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Sep 24, 2018

In a lengthy judgment, an Ontario judge balanced outrage over gun crime against racism experienced by young black males. Ontario Superior Court Justice Shaun Nakatsuru cited black Canadian experiencesof colonialism, slavery and segregation in sentencing Keven Morris to 15 months for possession of a handgun.

Sep 21, 2018

Britain will step up its cyber crime offensive against the threat from Russia and terrorist groups with a new £250m ($CAN 422m) joint task force between the Ministry of Defence and GCHQ, it was reported last night.

Sep 21, 2018

A joint police task force in Ontario has announced the arrest of Jabril Hassan Abdalla for the murder of mobster Angelo Musitano and the inadvertent murder of Mila Barberi, A manhunt for two other people has led police to Mexico.

Sep 20, 2018

Ottawa is launching nationwide consultations on a handgun ban, a move that will fuel a national debate on the need for tighter gun control and the proper response to growing gun crimes across the country.

Sep 20, 2018

After speaking on Wednesday to a Parliamentary Committee looking into the state of Canada's military preparedness in the north, MGen William F. Seymour, deputy commander of Canadian Joint Operations Command said it is alarmist to suggest that Canadian sovereignty is under threat. However, Seymour told the committee, “Sovereignty ignored is perhaps sovereignty lost."

Sep 20, 2018

Almost all of Canada’s 15 largest police forces have not yet ordered equipment to test a driver’s saliva for recent drug use. Only one device has been approved for use. Marijuana use becomes legal on October 17, but driving while impaired remains a crime.

Sep 20, 2018

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police report 1,747 people entered Canada illegally last month, up by 113 from previous month. Critics blame the arrivals on a January 28, 2017 tweet by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: “To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength."

Sep 20, 2018

After an internal discussion, military leadership has decided to retain the current yellow paint scheme for the RCAF’s new fleet of 16 Airbus C-295W search and rescue aircraft. Some officers advocated tactical grey, so the aircraft could be available for other tasks, including combat.

Sep 19, 2018

What would happen if there was a major air disaster in Canada? That's what the CAF was figuring out on Tuesday in Yellowknife. CAF members were flown to town for a major air disaster exercise as part of Operation Nanook, held annually in the North.

Sep 19, 2018

Canada is conducting a national security analysis to minimize cyberthreats to the country from equipment made by foreign telecommunications companies, including China’s Huawei – a study that has gained importance since the United States and Australia banned the telecom giant from participating in new wireless cellular networks.

Sep 19, 2018

The province of British Columbia is suing 40 companies involved in opioid production. Attorney General David Eby said allegations against drug producers include failure to track their output and to realize some was being diverted to illegal markets.

Sep 18, 2018

On Saturday, a pickup truck sped north through a Vancouver-area border crossing and was able to penetrate more than 50 kilometres into Canada before crashing. The incident highlighted a potentially dangerous quirk of border security: Canadian border guards are not allowed to chase vehicles that blow through border crossings.

Sep 18, 2018

Leona Alleslev, Member of Parliament and former Royal Canadian Air Force officer, left the Liberal party and crossed the floor of the House of Commons to join the Conservatives. She is now the party's global security critic.

Sep 18, 2018

United States border officials have stated they may deny entry to people involved in Canada’s marijuana industry. Mike Farnworth, British Columbia’s solicitor general is concerned the US may bar provincial government employees in the province’s new legal cannabis branch from travelling across the American border.

Sep 17, 2018

Experts reveal that bacteria such as anthrax (which occurs naturally in the soil and can infect cattle and wild animals) and foot and mouth disease could pose a much bigger threat than chemical weapons.

Sep 17, 2018

The Royal Canadian Navy's first Arctic Offshore Patrol Vessel was launched Saturday in Halifax. To be named HMCS Harry DeWolf, the vessel is scheduled for delivery to the navy in summer 2019.

