IN THE NEWS

Jun 19, 2018

The magnitude 6.1 earthquake that struck the area early Monday damaged buildings and left many homes without water or gas. The earthquake hit the area around Osaka, the country's second-largest city, killing four people and injuring hundreds while knocking over walls and setting off fires.

Jun 19, 2018

A company that provides thousands of Air Canada-branded flights annually had flawed safety-management, quality-control and maintenance systems, which helped trigger a landing-gear breakdown and tense emergency landing two years ago, a federal investigation has concluded.

Jun 19, 2018

After years of delays, the terrorism trial of Awso Peshdary has started in Ottawa. Peshdary has pleaded not guilty to participating in the activity of a terrorist group, facilitating an activity for a terrorist group, and two counts of conspiring to participate or contribute to an activity of a terrorist group.

Jun 19, 2018

The Canada Border Services Agency wants a British Columbia man deported because it claims his Facebook posts threaten violence in support of Islamic State. At an Immigration and Refugee Board hearing Monday, an official said Othman Hamdan praised and encouraged martyrdom and terrorist attacks.

Jun 18, 2018

Specialized software helped to build the case against Alexandre Bissonnette, convicted of six charges of first-degree murder in the Quebec City mosque shooting. Sentencing arguments begin today.

Jun 15, 2018

Recent attacks on public gatherings have festival and event organizers in Canada working to create safe venues for their audiences. Governments must pay their share of the costs necessary to create a secure environment.

Jun 14, 2018

A 2018 survey of 148,000 people in 142 countries asked people how safe they felt. Singapore was number one and Canada ranked eighth.

Jun 13, 2018

Backstopped by more than $500-million in new funding over the next five years, Ottawa’s newly released cybersecurity strategy lays out initiatives to help Canadians, business and the government better protect against cyberthreats.

Jun 13, 2018

The American Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced a new strategy for the US border with Canada. While the "most common threat to U.S. public safety along the Northern border continues to be the bi-directional flow of illicit drugs" the DHS noted the U.S. also faces "potential terror threats...primarily from homegrown violent extremists in Canada ..."

Jun 13, 2018

Saskatchewan RCMP continue to investigate the collision between a truck and the Humboldt Broncos team bus that left 16 people dead and 13 injured. A collision reconstruction team and major crimes unit are working on the case.

Jun 12, 2018

The hiring of a U.S. firm to advise the Department of National Defence on how to improve security at its installations across the country has sparked complaints that the job could have been done for cheaper by local firms or by the military’s own police force. Details of the almost $2-million contract to Watermark, a risk management firm in Virginia, were recently released under the Access to Information law.

Jun 12, 2018

More than a year later, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service have not found or identified the people who placed sophisticated electronic eavesdropping devices around Ottawa. IMSI technology can capture cell phone conversations and data messages.

Jun 11, 2018

Nearly 30 years after declaring Polio eradicated in Venezuela, the first case of the disease has been reported in the country as it reels from an economic crash crippling its healthcare system.

Jun 08, 2018

Australian authorities accuse Dan Bui Shun Jin, 55, of laundering C$850 million through casinos in that country. After a surveillance operation, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police arrested him at his temporary residence in Richmond, British Columbia's River Rock Casino.

Jun 07, 2018

About 10,000 civil servants who work in or near the Quebec legislature will have Thursday afternoon and Friday off work, because G7 protestors are expected to make the area unsafe. The actual summit is being held 140 kilometres away but three protests are scheduled for Quebec City.

Jun 07, 2018

A man arrested for attempting to assassinate Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also planned to attack senior Canadian security officials visiting Jerusalem. The man was arrested in April and a gag order was lifted this week.

Jun 05, 2018

Bill C-211, a private member's bill passed unanimously by the House of Commons in June 2017, calls for a range of measures to assist Canadian frontline personnel with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The bill names first responders, fire fighters, military personnel, corrections officers and RCMP members but there are concerns that other professional groups should also qualify for PTSD treatment.

Jun 05, 2018

The Toronto Police Service fired Const. Ioan-Florin Floria on Monday, but an immediate appeal means the officer's 11 years of paid suspension will continue. He was found guilty last year of four counts of professional misconduct: two counts of discreditable conduct, and one count each of insubordination and breach of confidence.

