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June 20, 2019

Opioid-related death count up to more than 11,500 nationally: government data

Canada’s opioid crisis claimed the lives of more than 11,500 people between January 2016 and December 2018, the Public Health Agency of Canada reported. New data shows that 4,460 people died in 2018 alone and many of these deaths were related to the contamination of the illegal drug supply, the agency said.

Active Threats Week is NEXT WEEK

For five days, Blue Line is showcasing all kinds of various content on active threats — from case studies to technology to new training initiatives and active shooter papers. Stay tuned to for the official Active Threats Week microsite, set to go live June 24!

Study finds link between overdoses, crime and income assistance

Changes to the frequency of income assistance payments and greater oversight of recovery houses could significantly reduce overdoses and property crime, according to a study in one of Canada’s opioid hotspots.
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Drone symposium

Fire, police test out systems for first Emergency Services Drone Symposium

Driving a drone into a designated wall or shutting it off while it is still in the air were all part of the educational fun for the 30 or so professionals from the fire, law enforcement and hazmat tech fields that gathered recently on campus at Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ont., for a day of flight talk and practice. » Read more

Project Sword offers free bibles to Canadian peace officers

The Fellowship of Christian Peace Officers – Canada (FCPO) is launching a new project in an effort to give “hope and help to peace officers managing the unique demands and rigors of the job.” » Learn more

Corrections Canada turns to detection equipment to tackle drone drops

The Correctional Service of Canada will be spending “$6 million to install radar-based drone detection equipment at six facilities following a spike in drone incidents,” according to the CBC. » Learn more

Controversial Police Foundations course on hold after B.C. government crackdown

As reported by the CBC, a B.C. career college “that falsely claimed an almost 100 per cent employment rate for graduates of its ‘Police Foundations’ program, placed less than one per cent of its graduates in policing — after charging them $20,000 for the course.” » Learn more
BL Shark Week

Leading Complex Systems Retreat

Date: June 24-29, 2019
Location: Halifax, N.S.
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Date: June 25-29, 2019
Location: Vancouver, B.C.
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International Cyber Security and Intelligence Conference

Date: July 16-20, 2019
Location: Toronto, Ont.
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