IN THE NEWS

Nov 18, 2016

For two years, Toronto police and other agencies have been quietly intervening to prevent the radicalization of vulnerable young people. Unlike some other responses to extremist recruiting, the program works within existing community safety actitivies.

Nov 18, 2016

Survey data indicates Canadians want their privacy online, but favour police access to data belonging to people suspected of serious crimes. That police power, however, should be closely supervised, the poll found.

Nov 17, 2016

The Royal Canadian Navy has sent HMCS Vancouver to assist the people of New Zealand affected by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck the South Island on November 14.

Nov 17, 2016

Most Canadians feel strongly about their right to privacy online, but a new poll shows the vast majority are willing to grant police new powers to track suspects in the digital realm — so long as the courts oversee the cops.

Nov 17, 2016

Using RCMP aircraft to poach caribou, leaving a loaded gun at a gas station, sexual offences involving children and not responding to calls for help are among 700 cases over the last five years where the RCMP found its employees had broken its rules or the law.

Nov 17, 2016

The national Opioid Summit and Conference, in Ottawa November 18 and 19, will look at answers to a growing number of overdoses and deaths due to illegal drugs. Federal health minister Jane Philpott and her Ontario counterpart Eric Hoskins will co-host the events.

Nov 17, 2016

Last year, activists launched a digital revenge campaign against the RCMP after the fatal shooting of James McIntyre in Dawson Creek, B.C. The victim attacked officers responding to a disturbance complaint.

Nov 16, 2016

An annual study in Western Canada found an average of 14.7 per cent of cigarette butts were unbranded, indicating they were contraband. Of the top 10 sites with the highest rates, six are universities, colleges or high schools. At the top of the pile is the University of British Columbia, where nearly half of all butts examined were not store-bought brands.

Nov 16, 2016

Canada is prepared to reinstate a visa requirement for Mexican travellers if the number of refugee claims jumps too high, says Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister John McCallum. The visa is set to be lifted on Dec. 1st.

Nov 15, 2016

The first U.S. warship to visit New Zealand in more than 30 years was changing course Tuesday to help evacuate people stranded in a coastal town following a powerful earthquake.

Nov 15, 2016

Two crew members were injured Monday after a Porter flight from Ottawa had to evade what may have been a drone as it landed at Toronto’s Billy Bishop Airport.

Nov 15, 2016

The RCMP says at least ten high-profile cases have been blocked by rules and laws that do not take digital computing and communication into account. Child abusers, drug dealers and terrorists are hiding behind legal and technical barriers police cannot breach.

Nov 15, 2016

Hundreds of people living near Drum Beach on the Irish coast have gone to see a Canadian built houseboat that washed ashore on the weekend. The boat has been visited by customs inspectors, and Mayo County Council will decide on its final disposition.

Nov 14, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump backed away from his promise to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexican border, saying some areas could instead be "fencing," and added he would move to deport up to three million immigrants in the country illegally who have criminal records.

Nov 11, 2016

The Nishnawbi Aski Police Service, which covers 34 Ontario First Nations communities, admits it has neither the resources nor legal standing to do a proper job. At an inquest into the death of a young woman in their custody, the force asked to be brought under the province's police laws or the jury should recommend it be disbanded.  

Nov 10, 2016

The election of Meng Hongwei to a four-year term as head of Interpol has raised concerns about China's tracking and harassment of its nationals living abroad.  Hongwei has served as China's vice minister of public security.

Nov 09, 2016

With the number of Quebec reporters under police surveillance at ten, and more details about the depth of that scrutiny, a national debate about law enforcement powers is underway. Despite official claims of no wrongdoing, the province will study police powers to gather information.

Nov 08, 2016

British police suspect two inmates at Pentonville prison may have had a drone deliver equipment needed for their escape. They cut through bars with a diamond-tipped saw, possibly flown to them by drone, police said.

Nov 08, 2016

After Idle No More and anti-shale gas demonstrations, the RCMP set up Project Sitka to identify people considered capable of criminal action. A 2015 report, obtained under an access to information request, said the Mounties recommended taking indigenous rights activism out of the terrorism-extremism category and placed under a different definition.

Nov 07, 2016

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the government's $1.5-billion (over 5 years) ocean protection plan in Vancouver today for responses to tanker and fuel spills in the Pacific, Atlantic and Arctic oceans. The funding will include creating a marine safety system, restoring marine ecosystems and research into oil spill cleanup methods.

