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New bomb-sniffing dogs to patrol Toronto’s Union Station, GO Transit

By Albert DelitalaDigital Broadcast Journalist  Global News

Commuters passing through Toronto’s Union Station will soon see more of a canine security presence as Metrolinx adds dogs to its ranks in an effort to boost security and reduce delays.

The new canine unit, made up of three dogs and their special constable handlers, will carry out security sweeps for any threats such as suspicious packages.

Bill Grodzinski, the agency’s transit safety director, told Global News the detection dogs add to an array of existing security tools.

Accidental 911 call leads RCMP to 100 unsecured guns

RCMP seize 100 unsecured guns on accidental call RCMP in Nova Scotia found 100 improperly secured guns while responding to a misdialed 911 call on Monday.

The Canadian Press
Published Wednesday, August 7, 2019

CHEBOGUE, N.S. — RCMP in southwestern Nova Scotia happened upon 100 unsecured guns this week in responding to a misdialed 911 call.

Police say they responded to a home in Chebogue, in Yarmouth County, on Monday.

The RCMP seized 100 firearms from a home in Chebogue, N.S., on Aug. 5, 2019. (Nova Scotia RCMP)

While there was no emergency, police say they found 100 firearms in the home including 94 long guns and six handguns.

The Mounties say none of the weapons were properly secured, so they arrested the homeowner for unsafe storage of a firearm and seized all of the guns.

The unidentified man was later released and is scheduled to appear in Yarmouth Provincial Court in October.

RCMP spokeswoman, Cpl. Jennifer Clarke, said Wednesday that the man was cooperative and allowed police into his home with permission so they could make sure there was no emergency.

“The firearms were just there in plain sight,” said Clarke.

She said it’s possible there could be additional charges as a result of the ongoing investigation.

“We do have some weapons experts going down there from the RCMP’s national weapons enforcement support team. They are coming down to examine the guns later this week.”

Most Canadians expecting a negative election campaign: Nanos poll

Canadians expect negative election campaign: poll From CTV News Channel: Michel Boyer reports on a new Nanos poll that finds most Canadians expect a negative federal election campaign.

Rachel Gilmore , Writer

Most Canadians are expecting the upcoming election campaign to have a more negative tone than previous ones, according to a new poll from Nanos Research, commissioned by CTV News.

When Canadians were surveyed as to whether they thought the looming campaign would be more or less negative than its predecessors, 85 per cent of Canadians said it would be either more negative or somewhat more negative.

Just 8 per cent said it would be less negative or somewhat less negative – and seven per cent said they weren’t sure.

“Canadians are bracing themselves for a negative mud-slinging election. Expect the former Liberal ‘sunny-ways’ to be thrown out the window as the Liberals fight to cling to power by tearing down Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer,” said Nanos Research founder Nik Nanos.

Trudeau Must Update Canadians On Saudi Arms Deal Before Election, Groups Say

The federal government has not shared details of its review of the multibillion-dollar deal.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addresses supporters during a Liberal Party fundraiser in Surrey, B.C....
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addresses supporters during a Liberal Party fundraiser in Surrey, B.C. on Aug. 4, 2019.

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is facing pressure from civil society groups to update Canadians before the October election on his government’s review of a multibillion-dollar arms deal with Saudi Arabia.

The Liberals launched a review of the $15-billion contract to ship light-armoured vehicles to the Middle East kingdom last fall in the wake of the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Turkey.

A letter sent this week to Trudeau from a dozen organizations says the public has a right to know the status of the review now that more than nine months have passed since the government first announced the probe.

The letter says any further delays to the review or the government’s eventual decision could mean consequential actions come too late, especially since Canada has continued to ship the vehicles to Saudi Arabia — including 127 last year alone.

The Liberal government halted all new export permits to the kingdom last fall, sanctioned 17 Saudi nationals and started the review of arms sales to the country amid concerns about a lack of a credible, independent investigation into Khashoggi’s killing and Saudi participation in the civil war in neighbouring Yemen.

The co-authors of the letter, dated Sunday, wrote that they were disappointed the Trudeau government had yet to release details of the outcome of its review

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