IN THE NEWS

Nov 19, 2018

The greatest threats currently facing the NATO alliance are Russian aggression in and around the Ukraine and violent extremism in the Middle East, NATO deputy secretary general Rose Gottemoeller told Global News.

Nov 19, 2018

With a federal election less than a year away, Canada’s defence minister is warning voters they will be targeted by online cyber-attacks and fake news as Russia steps up its efforts to undermine western democracies.

Nov 15, 2018

Canada will be hosting NATO's 64th Annual Session of the Parliamentary Assembly from 16-19 November 2018 at the Halifax Convention Centre. Parliamentarians from the 29 NATO member countries will debate and adopt resolutions on the High North, hybrid warfare, burden sharing, deterrence, trade, energy, the South, defence innovation, and Russian election meddling.

Nov 15, 2018

Leonardo DRS has appointed John Baylouny as executive vice president and chief operating officer – a position that oversees the execution of program operations across all eight of the company’s business sectors.

Nov 15, 2018

Rep. Adam Smith – set to become the next chairman of the House Armed Services Committee in the new Congress – and other Democratic lawmakers said Wednesday they hope to use their party’s takeover of the House to check the Trump administration’s expansive policies toward nuclear weapons.

Nov 14, 2018

A man who sought refugee protection in Canada but was detained and eventually deported after authorities learned he had a criminal record, now wants to change the laws of Canada. Currently, migrants who do not hold Canadian citizenship can only challenge detention through an immigration tribunal or a judicial review. His lawyers want to give migrants being held in detention the ability to challenge their imprisonment in front of a judge.

Nov 14, 2018

Three used icebreakers for the Canadian Coast Guard will cost 30 per cent more than the federal government previously said – an increase that officials have blamed on tariffs and fees, but one expert says is proof of a lack of planning.

Nov 13, 2018

Applications for a competition to develop artificial intelligence (AI) technology that will enable an autonomous drone to win a race against a pilot-operated drone opened today. Applications are being accepted until 28 Feb 2019, and teams will be competing for more than U$2 million in prizes from the Lockheed Martin competition.

Nov 13, 2018

Some Canadian military search and rescue helicopter crews on the east coast have been temporarily relocated after asbestos dust was found in one of the buildings used by the squadron.

Nov 12, 2018

Nova Scotia's police chiefs are shining a spotlight on drink tampering, after several high-profile cases of suspected druggings in downtown Halifax. At a meeting this fall, members of the Nova Scotia Chiefs of Police Association agreed to make the issue a priority, focusing on community education and prevention.

Nov 12, 2018

Anti-gang advocate Sukhi Sandhu says he will be watching closely as the new city council in Surrey, B.C., attempts what many local governments before have considered but few have done: replacing its RCMP with a municipal police force.

Nov 12, 2018

At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, Canadians paused at memorials and cenotaphs across the country and around the world to silently remember those who gave their lives in conflict and to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War.

Nov 10, 2018

A Canadian citizen residing in Lebanon was one of two people arrested October 8th after they traveled to a Seattle warehouse and began hiding firearms in a vehicle they planned to ship to Lebanon. The two were charged with conspiracy to violate the Arms Export Control Act.

Nov 09, 2018

Experts are warning Canada that working with Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei is a grave “mistake” after an explosive Australian report last week alleged the company had hacked a foreign network and shared the information with Beijing.

Nov 09, 2018

The federal government is dedicating $86-million over the next five years to detection dogs, X-ray technology, ballistics testing and other measures to stifle rising gun violence. The funding is part of a $327.6-million commitment the government made last year to combat gun and gang violence.

Nov 08, 2018

The Government wants to collect your individual banking transactions and sensitive personal identification information such as your bill payments, cash withdrawals and account balances, but the plan has been put on hold.

Nov 08, 2018

In a Facebook status posted today, father of murdered eight-year-old Tori Stafford says he has been told her killer, Terri-Lynne McClintic, is back behind bars following her controversial transfer to a healing lodge in Saskatchewan earlier this year.

