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Canadian Security magazine held a guarding roundtable on April 26, inviting representatives from some of the leading companies in the security business to discuss and debate some of the major issues of the day. The major impetus for the discussion was recent changes to Ontario legislation (Bill 148), as well as similar legislation in other provinces, that are having a major effect on employment conditions, chief among them an increase in minimum wage (rising to $14 an hour in Ontario on Jan. 1 this year and $15 an hour next year). Other factors that prompted this discussion include technology innovations such as drones and robots, and how they might change the landscape of the security industry. Unexpected was the topic of vehicular attacks. Days earlier, the van attack occurred in Toronto — the panel felt it was appropriate to introduce this as a discussion topic and talk about the implications for the security industry.
ORLANDO, Fla. — Survivors and victims' relatives are marking the second anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting with a remembrance ceremony, a run, art exhibits and litigation.
OTTAWA — The Liberal government's sweeping national security bill has cleared a key legislative hurdle despite the concerns of the two main opposition parties.
Canadian Security magazine's annual award recognizing the Security Director of the Year is now open for nominations. This recognition program, sponsored by Anixter Canada, has run continously since 2006. The award recipient will be selected by Canadian Security magazine's Editorial Advisory Board who will assess candidates based on a number of criteria including leadership, project management and mentoring.
RICHMOND, B.C. — A man suspected of being a "high roller" and international money launderer has been arrested in B.C.
HAMILTON — Police in Hamilton say two boys are facing charges after allegedly attacking a pair of security guards who had asked them to "move along."
TORONTO — An original print by renowned street artist Banksy was stolen from an unauthorized exhibition of his works in Toronto, police said Thursday as they investigated the theft.
TORONTO — Even the iconic Eaton Centre mall wasn't a refuge from the rain as a storm rolled through downtown Toronto on Wednesday afternoon.
Toronto police are investigating after a hidden camera was found inside a Starbucks washroom in the city's financial district earlier this month.
A grassroots CPTED (crime prevention through environmental design) initiative to help reduce crime in convenience stores is in growth mode, thanks in part to interest from some major academic institutions.
TORONTO — Starbucks will close all its Canadian company-operated stores and offices for an afternoon next month to provide training about creating a "culture of warmth and belonging."
CALGARY — Police say a man whose body was found inside a wall in a women's washroom in a downtown Calgary mall died accidentally after he crawled into a vent behind a toilet and got stuck.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A woman who kidnapped a newborn from a Florida hospital two decades ago and raised the child as her own in South Carolina was sentenced Friday to 18 years for kidnapping. She will also serve five years concurrently on a charge of custody interference.
OTTAWA — The federal government says the Canadian public broadly supports the tight regulations it has proposed for marijuana packaging, which will include a bright red stop sign emblazoned with a pot leaf and the letters THC.
When I first started working in health-care security in 1985, it was a very different world.
According to reports, the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) is cutting back on plans to train staff at the Montreal General Hospital in crisis de-escalation, despite an incident last September where a nurse and an orderly were nearly strangled by a patient in the psychiatric ER.
When it comes to gun violence in hospitals and health-care facilities, Martin Green, president of the International Association for Healthcare Safety and Security (IAHSS), says it is difficult to prevent.
MONTREAL — A 25-year-old man is facing assault charges after allegedly trying to strangle a nurse at the Montreal General Hospital, police said Sunday.
SAN BRUNO, Calif.  A woman who believed she was being suppressed by YouTube and told her family members she "hated" the company opened fire at YouTube's headquarters in California, wounding three people before taking her own life, police said.
HALIFAX — A male Acadia University student accused of sexually assaulting a female student has failed in his bid to stop the school's Equity Office from investigating the allegation.
ORLANDO, Fla. — The shooter rapidly fires through the front doors of an elementary school with an assault rifle and blasts his way down the hallway. Screaming children are running for their lives or frozen in fear. Teachers quickly try to decide: barricade the doors, or make a run for it with their students?
WINNIPEG — Changes to security are coming to the University of Winnipeg after two people were stabbed on campus during an attempted robbery.
ABBOTSFORD, B.C. — The personal information of more than two dozen students attending the University of the Fraser Valley in British Columbia has potentially been breached online.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — When Carl Valentine dropped off his daughter at the University of Virginia, he had some important advice for the college freshman: Don't forget that you are a minority.
SANTA FE, Texas — The mother of one of the 10 people killed at a Texas high school said her daughter recently rejected the romantic advances of the 17-year-old charged in the shootings, a possible motive for the violent tragedy.
SANTA FE, Texas — At least one gunman opened fire at a Houston-area high school Friday, killing eight to 10 people, most of them students, authorities said, in the nation's deadliest such attack since the massacre in Florida that gave rise to a campaign by teens for gun control.
COCONUT CREEK, Fla. — Faulty classroom design and failures in the police radio and 911 systems contributed to the chaos and deaths during the recent Florida high school massacre, a commission investigating the shooting was told at its first meeting Tuesday.
