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May 02, 2018

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security confirmed it is reviewing a Canadian proposal to amend the Safe Third Country Agreement, which requires Canada and the United States to refuse entry to asylum seekers who arrive at official ports of entry along the shared border, as both countries are considered safe for refugees.

May 02, 2018

Julie Michaud, a 35-year old middle school science teacher in northern New Brunswick has been charged with cocaine trafficking along with eight other people. The arrests resulted from an 18-month RCMP investigation.

May 01, 2018

During a routine examination of luggage on a flight from Mexico, CBSA border services officers observed anomalies on three suitcases. The inspection resulted in a seizure of 100 kg of methamphetamine and 4 kg of heroin.

May 01, 2018

A new scan of the Indian Ocean floor for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has searched nearly 80,000 square kilometres since January without finding any sign of the wreckage. But the company looking for the plane, which has been missing for more than four years, said it is still determined to find it.

May 01, 2018

An abandoned highrise building occupied by squatters in downtown Sao Paulo caught fire and collapsed, sending chunks of fiery debris crashing into neighbouring buildings and surrounding streets. Firefighters said at least one person had been killed and there could be more.

May 01, 2018

Asylum seekers enter Canada illegally to avoid dealing with the Canadian Border Service Agency (CBSA), whose mandate is to reject them under the Safe Third Country Agreement. Last weekend, near an illegal crossing point in Quebec, a reporter saw  a CBSA vehicle and employees apparently co-operating with RCMP officers processing migrants entering Canada.

May 01, 2018

Under new laws, Canadians can grow four marijuana plants at home, but the head of the Canadian Real Estate Association, Michael Bourque says the result could be damaged and unhealthy homes as mold and fungus can spread through ventilation systems. His group wants a moratorium on home cultivation until provinces can develop effective regulations.

Apr 30, 2018

Chinese officials have been quietly grilling Canada about illicit marijuana flowing to their country, prompting Ottawa to agree to work with them on the problem, an internal federal memo reveals. The previously unknown issue arose during talks between the two countries on curbing the clandestine importation of opioids into Canada, which has fuelled a crisis of overdose deaths from fentanyl and related compounds.

Apr 30, 2018

The city force has revealed to the police board that 150 officers — nearly 11 per cent of the entire force — are, as a result of formal medical accommodations, either doing modified versions of their jobs or entirely different jobs because of medical restrictions. The greatest impact is on the front-line directorate.

Apr 30, 2018

An APTN investigation has found racist and derogatory remarks about Indigenous people on a 'private' Facebook site for RCMP members. The force is investigating and Brenda Butterworth-Carr, Commanding Officer of the RCMP's ‘K’ Division in British Columbia said, "There’s zero tolerance.”

Apr 27, 2018

Security experts say vehicle attacks like the one that killed ten people in Toronto on Monday are almost impossible to stop.  In the past two years, 10 such attacks in Europe have killed more than 100 people.

Apr 26, 2018

Ward Elcock, the former director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service warns that the sale of Aecon Group Inc. to Chinese interests would threaten Canada’s national security. Elcock says rejecting the sale would bring a “sharp reaction” from China.

Apr 25, 2018

Alek Minassian, accused of murdering 10 people in Toronto on Monday was a Canadian Forces recruit for two months late last year before requesting and receiving his release. Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said no concerns were raised about his mental health.

Apr 25, 2018

Alek Minassian, charged with murdering ten people and injuring 15 others with a rented van in north Toronto, repeatedly threatened the arresting officer with a weapon he did not have, and asked the officer to kill him. The arrest was made without shooting.

Apr 24, 2018

Alek Minassian, 25, of Richmond Hill is in police custody after a van was used in north Toronto to kill ten people and send another 15 to hospital. The Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said the attack is not part of a plot that threatens national security. He held out the possibility the investigation could evolve but current information indicates the incident was isolated.

Apr 24, 2018

A commons committee has modified a new security bill to exclude information Canadians think has a "reasonable expectation of privacy" from the definition of "publicly available" data. The goal of the change is to keep intelligence agencies from randomly looking through personal information. The Communications Security Establishment has told the committee it wants publicly available materials for background information.

