IN THE NEWS

Oct 27, 2016

When Fort McMurray residents returned after May's devastating fire, first responders greeted them from the bridge over Highway 63. Now the province is renaming that bridge Responders Way, in recognition of their service.

Oct 26, 2016

Vancouver Police Const. Brian Montague said an increase in Albertans could well mean in increase in some of them committing crimes, citing stories he has heard from officers working on the frontline.

Oct 26, 2016

Since 2008, according to Montreal’s La Presse newspaper, PTSD cases in the RCMP have tripled. As well as serving members, about 2500 retired Mounties are on some form of PTSD benefit.

Oct 25, 2016

A British Airways A380 aircraft on its way from San Francisco to London made an emergency landing in Vancouver late Monday after 25 crew members became unwell.

Oct 25, 2016

Three militants stormed the dormitory of a police training college in southwestern Pakistan at about 11pm Monday night, killing at least 61 and injuring more than 100. Two of the attackers detonated their explosive vests and the thirs was shot dead in the attack that lasted almost four hours.

Oct 25, 2016

A Swedish court has ruled that drone-mounted cameras are surveillance devices because they work remotely from their operators. Therefore, except for those with a hard-to-get permit, only law enforcement can use them. Civilian operators are working to reverse or modify the ruling.

Oct 25, 2016

Ontario legislation that recognizes PTSD as a work-related illness has more first responders seeking treatment. Paramedics, police and fire-fighters no longer have to prove their ailment is related to their jobs.

Oct 24, 2016

The Pentagon’s Joint Staff has warned against using equipment made by China’s Lenovo computer manufacturer amid concerns about cyber spying against Pentagon networks. An internal report suggests Lenovo computers and handheld devices could compromise hardware into the Defense Department supply chain.

Oct 24, 2016

The Mounties are lead agency at the National Security Joint Operations Centre, which consolidates counterterror information from other departments like Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Communications Security Establishment, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, and the Canada Border Services Agency. Bill C-51 in 2015 allows greater information sharing between departments in the interests of national security.

Oct 22, 2016

Statistical analysis shows the RCMP has moved its electronic surveillance priorities from organized crime to terrorism. After the 2014 attack on Parliament Hill, the federal police began to change its wiretap targets.

Oct 21, 2016

Each year, the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada release a report on the state of public health in this country. This year, he has chosen to focus on family violence in Canada.

Oct 21, 2016

Over the next few weeks, rights groups, lawyers, activists, experts and concerned individuals will all weigh in on how to achieve a National Security framework upholding both security and rights. The situation is so dire that rights groups have had to distribute thousands of “know your rights” guides and organize workshops across the country on dealing with security agencies.

Oct 21, 2016

Medavie EMS of Chatham-Kent, Ontario is among the first civilian organizations in Canada to use the Road to Mental Readiness (R2MR) program, developed for Canadian Forces personnel, to help protect its staff of more than 100 from the psychological impact of their duties.

Oct 21, 2016

Senator Vern White, former Ottawa police chief, reviews the security measures brought into force since Michael Zehaf-Bibeau murdered Cpl. Nathan Cirillo at the National War Memorial before the gun battle that ended his life in the House of Commons.

Oct 20, 2016

The brother of a man shot and killed by Calgary police last year questions why body camera equipment was not functioning during the incident. The Calgary Police Service says it is still working to replace the defective equipment it purchased.

Oct 20, 2016

Opposition NDP and Liberal members of the Yukon legislature are looking at changing the law so workers officially diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder would not need to prove the injury was sustained on the job. A Liberal candidate said the 'presumptive' legislation would cover first responders, with job categories to be chosen after his party formed a government.

Oct 19, 2016

Police say 32 people have been charged with 78 offences in a six-day co-ordinated investigation into human trafficking across Canada. More than 390 officers from 53 Canadian police services, plus the FBI in the United States, directly engaged with people suspected of working in the sex trade, potentially against their will.

Oct 19, 2016

Ontario’s solitary-confinement cells hold a high proportion of inmates who have mental-health issues and other medical challenges, including one prisoner who has spent more than four years in isolation, according to figures released by the Ontario Human Rights Commission.

Oct 19, 2016

Transport Canada is reviewing whether more aircraft should be equipped with black boxes to aid crash investigators following last week’s high-profile accident that killed former Alberta Premier Jim Prentice.

Oct 19, 2016

This year, Mountie brass changed the terms of service for its auxiliary volunteers. Now, it's considering options that could return them to the law enforcement front line.

Oct 18, 2016

Yesterday marked the final day of the SARScene 2016 conference program, following a week of opportunities for training, education and exercises, as well as presentations and moderated discussions from Search and Rescue (SAR) experts.

Oct 18, 2016

Last week, federal, provincial and territorial ministers responsible for justice and public safety concluded two days of productive engagement, working on justice and public safety priorities for Canadians.

Oct 17, 2016

A year after a stunning majority win, Maclean’s adds up the stumbles and successes of Justin Trudeau’s government in our Trudeau Report Card. The hard work of delivering on more than 200 campaign promises—and breaking some along the way—has only just begun.

