IN THE NEWS

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.

Oct 10, 2018

With legal marijuana a week away the Canadian Police Association asks why some forces are imposing strict limits on off-duty cannabis consumption. Calgary police service rules would effectively prohibit any marijuana use for most officers.

Oct 10, 2018

Canada and Mexico signed on Tuesday what is being called a defence co-operation arrangement. The arrangement will provide a mechanism to further collaborate in a number of key areas, including defence education, training, and capacity building, defence materiel, peace support operations and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.

Oct 10, 2018

In a new policy reportedly set to be announced later this week, the RCMP will ban Mounties from using legal pot almost a month before any shift. The policy will put the force at odds with the policies in place for most members of the military and several local police forces.

Oct 09, 2018
A former professional Russian internet ‘troll’ is warning Canadians “need to be vigilant” ahead of next year’s federal election. Vitaly Bespalov was once an employee at the Internet Research Agency (IRA), the official name for the notorious Russian troll factory in Saint Petersburg.
Oct 09, 2018

A new study shows military families in Ontario wait a month longer to begin getting health care after moving than their civilian neighbours. It takes them months longer to see specialists.

Oct 09, 2018

A 28 year old Canadian, Muhammad Ali, is being held in Syria on suspicion of fighting for ISIS. He was captured while trying to return home. Kurdish officials want him off their hands, but it is unclear if he would face any charges on his return to Canada.

Oct 09, 2018

A naval memorial Halifax that honours those who died in the First and Second World Wars was defaced on the weekend with anti-war slogans, including the anarchy symbol. Veterans and others worked to remove the graffiti.

Oct 09, 2018

Gen Jonathan Vance, Chief of Defence Staff says despite pre-recruitment screening and statements that extremism will not be tolerated, it is likely that some right-wing extremists get in to the Canadian Forces. In recent years, several incidents involving right-wing activity by CF members have made headlines.

Oct 06, 2018

In 2015, a Canadian security company that had been tasked with examining a box of U.S. servers, discovered a Chinese spy chip. Servers from that company could found at Amazon, Apple and the DoD among others – compromising America’s technology supply chain, as well as national security.

Oct 05, 2018

The Research Center For Islamic History, Art and Culture and the Embassy of the Republic of Turkey in Ottawa will be hosting the IRCICA Calligraphy Exhibition and the talk: “The Wandering Calligrapher & Architect Sinan's Epitaph: Isfahan, New York, Toledo, Mumbai, Istanbul.” by Prof. H. Masud Taj on October 13th.

Oct 05, 2018

A research arm of the U.S. military is exploring the possibility of deploying insects to make plants more resilient by altering their genes. Some experts say the work may be seen as a potential biological weapon.

Oct 05, 2018

The minister in charge of Canada’s cyber agencies says he is “very concerned” about the “untoward” cyberattacks that Russian intelligence officers have been charged with, following a multi-jurisdictional investigation into “malicious” activity that targeted Canadian-based doping agencies and an international chemical weapon organization.

Oct 05, 2018

Never in Doug MacQuarrie's wildest dreams did he expect that the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sports would find itself on the receiving end of an alleged Russian military intelligence operation. As its chief operating officer, his day-to-day preoccupations involve clean competition on the playing field, not the digital battlefield.

Oct 05, 2018

Heavy ice conditions are preventing the annual sea resupply of three Arctic communities: Paulatuk, Cambridge Bay and Kugluktuk. Government officials say flying diesel fuel to Paulatuk is an immediate priority.

Oct 04, 2018

Anti-corruption experts have identified, buried in an obscure clause in Canada's 2018 budget, a “Get Out of Jail” pass for corporations. Remediation agreements will "save court time" by allowing corporations to admit to criminal activity and pay a fine rather than going through a long court trial with no guarantee of a conviction.

Oct 04, 2018

Canada's international trade minister quietly sounded out officials at the Department of National Defence last spring about how much of the content in the navy's new Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships could be sourced back to China, newly released documents reveal.

Oct 04, 2018

Supply barges for the central Arctic communities of Paulatuk, Kugluktuk and Cambridge Bay have been blocked by sea ice, forcing the cancellation of the annual 'sealift'. Millions of dollars worth of fuel, food and consumer goods are stranded on the dock at Tuktoyaktuk.

Oct 04, 2018

Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, wife of the prime minister will sponsor the future HMCS Harry DeWolf at a naming ceremony on Friday at Halifax Shipyard. The ship is the first of the Royal Canadian Navy's lead Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships fleet.

Oct 03, 2018

The RCAF's fleet of fighter jets is reaching "absolute retirement age" and buying used aircraft from Australia won't change that.

Oct 03, 2018

The Canada Revenue Agency has suspended the charitable status of the Islamic Society of North America-Canada (ISNA-Canada) for a year and ordered it to pay a $550,000 penalty. An audit raised concerns it had “provided resources” that may have supported armed militancy.

Oct 03, 2018

When marijuana use becomes legal in Canada on October 17, the difference between Canadian and US federal policies will focus on the border. Even Canadian marijuana users not in actual possession of the substance at the time of crossing into the United States could run afoul of American laws.

Oct 02, 2018

A sophisticated ring of car thieves operating in major cities across Eastern Canada has been "almost exclusively" targeting large Lexus SUVs and Toyota Highlander and 4Runners. After breaking into the vehicle, they reprogram the console to accept a new key, and then simply drive away (often in the middle of the night).

Oct 02, 2018

A fresh look at Canada’s ability to defend against possible online threats to the next national election will among a new federal cybersecurity centre’s first tasks. An updated version of a groundbreaking report on lurking dangers to electoral integrity will be issued in the new year, said Scott Jones, head of the fledgling Canadian Centre for Cyber Security.

