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Jan 11, 2018

The RCMP is investigating illnesses that required eight Canadians diplomats and family members in Cuba to seek medical care. Symptoms of dizziness, nosebleeds or headaches raised concerns about possible acoustic attacks.

Jan 10, 2018

Raptors, including the whistling kite, are intentionally spreading grass fires in northern Australia, a research paper argues. The reason: to flush out prey and feast.

Jan 10, 2018

Heavy rains caused rivers of mud and debris to run down from hillsides in Santa Barbara County, demolishing homes in the seaside community of Montecito just weeks after a massive wildfire scarred the region. At least 15 people killed, hundreds of people remain cut off by debris.

Jan 10, 2018

The province’s Special Investigations Unit says it has found ample evidence that an Ontario Provincial Police officer operated a police cruiser in a “careless manner,” leading to a crash on Highway 401 near Gananoque in October 2016. However, the officer should not face criminal charges in the incident, the SIU added.

Jan 10, 2018

Ottawa City Hall needs security bollards around the building in case a terrorist tries to use a vehicle to run over people, the city’s security boss says.

Jan 10, 2018

Ottawa Police say they’re investigating new reports of a fake Uber driver in the Ottawa ByWard Market. Police say a man would offer women a ride home, sometimes posing an Uber driver. Victims would have their credit or debit card information stolen by use of a card skimmer.

Jan 10, 2018

Conservative immigration critic Michelle Rempel wants the Liberal government to close a legal loophole that leads to illegal border crossings into Canada. The US order forcing 200,000 Salvadorans to leave that country by September could bring a surge of asylum seekers to this country.

Jan 09, 2018

Unusually heavy snowfall and a high risk of Alpine avalanches stranded some 13,000 tourists in the Swiss resort of Zermatt at the base of the famed Matterhorn mountain. Swiss authorities deployed helicopters to ferry some tourists to a nearby village to escape the snow-bound Alpine valley.

Jan 09, 2018

The B.C. RCMP has issued a government tender for its very own 3D printer, with the aim of building models of vehicle accidents for use in court.

Jan 09, 2018

The Edmonton Police Service (EPS) has a policy of not releasing the names of many murder victims. Last year, EPS did not release the names of 17 of last year's 42 homicide victims. Calgary Police Service named all 27 of its 2017 homicide victims. The Alberta Association of Chiefs of Police has a provincial framework for a consistent approach to naming homicide victims.

Jan 09, 2018

Joshua Boyle, the Canadian who spent five years in Taliban captivity with his family, appeared in an Ottawa court Monday morning. He remains in custody while lawyers work on a bail arrangement. Boyle faces 15 charges, including assault, sexual assault and unlawful confinement.

Jan 08, 2018

Around 200,000 Salvadorans allowed to live in the United States since 2001 after earthquakes in El Salvador must leave the country in 2019, U.S. officials said.

Jan 08, 2018

An oil tanker that caught fire after a collision with a freighter off China's east coast on the weekend is at risk of exploding and sinking. One body has been discovered aboard the vessel and 31 other crew members are missing.

Jan 08, 2018

The federal government's contingency plans for a new surge of asylum seekers at the border this winter could be put to the test with the pending U.S. decision on the fate of as many as 200,000 Salvadorans.

Jan 08, 2018

A veteran reporter has studied Joshua Boyle's history and writes she does not believe him. Boyle and his family were rescued from five years of Taliban captivity last fall, and he was charged by Ottawa police with a variety of offenses New Year's Day. Toronto Star reporter Rosie DiManno says his stories don't make sense.

Jan 05, 2018

The Canadian government has signed a contract with Advanced Symbolics of Ottawa to watch social media posts for indications of suicidal behaviour.

Jan 05, 2018

On Boxing Day, Mounties in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan received a report about a 59-year-old man who had walked away from a care home. He was found dead the next day. Internal and external reviews are looking into the police response.

