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TORONTO — Construction workers, building security guards and cleaners who are under government contracts would receive a "fair" wage under legislation that Ontario's governing Liberals introduced Tuesday and hope to pass before the June provincial election.
A new poll conducted by the Security Executive Council (SEC) found that security practitioners perceive career opportunities within security to be holding steady or increasing.
HALIFAX — The co-conspirators in the foiled Valentine's Day shooting plot at a Halifax mall admired the Columbine killers and hoped to inspire other mass shootings, a Nova Scotia Supreme Court judge heard Monday.
BOSTON — It was a day filled with service and commemorations in honour of victims and survivors of the deadly Boston Marathon bombings five years ago.
HALIFAX — Nova Scotia's Opposition Tories called Friday for the resignation of Internal Services minister Patricia Arab over a breach of the province's freedom-of-information internet portal — a demand swiftly rejected by Premier Stephen McNeil.
ADGA Group Consultants Inc. has acquired Presidia Security Consulting, the second acquisition in four weeks for the company headquartered in Ottawa.
PHILADELPHIA — Starbucks wants to add training for store managers on "unconscious bias," CEO Kevin Johnson said Monday, as activists held more protests at a Philadelphia store where two black men were arrested after employees said they were trespassing.
TORONTO — Hudson's Bay Co. says customer payment card information was involved in a "data security issue" at certain Saks Fifth Avenue, Saks OFF 5th and Lord & Taylor stores in North America.
OTTAWA — The federal privacy commission has asked Loblaw Companies Ltd. for more information about its request for some customers to provide personal identification to secure a gift card related to the alleged bread price-fixing scandal.
Loblaw Companies Ltd. isn't providing details as to why some Canadians have been singled out with requests to hand over additional personal information to secure their $25 gift card related to the alleged bread price-fixing scandal.
KINGSTON, Ont. — Police in Kingston, Ont., say a 26-year-old man faces several charges related to an alleged assault on security guards at a liquor store.
LAKE WALES, Fla. — The Federal Bureau of Investigation says two items believed to be marine flares ignited in a hallway at a Florida mall, creating a large amount of smoke on Sunday afternoon.
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.
According to a recent article on the Globe and Mail website, a huge number of pacemakers may be vulnerable to hacking.
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.
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.
DETROIT — Alondra Alvarez lives about five minutes from her high school on Detroit's southwest side but she drives there instead of walking because her mother fears for her safety. Once the 18-year-old enters the building, her surroundings take on a more secure feel almost immediately as she passes through a bank of closely monitored metal detectors.
Students hoisted "Stand United" signs. They chanted "Hey, hey, ho, ho - the NRA has got to go" outside the White House. Others put 14 desks and 3 podiums in a circle to honour the students and faculty killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High.
The United States is in the midst of a national debate over school security after the mass shooting at a Florida school.
BOSTON — About 5,000 uniformed and undercover police officers, drones, bomb-sniffing dogs and trucks blocking some streets are just some of the security measures being used to protect runners and spectators at the Boston Marathon.
A series of restorative justice meetings between the father of a man who died in a holding cell and staff who oversaw the inmate's last hours is being praised for bringing reforms and moments of healing.
OTTAWA — The mayor of Canada's biggest city is stressing the need for more money and stronger laws to fight the scourge of gang-related gun violence.
The difference between life and death can be greatly impacted by the quick response from security and law enforcement teams, and with today’s emerging technologies, there are security solutions available to help detect an active shooter and alert the appropriate parties.
DORCHESTER, N.B. — Police say a convicted murderer who walked away from the minimum security area of a New Brunswick prison is back in custody.
On January 25, Health Canada announced two changes to the physical security requirements under the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR), which impact licensed producers (LPs) of cannabis for medical purposes.
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.
Parisien Research Corporation has introduced the Remote Package Handling System (RPHS) at Kelowna International Airport in British Columbia.
According to several reports, Billy Bishop Airport, based in Toronto, will add security measures to the ferries that take passengers to and from the airport terminal. A CBC story states that the extra screening is not expected to result in longer wait times, according to security staff. Extra measures will include random swabs of passenger luggage and belongings to screen for potential explosive devices.
INKAS Security Services, as a company, is going through a period of reinvention. Known for its armoured transport and cash handling business, there is a lot more in development, according to president and CEO Victor Goodman.
TORONTO — One of the hackers involved in stealing data connected to 57 million Uber users in 2016 was located in Canada.
TORONTO — Uber is owning up to a year-old security breach that saw hackers steal the personal information of millions of customers around the world, but is not saying how many Canadians have been affected.
TORONTO — Federal data breach regulations set to take effect Nov. 1 will require mandatory reporting of security breaches that pose a "real risk of significant harm," but give businesses flexibility about how that's done.
SNC-Lavalin recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Carleton University to co-operate on protecting critical infrastructures — a priority for power utilities as the industry increasingly depends on network interconnectivity and smart grid technology while facing cybersecurity threats.
Halifax police have arrested a suspect after the Nova Scotia government's freedom-of-information disclosure web portal was breached.
IBM Security recently announced the results from the 2018 IBM X-Force Threat Intelligence Index, which found the number of records breached dropped nearly 25 per cent in 2017, as cybercriminals shifted their focus on launching ransomware.
OTTAWA — Facebook says the data of more than 620,000 Canadians was likely shared improperly with a political consulting company that is at the centre of an international uproar over the use of social-media information for political purposes.
EDMONTON — An Alberta university which revealed last summer that it had been defrauded of $11.8 million in a so-called phishing attack says it has recovered more than 90 per cent of the funds.
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.
The Toronto chapter of ASIS International recently held its annual Women in Security event, this year spotlighting work-life balance issues and setting career goals.
NEW YORK — BlackBerry held its Security Summit in New York City this week, focusing on the software and services that have become the company’s bedrock following its transition away from the business of making handsets.
Canada’s cybersecurity strategy, the relationship between financial crime and cyber crime, cyber analytics and the prevalence of the Internet of Things (IoT) were just some of the topics covered at SecTor 2017 from November 13-15.

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