IN THE NEWS

Oct 04, 2017

Even in cases like Edmonton's weekend van attack which appear to be obvious terrorism, crown prosecutors do not always lay terrorism charges. There are additional burdens of proof under terror laws that make cases more complex, and penalties for crimes like attempted mass murder are already quite strict.

Oct 03, 2017

The United States Coast Guard deployed C-27J Spartans – its newest medium range surveillance aircraft – to assist in relief following Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

Oct 03, 2017

By efficiently analyzing mountains of data from sensors monitoring key components and behaviour of the aircraft, FlyScan can enhance flight safety, increase fleet availability, and reduce the maintenance burden.

Oct 03, 2017

The Royal Thai Police has received two H175 helicopters from Airbus Helicopters, making it the first in Asia Pacific to operate the newest rotorcraft. The Royal Thai Police will be using this super medium aircraft, equipped with the latest aircraft technology and capabilities, for VVIP transportation and various police missions.

Oct 03, 2017

The attack on an outdoor concert in Las Vegas Sunday killed 59 people. Three Canadians are among the dead: Jordan McIldoon of Maple Ridge, B.C.,  Jessica Klymchuk of Valleyview, Alberta, and a woman whose name has not been released. At least four Canadians remain in hospital.

Oct 03, 2017

The suspect in the weekend terror attack in Edmonton that injured five people, Abdulahi Hasan Sharif entered Canada in 2012 at a legal border crossing. Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said background checks at the time revealed no negative information.

Oct 02, 2017

Toronto police say two men are facing trafficking charges after more than 900,000 contraband cigarettes were seized in a raid. The Contraband Tobacco Enforcement Team executed two search warrants last week, including one at a storage unit. Officers seized 907,000 unstamped cigarettes.

Oct 02, 2017

Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure and Frequentis have been selected to supply mission-critical technologies for the “ELKOS Austria” project, a nationwide, unified command and communication system. The companies will also support the refurbishment of the current control and command system at the warning centre in Lower Austria.

Oct 02, 2017

At least 50 people were killed and 200 wounded Sunday night by a gunman who opened fire from the 32nd floor of a hotel into a crowd of people at an outdoor concert in Las Vegas.

Oct 02, 2017

The Somali refugee arrested for Saturday's terror attack in Edmonton was known to police but in 2015, he was deemed not to be a threat. Abdulahi Hasan Sharif could face five charges of attempted murder.

Oct 01, 2017

Excitement has been renewed within the federal NDP party with the single-ballot election of Jagmeet Singh as the new NDP leader who won 53% of the vote. During his acceptance speech, he proudly announced the launch of his campaign for Canada's next federal election.

Oct 01, 2017

Police say terrorism charges are pending against a suspect arrested after a series of violent attacks that saw an Edmonton police officer stabbed and several pedestrians run down by a truck.

Sep 29, 2017

A cautionary tale about how religion enforcement officers in Malaysia don't like it when you speak about the commonalities between Islam, Judaism and Christianity.

Sep 29, 2017

Former RCMP deputy commissioner Peter German will head an independent investigation of British Columbia casinos for money laundering. One recent suspicious transaction involved $13.5 million in cash.

Sep 28, 2017

Fewer prisoners in solitary confinement has been linked with an increase in violent attacks in Canadian correctional facilities. Over three years, the number of people in segregation has dropped to 300 from 800 but attacks on other inmates by those leaving solitary confinement have increased.  

Sep 28, 2017

On Friday, Mounties abandoned pursuit of a stolen truck that collided with another vehicle and killed three women. Assistant commissioner Curtis Zablocki said senior commanders assess risk to the public and severity of the crime before decidingto continue a pursuit.

Sep 27, 2017

Chief Charles Bordeleau of the Ottawa Police Service says his force does not reflect the diversity of the community it serves. The service is evaluating its program for women and minority recruitment.

Sep 26, 2017

The union is calling for a national strategy to resolve a serious gap in protecting correctional officers. The public is being encouraged to watch a new film movie depicting the violent, raw reality of the day-to-day work of correctional officers and then ask their local MP to support a national strategy to recognize correctional officers as first responders, which will allow them access PTSD resources regardless of where they live in Canada.

Sep 26, 2017

Warnings that a volcano on the Indonesian tourist island of Bali will erupt have sparked an exodus of more than 75,000 people that is likely to continue to swell. Authorities have ordered the evacuation of villagers living within a high danger zone that in places extends 12 kilometres from Mount Agung's crater.

Sep 26, 2017

New guidance to Canadian federal agencies limits but does not eliminate their use of information obtained by torture, but it does place new curbs on their ability to communicate with foreign agencies likely or known to abuse prisoners.