Jan 04, 2018

Sgt. Robert Mugridge of Ontario's Chatham-Kent force received almost $400,000 in pay during a suspension of more than three years. Ontario is the only province where officers charged with serious offenses are paid.

Jan 03, 2018

Joshua Boyle and his family were rescued in October after five years as captives in Afghanistan. Boyle is now in jail in Ottawa,  charged with sexual assault, forcible confinement and administering a noxious drug.

Jan 02, 2018

A report prepared for Public Safety Canada calls on the government to create a review commission to monitor the activities of the Canada Border Services Agency. The body would examine complaints about border officers and also replace the existing RCMP complaints commission.

Dec 29, 2017

The city of Edmonton is experiencing extreme cold, with wind-adjusted temperatures as low as -43 C.  Dave Matwichuk, deputy chief with Edmonton Fire Rescue Services, said frozen metal  equipment can malfunction and even personal protection equipment like breathing apparatus can freeze up from moisture.

Dec 28, 2017

A poll shows 62 per cent of Canadians want the prosecution of people suspected of jihadi activities abroad, while 28 per cent say the government should focus on rehabilitation and deradicalization.

Dec 28, 2017

Toronto billiionaire Barry Sherman and his wife Honey were found hanged in mid-December. The family has hired a private investigative firm to investigate the deaths, which police have called 'suspicious'.

Dec 22, 2017

Public Safety Canada's annual public report on terrorism in Canada says attacks are becoming simpler, using knives and vehicles as weapons. One “high-impact” vehicle assault in Edmonton injured five people. Terrorists hope to develop cyberattack capabilities, but have so far failed.

Dec 22, 2017

A provincial government audit of sexual crimes shows municipal police in New Brunswick do not record crime statistics properly and often investigators of sexual violence fail to interview key witnesses.

Dec 21, 2017

Almost 200 Canadians have traveled to join ISIS and other extremist organizations. Those who return to Canada should face criminal charges.

Dec 21, 2017

 An informal survey shows police still do not know how many Indigenous women and girls go missing in Canada. each year. The most recent official numbers are in the RCMP's 2014 report Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women: A National Operational Overview, showing there were 164 missing women.

Dec 20, 2017

The Canadian Security Intelligence Service has assessed Abdullah Milton, the star witness against accused terrorism financier Awso Peshdary as parasitic and psychopathic. Milton was paid at least $700,000 to infiltrate an Ottawa terrorism network close to Peshdary.

Dec 19, 2017

The federal government has pledged almost $1.3 million over five years from the Community Resilience Fund to Calgary Police Service and partners to deliver the ReDirect program, providing awareness and education on radicalization to violence.

Dec 18, 2017

The Toronto police homicide squad now leads the investigation into the deaths of Toronto billionaires Honey and Barry Sherman. On Saturday the Sherman family criticized police as the source of media speculation about a murder-suicide.

Dec 18, 2017

An annual survey of  sworn and civilian Calgary Police Service employees shows morale at record-low levels. Workloads, stress and low confidence in senior management were cited as causes. Ward Sutherland, a city council representative on the police commission board attributed low morale, in part, to a “new culture of accountability”.

Dec 15, 2017

First responder agencies from Washington state and Abbotsford and Langley, British Columbia joined US and Canadian federal operators in the fifth Canada-U.S. Enhanced Resiliency Experiment. International communications were coordinated by a public safety broadband network (PSBN), which enabled special features for first responders.

Dec 14, 2017

Since 2007 13 human feet have been found along the British Columbia coast. Eight of the feet belonged to six people. The British Columbia Coroners Service does not suspect foul play.

Dec 13, 2017

A convicted child molester was prevented from flying overseas from Sydney Airport on Wednesday under new laws aimed at keeping Australian pedophiles from travelling to Southeast Asia for sex tourism.

Dec 13, 2017

Groups like ISIS use different strategies to attract women to their ranks than men. The government of Canada  is developing “counter-messaging” to disrupt terrorist recruiting.

