National Newswatch

Cyber spy agency targeted foreign extremists trying to recruit Canadians: report

Jun 28 2022 — Catharine Tunney — Canada’s electronic spy agency says it’s used its arsenal to try and stop foreign extremists from recruiting Canadians and sharing violent material online. The acknowledgement is nestled in the Communications Security Establishment’s annual report made public Tuesday, which points to recent cases where it flexed its cyber muscles. While the details are largely sanitized in […]

Trudeau says Ottawa ‘had a lot of questions’ after N.S. mass shooting but didn’t interfere in investigation

Jun 23 2022 — Catharine Tunney — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the federal government had questions about the 2020 mass shooting in Nova Scotia but remained adamant his government did not interfere in the investigation. His comments come as two Mounties in Nova Scotia claim there was political pressure coming from Ottawa over what to say in the aftermath of the […]

Mountie who wrote that RCMP head interfered in N.S. investigation ‘came to his own conclusions,’ says Blair

Jun 22 2022 — Catharine Tunney — Emergency Preparedness Minister Bill Blair is casting doubt on the Nova Scotia Mountie who suggested Commissioner Brenda Lucki interfered in the investigation into the largest mass shooting in Canadian history. The former public safety minister’s comments come as the political firestorm around the head of the national police force spills into a second day. That […]

Top Mountie denies claim she interfered in N.S. shooting investigation

Jun 21 2022 — Catharine Tunney — The head of the RCMP is denying a claim by a fellow Mountie that she tried to direct the information investigators released as part of their probe into the 2020 mass shooting in Nova Scotia. That allegation was contained in handwritten notes from Nova Scotia RCMP Supt. Darren Campbell which were released Tuesday as part […]

Convoy protests showed Supreme Court security should be ‘a priority’: chief justice

Jun 16 2022 — Catharine Tunney — Canada’s chief justice says the safety of the Supreme Court of Canada building needs to be taken more seriously following this winter’s convoy protest in downtown Ottawa. Earlier this year, protesters rallying against COVID-19 restrictions parked trucks along Wellington Street — the location of both Parliament Hill and Canada’s top court — for more than […]

RCMP updates its ‘core values’ for the first time in 25 years with commitments to reconciliation, diversity

Jun 16 2022 — Catharine Tunney — The RCMP is updating its statement of “core values” for the first time in a quarter century by adding references to “reconciliation,” “diversity,” “honour” and “empathy.” Insp. Alex Laporte, the RCMP ethics officer leading the team working on the new guiding principles, said the document is meant to act as foundation for the entire organization […]

Liberal backbencher pushing bill to make CSIS more forthcoming in its warrant applications

Jun 6 2022 — Catharine Tunney — A Liberal backbencher wants to introduce a bill that would set out new consequences for Canada’s spy agency and government lawyers who aren’t forthcoming in their requests for judicial warrants to conduct national security investigations. The Canadian Security Intelligence Service has been admonished more than once in recent years for falling short on what the […]

In new mandate letter, top Mountie is asked to speed up RCMP reform, boost recruitment

May 27 2022 — Catharine Tunney — The federal government has given RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki new marching orders to boost recruitment, review the Mounties’ use-of-force techniques and ask officers to move quickly to remove firearms from potentially dangerous situations of intimate partner violence. In a new mandate letter sent by Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino Friday morning, the top Mountie is […]

The terrorist threat posed by lone actors is ‘difficult to detect,’ says federal report

May 19 2022 — Catharine Tunney — Violent extremists in Canada have the “intent and capability” to commit acts of terrorism, but detecting attacks by lone actors or small groups before they happen is “difficult,” says an internal threat assessment conducted for the federal government last year. The warning is found in a threat analysis prepared by the federal government’s Integrated Terrorism […]

CSIS was concerned about extremist violence, recruitment amid Freedom Convoy: top spy

May 11 2022 — Catharine Tunney — Canada’s spy agency was concerned extremists might commit violence and recruit members when the Freedom Convoy rolled into Ottawa earlier this year, its director told lawmakers on Tuesday night. But David Vigneault, director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), said he could not provide specific examples, citing classified intelligence. “We have seen a number […]