IN THE NEWS

Aug 31, 2017

In 2005, the RCMP allegedly ordered Staff Sergeant Mike Frizzell  to stop investigating a pension fund scandal which eventually led to high level resignations. Frizzell says his treatment by senior officials caused his subsequent mental illness and he has filed a lawsuit for $2.8 million in damages.

Aug 31, 2017

A national survey shows first responders are much more likely to develop mental disorders than other Canadians. One researcher said the result was "surprisingly higher".

Aug 30, 2017

The Government of Canada creates an expert panel on measuring Canada’s progress in building its resilience to climate change. The panel will also support the federal government in better communicating to Canadians how we are preparing for and adapting to the current and future impacts of climate change.

Aug 30, 2017

The Oakland division of the California Highway Patrol had to deal with a deer that didn't pay the toll on the Bay Bridge early Tuesday morning. As they tweeted, the doe was a "buck short".

Aug 29, 2017

After years of waiting for a government-wide system, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police will develop its own email service. Shared Services Canada has failed to deliver its new 'canada.ca' addresses to more than 15 percent of government employees, so RCMP members will continue with the '@rcmp-grc.gc.ca' domain name.

Aug 29, 2017

The British Columbia Civil Liberties Association and the John Howard Society of Canada are challenging the use of prolonged isolation in Canadian prisons in B.C. Supreme Court. Lawyer Joe Arvay said the practice is cruel and inhumane punishment with “truly horrific” consequences.

Aug 28, 2017

OPP says three Toronto-area men were responsible for allegedly importing more than 1,000 kilograms of pure cocaine into Canada from Argentina.

Aug 28, 2017

The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport announced a total investment of over $175 million in seven measures to help protect Arctic waters as part of the Oceans Protection Plan. 

Aug 28, 2017

After years of email crashes and outages, the RCMP had decided it can't wait for a new harmonized email system for the entire federal government.

Aug 28, 2017

As a tribute to the firefighters who risk their lives to keep Canadians safe, today, the Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister for Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, announced the formal establishment of Firefighters’ National Memorial Day.

Aug 28, 2017

The number of people killed in twin vehicle attacks in Spain last week rose to 16.

Aug 28, 2017

Police intercepted a group of 70 Rohingya late Saturday after they crossed the "zero line" border zone, where Myanmar soldiers earlier fired mortars and machine guns at villagers making the dangerous dash from the northern state of Rakhine into Bangladesh.

Aug 28, 2017

The Saskatchewan RCMP division was the only one in Canada to drop its old in-car video recorders before new ones became operational. A spokesperson explained the division prioritized the use of new rifles and body armour.

Aug 25, 2017

Thousands of Haitians have crossed into Quebec from the United States illegally this summer. Prime Minister Trudeau said 'irregular' immigration provided no advantage, a statement immediately challenged by his political opposition.

Aug 24, 2017

The Canada Border Services Agency and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police announced today that a seizure of heroin at the John C. Munroe Hamilton International Airport resulted in two arrests.

Aug 23, 2017

An adult Aedes aegypti mosquito, the species responsible for the majority of human Zika virus cases, has been found in Canada for the first time and is believed to be establishing its species in Ontario.

Aug 22, 2017

Last week an arbitration process gave Halifax police officers raises of 2.75% annually for five years, but now city council is trying to decide whether the city can actually pay.

Aug 21, 2017

It is imperative to understand the importance of CPEC and what it exactly is before determining whether it will be a threat to India's security or a military alliance against India.

Aug 21, 2017

An arbitration board has awarded Halifax Regional Police officers a new, five-year contract offering annual 2.75% pay increases. About 520 sworn officers serve on the Halifax force.

Aug 18, 2017

After a vehicle attack in Barcelona by a suspected Islamist terrorist killed 13 people, Spanish police killed five people during counter-terrorism operations.

Aug 18, 2017

Between August 1 and August 15, RCMP at the Canada-US border intercepted almost 3800 asylum seekers, most at one point in Quebec. The government has announced the establishment of temporary shelters and some additional personnel to manage the situation.

Aug 17, 2017

Many people are left in serious condition after a white van strikes popular tourist area in the Las Ramblas district in Barcelona, Spain.

Aug 17, 2017

Since 1980, right-wing extremists have been associated with about 30 homicides in Canada, but expert opinion is divided on the threat they present. Some argue such right-wing groups are too incoherent and divided to pose a serious problem.

Aug 16, 2017

Pretending to be a "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, the outcome is backfiring as right-wing proponents are coming to terms with being duped by hate-filled, pro-Nazi, white supremacists.

Aug 16, 2017

Dashboard cameras have been installed in RCMP cruisers for several years but are not switched on during normal operations. A statement from the force says pilot projects are underway but so far no policy has been developed to manage the data acquired by the cameras.

