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(2017,
issue 3)
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Thanks to excellent reporting by Andrew Duffy of the Ottawa Citizen, Canadians recently learned of a disturbing decision from Ontario Superior Court Justice Robert Smith that acquitted a man of sexual assault against his former wife because the man and his then wife believed that their religion and culture entitled him to have sex with her whether she consented or not.

(2017,
issue 2)
BY SEAN CANN-SHEPPARD [field_writer2]
For First Responders

The ever increasing threat of bio-terrorism has led to modernizing the way we prepare for a potential outbreak.

(2017,
issue 2)
[field_writer2] BY HAMID KARIMI
A Cause for Insomnia

Imagine you are on a hospital bed attached to devices and sensors that a malintent individual across the world can digitally find and manipulate. This is a nightmare scenario. By some accounts, a typical intensive care bed has more than a dozen sensors, most of which are network connected, and at least few of them are connected to the Internet. 

(2017,
issue 1)
BY KEN CHADDER [field_writer2]
Command and Control Capability for Public Safety

A command and control system provides the technology as well as the equipment, communications and procedures to enable a commander to plan, direct and command operations. The ability to collate, analyze and interpret vast amounts of information and turn it into actionable intelligence – allowing a commander to make timely and accurate decisions – is critical.

(2017,
issue 1)
[field_writer2] BY J. PRAKASH
(Malaysia, Indonesia and Philippines)

Malaysian authorities recently announced the violent death of Al-Habisi – a key ring leader of the violent terror group called Abu Sayyaf.

(2017,
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As reported in "The Independent"
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/smoking-out-the-cowboy-indians-a7494456.html

With Donald Trump only weeks away from his inauguration, talk of walls along the Mexican border have – for the moment at least – fallen from the agenda. But another border is fast becoming a problem.

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Terror map reveals danger of segregation
by Andrew Gilligan and Sian Griffiths
The Sunday Times (London)
March 5 2017

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/terror-map-reveals-danger-of-segregation-k33jddhk0

(2017,
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Food Safety an issue for Canadians says a report card released today from SeaChoice – a collaboration between the Ecology Action Centre, David Suzuki Foundation and Living Oceans Society.

Canada’s seafood labelling requirements fail consumers, particularly when compared to requirements governing two of our largest export partners, the European Union and the United States, notes the document.

(2017,
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A volunteer stole thousands of dollars in donations from the Autism Speaks Canada walk. Organizers are asking the public help police recover the stolen funds that were raised to improve the lives of individuals and families who are impacted by autism.

The unidentified female suspect was working a charity event at Bell Sensplex handling donations. The suspect accepted the donated money and then left with approximately $4000 in donations.

(2017,
BY SEAN CANN-SHEPPARD [field_writer2]

 

(2017,
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OTTAWA, September 1, 2017 – The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, made the following statement about the flooding situation in the States of Texas and Louisiana:

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Texas, Louisiana and the surrounding areas, who have been displaced or directly affected by the disastrous effects of Hurricane Harvey.

(2017,
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Norwegian air ambulance operator, Norsk Luftambulanse AS (NOLAS), is now the first civil customer to receive an H135 equipped with Helionix. In December 2016, the UK MoD was the first military customer to receive the new H135 with Helionix.

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For many years, perhaps even for generations, female genital mutilation (FGM) in the U.S. has gone unreported, unsuspected and undetected because of the secretive trafficking of this barbaric practice.

(2017,
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15 Nov 2017

The Toronto Police Service announced it has arrested James Sears and Lawrence St. Germaine of Your Ward News. Both were charged with two counts of willful promotion of hatred against an identifiable group, namely Jews and women.

Interview: Dr Jim Anderson
(2016,
issue 4)
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Dr. Jim Anderson manages the Biological Warfare Threat Medical Countermeasures project at the Deptartment of National Defence (DND). He recently sat down with FrontLine editor Chris MacLean to discuss the challenges and implications of the biological threat and related preparedness requirements.

