Catharine Tunney


Catharine Tunney is a reporter with CBC's Parliament Hill bureau, where she covers national security and the RCMP. She worked previously for CBC in Nova Scotia. You can reach her at

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CSIS chief pushes back against PMO claim about mistake in intelligence report

The head of Canada's spy agency says he has a "different interpretation" of an alleged mistake in an intelligence briefing cited by the prime minister's chief of staff during the foreign interference inquiry.

RCMP warns push to switch to electric vehicles faces 'significant challenges'

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police are staring down a unique problem in the policing world: is it possible to turn the largest law enforcement fleet in North America green?

Intelligence chief warns Canadians that China can use TikTok to spy on them

In some of his most hawkish comments to date, the head of Canada's intelligence agency is warning Canadians — including teenagers — against using the wildly popular video app TikTok.

Watchdog finds Mounties failed to properly investigate Indigenous woman's death — twice

More than two decades after her body was found at the side of a road, the RCMP has agreed to apologize to an Indigenous woman's family for failing to properly investigate her death.

Canadian Blood Services apologizes to the 2SLGBTQ+ community for donation ban

Canadian Blood Services is apologizing to the 2SLGBTQ+ community for its "harmful" former policies that for decades prevented men who have sex with men from donating blood.

CSIS warns that Chinese-backed interference isn't going anywhere in latest report

As the dust settles on the landmark findings of the foreign interference inquiry, Canada's intelligence agency is warning that China likely will back more meddling campaigns and expand its online pressure tactics over the coming year.

Border officers relied on outdated intel to decide whether to search incoming vessels, audit warns

The risk assessments border officers have used for years to decide whether vessels entering Canadian waters should be searched have been based on outdated and inaccurate data, increasing the risk of high-risk goods and inadmissible people slipping into the country, a recently released audit says.

Government pitches foreign influence registry, new powers for CSIS in attempt to curb foreign interference

The federal government unveiled a long-anticipated bill Monday aimed at curbing foreign interference in Canadian political life — from school boards to the House of Commons.

Foreign meddling didn't affect who formed government in past 2 elections, but inquiry flags 'troubling' events

Canadians could get a clearer sense today of the extent to which China and other countries meddled in the past two federal elections — and whether the government and security agencies did enough to share that information — when the public inquiry on foreign interference releases its first report.

Cyber spies say they shared names of parliamentarians targeted by China-backed espionage with Commons, Senate

As questions about why Canadian parliamentarians weren't warned they had been targeted by a Chinese-backed espionage campaign continue to mount, Canada's cyber intelligence agency says it shared the names of MPs and other "specific" information with the House of Commons and Senate IT offices years ago.