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‘Nathan was Canada’s son,’ says family of slain soldier

Oct 24 2014 — Kendra Mangione

The soldier who was fatally shot at the National War Memorial in Ottawa loved the army and had an “unwavering devotion to duty,” his family said in a statement Friday. As Cpl. Nathan Cirillo’s body travelled along the Highway of Heroes, toward his hometown of Hamilton, Ont., his family thanked Canadians for their outpouring of […]

Oct 24 2014 — Tonda MacCharles

Prime Minister Stephen Harper was hustled into a small anteroom of the grand Reading Room as gunfire erupted in the hallway outside. He waited up to 15 agonizingly long minutes to be extracted from the deadly scene unfolding metres away. RCMP protective security detail, normally stationed outside the building, raced through the hallways trying to […]

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Yet another young Canadian has managed to get away to Syria to fulfil his aim of waging jihad and has boasted of his exploits online, an investigation by Radio-Canada’s investigative program Enquête has found. This comes after news emerged that Martin Rouleau and Michael Zehaf-Bibeau — two men involved in the killings of two soldiers […]

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The Conservative government plans to give police and spies new tools to fight terrorism as early as next week. But some point out that anti-terror laws already on the books aren’t being fully used to stem the threat of attacks by homegrown radicals. Under existing provisions, police have the power to make a preventive arrest […]

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Ottawa gunman hit several times before dying

Oct 24 2014 —

The gunman who charged into Parliament after shooting a Canadian Forces reservist was struck by nearly a dozen bullets from security officers and finally was brought down by Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers. Several sources, who have requested anonymity, have confirmed to The Canadian Press that Michael Zehaf Bibeau was fatally wounded by Vickers near the door […]


Debate on controversial gun bill on hold after Parliament shootout

Oct 24 2014 —

This week’s traumatic shootout on Parliament Hill has prompted the Harper government to put off debate on a controversial gun bill. Debate on Bill C-42 had been scheduled to take place in the House of Commons on Thursday — just one day after Parliament’s Centre Block was sprayed with bullets as security officials confronted a […]

Oct 24 2014 —

Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, the gunman behind Wednesday’s shooting in Ottawa, had applied to renew his Libyan passport but was denied, CBC News has learned. Zehaf-Bibeau shot and killed Cpl. Nathan Cirillo at the National War Memorial in Ottawa Wednesday before attacking Parliament Hill. Zehaf-Bibeau, whose father is Libyan, applied for the passport renewal on Oct. 2 […]

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Oct 24 2014 —

Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, the 32-year-old suspected killer of a Canadian Forces soldier in Ottawa, spent $160 a day on heroin and hated Canadian and American soldiers, according to a man who got to know him in Ottawa. The man, known only as “Darryl,” told Ottawa’s 580 CFRA News Talk Radio that he met Zehaf-Bibeau just over […]

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Oct 24 2014 —

Firearms experts say the Ottawa gunman’s choice of a slow-loading, old-time hunting rifle suggests his rampage was either a poorly concocted plan or designed as a one-way trip from the start. Or, perhaps, he just pulled the 1800s-style weapon off somebody’s wall? The Mounties say the origin of Michael Zehaf Bibeau’s .30-30 Winchester lever-action rifle […]

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Oct 24 2014 —

A Conservative MP whose riding includes a major military base is criticizing a directive which tells soldiers to avoid wearing uniforms in public. John Williamson, who is also a member of the Commons defence committee, tweets that the sight of uniforms is as symbolically important as re-opening Parliament after Wednesday’s shooting.