(2016,
issue 4)
[field_writer2] BY FRONTLINE STAFF
Closing the Public Safety and Security Technology Gap

As the complexity and reach of global threats continues to increase, the demands on public safety and first responders are also growing.
Recent reports – including studies by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and public safety organizations around the world – have confirmed that first responders want timelier mission-critical information to decrease response times and detect and mitigate threats before they happen. Interestingly, this is similar to what militaries around the world need for the battlefield.

(2016,
issue 2)
BY JONATHAN CALOF [field_writer2]

The recent summit of the “three amigos” – hosted by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and involving U.S. President Barack Obama and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto – brought considerable excitement to the Ottawa area. The wide ranging topics discussed and agreements signed during the short 1-day event are a testament to the strength of the relationships.

(2016,
issue 1)
[field_writer2] BY ALAIN CROTEAU AND KHALED BELHASSINE

The evaluation and integration of all SAR-related knowledge can help search managers consider and integrate many analytic factors that should help find missing wanderers in less time, and with better end results.

(2016,
issue 1)
BY KEVIN HAMPSON [field_writer2]
Is Political Correctness stopping us from asking the right questions?

For several decades, the Western world has been preoccupied with righting the wrongs of its past and eliminating racism in its present. Canada adopted a policy of multiculturalism in 1971, and many other Western countries followed. For about 30 years, social studies curricula have presented the need to “accept and respect” other cultures as a moral imperative. Media organizations take fastidious care in how they portray visible minorities in news stories.

(2016,
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The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, has offered condolences on behalf of the Government of Canada following the death of police officer Thierry Leroux in the community of Lac-Simon, on Saturday February 13, 2016.

(2016,
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Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale has issued a statement on the review of workplace harassment within the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). This is the full text of his statement:

"The Prime Minister has given me a clear mandate to ensure that the RCMP is a healthy workplace, free from harassment and sexual violence.

(2016,
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The Government of Canada is committed to enhance compensation benefits for public safety officers who are permanently disabled or killed in the line of duty. This includes the creation of a public safety officers compensation benefit for firefighters, police officers and paramedics. In listening to representatives from the three public safety officer groups, the Government of Canada will better understand their compensations needs.

(2016,
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The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Status of Women, today hosted an informative gender-focused discussion with experts in various related fields as part of public consultations taking place across the country to inform a new defence policy for Canada.

Meeting participants included academics and subject matter experts from a variety of non-governmental organizations, including the Institute for Inclusive Security and the White Ribbon Campaign.

Today’s discussion focused on five main points:

(2016,
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A wildfire in the hills of the Deodoro Region in Rio de Janeiro has raised some concerns for the Olympics. As the winds have been gaining strength, a close eye needs to be kept on this fire.

The men's and women's BMX events are to take place in these hills over the next few days. Nothing has been reported yet as to whether or not the events will be postponed or canceled due to the fire.

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The Honourable Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, and the Honourable Harjit Sajjan, Minister of 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.

(2016,
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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:

Family violence is not just about physical abuse. It comes in many forms, including sexual, emotional and financial abuse, as well as neglect.

The statistics are staggering:

In Canada, every day, just over 230 Canadians are reported as victims of family violence.

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(2015,
issue 3)
[field_writer2] BY VIKRAM KULKARNI
Significant contributions by real people

Globally, Canadians have earned a reputation as devoted humanitarians. As one of the most secure countries in the world, Canada, for the most part, enjoys sufficient flows of capital, labour, goods and services. The evolution of ‘Human Security’ practices is directly related to the values of democracy, tolerance, dignity, and respect.

Managing global infectious disease threats
(2015,
issue 3)
BY DR SHANE RENWICK [field_writer2]

The health of a country’s animal population – including livestock, companion animals and wildlife – represents a critical link in supporting public health, healthy ecosystems, economic well-being and the safety and security of the population. Recent trends in globalization of trade and travel, environmental disturbances, political instability and climate change create opportunities for the emergence and spread of disease from animals to humans.

(2015,
issue 3)
[field_writer2] BY FRONTLINE STAFF

Securetech 2015, the public safety, emergency management and security trade show and conference organized by the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI), is moving to Ottawa’s EY Centre, home to the Association’s highly successful annual CANSEC defence trade show. 

