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PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2018 12:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Islamic State claims responsibility for Toronto shooting as 10-year-old victim named

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25 JULY 2018 • 11:32AM

Islamic state on Wednesday claimed responsibility for a shooting in Toronto on Sunday that killed two people and wounded 13, the group's propaganda arm said on Wednesday.

The attacker "was a soldier of the Islamic State and carried out the attack in response to calls to target the citizens of the coalition countries," a statement from AMAQ news agency said.

The group did not provide further detail or evidence for its claim. Canadian police have said the motive for the shooting remained unclear.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2018 2:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I guess they had to wait two days until they could get the name and then retroactively link him to them?

Silly boys.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2018 2:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wherever the guns are coming from, there's every reason to believe that a majority of the guns used in crime are imported. The supply of stupid gun owners is too short for the demand.

But why are we discussing guns? We need more information, for certain, but why aren't our journalists finding out more about the shooter's background?

The Moslem 'refugee' from the USA who drove a rental truck into pedestrians in Edmonton -- and then jumped out of the vehicle to attack a cop -- is being treated as a possible mental health problem over a year later! The guy had an ISIS flag in the cab of the truck!

This is not something to dismiss, no matter how reluctant'officials are to deal with these questions in a truthful way, they have a responsibility because they are likely to repeat. You judge -- you know that Thorncrest Village is one of the hottest Moslem spots in the city, a place where Islam holds prayers in the schools. The shooter leaves there and travels to a distinctly Christian ethnic enclave to attack. (On the other hand, it wasn't Forest Hill.) You simply cannot rule out that this was a part of jihad.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2018 3:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bugs wrote:
Wherever the guns are coming from, there's every reason to believe that a majority of the guns used in crime are imported. The supply of stupid gun owners is too short for the demand.

Unless one believes the Police who are touting that line.
But why are we discussing guns? We need more information, for certain, but why aren't our journalists finding out more about the shooter's background? [/quote]
I imagine they are. It takes time to go through everything

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2018 6:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

( the police now seem to think the hand gun came from Saskatoon and might of been stolen by the older brother years earlier , its also been revealed the shooter told a teacher years ago that he wanted to kill someone and wasn't sure why but that it would be " cool " )

Gun used in Danforth mass shooting stolen in Saskatoon a few years ago: Source

Chris Fox and Katherine DeClerq, CTV News Toronto
Published Wednesday, July 25, 2018 7:48AM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, July 25, 2018 7:16PM EDT

The gun used in the deadly Danforth mass shooting was stolen in a break-and-enter in Saskatoon a few years ago, a police source told CTV News Toronto.

The firearm was recovered from the scene of a mass shooting carried out on Danforth Avenue by 29-year-old Faisal Hussain.

The police source tells CTV News Toronto that the theft of the gun in Saskatoon occurred around the same time that Hussain’s brother, Fahad, was arrested in the city on drug charges.

Hussain’s brother was also connected to the seizure of more than 30 guns in Pickering last year, according to the same source.

When Hussain’s Thorncliffe Park Drive apartment was searched this week, sources say, police found ammunition and large capacity magazines.

According to a source who spoke to CP24, the gun used in the attack originated in the United States and investigators are working with officials in the U.S. to determine how the weapon ended up in Canada.

Investigators believe the weapon used in the shooting was obtained illegally from a “gang-related” source in the city and that the gunman did not have a licence to possess the gun used in the attack, sources also told CP24.

Police have not confirmed a motive for the shooting, but in a statement released on Monday, Hussain’s family said that he struggled with “severe mental health challenges” and “psychosis.”

According to a former classmate and friend who spoke with CTV News Toronto, Hussain’s behavior was concerning, even in high school.

“He’d walk around with a sketchbook and he would just write things in there. And we took a class together, I believe it was philosophy class, and I just remember that in class I would see him writing or sketching and it was all very dark and hard for me to understand,” she said of their time together at Victoria Park Collegiate nine years ago.

The friend kept in touch with Hussain on Facebook after high school, but became concerned when he started to post pictures of guns.

“He would talk about beating up his mom,” the friend said. "I vividly remember that because I reached out to him and I said to him ‘you know, that’s super inappropriate and I really hope these are just lyrics and you are not meaning these things.'”

A teacher from the same school, who did not want to be named, told CTV News Toronto that he had to call the police after a conversation with Hussain.

According to the teacher, Hussain was asked what he wanted to do with his life. He responded by saying “I want to kill someone.”

“And I was stunned,” the teacher said. “I said, ‘Why? What did they do to you?’ And he said ‘No, I just want to kill somebody.’”

The teacher then said Hussain thought killing someone ‘would be cool.’ The teacher reported the conversation to the principal, who in turn called the police.

Hussain was investigated by police under the Mental Health Act.