Oct 17, 2016

The Streit Group, heavily promoted last year by the Global Affairs Department as a rising star in the export market, has on at least two occasions sold - or modified - sport utility and luxury vehicles to people with alleged gang connections.

Oct 14, 2016

In year of record violence, National Capital illegal gun dealers auction weapons.

Oct 14, 2016

The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Canada’s Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, has issued a statement acknowledging the United Nation’s International Day for Disaster Reduction.

Oct 14, 2016

As the war in Syria rages on and Russia vetoes yet another resolution aimed at ending the bloodshed, Canada is spearheading a new diplomatic effort to try to end the brutal civil war.

Oct 12, 2016

A joint rescue operation was conducted on Monday involving the RCAF’s 442 Transport and Rescue Squadron and various civilian agencies after a plane crashed north of Anahim Lake, BC.

Oct 12, 2016

The RCMP say they have found a stolen vehicle they believe is connected with a suspect wanted in the shooting of a Mountie in southeastern British Columbia. The RCMP say the officer was shot Tuesday as police stopped a vehicle believed to be involved in a theft near the town of Golden.

Oct 12, 2016

The federal department that processes Canadian passports didn't take proper security precautions when it implemented a new system for issuing the travel documents, according to an audit of the program.

Oct 11, 2016

General Dynamics Mission Systems–Canada has officially launched four new public safety and security solutions that provide first responders around the world with integrated mission-critical communications systems that will help save lives.

Oct 11, 2016

The federal government is forbidding the construction of new embassies on Ottawa’s Sussex Drive following a stark RCMP assessment of the potential for “violent events” in the high-profile neighbourhood.

Oct 11, 2016

The Canadian Armed Forces’ Judge Advocate General (JAG) is launching consultations with Canadians as part of the ongoing comprehensive review of the court martial system.

Oct 10, 2016

The CIA claims it has beefed-up its “anticipatory intelligence” technologies to predict social unrest and societal instability days before it happens. What will the impact be?

Oct 07, 2016

The ministers of Foreign Affairs, International Development and La Francophonie, and National Defence have announced that the Government of Canada has deployed the Canadian Disaster Assessment Team (CDAT) to Haiti and set aside up to $3 million as an initial humanitarian response for those in Haiti and other countries in the region affected by Hurricane Matthew.

Oct 07, 2016

Hurricane Matthew, carrying winds of 195 kilometres per hour, lashed central Florida on Friday, hugging the Atlantic coast as it moved north and threatened more destruction after killing more than 500 people and leaving thousands homeless in Haiti.

Oct 07, 2016

The RCMP has delivered a historic apology to female officers and civilian members with a massive settlement over harassment, discrimination and sexual abuse claims that could cost up to $100 million.

Oct 06, 2016

Hurricane Matthew has strengthened to a catastrophic Category 4 storm as it barrels toward the heavily populated coast of Florida. The National Hurricane Center in Miami said the storm's maximum sustained winds had strengthened to 140 mph as of late Thursday morning and were expected to maintain their strength as the storm approaches the Florida coast.

Oct 06, 2016

The European Union launched a joint border guard force on Thursday as it tries to prevent any repeat of an uncontrolled influx of migrants and refugees last year that has opened up gaping rifts between member states.

Oct 06, 2016

Over the next two days, Her Majesty’s Canadian Ships (HMCS) Brandon, Edmonton and Kingston are departing to participate in Operation Caribbe, Canada’s contribution the multinational campaign against illicit trafficking by transnational criminal organizations in the Eastern Pacific Ocean and Caribbean.

Oct 06, 2016

The RCMP is set to announce a major settlement of hundreds of complaints of sexual harassment at a cost of more than $10-million, sources said. Senior federal officials said that RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson hopes that the settlement, as well as a public statement on Thursday, will “turn the page” on the dark chapter in the history of the national police force.

Oct 06, 2016

A group of Canadians who advise the federal government on national security issues are in the dark about the future of a 16-member roundtable they were appointed to. Members of the Cross-Cultural Roundtable on Security are supposed to meet in-camera at least twice a year, yet the group hasn't met since October 2014.

Oct 05, 2016

An all-party committee of MPs is urging the federal government to take action on behalf of public safety officers and first responders who develop mental health problems after experiencing traumatic events.

Oct 05, 2016

The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, issued a statement after the tabling of the 2015-16 Annual Report of the Security Intelligence Review Committee (SIRC) last week.

Oct 05, 2016

Rescue workers in Haiti struggled to reach cutoff towns and learn the full extent of the death and destruction caused by Hurricane Matthew as the storm began battering the Bahamas Wednesday and triggered evacuations along the U.S. East Coast.

Oct 04, 2016

A senior Ukrainian envoy is warning a thaw in diplomatic relations between Canada and Russia will primarily benefit Vladimir Putin – a caution that came as relations abruptly deteriorated between Moscow and Washington on Monday over Syria and nuclear arsenals.