Dec 12, 2017

An explosion and fire that ripped through Austria’s main gas pipeline hub killed one person and injured at least 18 others, prompting Italy to declare a state of emergency as flows from the strategic site were cut off.

Dec 12, 2017

The RCMP is in a 'perfect storm.' While maintaining police services at several levels of government, chronic underfunding means it cannot function as a federal force.

Dec 11, 2017

A man with a pipe bomb strapped to him set off the crude device in the subway near Times Square injuring the suspect and three other people at the height of the morning rush hour.

Dec 11, 2017

Melbourne, Australia is hosting a three-day conference of law enforcement agencies from the UK, US, Canada, France, New Zealand, Singapore and Belgium on Leadership in Counter Terrorism. Officials are concerned about the potential for Christmas terror attacks as Islamist fighters return from Iraq.

Dec 08, 2017

Daniel Therrien, Canada's privacy commissioner says security legislation should be amended to ensure the government does not keep personal data it does not need. Therrien told the Commons public safety committee that security agencies should not be able to keep a profile on every Canadian.

Dec 07, 2017

Budget documents have revealed that Regina police want a 'tactical rescue vehicle'. Critics say the proposed purchase shows the 'militarization' of Canadian police forces.

Dec 06, 2017

A Toronto area company called The ICEN Group assisted in the release in October of Joshua Boyle, his wife Caitlan Coleman and their three children from Pakistani militants after five years in captivity. Boyle's family hired the company, headed by former CSIS employee Andy Ellis.

Dec 05, 2017

A rapidly growing wildfire in the foothills north of Los Angeles threatened thousands of homes on Tuesday, forcing nearby residents to evacuate the area after causing at least one death and local power outages, officials said.

Dec 05, 2017

Two suspects turned on Yosif Al-Hasnawi when the 19-year-old tried to help an older stranger, police said. Some witnesses, however, criticized paramedics who responded to the shooting, saying Al-Hasnawi was clearly in distress but wasn’t taken seriously.

Dec 05, 2017

The move by the Ontario government to limit the prosecution of HIV-positive people with low viral loads, who don’t have a realistic chance of transmitting the disease is being called as a step in the right direction by some HIV-positive people.

Dec 05, 2017

Foreign ISIS fighters are leaving the Middle East to return home. Britain, France and the United States directly target their citizens fighting for terrorist groups on the battlefield to prevent their return. Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said, "Canada does not engage in death squads."

Dec 04, 2017

When a Florida man was brought into an emergency room with a do not resuscitate (DNR) tattoo on his chest along with a signature, a team of physicians found themselves at an ethical crossroad. Should the tattoo be honoured as an official request to not resuscitate, or should every attempt be made to save the man’s life?

Dec 04, 2017

An Ottawa pharmacist who faked a robbery at his own drugstore to cover up the “mountains” of fentanyl patches he trafficked has been found guilty of his crimes, in what appears to be the city’s first case of narcotics trafficking in the profession and the latest effort to deal with the opioid crisis.

Dec 04, 2017

Germany's domestic intelligence chief has warned that wives and children of German ISIS fighters would pose a major security risk if they return home. Hans-Georg Maassen said they may "identify deeply" with jihadism and it is crucial to have security procedures in place.

Nov 30, 2017

A former CFL player, Const. Jason Mallett, turned disgraced Ottawa police officer has been charged by his own force with having sex while on-duty with multiple women in a series of discipline charges that will see the force wanting the badge of its one-time poster boy.

Nov 30, 2017

The federal government has pledged to fund a treatment centre for an Ontario reserve plagued by mercury contamination. The treatment centre is “dream come true” and once it is built, those affected by the serious impacts of mercury contamination will not have to travel to centres like Winnipeg or Kenora, Ont., to receive care

Nov 30, 2017

Information released before Parliament begins debate on C-59, a new national-security bill, shows that federal agencies want to gather "bulk" amounts of electronic data about ordinary Canadians to find terrorist threats. A committee reviewing the bill will hear from federal officials and police chiefs today.

