National Newswatch

RCMP leaked a sexual assault complainant’s personal information

Feb 1 2019 — Catharine Tunney — Someone went to the RCMP with an allegation of sexual assault — only to see their most closely-guarded private information being leaked. The force is now apologizing after the wrong label was applied to an outgoing package containing three operational files dealing with sexual assaults. Those files included a complainant’s name, date of birth, address, […]

Federal Conservatives ask Parliament to investigate immigration vetting after CBC report

Jan 16 2019 — Catharine Tunney — The Opposition Conservatives are asking Parliament to examine Canada’s security screening process following two CBC investigations that pointed to flaws in system. “Recently, there have been a number of concerning incidents that have shown clear gaps in our immigration screening system,” Conservative MP Michelle Rempel, the immigration, refugees, and citizenship critic, said in a statement. […]

Person of ‘national security concern’ was accidentally granted permanent residency

Jan 16 2019 — Catharine Tunney — A person of “national security concern” was granted permanent residency “due to a series of failures” by the Canadian border agency and immigration department. In light of the incident both departments have had to introduce changes in what the public safety minister’s office is calling a “completely unacceptable” mistake. The changes were outlined in a […]

Short-staffed RCMP look at lifting ban on recruits with criminal records

Dec 22 2018 — Catharine Tunney — The RCMP are taking a radical look at their recruitment strategy and could ditch credit checks and the ban on recruits with criminal backgrounds to help them rebuild their depleted ranks. The Mounties have been plagued by staffing challenges in recent years and are looking at how to convince more women and visible minorities to […]

Mounties wrap up vote today to select a new labour union

Dec 20 2018 — Catharine Tunney — Mounties are marking a historic moment today in their fight to unionize for the first time in the institution’s 145-year history. RCMP members have until noon today to vote on whether they want the National Police Federation to represent them, but it could be months yet before they learn the results. The Federal Public Sector […]

‘A really bad idea’: Border Services looking at rebooting controversial reality TV show

Dec 11 2018 — Catharine Tunney — The Canada Border Services Agency is looking at getting back into the reality TV show game, just two years after the federal privacy commissioner said the agency’s show Border Security: Canada’s Front Line broke the law. The National Geographic Channel series showed audiences unscripted encounters between border officers and the public. A normal episode would […]

RCMP’s sexual harassment suit bigger and more expensive than predicted

Nov 20 2018 — Catharine Tunney — The Royal Canadian Mounted Police need more money to help cover a historic class-action lawsuit after more women than expected came forward with stories of harassment and sexual abuse. The “need to seek additional funds” was flagged in a briefing note from RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki to Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, obtained by CBC […]

MPs looking into whether RCMP are in contempt of Parliament for gun bill post

Oct 30 2018 — Catharine Tunney — A parliamentary committee is looking into whether the RCMP should be found in contempt of Parliament for posting potentially misleading advice to firearm and gun shop owners regarding the Liberals’ gun legislation. At the centre of the dispute is the question of whether the Canadian firearms program’s website anticipated a decision of Parliament by leading […]