Oct 04, 2016

Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion has joined the United States in condemning Russia over the escalating fighting in Syria and failed efforts to end the war in that country.

Oct 03, 2016

Canada's spy agency is using controversial powers under the C-51 anti-terrorism legislation to gather intelligence from Canadians held in foreign prisons, a newly released memo reveals. Amnesty International Canada and the NDP are expressing concerns about the potential pitfalls of the previously unknown information-sharing arrangement between the Canadian Security Intelligence Service and Global Affairs Canada.

Sep 30, 2016

Almost one in two Calgarians disapprove of the police, according to a poll. "Calgarians have a negative view about the Calgary Police Service with 39 per cent approval compared to 48 per cent disapproval," said Quito Maggi, president of Mainstreet Research, in a release.

Sep 30, 2016

The civilian watchdog committee that oversees Canada’s spy agency is giving a cautious thumbs-up to CSIS for its exercise of newly acquired anti-terror powers under Bill C-51, the controversial law passed last year that the Liberal government says it will amend.

Sep 29, 2016

An incident involving hundreds of blank Canadian Forces identification cards that went missing just days after the 2014 attack on Parliament Hill has been meet with a shrug from the military. The case involving the identity cards, which disappeared while being shipped from Ottawa to Toronto through Canada Post, resulted in a brief police investigation and no changes to the military’s security policy.

Sep 29, 2016

There is "horrific evidence" that Sudan's military has repeatedly used chemical weapons (CW) in the country's eastern region of Darfur, Amnesty International has reported. The claim was made on the basis of interviews with 52 residents in the Jebel Marra area in Darfur, where military and allied forces have been attempting to suppress a faction of the Sudan Liberation Army (SLA) rebel group.

Sep 29, 2016

A Liberal MP says Canada and Russia will hold a joint conference on Arctic co-operation next month in Ottawa, despite differences over Syria and Ukraine.

Sep 28, 2016

Farmers in Saskatchewan have been arming themselves to protect property, and self, after three masked men, with handguns, threatened a farm worker near Fiske, Sask.

Sep 28, 2016

Abacus Data conducted an extensive online nationwide study of Canadians’ views of healthcare and the role of paramedics. It found that Canadians recognize and value the role that paramedics can play in improving access and outcomes for Canadian patients.

Sep 28, 2016

Cadets were used to meet 'unexpected operational demands' following the Oct. 22, 2014 shooting on Parliament Hill, says an RCMP spokesperson. The Parliamentary Protective Service is forming a ‘special response’ team that will eventually assume some of the duties of regular force RCMP.

Sep 28, 2016

Police officers in El Cajon, California have killed an allegedly unarmed, mentally disabled black man having seizure after his sister called 911 for help. The Police department tweeted on that officers had an encounter with an “erratic subject” on Tuesday afternoon.

Sep 27, 2016
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has directed his top security officials to discuss a cyber accord with China to help protect Canadian corporations from hackers.
Sep 26, 2016

Canadians are being encouraged to ask more questions about the security of their electronic devices from an unlikely source — an executive at the country’s electronic intelligence agency. Scott Jones, the deputy director of IT security at the Communications Security Establishment, said Canadians need to start taking a greater interest in how their electronic devices protect personal information.

Sep 26, 2016

Hungarian authorities staged a manhunt Sunday for the main suspect in a bomb attack that seriously wounded two patrol officers late Saturday, with authorities saying the homemade device had been planted in an apparent attempt to target police.

Sep 26, 2016

Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation has suspended the driver’s licence of an Ottawa woman who has post-traumatic stress disorder, even though she says her mental health doesn’t prevent her from safely operating a vehicle.

Sep 24, 2016

What should have been a straightforward purchase of binoculars for the RCMP has gone off the rails after it emerged the deal was rigged to favour one particular company. A government watchdog has recommended the entire process be restarted, but this time in an open, fair and transparent manner — which amounts to yet another blow for the troubled federal government procurement system.

Sep 24, 2016

The prison guards who watch over some of Canada’s most dangerous criminals are the latest to see their pay lost to glitches in the federal government’s new automated national payroll system.

Sep 24, 2016

In a rare public speech, the chief of the Communications Security Establishment, said cryptologists around the world are racing to find new cryptographic standards before Y2Q – years to quantum – predicted for 2026. The head of the CSE warns that the advent of super-fast quantum computers will cripple current encryption methods for securing sensitive government and personal information within a decade.

Sep 23, 2016

Security experts have warned for some time that the so-called Internet of Things opens many vulnerabilities when interconnecting industrial devices across a public distributed network. Now C-level executives who aren’t sure what to do about it can consult a security framework published by the Industrial Internet Consortium.

Sep 22, 2016

Public Safety Canada has repeatedly approved CSIS and the RCMP's use of devices to spy on Canadians' communications, documents obtained by CBC News reveal.

Sep 20, 2016

The man suspected of planting bombs in a New York neighbourhood and a New Jersey seaside town may have aimed to inflict carnage incognito, but he didn't succeed for long in concealing his identity.

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