Nov 29, 2017

The combination of Libya’s splintered government in the wake of Muammar Gaddafi’s fall and the influx of people from Nigeria has led to a situation where stranded men and women are being held against their will and, in some cases, sold into slavery or prostitution.

Nov 29, 2017

About 11 percent of medicines in developing countries are counterfeit and likely responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of children from diseases like malaria and pneumonia every year, the World Health Organization said.

Nov 29, 2017

A Canadian man pleaded guilty in a U.S. court to charges stemming from a massive breach at Yahoo that authorities say was directed by two Russian intelligence agents and affected at least a half billion user accounts.

Nov 29, 2017

Police are calling down warnings of an alleged phone scam after it turned out the phone calls were part of a legitimate Ontario fundraising campaign. The Ontario police association is running a campaign for its program called "Kids and Cops and Canadian Tire Fishing Days."

Nov 29, 2017

In the House of Commons Tuesday, Conservative opposition leader Andrew Scheer said the Liberal government is going easy on suspected ISIS terrorists returning to Canada. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the  Conservatives  are trying to frighten Canadians.

Nov 28, 2017

A 22-year-old Canadian woman from Montreal is in the custody of Kurdish forces in Syria, along with her two-year-old daughter and newborn baby girl, after having fled a Daesh-controlled region of Syria.

Nov 28, 2017

After spending several weeks in Peru co-ordinating the search for her missing son, Jesse Galganov’s mother has hired a renowned Israeli search-and-rescue company that has experience locating missing people in remote places around the world.

Nov 28, 2017

The Trudeau government has created the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians (NSICOP), a $4.5-million body consisting of eight MPS and three senators supported by a secretariat from the Privy Council Office.

Nov 28, 2017

It looks like a typical one-bedroom seniors apartment, but hidden inside are a series of sensors. The apartment, located inside Ottawa’s Élisabeth Bruyère Hospital, is a living laboratory that comes equipped with technology that gathers information to help identify memory and mobility issues.

Nov 28, 2017

Ottawa police are taking the final steps to reduce the “boys’ club” mentality that was historically prevalent in dealing with women’s careers on the force.

Nov 28, 2017

A new DNA testing device made in Ottawa can cut the time it takes to test for legionnaires’ disease from more than a week to 45 minutes.

Nov 28, 2017

The RCMP will remove data about religious and cultural practices from records about Muslim refugee claimants who came from the U.S. into Canada at an irregular crossing point  in Quebec. An interview guide used questions specifically targeting Muslims.

Nov 27, 2017

The hackers’ targets: The former head of cybersecurity for the U.S. Air Force. An ex-director at the National Security Council. A former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency. All were caught up in a Russian government-aligned cyberespionage campaign. None was warned by the FBI.

Nov 27, 2017

Iran's powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps has warned the European Union not to meddle with its missile development program. If the EU interferes with Iran's missile program, "we will also regard the Europeans as a threat and will act accordingly," said IRGC Deputy Commander Hossein Salami.

Nov 27, 2017

After arriving in Syria, Zarah's husband trained as a fighter and soon “became a martyr for the caliphate, thanks to God. I loved him. But we all must make sacrifices for our beliefs.” Another woman, originally from Kosovo, said she would "want both her kids to grow up to be martyrs."

Nov 27, 2017

The minister of public safety, Ralph Goodale said in a televised interview that the chance of reintegrating ISIS fighters is "pretty remote". Mr. Goodale says prosecutions are difficult because battlefield intelligence about individuals must be turned into evidence usable in Canadian courts.

Nov 26, 2017

Worshippers in Egypt’s North Sinai were killed when a Sufi mosque was bombed and gunmen positioned outside were shooting those escaping the carnage inside. Paramedics and other responders were also shot. Latest reports say 305 people were killed and another 128 are wounded.

Nov 25, 2017

Underground banks are illegal, but common in China. According to China’s Ministry of Public Security, underground banks handled more than $137 billion in transactions last year.

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