IN THE NEWS

Feb 23, 2017

The union representing Irving’s Halifax shipyard workers is concerned about the ongoing hiring of foreign workers for jobs that could be filled by locals.

Feb 23, 2017

The Northwest Territories justice minister Louis Sebert says he is satisfied with the Mounties' response to a report on unfounded sexual assault cases. Between 2010 and 2014 about one in three sex assault charges in NWT and Nunavut was dismissed.

Feb 22, 2017

The bodies of at least 74 people, believed to be migrants, have washed ashore on the Libyan coast in the latest tragedy at sea for people fleeing to Europe to escape war and poverty.

Feb 22, 2017

The Trudeau government announced Tuesday that some 1,200 people considered to be among the most vulnerable refugees in the world are to be housed in Canada by the end of this year,

Feb 22, 2017

The Trump administration outlined a sweeping crackdown on undocumented immigrants Tuesday, proclaiming that it would seek to swiftly deport many more people without court hearings and target migrants charged with crimes or thought to be dangerous

Feb 22, 2017

Ottawa police are currently investigating two fatal drug overdoses by teenagers in the west end.

Feb 22, 2017
Canada’s border agencies are moving staff around in response to a rise in illegal crossings, but Ottawa has yet to announce a formal plan to deal with the rush of people arriving on foot from the United States seeking refugee status.
Feb 22, 2017

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police is working to increase the number of women in its ranks from about 20 percent to 30 percent. Three upcoming Ontario recruitment sessions in Toronto, Newmarket and Woodstock will highlight opportunities for women in the federal police force.

Feb 21, 2017

President Donald Trump has tapped Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as his new national security adviser, replacing the ousted Michael Flynn. Trump says retired Army Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg who had been his acting adviser, will now serve as the National Security Council chief of staff.

Feb 21, 2017

Canada’s financial watchdog has sent more than 100 disclosures to police in the past year on human trafficking in a quiet new initiative that targets traffickers by following their money.

Feb 21, 2017

Rick Smith says he encountered racism on a daily basis during the 30 years he served on the Halifax police force. The city has Canada's most diverse force, with 12 percent of its members either indigenous or visible minorities but Smith said recruitment was still a challenge.

Feb 21, 2017

Illegal border crossers leave Champlain, New York and cross into Canada, to be greeted by immigration officials, Mounties and video cameras.

Feb 20, 2017

Two Conservative MPs are calling on the federal government to act to stop the flow of people illegally crossing the United States border into Canada. Michelle Rempel and Tony Clement tweeted on Sunday that illegal crossings are unsafe and place a burden on local law enforcement.

Feb 20, 2017

RCMP arrested 22 people overnight Saturday and Sunday in Emerson, Manitoba after they illegally crossed the border. More than 1000 people have been detained after crossing from the United States since December, mostly in Manitoba and Quebec.

Feb 20, 2017

Richard Fadden, who led the Canadian Security Intelligence Service from 2009 to 2013 says President Trump and the people around him fail to take basic security precautions. Fadden said people in the White House appear to be careless displaying documents and using smartphones.

Feb 17, 2017

Canadian intelligence agencies could end up feeling the pain of the bruising political fight unfolding in Washington over leaks and the alleged ties of some in the Trump administration to Russia, experts warned on Thursday.

Feb 17, 2017

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police has responded to criticism of its policing in northern British Columbia by the Civilian Review and Complaint Commission. The force says the agency found no systemic misconduct by members and that it has already implemented 26 of 31 recommendations.

Feb 16, 2017

The Civilian Review and Complaints Commission says the Mounties are failing to keep track of their use of force when dealing with suspects. The force has required written reports about the use of force for seven years but has never done systematic reviews of those reports.

Feb 16, 2017

From hiring security guards to installing close-circuit cameras, Montreal area mosques are looking for ways to ensure worshippers feel safe following the attack in Quebec City that left six men dead.

Feb 15, 2017

As U.S. President Donald Trump eyes border security, the Trudeau government is investing millions to offset growing pressures along the Canada-U.S. border, including organized crime and the threat of terrorism.

Feb 15, 2017

The federal government is trying to sell a decades-old former Coast Guard ship for as little as $250,000 despite spending $6.8-million on major repairs to the vessel only eight years ago, according to The Hill Times.

Feb 15, 2017

Last week, after a series of communications between the Globe and Mail, the RCMP and the office of the public safety minister, the newspaper stated the force did not plan to audit sexual assault cases. In fact, a review was underway and the Globe soon changed its story.

Feb 15, 2017

Ottawa company Advanced Property eXposure Inc. has developed technology that delivers information about buildings directly to first responders' smartphones and tablets. Software manages the collection and delivery of relevant content while emergency operations are underway.

