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Feb 01, 2019

Starting this week, many of the more than 64,000 asylum seekers in Canada waiting for their cases to be heard could be eligible for a new fast-tracked approach to processing refugee claims, according to Global News.

Jan 31, 2019

NATO's chief is calling on China to treat two Canadians detained in the country "fairly and with due process." In his first public comments about the case, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said today that he was following their case "with concern."

Jan 31, 2019

Intending to strengthen the electoral system in advance of the coming federal election, the government announced a 4-pillar series of actions across a number of areas.

Jan 30, 2019

United States intelligence officials and politicians are escalating their fight against Chinese espionage in the wake of two wide-ranging indictments of Huawei Technologies Co. and they’re calling for American allies to join the battle.

Jan 29, 2019

A new low-yield nuclear warhead, created at the behest of the Trump administration, has officially entered production. The first production unit of the W76-2 warhead is underway at the Pantax Plant in Texas, according to a statement from the National Nuclear Security Agency.

Jan 29, 2019

It’s a doomsday 1969 game: Cities will be vaporized and millions will be annihilated unless you act fast to stop it all. That is the premise behind an escape room game now being developed inside a decommissioned nuclear fallout shelter an hour’s drive north of Halifax in the rural community of Debert.

Jan 28, 2019

At least 60 people are dead and 305 have been reported missing so far after a containment dam of waste from a Vale iron ore mine collapsed in Brazil on Friday. Fire officials expect the number of confirmed fatalities will grow “exponentially” on Monday as rescue and recovery efforts resume.

Jan 28, 2019

Beefed-up borders and stricter refugee screening won’t do much to reduce the threat of Islamist terrorism in Canada, which is largely homegrown, according to one of Canada’s top experts on terrorism and national security.

Jan 28, 2019

At a town hall in New Brunswick last week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his government is relying on “national security experts” as it weighs any potential security concerns associated with 5G wireless technology.

Jan 28, 2019

The RCMP's national security team has arrested and charged an Ontario youth with a terrorism-related offence, the police force said Friday following an investigation in Kingston, Ont.

Jan 25, 2019

Britain's MI6 has launched a new recruitment drive on Google and YouTube so as not to miss out on potential employees that might switch channels from a TV advertisement. The new advertisement, launched yesterday, says being a spy is 'not about finding the button for the ejector seat'.

Jan 25, 2019

Quebec's Davie Shipbuilding has condemned a storied Coast Guard ship as beyond repair, declining to bid on a lucrative contract to overhaul the 56-year-old CCGS Hudson on the grounds that it “presents a serious and real threat to the safety of life at sea.”

Jan 25, 2019

The RCMP have arrested two people following raids on two homes in Kingston, Ont., in what officials are calling a national security investigation involving multiple police forces. CBC News reports that the arrests included a minor and involved both Kingston police and the help of the FBI in the United States.

Jan 24, 2019

Flu cases are continuing to ramp up across Canada, with youngsters at greatest risk. As of January 12, there have been 20,494 confirmed  cases across the country. This strain, known as “swine flu,” caused a pandemic in 2009-2010. Also known as "H1N1" it tends to affect young adults and children more than seniors. News reports say there have been seven influenza-associated deaths in children under the age of 10 since August.

Jan 23, 2019

No one was injured after a train derailed and one locomotive caught fire just north of Saskatoon on Tuesday morning. Dashcam captures crucial seconds before and during the crash that sent cars careening off the tracks at a road crossing. View video here.

Jan 23, 2019

Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen is defending the Liberal approach to asylum seekers, insisting the Conservatives' proposed alternatives are "half-baked" and impractical.

Jan 23, 2019

The federal Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction says money laundering is a serious problem throughout Canada and has pledged to improve how information is shared among law enforcement agencies across the country.

Jan 22, 2019

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale recently announced that immediate steps are being taken to establish an Interim Management Advisory Board to provide the RCMP Commissioner with expert external advice on the management and administration of the RCMP.

Jan 22, 2019

Bill C-69 would essentially move the approval for pipelines and nuclear facilities from independent, expert regulators to a new Impact Assessment Agency that reports to the environment minister – like having that minister regulate air safety. It makes no sense.

Jan 18, 2019

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland is urging Canadians to pay attention to the government's travel warnings amid a spate of high-profile cases of the killing, kidnapping and detention of Canadians abroad.

Jan 16, 2019

Nine DND employees were involved in Friday's horrific bus crash on Ottawa's Transitway, the department confirmed Tuesday. There were four Canadian Armed Forces members and five civilians involved in the collision at Westboro station.

Jan 16, 2019

Canada's minister for public safety says right-wing, white supremacists and neo-Nazi groups are an increasing concern and threat to Canadians. Ralph Goodale said the groups promote hate, which manifests itself in violent anti-Semitism or in other crimes.

Jan 16, 2019

A Quebec-based business association claiming to represent over 1,000 companies inside and outside the province is launching a high-profile campaign to convince the Liberal government to reopen the oft-maligned National Shipbuilding Strategy.

