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Mar 06, 2018

Toddlers we can ban from flying, terrorists not so much. In this age of strict no-fly lists, where babies with names similar to violent extremists are denied boarding planes, Neil Macdonald wonders how a man, notoriously convicted of a failed political assassination attempt, manages to set foot on a passenger aircraft.

Mar 06, 2018

Russia claims it has "no information" about a former spy found unconscious with a companion in the UK Sunday, but will cooperate with police. Sergei Skripal was granted refuge in the UK in 2010 after being convicted of spying against Russia.

Mar 05, 2018

An apartment block collapsed Sunday in Poland's western city of Poznan, killing four people and injuring 24 others, officials said as teams of firefighters and rescuers with dogs combed the rubble in search of more victims.

Mar 05, 2018

A Canadian who admitted to plotting a terrorist attack on New York City is pleading for "a second chance". In the letter filed to a New York court, Abdulrahman El Bahnasawy of Mississauga, Ont., outlined his personal history with addiction and mental illness, and explained that he felt American airstrikes against the Middle East drove him to jihadism.

Mar 05, 2018

Many Canadian communities contract RCMP services from the federal government at steeply subsidized rates. Labour organizers seeking to unionize Mounties say the practice is associated with short staffing, and poor pay and working conditions.

Mar 05, 2018

A US court has convicted Canadian Abdulrahman El Bahnasawy of Mississauga, Ont. of plotting a terrorist attack on New York City. El Bahnasawy has asked for "a second chance" before his sentencing. In a letter he explains American airstrikes in the Middle East drove him to jihadism.

Mar 02, 2018

Two people were killed in a fourth-floor room of a Central Michigan University residence hall, police and the university said. The two who were killed were not students.

Mar 02, 2018

Women comprise just 10 per cent of police candidates in Ontario, and more than half of them fail physical testing required to apply for a job. At a time when police services — including Ottawa’s — are trying to become more diverse, those numbers are causing concerns.

Mar 02, 2018

The Vancouver police force is recruiting up to 10 people for some morning drinking. New police officers are being trained in sobriety testing, so 'volunteer drinkers' will get some hard liquor, three sobriety tests, a pizza lunch, and a drive home.

Mar 01, 2018

An Ottawa police officer who punched a teen twice in the head and was found to have repeatedly breached the teen’s charter rights has pleaded guilty to police misconduct.

Mar 01, 2018

New legislation before the United States Congress to counter white-supremacist violence cites last year's killings at a Quebec City mosque. A right-wing extremist who expressed anti-Muslim views was charged with murder for the deaths of six people.

Feb 28, 2018

Unidentified sources inside Xinjiang described to Human Rights Watch the computer and mobile app interfaces of the IJOP software that tracks almost all citizens of the Turkic-speaking Muslim Uighur ethnic minority and stores detailed information, including their travel history, prayer habits, banking and health records.

Feb 28, 2018

Nigeria's military says it has rescued more than 1,100 people, including women and children, who had been held by Boko Haram extremists in different parts of the Lake Chad region near Cameroon.

Feb 28, 2018

The Drug Enforcement Administration wanted emails as part of a drug trafficking investigation. The agency obtained a warrant under a 1986 law, but Microsoft refused to turn over the emails because they are stored on a company server in Dublin, Ireland, and the warrant does not apply abroad.

Feb 28, 2018

Refugee claims by Mexicans have increased since Prime Minister Justin Trudeau allowed citizens of the country to enter Canada without travel visas, new figures show. Almost 1,500 citizens of Mexico had refugee claims referred to the Immigration and Refugee Board in 2017 — six times more than in the previous year, when they totaled just 250.

Feb 28, 2018

Moshe Gur, 57, is heading to a federal penitentiary after admitting his role in a “sophisticated” fraudulent passport scheme, allegedly involving a former federal Citizenship and Immigration employee.

