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May 23, 2019

Canada plans to build up to 18 new coast guard ships at a cost of $15.7 billion in an effort to renew Canada's Coast Guard fleet, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Wednesday.

May 22, 2019

Trudeau is expected to announce Wednesday that the federal government is buying two more Arctic patrol ships on top of the six it has already ordered from Halifax-based Irving Shipbuilding. However, unlike the first six ships being built for the Navy, a government source said the seventh and eighth will be built for the Canadian Coast Guard.

May 22, 2019

Chris Williams is one of dozens of cases in which the RCMP has removed, or is trying to remove, members with disabilities, Global News has learned. An RCMP spokesperson denies a campaign to dismiss members with disabilities, saying the force makes “every effort to accommodate … dismissal is a last resort.”

May 17, 2019

New details are emerging about how organized crime may have first made its way into B.C. casinos. Former casino dealer supervisor spills the beans on how relaxed government regulations immediately attracted high-rollers and money-launderers.

May 17, 2019

Canada intends to introduce a new digital charter to combat hate speech, misinformation and online electoral interference, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told a technology conference in Paris on Thursday.

May 16, 2019

Auditor General found that the CBSA has no quality-assurance program to ensure that all the proper screening procedures have been completed for all refugee claims. In the face of repeated Liberal assurances that “every single person crossing our borders, whether legally or illegally, gets processed according to all our rules", the audit found files that contained errors and omissions, and flagged some 400 claims where required biometric checks for criminality or identity were not completed.

May 16, 2019

Defects have been identified in the Ottawa Police communications system operated by Bell. A defective portable radio "shoulder extension" was recently identified, but no final determination has yet been made on why the radio appeared to fail.

May 15, 2019

The Canadian government awarded MDA a $39 million 10-year contract for a new space-based search and rescue technology. The MDA facility in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, will design, build and deliver 10 search and rescue repeaters for DND’s Medium Earth Orbit Search and Rescue (MEOSAR) system.

May 14, 2019

To keep Vice-Admiral Mark Norman dangling for so long required an extended display of amateur-hour tomfoolery on the part of people at the topmost levels in several wings of the federal administration. Best case scenario is incompetence; worst case is intentional scapegoating. Either way, public trust is in tatters.

May 14, 2019

Three people were killed after two sightseeing airplanes carrying cruise ship tourists collided in midair Monday near a southeast Alaska town, the Coast Guard said.

May 14, 2019

Members of the Canadian Armed Forces will remain in Quebec a while longer to help flood victims as this year's spring thaw continues to wreak havoc in parts of the province.

May 13, 2019

Police are scrambling to keep pace with criminals who are coming up with creative ways to supply Canada's black market with firearms.

May 10, 2019

More than $7-billion in dirty money was washed through British Columbia’s economy last year – driving up the cost of buying a home by at least 5 per cent, according to reports released on Thursday by the B.C. government.

May 09, 2019

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has announced the launch of a Rigid-Hulled Inflatable Boat (RHIB) for use in Atlantic Canada.

May 08, 2019

When the U.S. trade commissioner Mike Pompeo called Canada’s claim to a major future Arctic shipping route “illegitimate” on Monday, it revived a long-standing feud that could become increasingly heated in coming years as new northern trade corridors open up.

May 06, 2019

A second satellite will be launched on July 24th to provide a redundant back-up to the world’s first optical fibre network of geostationary satellites in the sky.

May 06, 2019

North Korea test fired several short-range projectiles Saturday morning from the country's eastern coast, according to South Korean officials.

May 06, 2019

A Russian airliner burst into flames while making an emergency landing at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport Sunday evening, and at least at least 40 people died, officials said.

May 06, 2019

After a national survey by the Canadian Journalism Foundation found that many people find it challenging to distinguish between real and fake news, the organization has received a grant to study the problem and create more effective filtering tools.

May 02, 2019

BAE Systems has flown its Magma 'blown-air' technology demonstrator for the first time. The sub-scale UAV that the company developed in collaboration with the University of Manchester uses a new blown-air system to manoeuvre, removing the need for conventional flight control surfaces that use moving parts.

May 01, 2019

The federal government is awarding Davie Shipyards a contract worth more than $7.1 million to refit the Canadian Coast Guard's largest icebreaker. The refit of the CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent is the latest contract awarded to Davie amid complaints from the Quebec shipyard about a lack of work.

Apr 30, 2019

More Canadian soldiers are helping in the battle to sandbag homes against the still-rising floodwaters in central and eastern Canada than are deployed overseas, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says, though in a few places the water is slowly beginning to recede.

Apr 29, 2019

The slow-building floods of Eastern Canada have turned into a full-blown emergency, with the rupture of a dike near Montreal triggering a sudden inundation that forced 6,500 people to flee to higher ground on the weekend.

Apr 29, 2019

The vote to send a new country to the Security Council table at the United Nations is creeping up, and so is Canada's spending to secure a seat around that table.

Apr 26, 2019

Less than a month after the City of Ottawa revealed it had been the victim of a costly whaling scam, the head of the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario says the hospital is facing increasing cybersecurity threats, including similar online scams.