Apr 23, 2018

There appears to be a number of fatalities after multiple pedestrians were struck by a white van in Toronto and police say the driver has been arrested. Toronto police said the incident happened around 1 p.m. on Monday in the area of Yonge Street and Finch Avenue.

Apr 23, 2018

After a massive manhunt, police in Nashville have arrested Travis Reinking, suspected of killing four people at a Waffle House in the early hours of Sunday. As the search continued for the gunman, James Shaw Jr. who snatched the rifle from the shooter said it was a "selfish" act of self-preservation and he doesn't consider himself a hero.

Apr 23, 2018

A new book called "Just Watch Us" says Canadian security agencies were so busy watching the early women’s liberation movement for Communist infiltration that they almost missed the real revolution. Mounties and their informants monitored meetings, rallies and speeches.

Apr 23, 2018

Bell, Rogers and Public Safety Canada refused to respond to interview requests after a November CBC story about the ease with which cell phones could be hacked. A review of the lobbyist registry shows the companies did speak privately with the government about the security vulnerability.

Apr 20, 2018

Members of Parliament yesterday questioned Facebook executives about how well their company protects its users. Members' concerns included misinformation about Canadian Forces members in Latvia and foreign interference in Canadian elections.

Apr 19, 2018

Chinese Triads have infiltrated Canada’s economy so deeply that Australia’s intelligence community has coined a new term called the “Vancouver Model” of transnational crime.

Apr 19, 2018

An earthquake of at least magnitude 5.5 struck in southern Iran near the country’s sole nuclear power plant on Thursday morning, shaking countries across the Persian Gulf. There was no immediate report of damage or injuries.

Apr 19, 2018

Sindri Thor Stefansson was in custody for allegedly being the mastermind behind a heist in which 600 computers used to mine bitcoin were stolen. People in Iceland are wondering how a suspected criminal managed to jump out a prison window and catch a flight to Sweden without anyone noticing — especially the prime minister, who happened to be on the same flight.

Apr 19, 2018

One of Justin Trudeau's largest domestic political problems followed him to London, as environmental activists greeted the prime minister with calls to kill the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. The demands came during an elaborate protest outside the Canadian High Commission in the capital's London's iconic Trafalgar Square.

Apr 19, 2018

The Conservative opposition is putting pressure on the Trudeau government to put a stop to illegal migrant border crossings. In Quebec, provincial government officials say the increase in illegal immigrants has strained their resources to the breaking point.

Apr 18, 2018

Noting the increasing difficulties of recruiting and retaining search and rescue technicians for the Coast Guard and Air Force, Senator Fabian Manning says governments to re-evaluate the situation.

Why is Canada Cutting Cheques to Suspected Terrorists?
Apr 18, 2018

The recent collapse of negotiations between the Government of Canada and lawyers for suspected terrorist Abousfian Abdelrazik, highlights the urgency with which Canada needs to develop an effective strategy to clarify how its national security enforcement and intelligence officials deal with foreign governments relating to Canadians, or persons linked to Canada, who are involved in terrorism-related investigations. 

Apr 18, 2018

With a new video, the Antiquities Coalition is leading the global campaign against cultural racketeering. The video highlights illegal looting and trafficking of ancient art, which threatens not only cultural sites throughout the world, but also funds terrorists and criminals.

Apr 18, 2018

Newly disclosed documents show a top secret federal report - kept under wraps for over a decade - criticized Canada's spy agency for shortcomings as its members increasingly travelled overseas to interrogate people in foreign prisons in the name of fighting terrorism.

Apr 18, 2018

A woman was sitting on the left side of the plane when something in the engine apparently broke and smacked into the window. She hung out the hole for many minutes, said Hollie Mackey, who sat next to the victim. One of 24 fan blades was missing, NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt said after investigators got a preliminary look at the engine that failed.

Apr 18, 2018

Canada’s fisheries minister Dominic LeBlanc wants the G7 to use military and other surveillance technology to name and shame countries that are conducting massive illegal overfishing operations.

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.

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