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Jul 19, 2018

BC Wildfire Service is busy responding to a total of five fires outside West Kelowna. The Central Okanagan Emergency Operations Centre has issued an evacuation order for properties north of the fire. Residents on evacuation order should leave their properties immediately.

Jul 19, 2018

Thousands of scientists who specialize in artificial intelligence (AI) have declared they will not participate in the development or manufacture of robots that can identify and attack people without human oversight.

Jul 19, 2018

Bill Blair was named as Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction in a cabinet shuffle by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday.

Jul 18, 2018

With legal marijuana in Canada approaching, police officers still do not have the training or equipment to detect impaired drivers accurately and quickly.

Jul 17, 2018

Canadian Rangers rescued a fisherman from the Hudson Bay community of Peawanuck after his boat engine failed in worsening weather. The seven hour rescue involved four Rangers and two freighter canoes.

Jul 12, 2018

A company founded in Canada played a vital role in the successful rescue of the Thai soccer team of 12 boys aged 11 to 16 and their 25-year-old coach. Patrick Blott, Intermap’s CEO, said the company was able to give the first 3-D maps of the cave area within three hours of getting called by Thai agencies seeking help.

Jul 10, 2018

The Chinese government is working to create a techno-authoritarian state powered by artificial intelligence and facial recognition to track and monitor its 1.4 billion citizens.

Jul 09, 2018

Eight boys and their soccer coach who remain trapped in a flooded cave in northern Thailand waited for a rescue operation to resume on Monday, a day after the first four were brought out safely and whisked away to hospital.

Jul 09, 2018

Last fall, the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) said more time was needed to train officers to spot drug-impaired drivers.   Now the CACP says it probably won't reach the goal of training 2,000 officers when marijuana becomes legal this year.

Jul 09, 2018

Toronto's police are investigating a letter from an officer to Mayor John Tory chief accusing him of contributing to gun violence by canceling the Toronto Anti-Violence Intervention Strategy in 2016. The police task force was launched after the 2005 Summer of the Gun.

Jul 06, 2018

The Trudeau government plans to send up to 20 police officers to Mali, adding to the commitment of eight helicopters and 250 armed forces members for the next 12 months.

Jul 05, 2018

TOA Canada Corporation plans to relocate to a newly custom-built facility in west Mississauga by August 20, 2018.

Jul 05, 2018

British investigators were urgently trying to establish on Thursday how a couple came into contact with the same type of Soviet-era chemical weapon used in an attack against a former Russian spy and his daughter.

Jul 05, 2018

Rescue teams in northern Thailand are giving crash courses in swimming and diving as part of preparations to remove the young soccer squad from a cave. Enough supplies have been prepared to last 4 months, as timeline for rescue remains unclear.

Jul 05, 2018

Ryker Gamble, Alexey Lyakh and Megan Scraper have been identified as the three people found dead after they went missing at Shannon Falls on Tuesday. A young woman was trying to swim near the top of the 335-metre waterfall where she slipped and fell. Her boyfriend and another friend went in after her.

Jul 05, 2018

Canada’s embassy in Haiti was overrun by a criminal organization after more than a dozen locals hired to work at the diplomatic mission in Port-au-Prince swindled more than $1.7 million through numerous schemes and frauds, internal investigation reports reveal.

Jul 05, 2018

There are reports heavily armed American officers have boarded Canadian fishing boats near Machias Seal Island between New Brunswick and Maine, apparently looking for illegal immigrants. Canada considers the area sovereign territory but the United States disputes that claim.

Jul 04, 2018

A recent examination has found that Google lets hundreds of outside software developers scan the inboxes of millions of Gmail users who signed up for email-based services offering shopping price comparisons, automated travel-itinerary planners or other tools. Google does little to police those developers, who train their computers—and, in some cases, employees—to read their users’ emails.

Jul 04, 2018

The Israel Defense Force launched a campaign to warn its soldiers about Hamas hackers who have been trying to install spyware on their phones via a World Cup app and two online dating sites. About 100 soldiers were duped into doing downloading the spyware, the IDF said, though it insisted no damage had been done to Israeli security.