Feb 28, 2018

The 2018 federal budget gives the RCMP $10 million, and $2 million per year, for a national unit to coordinate the review of nearly 25,000 previously "unfounded"sexual assault cases.

Feb 27, 2018

The global surge in cyber crime – related to both national and personal security – has prompted the federal government to unveil plans for a National Cyber Security Strategy.

Feb 27, 2018

Seven people were seriously injured in a major pileup on B.C.'s Coquihalla Highway that involved two buses, two transport trucks and more than 160 people. The chain reaction of collisions happened in Hope, B.C.,  sending 29 people to four area hospitals and 136 others to warming centres.

Feb 27, 2018

The first fatality came as man was pronounced dead at the scene, and five more have been taken to a West London hospital by paramedics, police have announced. It has now been revealed that a second man has died in the "inferno" which devastated the upstairs of a building in Tolworth.

Feb 27, 2018

A Slovak investigative reporter and his girlfriend were shot dead in their home in an attack likely linked to his reporting on tax evasion, Slovakia’s top police official said.

Feb 27, 2018

A packed Toronto courtroom erupted into cheers and a standing ovation after the judge announced two men, Dellen Millard and Mark Smich, convicted of murdering Laura Babcock would not be eligible for parole for 50 years.

Feb 27, 2018

Dr. Vincent Nadon, 56, had his bail conditions loosened on the same day he was charged with 10 more counts of sexual assault. The doctor’s house arrest was only for 30 days to give Ottawa police detectives more time in their sprawling investigation. 

Feb 27, 2018

A bill proposed by the Conservative opposition in the Canadian Parliament, Bill C-371, The Prevention of Radicalization through Foreign Funding Act, has been voted down by the Liberal majority. The bill aimed to protect Canadians from extremist ideologies introduced by foreign states and individuals.

Feb 27, 2018

Deputy Chief Jill Skinner says legal cannabis will put pressure on the Ottawa Police Service budget “for years to come." Skinner told the Ottawa Police Services Board on Monday that many costs will not be known until the law is changed.

Feb 26, 2018

India and Canada on Friday resolved to work together to neutralise the threats emanating from Sikh militant outfits Babbar Khalsa International and the International Sikh Youth Federation along with LeT and Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed.

Feb 26, 2018

The United States Congress is praised for passing “The Kari’s Law Act of 2017” which requires direct dial access to 9- 1- 1 services from all devices.

Feb 26, 2018

Jaspal Atwal, the convicted terrorist whose invitation to an official function during Prime Minister Trudeau's visit to India was hastily rescinded, claims he is a friend of Justin Trudeau. In an interview, Atwal said, “We know each other. He knows my name, he’ll come and say, ‘Hey Jas, how you doing?’ We have a good relationship I never see any problem.”

Feb 26, 2018

The Okotoks RCMP detachment is investigating a rural shooting early Saturday that appears to have left one man injured. The shooting allegedly took place when a homeowner confronted two people ransacking a vehicle.

Feb 23, 2018

During Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's trip to India, news emerged that the Canadian high commissioner had invited a convicted terrorist to a formal dinner. The invitation was withdrawn but not before Jaspal Atwal had been photographed with Mrs. Trudeau at another formal event.

Feb 23, 2018

A new report from the Canadian Security Intelligence Service says disinformation and propaganda campaigns threaten Western democracies. The common thread is social media that undermines traditional news sources.

Feb 22, 2018

Although fewer than half of Toronto's police union members took part in the online survey, 86% of those who voted, expressed a lack of confidence in the city's chief of police. The poll is symbolic only, as the union has no power to remove the chief.

Feb 22, 2018

Former Bronx teacher, Christian Toro, was arrested last week on charges that he illegally manufactured a destructive device. A New York judge says he’s not comfortable freeing a man accused of getting students to help him assemble explosives at home.

Feb 22, 2018

For seven years, scores of young men in Arkansas saw their traffic citations and misdemeanor criminal charges dismissed — as long as they agreed to perform “community service.” As their “community service,” Boeckmann would require the men to collect aluminum cans or litter off the ground. At the same time, he took pictures of them “in embarrassing positions; positions that he found sexually gratifying,” the court document said.

