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Apr 18, 2018

Mary Janes, a chain of 'head' shops in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland is promising four contest winners free marijuana for a year when it becomes legal in Canada.  Halifax police are investigating.

Apr 18, 2018

A November 2006 report by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service inspector general advised the agency to take precautions when interviewing detainees abroad, because of concerns about torture. The document has emerged through disclosure in a lawsuit against the federal government.

Apr 17, 2018

South Carolina state officials blamed the carnage on a turf war between gangs over territory, money and contraband items like cellphones. For seven hours, Corrections Director Bryan Stirling said, inmates armed with handmade knives fought each other, leaving seven dead in the worst U.S. prison riot in a quarter-century.

Apr 17, 2018

Beyond the unprecedented outpouring of support to the Humboldt Broncos victims and their families, it has become clear that no agency of the government of Canada has a mandate to conduct an in-depth safety investigation of this crash, or of any other road crash, no matter how tragic its outcomes are.

Apr 17, 2018

Daniel Jean, Canada's top intelligence official told a Commons committee it was his decision to brief reporters about the presence of convicted terrorist Jaspal Atwal during the prime minister’s trip to India. Opposition members rejected the explanation.

Apr 17, 2018

The British Columbia Workers Compensation Act is adding post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental injuries to the 'presumptive' conditions that no longer require proof they are work related.

Apr 17, 2018

The "social justice warrior" ethos and politicization of oversight agencies is having an impact on police services. In Ottawa, a nasty fight on social media about depolicing has broken out between an anonymous officer, the mayor and the police chief.

Apr 16, 2018

August 2016 speaking notes for Michel Coulombe, then head of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service warn politicians that foreign agents are working to influence their decisions. Russia and China could use “free travel or financial contributions” and even “coercion based on some observed exploitable personal or family weakness”, techniques that have worked well in the past.

Apr 13, 2018

A bomb exploded at a packed football stadium in southern Somalia and killed five spectators while wounding several others, police said. The Somalia-based, al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab extremist group immediately claimed responsibility for the explosion.

Apr 13, 2018

Shortly after shooting about a dozen people inside a Quebec City mosque, Alexandre Bissonnette called 911 and asked the operator, "I didn't hurt anyone earlier, did I?"

Apr 13, 2018

Mark Holland, parliamentary secretary to the Public Safety Minister says  two new federal cyber security agencies will work closer with business. The RCMP will manage the new National Cyber Crime Co-ordination Unit, and the Communications Security Establishment will operate the new Canadian Centre for Cyber Security.

Apr 13, 2018

A study by Carleton University's Police Psychology Research Lab grew out of an RCMP officer's health-and-safety complaint about the Mounties' standard-issue light grey shirt. The RCMP-sponsored study measured how ordinary Canadians react to the outward appearance of cops, with variables ranging from sunglasses and piercings to gloves and ball caps.

Apr 13, 2018

Jack MacLaren, an Ottawa area MPP for Ontario's Trillium Party wants the federal government to take the Tamil Tigers off the list of recognized terrorist organizations. Toronto police have been quoted as saying there are thousands of Tamil Tiger fighters in Canada and that terrorist members of the group have been smuggled into the country.

Apr 12, 2018

The International Criminal Court in The Hague has found Vojislav Seselj - leader of the Serbian Radical Party - guilty of war crimes against Croatians in Serbia's northern province of Vojvodina during the war in former Yugoslavia in the early 1990s and sentenced him to 10 years in prison.

Apr 12, 2018

Lesly Emmanuel, Kunarobinson Christhurajah, Nadarajah Mahendran and Thampeernayagam Rajaratnam have each been charged under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act with organizing the voyage of the MV Sun Sea, which docked in British Columbia in August, 2010, carrying 492 Sri Lankan Tamils.

Apr 12, 2018

Documents obtained by the National Post show elaborate planning, over the past five weeks, for a drill at a major government building in Gatineau, Que., on April 18. The drill will involve just over 1,000 people, most of whom work for government departments. The majority, about 850, work at National Defence.

Apr 12, 2018

The Windsor Police Service is currently about 18 percent women. Chief Al Frederick wants that number to be 50 per cent but admits parity is a goal he might not see. Superintendent Pam Mizuno, the force's highest ranked woman, was named deputy chief Wednesday.

Apr 11, 2018

Bill C-75, the Trudeau government's new crime legislation, could change police accountability in Canada. It would allow courts to accept police evidence in writing instead of testifying in person, and in some cases, defence lawyers would not be able to question officers on the witness stand.

