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Oct 23, 2015

RCMP tests on a variety of semi-automatic weapons sold in Canada have found the guns can be converted temporarily into fully automatic firearms through an improvised technique described on the internet.

Oct 22, 2015

A year after a rampaging gunman stormed the Centre Block, the RCMP and federal officials are still studying ways to make Parliament Hill more secure, says a senior Mountie. While it's still early, the process could lead to new, highly visible security measures on the Hill, said RCMP Assistant Commissioner Gilles Michaud.

Oct 22, 2015

The controversial security bill rammed through Parliament by the Conservative government in the spring is expected to be overhauled without delay by the new Liberal government, say party officials and other sources.

Oct 22, 2015

Scores of people turned out under dark skies for a hilltop ceremony on Wednesday in honour of a soldier gunned down a year ago as he stood guard at the National War Memorial on Parliament Hill.

Oct 22, 2015

As Canadians mark the one-year anniversary of the Ottawa shootingtoday, Muslim communities around the country will be sharing in the sorrow at the deaths of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent but will also be reminded of some of the ugly rhetoric that accompanied the tragedy and the unwelcome attention it drew to their faith.

Oct 21, 2015

The Government of Canada will hold a ceremony at the National War Memorial on October 22, 2015, at 11 a.m., to commemorate the assault on Parliament Hill one year ago. The event will also honour the sacrifices of Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent and Corporal Nathan Cirillo, and the bravery of the first responders.

Oct 21, 2015

Mounties received at least three warnings of potential terrorist attacks on uniformed officers before last year's shootings on Parliament Hill, yet the RCMP wound down extra patrols around the parliamentary precinct just days before the tragedy, newly disclosed documents show.

Oct 20, 2015

The federal-state police of Baden-Württemberg has taken delivery of the very first H145 in police configuration at Airbus Helicopters’ industrial site in Donauwörth. The aircraft is the first of an order of six to be handed over to the launch customer.

Oct 19, 2015

The federal government will mark the one-year anniversary of the Oct. 22 Parliament Hill attack with a sombre service on Thursday at the site where the shocking violencebegan — the National War Memorial, the Star has learned.

Oct 19, 2015

Police say three people are in custody after a police officer was shot Friday night in Brampton, Ont. Peel Region police are asking the public’s help in locating a fourth suspect in the shooting that landed a police officer and a civilian in hospital.

Oct 16, 2015

The Peel Paramedic Union, OPSEU Local 277, is warning that your family members' lives may be endangered if paramedics cannot find your location in time due to outdated maps on ambulance GPS units.

Oct 16, 2015

Business is booming at Krav, a Jerusalem store selling guns and other self-defense items, as Israelis worried by a surge in Palestinian attacks rush to arm themselves.

Oct 16, 2015

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson along with leaders from Thales in Canada and members of the Ottawa academic and business communities, officially opened Thales’ new Experience Centre today.

Oct 16, 2015

The Harper government has withheld millions of dollars for crime-prevention programs — the same programs it cited in pre-election events as proof of its tough-on-crime policies. About $28 million in promised spending for the National Crime Prevention Strategy was allowed to lapse over the last three years, an internal document shows.

Oct 15, 2015

Stephen Harper did “exactly” what he was supposed to do when bullets started flying outside the room where he was meeting with the Conservative caucus almost one year ago, Canada’s top Mountie said Wednesday.

Oct 14, 2015

Almost a year after MPs gave Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers a standing ovation in the House of Commons for his part in killing Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, the RCMP has still not recognized the four officers who helped take the gunman down.

Oct 14, 2015

The former wife of a Hells Angel has lost her security clearance to work at the Vancouver airport simply because she was once married to the longtime biker.

Oct 13, 2015

The RCMP are investigating after receiving a report a drone flew too close to Vancouver International Airport – the latest controversy involving unmanned aerial vehicles in this province.

Oct 13, 2015

When former New York police commissioner Ray Kelly touched down in Toronto to promote his memoir, he detected something familiar in the newspaper headlines he read and the queries lobbed his way during interviews.

Oct 12, 2015

Two former RCMP officers have launched a class-action lawsuit against the force, alleging their confidential mental-health records were unlawfully released.

Oct 09, 2015

Muslim women wearing niqabs could one day be required to unveil at security checks for public tours of Parliament Hill, raising more questions about the power of government to legislate how people dress and observe their religious identity.

Oct 09, 2015

U.S. security officials have raised concerns in recent weeks about the potential for Islamic militants to be among the millions of people pouring out of Iraq and Syria and seeking asylum around the world. Existing intelligence on the ground in Syria in particular makes identifying those people a challenge.

Oct 08, 2015

A tender notice posted Tuesday on the Canadian government's procurement site says the Department of National Defence is looking for bidders who can assess a vehicle, find vulnerabilities and develop and demonstrate attacks on the vehicle.

Oct 07, 2015

Seemingly undaunted by their experience with the ill-fated 1995 long-gun registry, the Liberals are positioning themselves as the toughest gun-control proponents in the federal campaign.

Oct 06, 2015

Attacks from mobile devices, bugs in Apple Inc.’s iOS 9, flawed browsers, and possibly most worrying, hackable medical devices are the “highlights” of a security news report in the Financial Post that IT leaders need to know:

Oct 05, 2015

Donald J. Trump can usually offer up a solution to almost any problem with unflinching confidence. But he sounded uncharacteristically resigned on Sunday when it came to last week’s mass shooting in Oregon, saying such shootings will continue in the United States “no matter what.”

