A recent Ipsos survey shows that a majority of Canadians agree with increasing support for police forces through private security companies that would perform the support tasks currently being performed by police officers. The results found 59 per cent are in favour versus 29 per cent who are not.
NEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. — British Columbia is expanding efforts to slow the death toll in the opioid overdose crisis by handing out free kits containing the overdose-reversing drug naloxone from pharmacies across the province.
ABBOTSFORD, B.C. — The Abbotsford Police Department has created its annual Christmas card after a challenging year that included the fatal shooting of Const. John Davidson.
OTTAWA — Health Canada has nearly doubled the number of licensed cannabis producers in the country over the past six months and new numbers show hundreds more applicants are in the final stages of approval as the government rushes toward national marijuana legalization by next July.
As part of its strategy to reform the criminal justice system, Manitoba says it has developed a new model for probation services that will “better focus its reintegration services for offenders leaving custody,” according to Justice Minister Heather Stefanson.
Canada’s prison population is getting greyer, and the Correctional Service of Canada expects to soon complete a strategy for how to deal with aging inmates.
FLIN FLON, Man. — An RCMP officer accused of leaving his unsecured service pistol in a northern Manitoba hotel room while he was on duty has been charged.
CALGARY — Fred van Zuiden turned 87 last month at a secure psychiatric hospital.
TORONTO — Isolating a prisoner for more than five days in a process known as administrative segregation is unconstitutional because the system lacks proper safeguards, an Ontario judge ruled Monday.
CALGARY — A two-year Calgary police pilot program to help prevent youth radicalization has received full funding from the federal government.
On December 8, the RCMP’s National Division Cybercrime Investigative Team laid criminal charges against 31-year old Jimson Kannanthara James of Toronto. He was previously arrested on October 26 as part of an investigation named project “Adoption.”
Regular members, civilian members and public service employees of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police “O” Division were recognized recently for their years of service and continued dedication to the Canadian public.
James Barber has been named the B.C. Conservation Officer Service Outstanding Officer of the Year for 2016.
Ontario is proposing to extend the post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) presumption to include special constables and civilian members of police services in Violent Crime Linkage Analysis System (ViCLAS) and forensic units. This would expedite access to benefits, resources and timely treatment, the government said.
MONTREAL — Various computer scientists, researchers, lawyers and other techies have recently been attending biweekly meetings in Montreal to discuss life’s big questions — as they relate to our increasingly intelligent machines.

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