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Sep 18, 2015

To date, little has actually been said on the topic of security, and what has been said amounts to the parties doubling down on entrenched and vague positions, say Kent Roach and Craig Forcese in an op-ed piece in the National Post.

Sep 17, 2015

Justice critic Mike Farnworth says more leadership is needed on public safety after a Surrey school was sprayed with bullets this week in yet another eruption of gun violence in B.C.’s fastest-growing city.

Sep 17, 2015

When hackers gained access to a Jeep Cherokee through its entertainment system this summer and remotely took control of the vehicle’s steering, brakes and transmission, it was an eye-opening moment for the auto industry. And it quickly became apparent that Chrysler vehicles weren’t the only vulnerable ones.

Sep 16, 2015

At the forefront, it’s time to re-organize Canada’s foreign and defence policies around the umbrella concept of sustainable common security, says H. Peter Langille.

Sep 16, 2015

B.C.'s college of pharmacists announced plans Tuesday to mandate security requirements for pharmacies in response to a dramatic rise in violent robberies.

Sep 16, 2015

Upgraded security measures at City Hall are ruffling a few feathers among some council members who say the screening process is too extreme.

Sep 16, 2015

Equipment thefts and vandalism on oilsands sites in northern Alberta are growing as more jobs continue to be cut in the oil and gas sector, says one security expert.

Sep 14, 2015

The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service says it can save taxpayers $17 million -- by closing five stations. That's hardly good news if it means reduced fire protection. The fine print in this story, however, revealed something that has not been pressed hard enough at city hall. Innovation.

Sep 14, 2015

The raft of national security laws the Conservative government has created this year was largely unwise, unconstitutional and unlikely to make Canadians safer from terrorists, two of the country’s leading security law scholars conclude in a damning new book.

Sep 11, 2015

AM General was awarded a $428 million (US) firm-fixed-price indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract for new M997A3 Humvee Ambulance Chassis Vehicles for the US Army, Army Reserve, and Army National Guard's disaster relief missions.

Sep 11, 2015

Toronto police committed “egregious wrongful conduct” after they planted loose heroin on the centre console of a drug suspect’s car to create a pretext for searching the vehicle, a judge has found.

Sep 10, 2015

The federal government is bringing in major changes to the way Canadian passports are issued, changes that could speed up the renewal process but also invite forgery, fraud and identity theft at a time of heightened global security.

Sep 10, 2015

More than 50 intelligence analysts working out of the U.S. military's Central Command have formally complained that their reports on ISIS and al Qaeda’s branch in Syria were being inappropriately altered by senior officials, says a report in the The Daily Beast.

Sep 10, 2015

Security concerns are not a good enough reason to prevent the Canadian government from bringing thousands of Syrian refugees into the country, argues former immigration minister Ron Atkey. Atkey, who served under Prime Minister Joe Clark in 1979 and 1980, says the Progressive Conservative government then managed to help 60,000 refugees from Indochina come to Canada after the end of the Vietnam War.

Sep 09, 2015

In focusing on a very scary but infrequent threat, we’ve lost sight of threats that are ongoing and pose a more consistent risk to Canadians, writes Madeline Asby in the Ottawa Citizen. For example, the problem of American handguns crossing the Canadian border.

Sep 08, 2015

In the year leading up to the terrorist attacks in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., and Ottawa, the section of the federal public safety ministry in charge of anti-terrorism was completely dysfunctional because of a rotten work environment, according to a top secret investigation conducted by the former head of the RCMP at the request of the government.

Sep 08, 2015

How much of your IT budget should be spent on security? In the face of high-profile data breaches like the Ashley Madison incident playing out in the headlines, it appears many Canadian executives are thinking it should be more than they spend currently.

Sep 08, 2015

The Ottawa Citizen is running material about what each political party is promising to do in the areas of security and defence. Here is the view of the Conservative Party.

