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Trade tribunal slams federal government on use of national security exceptions

Apr 21 2017 — Alison Crawford — The Canadian International Trade Tribunal has issued a scathing indictment of how the federal government’s IT agency has invoked national security exceptions on big ticket purchases. At issue was, among other things, a complaint from computer company Hewlett-Packard that Shared Services Canada had wrongly and arbitrarily invoked a national security exception on the $430-million contract […]

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With 10,000 members, union files to represent Mounties

Apr 18 2017 — Alison Crawford — Mounties are one step closer to forming their first union. The National Police Federation filed an application for certification at the Public Service Labour Relations and Employment Board in Ottawa late Tuesday. The federation is seeking to represent 17,945 members of the RCMP under the rank of inspector. More than half that number have already […]

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RCMP appeals decision in officer’s bullying lawsuit

Mar 30 2017 — Alison Crawford — The RCMP is appealing the judgment in a recent bullying lawsuit where the judge called the Mounties’ behaviour “outrageous.” In documents filed with the Ontario Court of Appeal, the national police force alleges the trial judge made a host of errors when she handed down her ruling earlier this month. Justice Mary Vallee ordered the […]

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Search underway for Canada’s next top Mountie, as Paulson prepares exit

Mar 8 2017 — Alison Crawford — The federal government has four months to find someone to lead Canada’s national police force through even more tumultuous times. In his retirement announcement earlier this week, outgoing Commissioner Bob Paulson highlighted a number of pressing internal — as opposed to operational — issues for his successor. Still, retired senior deputy commissioner Bill Sweeney said […]

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RCMP commissioner warns continued IT failures will have ‘catastrophic’ consequences

Feb 27 2017 — Alison Crawford — Canada’s top cop is warning that ongoing computer network failures and slipshod service from Shared Services Canada could have “catastrophic” consequences for police and the public. CBC News has obtained a blistering Jan. 20, 2017, memo to Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale in which Commissioner Bob Paulson details how critical IT failures have increased by […]

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Big bonuses for RCMP top brass as front-line Mounties go without pay hikes

Feb 17 2017 — Alison Crawford — It’s called “at risk” performance pay, even though it went to senior Mounties with desk jobs. In 2016, RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson signed off on more than $1.7 million worth of bonuses for 90 senior officers, not including himself. That works out to $295,514 divided up among six deputy commissioners, $596,669 for 28 assistant commissioners […]

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Criminal courts scramble to meet Supreme Court’s new trial timelines

Feb 11 2017 — Alison Crawford — Ditching some mandatory minimum sentences and cutting back on preliminary inquiries are two of the measures under consideration as lawmakers, lawyers, judges and court staff rush to respond to tight new timelines for criminal trials in Canada. Last summer, the Supreme Court stayed drug charges against Barrett Richard Jordan after he waited 49 months for […]