IN THE NEWS

Aug 24, 2018

A declassified Canadian intelligence document says the country’s top terrorist threat is attacks by extremists inspired over the internet. On Wednesday, an audio recording of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi called for attacks against Canada and other countries.

Aug 23, 2018

A Canadian national has been sentenced in the United States to three-and-a-half years in prison for conspiracy to export military goods to Iran.

Aug 23, 2018

A new audio recording, apparently by ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi calls on followers to attack Canada. The recording praises terrorists who carried out recent attacks in Europe and Canada.

Aug 23, 2018

The Canadian peacekeeping force commander in Mali is worried about apparent delays in approving medical evacuations. Since becoming fully operational last week, Canada's helicopter contingent has not done any medical evacuations, and Col. Chris McKenna says he has heard of hours-long delays in approving the flights.

Aug 22, 2018

New information from the Canadian Forces says the crew of a Griffon helicopter that accidentally dropped a life raft on a Miami home in February was responsible for the accident. According to the official report the lap belt buckle securing the raft "became inadvertently snagged through crew movement in the aircraft."

Aug 22, 2018

Canada continues to criticize Saudi Arabia for violations of human rights. That country retaliated with political and economic actions last month after similar Canadian criticism.

Aug 21, 2018

Montreal city council unanimously adopted a motion calling for a nationwide ban on handguns and military-style assault weapons amid a growing debate about gun violence and further restrictions on firearms.

Aug 21, 2018

In February an uninflated 80 pound life raft broke loose from a Canadian Forces Griffon helicopter training in Florida and crashed through the roof of a Miami home. Investigators still have not determined how the belt securing the raft came undone.

Aug 20, 2018

A survey conducted in March and commissioned by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada shows Canadians support current levels of immigration but are worried and confused about asylum seekers.

Aug 17, 2018

The Government of Australia has officially launched the nation’s new Cyber Security Centre in Canberra, which aims to boost the nation’s defensive and offensive cyber capabilities.

Aug 17, 2018

The first civilian ship built under the federal government's marquee shipbuilding program will have portions of its hull re-welded because an inspection has uncovered a series of defective joints, according to CBC News.

Aug 17, 2018

The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police is assembling a committee to study gun violence. The association's new president, Vancouver Police Chief Adam Palmer said his members believe there has been an increase in illegal firearm use over the past year.

Aug 17, 2018

A Quebec court has approved a class-action lawsuit by men and women who claim they were bullied or harassed while employed by the RCMP in that province. In 2016, then Commissioner Bob Paulson said the Mounties had a "culture of bullying and intimidation and general harassment."

Aug 16, 2018

A hefty unpaid bill from the RCMP is highlighting once again the dysfunction inside a troubled security force created in 2015 to protect Parliament Hill and its politicians from armed attackers.

Aug 16, 2018

By declaring a state of emergency Tuesday, the British Columbia government gains access to additional internal authority and outside resources to combat serious forest fires across the province. The federal government has offered personnel and aircraft from the Canadian Forces and other assistance.

Aug 16, 2018

Shannon Stubbs, a Conservative MP from Alberta faces criticism after saying it’s an “utter embarrassment for Canada" that a lawyer who represented Omar Khadr has been appointed as a federal judge. Academics and opposition politicians point out that the Canadian system guarantees the accused legal representation.

Aug 15, 2018

The City of Montreal is set to call for a nationwide ban on handguns and assault weapons, joining Toronto in pressing the Trudeau government to beef up its proposed firearms legislation.

Aug 15, 2018

Italian authorities are looking into what caused a major highway bridge to collapse Tuesday in Genoa, killing at least 26 people. A large section of the Morandi Bridge fell during a violent storm, apparently without warning, sending some cars plunging 45 meters.

Aug 14, 2018

The names Harvey, Irma, Maria, and Jose were once like any other. Now, they make those who were affected by 2017's hurricane season shudder. Forecasts for 2018 project that the number of storms this year will be higher than average. This free resource will help your organization prepare.

Aug 14, 2018

The government may be taking a closer look at private financial transactions than Canadians know. The law covering money laundering and terrorist financing is now under review, while US news reports suggest Canada has a low conviction rate for such crimes..

Aug 14, 2018
The B.C. government made a formal request for help Monday, and the federal government has already responded with a pledge of 200 CAF troops, as well as aircraft to help move people and supplies.
Aug 14, 2018
Two people were injured when a car drove into security barriers outside the British parliament on Tuesday and the driver was arrested, emergency services said, with counter-terrorism police leading the investigation into the incident.
Aug 14, 2018
The federal task force managing the government's response to the spike in the number of migrants crossing the border into Canada illegally is getting a new leader.
Aug 13, 2018

The U.K. Ministry of Defence and the new not-for-profit TechVets, which specializes in helping veterans get jobs in the cyber security and technology sector, have joined forces to help more veterans become cyber warriors.