Feb 14, 2017

Hamas has named a shadowy militant commander as its new leader in the Gaza Strip, placing one of the Islamic group’s most hardline figures in charge of its core power base.

Feb 14, 2017

Monday's muted climate message came as no surprise to Green party Leader Elizabeth May, who supported Trudeau's climate change efforts in Paris.

Feb 14, 2017

Gun industry seeks to ease government restrictions on silencers.

Feb 14, 2017

Having someone make swift decisions would save time and money on the National Shipbuilding Strategy, according to the government’s two key shipbuilders. Both Irving Shipyard in Halifax and Seaspan in Vancouver have recommended Ottawa take a page from other seafaring nations and hire someone to act as a single point of accountability and decision-making in shipbuilding.

Feb 14, 2017

Rights group accuses Syria of eight chemical attacks, killing at least nine people during offensive to retake key town.

Feb 14, 2017

A suicide bomber struck police escorting a protest rally in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore on Monday, killing at least 13 people and wounding nearly 60 in an attack.

Feb 14, 2017

If one California congressman has his way, the US Coast Guard will begin asking for what it needs to grow into a more effective force and begin building a fleet of six Arctic icebreakers.

Feb 14, 2017

Volunteer firefighters and search and rescue members will get a $3,000 tax credit, the B.C. government announced Saturday. The province plans to introduce the tax credit — which would provide a benefit of up to $151.80 each year — as part of the 2017 budget.

Feb 14, 2017

Until a blizzard turned Cape Breton into an silent landscape of empty streets and smoking chimneys, Peter McIsaac, the chief of police for the Cape Breton Regional Municipality, was slated Tuesday to make a pitch for new headquarters.

Feb 14, 2017

A human trafficking awareness coordinator with the RCMP yesterday instructed future educators studying at McGill University on how young women and teenage girls are recruited to work as prostitutes and what indicators to look for if they suspect it is happening with a student.

Feb 14, 2017

Some grabbed pets and important papers. Others arrived at shelters with just the clothes on their backs. Still others couldn't leave at all Sunday when word came down that a failing section of California's gigantic Oroville Dam might collapse and send a 30-foot (10-metre) wall of water rushing toward them.

Feb 14, 2017

President Donald Trump’s embattled national security adviser Michael Flynn resigned late Monday night, following reports that he had misled Vice President Mike Pence and other officials about his contacts with Russia. His departure upends Trump’s senior team after less than one month in office.

Feb 14, 2017

On the eve of Valentine's Day, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police warned the public to be wary of the high cost of fraudulent online love affairs. Last year almost 700 victims lost about $14 million to criminals posing as potential partners.

Feb 14, 2017

After the 'Clipper Adventurer' ran aground in the high Arctic in 2010, its owners sued the Canadian Coast Guard for failing to notify the ship about a shoal. The Federal Court has rejected the $13.5 million claim and ordered the shipowner to pay about $450,000 in costs and interest.

Feb 13, 2017

An RCMP official says Quebec has experienced the biggest influx in asylum seekers illegally crossing the border from United States.

Feb 13, 2017

The United States, Japan and South Korea have requested urgent diplomatic talks at the United Nations on Monday over North Korea's latest ballistic missile launch, with Seoul condemning what it called "serious military and security threats" and predicting more such tests.

Feb 13, 2017

U.S. border guards would get new powers to question, search and even detain Canadian citizens on Canadian soil under a bill proposed by the Liberal government. Bill C-23, introduced by Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, is likely to pass in the current sitting of Parliament

Feb 13, 2017

The reeve of Emerson-Franklin in Manitoba says there appeared to be no illegal crossings on Sunday after weeks of immigrants making the trek north. Local residents are struggling to help the people who knock on their doors seeking assistance.

Feb 10, 2017

An intelligence report by Canada’s immigration enforcement branch found little evidence of security concerns about Syrians, contrary to U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to ban citizens of the country.

Feb 10, 2017

Territorial, provincial and federal public safety ministers will meet later this year to develop national guidelines and practices for the management of sexual assault cases. A Globe and Mail investigation revealed inconsistencies in how sexual assault cases are dealt with in different Canadian jurisdictions.

Feb 09, 2017

Gunmen killed six employees of the International Committee of the Red Cross in northern Afghanistan on Wednesday. The group consisted of eight members leaving two members missing.

Feb 09, 2017

Constable Jamie Porto, who crashed his cruiser into another car while racing through the sleepy village of St. Joachim in 2014, said he and his fellow officers don’t speed to calls anymore.

Feb 09, 2017

More funding for border security would seem to be a good idea in these nervous times, particularly when you are dealing with a skittish president who thinks that anyone who is not paranoid is crazy.