Sep 03, 2015

Foreign Islamic militants have been able to secure Pakistani national identity cards for years in exchange for bribes as low as $100, giving them vastly greater freedom to operate, according to a report by Pakistan's top intelligence agency obtained by The Associated Press.

Sep 02, 2015

Irving Shipbuilding has started building Canada's first Arctic offshore patrol ship at the company's massive shipyard in Halifax. Hundreds of employees gathered Tuesday in the new assembly hall as a huge sheet of cut steel was hoisted into place and a special ceremony was held to mark the occasion.

Sep 02, 2015

The U.S. government has not yet notified any of the 21.5 million federal employees and contractors whose security clearance data was hacked more than three months ago, officials acknowledged on Tuesday.

Sep 01, 2015

Ontario Community Safety Minister Yasir Naqvi pledged Tuesday to draft a regulation to crack down on arbitrary “police interactions with members of the public.” Speaking in Toronto at the final public meeting in a province-wide review of police street checks — more commonly known as carding — Naqvi said his government opposes all “arbitrary or random stops by police.”

Sep 01, 2015

A regional power devoted to ensuring its own survival, Israel has burgeoned into a high tech epicenter built around Internet security, anti-virus software, and other cyber defense technologies.

Sep 01, 2015

The province of Ontario has launched a new set of traffic laws as part of its "Making Ontario Roads Safer Act". Bill 31 came into effect today, two months after being unanimously approved at Queen's Park. The new legislation means changes to existing traffic laws, and stiffer fines and penalties for those who break them.

Sep 01, 2015

At least 80 police officers in Ontario were on suspension with pay during a three-week period this summer, including a Durham Police officer who has amassed more than $600,000 since first being suspended in 2008, a National Post investigation has discovered.

Aug 31, 2015

Canada has received approval to install search and rescue repeaters on the U.S. Air Force’s next generation Global Positioning System satellites.

Aug 31, 2015

Tom Mulcair is poised to announce measures aimed at ending violence against women. The NDP leader is expected to commit today to restore the shelter enhancement program scrapped by the Harper government, with sufficient funding to ensure no woman in need is turned away from a shelter.

Aug 31, 2015

An RCMP database on missing persons and unidentified remains, touted by the Harper government in 2010 as "concrete action" for the problem of murdered and missing indigenous women, is still incomplete and far over budget five years after it was announced.

Aug 31, 2015

Canada’s police chiefs want legal authority to seize mail in transit to stem the flow of illicit drugs, fake medicine and weapons through the postal system.

Aug 31, 2015

The Canadian border got dragged into the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign on Sunday, with a prominent candidate appearing to entertain the notion of building a giant wall on the 49th parallel.

Aug 28, 2015

Police across the country are looking for new powers to seize, jam or de-activate the phone numbers of street-level “dial a dope” drug dealers.

Aug 28, 2015

The Conservatives are using former members of the Canadian military to act as security guards at their election campaign events, in addition to the RCMP officers who are assigned to the Stephen Harper’s personal detail.

Aug 28, 2015

There is a shared sense of disappointment in the ranks of Fredericton police and the public over the suspension of five officers, the force’s chief said Thursday. Leanne Fitch took the unusual step of calling a news conference Thursday to address concerns over the recent suspensions of the Fredericton officers.

Aug 27, 2015

The Vancouver Police Department has erected temporary surveillance cameras in a neighbourhood on the city’s east side, and although the department says the cameras are being used to fight gang violence, it won’t say which groups are being targeted or why that specific location was chosen.

Aug 26, 2015

Ministers from nine European countries are to meet in Paris on Saturday to discuss security on the continent’s extensive rail network, following last week’s suspected terrorist attack on a high-speed train from Amsterdam to Paris.

Aug 26, 2015

As security gains greater visibility in boardrooms and C-suites, security professionals are increasingly asked to provide metrics to track the current state of a company's defenses. But which numbers really matter?

Aug 26, 2015

The most senior police officer charged over mass arrests made during the Toronto’s G20 summit five years ago was found guilty on three out of five offences at a disciplinary hearing on Tuesday.