Apr 26, 2019

The City of Ottawa has declared a state of emergency as river levels continue to rise, threatening to surpass those reached when flooding devastated some neighbourhoods two years ago.

Apr 25, 2019

President Donald Trump made a new threat Wednesday to send armed soldiers to the U.S.-Mexico border: "We are now sending ARMED SOLDIERS to the Border. Mexico is not doing nearly enough in apprehending & returning!" he tweeted.

Apr 25, 2019

Hate crimes appear to be on the rise in Alberta with the province becoming home to a number of extremist movements, according to a draft report obtained by CTV News.

Apr 24, 2019

Companies interested in providing a new icebreaker to the coast guard have been threatened by the Liberal government which is increasingly using gag orders to prevent details about proposed federal procurements from being reported on. The firms were told “Canada will take appropriate action” if they violate the ban on discussing the project with the news media.

Apr 24, 2019

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to pitch closer defence cooperation with Canada, among other things, when he visits Ottawa this weekend. One defence expert said that his visit is an attempt to gauge how serious the Trudeau government is about becoming more engaged in the Asia-Pacific region.

Apr 24, 2019

The Canada Border Services Agency is conducting a series of tests to learn if its human agents, and its passport-reading machines, are prone to discriminating against certain kinds of travellers.

Apr 23, 2019

The rural municipality and the town of Biggar, Sask., issued a state of emergency this morning after a large grass fire filled the area with smoke. On Monday afternoon, RCMP delared the fire out of control and were evacuating the area between Highways 4 and 51, as well as Tower and Duperow Roads.

Apr 23, 2019

The RCMP is embarking on a new recruitment strategy that will substantially alter the complexion of the national police force, replacing scores of traditional criminal investigators with civilians who have specialized skills to help pursue terrorists, cyber criminals, money launderers, drug traffickers and fraudsters, the National Post has learned.

Apr 22, 2019

Last week, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, announced the appointment of Mr. Charles Smith as Chairperson of the RCMP External Review Committee, an independent administrative tribunal that conducts impartial case reviews and issues findings and recommendations for appeal decisions in certain RCMP employment and labour relations matters.

Apr 22, 2019

About 200 CAF soldiers started filling sandbags and carrying out evacuations in Quebec’s Outaouais and Mauricie regions overnight Saturday, and by Sunday afternoon about 600 were on the job across the province.

Apr 22, 2019

Authorities lifted a curfew in Sri Lanka on Monday, a day after a string of bombings at churches and luxury hotels across the country killed 290 people and wounded about 500. But there were warnings more attacks could come.

Apr 19, 2019

Police in Northern Ireland blamed militants opposed to British rule there for the killing of a young journalist who was covering a night of violent unrest in Londonderry. Police say the shooters are members from the New Irish Republican Army, a militant republican group formed several years ago from the merger of several splinter groups.

Apr 18, 2019

With waters already high, the Quebec city of Rigaud has launched emergency measures as the province braces for flooding from heavy rainfall expected this week. Other municipalities are warning residents who live along the water to prepare for flooding.

Apr 18, 2019

Authorities warn that water levels could exceed flood stage in parts of New Brunswick over the next few days.

Apr 18, 2019

While the amendment is a good idea, it won’t fix Canada’s main border problem: people flowing across from the United States at Roxham Road, the infamous spot that straddles New York State and Quebec, says Brian Lilley of the Toronto Sun.

Apr 18, 2019

A mechanic who came to Canada in 2015 has been found complicit in crimes against humanity for repairing vehicles for the so-called Islamic State. The Lebanese national made several trips to Syria to work on ISIS military vehicles and also supervised other ISIS mechanics. The Refugee Appeal Division has ruled he made a “knowing and significant contribution to ISIS,” making him ineligible for refugee status.

Apr 18, 2019

North Korea has test-fired a "new-type tactical guided weapon," its state media announced Thursday, a move that could be an attempt to register the country's displeasure with deadlocked nuclear talks with the United States without causing those coveted negotiations to collapse.

Apr 18, 2019

The world’s next hot spot theoretically could be its coldest. Atop the globe, the Arctic expanse is a new frontier for the United States and friends to fortify against an aggressive, ambitious Russia.

Apr 17, 2019

An Italian couple trying to escape the mafia, applied for asylum in Canada. After their claim was denied, they went o the run, but have now turned themselves in to Canadian authorities with the hope that the PRRA will save them from deportation and the violence they face back in Italy.

Apr 17, 2019

A Halifax councillor tried, and failed, on Tuesday to cut $500,000 of funding for an armoured police vehicle. "It would be shocking to me to allow the militarization of our police in Halifax," said Coun. Shawn Cleary.

Apr 16, 2019

Canada has formally joined a German-French coalition aimed at saving the international world order from destruction by various world dictators and autocrats – and U.S. President Donald Trump.

Apr 16, 2019

Scenes of anguish and bloodshed gripped Penticton on Monday, leaving four dead on what should have been just another day. Supt. Ted De Jager, commander of South Okanagan-Similkameen RCMP, said reports came in at 10:30 a.m. of a shooting outside a home in the downtown area.