Aug 10, 2018
Governments and police are not collecting national statistics on whether guns are smuggled or sourced domestically.
Aug 10, 2018

The Canada Revenue Agency has taken away the Ottawa Islamic Centre and Assalam Mosque's charitable status after audits showed that, “Many of the views expressed by the organization’s speakers are misogynistic, homophobic, racist and/or promote violence.” Mosque officials have denied promoting intolerance.

Aug 09, 2018
The British Defence Secretary has confirmed specialist Army trainers will travel to Africa to help tackle sexual violence after visiting Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia.
Aug 09, 2018

The strategic context in which the CAF operates has shifted dramatically over the last decade or more – driven by an evolving balance of power, the changing nature of conflict, and the rapid evolution of technology. These new challenges demand a new response in the way the CAF operates and is funded.

Aug 09, 2018

Vaughan Fire Rescue Service in Ontario created a mandatory three-hour 'recovery' time for responders after a 2015 crash that killed four people. The service is working with local area fire, EMS and law agencies to expand the 'decompression' program.

Aug 09, 2018

Canadian laws on money laundering are so weak that Australian officials call one illegal technique "the Vancouver method". A growing number of officials and academics in Canada and the United States are calling for stricter Canadian regulation.

Aug 08, 2018

A newspaper report says Ayanle Hassan Ali, found not criminally responsible for trying to kill three soldiers at a Toronto recruiting centre, may attend Mohawk College, near the secure Hamilton psychiatric unit where he’s now held. The board releasing him notes, he “still poses a significant threat to the safety of the public”.

Aug 07, 2018

The contemporary battlefield of cyberspace merited not one single mention in President Donald Trump's remarks alongside Putin in Finland recently. Unless you count the infamous Democratic National Committee server, that is, which he referenced nine times. While Trump obsesses about politics, the U.S. is exposed to great danger.

Aug 07, 2018

According to immigration lawyers, border officials have collected DNA samples from at least three immigration detainees in the past year in their attempts to identify their ethnicity, track down relatives and establish nationality in order to remove these individuals from Canada.

Aug 07, 2018

A Canadian board of inquiry into possible misconduct during combat operations in Afghanistan in 2008 has still not released its report. A member of the JTF2 special forces unit alleges another member shot and killed an Afghan attempting to surrender. A 2011 statement said there had been no criminal acts but that other issues were still being addressed.

Aug 07, 2018

In the middle of a diplomatic dispute between Canada and Saudi Arabia, a picture on social media showed a jet airliner aimed towards Toronto's CN Tower, in a scene reminiscent of the 9/11 attacks. The image, apparently produced by a Saudi social media organization was quickly removed.

Aug 06, 2018

In a loophole created by a loophole, people who have entered Canada illegally but are legally allowed to remain to pursue refugee claims, can themselves be used as an exception for broadly defined 'relatives' who arrive at ports of entry from the US to claim refugee status.

Aug 06, 2018

There's a turf war going on at Canada's major airports over handguns, between Transport Canada (which doesn't feel airports are high enough risk), and CBSA, which is concerned for the safety of its enforcement officers. A new report may finally break the impasse.

Aug 06, 2018

The fourth of six Advanced Extremely High Frequency military communications satellites has been shipped to Cape Canaveral in preparation for an October liftoff aboard an Atlas V rocket.

Aug 06, 2018

Safety reasons forced London Metropolitan Police to break off the high speed pursuit of four people on jet skis Friday night. The Thames River chased echoed a scene from the 1999 Bond film, "The World Is Not Enough".

Aug 05, 2018

There's a turf war going on at Canada's major airports over handguns – but no gangs are involved. Instead, border officers have been butting heads with Transport Canada officials in a four-year-old dispute about who can bear arms in an airport.

Aug 02, 2018

When marijuana use becomes legal in Canada on October 17, employers will have to ensure their workplaces are safe from preventable incidents. The Professional Security Knowledge Network, which offers online training for the security and investigation sector, has prepared a course to help employers meet their responsibilities.

Aug 01, 2018

As controversy swirls in the U.S. over downloadable blueprints for a 3D-printed gun, Canada's public safety minister says the technology is a "critical issue" that's causing concern for law enforcement around the world.

Aug 01, 2018

A month after arriving in Mali, Canadian forces members will carry out medical evacuations 24 hours a day, beginning Wednesday. The Trudeau government promised 250  personnel, three transport helicopters, and five escort helicopters to the mission, and is considering sending about 20 civilian police officers as well.

Aug 01, 2018

Some former military members object to issuing special 'veteran' license plates to retired RCMP members. The B.C. Veterans Commemorative Association has told the British Columbia government that the RCMP should not receive  the special plates.

Jul 31, 2018

A new Electronic Devices Privacy Handbook released by the BC Civil Liberties Association and the Samuelson-Glushko Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC) will help travellers understand their data privacy rights at border crossings, offers best practices for securing digital devices, and what to do if you've been searched.

