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Indigenous, Society

Demonstrators rally at Alberta church accused of COVID ignoring restrictions

Hundreds of maskless demonstrators gathered on Sunday morning outside a church just west of Edmonton that has been the focus of a long-running battle between the pastor, its congregation and Alberta health authorities. Members of the GraceLife Church say their »

Internet, Science & Technology, Society

RCMP chief says there’s more to be done for people facing threats from abroad

RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki says the federal police force should–and will–do more to help people in Canada who face threats, intimidation and coercion by foreign governments, including China’s. “If people are getting intimidated, as soon as they’re brought to our »

Environment & Animal Life, Society

RCMP puppy naming contest begins

As it has done every year since 2001, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) is asking Canadian children to submit names for puppies that will be born this year and trained as police service dogs. The national police force has »

Health, Politics, Society

A scathing report calls out the RCMP’s ‘toxic’ culture in dealing with women

More criticism is being levelled at the way Canada’s national police force, the RCMP, goes about its business. On Tuesday, Canada’s information commissioner released a report saying the RCMP’s inability to respond to information requests has reached a “critical” point »

Society

Report faults RCMP and Liberals for slow responses to information requests

The subject of controversy and the object of disapproval through much of 2020, Canada’s national police force is facing more criticism–this time from Canada’s information commissioner, Caroline Maynard. In a special report tabled in Parliament on Tuesday, Maynard said the »

Indigenous, Society

Police, armed forces, industry send toys to children in remote communities

Christmas is coming and many families in remote northern communities in Canada cannot access toys or cannot afford to buy them for their children, but help is on the way. A joint effort by Canada’s national police called the RCMP, »

Indigenous, Politics

Watchdog cites RCMP errors during 2013 anti-fracking protests

A long-awaited report has some sharp words about the way the RCMP handled anti-fracking protests in the summer and fall of 2013 in New Brunswick. The protests–near the town of Rexton and the Elsipogtog First Nation reserve in Kent County, »

Society

Eagle feathers gain importance in Prince Edward Island

Another milestone has been passed as Canada continues to inch toward reconciliation to repair a fractured relationship with First Nations peoples. People living in the tiny Maritime province of Prince Edward Island can now swear oaths with an eagle feather, »

Health, Indigenous, Society

Watchdog calls RCMP’s policies on strip searches ‘unclear and inadequate’

A report released today says RCMP strip searches policies are “unclear and inadequate” and says the force needs to do a better job in how it trains its officers to carry out the controversial–and often maligned–practice that Canada’s Supreme Court »

International, Society

RCMP downplays effects of ‘BlueLeaks’ hack affecting Canadian police agencies

The RCMP is minimizing a breach of confidential data of 38 Canadian police agencies that was exposed by a group of hackers last summer that targeted police in the United States. An activist group, Distributed Denial of Secrets (DDoSecrets), published »