Nov 08, 2018

Global Affairs Canada (GAC) will be launching an online consultation portal to seek industry views on how it conducts its assessment of export permits. The focus will inform the assessment of risks and implications of proposed exports with respect to human rights, Canada’s foreign and defence policy and national security considerations.

Nov 08, 2018

Transportation Safety Board is investigating an accident at Halifax International Airport after a 747 cargo aircraft crashed off the end of a runway early Wednesday morning – the second runway accident since 2015. High winds at the time of the accident may have contributed to the cause.

Nov 08, 2018

A shooting erupted at a bar in Thousand Oaks, California. Eyewitnesses say the shooter, a former marine, opened fire in a packed bar during college night. Responding first to the call was sheriff's deputy Sgt. Ron Helus who was one of those gunned down and killed.

Nov 08, 2018

An explosion led police to a car packed with explosives and a man with severe injuries in Sherwood Park Tuesday night, Global News has learned. The 21-year-old man died of his injuries, RCMP confirmed in a Wednesday afternoon news conference.

Nov 07, 2018

Next year’s federal election in Canada has made security a top priority, as the country looks to modernize its electoral system and safeguard critical infrastructure to mitigate the threat of cyber-attacks and misinformation.

Nov 06, 2018

The pilot of a twin-engine Piper Cheyenne that landed at the Ottawa International Airport told air traffic controllers they had been involved in a crash over the community of Carp: "Somebody ran into the bottom of me."

Nov 06, 2018

Mayor Naheed Nenshi said he remains convinced the federal government would be on the hook for potential security-related cost overruns of a Calgary 2026 Winter Olympics, amid confusion after Ottawa signalled it would be somebody else’s responsibility.

Nov 05, 2018

Two small planes collided in midair in west-end Ottawa Sunday morning. Authorities have confirmed that one person has died. According to CTV News, the smaller of the planes crashed into a field about 25 km from downtown Ottawa near Carp Airport, while a second, larger plane landed safely at the Ottawa Airport.

Nov 05, 2018

Weeks into national cannabis legalization, a top RCMP officer says the tests being used to detect whether someone is driving high are "not there yet," though they're the best they've got.

Nov 02, 2018

The public should be advised that Petawawa soldiers from 2 Field Ambulance will be conducting military medical training between Borden and Deep River, Ontario, until November 9, 2018.

Nov 02, 2018

Defence Minister Sajjan today announced that the Royal Canadian Navy will receive a sixth Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship from Irving Shipyards. The Government of Canada is acquiring the Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS) to bolster the Royal Canadian Navy’s capabilities while equipping its women and men with versatile and reliable vessels to complete their vital missions, he said.

Nov 02, 2018

A member of Canada’s special forces has been charged with trafficking stolen goods and theft after generators, gun parts, and clothing owned by the military was taken and some sold on-line.

Nov 02, 2018

The federal government now says it is not ruling out barring Huawei from supplying equipment for Canada’s next generation 5G mobile networks, backing away from previous assurances that Canadian security agencies were capable of containing any cyberespionage threat from the Chinese telecommunications giant.

Nov 01, 2018

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police has changed the way it handles credit cards for gasoline purchases after it fell victim to organized criminals and the fraud went undetected for months. By the time the RCMP realized one of its gas cards had been cloned, the crooks had racked up $104,555 in purchases.

Nov 01, 2018

The Homeland Security and Defense Departments don’t expect a significant cyber attack on next week’s elections. But both agencies are eager to avoid a repeat of 2016, so just in case, military Cyber Protection Teams are on standby and able to respond “within hours,” a senior Pentagon official told reporters.

Oct 31, 2018

Canada’s spy service is warning that Canadian research is “of interest to foreign states,” whose exploitation of such work poses potential harm to Canada’s national interests.

Oct 31, 2018

China Telecom, a state-owned telecommunications firm, has systematically diverted internet traffic in Canada and the United States by shunting it through its own network in an effort to commit espionage and steal intellectual property, two cybersecurity researchers say.