Jul 31, 2018

A newspaper report says Canada, along with other western countries is increasingly worried about the security risks of equipment from Chinese telecom supplier Huawei. Governments have barred the company from procurement competitions due to fears about network integrity.

Jul 31, 2018

The Canadian government is clearly unwilling or unable to stop the flow of asylum seekers entering Canada illegally from the United States. This video report follows the steps taken when asylum seekers cross the border into Canada.

Jul 30, 2018

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Canada Border Services Agency share responsibility for the integrity of the border, but there seems to be a continuing power struggle over who is in charge of organized crime investigations. Former Toronto police chief Bill Blair has assumed a new federal cabinet role as minister for border security.

Jul 27, 2018

The Trump administration's point man on trade called Canada a national security threat to the United States in the face of questions over steep tariffs on Canadian steel, and the American president doubled down on the decision in a campaign-style speech.

Jul 27, 2018

Ayanle Hassan Ali, the man who tried to kill three soldiers at the Canadian Forces recruiting centre in North York in 2016 has been cleared to leave his hospital's secure unit without direct supervision. The crown is appealing his acquittal on terrorism charges.

Jul 26, 2018

The U.S. Special Operations Command asked for a technologically superior electric autonomous land vehicle, and SOFTWERX and Nikola Powersports are answering that call with an innovative UTV called the Reckless.

Jul 26, 2018

A spokesperson for Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says that while the investigation into the mass shooting in Toronto is still early, there's no evidence supporting a connection to ISIS.

Jul 26, 2018

When marijuana becomes legal in Canada on October 17, at least 14 RCMP marijuana sniffing dogs across the country will be out of work. The redundant animals must be replaced by new dogs whose training does not include marijuana, at a cost of $5000 each.

Jul 26, 2018

The Islamist group ISIS has claimed responsibility for the Toronto attack that killed two people and wounded 13 others. Canadian authorities have not assigned a motive to the incident.

Jul 25, 2018

Federal Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says the Trudeau government will consider the increasing calls for a ban on handguns, an idea endorsed by Toronto council after a mass shooting that shook Canada’s largest city this week.

Jul 25, 2018

A new poll shows Canadians are split along political lines about the peacekeeping mission that is placing 250 Canadian soldiers in the troubled African nation of Mali. Most Canadians support the government’s decision but opposition is greatest among Conservative voters and people who follow the situation closely.

Jul 25, 2018

Until 2012, 75 per cent of illegal firearms in Canada came from the United States but by 2017, about half came from domestic sources, according to Toronto police. Legal gun owners make big profit by reselling their weapons illegally.

Jul 24, 2018

Political leaders at all levels offered comforting words and pledged to work together following Sunday's deadly shooting in Toronto, even as a new Statistics Canada report indicated gun violence is on the rise across the country.

Jul 24, 2018

A man was arrested Monday on Parliament Hill during the Changing of the Guard ceremony. No one was injured and officials said early reports he was armed with a knife were incorrect. A small knife had been discovered near the scene of the incident.

Jul 24, 2018

Canada may take as many as 250 members of the Syrian "White Helmets' civilian group, after they were rescued from advancing government forces. The group has been accused of having terrorist ties.

Jul 23, 2018

Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit has identified the 29-year-old man being investigated in connection with a deadly mass shooting on 22 July in Toronto as Faisal Hussain. Toronto police say the suspect shot 15 people and exchanged gunfire with police before dying of a gunshot wound.

Jul 23, 2018

Airbus Helicopters signed a contract with the Ukrainian Ministry of Interior for the purchase of 55 civil helicopters destined for search and rescue (SAR), public services, and emergency medical service (EMS) missions. The fleet will include 21 repurposed H225s, and 10 brand new H145s and 24 H125. The contract also foresees the setting up of a local training and maintenance centre.

Jul 22, 2018

Canada’s participation in ballistic missile defence has recently returned to the forefront. A recent survey of leading experts on defence policy and ballistic missile defence shows expert consensus on the value of cooperating with the United States on BMD to protect North America.

Jul 20, 2018

The new US northern border strategy fails to mention previous and ongoing joint border security initiatives with Canada, writes Scott Newark. Does this signal a more unilateral process in the offing?

Jul 20, 2018

The Canadian Security Intelligence Service does not have the legal authority to spy outside of Canada unless national security is at stake, a Federal Court judge has ruled.

Jul 20, 2018

Canada could get caught in the crossfire after the U.S. Department of Commerce launched another national security investigation, this time by looking into uranium imports.

Jul 20, 2018

A newly declassified report from the Canadian Security Intelligence Service says about a quarter of Canadians engaged in terrorist activity have already committed crimes.

Jul 19, 2018

A majority of Canadians believe the federal government can be trusted to keep them safe while protecting their privacy, new polling reveals, but a significant proportion lack basic knowledge of the security agencies that actually do that work on a daily basis.

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.

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