Jun 04, 2018

Legal marijuana is on the way in Canada but until federal legislation is enacted it is still against the law to possess, produce, import, export, or transport marijuana. Even before legalization, police in many areas are unable to control illegal sale and distribution networks due to lack of resources.

Jun 01, 2018

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has received a special report about his controversial India trip from a national security committee of Parliament. The report has six recommendations dealing allegations of foreign interference, security risks and use of intelligence.

Jun 01, 2018

A report by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service says the Chinese government has influenced every level of New Zealand society and the situation has reached a “critical” stage. Based on reports delivered to an academic workshop, the report does not reflect the agency's official views.

May 30, 2018

An independent review of the Calgary Police Service's use of force makes 65 recommendations, including more on-the-job training, faster reviews of fatal confrontations and better understanding of mental illness.

May 29, 2018

Ontario Provincial Police arrested three men in connection with the seizure of more $1.3-million in unstamped tobacco last week after one of two rental trucks in a convoy went off the 401 highway near Morrisburg.

May 29, 2018

Hackers may have the confidential information of as many as 90,000 Bank of Montreal  and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce customers after what appeared to be the first big cyber attack on this country's financial institutions.

May 28, 2018

As May turns into June, the B.C. Wildfire Service has already been in action on 227 fires in the current fire season. A fire about 20 square kilometres in size is near Allie Lake, about 55 kilometres northwest of Kamloops has forced more than a dozen of people to evacuate their properties.

May 28, 2018

Brenda Lucki, the first permanent female Royal Canadian Mounted Police commissioner wants to create a "more tolerant, more inclusive and absolutely more respectful" RCMP. 

May 28, 2018

A former official at the Canadian Security and Intelligence Service is alarmed at the involvement of Chinese telecommunications company  Huawei with Canadian universities to acquire 5G wireless technology.  The government is being asked to study the security threat and economic cost of transferring Canadian intellectual property.

May 25, 2018

Almost 900 people have been evacuated from two fire-threatened eastern Manitoba First Nations, with another 200 expected to touch down in Winnipeg by the end of Thursday, as a 20,000-hectare fire continues to burn toward the communities of Little Grand Rapids and Pauingassi.

May 25, 2018

Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen says officials will attempt to correct misinformation being circulated in New York state offering instructions to asylum seekers on how to illegally cross the border into Canada.

May 25, 2018

A bomb explosion at an Indian restaurant in Mississauga, Ontario injured fifteen people Thursday night. Two male suspects fled the scene.

May 25, 2018

Leaflets with the logo of an American organization called Plattsburgh Cares, a refugee support organization, tell asylum seekers that the Canadian border at Roxham Rd. in Quebec is an "irregular unofficial crossing.” The leaflet provides advice on how to enter Canada "irregularly."

May 25, 2018

RCMP officials in Alberta say new crime reduction units (CRU) are succeeding. During the CRU's first months, officers have made 263 arrests and laid 1,227 charges. The ratio of charges to arrests shows the CRU units are targeting repeat offenders.

May 24, 2018

A private jet broke in half as it crashed off the end of a runway as it came into land in Honduras. The Gulfstream jet, which was traveling from Austin, Texas, skidded out of control at the capital's international airport.

May 24, 2018

Citing national security reasons, the federal government has blocked the sale of Canadian construction company Aecon Group Inc. to China's CCCC International Holding Ltd. The controversial deal would have been worth $1.5 billion.

May 24, 2018

Canadian police officers need more time to prepare to detect drug use before marijuana is legalized. Sergeant David Caron with Guelph Police Traffic Services says training is costly and time-consuming but necessary.

May 24, 2018

The federal cabinet is blocking the takeover of Canada's Aecon Group Inc. by a Chinese government-owned company. Two former directors of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service publicly opposed the sale.

May 23, 2018

White plumes of acid and extremely fine shards of glass billowed into the sky over Hawaii as molten rock from Kilauea volcano poured into the ocean, creating yet another hazard from an eruption that began more than two weeks ago: a toxic steam cloud. Authorities warned the public to stay away from the toxic steam cloud, which is formed by a chemical reaction when lava touches seawater.