Oct 02, 2018

The Ottawa police force has decided that legal marijuana is legal for everybody, including their officers. The requirement to show up for work unimpaired remains, but the force will not impose restrictions on how long officers must refrain from consumption before duty begins.

Oct 02, 2018

Members of Canadian Special Operations Forces Command and the RCAF will conduct a military training event at the Uplands site of Canadian Forces Support Unit (Ottawa) on October 3, 2018. Residents can expect increased noise and low-level flying of CH-146 Griffon and CH-147F Chinook helicopters during this training.

Oct 02, 2018

The number of potentially fatal close encounters between drones and conventional air traffic has increased sharply in Canada, from 38 cases in 2014 to 135 in 2017. Former military pilot David Cooke says sooner or later a drone strike will kill someone.

Oct 01, 2018

Advocates are calling for the federal government to examine the reliability of Canada's cellphone services during emergencies after tornadoes swept through the Ottawa area last week leaving thousands with little or no cellphone service.

Oct 01, 2018

Canadian and American negotiators agreed on a revamped trade deal to replace NAFTA just ahead of a midnight deadline. The new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA allows US dairy farmers more access to the Canadian market, among other provisions.

Oct 01, 2018

Toronto will expand a neighbourhood officer program to build trust and reduce crime, by more than doubling the number of community officers over the next year. About 120 officers will work in 27 districts.

Oct 01, 2018

The 'Five Eyes' intelligence community - Canada, US, UK, New Zealand, Australia - wants tech companies to give them access to private communications on consumer products. Opponents of the move insist such 'backdoors' would benefit criminals and terrorists as much as security and law enforcement.

Sep 30, 2018

The failings of the justice system that contributed to the horrific murders of three women at their eastern Ontario homes were monumental, but if any changes have been made to address those failings, they’re being well hidden, says the Toronto Sun.

Sep 28, 2018

Federal government lawyers have asked for closed-door hearings in a court case alleging that the Canadian Security Intelligence Service spied on anti-pipeline activists. The British Columbia Civil Liberties Association says the request violates the principle that justice must be seen to be done.

Sep 28, 2018

From second-hand fighter jets and submarines to a civilian drone that doesn't actually work, Canada looks like a dumping ground for used technology.

Sep 28, 2018

British Columbia will investigate how money laundering in the real estate market may inflate housing prices. The Ministry of Finance will look real estate and financial services vulnerability to money laundering, and the Attorney General will investigate specific cases of money laundering.

Sep 27, 2018

The Vancouver Police Department (VPD) has joined other Canadian police forces in rejecting the only federally approved roadside marijuana test. The VPD says the device doesn’t work in sub-zero temperatures, is bulky and takes too long to produce a result.

Sep 27, 2018

In a bid to attract more recruits, the Canadian military is changing its policy to allow soldiers to grow beards after completing basic training. Right now, a small group can have beards: sailors, some specialized soldiers and members whose religion requires keeping facial hair.

Sep 26, 2018

Democracy Watch calls on Ontario's Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk to investigate if public money was spent on the Ford Conservatives’ fake news videos posted on social media, and if they violate the Government Advertising Act.

Sep 26, 2018

Veterans Affairs Canada has announced that in future it will not pay benefits for jailed relatives of retired military personnel. Controversy erupted when it became known that the convicted murderer of a Halifax police officer received PTSD treatments for his crime under his veteran father's benefits plan. It is unclear if those payments have been terminated.

Sep 26, 2018

James Mattis, the US secretary of defense, says there are too few women in frontline infantry positions to determine if their participation is a success. He has asked US Army and Marine leadership for more information about putting women in a "close-quarters fight".

Sep 26, 2018

After a high number of North Atlantic right whale deaths in the summer of 2017, Dalhousie University launched the Whale Habitat and Listening Experiment. The Canadian Forces assisted with the simultaneous deployment of boats, aircraft, underwater robots, military sonobuoys, and satellites over a 1,500 square kilometre area to study whale activity over two days.

Sep 25, 2018

New stats highlight the scale of human trafficking in Nova Scotia. According to Statistics Canada, which compiled police-reported incidents of human trafficking between 2009 and 2016, Halifax is beating cities like Toronto and Vancouver for all the wrong reasons.

Sep 25, 2018

A new Canadian Forces building planned for Yellowknife will provide offices, an assembly space and drill hall, and warehouse and garage space. Estimated at between $50 million and $99 million, the space will support about 360 military and civilian personnel.

Sep 25, 2018

The defence minister, Harjit Sajjan says the winner of the $60-billion Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) procurement will be announced by the end of the year. Some observers believe an announcement could be made in early October at DefSec in Halifax.

Sep 24, 2018

Canada will create a new ambassador position dedicated to women, peace and security, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Saturday. She said that the new ambassador would help champion feminist-based aid programs and advocate for more female participation in peacekeeping and conflict resolution.

Sep 24, 2018

Employees of the Government of Canada have been told not to go to work Monday, as a large part of Ottawa remains without power after two tornadoes struck the city and Gatineau, Que., on Friday.

Sep 24, 2018

Organized crime is moving online and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police is struggling to keep up, according to a briefing note prepared for RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki when she took over the top job earlier this year.

Sep 24, 2018

The Los Angeles Police Department is trying to use data analytics that predict crime before it happens. Activists insist the technique is just a new spin on old biases.

Sep 24, 2018

During a series of exercises on a mock battlefield in urban Montreal Canadian soldiers tested a new British weapon that uses artificial intelligence to scan the battlefield for enemy movements. Space age technology tracks opposing forces in built up areas and alerts soldiers to danger.

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.

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