PLEASANT HILL, Iowa — As she learned the basics of applying direct pressure, packing a wound with gauze and tying a tourniquet, sixth-grade math and social studies teacher Kari Stafford shook her head at the thought that this may now be an essential skill for her profession.
PITTSBURGH — A Pennsylvania school district has cancelled an active-shooter training event over concerns raised about "violent, homophobic and anti-Muslim" social media posts by the company conducting it.
When Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students return from spring break, they'll be required by the local school district to use clear backpacks and wear identification badges at all times.
OTTAWA — Officials are promising shorter queue times for Canada Day festivities in the nation's capital this year, but heavy security measures will once again force revellers to endure enhanced screening and tightly controlled access to Parliament Hill.
Vancouver police say a woman who claimed to have been arrested by fake police officers in a fraud scheme exaggerated her report.
The government of Canada has awarded Thales Canada Phase II of the MEOSAR (Medium Earth Orbit Search and Rescue) Ground Segment contract.
The government of Nova Scotia recently announced that the rights of service dog users to access the same places and services as other Nova Scotians will be protected when legislation comes into effect on June 27.
In the wake of the Toronto van attack on April 23, which killed 10 people and injured 16 others, Phil Gurski, president and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting, and former senior strategic analyst at CSIS, maintains that “there’s nothing to suggest it is a terrorist attack.”
ORLANDO, Fla. — Florida's busiest airport will be the first in the nation to require a face scan of passengers on all arriving and departing international flights, officials said Thursday, a move that pleases airport executives but worries privacy advocates.
WINNIPEG — The Winnipeg Airport was evacuated because of a "possible security incident" on Sunday morning before returning to normal operations nearly an hour later.
CANBERRA, Australia — Australia's government said Tuesday that it will upgrade airport security around the country and increase police powers in response to an alleged attempt to smuggle an improvised explosive device aboard a flight out of Sydney last year.
TORONTO - The man suspected of running down numerous pedestrians on a bustling stretch of Yonge Street north of downtown Toronto is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday morning.
Preventing people from using vehicles as deadly weapons is a difficult task for law enforcement officials, experts say.
CHICAGO — An aviation security officer who was fired after forcibly dragging a passenger from a plane last year is suing United Airlines and the city of Chicago, claiming he wasn't properly trained to deal with such a situation and he was defamed in the aftermath.
The McAfee Canadian Security Operations Roadshow, which made a  stop in Toronto recently, offered perspectives from Stephen Jou, chief technology officer at Interset; Jason Rolleston, McAfee’s VP and general manager, security intelligence and analytics; and Brian Brown, McAfee’s enterprise technical specialist. Together, they discussed how security operations teams can adapt to an increasingly volatile threat landscape.
NEW YORK — Hey Alexa, what's my bank account balance?
Jodie Wallis, who leads Accenture’s artificial intelligence practice in Canada, is the co-host of “The AI Effect,” a five-episode podcast mini-series exploring AI in Canada. The series, also co-hosted by journalist Amanda Lang, features interviews with experts in AI, including academics, policy makers and business leaders.
SAN FRANCISCO — Apple is closing a security gap that allowed outsiders to pry personal information from locked iPhones without a password, a change that will thwart law enforcement agencies that have been exploiting the vulnerability to collect evidence in criminal investigations.
OTTAWA — The federal government unveiled its plan to bolster Canada's defences against nefarious online attacks and crime Tuesday, even as it acknowledged a shortage of skilled cyber-warriors to meet the country's needs.
The University of Waterloo will join universities across the globe on an initiative designed to advance research and innovation in blockchain, cryptography and digital payment systems.
On May 3, the third ASIS Montréal event of 2018 was held.
April 15-18, 2018, marked the International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety’s 50th Annual Conference and Exhibition. The event returned to Chicago where the IAHSS was founded in 1968. 2018’s AC&E was host to more than 550 attendees and exhibitors. This event addressed many challenges facing healthcare security leaders today while honouring the association's past. 
ASIS Toronto held its 25th annual Best Practices event on April 19, showcasing a broad variety of topics from Canada’s cannabis industry to the role of security professionals in sexual harassment investigations. The event, which was attended by approximately 200 people, was held at the historic One King West facility in Toronto.
Focus On Manufacturing Security, hosted by Canadian Security magazine and held on April 18, shone the spotlight on many aspects of security in the industrial workplace, including IoT, cybersecurity, breach notification, industrial espionage, and safety best practices.
The fifth annual Security Career Expo, held March 7 in Mississauga, Ont., welcomed students enrolled in Protection, Security and Investigations college programs across Ontario. Students were able to mingle and network with security mentors — security professionals across a variety of fields, including financial, loss prevention, municipal, property management, health care and more — as well as vendor and association partners.
Canadian Security recently held its final Focus On event of the year: Focus on Health-Care Security.

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