Catharine Tunney

Reporter, Parliament Hill bureau

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

Latest from Catharine Tunney

Canada bans Chinese tech giant Huawei from 5G network

The federal government has banned Huawei from working on Canada's fifth-generation networks over security concerns — a decision critics say was long overdue.

The terrorist threat posed by lone actors is 'difficult to detect,' says federal report

Violent extremists in Canada have the "intent and capability" to commit acts of terrorism, but detecting attacks by lone actors or small groups before they happen is "difficult," says an internal threat assessment conducted for the federal government last year.

CSIS was concerned about extremist violence, recruitment amid Freedom Convoy: top spy

Canada's spy agency was concerned extremists might commit violence and recruit members when the Freedom Convoy rolled into Ottawa earlier this year, its director told lawmakers on Tuesday night.

RCMP commissioner denies claim Mounties used 'kid gloves' with Freedom Convoy protesters

RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki says she sees no double standard in the way Mounties policed the Freedom Convoy protests and blockades earlier this year compared to the tactics they have used with Indigenous protesters.

MP accuses RCMP officials of delivering 'dodgy' testimony on facial recognition technology

An attempt by members of Parliament to find out more about the RCMP's use of controversial facial recognition software hit a wall Monday as one MP accused police officials of being "intentionally evasive."

RCMP looks to bolster its ranks with civilians, says it's 'playing with the DNA' of the service

The RCMP is looking to hire civilians to tackle complex investigations involving things like cybercrime and financial crime. It admits that getting these people in the door is going to be a challenge.

CSIS flags issues with U.S. intelligence prior to Jan. 6 riot, says it faces the same problems

American intelligence agencies struggled with "inconsistencies" in their analysis and "a lack of consensus" on the nature of the threat in the weeks prior to the Jan. 6, 2021 riot on Capitol Hill, says an internal Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) report.

Intelligence agency needs to keep a closer watch on extremism in prisons, report says

Canada's spies could be doing a better job of investigating extremism in the prison system, says an internal report.

RCMP officers quit after being asked to arrest national security target with no details, report says

Information-sharing between intelligence officers and police needs an overhaul — and it could start with informing police of the reasons behind national security arrests — says a newly obtained internal report looking at the often fraught relationship between Canada's spy agency and the RCMP.

Ottawa Police Service's control of convoy protest zone created 'challenges,' minister says

The Ottawa Police Service's control of the street directly in front of Parliament Hill created challenges in policing protesters who blocked the corridor for nearly a month earlier this year, says federal Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino.