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Apr 23, 2019

The RCMP is embarking on a new recruitment strategy that will substantially alter the complexion of the national police force, replacing scores of traditional criminal investigators with civilians who have specialized skills to help pursue terrorists, cyber criminals, money launderers, drug traffickers and fraudsters, the National Post has learned.

Apr 22, 2019

Last week, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, announced the appointment of Mr. Charles Smith as Chairperson of the RCMP External Review Committee, an independent administrative tribunal that conducts impartial case reviews and issues findings and recommendations for appeal decisions in certain RCMP employment and labour relations matters.

Apr 22, 2019

About 200 CAF soldiers started filling sandbags and carrying out evacuations in Quebec’s Outaouais and Mauricie regions overnight Saturday, and by Sunday afternoon about 600 were on the job across the province.

Apr 22, 2019

Authorities lifted a curfew in Sri Lanka on Monday, a day after a string of bombings at churches and luxury hotels across the country killed 290 people and wounded about 500. But there were warnings more attacks could come.

Apr 19, 2019

Police in Northern Ireland blamed militants opposed to British rule there for the killing of a young journalist who was covering a night of violent unrest in Londonderry. Police say the shooters are members from the New Irish Republican Army, a militant republican group formed several years ago from the merger of several splinter groups.

Apr 18, 2019

With waters already high, the Quebec city of Rigaud has launched emergency measures as the province braces for flooding from heavy rainfall expected this week. Other municipalities are warning residents who live along the water to prepare for flooding.

Apr 18, 2019

Authorities warn that water levels could exceed flood stage in parts of New Brunswick over the next few days.

Apr 18, 2019

While the amendment is a good idea, it won’t fix Canada’s main border problem: people flowing across from the United States at Roxham Road, the infamous spot that straddles New York State and Quebec, says Brian Lilley of the Toronto Sun.

Apr 18, 2019

A mechanic who came to Canada in 2015 has been found complicit in crimes against humanity for repairing vehicles for the so-called Islamic State. The Lebanese national made several trips to Syria to work on ISIS military vehicles and also supervised other ISIS mechanics. The Refugee Appeal Division has ruled he made a “knowing and significant contribution to ISIS,” making him ineligible for refugee status.

Apr 18, 2019

North Korea has test-fired a "new-type tactical guided weapon," its state media announced Thursday, a move that could be an attempt to register the country's displeasure with deadlocked nuclear talks with the United States without causing those coveted negotiations to collapse.

Apr 18, 2019

The world’s next hot spot theoretically could be its coldest. Atop the globe, the Arctic expanse is a new frontier for the United States and friends to fortify against an aggressive, ambitious Russia.

Apr 17, 2019

An Italian couple trying to escape the mafia, applied for asylum in Canada. After their claim was denied, they went o the run, but have now turned themselves in to Canadian authorities with the hope that the PRRA will save them from deportation and the violence they face back in Italy.

Apr 17, 2019

A Halifax councillor tried, and failed, on Tuesday to cut $500,000 of funding for an armoured police vehicle. "It would be shocking to me to allow the militarization of our police in Halifax," said Coun. Shawn Cleary.

Apr 16, 2019

Canada has formally joined a German-French coalition aimed at saving the international world order from destruction by various world dictators and autocrats – and U.S. President Donald Trump.

Apr 16, 2019

Scenes of anguish and bloodshed gripped Penticton on Monday, leaving four dead on what should have been just another day. Supt. Ted De Jager, commander of South Okanagan-Similkameen RCMP, said reports came in at 10:30 a.m. of a shooting outside a home in the downtown area.

Apr 16, 2019

A catastrophic fire engulfed the upper reaches of Paris’ soaring Notre Dame Cathedral as it was undergoing renovations Monday, threatening one of the greatest architectural treasures of the Western world as tourists and Parisians looked on aghast from the streets below.

Apr 15, 2019

The leader of India‘s Sikh-majority Punjab state has slammed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party after the federal government removed direct references to Sikh extremism in a recent terrorism threat report.

Apr 12, 2019

Less than a decade after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised to turn his country into a top-five global cybersecurity power, Israel is recognized worldwide as a cybersecurity innovation hub that continues to produce not only some of the best products and services – but the best minds.

Apr 12, 2019

Sudan's state-run broadcaster says Defence Minister Awad Mohammed Ibn Auf is being sworn in as head of a new military council that will run the country for two years. The move is being taken after the military ousted autocratic President Omar al-Bashir on Thursday following nearly four months of expanding protests.

Apr 12, 2019

Canadians have wildly diverging views on banning handguns and assault-style firearms, says a newly released summary of federal consultations.

Apr 11, 2019

Boarding team from HMCS Regina has seized 2,569 kilograms of hashish while deployed in the Indian Ocean as part of Operation Artemis, which is Canada's contribution to counter-terrorism and maritime security operations in Middle Eastern and East African waters.

Apr 11, 2019

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said Wednesday that Canada’s national police force must do better at processing requests it receives under the federal access-to-information law.

Apr 11, 2019

The head of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service says his agency is "more and more preoccupied" with the threat of violent right-wing extremism and white supremacists.

Apr 11, 2019

The advent of legal recreational marijuana in Canada hasn't done much to stop people from trying to sneak the drug over the border – and supply shortages might be to blame, according to an internal report from the Canada Border Services Agency.

Apr 11, 2019

Julian Assange, the fugitive founder of WikiLeaks and publisher of state secrets that embarrassed governments around the world, was arrested on behalf of the U.S. in London on Thursday.

Apr 10, 2019

The NSICP annual report, which had been delivered to the PM in December 2018, has now been released to the public. It covers topics of intelligence priorities, defence intelligence activities, legal authorities, plus oversight and accountability. Numerous federal departments and agencies were involved: CBSA; CSIS; CSE; Justice; DND and the Canadian Armed Forces; FINTRAC; GAC; IRCC; Integrated Terrorism Assessment Centre; PCO; Public Safety; RCMP; and Transport Canada.

Apr 10, 2019

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday put forward an ambitious program to secure Russia's foothold in the Arctic, including efforts to build new ports and other infrastructure facilities and expand an icebreaker fleet.

Apr 09, 2019

Canada’s Immigration Minister is promising new, tougher legislation to crack down on unscrupulous immigration consultants by giving the industry watchdog that oversees them more power to investigate and punish offenders.

Apr 09, 2019

A suicide bomber from Calgary strikes near Baghdad. A Windsor man masterminds the torture and killing of foreigners at a Dhaka bakery. Two London, Ontario, gunmen take hostages at a gas plant in the Algerian desert. To date, Canadian terrorists have killed 127 people and injured another 195 in other countries since 2012.

Apr 09, 2019

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale has issued a statement on how certain types of extremist ideologies are described in the 2018 Public Report on the Terrorism Threat to Canada:

Apr 09, 2019

Facebook is banning far-right political commentator Faith Goldy, white nationalist crusader Kevin Goudreau and various extremist groups, the social media company said Monday.

Apr 08, 2019

An MP who has been looking into the militarization of the North warns that if Canada doesn't act now, it could slowly lose its grip on the Arctic.

Apr 08, 2019

Reduced SAR coverage, ferry-service disruptions, cancelled resupply runs and nearly $2 million in lost navigational buoys. Those are among the real safety, social and commercial impacts that communities across the country are feeling as the Canadian Coast Guard's fleet gets older,The Canadian Press reports.

Apr 08, 2019

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has resigned amid U.S. President Donald Trump's growing frustration and bitterness over the number of Central American families crossing the southern border.

Apr 08, 2019

The United States has temporarily withdrawn some of its forces from Libya due to “security conditions on the ground,” a top military official said Sunday as a Libyan commander’s forces advanced toward the capital of Tripoli and clashed with rival militias.