Aug 16, 2017

On Saturday night in Pitt Meadow, British Columbia, people filming a car fire with a family trapped inside disrupted emergency operations. Fire chief Don Jolley said drivers left their vehicles blocking rescue efforts.

Aug 16, 2017

After thousands of Haitians have entered Canada from the United States seeking asylum, the government has instructed consulates in the US to inform potential illegal immigrants of the policies that will apply to them. Asylum seekers must prove they are at risk in their country of origin to be considered refugees.

Aug 15, 2017

The U.S. has failed in its handling of North Korea, and this has created an opportunity for Canada to prove it is ‘back’ on the world stage.

Aug 15, 2017

Two Canadians killed in a restaurant terror attack Sunday night in the Burkina Faso capital of Ouagadougou have been identified: Tammy Jane Mackay Chen, a student and charity organizer, and Bilel Diffalah,  a hygiene and biosecurity volunteer.

Aug 14, 2017

At least 312 people were killed and more than 2,000 left homeless when heavy flooding hit Sierra Leone's capital of Freetown, leaving excavators to pull bodies from rubble.

Aug 14, 2017

A significant shortage of RCMP officers is raising concerns about their safety and the safety of the communities in which they work, according to several Mounties speaking out from across Canada.

Aug 11, 2017

French police shot and arrested a suspect in the ramming of six soldiers near Paris on Wednesday after a dramatic car chase. 

Aug 11, 2017

Toronto mayor John Tory has confirmed an agreement to hire new officers has been reached after talks with the police services board and the police officers' union. Last month the Toronto Police Association said low staffing levels had officers at a breaking point.

Aug 11, 2017

Victor Oromuyi of Regina, Saskatchewan will serve six months in prison for smuggling nine people into Canada from North Dakota. In partnership with his wife Michele, he charged nine Nigerian nationals $2000 each for transit to Canada.

Aug 10, 2017

As the United States has stepped up deportations of Somalis with criminal records, some have crossed illegally into Canada and made refugee claims under false identities.

Aug 10, 2017

At least 100 Canadian Army soldiers are at the Lacolle, Quebec border crossing with the United States, to assist hundreds of refugees arriving daily. They have put up dozens of tents but will not assume any enforcement duties.

Aug 09, 2017

Currently three Canadian police officers deployed to Iraq and a fourth deployment is planned for the coming month. Canadian police officers are being deployed in a gradual, phased and flexible approach until March 2019.

Aug 09, 2017

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police is planning a major study of post traumatic stress disorder and other psychological conditions faced by its members. A posting on the government buy and sell website calls for proposals from teams of medical and psychological personnel to carry out a ten year study.

Aug 08, 2017

Australian police describe two terror plots, one involving the bombing of a passenger plane and the other a potential poison gas attack, as the "most sophisticated" ever attempted on Australian soil.

Aug 08, 2017

Wait times for passengers at airport security checkpoints have grown so long that at least two major airports are paying Ottawa millions of dollars for extra officers to help reduce the lineups.

Aug 08, 2017

Six Americans have been charged with bringing handguns across the New Brunswick border so far this summer, as a Canadian prosecutor says it's proving difficult to let otherwise law-abiding people know they can't bring firearms on vacation.

Aug 07, 2017

The American College of Medical Toxicology has issued a statement telling first responders who come in contact with opioids that "simple commonsense practices, such as wearing gloves, are more than sufficient to protect them". Dr. Andrew Stolbach, a physician at Johns Hopkins wrote, “It’s just not plausible that getting a small amount of fentanyl on your skin is going to cause significant opioid toxicity.”

Aug 04, 2017

In the last five years, almost 270 innocent prisoners have died in  Canada's provincial jails. Critics of the criminal justice system say tough bail conditions and overcrowding contribute to the problem.

Aug 04, 2017

So many people are walking into Canada from the United States, an improvised processing station is growing up at the Lacolle, Quebec crossing point. The government has sent additional RCMP officers to manage the situation.

Aug 03, 2017

Paul Kayuryuk, an Inuk, died of a stroke in 2012 after his symptoms led Baker Lake, N.W.T. RCMP officers to jail him for intoxication. A coroner's jury in Nunavut has recommended police training to distinguish medical conditions from the signs of alcohol abuse.

Aug 02, 2017

In a new policy update written for the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, Hugh Segal, outlines recommendations for Canada and Canadians to stay ahead of a rapidly changing security threat.

Aug 02, 2017

As Canadian trade officials prepare to face off against their US counterparts in, most people in this country say scrapping the current supply management system should be on the negotiating table during the upcoming NAFTA talks.

Aug 02, 2017

After a series of shootings over five weeks, RCMP in Surrey, British Columbia have posted the pictures of five men the public should avoid because they appear to have been targets. The men, who live in Vancouver, Surrey and Coquitlam have not cooperated with police.