Jul 04, 2018

Passengers trapped for a night on a stricken ferry off the Indonesian island of Sulawesi were rescued early Wednesday, officials said, as the death toll rose to 31 with three people missing and believed drowned inside the vessel.

Jul 04, 2018

A former Judge Advocate General says the government should be more open about its policy about targeting Canadians serving in military units abroad. Blaise Cathcart was speaking about reports that airstrikes in Syria and Iraq had aimed at Canadians fighting for terrorist groups.

Jul 04, 2018

The Calgary Stampede begins Friday and visitors will notice more security measures this year, including metal detectors, screening and vehicle barriers. A Stampede official said barriers are largely designed to match Stampede decor.

Jul 03, 2018

As thousands of police officers search across France for a convict who escaped prison in a commando-style helicopter raid Sunday, investigators are piecing together how the precisely coordinated, astonishingly brazen caper came together — probably through months of high-tech spy work and secret plans.

Jul 03, 2018

The Mount Agung volcano on the Indonesian tourist island of Bali erupted Monday evening, ejecting a 2,000-metre-high column of thick ash and hurling lava down its slopes.

Jul 03, 2018

After 10 days trapped in a flooded cave complex in northern Thailand, and after an enormous search effort that had transfixed Thailand, the missing 12 boys and their soccer coach had finally been found in Tham Luang Cave.

Jul 03, 2018

Belgian authorities have charged an Iranian diplomat and three other people with plotting a terrorist attack in France. The planned bombing targeted an Iranian opposition event near Paris which included Rudy Giuliani, President Trump's attorney.

Jun 29, 2018

A Geneva-based group, Global Detention Project, says Canada has a culture of secrecy around its immigration detention system and its practice of detaining vulnerable groups. Public pressure has forced the government to public pressure has prompted Ottawa to decrease the number of long-term detainees and reduce the use of maximum-security jails.

Jun 28, 2018

Border officers stationed at Canada’s ports seize suspected stolen vehicles when they find them and then notify police, who are supposed to investigate. The CBSA says that if there is no police investigation, it has no reason to hold the cars and must release them — effectively allowing them to be exported overseas by crimes groups.

Jun 28, 2018

About 100 soldiers and an RAF Chinook helicopter have been deployed to help battle a vast moorland wildfire that has raged for days in Greater Manchester.

Jun 28, 2018

Bill C-21, scheduled for Senate debate in the fall, would allow the government to monitor how long someone is outside the country, to ensure they return before losing social benefits like Old Age Security, Employment Insurance and the Guaranteed Income Supplement. The information would be shared with the United States government.

Jun 27, 2018

Six people were arrested and large quantities of drugs seized in a major drug bust in three Ottawa locations. Among the drugs seized were 100,000 pills containing methamphetamine and 13 kilograms of cannabis, as well as cocaine, MDA, oxycodone and crack.

Jun 27, 2018

An independent review of the Immigration and Refugee Board says there are persistent and systemic problems with the organization that handles asylum claims and appeals, problems it says can’t be fixed without a major shift at the top.

Jun 27, 2018

Lynn Lake has called for a voluntary evacuation affecting residents with chronic health conditions or breathing problems after a wildfire caused by a lightning strike moved to within 15 kilometres of the town.

Jun 27, 2018

Airbus has delivered four H125 helicopters to Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources. The aircraft will help increase service capacity for a wide range of NSDNR missions including search and rescue, forestry programs, wildlife and geological surveys, as well as firefighting. 

Jun 27, 2018

Unlike the United Kingdom, which revokes the citizenship of people who go abroad to work with terrorist organizations, Canada facilitates the return of jihadists. There are reports that police expect large numbers of fighters to return to Canada in the months ahead.

Jun 26, 2018

The entire police force of a Mexican town has been arrested after allegations that it was involved in the murder of a candidate in the mayoral election.

