Columbia. The RCMP say the officer was shot Tuesday as police stopped a vehicle believed to be involved in a theft near the town of Golden.

Oct 12, 2016

The federal department that processes Canadian passports didn't take proper security precautions when it implemented a new system for issuing the travel documents, according to an audit of the program.

Oct 11, 2016

General Dynamics Mission Systems–Canada has officially launched four new public safety and security solutions that provide first responders around the world with integrated mission-critical communications systems that will help save lives.

Oct 11, 2016

The federal government is forbidding the construction of new embassies on Ottawa’s Sussex Drive following a stark RCMP assessment of the potential for “violent events” in the high-profile neighbourhood.

Oct 11, 2016

The Canadian Armed Forces’ Judge Advocate General (JAG) is launching consultations with Canadians as part of the ongoing comprehensive review of the court martial system.

Oct 10, 2016

The CIA claims it has beefed-up its “anticipatory intelligence” technologies to predict social unrest and societal instability days before it happens. What will the impact be?

Oct 07, 2016

The ministers of Foreign Affairs, International Development and La Francophonie, and National Defence have announced that the Government of Canada has deployed the Canadian Disaster Assessment Team (CDAT) to Haiti and set aside up to $3 million as an initial humanitarian response for those in Haiti and other countries in the region affected by Hurricane Matthew.

Oct 07, 2016

Hurricane Matthew, carrying winds of 195 kilometres per hour, lashed central Florida on Friday, hugging the Atlantic coast as it moved north and threatened more destruction after killing more than 500 people and leaving thousands homeless in Haiti.

Oct 07, 2016

The RCMP has delivered a historic apology to female officers and civilian members with a massive settlement over harassment, discrimination and sexual abuse claims that could cost up to $100 million.

Oct 06, 2016

Hurricane Matthew has strengthened to a catastrophic Category 4 storm as it barrels toward the heavily populated coast of Florida. The National Hurricane Center in Miami said the storm's maximum sustained winds had strengthened to 140 mph as of late Thursday morning and were expected to maintain their strength as the storm approaches the Florida coast.

Oct 06, 2016

The European Union launched a joint border guard force on Thursday as it tries to prevent any repeat of an uncontrolled influx of migrants and refugees last year that has opened up gaping rifts between member states.

Oct 06, 2016

The RCMP is set to announce a major settlement of hundreds of complaints of sexual harassment at a cost of more than $10-million, sources said. Senior federal officials said that RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson hopes that the settlement, as well as a public statement on Thursday, will “turn the page” on the dark chapter in the history of the national police force.

Oct 06, 2016

A group of Canadians who advise the federal government on national security issues are in the dark about the future of a 16-member roundtable they were appointed to. Members of the Cross-Cultural Roundtable on Security are supposed to meet in-camera at least twice a year, yet the group hasn't met since October 2014.

Oct 05, 2016

An all-party committee of MPs is urging the federal government to take action on behalf of public safety officers and first responders who develop mental health problems after experiencing traumatic events.

Oct 05, 2016

The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, issued a statement after the tabling of the 2015-16 Annual Report of the Security Intelligence Review Committee (SIRC) last week.

Oct 05, 2016

Rescue workers in Haiti struggled to reach cutoff towns and learn the full extent of the death and destruction caused by Hurricane Matthew as the storm began battering the Bahamas Wednesday and triggered evacuations along the U.S. East Coast.

Oct 04, 2016

A senior Ukrainian envoy is warning a thaw in diplomatic relations between Canada and Russia will primarily benefit Vladimir Putin – a caution that came as relations abruptly deteriorated between Moscow and Washington on Monday over Syria and nuclear arsenals.

Oct 04, 2016

Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion has joined the United States in condemning Russia over the escalating fighting in Syria and failed efforts to end the war in that country.

Oct 03, 2016

Canada's spy agency is using controversial powers under the C-51 anti-terrorism legislation to gather intelligence from Canadians held in foreign prisons, a newly released memo reveals. Amnesty International Canada and the NDP are expressing concerns about the potential pitfalls of the previously unknown information-sharing arrangement between the Canadian Security Intelligence Service and Global Affairs Canada.

Sep 30, 2016

Almost one in two Calgarians disapprove of the police, according to a poll. "Calgarians have a negative view about the Calgary Police Service with 39 per cent approval compared to 48 per cent disapproval," said Quito Maggi, president of Mainstreet Research, in a release.

