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Ottawa shooting: The face-to-face encounter that ended the attack on Parliament

Oct 25 2014 — Evan Solomon

It is the critical moment of the attack on Parliament Hill: Before any more lives could be taken by gunman Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, he is shot dead by House of Commons Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers. CBC News has learned the dramatic details of that face-to-face encounter, when the 58-year-old Vickers confronted Zehaf-Bibeau and killed him at point-blank […]

Oct 25 2014 —

When the sentencing process for Moncton, N.B., RCMP killer Justin Christien Bourque unfolds starting Monday, the legal community will be watching to see how new legislation applies to the case. Bourque pleaded guilty to three charges of first-degree murder and two charges of attempted murder after shooting five RCMP officers on June 4 as he […]

Oct 25 2014 — Kady O'Malley

In the wake of this week’s attacks in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., and Ottawa, the Conservative government is looking at bringing in new laws to crack down on pro-ISIS sentiments like those posted to Quebec assailant Martin Couture-Rouleau’s Facebook page, CBC News has learned. The move to tighten Canada’s Criminal Code is expected to come as part […]

Oct 25 2014 — Bill Curry

A major backlog in benefit claims for Canadian seniors, the unemployed and people with disabilities is forcing Ottawa to expand the size of its Social Security Tribunal. The government used a 2012 omnibus budget bill to create the new tribunal, which hears appeals related to the Canada Pension Plan, disability benefits and Employment Insurance and […]

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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 […]

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Stephen Harper had to hide in anteroom during gunfight on the Hill

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 […]

Oct 24 2014 —

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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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 […]

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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 […]

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There is no reason to turn Parliament Hill into an armed fortress

Oct 25 2014 —

Legitimate questions are now being raised about security in the area of Parliament Hill. An armed man, having already killed a uniformed soldier, was able to cross the large, open lawn in front of the Peace Tower, gain entry to Centre Block, and then open fire again within a few dozen feet of the regular […]

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Did one man’s attack on Parliament really change Canada ‘forever’?

Oct 25 2014 — Jonathan Kay

‘Our world has changed forever today and we don’t even know yet how much,” Canadian Senator Fabian Manning declared on Wednesday, after a shootout in the heart of Canada’s Parliament buildings, which ended with the death of rampaging gunman Michael Zehaf-Bibeau. In an editorial entitled “The End of Innocence,” the Calgary Herald solemnly declared that […]

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Mr. Mansbridge, can you please narrate my life?

Oct 25 2014 — Tabatha Southey

Is it too much to ask that Peter Mansbridge follow me around every day periodically saying, “This is what we know for certain right now …”? Then, I’d like him to just go over the verified facts: “You have a bowl of that good Scottish oatmeal close to ready but your milk has gone off,” […]

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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 […]

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 – […]

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Oct 25 2014 — Brian Lee Crowley

How could a Canadian do this? That is a question on many minds in the wake of the two terror attacks in Ottawa and St-Jean-sur-Richelieu this past week. But far from being inexplicable, such attacks are part of a phenomenon that every society is familiar with, including ones blessed with liberty, prosperity and the rule […]

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