Feb 22, 2018

A recent Ottawa Police Service consultation on the continued use of conducted energy weapons (CEWs) — commonly referred to as Tasers — police were able to secure subject without injury, and without further risk to the officers or to the public. The report states “very few (CEW-related) injuries or complaints” have been recorded.

Feb 22, 2018

The office of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is investigating how a man convicted of attempted murder in Canada three decades ago was invited to a formal dinner at a Canadian diplomatic residence in India. 

Feb 21, 2018

Police say at least 44 people were killed when a double-deck bus veered off a highway and tumbled 200 metres (about 650 feet) down a cliff in southern Peru.

Feb 21, 2018

An opposition senator in the Philippines said the death toll in the government's war on drugs has now surpassed 20,000 since President Rodrigo Duterte came to office in 2016.

Feb 21, 2018

Confronted by unprecedented numbers of asylum seekers, Canada's Immigration and Refugee Board says it is out of options to meet regulated timelines in the face of the backlog that is growing larger by the day.

Feb 21, 2018

Police said the fraud begins with the offer of employment from a questionable source on the Internet. In other cases, people posting résumés online are being offered random jobs by unfamiliar organizations or businesses.

Feb 21, 2018

The Canadian Security Intelligence Service turned to Twitter and fine dining to promote an upcoming Vancouver job fair: "A career at CSIS is like a jumbo eel sushi roll; taste unknown from the naked eye but pleasantly delicious once indulged."

Feb 21, 2018

Manitoba RCMP have arrested six people as part of an investigation into cocaine trafficking between Winnipeg and the Grand Rapids area in the central part of the province.

Feb 20, 2018

Family and friends of Toronto police officers rallied Monday to demand that the force address understaffing.The Toronto Police Association  says alleged understaffing endangers lives

Feb 20, 2018

An arrest has been made in the murder of Adrienne McColl 16 years after her body was found 85 kilometres from Calgary. Stephane Parent of Gatineau, Quebec was arrested Saturday and charged with second-degree murder.

Feb 19, 2018

Two tourists became stuck on a snowy road in the Cape Breton Highlands Saturday after their GPS guided them to where they could not turn back. Police rescued them with the help of a front-end loader.

Feb 16, 2018

Female RCMP members are angered by a Facebook group apparently created by male Mounties which demeans women. RCMP leadership said it is "aware of some Facebook groups that may have been created by current or former employees that contain content that is inappropriate."

Feb 15, 2018

Seventeen people were killed at a Florida school on Wednesday afternoon in one of America’s deadliest school shootings. The former student charged in a deadly rampage is a troubled teenager who threatened and harassed peers, talked about killing animals, and posed with guns in disturbing photos on social media, according to students and neighbours.

Feb 15, 2018

Anti-corruption campaigners say it is easier to register a company in Canada than it is to get a library card. A new report says lax Canadian disclosure rules make it easy to conceal illicit transactions.

Feb 15, 2018

The Quebec National Assembly has given the province's anti-corruption unit, L'Unité permanente anti-corruption (UPAC) more powers. Under new legislation, UPAC is recognized as a specialized police force and given wider jurisdiction.

Feb 14, 2018

After South Korea’s Olympic short-track speed skater Minjeong Choi was disqualified by the race judges, Canadian Kim Boutin moved into the bronze-medal position. Boutin’s Instagram account was soon flooded with the usual hideous vitriol and death threats.

Feb 14, 2018

A Toronto firefighter who mysteriously went missing while on a ski trip to upstate New York has been found "alive and in good health" in California, New York State Police said.

Feb 14, 2018

The fraudsters behind the so-called “one ring scam” place calls that appear to originate overseas and hang up quickly. Curious victims return the missed call and inadvertently agree to fees that get piled onto their monthly phone bill.