Sep 30, 2016

The civilian watchdog committee that oversees Canada’s spy agency is giving a cautious thumbs-up to CSIS for its exercise of newly acquired anti-terror powers under Bill C-51, the controversial law passed last year that the Liberal government says it will amend.

Sep 29, 2016

An incident involving hundreds of blank Canadian Forces identification cards that went missing just days after the 2014 attack on Parliament Hill has been meet with a shrug from the military. The case involving the identity cards, which disappeared while being shipped from Ottawa to Toronto through Canada Post, resulted in a brief police investigation and no changes to the military’s security policy.

Sep 29, 2016

There is "horrific evidence" that Sudan's military has repeatedly used chemical weapons (CW) in the country's eastern region of Darfur, Amnesty International has reported. The claim was made on the basis of interviews with 52 residents in the Jebel Marra area in Darfur, where military and allied forces have been attempting to suppress a faction of the Sudan Liberation Army (SLA) rebel group.

Sep 29, 2016

A Liberal MP says Canada and Russia will hold a joint conference on Arctic co-operation next month in Ottawa, despite differences over Syria and Ukraine.

Sep 28, 2016

Farmers in Saskatchewan have been arming themselves to protect property, and self, after three masked men, with handguns, threatened a farm worker near Fiske, Sask.

Sep 28, 2016

Abacus Data conducted an extensive online nationwide study of Canadians’ views of healthcare and the role of paramedics. It found that Canadians recognize and value the role that paramedics can play in improving access and outcomes for Canadian patients.

Sep 28, 2016

Cadets were used to meet 'unexpected operational demands' following the Oct. 22, 2014 shooting on Parliament Hill, says an RCMP spokesperson. The Parliamentary Protective Service is forming a ‘special response’ team that will eventually assume some of the duties of regular force RCMP.

Sep 28, 2016

Police officers in El Cajon, California have killed an allegedly unarmed, mentally disabled black man having seizure after his sister called 911 for help. The Police department tweeted on that officers had an encounter with an “erratic subject” on Tuesday afternoon.

Sep 27, 2016
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has directed his top security officials to discuss a cyber accord with China to help protect Canadian corporations from hackers.
Sep 26, 2016

Canadians are being encouraged to ask more questions about the security of their electronic devices from an unlikely source — an executive at the country’s electronic intelligence agency. Scott Jones, the deputy director of IT security at the Communications Security Establishment, said Canadians need to start taking a greater interest in how their electronic devices protect personal information.

Sep 26, 2016

Hungarian authorities staged a manhunt Sunday for the main suspect in a bomb attack that seriously wounded two patrol officers late Saturday, with authorities saying the homemade device had been planted in an apparent attempt to target police.

Sep 26, 2016

Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation has suspended the driver’s licence of an Ottawa woman who has post-traumatic stress disorder, even though she says her mental health doesn’t prevent her from safely operating a vehicle.

Sep 24, 2016

What should have been a straightforward purchase of binoculars for the RCMP has gone off the rails after it emerged the deal was rigged to favour one particular company. A government watchdog has recommended the entire process be restarted, but this time in an open, fair and transparent manner — which amounts to yet another blow for the troubled federal government procurement system.

Sep 24, 2016

The prison guards who watch over some of Canada’s most dangerous criminals are the latest to see their pay lost to glitches in the federal government’s new automated national payroll system.

Sep 24, 2016

In a rare public speech, the chief of the Communications Security Establishment, said cryptologists around the world are racing to find new cryptographic standards before Y2Q – years to quantum – predicted for 2026. The head of the CSE warns that the advent of super-fast quantum computers will cripple current encryption methods for securing sensitive government and personal information within a decade.

Sep 23, 2016

Security experts have warned for some time that the so-called Internet of Things opens many vulnerabilities when interconnecting industrial devices across a public distributed network. Now C-level executives who aren’t sure what to do about it can consult a security framework published by the Industrial Internet Consortium.

Sep 22, 2016

Public Safety Canada has repeatedly approved CSIS and the RCMP's use of devices to spy on Canadians' communications, documents obtained by CBC News reveal.

Sep 20, 2016

The man suspected of planting bombs in a New York neighbourhood and a New Jersey seaside town may have aimed to inflict carnage incognito, but he didn't succeed for long in concealing his identity.

Sep 19, 2016

Forcing journalists to act as investigators for police would undermine the critical role news outlets play in a free society, a coalition of media organizations argue in documents filed with Ontario's top court.