Aug 25, 2015

Jacon Modglin is part of a new cadre of "community paramedics" working in a dozen pilot programs across California. Their jobs are to treat patients before they get sick enough to need emergency care. The paramedics are still first responders, just deployed to prevent a crisis rather than react to one.

Aug 25, 2015

Police in more than 20 North American cities are testing the latest in less-lethal alternatives to bullets – “blunt impact projectiles” that cause suspects excruciating pain but stop short of killing them. Or at least that’s the goal.

Aug 25, 2015

Scam artists, extortionists have emerged in the aftermath of the Ashley Madison hack, Toronto police said Monday. Toronto Police, alongside the Ontario Provincial Police, the RCMP, FBI and U.S. Homeland Security, are probing the hack, which saw the personal information of more than 30 million site users released last week.

Aug 17, 2015

The federal government is delaying implementation of regulations intended to help police trace crime guns — the seventh time it has put off the measures. Just days before the federal election call, the government quietly published a notice deferring the firearm marking regulations until June 1, 2017.

Aug 13, 2015

Statisticians can glean insightful information from Facebook posts, tweets and other online social media communications that may help improve public safety, researchers have said. Michiko Wolcott and colleagues evaluated social media traffic posted during and the days following typhoon Haiyan striking the Philippines in November 2013 to develop a set of social media analytics for emergency response managers.

Aug 13, 2015

Garda World Security Corp, a security services firm that provides armored transportation and guards, is exploring a sale that could value it at more than C$3 billion ($2.31 billion) including debt, people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.

Aug 12, 2015

Hundreds of military personnel and embassy staff could be at risk after Islamic State (ISIS) leaked what is believed to be their names, email addresses and passwords online.

Aug 12, 2015

Some new equipment will be tested out Wednesday, which should help local first responders stay in closer contact with their U.S. counterparts during future emergencies and cross-border incidents. The Department of Homeland Security & Emergency Management in Michigan's Wayne County received a $4-million grant which has been used to boost its collaboration with neighbouring agencies, including a handful in Canada.

Aug 11, 2015

On Sunday, Conservative Leader Stephen Harper vowed to bring in a new law to crack down on Canadians travelling to areas of the world under the apparent control of terrorists. Though details of the proposed law are scarce, Sukanya Pillay, executive director and general counsel of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, discusses whether it would be legal and workable and whether it might unfairly target some segments of the population.

Aug 11, 2015

Toronto police are refusing to let their armed, off-duty officers earn extra cash at Muzik pending a review of the nightclub’s security measures in the wake of last week’s double homicide.

Aug 11, 2015

The federal correctional investigator says he is concerned about the number of deaths in federal prisons after three in Nova Scotia facilities in just over three months has added to the national total.

Aug 07, 2015

Facebook’s new security chief has called on the internet industry to go beyond securing the web “for the 1 per cent” and create cyber security defences that will work across emerging markets.

Aug 07, 2015

Eight months have passed since a group of Quebec youths packed their bags and boarded planes to the Middle East, allegedly to join ISIL or other terrorist groups, disappearing to an uncertain fate. Now, however, the Montreal Gazette has learned that two of the youths have quietly returned to Quebec, under the watchful eye of the RCMP.

Aug 05, 2015

China is planning to set up "network security offices" in major Internet companies and for websites so authorities can move more quickly against illegal online behavior, the Ministry of Public Security said in a statement.

Aug 05, 2015

Israeli authorities kicked off a promised crackdown on Jewish extremists following last week’s deadly arson attack on a Palestinian family, arresting a high-profile activist accused of leading a new movement of defiant settler youths who embrace violence and reject the rule of law in the name of the purity of the Holy Land.

Aug 26, 2015

The most senior police officer charged over mass arrests made during the Toronto’s G20 summit five years ago was found guilty on three out of five offences at a disciplinary hearing on Tuesday.

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