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MANCHESTER, England — For the young crowd of music fans, the Ariana Grande concert was supposed to be a night of high-energy candy pop and fun on a school night. The scene quickly turned into sheer terror when a bomb went off at the end, sending terrified parents into a desperate search for their loved ones.
New York City police say a Canadian woman remains in very critical condition a day after a speeding car slammed into pedestrians in Times Square in what authorities said was a deliberate attack.
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STOCKHOLM — Sweden's top prosecutor said Friday she is dropping an investigation into a rape claim against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange after almost seven years.
TORONTO — Canada’s system of detaining some foreigners who cannot be readily deported may not be perfect but it is fair and constitutional, a government lawyer argued on Tuesday.
OTTAWA — David Vigneault, a senior government official with experience at several federal security agencies, will be the next head of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service.
QUEBEC — One of the world’s foremost experts on food fraud is warning about the possibility that garlic powder on store shelves including those in Canada may contain inferior ingredients.
An Edmonton man is claiming he was mistreated by West Edmonton Mall security staff, according to a Global News web article.
TORONTO — Loblaw has reset passwords for all its PC Plus rewards collectors' online accounts after points were stolen from some members' accounts.
TORONTO — Police in Toronto have released composite sketches of a couple accused of assaulting a store security officer and throwing him from a moving vehicle.
WINNIPEG — A seven-year-old girl has received an apology after an aggressive security guard accused her of shoplifting over the Christmas season.
HALIFAX _ A sewing needle has been found in a dish of cooked P.E.I. potatoes, the latest in a string of incidents involving metal objects discovered in Island spuds.
According to an article posted on the CBC News website, a Chatham hospital was recently alerted to a privacy breach when an operating room report was discovered on its its front lawn.
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FREDERICTON — The New Brunswick government is introducing legislation to allow public organizations to store information at a central data centre in Fredericton so that it can be used for research.
EDMONTON — A former Alberta health information supervisor has been fined $5,000 for unauthorized access to patient records.
TORONTO — An Ontario student has been fined $25,000 for accessing personal health information, which provincial officials say is the highest penalty of its kind ever in Canada.
HALIFAX — Nova Scotia nurse Jamie Stewart says he's been verbally abused and even threatened on the job — and in one recent incident, his hospital went into partial lockdown.
OTTAWA — Carleton University is urging caution among staff and students after discovering potential hacking tools on a handful of classroom computers.
A recent $2-million donation from Scotiabank will go towards cybersecurity and financial risk research at the University of British Columbia
MONCTON, N.B. — The University of Moncton says it is “working non-stop” to block malicious emails targeting a female student being sent to students and staff, although a ninth did make it through to thousands of addresses on its system.
“Montreal police are investigating after a letter was sent to media outlets Wednesday threatening to set off bombs targeting Muslim students in at least three Concordia University buildings,” reports the Montreal Gazette.
TORONTO — Police are investigating after swastikas were found in a classroom at an Ontario university.
A networking group focused on “spearheading discussion about security and safety at educational facilities” has been launched to bring together school leaders and aligned stakeholders.
LONDON — Britain plans to give afterschool cybersecurity training to thousands of teenagers in a bid to protect the country from online attacks.
MONTERREY, Mexico — A 15-year-old student opened fire with a gun at a private school in the northern Mexican city of Monterrey on Wednesday, seriously wounding himself, a teacher and three other students, state officials said.
The Halifax Regional School Board says it has hired security guards for 15 schools due to concerns about students arriving early who wouldn’t be supervised, as teachers begin their work-to-rule job action.
VICTORIA – Security and education experts say metal detectors, security guards and airport-style scanners are not needed at British Columbia schools following a deadly stabbing at a Fraser Valley high school.
ABBOTSFORD, B.C. – Police say a female student is dead and another is in hospital following a stabbing at a high school in Abbotsford, B.C.
TORONTO – The Ontario agency tasked with administering the first online literacy test to tens of thousands of high school students in the province last week says it was forced to pull the plug by an “intentional, malicious and sustained” cyber attack.