Sep 18, 2016

Airbus Defence and Space is designing and building a new constellation of optical satellites, comprising four identical and very agile sensors delivering very high-resolution imagery. The highly responsive dual VHR constellation will offer state-of-the art service to the Airbus Defence and Space imagery user’s community for the next decade.

Sep 18, 2016

A man who stabbed at least eight people at a Minnesota mall Saturday before being shot dead by an off-duty police officer was a "soldier of the Islamic state," according to an ISIS-linked news agency. The accuracy of this claim has not been verified. Police and witnesses said the man, wearing a security uniform, entered Crossroads Mall on Saturday night, made a reference to Allah, and asked at least one person if they were Muslim before he attacked.

Sep 18, 2016

A powerful explosion caused by what the authorities believe was a homemade bomb injured at least 29 people on a crowded sidewalk in the bustling Manhattan neighbourhood on Saturday night. A few hours later, authorities found and removed what they described as a second explosive device four blocks away, raising the possibility that two bombs had been planted in the heart of the city.

Sep 16, 2016

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale will host the U.K.’s terrorism legislation watchdog and members of its Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) next week in Ottawa for a meeting that will include discussion about the government’s new national security committee of parliamentarians.

Sep 14, 2016

Public Safety Canada tells iPolitics that three-quarters through 2016, its internet risk response unit’s investigations into ransomware — in which a cybercriminal compromises a computer system until ransom is paid — are up by nearly double over last year’s figures.

Sep 14, 2016

A coalition of 25 military and national security experts, including former advisers to Ronald Reagan and George W Bush, has warned that climate change poses a “significant risk to US national security and international security” that requires more attention from the US federal government.

Sep 13, 2016

Canada must acknowledge, and then constrain, the government’s use of portable surveillance devices that can indiscriminately dredge data from people’s smartphones without them knowing, privacy experts say.

Sep 13, 2016

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited a gender-segregated mosque Monday morning whose imam is a member of a group considered a terrorist organization abroad.

Sep 12, 2016

Abdirizak Ahmed, head of counter-piracy for Somalia's northern state of Puntland, which has 1,400 km of coastline and is home to most of its pirates, says piracy has gone hi-tech. Professional hackers steal ships' manifestos and sell them to pirates who now know exactly where to look – right down to the serial number of the container in some cases.

Sep 12, 2016

Hundreds of first responders, politicians and citizens from Canada and the United States gathered at the Peace Arch border crossing Sunday to commemorate the anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks.

Sep 12, 2016

Richard Fadden, the former director of Canada’s Security Intelligence Service, says Bill C-51 should remain untouched. He does, however, support the government’s plan to re-examine the controversial piece of anti-terror legislation.

Sep 11, 2016

Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, made a statement on the anniversary of 9/11 and the National Day of Service.

Sep 10, 2016

The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, today issued a statement after speaking at the Canadian Volunteer Fire Services Association annual general meeting.

Sep 09, 2016

A controversial law that allows Canada’s spies to engage in terrorism-disruption campaigns may pose problems for federal police and diplomats. For this reason, they are being given a peek at some CSIS operations – and even allowed to challenge them.

Sep 09, 2016

Former public safety minister Steven Blaney issued a secret directive in the dying days of the Conservative government that opened the door for firearms to be classified according to a gun manufacturer's suggestion.

Sep 08, 2016

The Government of Canada is inviting Canadians to participate in a constructive dialogue on our national security framework. This broad consultation is intensifying today with the publication of a discussion paper to prompt debate and input.

Sep 07, 2016

More than 1,000 residents and tourists have been forced from their homes, villas and hotels along one of Spain's most popular tourist coastlines as wildfire rages around the eastern Costa Blanca resorts. Temperatures of 40°C are not helping efforts.

Sep 07, 2016

The majority of the Canadian Coast Guard fleet is so old that its book value is almost worthless, says an independent report presented to the Liberal government.

Sep 06, 2016

The image of hundreds of Americans on inflatable rafts and makeshift platforms bobbing helplessly down the St. Clair River as strong winds pushed them towards the Canadian shore is one Peter Garapick isn't going to forget. Now, just two weeks after some 1,500 stranded Americans were rescued, corralled and shuttled home, Canadian and U.S. authorities have met to discuss how they'll prepare for next year's event.

Sep 02, 2016

Fierce winds and rain from Tropical Storm Hermine slammed Florida's northern Gulf Coast on Friday and power outages left tens of thousands of households in the dark.

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