Sep 26, 2017

The Saskatchewan RCMP is under criticism for a policy of abandoning vehicle pursuits because of safety concerns after a stolen truck killed three women in a collision.

Sep 25, 2017

Google’s powerful search engine is defeating some court-ordered publication bans in Canada and undermining efforts to protect young offenders and victims

Sep 25, 2017

With 4.28 homicides per 100,000 people as of September 23, Edmonton had Canada's worst record for murder. Statistics are gathered from cities only, not their metropolitan regions.

Sep 22, 2017

An August 2017 survey shows many soldiers and first responders have trouble finding help for their health issues. While members of these groups listed sleep and stress issues as concerns, they did not always link them to the health risks they face.

Sep 21, 2017

A day after a massive earthquake that's killed hundreds of people in Mexico, rescuers frantically raced to find survivors buried under rubble as families waited desperately for answers.

Sep 21, 2017

Hurricane Maria, the most powerful storm to make a direct hit on Puerto Rico in almost a century, ravaged the island on Wednesday, knocking out all electricity, deluging towns with flashfloods and mudslides and compounding the already considerable pain of residents here.

Sep 21, 2017

California on Wednesday sued the Trump administration to stop the construction of a proposed wall on the U.S. border with Mexico, arguing that the federal government is overstepping its authority by waiving environmental reviews and other laws.

Sep 21, 2017

Canadian law says refugee claims must be heard in 60 days, so why are people waiting 16 months? Canada has a backlog of more than 30,000 refugee claims, a tally that's growing at roughly 1,400 cases per month.

Sep 21, 2017

Canadian security services work with international partners to fight terrorism. When does collaboration become conspiracy to violate the rights of Canadian citizens and residents?

Sep 20, 2017

In August, 5,712 asylum seekers crossed the border from the United States to Canada, an increase of more than 80 percent from 3,134 in July.  Most crossed from New York to Quebec.

Sep 19, 2017

The PM has reaffirmed that Canada will continue to push for one of the temporary seats on the United Nations Security Council when it becomes open in four years.

Sep 19, 2017

The Trump administration has withdrawn a proposal to let Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s security guards buy $1.2 million in U.S.-made weapons following violence against protesters during Erdogan’s visit to Washington this spring.

Sep 19, 2017

The Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission is investigating Halifax Regional Police after Const. Mark Long claimed discrimination because he was diagnosed with PTSD.  Long says his pay was reduced when he took time off for treatment.

Sep 18, 2017

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police has joined with law enforcement officials from other nations to end the flow of the deadly opioid fentanyl from China. In Canada, about 20 investigations are underway into fentanyl smuggling.

Sep 18, 2017

After the murder of a Canadian soldier by a terrorist in October, 2014, the RCMP stopped hundreds of criminal investigations, mainly into organized crime, to focus on counter-terrorism.

Sep 14, 2017

The RCMP used cellphone-tracking technology in a way that was "not lawful" six times, Canada's privacy commissioner said in a report released Thursday. 

Sep 14, 2017

In Cuba, mystery deepens over attacks on U.S. diplomats.

Sep 14, 2017

There are growing signs that Canada won't meet the criteria for attending a November peacekeeping summit in Vancouver, even though it is the host country.

Sep 14, 2017

In a continuing court case challenging the use of solitary confinement in Canada's correctional system, the federal government contends its practice of 'segregation' does not meet international definitions of extreme treatment.

Sep 13, 2017

Fastenal Canada Ltd., of Kitchener, Ontario, was fined $265,000 after pleading guilty in the Ontario Court of Justice to two counts of contravening the Ozone-Depleting Substances Regulations, 1998 made pursuant to the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999.

Sep 13, 2017

Five patients at a nursing home died in Hurricane Irma's aftermath as people confronted a multitude of new hazards in the storm's wake, including oppressive heat, brush-clearing accidents and poisonous fumes from generators.

Sep 13, 2017

Pat Finnigan, Member of Parliament for Miramichi-Grand Lake, on behalf of the Minister for Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness announced $753,000 in federal funding to the Miramichi Ground Search and Rescue and the New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization of the Department of Justice and Public Safety under the Search and Rescue New Initiatives Fund.

Sep 13, 2017

Portugal’s Pego do Altar reservoir looks like disused quarry now, holding barely 11 per cent of the water it was designed for making this the worst drought in over 20 years.

Sep 13, 2017

Nine people, including a suspect who was fatally shot by an officer, have died after a man opened fire during a gathering to watch football at a suburban Dallas home.

Sep 13, 2017

The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police has asked the federal government to postpone the legalization of marijuana past July 1, 2018 because officers will not have had training in roadside testing, among other reasons.