Apr 05, 2019

Germany passes a law to rescind citizenship from dual nationals if they fight for a foreign terrorist militia. The new law, approved Wednesday by the cabinet, will not be applied retroactively and will not apply to minors.

Transparency: what you call torture matters
Apr 05, 2019

A new study by Ohio University shows that people are less supportive of practices to extract information from terrorist suspects when these practices are framed as “torture” rather than the ambiguous “enhanced interrogation.”

Apr 05, 2019

The world’s security challenges are at the top of the agenda of foreign and interior ministers of the Group of Seven countries who are gathering in France. Interior ministers in Paris are focusing Friday on environmental crime, including reckless deforestation, waste trafficking and protection of lands and wildlife.

Apr 04, 2019

Details of how the Trudeau government launched an investigation spanning six departments and agencies to hunt for who leaked information about a reported $10.5-million settlement with Omar Khadr in July 2017, were revealed by a National Post access-to-information request. When asked if the Privy Council Office ever uncovered the source of the leak, if the matter was ever referred to the RCMP, and if anyone was ever disciplined or terminated over the leak. Stephane Shank, manager of media relations for the PCO, sent a statement that did not answer any of the questions.

Apr 04, 2019

A preliminary report released Thursday by Ethiopia’s government has found the crew of the Ethiopian Airlines jet that crashed shortly after takeoff last month performed all of the procedures recommended by Boeing when the plane started to nose dive, but they could not control it.

Apr 04, 2019

After 68 days in custody, the Kingston teenager arrested in late January on terrorism charges has been granted bail with strict conditions governing his movements and activities in the community.

Apr 03, 2019

Banning handguns would not mean the end of murder in Canada’s cities, The Globe and Mail says in an editorial. But there is reason to believe that ending legal access to handguns would reduce the murder rate.

Apr 03, 2019

Canada should postpone banning Chinese communications giant Huawei’s use of 5G technology because the decision could complicate a fraught relationship with the superpower, says the former head of Canada’s spy agency.

Apr 01, 2019

Last Thursday, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, the Honourable Ralph Goodale, announced a $65-million grant from the Government of Canada to Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service (STARS) to fund the purchase of five new helicopters.

Mar 29, 2019

Ontario’s top court has ruled that placing inmates in solitary confinement for more than 15 days constitutes cruel and unusual punishment, a resounding legal defeat of Correctional Service Canada’s long-standing practice of isolating prisoners for weeks, months and even years at a time.

Mar 29, 2019

Canada’s foreign affairs minister says violent white supremacists and other far-right groups threaten the country's stability and should be the primary focus of the international community’s counter-terrorism efforts, including by stopping the spread of hate online.

Mar 28, 2019

Canada will focus much of its new anti-money laundering resources in British Columbia, where lax regulation and policing have led to the region becoming a global hub for the crime.

Mar 28, 2019

Today marked the conclusion of a week-long event series, organized by the Canada Centre for Community Engagement and Prevention of Violence (Canada Centre), to further the National Strategy on Countering Radicalization to Violence.

Mar 27, 2019

Passengers filmed their scary experience on the Viking Sky cruise ship off the coast of Norway on Saturday (March 23) and Sunday (March 24). Video shows flooding, people waiting in life vests, and large doors sliding open in the dining room.

Mar 27, 2019

On Tuesday, a BC Ferries vessel collided with a berthing structure at the Langdale terminal while making a turn, triggering concerns about the ferry's structural integrity. Passengers were trapped on board for 10 hours. A full investigation will be conducted to determine what happened.

Mar 27, 2019

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told his Russian counterpart Monday that the United States “will not stand idly by” if Russia continues to send military personnel to Venezuela to prop up President Nicolás Maduro.

Mar 27, 2019

The Pentagon has authorized the transfer of $1B to army engineers for new wall construction along the US-Mexico border. The funds are the first under the national emergency declared by President Donald Trump to bypass Congress and build the barrier he pledged during his election campaign.