Aug 01, 2017

Pew Research Center conducted a survey about security threats among 41,953 respondents in 38 countries from Feb. 16 to May 8, 2017. People around the globe identify ISIS and climate change as the leading threats to national security.

Aug 01, 2017

Mounties are warning Metro Vancouver residents about a scheme that has tricked at least six people into thinking their loved ones had been kidnapped. Police say the cyber crooks seem to be targeting female Chinese nationals who are attending school in the Vancouver area.

Aug 01, 2017

The Liberal government chose in its recent defence policy to remain outside of the U.S. anti-ballistic missile program, upholding a decision made over a decade ago by Prime Minister Paul Martin. But North Korea's increasing capability means countries like Canada face a new world.

Aug 01, 2017

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau watched fire-fighters battle British Columbia's forest fires from a Canadian Forces Chinook helicopter yesterday, and later spoke with fire-fighters in person to thank them for their service.

Aug 01, 2017

Four years ago, a police officer in Ajax, Ontario shot and killed Michael MacIsaac after the man threatened him with a steel rod. Jennifer Chambers, executive director of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health-funded Empowerment Council and a witness at the inquest, said police need training in handling such confrontations without violence.

Jul 31, 2017

Calgary police say a youth who was involved in a break-and-enter stabbed a K9 police service dog multiple times before being apprehended. In addition to the break-and-enter charges, the offender will be charged under a new (2015) section of the Criminal Code, section 445, which deals with injuring a police animal in the execution of its duties.

Jul 31, 2017

Because the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) has special powers of investigation and the ability to conceal its actions, Public Safety minister Ralph Goodale has a responsibility to ensure its officers' conduct is beyond reproach. The recent $35 million lawsuit by five employees follows Canadian Human Rights Commission reports critical of its conduct in 2011 and 2014.

Jul 28, 2017

Chief Bobby Cameron of Saskatchewan's Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations has called on the federal government to crack down on online hate speech. He said abuse including threats of violence against First Nations people is spurring hatred.

Jul 27, 2017

The Canada Border Services Agency announced that a Montréal man has been sentenced to 12 months in prison and his trucking company Réno Réal Inc. has been fined $567,645 for attempting to smuggle tobacco into Canada.

Jul 27, 2017

Some 20 people from Multan, Pakistan, have been arrested for ordering the rape of a teenage girl, in revenge for a rape her brother allegedly committed.

Jul 26, 2017

Senator Murray Sinclair, who led the Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Canada's residential schools is now heading an investigation of Thunder Bay, Ontario's Police Services Board. Community leaders criticized Thunder Bay's police after the deaths of indigenous young people.

Jul 26, 2017

In June 2014 a man armed with a rifle in Moncton, New Brunswick murdered three RCMP officers and wounded two others. Better tactical understanding of a gun battle could have prevented their deaths.

Jul 25, 2017

YouTube unveiled its latest weapon in its effort to combat terrorist propaganda on its site by using redirection.

Jul 25, 2017

Headingley Mounties arrested a man on a lawn mower early Saturday on his way with a companion to buy cigarettes. After charging him with impaired driving, the police reminded the public that operating any motor vehicle while impaired by drugs or alcohol is illegal.

Jul 25, 2017

Under a new law, California officials will be able to enforce Canadian domestic violence protection orders. Canada already recognizes protection orders issued in California.

Jul 24, 2017

The Government of Canada committed to match the Government of British Columbia support in an amount equivalent to the total dollar amount being paid to every registered wildfire evacuee households throughout the evacuation period.

Jul 24, 2017

The 22 Pushup Challenge marked its first anniversary Saturday on Parliament Hill where participants said the PTSD awareness program had brought positive change. Phil Ralph of campaign organizer Wounded Warrior Canada said chains of command are becoming aware of the effectiveness of PTSD support programs.

Jul 24, 2017

"Predictive policing" software running on police car computers can direct Vancouver offices to the scene of the crime - before it happens. By updating and analyzing crime reports every two hours, the system can direct resources to an area in a radius of 100 or 500 metres, with 80 percent accuracy.

Jul 21, 2017

A powerful earthquake struck Greek islands early Friday morning, damaging buildings and a port, killing at least two people and causing more than 120 injuries, authorities said.

Jul 21, 2017

RCMP in Nova Scotia are looking for the operator of a drone that repeatedly came too close to an accident scene on Highway 101 near Avonport. The pilot of a LifeFlight helicopter responding to the scene reported seeing a drone.

Jul 20, 2017

BlackBerry has toughened the government version of its company-hosted SecuSuite encrypted voice and text capabilities to meet demanding U.S. standards.

Jul 20, 2017

The Canadian Armed Forces are sending approximately 225 additional members to British Columbia to assist in the ongoing emergency response to the wildfires. This follows an additional Request for Federal Assistance from the RCMP.

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