Jun 26, 2018

Algeria has abandoned more than 13,000 people in the Sahara Desert over the past 14 months, including pregnant women and children, expelling them without food or water and forcing them to walk, sometimes at gunpoint, under a blistering sun.

Jun 26, 2018

Canada's national police force is facing a $1.1-billion lawsuit over bullying and harassment claims that could eventually represent thousands of male and female RCMP officers, civilian staff, and even volunteers dating back decades.

Jun 26, 2018

U.S. border agents report the arrest of a member of the violent Central American '18th Street Gang' after illegally entering the country from Canada. Both the Mexican gang member and his Peruvian companion had previously been arrested in the United States.

Jun 25, 2018

The Liberal government has concluded a deal with Davie shipyard to purchase three medium icebreakers to relieve pressure on the Canadian Coast Guard's aging fleet. Sources close to the negotiations said that between the purchase and modification phase, the agreement could be worth just under $500 million.

Jun 25, 2018

Radical cleric Aman Abdurrahman was sentenced to death by an Indonesian court for ordering Islamic State group-affiliated militants to carry out attacks including the January 2016 suicide bombing at a Starbucks in Jakarta.

Jun 25, 2018

Ontario’s doctors won’t have to tell local public-health units what shots they’ve given children starting July 1, Premier-designate Doug Ford has told them, putting off indefinitely a rule created by the Liberals that was to kick in two days after he’s sworn in.

Jun 25, 2018

An 86-year-old Royal Canadian Dragoons veteran is deriding the treatment he received at the emergency department of The Ottawa Hospital’s Civic campus this week. Retired Maj. Peter Jarvis claims he repeatedly requested blankets to keep him warm while waiting close to six hours for treatment for what was apparently a severe case of food poisoning.

Jun 25, 2018

Rising waters forced rescuers to suspend the search for 12 boys and their soccer coach missing for two days in a flooded cave complex in northern Thailand. The boys, aged 11-15, are believed to have entered the Tham Luang Nang Non cave in Chiang Rai province with their 25-year-old coach late Saturday afternoon.

Jun 25, 2018

The arrests of 75 people associated with Toronto's Five Point Generalz gang resulted in the seizure of 78 firearms and $1.2 million worth of drugs but experts do not believe the operation will permanently reduce crime.

Jun 22, 2018

Canadian border guards use a secret US anti-terror database called Tuscan. Rarely referred to publicly, Tuscan is svailable to Canadian border guards and immigration officers to help identify people who may be linked to terrorism.

Jun 21, 2018

Brian Lilley reports that Canada was warned to halt the practice of Chinese steel being dumped at low cost to Canada and then re-exported to the United States.

Jun 21, 2018

Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first two of a total of six H145 helicopters to Swiss Air-Rescue Rega. These will replace Rega’s existing fleet of EC145 helicopters, which will be phased out by mid-2019. The first H145 helicopter is expected to be deployed at the Bern base in October.

Jun 21, 2018

At the start of this year, China banned plastic waste imports, leaving countries scrambling to fend for themselves. A new study suggests there are deep repercussions to China's new policy: By the year 2030, an estimated 111 million tonnes of plastic waste will be "displaced" and have nowhere to go.

Jun 21, 2018

The United States withdrew from a “hypocritical and self-serving” United Nations Human Rights Council on over what it called chronic bias against Israel and a lack of reform. It also comes as the United States faces intense criticism for detaining children separated from their immigrant parents at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Jun 21, 2018

Months before the 2017 mass shooting at a Quebec City mosque, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service Canada’s spy agency dropped an investigation into right-wing extremism. Convicted killer Alexandre Bissonnette followed right-wing figures online.

Jun 20, 2018

Monday evening, more than 200 people are thought to have crammed aboard the small, rickety vessel to make the 40-minute journey across Lake Toba – only 18 people to have been pulled from the water alive after the vessel sank. A total of 213 people were estimated to be on board the 60-person capacity ferry.

Jun 20, 2018

The Canadian Security Intelligence Service is destroying data collected from the communications of Canadians who were not considered threats, but may have been connected to terrorism suspects. The project is 70 percent complete and should be finished within months.

