FrontLine Safety & Security 2016: ISSUE 2

The discussions and agreements from the recent summit of the "three amigos" are several items that affect safety and security and, more importantly, continued reinforcement of the importance of regionally-integrated solutions.

The world’s total forest area is just over 4 billion hectares. Wildland Forest Fighters around the globe prepare and train to tackle the unique challenges of extinguishing these costly wildfires.

Fire incidence rates for First Nations are more than double the rest of Canada. ­Monitored and sustainable funding can improve fire safety, response and education.

The new Government’s consultative decision making processes is highlighting a lack of progress in many areas. This article provides a quick synopsis on some border security issues that require immediate attention.

The Kanishka project is a government investment in terrorism-focused research. It provides for new safety and security tools, materials and knowledge to help to better understand terrorism in the Canadian context, and how policies and programs can best counter violent extremism.

Last year in Canada, organized crime syphoned off nearly $3 billion from the Canadian tax base. Several Latin American countries have seen their local economies jeopardized by illicit tobacco from Canada. What about our economy?

Open trade and global markets have changed the way businesses operate, and Canada's challenges have leaked across our borders and are causing problems to governments and communities abroad. With the intensification of cross-border movement, an international commitment is needed to disrupt and deter the transfer of illegal goods.

This focus is almost exclusively on illicit cigarettes manufactured in Ontario and Quebec, and the factors driving this criminal and lucrative trade. 

Matching the supply, manufacturing, distribution, and retailing of illicit tobacco products against the different touch points within the enforcement community is important.