OTTAWA — The Canada Revenue Agency says eight of its employees were fired in the last fiscal year after violating taxpayers' privacy.
WINNIPEG — Forget about that smoke break — visitors to Winnipeg’s MTS Centre will no longer be able to re-enter the arena after leaving during hockey games, concerts and special events.
MONTREAL — Quebec’s public security minister asked flood-stricken communities to be patient on Tuesday as forecasts called for more rain this week.
SANDUSKY, Ohio — Amusement park visitors to the “Roller Coaster Capital of the World” can expect slightly longer wait times to pass through new metal detectors.
OTTAWA — The federal government has been quietly making changes to passport offices in a bid to improve security and address concerns that the facilities could be easy targets for a terrorist attack.
COPENHAGEN - Norway’s security service says a 17-year-old has been arrested in connection with an explosive device found near a busy subway station in Oslo and defused before it detonated.
MONTREAL — The federal transport minister is urging the country's airlines to live up to the spirit of its passenger bill of rights legislation, even before it comes into force as expected next year.
ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — A Newfoundland couple’s story of being stranded at an airport in Portugal after Air Canada suddenly suspended their tickets home has emerged as the latest chapter in the spiralling public relations crisis facing airlines.
MONTREAL — Railways operating in Canada would be required to install locomotive voice and video recorders as a safety measure under legislation introduced Tuesday, but the union representing workers is vowing to fight the change over privacy concerns.
HONOLULU — A deaf Japanese tourist was illegally denied a sign-language interpreter while she was detained and interrogated after landing at the Honolulu International Airport, the American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii said in a discrimination complaint.
BRUSSELS — The U.S. is expected to broaden its ban on in-flight laptops and tablets to include planes from the European Union, a move that would create logistical chaos on the world's busiest corridor of air travel.
CLEVELAND — Police say an unattended bag that led security officials to temporarily close part of Cleveland Hopkins International Airport was a guitar left behind by a man who couldn't afford the luggage fee for it.
REGINA — Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall is facing criticism from the Opposition for using a private email server to do government business.
TOKYO — The worldwide “ransomware” cyberattack wreaked havoc in hospitals, schools and offices across the globe on Monday. Asia reported thousands of new cases but no large-scale breakdowns as workers started the week by booting up their computers.
SAN FRANCISCO — Google said it shut down an email spam campaign that impersonated its online file service, Google Docs.
TORONTO — Indigo Books & Music Inc. says it has reset passwords for a number of its customers’ online Indigo accounts after noticing unauthorized access.
Symantec, the makers of Norton security products, has released its annual Internet Security Threat Report (ISTR), finding cyber criminals revealed new levels of ambition in 2016 — “a year marked by extraordinary attacks, including multi-million dollar virtual bank heists and overt attempts to disrupt the U.S. electoral process by state-sponsored groups”.
OTTAWA — The controversial data-crunching centre run by Canada’s spy agency has long been using personal details gleaned from security clearance forms to help with national security probes — a practice that worries the federal privacy watchdog, newly disclosed letters show.
The 49th Annual Conference and Exhibition for the International Association for Healthcare Security & Safety (IAHSS) was recently held in Vancouver, marking the first Canadian Conference since 2011 in Toronto.
The ASIS Toronto Chapter held its 24th annual Best Practices seminar in Markham, Ont., last week, highlighting topics of interest to security professionals such as job mobility and industry image, the evolution of the CSO role, unmanned systems, insider threats, active shooter scenarios, and security features in Canadian bank notes.
Focus On Cyber Security, held Wednesday April 12, offered advice on data safety and best practices from a variety of perspectives, from policing to government, from independent consultants to major corporations.
Digital skills, mentorship, lifelong learning and what makes employees marketable were some of the topics covered at this year’s Security Career Expo in Vaughan, Ont. where over 200 students gathered for a day of networking and knowledge sharing.
Some of the major challenges facing health-care security professionals — from workplace violence to disaster scenarios — may seem grim, but perseverance, collaboration and new approaches to old problems can pay dividends.
Canadian Security toured the 29th PM Expo, part of The Buildings Show 2016, last week at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

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