Sep 17, 2018

Federal prosecutors are acting to have content removed from the internet under the terrorism-propaganda provision of the Criminal Code. Under the law, internet service providers and social-media companies can be ordered to take down material and reveal the identity of the person who posted it. 

Sep 13, 2018

Launch of Canada’s first Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS), the future HMCS Harry DeWolf, is planned for Saturday, 15 September 2018. Sea trials are scheduled to begin in 2019.

Sep 14, 2018

There are hard lessons to be learned from the disproportionate Saudi response to a tweet from our Foreign Affairs Minister calling for the release of imprisoned rights activists, and an opportunity to make our country better prepared and more resilient, says Louis Vachon.

Sep 14, 2018

Governor-General Julie Payette has been frequently at odds with the RCMP over security issues in the first year of her mandate, from her decision to go jogging without informing her protective detail to the fact that she lives off the protected grounds of Rideau Hall, current and former RCMP sources say.

Sep 14, 2018

Autumn weather has reduced the scale of forest fires in British Columbia, so Canadian Forces members supporting the civil authority are returning to their military duties. More than 400 members participated in the firefighting mission.

Sep 14, 2018

Zakaria Amara is serving a life sentence for his part in a plot to detonate truck bombs in downtown Toronto, but for six months, a Facebook page showed what were apparently his prison photos and writings. The account was deleted after reporters notified the company.

Sep 14, 2018

An arbitrator's report says Ontario Provincial Police bungled the return to work of a mentally ill officer so badly that colleagues and the public were possibly in jeopardy. After the breakup of her marriage, the unnamed officer was diagnosed with recurrent major depressive disorder and characteristics of borderline personality disorder.

Sep 13, 2018
The MS-13 gang tattoos that prompted a Toronto man's deportation order have now saved him from immediate deportation due to his fear of being killed for being an MS-13 gang member.
Sep 13, 2018

The U.S. Navy is preparing several large ships to assist in disaster relief operations along the southeast coast later this week, after Hurricane Florence makes landfall in what promises to be one of the most destructive hurricanes in years.

Sep 13, 2018

Following shoplifting and assault charges, an Ottawa court has ordered Abdulmati Elmi, 24, to surrender his passport, avoid contact with ISIS influences and meet a number of other conditions. Failure to comply could bring a four year prison term.

Sep 13, 2018

The Trudeau government is proposing a $100 million settlement to end a four year legal battle with disabled veterans seeking the return of financial benefits they had lost. The case is one of several class action lawsuits filed by veterans against the government.

Sep 12, 2018

Coquitlam City Councillor Teri Towner has initiated an online petition to recognize the valued service within search and rescue communities by establishing March 1st as “National Search and Rescue Day” to honour the living, past and present search and rescue volunteers to whom Canadians owe an immense debt of gratitude.

Sep 12, 2018

The public is invited to attend a ceremony marking the 78th anniversary of the Battle of Britain at the Gatineau-Ottawa Executive Airport (1717 rue Arthur-Fecteau). The two-hour event will commence at 10 a.m. on Sunday, September 16th.

Sep 12, 2018

Marijuana becomes legal for Canadians on October 17, including, with some restrictions, members of the armed forces. Senior officers have explained the military's policy and potential impact on operations to close allies.

Sep 12, 2018

Every winter, the Canadian Army triggers avalanches with artillery rounds along the Trans-Canada Highway. When rounds fail to explode, Explosive Ordinance Disposal teams are called in.

Sep 11, 2018

Hurricane Florence could inflict the hardest hurricane punch the Carolinas have seen in more than 60 years, with rain and wind of more than 209 kph. North Carolina has been hit by only one other Category 4 storm since reliable record keeping began in the 1850s. That was Hurricane Hazel in 1954.

Sep 11, 2018

When the 364-foot Russian research cruise ship Akademik Ioffe came to a violent stop after grounding on a shoal in the remote Arctic, it took nearly nine hours for a Hercules aircraft to fly in from the RCAF’s Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Trenton, 12 hours for another RCAF plane to come in from Winnipeg and 20 hours for a Coast Guard helicopter to fly over.