Feb 09, 2017

Canadian border agents and airlines are being warned to be on the lookout for tampered Canadian visas from Chinese nationals coming from Shanghai and the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, but Ottawa is being tight-lipped about the extent of the problem and threat to this country’s security.

Feb 09, 2017

The nation’s largest police force has declined to mount an audit of recent sexual-assault complaints, leaving it out of step with a growing legion of law-enforcement agencies launching wholesale case reviews in light of a Globe and Mail investigation.

Feb 09, 2017

A Times of London investigation says global brands like Mercedes-Benz and Sandals Resorts are unwittingly advertising on websites that support terrorist and criminal groups. After being reached by The Times, Google removed some revenue-generating content from its service.

Feb 08, 2017

As many as 13,000 opponents of Bashar al-Assad were secretly hanged in one of Syria’s most infamous prisons in the first five years of the country’s civil war as part of an extermination policy ordered by the highest levels of the Syrian government.

Feb 08, 2017

A top immigration lawyer says that asylum seekers sneaking across the U.S.-Manitoba border can expect to have their refugee claims heard by Canada.

Feb 08, 2017

Ottawa Hospital's Breast Health Centre is undertaking a two-year study to determine if new 3D mammography technology will improve the accuracy and speed of diagnosis, leading to earlier treatment and fewer false positives. 

Feb 08, 2017

The former construction boss and spy was sentenced Tuesday to seven years in prison for perpetrating multiple frauds in connection with the 2008 bankruptcy of ICI Construction.

Feb 08, 2017

Canada will never be a “party” to torture, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said a day after meeting his counterpart in U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration. U.S. Defence Secretary James Mattis vowed during Trump's campaign to bring back not only waterboarding but “a hell of a lot worse.”

Feb 08, 2017

After nearly two dozen refugees walked across the Canada-U.S. border over the weekend, officials in a Manitoba community say the trend seems to be growing, and are concerned that the "volume might spike" further when the weather warms up in the Spring. "They are coming at all hours of the night, in the dark," Border Security officials admit.

Feb 08, 2017

Global Affairs Canada has established a dedicated team to work on the government’s goal of winning a two-year seat on the United Nations Security Council beginning in 2021.

Feb 08, 2017

After a 20-month investigation, the Globe and Mail has found inconsistencies in how Canadian police forces manage and close cases in which sexual assault is alleged. Police officers and politicians respond.

Feb 07, 2017

Philip Morris International is trying to shed that image with a surprising new PR offensive that foresees a “smoke-free” future for the firm, a time when it quits selling cigarettes.

Feb 07, 2017

RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson says he’s concerned that the “caustic tone” of “political discourse” in Canada may be a contributing factor in radicalizing “criminal extremists” like the shooter in Quebec City last week.

Feb 07, 2017

A new survey suggests Ontario's police governing agencies want the province to grant police chiefs the authority to suspend officers accused of serious misconduct without pay.

Feb 07, 2017

Speaking about the recent decision to issue more rifles to Mounties, RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson said he is worried about the militarization of Canadian police. Paulson was speaking to th Senate national security committee.

Feb 06, 2017

About 60 suspects, the vast majority of them foreigners, were arrested early Sunday in the capital, Ankara.

Feb 06, 2017

Avalanches in Afghanistan have killed at least 54 people in the last three days, officials said Sunday.

Feb 06, 2017

From Down syndrome to ‘near normal’? New Delhi clinic makes stem cell claims that worry experts.

Feb 06, 2017

Thousands of Canada Border Services Agency workers are one step closer to a possible strike vote after talks broke off between Treasury Board and the Public Service Alliance of Canada as the federal government’s largest union fights for better compensation. 

Feb 06, 2017

Ottawa’s planned national counter-radicalization centre will help root out lone wolf and copycat attackers - no matter what kind of messaging inspires them, said Canada’s public safety minister, a week after one man was charged for shooting and killing six Muslim men at a mosque in Quebec City.

Feb 06, 2017

A former top national security adviser says that during his career leaks of classified information at National Defence prompted him to call in the RCMP "a couple of times" in recent years.

Feb 03, 2017

Conservative leadership candidate Kevin O'Leary says he took down an Internet video of himself firing automatic weapons out of "respect" for the memorial to three of the six victims of the weekend massacre at a Quebec City mosque. Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale described the timing of the video as "obviously crass, insensitive and exceedingly dumb."

Feb 03, 2017
The Liberal government says it is being “proactive” in trying to protect Canada’s electoral system from cyberattacks, after events such as the Russian hacking controversy in the recent U.S. election.
Feb 03, 2017

'Stable Grounds' in Rodney, Ontario will treat troubled first responders with equine-assisted psychotherapy, which uses horses as part of the treatment. The program will be open to uniformed professionals with symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

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