Apr 11, 2018

CBC News reports the Ontario government will ask bystanders to give mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to apparent victims of opioid overdoses. The medical community is divided about the value of rescue breathing to overdose victims.

Apr 10, 2018

Health experts and organizations across Canada anticipated that the Liberal government’s would renew the federal Tobacco Control Strategy, which expired on March 31. Instead, the government says the $11-million that was committed to the strategy this year, and the $16-million promised next year, will be used to stop the influx of contraband tobacco and to pay for unspecified “targeted actions” to help Canadians quit smoking.

Apr 10, 2018

Jean-Pierre Fortin, national president of Canada’s Customs and Immigration Union, says the government’s preparations for another wave of irregular migrants this summer consist largely of reallocating of staff from other areas of the country. He warns that it could lead to overworked border security staff and longer wait times at ports of entry across the country as the busy summer travelling season sets in.

Apr 10, 2018

A BC Supreme Court judge is calling on the province to press criminal charges against protesters arrested for violating an injunction while protesting the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

Apr 10, 2018

A new National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians will review Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's trip to India. The committee will look at alleged "foreign interference in Canadian political affairs" and inappropriate use of intelligence. A background briefing by national security adviser Daniel Jean suggested that factions in the Indian government tried to sabotage Trudeau's February trip to India.

Apr 09, 2018

The National Energy Board hired private detectives to probe the affairs of a journalist, Postmedia's Mike De Souza, who had been looking into its operations. In September, the board released some of the reporter's personal financial information to an unidentified individual.

Apr 06, 2018

Four people were killed today in a shooting at the Osmangazi University in Turkey's northwestern province of Eskisehir, the school's rector and local media said. The shooter killed the assistant dean, faculty secretary, lecturer and a staff member from the education faculty of the university, rector Hasan Gonen told Turkish media.

Apr 06, 2018

Thousands of Google staff are protesting against the use of the company’s technology in the Pentagon’s controversial drones programme. Google confirmed last month that the Pentagon was using its technology, sparking outrage among some of its employees.

Apr 06, 2018

Lisa Korthals was killed by an avalanche in the mountains she adored, while guiding a group of tourists in the Whistler back country on March 28.

Apr 06, 2018

A Canadian Broadcasting Corporation team has assembled a national database of police-related fatalities between 2000 and 2017. In-custody deaths, suicides or deaths as a result of police chases are not included. British Columbia has the highest per capita rate of police-involved deaths in Canada.

Apr 06, 2018

United States security concerns about the new Gordie Howe International Bridge between Windsor and Detroit could block Chinese-owned construction firms from bidding on the multi-billion dollar project. A Chinese state-owned firm is trying to buy Canadian construction giant Aecon, but has yet to get Ottawa’s approval. The Trudeau government is reported to believe it would be unacceptable to the United States for a Chinese government company to build the bridge.

Apr 05, 2018

As shipping and tourism are ramping up across the Arctic region, the potential for environmental damage and dangerous rescue incidents becomes inevitable. Sea ice, unforgiving weather, remoteness and sparse charts are just a few of the complications that responders would face in the event of a spill – challenges that would be daunting for seasoned responders, and much more so for untrained locals.

Apr 05, 2018

When a man gets shot in a neighbourhood, we talk about guns and gangs. When a partner shoots and kills his wife, we talk about domestic violence. When a person shoots multiple people in a private or public setting, we talk about mental health. The truth is that these issues are all related to gun violence, and it’s time we stopped limiting the conversation of gun crimes to gangs and at-risk youth.

Apr 05, 2018

Declaring that "the security of the United States is imperiled by a drastic surge of illegal activity on the southern border," President Donald Trump is sending the National Guard to the Mexican border. The White House has provided no details on force strength, length of deployment or costs.

Apr 05, 2018

In a Calgary speech, Richard Fadden, a former head of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service said countries around the world are still struggling with the definition of cyber war. It is not certain that the destruction of a nation's assets by cyber-devices constitutes an act of war, he said, although Russia has carried out such attacks in the recent past.

Apr 04, 2018

Chinese parents who never gave up the search for their missing daughter were finally reunited with her in a story that has captured hearts all over the world. In 1994, Wang Mingqing and his wife Liu Dengying were working as fruit vendors in the city of Chengdu, in China’s Sichuan province, when their three-year-old daughter Qifeng vanished.

Apr 04, 2018

A woman suspected of shooting three people at YouTube’s headquarters was angry about the policies and practices of the company and had visited a gun range before she drove to the company’s headquarters near San Francisco, police said.

Apr 04, 2018

In January 2017 Prime Minister Justin Trudeau posted a message on Twitter welcoming refugees to Canada, possibly in response to President Trump's policy of refusing admission to some categories of non-US citizens. The Trudeau tweet brought a rush of inquiries to Canadian embassies and confusion within the federal government.

Apr 03, 2018

The federal government’s massive infrastructure spending program continues to lag well behind schedule, with half of planned spending in 2016 alone still not designated toward specific projects, according to a new report.

Apr 03, 2018

A Canadian-Kenyan political activist, now back in Toronto, claims he was injected with “poison” in Nairobi before being flown unconscious to Dubai.

Apr 03, 2018

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday he was putting on hold an agreement with the UN refugee agency to relocate thousands of African migrants to Western countries.

Apr 03, 2018

Organizers of the 2018 Pride Toronto parade have asked Toronto police to withdraw an application to march in this year's event. They say strained relations "cannot be mended through a parade." The letter notes community sentiment after disappearances and deaths in the city's Gay Village.

Apr 03, 2018

While several western government are concerned about the security aspects of telecommunications equipment made by Huawei, the minister for public safety, Ralph Goodale has told Parliament the Chinese company is safe. Last month three former leaders of Canadian national security agencies warned the government to limit its ties with the company.

Mar 29, 2018

SCL, Cambridge Analytica’s predecessor, had access to secret UK information and was singled out for praise by the UK Ministry of Defence for the training it provided to a psychological operations warfare group, according to documents newly released by MPs.

Mar 29, 2018

The Public Health Agency of Canada says it has established a link between a recent outbreak of salmonella and a brand of frozen raw breaded chicken products sold primarily in eastern Canada. PHAC issued a recall Wednesday of Harvest Creek Chicken Nuggets with a best-before date of Oct. 11.

Mar 29, 2018

Tributes have been paid across France to the police officer who sacrificed himself to save a hostage during an Islamist attack on a supermarket. Lieutenant Colonel Arnaud Beltrame ”symbolised the French spirit of resistance”, said the country’s president Emmanuel Macron.

Mar 29, 2018

Dr. Kathy Suh, director of infection protection and control at The Ottawa Hospital, said 12 patients in one unit and two in another have been identified as carrying MRSA. She said most of the patients are carriers — they have it on their skin — and are not infected with it.

Mar 29, 2018

Alexandre Bissonnette has pleaded guilty to killing six men at a Quebec City mosque in January 2017 so the case will not go to trial. On Monday Bissonnette asked to change his plea from not guilty and the judge agreed, after making sure the prisoner understood his decision.

Mar 28, 2018

Today the Group of Seven (G7) Employment and Innovation ministers concluded a two-day meeting on Preparing for Jobs of the Future. The group agreed to six goals that focus on helping workers get the skills, training and opportunities they need to succeed in a changing economy.

Mar 28, 2018

Keith Raniere, a self-help guru and leader of upstate New York cult-like group NXIVM, was arrested in Mexico and taken to Texas on Monday. Raniere was charged with sex trafficking. Authorities have long alleged he led the secretive clan of female followers — including some Hollywood celebrities — and brainwashed them into “sex slaves.

Mar 28, 2018

Firefighters felt “embarrassed” and “ashamed” that they were stopped from helping victims of the Manchester Arena terror attack more quickly, the north-west secretary of the Fire Brigades Union has said. Mark Rowe said crews were waiting to be deployed after the bombing – some of them so close that they had heard the explosion – but “the order never came down from the top”.

Mar 28, 2018

Trade negotiations between Canada and the United States are reaching the Canada Border Services Agency, which is getting extra powers to make sure cheap foreign steel and aluminum doesn't reach the US through the Canadian market. The United States has threatened its trading partners with heavy tariffs on aluminum and steel which it claims are unfairly subsidized.

Mar 27, 2018

The police informant behind the Project Forseti investigation is suing the federal government over his and his family’s treatment while in witness protection. According to a statement of claim, Noel Harder and his family suffered financial, psychological and emotional distress by the RCMP during their time in the program.

Mar 27, 2018

Police in Spain have captured a cybercrime gang made up of Ukrainians and Russians that allegedly stole more than 1 billion euros ($1.24 billion) from financial institutions worldwide in a five-year spree, authorities said Monday.