Jan 16, 2019

A person of "national security concern" was granted permanent residency "due to a series of failures" by the Canadian border agency and immigration department. In light of the incident, both departments have had to introduce changes in what the public safety minister's office is calling a "completely unacceptable" mistake.

Jan 15, 2019
The Canadian government has sent an emergency management expert to the Republic of the Congo to help the World Health Organization battle the worsening Ebola outbreak in the area. So far, 385 people have died in DRC and the virus continues to spread. This outbreak is now the second largest in history after the 2014-2016 epidemic that killed 11,000 people ans spread worldwide.
Jan 15, 2019

The bitter debate about American security prompted Canada’s emissaries in Washington to prepare for another round of defending the world’s longest undefended border on Monday, as the longest government shutdown in U.S. history lurched into its fourth week.

Jan 14, 2019

Three people were killed and 23 others injured when an Ottawa transit bus crashed into a shelter in the city’s west end on Friday. Ottawa Police Chief Charles Bordeleau said officers are trying to determine what caused the collision, adding that the weather – icy roads and bitter cold – could be a factor.

Jan 11, 2019

A year ago, the Correctional Service of Canada issued a directive requiring volunteers to obtain “reliability status.” Now, volunteers are subject to the same screening and scrutiny as staff. This includes fingerprinting and a credit check, in addition to the prior requirements of a criminal record check, application and orientation class.

Jan 11, 2019

U.S. President Donald Trump said Thursday it's likely he would declare a national emergency to secure funds for his long-sought wall along the U.S. southern border if an agreement with Democrats in Congress to provide the money isn't reached.

Jan 09, 2019

Wildfires that scorched vast tracts of southern British Columbia and led to forced evacuations in the summer of 2017 were stoked by climate change and are likely to become more common as global temperatures edge up, federal scientists warn in a new study.

Jan 09, 2019

The federal government is imposing a series of new restrictions on the use of drones, requiring operators to be at least 14 years old and calling on all owners to register their recreational and commercial devices with Transport Canada, federal and industry officials said.

Jan 08, 2019

Britain will extend a drone exclusion zone five-fold and give police new powers against lawbreaking operators, the government said on Monday, after sightings last month paralyzed the nation's second busiest airport.

Jan 08, 2019

New legislation has been proposed to protect the United States’ “technological supremacy” over emerging defence markets, and suppress a rise in the transfer of dual-use technology, through the establishment of an Office of Critical Technologies & Security.

Jan 07, 2019

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's former national security adviser is questioning whether federal departments are prepared for the risk of election meddling in 2019 and whether the federal Liberals' legislation meant to tackle foreign interference goes far enough.

Jan 07, 2019

The federal agency tasked with guaranteeing U.S. airport security acknowledged an increase in the number of its employees calling off work during the partial government shutdown. TSA employees are expected to work without pay during the shutdown because their jobs are considered essential.

Jan 07, 2019

President Donald Trump's push to create a U.S. space force is being welcomed by military experts in Canada, and the executive director of one defence think-tank says Canada should consider following suit.

Jan 04, 2019

The recommendations of a parliamentary committee looking into the criminal record pardon system is a microcosm of a government that has come up short on their promises for criminal justice reform, say criminal defence lawyers.

Jan 04, 2019

The Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) wants to hire a “network exploitation analyst” to assist the agency in “cyber investigative activities.”

Jan 02, 2019

Calgary police shot more people this year than their counterparts in many other big Canadian cities, according to a CBC News analysis. Officers shot nine people, killing five, coming close to the record they set two years ago with 10 shootings.

Jan 02, 2019

Ontario drivers are facing harsher penalties for distracted driving took effect yesterday. The provincial government introduced the new rules in a bid to improve road safety.

Dec 31, 2018

In a year-end interview with the West Block‘s Mercedes Stephenson, Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Jonathan Vance said while there are a number of threats that are evolving and taking shape, one of the most concrete ones the military is facing right now comes from Mother Nature herself.

Dec 28, 2018
The drone-causing chaos that shut down London’s Gatwick Airport for 32 hours during one of the busiest holiday travel periods emphasizes the need for a regulated defence strategy in this country, says Philip Reece, Chief Technology Officer for Vancouver-based Indro Corp.
Dec 28, 2018

After a year of high-profile data breaches that have shaken the public’s trust in companies’ collection of personal data, Canada’s privacy watchdog is issuing new guidelines for private-sector companies to obtain “meaningful consent” from their users and customers.

Dec 27, 2018

Spanning decades and billions of dollars, the ambitious National Shipbuilding Strategy aims not only to outfit the navy and coast guard with a new fleet of vessels, but also to rebuild the shipbuilding  industry. But for something as slow as military procurement, 2018 had many milestones that that positioned the program for even more progress over the next year.

Dec 24, 2018

After three days in which flights were severely disrupted by unauthorized drone activity near the runway, services at the Gatwick Airport in the UK are close to normal. Since the first sightings of a drone at 9 pm on Wednesday, upwards of 150,000 passengers have had their flights cancelled.

