A stabbing spree resulted in 10 deaths and 19 injured. Could this major tragedy have been averted? Let's look at the laws that allowed Myles Sanderson the freedom to kill.

Bill C-26 is an important and complicated piece of legislation that will finally address a core cyber security vulnerability by requiring certain protective actions to be taken. These background notes will provide useful details for FrontLine readers.

The heads of four Canadian public safety agencies got new directives from the Minister of Public Safety on Friday 27 May 2022. The letters from Minister Marco Mendicino update goals and benchmarks for each of the agencies.

As a general description of the Government’s intended policy agenda going forward, the following Throne Speech extracts are of potential relevance to Safety & Security readers.

It has been five years since ‘The Three Amigos’ (leaders of Canada, U.S. and Mexico) last held a face-to-face meeting. What should this week's meeting in Washington cover?

Cases like this highlight a pressing need for Canada to modernize its Extradition Act and the Treaties under it. The questions are piling up, and a review is clearly warranted.

A repeat offender commits armed robbery while on bail. Despite previous convictions and a firearms prohibition order, our system released him early from his latest offence. He has now violated that release and taken off. Revolving door indeed.

An analysis federal plans and main estimates for the following: Public Safety Canada; RCMP; CBSA; CSC; Justice, CCG; Indigenous Services; Women and Gender Equality; GAC / International Development; Transport Canada; and DND.


This overview of the Ontario Budget 2021 highlights items that will impact safety and security for our readers. A big push is being made to support Indigenous women, victims of crime, and to help those with mental health and addiction issues. More probation and parole officers will be hired. And a made-in-Ontario tobacco strategy is making progress on addressing unregulated tobacco.

The question of constitutionality of the Canada-U.S. Safe Third Country Agreement is an important border security and public safety issue that will profoundly impact Canada.

The following synopsis provides extracts of promised actions and allocations of relevance to the safety and security communities.

The following extracts from today's Speech from the Throne examines how it impacts the safety and security of Canadians.

Last week, the Federal Court of Canada issued a ruling striking down the legislation which gave force to the Canada-US Safe Third Country Agreement. I will explain why that ruling needs to be appealed... now.

Independence, transparency, and de-politicization are achievable improvements that can be made in the wake of the SNC-Lavalin case. Scott Newark examines and itemizes changes the government can implement to prevent similar scandals from erupting. 

Given the facts and the undeniable public interest in getting fentanyl and dealers off the streets, the Crown should appeal this ruling, but has decided not to. Which is more alarming? Read on

Canadians were rightly outraged recently when disturbing news was revealed by the grief-sticken father of a brutally murdered young girl. The Government needs to learn from this case and take specific and substantive actions outlined here.

In response to the increase in asylum seekers, CBSA has substantially increased its targets for actual removals of non-citizens who have been ordered removed/deported from Canada.

Canadians remain understandably shocked at the savagery of the van attack in Toronto. How will the prosecution unfold? What lessons are to be learned? What preventative actions need to be taken for the future?

The recent collapse of negotiations between the government and a suspected terrorist highlights the urgency with which Canada needs to develop an effective strategy to clarify how its national security enforcement and intelligence officials handle terrorism-related investigations. 

RCMP Assistant Commissioner Brenda Lucki has just been announced as the new RCMP Commissioner at a time when the RCMP needs leadership and not just management – there is an important difference.

We have just confirmed that the case in which a man was acquitted of sexual assault in part because he was unaware his actions were criminal will be appealed by the Ontario AG's Office. This critically important issue is still before the Courts and that the Government of Ontario is defending our secular rule of law.

Despite potential plans to return to Algeria to find a wife, Mohammed Harkat (detained in 2002 as a security risk by Canadian authorities) has not been deported due to fears for his safety. Instead, he is out on bail, seeking looser restrictions.

Bill C-22 creates, for the first time, a special Parliamentary Committee with a specific national security review mandate. This important accomplishment could be a valuable tool, the following issues merit substantive examination.

Public attention on these issues is unprecedented, and for good reason. Modern immigration and refugee systems should go beyond erecting heated tents and ignoring the truth.

It’s been just over a month since Canadians learned that their federal government had decided to issue an apology to Omar Khadr and to provide him with $10.5M in ‘compensation’. Let's review the facts.

It’s been two and a half years since Alberta RCMP officer, David Wynn, was murdered by career criminal Shawn Rehn after being granted bail. Developed to address inadequacies related to bail hearings, Bill S-217 is scheduled for a final vote this week in Parliament. People will be watching.

If Canada is successful in working with the new Trump administration to achieve mutual security objectives, that could well have positive influence on how economic issues unfold, including cross-border trade.

This week’s successful prevention of a terrorist attack in Ontario merits appreciation of police work, but it raises important questions.

In light of the June 12th terrorist attack in Florida, where it appears law enforcement agencies had some information regarding the killer’s support for IS, it is important to be aware of the Canadian preventive measures that could have been used if the subject was in Canada.

Reviewing the annually published Public Accounts, illuminates number of areas where a re-allocation of funds could revitalize public funding to be beneficial and relevant to more Canadians.

The RCMP update on its internal review following the 2014 shooting of five officers in Moncton is largely silent on preventive policy issues. More can be done.

The realities of power are sinking in on both the Prime Minister and the new Cabinet Ministers who, upon appointment, were provided with quite precise…and public…mandate letters.

Bad things happen when political correctness and bureaucratic risk aversion are prioritized over public safety.

The new Government has made it clear that it intends to proceed with its campaign promise to bring 25K Syrian refugees from the war torn region to Canada and that it will try and do so before the end of this year. An ambitious plan but then converting political promise into government action often is.

It is a virtual certainty that Canadians can expect some changes from this new majority government on matters related to public safety and security.