May 23, 2018

The North American Securities Administrators Association announced a series of probes by state and regional regulatory authorities from the US and Canada. The actions are an effort to restrict fraudulent initial coin offerings and crypto-related investment products. Dubbed “Operation Cryptosweep,” about 70 investigations have been initiated by NASAA members from over 40 jurisdictions in the US and Canada.

May 23, 2018

Othman Hamdan, a British Columbia man facing deportation over allegations of promoting terrorism claims that false accusations have caused him post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Acquitted of terrorism-related charges last September, immigration authorities determined he poses a danger to the public.

May 22, 2018

Canadians believe their gun control laws protect them from the crimes of violence Americans face, but in reality those laws do not give sufficient protection.

May 18, 2018

Former Crown Prosecutor Scott Newark unpacks the "strange case of Professor Hassan Diab" and concludes that Canada has much work ahead to learn from its mistakes and make appropriate changes.

May 17, 2018

A Canadian aviation expert and former airplane crash investigator says he can state with "100 per cent certainty" that Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 was intentionally ditched in the ocean by one of the pilots in an act of murder-suicide.

May 17, 2018

The Supreme Court of Canada will not hear a terror suspect's bid to stave off the federal government's effort to deport him on security grounds. The government is trying to remove Mohamed Mahjoub, 58, using a national security certificate, claiming he was a high-ranking member of an Islamic terrorist organization.

May 17, 2018

A letter signed by the previously unknown Islamic Revolutionary Force claims the group has destroyed beaches in Ontario's Muskoka region and threatens other attacks. The group says it used snowmobiles to destroy the beaches over the winter. The Ontario Provincial Police is investigating.

May 16, 2018

Canada is reforming its national security laws and institutions. The success of all the initiatives depends on the Security of Canada Information Sharing Act which clarifies how Canadian government departments exchange sensitive information.

May 15, 2018

The Trudeau government is shifting the G7 summit away from its traditional Africa outreach in favour of a session on ocean sustainability that will include the world’s largest political and financial organizations.

May 15, 2018

Monday marked the deadliest day in Gaza since a 2014 war there, and was part of a high-stakes campaign by Gaza's Hamas rulers to break a decade-long border blockade. Israeli forces killed 59 Palestinians, most by gunfire, and injured more than 2,700 on Monday, Gaza Health Ministry said.

May 15, 2018

Michelle Rempel, Conservative immigration critic, tweeted recently that the media was finally writing about “illegal border crossings” after she had been raising it for a year. The problem is that several recurring myths are shaping much of the coverage.

May 14, 2018

The Canadian Armed Forces, in support of Public Safety Canada, is deploying approximately 60 members to assist the Province of New Brunswick following their request for federal assistance. Elements of 4 Engineer Support Regiment from 5th Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown deployed to support Provincial authorities. This will enable those authorities to complete assessments and prioritize further relief work and repairs.

May 14, 2018

Despite these incontrovertible facts, palliative care is inadequately funded in the Ottawa region and, indeed, in the province of Ontario. Patients who are suffering and reaching the end of their lives from any disease other than cancer are not able to access a palliative care clinic because none exists.

May 14, 2018

Canada will use its presidency of the G7 to try to persuade the world’s richest and most industrialized countries to adopt ambitious goals for plastics recycling and waste reduction. “We are looking at a zero-plastics-waste charter,” Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said from Cancun, Mexico.

May 14, 2018

In a closed-door meeting, Renfrew town council adopted rules setting the age limit for the fire chief at 60, which is the same limit the province set years earlier for frontline firefighters. The former fire chief, 61-year-old Guy Longtin, is fighting back against a move to push him into retirement with a legal fight launched Wednesday.

May 14, 2018

The Conservative opposition wants to know why the government has not arrested a man in Toronto who claims to be a returned ISIS fighter. It is a crime to travel abroad to participate in terrorism, and the government admits about 60 people have returned to Canada after joining terrorist groups abroad.