Dec 24, 2018

The National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians delivered its first annual report Friday to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The report includes the two substantive reviews conducted by NSICOP in 2018, and its related findings and recommendations.

Dec 24, 2018

An eruption of one of the world’s most infamous volcanic islands is believed to have triggered a tsunami that killed at least 281 people in Indonesia during a busy holiday weekend.

Dec 24, 2018

The federal government reported more than 200 significant privacy breaches affecting the personal information of thousands of Canadians and Canadian businesses, a number that Ottawa’s privacy watchdog suggests is the “tip of the iceberg.”

Dec 24, 2018

The RCMP are taking a radical look at their recruitment strategy to convince more women and visible minorities to don the red serge. The Mounties have been plagued by staffing challenges in recent years and are looking at how to make a job in policing more attractive.

Dec 21, 2018

Toronto Mayor John Tory and Bill Blair, the federal minister in charge of organized crime reduction, are announcing new funding to stop young people from joining gangs. Blair said the federal government will send $6.7 million to the city over a five year span for a program that aims to address the root causes of youth violence.

Dec 20, 2018

Mounties are marking a historic moment today in their fight to unionize for the first time in the institution's 145-year history. RCMP members have until noon today to vote on whether they want the National Police Federation to represent them, but it could be months yet before they learn the results.

Dec 19, 2018

A witness in the case against Vice-Admiral Mark Norman testified that government documentation purposely left out the Norman name to ensure that any Access to information and Privacy (ATIP) requests would come up "nil response".

Dec 19, 2018

Russia has deployed its newest chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) reconnaissance vehicle to Syria to operate with military police units patrolling the Idlib de-escalation zone.

Dec 19, 2018

Canada's new impaired driving laws will allow police to violate people's constitutional rights, unfairly target people of colour and detain people without due cause, says defence lawyer Scott Newman.

Dec 19, 2018

Global Affairs Canada confirmed on Tuesday that a third Canadian citizen has been detained by Chinese authorities, but did not connect the incident to Canada’s high-profile arrest last month of a Chinese tech executive.

Dec 18, 2018

Canada’s new impaired driving laws kick in Tuesday, giving law enforcement new powers when it comes to interacting with drivers. Changes to both drug and alcohol impaired driving come as part of the former Bill C-46, which aims to make Canada’s laws “amongst the strongest in the world.”

Dec 17, 2018

Spy chiefs from the Five Eyes intelligence network briefed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on two occasions this year about the national-security risk from Chinese high-tech giant Huawei – meetings that took place months before Canada’s arrest of a top Huawei executive severely strained relations with Beijing.

Dec 14, 2018

The federal government is considering increasing the risk level for Canadian travellers to China, CTV News has learned. The prospect of issuing a travel warning for Canadians in China, or for those journeying to China, is being considered among other options.

Dec 14, 2018

Dozens of bomb threats – all believed to be unfounded – were reported in major cities across Canada and the United States on Thursday. Officials from both countries said they believe the threats – clumsily written emails demanding $20,000 US payments of bitcoin – may have all come from the same source.

Dec 14, 2018

A 7-year-old girl who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border with her father last week died after being taken into the custody of the U.S. Border Patrol, federal immigration authorities confirmed Thursday.

Dec 13, 2018

A new Senate Standing Committee report, entitled "Responding to Russian aggression against Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia in the Black Sea" has just been released.

Dec 12, 2018

The RCMP’s forensic lab is behind on all of its performance targets, failing to complete half of all DNA requests and more than a third of toxicology tests within the target time even as it predicts a huge increase in samples the lab will need to process after changes to the impaired driving law.

Dec 11, 2018

National security "comes first" in deciding whether to allow Huawei Technologies to take part in developing Canada's 5G telecommunications network, Infrastructure Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne says.

Dec 11, 2018

The Canada Border Services Agency is looking at getting back into the reality TV show game, just two years after the federal privacy commissioner said the agency's show Border Security: Canada's Front Line broke the law.

Dec 10, 2018

Quebec’s National Assembly has unanimously adopted a motion in support of the federal government re-examining the National Shipbuilding Strategy and how work on that strategy is allocated. The motion on Friday calls for more work to be directed to Quebec-based Davie Shipbuilding.

Dec 06, 2018

Physicists from the University of New Brunswick are leading the development of communication technology that will help the Government of Canada monitor activity in the Arctic.

Dec 06, 2018

A recent Deloitte study found that Canadian companies will be hiring over 8,000 cybersecurity experts over the next two years. And this isn’t just a Canadian problem: the website Cyberseek reports that there are currently 313,000 open jobs in cybersecurity in the U.S.

Dec 06, 2018

Canada's privacy watchdog says he's worried that privacy rights in Canada are being cast aside as both public and private entities rush to mine digital data from citizens and customers.

Dec 06, 2018

Chinese officials are demanding that Canada release Huawei Technologies' chief financial officer, who was arrested in Vancouver over the weekend and faces possible extradition to the United States.

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