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Montreal tech startup TrackTik Inc., a developer of a “first-of-its-kind” security workforce management platform, has announced $7 million in financing from Caisse de depot et de placement du Québec (la Caisse) and iNovia Capital.
TORONTO — Globe-trotters who deliberately flout government travel advisories are actively placing themselves both in harm's way and beyond the reach of most traditional rescue efforts if disaster strikes, security experts said Saturday.
Las Vegas' tourism sector is bracing for changes in the aftermath of the massacre that killed 58 people at an outdoor music festival.
Grant Lecky, co-founder of the Security Partners' Forum, was recently named to the Canadian Who’s Who for 2018.
Cyber Security Week is coming to Canadian Security, Oct. 23 to 27.
According to the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, Bruce Herridge has been appointed director and registrar of the Private Security and Investigative Services Branch (PSISB). Herridge replaces Lisa Kool, who was in the role for eight years and is now director of the ministry’s Health Care, Modernization and Project Management Office.
VICTORIA — British Columbia's attorney general has announced a review of the province's anti-money laundering policies after reading a report about a casino taking in $13.5 million that police said could be proceeds of crime.
VANCOUVER — The former CEO of Tim Hortons denies he provided confidential information to one of Canada's national newspapers after the coffee-and-doughnut chain's parent company commenced legal action against a rogue group of franchisees it alleges were Don Schroeder's informants. 
TORONTO — Ontario is the first province out of the gate with a detailed plan to sell and distribute recreational marijuana when Ottawa legalizes it next summer.
CALGARY – Heart-pounding security footage of a violent robbery at a Calgary convenience store captured a fearless clerk trading blows with a man and woman armed with what appears to be a tire iron and pick axe.
According to reports, a security guard was stabbed while apprehending a suspected shoplifter at a Dartmouth, NS, grocery store last Friday.
SAULT STE MARIE, Ont. — A 36-year-old man has been charged for allegedly robbing a store in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., then biting a security guard who tried to stop him.
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.
WINDSOR, Ont. - A Windsor, Ont., hospital is increasing security after one mental health patient stabbed another, but the facility says it is trying to strike a balance between safety and patients' rehabilitation needs.
There is a saying that goes, “medicine is the only victor in war.”
CHICAGO — It sounds futuristic: drones carrying heart defibrillators swooping in to help bystanders revive people stricken by cardiac arrest.
The International Association for Healthcare Security & Safety (IAHSS) recently announced the release of a new industry guideline titled “Outpatient Care Services.” IAHSS says the guide is especially applicable to all professional ambulatory care groups.
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.
The Ontario Association of College and University Security Administrators (OACUSA) held its annual spring conference in Toronto this week with presentations from emergency management experts, first responders, college and university security professionals and more.
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.
HALIFAX — Inadequate passwords and insufficient technical controls led to video surveillance images of Cape Breton schoolchildren being live streamed on the internet, Nova Scotia's information and privacy commissioner says.
COLLINGWOOD, Ont. — Provincial police say they've found no evidence that hidden cameras in rooms at a central Ontario high school were used for any purpose other than security.
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Some parents of Shawnee Mission School District students in eastern Kansas aren't happy to learn the public school district has bought eight semi-automatic rifles for its school resource officers. 
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.
EDMONTON — Alberta government and union officials hope a body scanner will help protect inmates and guards at the province's largest jail.
CHICAGO — The Chicago Department of Aviation has fired two security officers involved in an incident in which a passenger was dragged off a United Airlines flight after refusing to give up his seat, the city's Office of Inspector General said in a report released Tuesday.
Las Vegas investigators offered a new version of events Friday in a shifting timeline surrounding the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history as they described how the gunman opened fire on nearby airport jet fuel tanks and on police officers arriving at the massacre.
The government of Manitoba will implement new security measures at the Legislative Precinct, including improved security planning and response protocols, Justice Minister Heather Stefanson and Speaker of the legislative assembly Myrna Driedger announced today.
LAS VEGAS — Rob Ledbetter's battlefield instincts kicked in quickly as bullets rained overhead.
HONG KONG — Across the globe, risks of extremist attacks and other violence have made tight security at hotels and resorts routine, even in countries where strict gun control laws may help prevent the kind of shooting attack that occurred Sunday night in Las Vegas.
OTTAWA — Travellers who are prescribed marijuana for medical reasons have fewer hurdles to clear at airport screening points due to a change in policy by the agency responsible for security.
LAS VEGAS — As bullets began flying into a crowd of country music fans, a pack of 300-plus people ran about a mile to the Las Vegas airport, where they kicked down chain-link fences, hobbled over razor wire and were briefly mistaken by security officials for being attackers instead of shooting victims.
Police shot a man who wielded a knife and tried to get into a Miami airport terminal from a runway, prompting the closure of a busy concourse as travellers tried to leave Florida ahead of Hurricane Irma, authorities said.
Las Vegas' busy airport is using a new automated screening security system during the Labor Day holiday weekend.
KAMPALA, Uganda — Drones soon will be used in Tanzania to deliver medicines to health facilities across the East African country, continuing a trend of African governments embracing drone networks to deliver critical services.
WINNIPEG — A man whose brother was beaten and killed earlier this month has been charged with trying to bring a semi-automatic handgun onboard a flight from Winnipeg to Toronto.
Security researchers have discovered a Wi-Fi network vulnerability that could allow attackers to steal sensitive information or spread malicious software while someone is logged into a computer or mobile device.
Toronto-Dominion Bank is opening a new office in Tel Aviv to tap Israel's cybersecurity talent as companies of all stripes race to fortify their defences amid mounting threats.
WASHINGTON — The former chairman and CEO of Equifax says the company was entrusted with personal information of 140 million Americans and “we let them down” as human error and technology failures allowed a massive data breach.
In mid-September, Apple unveiled its new Face ID facial recognition system , which is due to debut with the iPhone X on Nov. 3. The system lets users unlock their phones just by glancing at them, but has also raised privacy questions and some anxieties over whether someone could force you to unlock your phone by pointing it at your face.
The federal government on Friday told election officials in 21 states that hackers targeted their systems before last year's presidential election.
TORONTO — Equifax is facing investigations in both Canada and the U.S. into its massive data breach, but lawyers say the punitive threat by regulators is stronger south of the border.
Canadian Security recently held its second Focus On event of the year with a closer look at drones: the origins of the market, legislative and regulatory issues, ongoing privacy and ethical concerns, and the technology that is making all of this possible.
The security industry gathered in Dallas, Tex., the last week of September for ASIS International’s annual seminar and expo — a showcase of security products and services, as well as a comprehensive education track. Here are some of the sights from the ASIS exhibition floor as well as several educational sessions. Also featured: Axis Communications timed the opening of its latest AEC to the Dallas conference and Vancouver-based Avigilon provided tours of its nearby Plano, Tex., manufacturing facility (last group of photos).   View the embedded image gallery online at: https://www.canadiansecuritymag.com/index.php?option=com_k2&Itemid=100044&lang=en&layout=latest&view=latest#sigProGalleria1e737b0280
Canadian Security magazine recently hosted an Emergency Management roundtable to discuss some of the major issues affecting the field and the professionals who practice in it.
SP&T News and Canadian Security magazine hosted the first annual Security Summit Canada event this week, bringing together professionals from across the industry.
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.

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