Apr 16, 2019

A catastrophic fire engulfed the upper reaches of Paris’ soaring Notre Dame Cathedral as it was undergoing renovations Monday, threatening one of the greatest architectural treasures of the Western world as tourists and Parisians looked on aghast from the streets below.

Apr 15, 2019

The leader of India‘s Sikh-majority Punjab state has slammed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party after the federal government removed direct references to Sikh extremism in a recent terrorism threat report.

Apr 12, 2019

Less than a decade after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised to turn his country into a top-five global cybersecurity power, Israel is recognized worldwide as a cybersecurity innovation hub that continues to produce not only some of the best products and services – but the best minds.

Apr 12, 2019

Sudan's state-run broadcaster says Defence Minister Awad Mohammed Ibn Auf is being sworn in as head of a new military council that will run the country for two years. The move is being taken after the military ousted autocratic President Omar al-Bashir on Thursday following nearly four months of expanding protests.

Apr 12, 2019

Canadians have wildly diverging views on banning handguns and assault-style firearms, says a newly released summary of federal consultations.

Apr 11, 2019

Boarding team from HMCS Regina has seized 2,569 kilograms of hashish while deployed in the Indian Ocean as part of Operation Artemis, which is Canada's contribution to counter-terrorism and maritime security operations in Middle Eastern and East African waters.

Apr 11, 2019

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said Wednesday that Canada’s national police force must do better at processing requests it receives under the federal access-to-information law.

Apr 11, 2019

The head of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service says his agency is "more and more preoccupied" with the threat of violent right-wing extremism and white supremacists.

Apr 11, 2019

The advent of legal recreational marijuana in Canada hasn't done much to stop people from trying to sneak the drug over the border – and supply shortages might be to blame, according to an internal report from the Canada Border Services Agency.

Apr 11, 2019

Julian Assange, the fugitive founder of WikiLeaks and publisher of state secrets that embarrassed governments around the world, was arrested on behalf of the U.S. in London on Thursday.

Apr 10, 2019

The NSICP annual report, which had been delivered to the PM in December 2018, has now been released to the public. It covers topics of intelligence priorities, defence intelligence activities, legal authorities, plus oversight and accountability. Numerous federal departments and agencies were involved: CBSA; CSIS; CSE; Justice; DND and the Canadian Armed Forces; FINTRAC; GAC; IRCC; Integrated Terrorism Assessment Centre; PCO; Public Safety; RCMP; and Transport Canada.

Apr 10, 2019

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday put forward an ambitious program to secure Russia's foothold in the Arctic, including efforts to build new ports and other infrastructure facilities and expand an icebreaker fleet.

Apr 09, 2019

Canada’s Immigration Minister is promising new, tougher legislation to crack down on unscrupulous immigration consultants by giving the industry watchdog that oversees them more power to investigate and punish offenders.

Apr 09, 2019

A suicide bomber from Calgary strikes near Baghdad. A Windsor man masterminds the torture and killing of foreigners at a Dhaka bakery. Two London, Ontario, gunmen take hostages at a gas plant in the Algerian desert. To date, Canadian terrorists have killed 127 people and injured another 195 in other countries since 2012.

Apr 09, 2019

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale has issued a statement on how certain types of extremist ideologies are described in the 2018 Public Report on the Terrorism Threat to Canada:

Apr 09, 2019

Facebook is banning far-right political commentator Faith Goldy, white nationalist crusader Kevin Goudreau and various extremist groups, the social media company said Monday.

Apr 08, 2019

An MP who has been looking into the militarization of the North warns that if Canada doesn't act now, it could slowly lose its grip on the Arctic.

Apr 08, 2019

Reduced SAR coverage, ferry-service disruptions, cancelled resupply runs and nearly $2 million in lost navigational buoys. Those are among the real safety, social and commercial impacts that communities across the country are feeling as the Canadian Coast Guard's fleet gets older,The Canadian Press reports.

Apr 08, 2019

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has resigned amid U.S. President Donald Trump's growing frustration and bitterness over the number of Central American families crossing the southern border.

Apr 08, 2019

The United States has temporarily withdrawn some of its forces from Libya due to “security conditions on the ground,” a top military official said Sunday as a Libyan commander’s forces advanced toward the capital of Tripoli and clashed with rival militias.

Apr 05, 2019

Germany passes a law to rescind citizenship from dual nationals if they fight for a foreign terrorist militia. The new law, approved Wednesday by the cabinet, will not be applied retroactively and will not apply to minors.

Transparency: what you call torture matters
Apr 05, 2019

A new study by Ohio University shows that people are less supportive of practices to extract information from terrorist suspects when these practices are framed as “torture” rather than the ambiguous “enhanced interrogation.”

Apr 05, 2019

The world’s security challenges are at the top of the agenda of foreign and interior ministers of the Group of Seven countries who are gathering in France. Interior ministers in Paris are focusing Friday on environmental crime, including reckless deforestation, waste trafficking and protection of lands and wildlife.

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