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Gunman in Ottawa attack identified as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau

Oct 22 2014 —

The suspect in Wednesday’s attack on Parliament Hill is Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, a Canadian citizen born in 1982, CTV News has confirmed. The suspect was gunned down Wednesday morning, following shootings at Ottawa’s National War Memorial and inside Parliament.

Oct 22 2014 —

The attack on Parliament HiSeveral hours later, Ottawa Police and RCMP officers were still searching Parliament Hill and officials declined to say whether the unidentified gunman acted alone. The soldier that was killed was identified as Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, according to his aunt. Cpl. Cirillo, who was a member of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, […]

Oct 22 2014 —

The fatal shooting of a soldier at the National War Memorial and the subsequent gunfire on Parliament Hill have renewed concerns about security in the capital. MPs and senators have been nervous for years about how easily members of the public can access the Parliament buildings. Canada’s role in the campaign against ISIL has heightened […]

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 […]

President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks to the media about the government’s Ebola response in the Oval Office of the White House, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Obama on Ottawa shooting:’We’re all shaken by it’

Oct 22 2014 —

U.S. President Barack Obama has condemned the fatal shooting in Ottawa as “outrageous.” He says ”We’re all shaken by it.” Obama says the motive for the attack remains unknown. But he says as more becomes known, that information will be factored into U.S. security considerations. Obama says he spoke by telephone today with Prime Minister […]

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Parliament Hill attack: Soldier dies of injuries, gunman also shot dead

Oct 22 2014 —

Parliament Hill came under attack today after a man with a rifle shot and killed a soldier standing guard at the National War Memorial in downtown Ottawa, before seizing a car and driving to the doors of Parliament Hill’s Centre Block nearby. MPs and other witnesses reported 30 to 50 shots fired inside Parliament, and […]

Oct 22 2014 —

A lawyer for Taseko Mines (TSX:TKO) says the federal environment minister acted improperly in rejecting the company’s proposed gold mine in B.C., putting politics before fairness. The company is asking the Federal Court to convert its two judicial review applications into full legal action saying it wants monetary damages for the minister’s alleged wrongdoing. Taseko […]

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Oct 22 2014 —

The legislatures in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick are taking precautions after shots were fired on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. In Halifax, security was increased at the Nova Scotia legislature and the building was locked down but Speaker Kevin Murphy says daily proceedings will continue. Only people with official passes are being let into the […]

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Oct 22 2014 —

Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s office says two scheduled events today in Toronto with Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai have been cancelled. The last-minute announcement comes amid an ongoing emergency in Ottawa, where several shootings have occurred on or near Parliament Hill. Harper was to moderate an afternoon question-and-answer session with Yousafzai at a Toronto […]

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Oct 22 2014 —

A gunman has been killed in Ottawa after three separate shootings in the nation’s capital that saw Parliament Hill locked down and gripped the city with fear. Authorities confirmed shots had been fired inside Parliament, at the National War Memorial and near the Rideau Centre shopping mall. At least two people are reportedly injured.

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Oct 22 2014 — Les Whittington

Canadian soldier was killed and a Parliament Hill security guard wounded Wednesday morning in a chaotic attack on the nation’s capital that police believe involves more than one assailant. Conservative cabinet minister Jason Kenney confirmed the death of the soldier. “Condolences to family of the solider killed (and) prayers for the parliamentary guard wounded,” Kenney, […]

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Anybody-but-Stephen Harper trend gains momentum

Oct 22 2014 — Chantal Hébert

A year out from the 2015 federal vote, Stephen Harper’s worst-case election scenario probably looks like the Ekos poll that Radio-Canada and the website iPolitics released on Sunday. It would see the ruling Conservatives (26 per cent) pushed back to the Reform heartland of Western Canada next year while the Liberals (38 per cent) and, […]

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He’s sweet, but is Trudeau a PM?

Oct 22 2014 — Lysiane Gagnon

In his new autobiography, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau takes pain to distance himself from his father. He really didn’t have to do this, though – it’s always been obvious that he is everything Trudeau Père was not. Mr. Trudeau is warm and nice and fuzzy. He doesn’t have an intellectual bone in his body. He’s […]

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As terror fear mounts, privacy safeguards are needed

Oct 22 2014 — Tim Harper

When a troubled and paranoid owner of an industrial cleaning company suddenly fancies himself an Islamic State warrior and tragically kills a member of the Canadian Armed Forces, it gets that much tougher to push the privacy boulder up the mountain in this country. When a planted question in the House of Commons allows the […]

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Harper’s Hail Mary: Fighting an election on terrorism

Oct 22 2014 — Paul Adams

Can the prospect of terrorism save Stephen Harper? If you had doubts about whether the Harper government intended to make terrorism and the mission against Islamic State an election issue, they should have been resolved on Monday. In St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, police were still examining the crime scene where a driver had mowed down two soldiers. But […]

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Canada is not immune from Islamist terrorism

Oct 22 2014 — Michael Den Tandt

We can debate whether Martin “Ahmad” Rouleau was a “real” terrorist or a crazed wannabe or a troubled young man who would have found another means of expressing his violent sociopathy had Islamist fundamentalism not presented itself at precisely the wrong time in his life. We can likewise debate whether the Harper government was too […]

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Tory tax cuts smart politics

Oct 22 2014 — Lorne Gunter

The federal Conservatives have been hinting broadly that they will announce tax cuts this fall, particularly cuts that benefit families. Okay, they’ve been positively boasting about their plans to anyone who will listen. In fact, I imagine they’ve even held down a few people and compelled them to sit through a recitation of their pledge. […]

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Aboriginal women launch their own anti-violence campaign

Oct 22 2014 — Carol Goar

There is no defiance or bravado in her voice. For Sylvia Maracle, executive director of the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres, it’s a simple statement of fact: “We will move ahead on violence against aboriginal women with or without the federal government.” The Mohawk leader, who has spearheaded efforts to improve education, housing, health […]

Oct 22 2014 — Christina Blizzard

The troubling trend of public sector unions endorsing politicians is once again front and centre in local elections. Should teacher unions be endorsing candidates — as one branch of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) is doing? The storm has been brewing at the provincial level for several elections. Powerful public sector unions — […]

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Oct 22 2014 — Barbara Yaffe

Foreign money and a robust provincial economy will preclude any cooling of Vancouver’s red-hot property market next year, according to a major real estate study being released Wednesday. Office space is the one real-estate category where an oversupply is forecast in the city, to be accompanied by potential downward pressure on pricing. That assessment comes […]

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Palin Family Brawl (AUDIO!) — Bristol: He Called Me A C**t and A Slut!

Oct 22 2014 —

Bristol Palin hysterically told cops during the epic drunken Palin family brawl in Alaska last month … that some guy knocked her down and called her a f**king c**t. Bristol’s conversation with cops outside the party near Anchorage was recorded by the officer and TMZ obtained a copy. During the convo … Bristol explains the […]

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