IN THE NEWS

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.

Sep 02, 2016

The number of restricted guns in Canada shot up 9.5 per cent last year, bringing the number of restricted firearms registered across the country to its highest point in more than a decade. Since 2004, the number of restricted firearms such as semi-automatic rifles and handguns in Canada has doubled.

Sep 01, 2016

The federal government is sending a "reconnaissance mission" to take a closer look at the United Nations peacekeeping operations in Mali. Officials insist the fact-finding mission, a small group of diplomats, military personnel and RCMP officers, does not mean the government has decided to send Canadian peacekeepers to the west African country.

Aug 31, 2016

The Nishnawbe Aski Police Service, a First Nations police force that serves and protects 35 northern Ontario communities, is voting to strike because they do not have access to basic tools law enforcement should have and it is putting officers in high-risk "nightmarish" situations.

Aug 30, 2016

As thousands of Americans die from opioid overdoses, many linked to fentanyl, police departments are becoming overwhelmed by a growing health emergency.

Aug 29, 2016

Australia on Tuesday released what the government says is the world's first ever how-to-guide for combating radical Islamist propaganda in Southeast Asia, which it hopes will help disrupt local recruitment efforts by groups such as Islamic State.

Aug 29, 2016

Three Ottawa men who debated committing a domestic terrorist attack, but instead decided to join the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, pleaded guilty on Friday to terrorism-related offences in Ontario Superior Court.

Aug 24, 2016

A strong earthquake in central Italy reduced three towns to rubble as people slept early Wednesday, with reports that at least 50 people were killed and hundreds injured as rescue crews raced to dig out survivors.

Aug 23, 2016

Many mosques and Islamic schools in Canada are placing young people at risk by espousing — or at least not condemning — extremist teachings, a new study says.

Aug 23, 2016

A Canadian-owned company involved in controversial sales of armoured vehicles in South Sudan and Libya has broken its silence. The Streit Group, which has sales offices and factories around the globe, has been criticized by two separate United Nations panels for its business dealings in the war-ravaged African nations.

Aug 22, 2016

The Liberal government’s unhurried approach to its promised reform of national security laws is appropriate given the dangers of getting it wrong, say security policy experts.

Aug 22, 2016

Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau says he wants to know what caused a derailment in Toronto that saw two CP Rail trains travelling in opposite directions sideswipe one another Sunday, causing several hundred litres of fuel to spill in Toronto's Annex neighbourhood.

Aug 20, 2016

Edmonton’s police chief Rod Knecht says some community police stations will close, but a new counter-terrorism bureau will open as part of an ongoing plan to refocus resources to get “a bigger bang for our buck.” The department will be create a fourth bureau, the counter-terrorism intelligence unit, to focus on intelligence-based policing and address terrorism threats.

Aug 18, 2016

A new analysis says an NDP proposal to boost pension benefits for families of deceased Canadian Forces and RCMP veterans could cost more than $6 billion.

Aug 18, 2016

As expected, ISIL has ramped up its propaganda campaign against Canada following last week’s police killing of Aaron Driver, an ISIL supporter in Strathroy, Ont. who was allegedly in the final stages of planning a bomb attack.

Aug 18, 2016

Rank-and-file police officers are circulating a petition to express a vote of non-confidence in the leadership of Chief Charles Bordeleau. Officers are alleging a personal friendship has absolved another senior officer of misconduct.

Aug 18, 2016

Following the fatal police shooting of would-be suicide bomber Aaron Driver, Canada’s Public Safety Minister says the Liberals will “up our game” in the fight against terrorism by imminently hiring a deradicalization adviser.

Aug 16, 2016

A California man was arrested Monday on arson charges for allegedly sparking a wildfire that exploded over the weekend, destroying more than 175 homes, business and other structures. The blaze, in the town of Lower Lake, has caused over $10 million in damages and left dozens of families homeless.

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