Sep 13, 2017

Hurricane damage to airport infrastructure slowed the return of Canadians from the Caribbean. An RCAF C-17 taking aid to the region will be available to repatriate stranded Canadians.

Sep 12, 2017

Part of a glacier in the Swiss Alps has broken off and tumbled onto a glacier below after some 220 people in a small nearby town were evacuated as a precaution.

Sep 12, 2017

Government cargo planes flew in supplies and troops began distributing boxes of food to jittery survivors of an earthquake that destroyed a large part of Juchitan and killed a nationwide toll of 90.

Sep 12, 2017

An appeals court granted a request Monday from President Donald Trump's administration to halt a plan for new pollution controls at Utah's oldest coal-fired power plants.

Sep 12, 2017

The government of Canada is sending civilian aircraft to repatriate Canadians stranded by Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean. The United States, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands have already used military aircraft to assist their citizens.

Sep 12, 2017

Witnesses have told a Commons committee that legal marijuana will not quickly or easily displace the illegal market. The Trudeau government plans to legalize marijuana by July 2018.

Sep 11, 2017

Returnees are one of the highest priorities for the RCMP national security program. Read about one case of how Canada is dealing with returnees.

Sep 11, 2017

The Government of Canada is investing in new Search and Rescue (SAR) lifeboats to ensure that the Canadian Coast Guard has the equipment they need to keep Canadians and Canadian waterways safe.

Sep 11, 2017

Canadians stranded in the Caribbean by Hurricane Irma say their government is slow to assist them. Hundreds of travellers have asked for help returning home.

Sep 10, 2017

German authorities believe ISIL holds some 11,100 genuine blank Syrian passports that can be completed with any individual's details, allowing potential attackers unfettered passage across borders.

Sep 08, 2017

A new report issued by the Macdonald-Laurier Institute calls for change from the top at the Royal Canadian Mounted Police: one official would manage administration and another would run policing; and, a Civilian Board of Management would link the force to elected officials and the federal bureaucracy.

Sep 07, 2017

Equifax, one of the three major consumer credit reporting agencies, said that hackers had gained access to company data that potentially compromised sensitive information for 143 million American consumers, including Social Security numbers and driver’s license numbers.

Sep 07, 2017

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, which is monitoring the reception of asylum seekers at the most popular irregular crossing south of Montreal, says the number of processed claims has plunged to 10-50 claims on recent days from a peak of several hundred daily arrivals earlier in the summer.

Sep 07, 2017

Hurricane Irma skirted north of the Dominican Republic early Thursday as the Category 5 storm set its sights on south Florida after leaving devastation in its wake in the Caribbean.

Sep 07, 2017

This summer at an undisclosed location, RCMP interviewed Premier Brad Wall of Saskatchewan about a $21 million land deal. The provincial auditor concluded the final price paid by the province for the land was too high.

Sep 06, 2017

Norwegian air ambulance operator, NOLAS, became the first civil customer to receive an helicopter equipped with the advanced Helionix avionics system. 

Sep 06, 2017

A Royal Canadian Air Force CC130J Hercules departed 8 Wing Trenton for Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, carrying humanitarian supplies from the Government of Canada to aid in Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

Sep 06, 2017

Tens of thousands of Rohingya pour into Bangladesh amid wave of killings and arson.

Sep 06, 2017

Italy's health ministry has ordered an investigation into the death of a 4-year-old girl from malaria after checks determined she hadn't traveled to any country at risk for the disease.

Sep 06, 2017

RCMP detachments in Nunavut and Northwest Territories have vacancy rates over eight percent. Brian Sauvé, co-chair of the National Police Federation says the shortage of Mounties in those detachments brings risk to officers and the public.

Sep 05, 2017

A Calgary Transit officer and a paramedic have recently been hospitalized after drug exposure in the course of their duties. A spokesman for the paramedics association said fentanyl and carfentanil are dangerous in minute quantities.

Sep 02, 2017

The Minister of Public Safety confirms that Canada, Ontario and Quebec are working closely with FEMA to provide a range of much needed supplies to the people of Texas, Louisiana and the surrounding areas.

Sep 01, 2017

Public opinion poll from the Angus Reid Institute shows majority (57%) of Canadians disapprove of the Trudeau government's handling of the illegal border crossing situation.

Sep 01, 2017

Terry Lake, who served as health minister in a Liberal BC government has taken a job with a Quebec marijuana company called Hydropothecary. He will serve as vice-president of corporate social responsibility.

Aug 31, 2017

Two Hercules military transport planes joined the effort to transport 3,700 people to safety. All 2,000 residents of Wasagamack had to leave Tuesday as a large forest fire came within 800 metres of the community. Smoke from the northern Manitoba forest fires forced out people with health problems from the St. Theresa Point and Garden Hill reserves.

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