Oct 31, 2018

Canada's border agency is stepping up efforts to deport failed refugee claimants and other foreign nationals not welcome in this country, setting a goal of dramatically increasing deportation numbers by up to 35 per cent.

Oct 30, 2018

Canadian academics have collaborated on dozens of projects with Chinese military researchers – some of whom appear to have obscured their defence ties – raising concerns that Canada is inadvertently helping China modernize its armed forces.

Oct 29, 2018

Canada needs to improve how it tracks the source of illegal firearms, Bill Blair, the federal Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction, says as he continues his cross-country evaluation on a possible national handgun ban.

Oct 29, 2018

The synagogue massacre on Saturday – one of the worst attacks against the Jewish community in the United States in decades – hit at the heart of one of the country’s most vital Jewish neighbourhoods. And it shook a nation in the home-stretch of an exhausting and bitter political season that has seen rising vitriol and occasional threats of violence.

Oct 26, 2018

Investigators looking at a series of pipe bombs zeroed in on a Florida postal facility as the number of explosive devices mailed to opponents of U.S. President Donald Trump reached 10.

Oct 25, 2018

Groups representing survivors and families of victims of Quebec mass shootings are questioning the Liberal government's commitment to eliminating handguns and assault weapons on the eve of a federal consultation in Montreal.

Oct 24, 2018

Explosive devices and envelopes with "white powder" sent to the homes of former President Barack Obama, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, and financier George Soros, as well as to the Manhattan office of NY Governor Andrew Cuomo, and another package addressed to former CIA director John Brennan but delivered to CNN's NY offices (requiring a full evac of Time Warner building this morning). All were intercepted before reaching the intended recipients.

Oct 24, 2018

Thirty Canadian military members and their families were forced to evacuate their Florida homes and are now living in a hotel after a hurricane ripped through the U.S. air force base where they are stationed.

Oct 24, 2018

Satellites vital to Canadian military operations are vulnerable to cyberattack or even a direct missile strike – just one example of why the country’s defence policy must extend fully into the burgeoning space frontier, an internal Defence Department note warns.

Oct 23, 2018

China has inaugurated a new alliance to promote collaboration across its military research, development, and manufacturing enterprises. The National Defence Science and Technology Innovation Strategic Alliance was launched in mid-October and recently publicized by the China State Shipbuilding Corporation.

Oct 23, 2018

The Canadian Coast Guard says three "interim" icebreakers that were recently purchased without a competition will be used for the next 15 to 20 years. But, Coast Guard officials are playing down concerns about the state of their aging fleet – and the challenges in building replacements.

Oct 22, 2018

Defence Minister Sajjan says the federal Liberal government is taking a wait-and-see approach following the suspected murder of Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi embassy in Turkey.

Oct 22, 2018

The Trump administration is moving to abandon the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, per multiple reports, removing a key arms control treaty between the United States and Russia.

Oct 22, 2018

Germany is freezing arms exports to Saudi Arabia as Riyadh faces a growing chorus of international condemnation over the killing of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi in its Istanbul consulate and near-universal disbelief over the kingdom’s shifting explanations for his death.

Oct 19, 2018

President Donald Trump threatened on Thursday to deploy the military and close the southern U.S. border if Mexico does not halt a caravan of Central America migrants heading north, raising the risk of huge disruptions to trade.

Oct 19, 2018

Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan, a former detective with the Vancouver police, sat down with Postmedia News to discuss how legalization will affect the Canadian Armed Forces and the broader impacts it will have on Canadian society.

Oct 19, 2018

Defence industry officials are preparing for an announcement Friday revealing the “preferred bidder” for the $60 billion Canadian Surface Combatant program. Irving Shipbuilding and PSPC are expected to name the consortium which scored the highest with their bid to provide the 15 new warships for the Royal Canadian Navy.

Oct 19, 2018

The three top officials in Afghanistan’s Kandahar Province were killed when their own guards opened fire on them at a security conference Thursday, the deputy provincial governor said, and a Taliban spokesman said the target was Washington’s top general in Afghanistan, Scott Miller, who escaped without injury, according to NATO.

Oct 19, 2018

Cyber threats to Canada’s federal election in 2019 are coming fast and furious, surprising even the intelligence agency tasked with monitoring and combating the issue, and politicians and political parties are the target, a House of Commons committee heard on Thursday.

Oct 18, 2018

The goal of intelligence-driven defence is a positive feedback loop. Lockheed uses the "cyber kill chain" framework for its intelligence gathering. “Kill chain” is military jargon for all the steps you need to take to perform a mission, from gathering reconnaissance to launching a weapon to assessing the damage.

Oct 18, 2018
Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government has pulled the plug on an expert panel to end violence against women that was established under the Liberals to provide strategic advice on policies.
Oct 17, 2018

A senior U.S. border patrol official is warning travellers that cannabis remains an illegal narcotic in the U.S. despite Canada's legalization – and even if you've been granted amnesty for a previous pot-related criminal conviction, you could still be denied entry to the United States.

Oct 17, 2018

The federal government will announce on Wednesday morning that it intends to proceed with a plan to grant pardons to Canadians who have past simple possession charges.

Oct 16, 2018

Parks Canada confirmed this week that marijuana can be consumed at its campsites – part of a policy of offering visitors a "consistent and predictable" experience at national parks across the country.

Oct 16, 2018

An internal national intelligence report from the RCMP obtained by the Toronto Sun breaks down some of the security challenges caused by the recent influx of asylum seekers crossing illegally into Canada.

Oct 15, 2018

The National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians (NSICOP) announced Friday what they are calling two substantive reviews of government national security and intelligence activities. The findings will be published in NSICOP’s first annual report.

Oct 12, 2018

Exercise ARDENT DEFENDER staged two counter-explosive threat scenarios in Meaford, ON, on October 10 and 11 as police and military personnel from a number of organizations tested their skills in dealing with explosive threats.

Oct 12, 2018

In a letter to the Prime Minister, two influential member of the U.S. Senate select intelligence committee warn that inadequate safety measures put Canadian national security and "Five Eyes" joint intelligence co-operation at risk.

Oct 12, 2018

Police forces across Canada are developing very different policies to ensure officers are not impaired on duty. Meanwhile, the Canadian military is allowing marijuana use in Canada within eight hours of reporting for duty, with exceptions for ammunition handlers and equipment operators.

Oct 12, 2018

Halifax and Irving Shipbuilders used the slogan "Ships Start Here” to win a large part of Canada's government shipbuilding. Now signs saying “Ships Stay Here” are appearing around Halifax, in support of a campaign to keep shipbuilding work from going to Quebec.

Oct 12, 2018

Muhammad Ali wants to return to Canada after years of fighting alongside ISIS in the middle east. If Canada allows him to come home, should be face criminal charges?

Oct 11, 2018

An assessment by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres says the security situation in Mali has worsened over the past three months and demand for food and other assistance has gone up. Canadian peacekeepers have only flown two medical evacuations since becoming operational in early August.

Oct 11, 2018

Three new small surveillance aircraft could cost Canada $140 million more than the military's original estimate of up to $249 million. The Beechcraft King Air planes will carry sensors and equipment to intercept cell phone and other electronic transmissions and support Canadian missions overseas and in Canada.

Oct 10, 2018

According to one asylum seeker, the federal Government is sending voter registration information to "a lot" of immigrants who do not yet have citizenship.

Oct 10, 2018

For years, drones have been pushing the limits of military capability, and is now on the cusp of going mainstream. There are certain inflection points when any new technology goes from being perpetually in the "near future" to being a part of everyday life, and that time is now.

Oct 10, 2018

Ralph Goodale, Canada's public safety minister told reporters that gathering information about citizens returning from service with foreign terror organizations is a top priority.

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