Jun 19, 2018

The magnitude 6.1 earthquake that struck the area early Monday damaged buildings and left many homes without water or gas. The earthquake hit the area around Osaka, the country's second-largest city, killing four people and injuring hundreds while knocking over walls and setting off fires.

Jun 19, 2018

A company that provides thousands of Air Canada-branded flights annually had flawed safety-management, quality-control and maintenance systems, which helped trigger a landing-gear breakdown and tense emergency landing two years ago, a federal investigation has concluded.

Jun 19, 2018

After years of delays, the terrorism trial of Awso Peshdary has started in Ottawa. Peshdary has pleaded not guilty to participating in the activity of a terrorist group, facilitating an activity for a terrorist group, and two counts of conspiring to participate or contribute to an activity of a terrorist group.

Jun 19, 2018

The Canada Border Services Agency wants a British Columbia man deported because it claims his Facebook posts threaten violence in support of Islamic State. At an Immigration and Refugee Board hearing Monday, an official said Othman Hamdan praised and encouraged martyrdom and terrorist attacks.

Jun 18, 2018

Specialized software helped to build the case against Alexandre Bissonnette, convicted of six charges of first-degree murder in the Quebec City mosque shooting. Sentencing arguments begin today.

Jun 15, 2018

Recent attacks on public gatherings have festival and event organizers in Canada working to create safe venues for their audiences. Governments must pay their share of the costs necessary to create a secure environment.

Jun 14, 2018

A 2018 survey of 148,000 people in 142 countries asked people how safe they felt. Singapore was number one and Canada ranked eighth.

Jun 13, 2018

Backstopped by more than $500-million in new funding over the next five years, Ottawa’s newly released cybersecurity strategy lays out initiatives to help Canadians, business and the government better protect against cyberthreats.

Jun 13, 2018

The American Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced a new strategy for the US border with Canada. While the "most common threat to U.S. public safety along the Northern border continues to be the bi-directional flow of illicit drugs" the DHS noted the U.S. also faces "potential terror threats...primarily from homegrown violent extremists in Canada ..."

Jun 13, 2018

Saskatchewan RCMP continue to investigate the collision between a truck and the Humboldt Broncos team bus that left 16 people dead and 13 injured. A collision reconstruction team and major crimes unit are working on the case.

Jun 12, 2018

The hiring of a U.S. firm to advise the Department of National Defence on how to improve security at its installations across the country has sparked complaints that the job could have been done for cheaper by local firms or by the military’s own police force. Details of the almost $2-million contract to Watermark, a risk management firm in Virginia, were recently released under the Access to Information law.

Jun 12, 2018

More than a year later, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service have not found or identified the people who placed sophisticated electronic eavesdropping devices around Ottawa. IMSI technology can capture cell phone conversations and data messages.

Jun 11, 2018

Nearly 30 years after declaring Polio eradicated in Venezuela, the first case of the disease has been reported in the country as it reels from an economic crash crippling its healthcare system.

Jun 08, 2018

Australian authorities accuse Dan Bui Shun Jin, 55, of laundering C$850 million through casinos in that country. After a surveillance operation, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police arrested him at his temporary residence in Richmond, British Columbia's River Rock Casino.

Jun 07, 2018

About 10,000 civil servants who work in or near the Quebec legislature will have Thursday afternoon and Friday off work, because G7 protestors are expected to make the area unsafe. The actual summit is being held 140 kilometres away but three protests are scheduled for Quebec City.

Jun 07, 2018

A man arrested for attempting to assassinate Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also planned to attack senior Canadian security officials visiting Jerusalem. The man was arrested in April and a gag order was lifted this week.

Jun 05, 2018

Bill C-211, a private member's bill passed unanimously by the House of Commons in June 2017, calls for a range of measures to assist Canadian frontline personnel with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The bill names first responders, fire fighters, military personnel, corrections officers and RCMP members but there are concerns that other professional groups should also qualify for PTSD treatment.

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