(2015,
issue 2)
BY NICOLA DAVIES [field_writer2]

Fear and propaganda are the weapons of war and, increasingly, so too is social media. Indeed, social media has come under attack as it becomes the ideal media outlet for terrorists and extremist groups. Recruitment, training, ­planning and coordination of attacks, intimidation tactics, and displays of weaponry and power have all been achieved online through avenues such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Whatsapp.

(2015,
issue 2)
BY MARTIN LISIUS [field_writer2]

My journey with storms began some 40 years ago, and I have learned many lessons that can help others protect themselves, their friends, and their families from the hazards of severe weather.

(2015,
issue 2)
BY KEVIN HAMPSON [field_writer2]

Is the paramilitary culture and its inherent warrior ethos incongruous with today’s society?

(2015,
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Health Canada has released numerous reports on topics related to Climate Change and Health, including a Heat Alert Guidebook. For a compendium, check this web site.

(2015,
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(July 22) The American Red Cross has created this Disaster and Safety Library to assist you in preparing your home, school and workplace in the event of a disaster or emergency. Here you will find fact sheets, preparedness checklists, recovery guides and other helpful information to keep you informed and safe.

(2015,
[field_writer2] by Dylan Chalk

(July 22) This article will give you practical tips on how to prepare for The Big One.

(2015,
[field_writer2] By Robin Tierney

(July 22) Being prepared is critical to saving your pets when disaster strikes. The following tips include information from the Humane Society of the United States, the American Red Cross, United Animal Nations and other sources.

(2015,
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Your guide to understanding insurance coverage of damage from natural catastrophes including hail, flood, storms, wildfires, wind, lightning and earthquakes.

(2015,
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(Executive Summary) In addition to outlining the results of an investigation into the Toronto Transit Commission?s plans for the expansion of its video surveillance system, the report provides a review of the literature into the effectiveness of video surveillance, as well as an assessment of the role that Privacy-Enhancing Technologies play in protecting privacy.

(2015,
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(2014,
issue 3)
[field_writer2] BY GREG KUMPARAK

The people who read our site are a pretty savvy lot. You know not to accept checks from distant princes. You can spot a phisher from a mile away. But here’s one that might be new for you: scammers are now trying to exploit your “missed call” screen.


They only let the call ring once before it automatically hangs up.

(2014,
issue 2)
[field_writer2] BY DR PAULA STEWART

“A Healthy and Active society is a Secure society.”
This outcome depends on the availability and support for training, education and physical fitness and the availability of proper employment, remuneration and accommodation for all.

(2014,
issue 2)
BY BLAIR WATSON [field_writer2]

You’re a hard-working, tax-paying citizen who has never been in trouble with the law. You have always paid your bills, and used credit wisely. Moreover, your employment record is solid. As a result, you think you have a good credit rating. In fact, you don’t, but not because of anything you’ve done or neglected to do. A fabricated person, someone who has never existed except in government and credit bureau databases, has damaged your credit record without your knowledge.

(2014,
issue 1)
[field_writer2] BY MIKE CHERNICHEN
The Enemy Within

 

“We have seen the enemy and he are us!”

(2014,
[field_writer2] By Natural Resources Canada

Our understanding of climate change impacts and adaptation in Canada has increased, both as a result of new research and through practical experience. Led by Natural Resources Canada, the development of this report involved over 90 authors and 115 expert reviewers, and synthesized over 1500 recent publications.

(2014,
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(2014) This year, the World Disasters Report from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Society, takes on a challenging theme that looks at different aspects of how culture affects disaster risk reduction (DRR) and how disasters and risk influence culture.

(2012,
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(2011) Health care facilities need to develop an Emergency Water Supply Plan (EWSP) to prepare for, respond to, and recover from a total or partial interruption of the facilities' normal water supply because water supplies can, and do, fail. The objective of this Planning Guide is to help health care facilities develop a robust EWSP as part of its overall facility EOP and to meet the published standards set forth by the Joint Commission and the CMS. The guide is intended for use by any health care facility, regardless of size or patient capacity.

(2011,
issue 4)
BY FRAN HAWTHORNE [field_writer2]

The spraying of the deadly Ebola virus into a crowded subway, for example, could kill or injure hundreds of civilians. Or, as in the movies “Contagion” and “Outbreak,” entire towns might be quarantined and millions infected by a virulent, mutated bat virus or an Ebola-like virus, respectively.