Mar 27, 2018

Ending a 16-month quest to stay in the United States, where he was raised and fought to defend, Miguel Perez Jr., a veteran with a green card and a felony drug conviction, has been deported to Mexico, where he has not lived since childhood.

Mar 27, 2018

The alleged cocaine importation scheme in 2015, to bring high-grade cocaine into Canada, hidden in pails of jerk chicken sauce from Jamaica and Costa Rica, was caught by police in a series of secret audio wiretaps and hidden video recordings that were played in court Monday as part of a precedent-setting Mafia trial.

Mar 27, 2018

Canada could soon have its first customs facilities inside the United States, says an American official who cites Florida and Arizona as potential sites for pilot projects in ongoing experiments to modernize the border.

Mar 27, 2018

Access to treatment for opioid addiction is about to get easier as the government promises changes to drug laws that will do away with some of the obstacles preventing doctors from offering prescription heroin and methadone.

Mar 27, 2018

As countries around the world punish Russia for its alleged murder of a former spy on British soil, Canada is expelling four Russian diplomats. The foreign minister, Chrystia Freeland said the four used“their diplomatic status to undermine Canada’s security or interfere in our democracy.”

Mar 27, 2018

An investigation of suspicious transactions at a Vancouver-area casino has led British Columbia’s attorney general to ask the federal government for help in tracking financial criminals. David Eby will speak with a federal government committee in Ottawa this week.

Mar 26, 2018

Marking the first time the US government has unequivocally called out the Chinese government for its cyber activities, the USTR report says billions have been lost from Chinese-initiated cyber attacks and intrusions on American and foreign companies.

Mar 26, 2018

At least 53 people are dead and dozens injured after a fire at a shopping center in the Siberian city of Kemerovo on Sunday, a spokesman for the firefighting agency told Russian state media.

Mar 26, 2018

The bomb exploded on Sunday at a security checkpoint after soldiers intercepted and stopped a suspicious vehicle, Captain Mohamed Hussein told The Associated Press. Those dead included two soldiers as well as the suicide bomber, he said, while many of the 10 wounded were rickshaw drivers.

Mar 26, 2018

A man from Bosnia who shot someone in the heart during a deadly brawl — and then covered up the killing to come to Canada and get Canadian citizenship — has had his secret past revealed. Bozidar Vujicic’s urge to start a new life in Canada came after his conviction for manslaughter but before starting his eight-year prison sentence.

Mar 26, 2018

The government of Canada is strengthening domestic privacy protection but about 90 per cent of Canadians' internet communications pass through the United States. That means Canadians' personal information is subject to American surveillance but without the protection granted to U.S. citizens.

Mar 26, 2018

Ward Elcock, a former director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service believes the sale of Canada's Aecon Group Inc. to a company owned by the Chinese government is against the country’s strategic interests. A decision to permit or deny the sale is expected by Friday but the review period could be extended.

Mar 23, 2018

Transport Canada is allowing first responders like the RCMP and the Ontario Provincial Police to test new aerial drone capabilities with a series of pilot projects and trials that could soon include the private sector. Current regulations put strict limits on air operations, typically insisting that drones remain within a visual line of sight from a ground operator.

Mar 23, 2018

Greta Bossenmaier, head of the Communications Security Establishment, Canada's cyberspy agency says new legislation will give her organization useful new capabilities. Rather than just respond to cyber attacks, she said, Bill C-59 will allow CSE to launch offensive operations.

Mar 22, 2018

Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday said Facebook will audit thousands of apps in response to the “breach of trust” created by Cambridge Analytica — the chief executive's first comments since a crisis erupted Friday over data siphoned by the political marketing firm used by the Trump campaign.

Mar 22, 2018

US authorities have added terrorism to the violence charge Amor Ftouhi already faces after the stabbing of an American security officer at the Flint, Michigan airport in June. The new charge means he could face life in prison upon conviction.

Mar 22, 2018

Lisa Raitt, the Conservative deputy leader accused the Trudeau government of failing in its responsibility to deport people for public safety or security concerns. Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says some countries refuse to issue travel documents, but his office is working on the issue.

Mar 21, 2018

An Islamic State group suicide bomber struck on the road to a Shiite shrine in Afghanistan's capital on Wednesday, killing at least 33 people as Afghans celebrated the Persian new year, authorities said.

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