IN THE NEWS

Nov 20, 2017 |

Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan wrapped up the 9th annual edition of the Halifax International Security Forum, where he highlighted Canadian security and defence priorities through discussions with Defence Ministers, the academic community, industry, and officials from across the globe.

Nov 20, 2017 |

Based on a fictional scenario involving a volcanic eruption and subsequent crater collapse, emergency responders and management officials from Canada and U.S. were able to effectively improve situational awareness and communication of critical information necessary to better plan and execute a coordinated response to a potential incident affecting both sides of the border.

Nov 20, 2017 |

Indigenous leaders in Quebec want help to deal with recreational marijuana use. Quebec and Labrador Assembly of First Nations Chief Ghislain Picard said communities are already struggling to cope with substance abuse.

Nov 20, 2017 |

The Government will formally apologize to LGBTQ2 Canadians on November 28, the Prime Minister announced on Sunday. An advocate for people who were persecuted said there is no agreement on a financial settlement. Many victims of previous policies lost employment in the armed forces and government.

Nov 17, 2017 |

International aerospace and defence engineering group Meggitt PLC has secured a £3.7 million grant for R&D of next-generation aerospace engines. Provided through the UK govt Aerospace Technology Institute programme, the grant will be matched by a consortium of business partners.

Nov 17, 2017 |

Canadian jihadis in Iraq and Syria face a concerted effort to kill them by the Syrian, Iraqi, US, Russian and (recently) Turkish governments, as well as numerous local and foreign-backed militias. But have little to fear from their own government. According to the 2016 report on the Terrorist Threat to Canada, Public Safety Canada is aware that returning jihadis "may have skills, experience and relationships developed abroad that could be used to recruit or inspire individuals in Canada. They may also engage in terrorist financing, helping others to travel, or even planning attacks in Canada. The attacks directed by Daesh in Paris and Brussels provide examples. Most of the attackers were returnees linked to Daesh."

Nov 17, 2017 |

The government of Newfoundland and Labrador plans to establish a Serious Incident Response Team (SIRT) to investigate police shootings and other serious incidents. Discussions are underway about including other provinces in the SIRT.

Nov 17, 2017 |

Assistant RCMP commissioner Curtis Zablocki told a Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities meeting that farmers under threat should call 911, secure themselves as best they can and wait for police. Zablocki said new Protection and Response Teams that include conservation officers and commercial vehicle enforcement officers will allow Mounties to spend more time on core policing.

Nov 16, 2017 |

The 4th EU-Canada Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) Symposium will be held Monday, 20 November in Ottawa. This annual event brings together Canadian and European military and civilian practitioners, policymakers and academic experts, and offers a platform for exchanges on addressing global security threats.

Nov 16, 2017 |

Twenty countries have joined an international alliance to phase out coal from power generation before 2030. Since signing the Paris Agreement in 2015, which aims to wean the world off fossil fuels, several countries have made national plans to phase out coal from their power supply mix.

Nov 16, 2017 |

An agency that investigates serious police actions in Manitoba says an RCMP officer was escorting a man to Winnipeg when he wrestled the Mountie’s gun away from him and took off in an unmarked police van.

Nov 15, 2017 |

The Safe Third Country Agreement specifies that Canada can turn back asylum-seekers coming from the U.S. who failed to make a claim first in that country, but only if they arrive at an officially designated port of entry. Hence the incentive to cross along backroads and through farmers' fields, but there are alternatives that allow the RCMP to reestablish control over the boundary.

Nov 15, 2017 |

The Mohawk Council, the union representing border guards, and CBSA are still at loggerheads over whether an alternative reporting station will be allowed to go ahead.

Nov 15, 2017 |

CIJA commends the Toronto Police Service after arrests stemming from evidence of antisemitic, racist, misogynist, and pro-Nazi content in a community newspaper.

Nov 15, 2017 |

When a serious conflict of interest for Mr. Morneau was exposed by a Globe and Mail report, he took corrective action. As Andrew Stark notes in this opinion piece, Morneau repeatedly refuses to acknowledge that he was ever in a conflict of interest. The federal Ethics Commissioner, Mary Dawson, has announced she will be conducting an official examination to answer just that question.

Nov 15, 2017 |

Despite its unwieldy title, the Secretariat of the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians, which will oversee the country’s national security and intelligence operations, is seen as a very positive development.

Nov 15, 2017 |

A gunman who killed four people in rural California fired into an elementary school but was stopped from entering by teachers. One child was shot at the school after the gunman fired into it. Others were hurt by broken glass.

Nov 15, 2017 |

The government has announced close to $1.5 million in federal funding for the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre (CIFFC) to support the standardization of first response teams. It will coordinate wildland fire-control services for all provinces, territories and federal fire management agencies.

Nov 15, 2017 |

B'nai Brith Canada wants Mississauga, Ontario to enforce its own bylaws after protestors threatened violence against Jews and encouraged terrorism. Demonstrators in July and November urged violence against Jews.

Nov 14, 2017 |

Rescuers dug with their bare hands through the debris of buildings felled by an 7.3 magnitude earthquake that killed more than 430 people in the border region of Iran and Iraq, with nearly all the casualties occurring in an area rebuilt after their ruinous 1980s war.

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