Sep 11, 2018

Some soldiers are heading home after fighting British Columbia forest fires for almost a month. About 100 land task force members will remain to assist with fire containment. At the height of the effort about 420 Canadian Forces members and three aircraft were engaged in the effort.

Sep 11, 2018

The search for German pop star Daniel Küblböck off the coast of Newfoundland has been called off. The singer apparently jumped into the ocean from a cruise ship Sunday. Search and rescue officials said the ocean temperature made survival unlikely.

Sep 10, 2018

Daniel Kueblboeck, a 33-year old German pop singer is believed to have jumped off a cruise ship about 200km north of St John’s on Sunday. Canadian Forces aircraft joined the search.

Sep 10, 2018

Canadian regulations prohibit arms sales when human rights are at risk, but this country is supplying billions of dollars worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia, which is fighting a brutal war in Yemen

Sep 10, 2018

Australian war crimes investigators visited Canada last year to study how allegations about Joint Task Force 2 special operators were handled. Last week, a Canadian board of inquiry stated that concerns about special forces members had been brushed aside.

Sep 07, 2018

With marijuana legalization just around the corner, DND wants to ensure the rules are clear to its more than 100,000 members. According to an internal draft of the military’s cannabis policy, members will be banned from consuming marijuana eight hours before duty, once it’s legalized.

Sep 07, 2018

The Canadian government has publicly acknowledged it has been conducting security tests since 2013 on telecommunication equipment sold in Canada by Chinese giant Huawei, a company the United States and Australia regard as a potential tool for state-sponsored cyberspying.

Sep 06, 2018

An unlocked case containing two military-grade assault rifles and two handguns mysteriously arrived in the mail at Bombardier’s shipping department in Toronto last week, according to a CTV News report.

Sep 06, 2018

The Trudeau government has offered to station a Royal Canadian Air Force C-130J Hercules transport aircraft in Africa to support United Nations operations, as part of its package of 'smart' peacekeeping options. Talks about use of the aircraft and the status of Canadian personnel inside Uganda, its intended host country, remain inconclusive.

Sep 06, 2018

Held by the Taliban for five years, Canadian Joshua Boyle and American wife Caitlin Coleman are now battling for custody of the three children born during their captivity. Each has made allegations of abuse against the other.

Sep 05, 2018

Two ISIS supporters accused of jointly plotting a terror attack were attempting to manufacture an explosive device for use in a driverless car to spare their own lives, a UK court has heard.

Sep 05, 2018

Last week, American TV network CNBC, citing anonymous US intelligence sources, reported that Russia had apparently lost a nuclear-powered cruise missile during a flight test last November.

Sep 05, 2018

Prosecutors in the United Kingdom say they have enough evidence to support a case against two Russians they say poisoned former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in March. Russia does not extradite its citizens.

Sep 05, 2018

The trial of former Vice Chief Defence Staff VAdm Mark Norman is set to start Aug. 19, 2019, and may still be going on during the federal election campaign. VAdm Normal's lawyer, Marie Henein said the federal Liberals are withholding secret documents necessary to her client's defence.

Sep 04, 2018

The Canada Border Services Agency faced more than 100 founded complaints from travellers last year, including allegations of racism and rudeness – and one instance of a woman alleging a border officer yelled at her while she was in medical distress.

Sep 04, 2018

Years after being cancelled for privacy reasons, the 'Border Security' television show about the Canada Border Services Agency is still a major source of information about its mission. In surveys, reruns of the show are cited by viewers asked about the agency's role.

Sep 03, 2018

Germany is one step closer to getting its own version of a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, as officials here seek to bolster the country's cybersecurity posture.

Sep 03, 2018

Defence scientists from a number of countries will be in Montreal in mid-September to participate in an experiment to look at new technologies for fighting and conducting operations in cities.