Feb 14, 2018

Police say the scheme involves a call from someone posing as a retailer claiming to alert the victim that their credit card account has been compromised. The victim is told to call 911 and their financial institution to report the fraud. However, when they hang up, the call has not been disconnected.

Feb 14, 2018

The Northwest Territories is looking at the creation of an RCMP unit to investigate 71 unsolved cases of missing and murdered persons. The three person unit would organize, catalogue, and investigate suspicious deaths, unsolved homicides, missing persons and unidentified human remains.

Feb 14, 2018

Almost a year and a half into its mandate, the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women has still not asked many police agencies across the country for their records. Technological challenges have prevented the inquiry from reviewing police files it does have.

Feb 13, 2018

Last week, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) released its report on Mobilization to Violence (Terrorism) Research. Predictably, the report has generated backlash and concerns. Given the significance of the issue, it is of course prudent to carefully consider the report’s findings.

Feb 13, 2018

Investigators say the crash of a Russian passenger plane that killed all 71 people on board may have been caused by the pilots’ failure to activate heating for pressure measurement equipment, resulting in flawed speed data.

Feb 13, 2018

Wading through knee-deep snow, hundreds of emergency workers searched a field for remains of the 71 victims from the crash of a Russian airliner, and aviation experts began deciphering the jet's two flight recorders.

Feb 13, 2018

A senior official of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service told a senate committee his agency is confident law enforcement will know about extremists returning from fighting abroad and be prepared for their arrival. The Liberal government has stated that many returning foreign fighters will need to be rehabilitated.

Feb 13, 2018

The Royal Canadian Mounted police has assured private agencies like insurance companies that negotiate with kidnappers on behalf of families they will not be criminally investigated. James Malizia, the RCMP assistant commissioner for national security, told a Senate committee "If there is anything that we can do during a hostage-taking that could assist or provide a level of comfort for agencies or companies that they won't be prosecuted or pursued with respect to criminal investigation, we have done that in the past."

Feb 12, 2018

The Fraser Institute, Institute for Research on Public Policy, Centre for International Governance Innovation, Canadian Global Affairs Institute, and the Macdonald-Laurier Institute have been identified by the University of Pennsylvania’s annual Think Tank Index Report as the top five in Canada.

Feb 12, 2018

The pilot of a Grand Canyon tour helicopter and three British passengers were under intensive medical care for burns and other injuries, two days after the chopper plunged into jagged rocks during a sightseeing flight.

Feb 12, 2018

The crew of the Saratov Airlines flight that crashed near Moscow on Sunday didn't report any problems before the plane crashed into snowy terrain, killing all 71 people on board, state-run media said.

Feb 12, 2018

Ottawa police officers are “de-policing” — or avoiding proactive policing — out of fear of being scrutinized by the public, according to the groundbreaking study of an Ottawa police officer turned doctoral researcher.

Feb 12, 2018

 Known Traveller Digital Identity, a Canada-Netherlands joint venture will allow people to cross borders faster with a digital profile on their mobile devices. Travellers between the two countries will test the program with a global rollout planned by 2020.

Feb 12, 2018

Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) is asking domestic firms for technology in development or not yet on the market to help the Canadian Forces to track unmanned aerial vehicles. PSPC told potential bidders,The wide spread application of UAV increases not only military, but also public safety and security concerns.”

Feb 09, 2018

Every U.S. state and Canadian province has a "Move Over" law to separate active emergency vehicles from other motorists, but uneven regulations across jurisdictions can constitute a real hazard for first responders.

Feb 09, 2018

The Ontario Provincial Police will not lay charges in their investigation into a $4.77 million overpayment for helicopters by ORNGE, the provincial air ambulance service. The force could not find key documents and some witnesses would not talk.

Feb 08, 2018

The Canada Border Services Agency announced the seizure of over 15,500 kilograms of undeclared loose leaf tobacco at the Peace Bridge in Fort Erie.

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