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This week’s events should bolster fight for freedom

Oct 24 2014 — Don Martin

The worst crisis to hit Parliament Hill and the best day in Parliament were separated by 50 metres of corridor and 24 hours. The day after a gunman spraying bullets in the Hall of Honor, the House of Commons hosted a thunderous display of unity and resolve. MPs trapped in meeting rooms with flagpoles for […]


We’ve seen MPs unite, now we need them to be divided

Oct 24 2014 — Scott Reid

Amid the tragedy, bravery, bloodshed, terror, tears and resolve of this week’s startling events in Ottawa, there is disagreement. Fierce and fundamental disagreement. The kind of disagreement that cannot be casually reconciled or easily bridged. The kind of disagreement that cuts to the core of ideas like country, community and citizenship. For the moment – […]


Politics rises to what it should be in wake of Ottawa attacks

Oct 24 2014 — Andrew Coyne

There is a script people in politics are called upon to perform, in times of crisis or tragedy. In the script, our leaders put politics aside in a moment of unity. At such times, they declare, we are all Canadians first, partisans second. They praise each other, and vow to work together. They may even […]


An awkward hug — and a difficult debate

Oct 24 2014 — Tasha Kheiriddin

Hugs are not the norm in the House of Commons. Prime Minister Stephen Harper, in particular, is not known as a ‘huggy’ type. Reporters still recall the day, many years ago, when Harper solemnly shook his son Ben’s hand when seeing him off to school, instead of being more, uh, parentally demonstrative. But the day […]


History of Hill security hiccups repeats

Oct 24 2014 — Warren Kinsella

Yep. That’s what he said: it caught them by surprise. That’s what RCMP Assistant Commissioner Gilles Michaud actually said at a shambles of a press conference on Wednesday, looking feckless and useless: the attack on Parliament Hill – the murder of Corporal Nathan Cirillo – “caught us by surprise.” It caught them by surprise, despite […]


Defiance will come, but emotion in Ottawa still too raw

Oct 24 2014 — Tim Harper

The strains of O Canada started faintly, but gradually built. It was sung by cabinet ministers, MPs from all parties, public servants on their way to work, a bicycle courier and university students. We all sang, but this was a plaintive rendering of the anthem. Spontaneous, yes, but delivered more in grief than defiance, behind […]


Now, there’s even more to remember this Nov. 11

Oct 24 2014 — Lezlie Lowe

The first message at Wednesday’s official press conference in the hours after the Ottawa Parliament shootings was simple: the situation, Police Chief Charles Bordeleau said, “is fluid.” It will remain so for a long time, I’d wager, as police and RCMP piece together what happened on Wellington Street and how. As our hearts stop skipping […]

Oct 24 2014 — Rick Salutin

After Wednesday’s events in Ottawa, I want to comment on one version or account (yes, the dread “narrative”) which was dominant in the reporting. It’s the “unprecedented chaos, lost our virginity/innocence, never gonna be the same, demise of Canada as a Peaceable Kingdom” rendering. The Peaceable Kingdom isn’t even a Canadian phrase. It was used […]

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Oct 24 2014 — Jeffrey Simpson

Blessed normalcy and quiet dignity settled over the city of Ottawa and the country’s government Thursday in the aftermath of violence and tragedy. Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his wife, Laureen, laid a wreath at the National War Memorial, where Corporal Nathan Cirillo, a reservist from Hamilton, was slain. It was a moving and appropriate […]

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Oct 24 2014 — Matt Gurney

On Wednesday, when Michael Zehaf-Bibeau stormed Parliament Hill after gunning down Canadian Army Corporal Nathan Cirillo at the National War Memorial, things went well. As I wrote in Thursday’s National Post, the sudden attack was quickly and efficiently stopped, the Prime Minister was secured, the downtown area quickly locked down and wounded evacuated for treatment. […]

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Oct 24 2014 — Aaron Wherry

There were, at the start, the pleasing formalities—the morning prayer, the tabling of petitions—but let the record show that the first great glimpse of real returning normalcy arrived at 10:20am this morning. It was at that moment, with the Prime Minister having reviewed the relevant legislative initiatives of his government and then promised new bills […]

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Ghomeshi taking ‘undetermined’ leave from CBC

Oct 24 2014 —

“Q” radio host Jian Ghomeshi is taking an “undetermined” amount of time away from the CBC “to deal with some personal issues,” a spokesman for the public broadcaster confirmed Friday. Chuck Thompson did not give a reason for the measure. Ghomeshi is scheduled to host the Scotiabank Giller Prize gala on CBC-TV on Nov. 10 […]

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