May 11, 2018

This Global News report shows how easily Google exposed employees of CSIS through a tool developed to make navigation easier. The news team was able to identify vehicles in the parking lot and then find home addresses of two CSIS employees using google street view.

May 11, 2018

Canada received over 50,000 asylum applications in 2017 – a 200% increase over the previous year. Nearly half of these claimants crossed illegally into Canada to make their claim. Or, as the Liberals like to say, they crossed “irregularly.” So far in 2018, things have gotten significantly worse.

May 11, 2018

A CBC News investigation showed that most people killed in police encounters in Canada since 2000 were mentally ill or addicted. A study shows that training at Ontario Police College on deescalation is inconsistent and “superficial.”

May 10, 2018

Authorities resumed digging in a Michigan forest for the remains of as many as seven girls who have been missing for decades. Police began searching the site after speaking with a man serving life in prison for the slaying of another girl whose body was found nearby.

May 10, 2018

'Three Percenters', the Canadian branch of an American group say on social media that they are ready to fight against government, should it become tyrannical.  One Canadian expert in hate crimes says the group is engaged in paramilitary training.

May 10, 2018

Last year, a Google’s Street View car photographed Canadian Security and Intelligence Service (CSIS) employees and their vehicles in a parking lot at their Ottawa headquarters. Now offline since being available since 2017, the images allowed CSIS employees to be personally identified.

May 10, 2018

From the possibility of failing a roadside breath test because of second-hand smoke to the risk of being denied entry to the United States, British Columbia politicians are looking at the realities of legal marijuana.

May 09, 2018

Police, not politicians, should decide what restrictions to place on specific kinds of guns, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said. His government’s firearms bill, which once passed would restore the authority of RCMP experts to classify firearms without political influence, repealing cabinet’s authority to overrule Mountie determinations.

May 09, 2018

The new RCMP Commissioner, Brenda Lucki has been directed to modernize the force, check harassment and workplace violence, and create a climate of reconciliation with Indigenous people. The Trudeau government also directed Lucki to place more women, Indigenous and minority group members in leadership positions.

May 08, 2018

Police have dropped the case against a young Halifax man alleged to have breached a Nova Scotia freedom-of-information website, shifting the issue squarely back to whether the province had basic measures in place to protect its citizens' private information. Halifax police say that after a thorough investigation, "the police have determined there to be no grounds to lay charges in the matter."

May 08, 2018

Public Safety Canada consultations with other government agencies in 2017 for a document on internal extremism revealed disagreement about how to describe the far right. Public, public safety and intelligence officials differed widely in their assessment of the threat.

May 08, 2018

Almost half a million Canadians have marijuana-related offenses on their criminal records, but the government is preparing to legalize the drug this summer. Calls for a blanket amnesty are growing.

May 07, 2018

Spain's maritime rescue service said Sunday that it saved 476 migrants who were attempting the perilous crossing of the Mediterranean Sea from African shores. The migrants were pulled from 15 small boats on Friday and Saturday, officials said. There were no reported casualties.

May 07, 2018

Shortly after Kilauea erupted Thursday, the ground split open on the east side of Leilani Estates, exposing an angry red beneath the lush landscape. As of Sunday night, at least 10 such fissure vents were reported in the neighbourhood — including two that had opened anew late Saturday night — and at least 26 homes had been destroyed, according to the county civil defense agency.

May 07, 2018

India's National Investigation Agency has registered a First Information Report (FIR) - a document that registers allegations of an offence - against Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a Canadian resident, for allegedly planning terrorist attacks. The FIR states that Nijjar planned to promote terrorism in Punjab.

May 04, 2018

The Aboriginal peoples committee of the Senate wants legal marijuana legislation delayed for a year, to negotiate a revenue-sharing deal and to set aside licenses for cannabis producers for Indigenous peoples. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said cannabis will be legal in Canada by summer,

May 03, 2018

Data from a 2014 Canada/U.S. study shows Canadian emission levels for some key pollutants are starkly higher. For example, Sarnia’s Imperial Oil refinery emitted 10 times more fine particulate matter, seven times more carbon monoxide, and 49 times more sulphur dioxide than the Detroit plant (a mere 100km to the south).

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