Nov 07, 2016

The head of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service says his agency had no intent of wrongdoing when it kept electronically gathered data about Canadians under no suspicion of criminal activity. Last week a federal court judge ruled CSIS had broken the law by keeping the information.

Nov 05, 2016

A court ruling that forced the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) to suspend analysis of information it has gathered about citizens could mean a larger role for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. With less information to share, CSIS could be a less valuable partner to foreign intelligence agencies.

Nov 04, 2016

Federal Court Justice Simon Noel said Thursday that the Canadian Security Intelligence Service failed to inform the court of its data-collection program, which it should have done because the information was gathered using judicial warrants. In his ruling he said the information did not relate directly to threats against Canadian security. CSIS Director Michel Coulombe said his agency accepts the decision and has taken steps to respond.

Nov 03, 2016

A documentary focused on Stuxnet, a piece of self-replicating computer malware that the U.S. and Israel unleashed to destroy a key part of an Iranian nuclear facility, and which ultimately spread beyond its intended target. The documentary on Sat Nov 5th at 9pm on SHOW.

Nov 03, 2016

The Quebec government announced a full public inquiry Thursday into the police surveillance of journalists after revelations various forces monitored reporters' phones.

Nov 03, 2016

The Quebec provincial police have confirmed tracking six journalists by their cell phones in 2013. The surveillance came during an investigation of corrupt labour practices. This week, La Presse of Montreal learned that city police had electronically tracked one of its columnists.

Nov 03, 2016

Back in Step, a new video from Veterans Affairs Canada, helps first responders to identify and support homeless and troubled veterans and former RCMP members. There is no charge for first responders to access the video on the Canadian Police Knowledge Network, while the public can see it on the Veterans Affairs Canada website.

Nov 02, 2016

After the death by drowning of Inuk artist Annie Pootoogook, Ottawa police sergeant Chris Hrnchiar, a forensic identification officer, made “insulting and racist” comments about the incident on his Facebook page. He has pleaded guilty to two counts of discreditable conduct under the Police Services Act.

Nov 01, 2016

The Trudeau government intends to cut widespread use of mandatory minimum sentences by giving judges back their discretion over punishment, Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould says.

Nov 01, 2016

More than a decade after an Air France jet slid off a wet runway at Pearson International Airport, Transport Canada has yet to adopt international safety standards to help prevent such accidents. In fact, Transport Canada has failed to act on 52 recommendations involving marine, rail and air sectors — some dating back two decades, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) said.

Nov 01, 2016

During an internal investigation, Montreal police obtained at least 24 surveillance warrants to track a La Presses reporter's movements, and the numbers of texts and phone calls. Two officers have been charged for fabricating evidence during anti-gang investigations.

Oct 31, 2016

While in opposition, federal Liberals insisted Parliament needed 'real-time, strategic' oversight of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service. Today they are proposing Bill C-22 to set up a monitoring panel of MPs and Senators, but the legislation only allows for action after the fact.

Oct 28, 2016

The RCMP has taken Vice Media and reporter Ben Makuch to court to force the handover of background material from interviews with a man accused of terrorism-related offences. Now, the Ontario chief justice has ruled that three separate rights and media groups may intervene in the case.

Oct 27, 2016

Former activists, negotiators and three foreign affairs ministers of past and present will come together in Toronto over the next two days to mark the anniversary of one of Canada's greatest achievements of the 20th century. It's been 20 years since representatives from 75 countries gathered in Ottawa to kick off negotiations that led to the treaty banning landmines.

Oct 27, 2016

In a move they're describing as "extraordinary" and "unprecedented," Ontario Provincial Police will send text messages to about 7,500 people on Thursday to ask for information about an unsolved homicide. Investigators are calling it a "digital canvass" — the high-tech equivalent of knocking on thousands of doors for information.

Oct 27, 2016

The RCMP will soon face another class-action harassment lawsuit — this time on behalf of male Mounties and civilian employees of the force. CBC News is reporting that one of the law firms that represented women in a class-action lawsuit is preparing to bring another suit for men — which could potentially be much bigger given that men make up roughly 80 per cent of the RCMP's workforce.

Oct 27, 2016

When Fort McMurray residents returned after May's devastating fire, first responders greeted them from the bridge over Highway 63. Now the province is renaming that bridge Responders Way, in recognition of their service.

