Interoperabiliity (responder)

Human smuggling from Canada

U.S. officials say that nine persons detained after illegally crossing from southeastern Manitoba this week were handled by a smuggling ring. After receiving an emergency call from one of the men, RCMP advised U.S. border control. [node:read-more:link]

Female UN workers Talibanned

The UN says its female employees throughout Afghanistan have been ordered by the Taliban to stop reporting to their offices for at least 48 hours. Calling it “a disturbing trend,” a UN official says talks with local authorities were scheduled for today to discuss how the seemingly temporary decision will affect operations. [node:read-more:link]

Ontario child-exploitation ring exposed

Coordinated investigations by 27 Ontario police services have resulted in 428 child exploitation and pornography charges being laid against 109 persons. The Ontario Provincial Police said November 30 that the charges laid in October through Project Maverick, which is ongoing, are a “snapshot” of efforts to protect children from Internet-based sexual abuse and exploitation. “Because the Internet can cross jurisdictional boundaries, this project highlights the collaborative working happening with police services all over,” the OPP said. [node:read-more:link]

RCMP feared insider threat during convoy protest

The RCMP feared that serving Mounties sympathetic to the convoy protest in Ottawa earlier this year might leak operational plans to protesters, says an internal threat advisory obtained by CBC News. "Those who […] are sympathetic to the movement […] may be in a position to share law enforcement or military information to the convoy protests." [node:read-more:link]

Container ship blaze investigated

The Canadian Coast Guard is leading an investigation into a fire aboard a foreign container ship off the B.C. south coast. The blaze initially involved 10 containers of unknown cargo but 40 more fell overboard in choppy seas and the ship was still smoldering today. [node:read-more:link]

Freshwater oil spills research

Michigan has been confirmed as the site of a U.S. Coast Guard National Center of Expertise to develop plans for emergency responses. Involving Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie and the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory in Ann Arbor, the decision flows from a 2017 USCG warning that it was not prepared for a spill in the Great Lakes because most responses have been designed for salt-water environments. [node:read-more:link]

Robotics tested off Portugal

Remotely-piloted and autonomous vehicles have just been put through their paces by the NATO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation. Dozens of submarine, surface and aerial platforms were tested off Portugal in the Sept. 11-19 exercise which involved the host country as well as Belgium, Britain, Italy, Poland and the U.S. [node:read-more:link]

Multi-agency maritime disaster training completed

The Gulf Islands were the site of a simulated ferry evacuation with the JTFP of the CAF coordinating search and rescue operations in a large-scale, on-water exercise. The exercise is jointly managed by the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Coast Guard with coordination through the JRCC involving both air coordination by the CAF and marine rescue coordination by the Canadian Coast Guard. [node:read-more:link]

Canada and U.S. test emergency comminications

Based on a fictional scenario involving a volcanic eruption and subsequent crater collapse, emergency responders and management officials from Canada and U.S. were able to effectively improve situational awareness and communication of critical information necessary to better plan and execute a coordinated response to a potential incident affecting both sides of the border. [node:read-more:link]


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