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Airbus recognizes York Regional Police after Air Support Unit reaches 15,000 hours of flight on the Air2.
Romanian and Canadian military medical teams train together. (Cpl Duchesne-Beaulieu)
Canadian soldiers extinguish hot spots in British Columbia. (2018 Photo: MCpl Gerald Cormier)
Yellowknife: Canadian SAR Techs train for a major air disaster. (Photo: Erica Seymour)
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Members of Mourne Mountain Rescue Team (Ireland) assist a casualty.
Rescue workers respond in aftermath of Hurricane Florence
A CH-149 Cormorant helicopter sits at the Jarvis Lake SAR Training Facility. (Photo: LS Zachariah Stopa)
USCG Cutter Polar Star after supporting Op Deep Freeze in Antarctica. Photo: PO2 Ali Flockerzi
Whidbey Island SAR MH-60S helicopter in the North Cascades National Park. Photo:Ignacio D. Perez
Firefighting crews from CAL FIRE fight the Garza Fire. Photo: Staff Sgt. Eddie Siguenza
771 NAS Search and Rescue. Photo: Ian McClure
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IN THE NEWS

Aug 16

As the UN Security Council prepared for a meeting on Kashmir in the aftermath of India’s decision to strip its half of the divided territory of its autonomy, thousands of protestors surrounded the Indian High Commission in London Aug. 15 to support the notion of a “free Kashmir.” Demonstrators waiving Pakistani and Kashmiri flags were confronted with counter-protestors but kept apart by authorities.

Aug 16

President Donald Trump is expected to meet today with senior national security advisers to review a plan to wind down long-running U.S. military presence in Afghanistan. A Taliban negotiator is reported to have been working for months on how to end the conflict there.

Aug 16

Results of a new poll commissioned by Fox News indicated that 67 percent of Americans support a ban on private ownership of assault rifles. Some 86 per cent of Democrat respondents supported a ban, as did 46 per cent of Republicans.

Aug 16

>A day after it had said it would deny entry to U.S. Congresswomen Rashiba Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, Israel says it will permit Tlaib entry on humanitarian grounds to see her elderly grandmother. Tlaib and Omar were denied entry because of their outspoken stance on Israel.

Aug 16

A week after a Russian test of a “nuclear-fuelled” rocket ended in an explosion, the Norwegian Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority says small amounts of radioactive iodine were detected at an air-sampling station. However, the levels were described a not harmful.

Aug 16

Western intermediaries reportedly are trying to persuade the U.S. and Iran to cooperate on bolstering security in Afghanistan. Washington has declined comment and Iran has flatly denied that third parties have been relaying messages for months.

Aug 16

Australia is being blamed for undercutting its Pacific island neighbours by rejecting their calls for a ban on coal mining, a major Australian export. At a regional summit in Tuvalu, regional leaders called for strong climate change action.<

Aug 16

Television talk show host Jimmy Kimmel has been fined $395,000 for mimicking a presidential alert on his late-night program during a sketch mocking the warning system as the Federal Emergency Management Agency tested the alert system last October. It is designed to warn of natural disasters, terrorist activities or other attacks.

Aug 16

The Danish government of Greenland has told the U.S. that the mostly ice-capped territory, which is host to a major U.S. military base, is not for sale. The CNN network says the notion apparently was resurrected by President Donald Trump.

Aug 16

North Korea has fired to more missiles into the sea off its east coast, the sixth such test in less than a month. In doing so, it continues to reject the idea of further talks with South Korea and blames its neighbour for the ongoing impasse.

Aug 15

Despite a last-minute appeal by the U.S., Gibraltar has released an Iranian oil tanker which was seized by Royal Marines July 4. In deciding to let the vessel go, the British territory was assured by Iran that its cargo would not be discharged in Syria.

Aug 15

Israel has confirmed that it will not allow the entry of two Democrat members of the U.S. Congress who have been critical of its policies – shortly after President Donald Trump urged Israel to do so. Ilhan Omar (Minnesota) and Rashida Tlaib (Michigan), members of a goup of Congresswomen previously attacked by Trump, had planned to visit Aug. 18 for talks with Israeli and Palestinian civilian organizations.

Aug 15

Researchers working with vpnMentor, a biometric security company, say they have gained access to more than a million fingerprints and other sensitive held at BioStar 2, an identity and access control platform developed by South Korea-based Suprema Inc. The platform is used by law enforcement and other agencies to control access to ostensibly secure facilities.

Aug 15

Hundreds of members of China's People's Armed Police (PAP) have been conducting exercises in Shenzhen, which is effectively adjacent to the border with Hong Kong, where demonstrators are protesting a contentious legislative plan. There have been concerns that they could deploy into the former British colony but some diplomats discount the prospect.

Aug 15

Former deputy prime minister Anne McLellan has concluded in a report that there is no need to split the cabinet roles of Attorney General and Justice Minister, which traditionally been handled as a single portfolio. She disagreed with suggestions that the structural change was not necessary to protect prosecutorial independence and promote public confidence in the criminal justice system.

Aug 15

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is accepting responsibility after Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion found that the PM’s attempts to sway then justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould’s handling of the SNC-Lavalin affair had breached ethics rules. While he took “responsibility for the mistakes I made,” the PM disagreed with Dion’s finding that any contact with Wilson-Raybould had been improper.

Aug 14

Intimate partner homicide is one of the leading causes of death for women in the country, with nearly half of all murdered women killed by a partner. Repeat offenders are less likely to kill if they are regularly monitored by law enforcement – that's where the GPS tracker comes in.

Aug 14

Federal Ethics Commission Mario Dion has concluded that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau breached the Conflict of Interest Act by using his office in an attempt to influence then Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould’s handling of the SCN-Lavalin affair. The PM has said his actions were designed to protect jobs at the engineering giant.

Aug 14

Some public opinion polls suggest that many Canadians want immigration capped but Ahmed Hussen, the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship counters that most Canadians also support bringing in skilled workers to fill labour gaps. He made the comments in welcoming an OECD report which calls Canada’s economic immigration system a global benchmark.

Aug 14

A recent spike in gun violence in Toronto has prompted a meeting between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Toronto Mayor John Tory. While they seemed in step on the need to address the issue, the PM did not address the possibility of a ban on handguns, the apparent weapon of choice as the escalating number of shootings escalates.

FRONTLINE COMMENTARY

(May 24)
DAN DONOVAN's picture

A recent Léger Marketing poll surveyed 1,522 eligible Canadian voters. The results suggest that the electorate is looking for a new leader – and the Green party's Elizabeth May is seen as the most knowledgeable, ethical and balanced leader of the bunch.

(May 13)
Ken Pole's picture

According to David McGuinty, the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians’ 2019 activities will assess enforcement and admin of immigration and customs laws and privacy issues.

(May 08)

More than two years after breach of trust charges were laid against VAdm Mark Norman, the charges have officially been stayed in court. Norman has denied the charges all along, and has been in a long fight to defend his integrity.

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