IN THE NEWS

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.

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.

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