Mar 27, 2019

Canada’s armed forces, the RCMP and the Canada Border Services Agency spent a total of $158,000 to send 42 employees to what’s billed as the biggest small arms show in the world last January.

Mar 26, 2019

The family of a man killed by the RCMP say the Mounties' failure to invest in recruiting Inuktitut-speaking officers is partly to blame for their son's death.

Mar 26, 2019

Canadian peacekeepers were called upon to evacuate several wounded French soldiers in Mali earlier this month after their patrol was ambushed while hunting for militants along the border with Niger.

Mar 26, 2019

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has won praise from gun control advocates around the world for her fast work in tabling new firearms restrictions following the Christchurch mosque massacre. Now, Ottawa is under heavy pressure to follow her lead.

Mar 25, 2019

Aspiring to prevent terrorism sooner, police are training frontline officers and community members to recognize the signs of violent extremism so that problems can be spotted and dealt with before they get out of hand,.

Mar 25, 2019

Alberta court rules in favour of Omar Khadr’s request to end his eight-year sentence for the killing of a U.S. soldier. He was granted bail in 2015 after appealing his U.S. conviction, but the appeal has not yet been heard. This ruling means that, even if he loses the appeal, he cannot be sent back to jail for this crime. In 2017, the Canadian government settled with Khadr for $10.5 million, and apologized for any role Canadian officials may have played in the abuses he suffered while in U.S. custody.

Mar 25, 2019

U.S. lawmakers have drawn battle lines over whether full nuclear modernization is worth the cost, and now they’re gathering ammunition.

Mar 25, 2019

An independent investigation will try to determine why the Canadian Coast Guard’s newest ship, the Sir John Franklin, struck the Ogden Point breakwater in Victoria, BC, on Friday.

Mar 25, 2019

Critics of a federal government online questionnaire on gun control say it suffered from vague questions and manipulation after results showed at least three-quarters of responses oppose new limits on access to handguns and assault weapons.

Mar 25, 2019

The prime minister’s bureaucrats are hoarding a trove of decades-old records that chronicle Canada’s Cold War intelligence history, say security researchers who are pushing to make the files publicly accessible.

Mar 24, 2019

The BC Government has announced $18.6 M in funding to support training and equipment for the mostly volunteer role of Ground Search and Rescue in BC. Will other provinces follow suit?

Mar 22, 2019

A Federal Court of Canada judge has declared it is “unconstitutional” for Ottawa to treat refugees from so-called “safe countries” differently from other refugees when it comes to being assessed to determine if deporting them would put them in danger. The public safety minister has until April 19th to file an appeal.

Mar 22, 2019

The Canadian government has added its voice to condemning an annual parade held in Latvia to honour members of the Nazi SS, warning it opposes such events glorifying Adolf Hitler’s regime.

Mar 21, 2019

Widespread devastation continues to hamper rescue operations as under-equipped aid agencies struggle to cope with the extensive damage inflicted by Cyclone Idai on central Mozambique. Tens of thousands of people are still stranded.

Mar 21, 2019

New Zealand will ban military-style semi-automatic and assault rifles under tough new gun laws following the killing of 50 people in the country's worst mass shooting, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Thursday.

Mar 21, 2019

An FBI agent who fights South American crime gangs says he expects the problem of Chilean burglars in Canada will worsen in the coming years.

Mar 20, 2019

Recent reports in the Sydney Morning Herald and the Age of shortfalls in the manning and funding of the Australian Border Force’s Cape-class patrol boats and earlier exchanges in Senate estimates suggest that the seaborne element of Australia's civil maritime security effort is facing serious problems.

Mar 20, 2019

The Trudeau government is proposing to eliminate the federal agency in charge of traveller, baggage and worker security screening at airports. Buried in the budget is a clause noting that the government is "transitioning the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) to an independent, not-for-profit entity."

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