By Julien Gignac Staff Reporter Fri., July 20, 2018 Technology the Toronto Police Board wants to use to reduce gun violence may not be effective, says a former U.S. police officer. ShotSpotter is designed to pinpoint the location of shootings as they happen. Ralph Clark, CEO of ShotSpotter, heralds the technology for its accuracy and immediacy. It can inform police within 30 to 45 seconds after a trigger is pulled where the gun shot is coming from. Sensors are designed to supress ambient noise so the device can detect “pops, booms, or bangs” emanating from the muzzle of a gun, Clark said. When the sensors recognize the noise, it’s timestamped and analyzed to triangulate where the shot originated. Sensors are typically located on rooftops Article Continued Below More than 90 cities in the U.S. are using the technology, Clark said. The devices are located in areas with high instances of gun crime. Mayor John Tory has proposed buying the … [Read more...] about Police want to use ShotSpotter to pinpoint location of shootings. Does it work?
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By Fatima Syed Staff Reporter Fri., June 1, 2018 When the winds started blowing across the the barren hills of the world’s largest refugee camp a few weeks ago, the flimsy tarpaulin tents housing hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees started flailing in the air. Fred Witteveen, the national director of World Vision Bangladesh, watched as refugees climbed the bamboo poles and lay on their plastic roofs to stop their homes from being blown away. Nine months after the largest migration of Rohingya refugees, the persecuted Muslim minority from Burma faces another threat as the first storms of the monsoon season hit Bangladesh this month. Over the course of the summer months, rainfall is expected to accumulate in the double digits almost every day in the Cox’s Bazar district, some days surpassing 65 millimetres. The UN says the weather will put at risk 100,000 refugees and could flood one-third of the camp. Article Continued Below “We … [Read more...] about In 2017 this satellite image showed forest and farmland. Now it shows the world’s largest refugee camp — one bracing for disaster
caption NYC Cyber Command is quietly protecting New Yorkers — and Americans as a whole. source Shutterstock/littlenystock Most people have never heard of NYC Cyber Command (NYC3), but it is perhaps one of the most important government agencies in America’s biggest city. It is responsible for protecting the city from cyberattacks and other online threats that could have devastating consequences for millions of NYC’s residents. Although the Command is nearly two years old, most New Yorkers have no idea what it is or how it began – until now. NEW YORK – In the fall of 2012, President Barack Obama’s defense secretary, Leon Panetta, arrived to Manhattan’s west side to deliver an unprecedented speech about cyber warfare. Aboard the USS Intrepid, the legendary World War II aircraft carrier now functioning as a museum along the banks of the Hudson River, Panetta … [Read more...] about Inside New York City Cyber Command — a government agency most people know nothing about that’s leading America’s biggest city into the future
By Sara Mojtehedzadeh Work and Wealth Reporter Brendan Kennedy Investigative Reporter Sun., April 8, 2018 Temporary help agencies “create significant challenges” for the provincial worker compensation board and are more likely than other Ontario employers to break the law, according to an internal audit obtained by the Star. The findings were the result of a “compliance intervention” strategy conducted by the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board from 2013 to 2016, and were released to the Star under freedom of information laws. The audit found that temp agencies were significantly more likely to misreport their payroll to the board, and more likely not to pay mandatory insurance premiums. Employers are required by law to report their payroll, which is then used by the compensation board to calculate how much employers owe in premium payments. These premiums are used to fund benefits paid to injured workers across the … [Read more...] about Temp agencies pose ‘significant challenges’ to compensation board, internal audit shows
By The Canadian Press Thu., March 22, 2018 OTTAWA—The head of Canada’s cyberspy agency says new powers proposed by the Trudeau government would let her institution stop cyberattacks before they are launched — instead of having to sit back and wait for them to happen. Communications Security Establishment chief Greta Bossenmaier made the comments to a parliamentary committee in which she revealed the agency has been working overtime to block attacks on federal networks. The problem includes up to one billion attempts to compromise federal government information systems every day, which includes everything from poking to malware to dedicated hacking. Have your say Bossenmaier says Bill C-59 would help nip some of those attacks in the bud as well as target terrorist groups and support military missions by giving the CSE the power to launch its own offensive cyber operations. Article Continued Below The government’s plan to let the CSE to … [Read more...] about Spy agency chief says powers proposed by Trudeau government would help stop cyberattacks before they happen