Oct 05, 2015

Edmonton's police force is defending its chief with data in support of suggestions he made that out-of-work oilpatch workers could be to blame for the city's recent rise in crime.

Oct 05, 2015

The federal Conservatives continued to insist this weekend a new snitch line for people to report “barbaric cultural practices” to police is needed, even as evidence emerged the RCMP’s existing tip line for reporting suspected terrorism acts yields mostly bunk calls.

Oct 02, 2015

B.C. Conservatives say if their party forms another federal government, it will create a formal list of criminal gangs, similar to the way it did for designated terrorist groups.

Oct 02, 2015

The Federal Court has refused to stop the rollout of a new security screening process for Canada’s public servants, which includes fingerprinting, credit and criminal checks and sweeping searches of social media as the minimum clearance needed for the job.

Oct 01, 2015

A re-elected Conservative government might look to strip dual citizens of their Canadian citizenship if they commit other heinous crimes, Stephen Harper said in a radio interview Wednesday.

Oct 01, 2015

The Harper government is attempting to revoke the citizenship of a convicted terrorist who was born and raised in Canada, Maclean’s has learned—a first under a controversial new law that has triggered intense debate during the election campaign.

Oct 01, 2015

The accidental drug overdose of a Nova Scotia man is shining a light on so-called "research chemicals" that are making their way into the illicit drug market.

Sep 30, 2015

Raytheon will provide full lifecycle development and sustainment support under a new contract with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that could be worth approximately $1 billion.

Sep 30, 2015

Police deal with a marijuana possession incident every nine minutes in Canada, according to 2014 figures, but a CBC News analysis found that where you live plays a big role in determining whether you would have faced criminal charges.

Sep 30, 2015

Data security is a growing concern that chief financial officers need to address, a recent IBM-Financial Executives International Canada study of cyber security and business continuity in the country found.

Sep 29, 2015

The vice-chair of the Ottawa Police Services Board says something needs to be done about the civilian police watchdog’s “abuse of power.”

Sep 28, 2015

The Harper government is touting its $1.9-billion surplus for 2014-15 as an indication of sound fiscal management. But to get there it made major cuts to vital public services, which in some cases compromised public safety, says Bruce Campbell today in The Toronto Star

Sep 28, 2015

When Stephen Harper faces his rivals in a key foreign policy debate Monday night, he’ll confront new revelations about the safety of Canadian embassies abroad. CTV News has learned many of Canada’s diplomatic missions in the Middle East and Africa are not safe – putting the lives of diplomats and staff at risk.

Sep 25, 2015

Canada's prison officials have known for years that psychological tests used to determine whether inmates are likely to reoffend are unreliable for aboriginal offenders, but they've done nothing to address the problem, a federal judge has found.

Sep 25, 2015

On Thursday, the RCMP charged Mohamed Shirdon with six terrorism offences as a result of Project Staccato, an investigation by the Integrated National Security Enforcement Team in Alberta. The 22-year-old Somali-Canadian was charged in absentia, since he remains in the Middle East.

Sep 24, 2015

Despite stock-market turmoil and unease in the venture-capital community, cyber security companies are raising large rounds of financing from investors, whose tremendous appetite for high-tech defenses against cyber attacks is not expected to subside even in a market correction.

Sep 24, 2015

The Town of Clarenville, in Newfoundland and Labrador, says hidden security cameras seem to be deterring crime. Chief Administrator Bob Hiscock told CBC Radio's Central Morning Show there has been less vandalism of town property since the hidden camera operation was made public.

Sep 24, 2015

The Canada Border Services Agency is recruiting employees for temporary duty assignments in the Middle East to help speed up the flow of Syrian refugees to Canada.

Balancing public safety with the public purse
Sep 23, 2015

Weighing the competing interests of taxpayers and the Saskatoon Police Service is a challenge come budget time, says a member of the Board of Police Commissioners.

Sep 23, 2015

Gartner has forecast worldwide spending on information security will reach $75.4 billion in 2015, which the research firm suggests is driven by government initiatives, increased legislation, and high-profile data breaches.

Sep 23, 2015

Millions of British Columbians could be at risk of potential fraud or identity theft should a missing government hard drive containing sensitive personal information fall into the wrong hands, say security experts.

Sep 23, 2015

At least 1,500 Canadian passports have been produced under a flawed new system that has opened the door to fraud and tampering, according to documents obtained by CBC/Radio-Canada.

Sep 22, 2015

The International Air Transport Association has announced plans for a three-year schedule of aviation security training that will be offered at a new facility in Sherbrooke, Que.

Sep 22, 2015

Few executives, if any, will openly confess that their company’s cybersecurity strategy stinks. Instead, they slap on a brave face to quell mounting concerns that there’s no reprieve from hackers in a connected world.

Sep 22, 2015

In the latest attempt by Canadian police to keep youths away from terrorism, a Toronto teenager has been ordered to hand over his passport, stay off the Internet and refrain from communicating with a notorious Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant supporter.

Sep 22, 2015

A battle over whether Ontario’s firefighters should be able to administer six “symptom relief” medications — including aspirin — is heating up across the province.

Sep 21, 2015

US Defence bureaucrats are bashing numbers into a database in a bid to develop what the agency hopes will become an automated security scorecard, assessing vulnerability exposure across the country's networks and weapons systems.

Sep 21, 2015

The two men seeking to replace Stephen Harper as prime minister are focusing on security and safety, one day after the Conservatives announced changes to more quickly bring Syrian refugees to Canada this year.

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.

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