(2011,
issue 2)
[field_writer2] BY NANCY BEARG

Our hearts go out to all these people, and we want to help. Often, we tweet $10 to the Red Cross or write a check to our favourite charity; this is valuable help and indicative of a community of caring coming together.


Red Cross volunteer out in New Jersey.

(2009,
issue 3)
[field_writer2] BY DR JAMES YOUNG

The H1N1 virus is here in Canada and it is a pandemic. Given these facts, it offers us the opportunity to see if we have learned some key lessons from our experience with severe acute ­respiratory syndrome (SARS).

A pandemic, by definition, is the global spread of a new virus by human-to-human contact and for which humans have no resistance.

(2009,
issue 3)
BY K. JOHN MORROW Jr [field_writer2]

Darwinian principles today constitute the driving intellectual force behind the technology of a number of biotech companies, guiding a wide range of clinical applications that have already been developed or are on the drawing boards. On the forefront of this technology is Evolva, a Swiss company that seeks to use the ­principles of natural selection to propel their drug discovery program.

(2009,
issue 3)
BY DAVID GEWIRTZ [field_writer2]

When it comes to protecting their identities, consumers are being threatened and pressured from all sides. It’s not just scam artists who are doing everything they can to separate you from your birth date and social security number, it’s often the online Web sites you choose to use, and – most troubling – those in authority as well.

(2009,
issue 2)
[field_writer2] BY ANDRÉ FECTEAU

Programs created by the federal, provincial and municipal governments have proven inadequate and a sense of hopelessness reigns both in Ottawa and on every reserve across the country.


Hobbema Cadets visit RCMP Training Centre in Regina, Saskatchewan.

(2009,
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(April 2009) A Chatham House Briefing Paper by Cleo Paskal on environment-related disruptions to hydroelectric installations, offshore oil and gas production, pipelines, electrical transmission and nuclear power generation.

(2007,
issue 1)
[field_writer2] BY GARRY FRAPPIER and DAVID SACHS

With the recent convergence of debate on the potential for growth in Canada’s nuclear industry, and renewed terrorist threats directed at this country, it is timely to review the security situation of Canada’s nuclear facilities and materials. After 9/11, Canada’s nuclear regulator – the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) – determined that the entire industry (including its own organization) faced a need for significant enhancements in their approach to security.

(2006,
issue 4)
BY CATHERINE JOHNSTON [field_writer2]

In a world plagued by terrorism, identity fraud, hackers and other security risks, there is a question of whether we need to give up our privacy to gain security. Canadians should refuse to enter this debate, because this is the wrong question if we seek to find a balance between our right to privacy, need for personal ­security and desire to conduct business electronically.

(2006,
issue 3)
[field_writer2] BY ANDRÉ FECTEAU

When the FedEx driver reported what he was carrying when he became involved in a car accident, people paid attention. His March 2, 2005 shipment included samples of anthrax, tuberculosis, E. coli, influenza and salmonella – all deadly viruses.

Interview: Dr David Butler-Jones
(2006,
issue 2)
BY CLIVE ADDY [field_writer2]

Dr. David Butler-Jones has presided over Canadian and North American professional associations, and participates in international professional work sessions and has worked in many parts of Canada. As Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, he heads the newly created Public Health Agency of Canada, providing leadership on the government’s efforts to protect the health and safety of all Canadians. After 18 months in this position, FrontLine Security had the opportunity to interview him about his responsibilities with the new Public Health Agency.

(2001,
[field_writer2] by June Isaacson Kailes

(July 22) Tip sheets that focus on earthquake safety that is also applicable for all types of disaster preparedness for people with disabilities, including information that is helpful in preparing for emergencies such as power outages, fires, floods, hurricanes, nuclear power plant accidents, tornados, tsunamis, volcanoes, winter storms and very cold or very hot weather.

[field_writer2] By the International Labour Organization

Economic security promotes happiness, and is beneficial for growth and social stability. This is a central finding of a new ILO report, which attempts for the first time to measure social and economic security of individuals and countries around the world.