Oct 26, 2016

Vancouver Police Const. Brian Montague said an increase in Albertans could well mean in increase in some of them committing crimes, citing stories he has heard from officers working on the frontline.

Oct 26, 2016

Since 2008, according to Montreal’s La Presse newspaper, PTSD cases in the RCMP have tripled. As well as serving members, about 2500 retired Mounties are on some form of PTSD benefit.

Oct 25, 2016

A British Airways A380 aircraft on its way from San Francisco to London made an emergency landing in Vancouver late Monday after 25 crew members became unwell.

Oct 25, 2016

Three militants stormed the dormitory of a police training college in southwestern Pakistan at about 11pm Monday night, killing at least 61 and injuring more than 100. Two of the attackers detonated their explosive vests and the thirs was shot dead in the attack that lasted almost four hours.

Oct 25, 2016

A Swedish court has ruled that drone-mounted cameras are surveillance devices because they work remotely from their operators. Therefore, except for those with a hard-to-get permit, only law enforcement can use them. Civilian operators are working to reverse or modify the ruling.

Oct 25, 2016

Ontario legislation that recognizes PTSD as a work-related illness has more first responders seeking treatment. Paramedics, police and fire-fighters no longer have to prove their ailment is related to their jobs.

Oct 24, 2016

The Pentagon’s Joint Staff has warned against using equipment made by China’s Lenovo computer manufacturer amid concerns about cyber spying against Pentagon networks. An internal report suggests Lenovo computers and handheld devices could compromise hardware into the Defense Department supply chain.

Oct 24, 2016

The Mounties are lead agency at the National Security Joint Operations Centre, which consolidates counterterror information from other departments like Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Communications Security Establishment, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, and the Canada Border Services Agency. Bill C-51 in 2015 allows greater information sharing between departments in the interests of national security.

Oct 22, 2016

Statistical analysis shows the RCMP has moved its electronic surveillance priorities from organized crime to terrorism. After the 2014 attack on Parliament Hill, the federal police began to change its wiretap targets.

Oct 21, 2016

Each year, the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada release a report on the state of public health in this country. This year, he has chosen to focus on family violence in Canada.

Oct 21, 2016

Over the next few weeks, rights groups, lawyers, activists, experts and concerned individuals will all weigh in on how to achieve a National Security framework upholding both security and rights. The situation is so dire that rights groups have had to distribute thousands of “know your rights” guides and organize workshops across the country on dealing with security agencies.

Oct 21, 2016

Medavie EMS of Chatham-Kent, Ontario is among the first civilian organizations in Canada to use the Road to Mental Readiness (R2MR) program, developed for Canadian Forces personnel, to help protect its staff of more than 100 from the psychological impact of their duties.

Oct 21, 2016

Senator Vern White, former Ottawa police chief, reviews the security measures brought into force since Michael Zehaf-Bibeau murdered Cpl. Nathan Cirillo at the National War Memorial before the gun battle that ended his life in the House of Commons.

Oct 20, 2016

The brother of a man shot and killed by Calgary police last year questions why body camera equipment was not functioning during the incident. The Calgary Police Service says it is still working to replace the defective equipment it purchased.

Oct 20, 2016

Opposition NDP and Liberal members of the Yukon legislature are looking at changing the law so workers officially diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder would not need to prove the injury was sustained on the job. A Liberal candidate said the 'presumptive' legislation would cover first responders, with job categories to be chosen after his party formed a government.

Oct 19, 2016

Police say 32 people have been charged with 78 offences in a six-day co-ordinated investigation into human trafficking across Canada. More than 390 officers from 53 Canadian police services, plus the FBI in the United States, directly engaged with people suspected of working in the sex trade, potentially against their will.

Oct 19, 2016

Ontario’s solitary-confinement cells hold a high proportion of inmates who have mental-health issues and other medical challenges, including one prisoner who has spent more than four years in isolation, according to figures released by the Ontario Human Rights Commission.

Oct 19, 2016

Transport Canada is reviewing whether more aircraft should be equipped with black boxes to aid crash investigators following last week’s high-profile accident that killed former Alberta Premier Jim Prentice.

Oct 19, 2016

This year, Mountie brass changed the terms of service for its auxiliary volunteers. Now, it's considering options that could return them to the law enforcement front line.

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.

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