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Ottawa shooting: MPs honour Nathan Cirillo with moment of silence

Oct 23 2014 —

Members of Parliament honoured Cpl. Nathan Cirillo with a moment of silence as they tried to get back to a normal routine, a day after the soldier was killed during the Ottawa shootings. Cirillo was shot and killed while standing guard at the war memorial and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on Wednesday morning, […]

Oct 23 2014 — Mark Kennedy

On Wednesday morning, Prime Minister Stephen Harper walked into Room 237-C in the heart of Parliament Hill’s Centre Block for the weekly gathering of the Conservative caucus. In recent days, he had been absorbed – both publicly and behind closed doors – with the apparent threat posed by lone-wolf attackers who might become “radicalized” by […]

Oct 23 2014 —

Ottawa Police confirmed Thursday morning one shooter was responsible in the attack on the nation’s capital that left one soldier dead. The confirmation comes as federal politicians are set to meet at the National War Memorial Thursday morning prior to the resumption of Parliament to pay their respects to fallen Canadian soldier Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, […]


‘The guy was right there, shooting:’ Calgary MP Michelle Rempel

Oct 23 2014 — Trevor Howell

Calgary MP Michelle Rempel was sitting inside a Conservative caucus meeting on Parliament Hill on Wednesday morning when gunshots cracked through the air. Startled, Rempel peered outside and spotted a gunman engaged in a firefight with security and RCMP in the normally tranquil hallways. “There was gunfire coming from all directions. It’s such a blur,” […]


Mom of gunman says she is crying for the victims of Ottawa shootings

Oct 23 2014 —

The mother of the man identified as the assailant who killed a soldier at the National War Memorial before opening fire in Parliament says she is crying for the victims of the shooting, not her son. In a brief and tear-filled telephone call Thursday, Susan Bibeau told the Associated Press she did not know what […]


Ottawa shooting: 15 minutes of terror in the Conservative caucus room

Oct 23 2014 —

Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Conservative MPs pinned themselves against the walls of their barricaded caucus room after piling furniture against the door to prevent a gunman from entering during Wednesday’s chaotic attack on Parliament Hill. Several Conservative sources spoke of a terrifying 15-minute period when they stripped flags off flagpoles to arm themselves […]

Oct 23 2014 —

Industry Minister James Moore is vowing the House of Commons will sit at 10 a.m. today as usual, despite the shooting that shook Ottawa the day before. “Our democracy cannot and will not be intimidated by today’s events,” Moore tweeted Wednesday night. Prime Minister Stephen Harper vowed Canada will not be intimidated. “In fact, this […]

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Oct 23 2014 —

Federal politicians, police forces and intelligence officials will begin the work of assessing security around Parliament Hill, and the safety of the country itself, in the wake of the shocking attacks in the nation’s capital. The Parliament buildings remained under close surveillance early Thursday morning as the RCMP continued to sweep the area for evidence. […]

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Oct 23 2014 —

Ottawa was under attack on Wednesday after a man with a rifle killed a soldier standing guard at the National War Memorial near the prime minister’s office, before seizing a car and driving to the front entrance of Parliament Hill. Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, 24, a reservist from Hamilton, died a short time after the attack […]

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Oct 23 2014 — Adrian Humphreys

It is perhaps absurd after years of war abroad and threats of reprisals at home that events in Ottawa struck with such shock and bewilderment, but imagery of Wednesday’s armed assault on Parliament Hill was vivid and horrifying: a soldier shot dead while doing honorable duty at the graceful National War Memorial; Cabinet members barricading […]

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Oct 22 2014 —

The man who is reported to have shot an assailant on Parliament Hill today is a former police officer with a background in providing security services for dignitaries, including members of the Royal Family. Kevin Vickers became the sergeant-at-arms in the House of Commons eight years ago after a varied career in security. He spent […]

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Is terror attack a political game changer?

Oct 23 2014 — Lawrence Martin

It seemed a little crass in the wake of the brutal terror attack to start talking about the political impact of it all. But this is a crass town when it comes to politics. Everything, especially under these Conservatives, is weighed in that domain. And amid the alarm on Ottawa’s downtown streets yesterday you could […]


The day it all changed

Oct 23 2014 — Mia Rabson

“This changes everything.” Liberal MP John McKay said this speaking to reporters a few hours after the unthinkable happened in Canada’s Parliament buildings. It may sound like hyperbole, but yesterday, the game changed in Canada. The overriding sense among MPs, senators, staff and the media, for whom Parliament is part of daily life, is that […]

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Parliament shootings bring fear to a special neighbourhood

Oct 23 2014 — Tim Harper

When fear invades your neighbourhood it announces itself in a swirl of sirens and emergency vehicles screaming down Rideau St., a report of a fallen soldier and a knot in your stomach. Your world speeds up, even as you weave your way through the downtown denizens laconically shuffling along the sidewalk, oblivious to this invasion. […]


Parliament will carry on

Oct 23 2014 — Aaron Wherry

The honourable J.R. Nicholson, minister of labour, seems to have paused for a moment then before continuing with his remarks on a motion to call for “a copy of any communication exchanged between the maritime trustees or other organizations and other persons, and the Minister of Labour or any official of the Department of Labour, […]


Ottawa Parliament shooting: We’ve known this day was coming

Oct 23 2014 — Brian Stewart

Perhaps the shock of Wednesday’s attack will prove shorter than we expect because, let’s be frank, we’ve all known something like this was coming, right? We’ve been warned for years by our combined counterterrorism apparatus that it will stop many plots, but cannot get all. In short, the hits are coming. Brace yourself Canada. Time […]


Yes, everything has changed, but long before today

Oct 23 2014 — Graham Thomson

It is business as usual at the Alberta legislature. Sort of. The building is open, but not as open today as it was yesterday. As a precaution after Wednesday’s brutal attack on Parliament Hill, legislature officials immediately tightened security. As a member of the public, you can still get into the building as long as […]

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A new, brutal reality dawns on our country

Oct 23 2014 — Marilla Stephenson

The naiveté of our nation died Wednesday as homegrown radicalism gripped the very heart of Canada’s democratic capital. The heinous murder of a Canadian Forces soldier, standing guard in ceremonial dress at the National War Memorial in Ottawa, allegedly by a young Canadian-born assailant, will profoundly change this country. While the two events have not […]


Time to reflect on the courage of our ancestors

Oct 23 2014 — Stephen Maher

When I heard about the shooting, and headed to Parliament Hill, the first sign that something bad had happened was across Sussex Drive from the American embassy, where two Ottawa police officers were standing guard. One of them had an automatic rifle. A third man in green fatigues and a Kevlar vest was with them, […]

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Mama June — Dating Man Who Molested Her Relative

Oct 23 2014 —

Mama June is seeing someone new, but there’s a big problem … the guy just got out of prison after serving time for molesting one of June’s relatives … TMZ has learned. The new guy is 53-year-old Mark McDaniel. He was convicted in 2004 for aggravated child molestation. Prosecutors say he molested an 8-year-old child […]

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