Sep 03, 2018

A total ban on handgun ownership in Canada, exempting only police and security professionals, would enjoy significant support among Canadians, according to a new survey by Nanos Research.

Aug 31, 2018

Restaurants Canada has announced a new partnership with Cyberisk Chek Inc., an innovative cyber security solution provider, to give foodservice operators a new tool to defend against online threats to their customers and their operations.

Aug 31, 2018

The five-nation intelligence sharing group known as 'Five Eyes' - Canada, United States, Great Britain, Australia and New Zealand - is angry with giant tech firms like Twitter and Facebook for not attending a meeting that addressed issues like child abuse and terrorism on the Internet.

Aug 31, 2018

After the shooting Wednesday near Onanole, Manitoba that left that left a Mountie in serious condition, RCMP have three suspects in custody and are searching for a fourth. There are no details about the shooting.

Aug 31, 2018

The Royal Canadian Navy sets a benchmark of five minutes to recover someone who has gone overboard. Five minutes can seem like a lifetime in freezing Arctic water.

Aug 31, 2018

The first of five, and possibly six Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships is expected be delivered in October. The HMCS Harry DeWolf will undergo tests and formal acceptance will take place early next year.

Aug 30, 2018

Dozens of returned fighters will walk free in Canadian society, and chances of their rehabilitation are, according to the minister responsible, "pretty remote".

Aug 30, 2018

An RCMP manhunt has nabbed three suspects in western Manitoba after police said an officer was shot and sustained serious injuries near Onanole on Wednesday night.

Aug 30, 2018

American legal activist Erin Brockovich has arrived in Australia to support a class action lawsuit against the Department of Defence over widespread contamination with PFAS, a firefighting foam, saying there are "eerie" similarities to the 1993 U.S. case that made her famous.

Aug 30, 2018

Christoper Garnier is serving a prison sentence for the murder of an off-duty police officer, and although he never served, Veterans Affairs is paying for his PTSD treatment because his father was a military member. The minister for Veterans Affairs, Seamus O'Regan says the case is under review.

Aug 30, 2018

Even though the federal government has approved a roadside testing device for marijuana impairment for police, there are questions about its reliability and accuracy. Cannabis use becomes legal in Canada on October 17.

Aug 29, 2018

The federal government plans to study a full ban on handguns and assault weapons in Canada. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is setting Minister Blair to the task of working with Minister Goodale on policy, regulations or legislation on gun control.

Aug 29, 2018

Polar bears killed an Inuit hunter and injured several others last week on White Island in the Canadian arctic. Canadian Forces and RCMP members mounted a search after a hunting party from Naujaat failed to communicate with the community.

Aug 29, 2018

In March the government of Canada made a 'smart pledge' to station a Royal Canadian Air Force C-130 Hercules in Uganda to support United Nations operations. The operation is still in the planning stages.

Aug 29, 2018

The grounding of the cruise ship Akademik Ioffe on Friday in Nunavut has raised questions about the safety of passengers and the protection of the sensitive arctic environment. The Transportation Safety Board of Canada is conducting an investigation.

Aug 28, 2018

Soldiers and vehicles from 1 PPCLI rolled into the little British Columbia town of Valemount last week, as part of the military commitment to assist the provincial government fight forest fires. Forces members receive basic firefighting training

Aug 27, 2018

The cenotaph constructed in Kandahar to commemorate fallen Canadian soldiers and civilians in Afghanistan has been rebuilt at the new National Defence headquarters in west end Ottawa, but it is behind security barriers. Visiting the site could be a problem for people without approved access.

Aug 27, 2018

Small domestic cybersecurity companies are waiting for positive results from a review of the Canadian government procurement process. The current system involves paperwork and timelines for military purchases that can make smaller companies uncompetitive.

Aug 24, 2018

Australia has joined the United States in banning Chinese telecom manufacturer Huawei from its 5G mobile network for national-security reasons. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has not said whether Canada will take similar action.

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