On Tuesday, Federal Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale told reporters that Hussain was not on any federal watchlists.

In a statement issued Wednesday, Goodale’s office said that there is still no known connection between the incident and national security.

“Toronto Police remain the lead and it's still early in the investigation. At this time, there is no national security nexus to the shooter,” the statement reads.

Ontario’s Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services told reporters Wednesday that the statements made by Goodale’s office “stands.”

“There is nothing further at this point,” Michael Tibollo said. “I think there has been speculation about where the gun originated from, but we have to let the police do their work.”

Police are looking into Hussain’s past and are working to determine what may have prompted him to commit Sunday’s massacre.

As part of the overarching investigation, police are also working to determine the provenance of the semi-automatic handgun that was used in the attack.

Sunday’s massacre left an 18-year-old woman and a 10-year-old girl dead and 13 others injured.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2018 8:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Chris Selley: Toronto's push for handgun ban in wake of shooting is a simplistic distraction

If we made it impossible to own a handgun legally, is there any reason to suspect the cross-border flow couldn’t make up the difference?

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When a woman-hating cretin mowed down 26 people on Yonge Street in North Toronto in April, killing 10, it seemed to be universally accepted in the aftermath that this wasn’t the sort of thing governments or legislation can prevent. No one demanded Mayor John Tory explain why the city’s sidewalks weren’t protected by concrete bollards, or that they be installed forthwith. No one suggested mandatory background checks for renting a van. Everyone would have agreed that would be stupid and pointless.

Not everyone agreed to what extent the murderer was a predictable and replicable byproduct of an imperfect society, as opposed to a singular, hideous mutation. And people certainly assigned blame, including to allegedly pervasive “toxic masculinity.” But everyone quite rightly realized that if preventing such events was possible, it certainly wouldn’t be easy.

The same cannot be said of Torontonians in the aftermath of Sunday evening’s mass shooting on Danforth Avenue. For as-yet unknown reasons, a 29-year-old man (now dead) opened fire on pedestrians and diners, killing two: 18-year-old Reese Fallon was apparently targeted on the sidewalk; 10-year-old Julianna Kozis was reportedly eating ice cream with her family at a popular café.

The whiz-bang solution on everyone’s lips — from Mayor Tory to city councillors to the Toronto Star’s and Globe and Mail’s editorial boards and the usual activists — is to ban handguns. Tory admits there is no “magic wand” that will solve Toronto’s gun problem. But still he asks: “Why does anyone in this city need to have a gun at all?”
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The idea has a very superficial appeal. We all wish the Danforth shooter hadn’t managed to get a hold of a gun. Toronto is having a bad year for shootings — not much worse than last year, but at the wrong end of a distinct and steady five-year-trend. (At this point in 2014 there had been 101 shootings and 127 fatalities; so far in 2018 there have been 228 shootings and 308 fatalities.) It is understandable (if not entirely creditable) that the Danforth shooting would have rapidly intensified demands for something to be done: the victim count was high, and it happened in a wealthy part of town where it would have been easy to pretend there wasn’t a problem at all.

Still, the limitations of a “handgun ban” are both many and obvious. When Canadian police forces occasionally report on the sources of crime guns, they often find the vast majority have been smuggled across the border. In Toronto nowadays, the number is reportedly more like 50 per cent; the rest of the supply comes from licensed handgun owners who sell them on illegally — a spectacularly risky thing to do, as any used in crimes would be instantly traced back to the registered owner, but apparently worth it to some.

But we all know how permeable the Canada-U.S. border is. If we made it impossible to own a handgun legally in Canada, is there any reason to suspect the cross-border flow couldn’t regain its market share? Furthermore, CTV reported Wednesday that the Danforth shooter’s handgun was prohibited — i.e., it could never have been licensed in Canada — and that he had obtained it from some gang associates. If true, his carnage illustrates the limitations of handgun bans better than it does their efficacy.

A message written on a makeshift memorial remembering the victims of a shooting on Toronto’s Danforth Avenue calls for a ban on handguns. Mark Blinch/The Canadian Press

There are those who argue a ban “couldn’t hurt,” implicitly placing zero value on the liberties of law-abiding gun owners who are no threat to anyone. I can’t help noticing many of the same people arguing against installing more CCTV cameras, on grounds it abridges residents’ privacy rights. And I think it could definitely “hurt” if it distracted people even for a minute from the real work.

Kids who grow up along the Danforth are far less likely to wind up roaming the city with an illegal handgun pursuing various criminal enterprises than the kids growing up in Toronto’s so-called “priority neighbourhoods.” There’s no mystery to that. Where measures of education, income, housing, employment, health and opportunity are lower, outcomes including criminality will be worse. The only solution, in the end, is to improve measures of education, income, housing, employment, health and opportunity. There are lots of ways to do it. It is being done. The proper response to a bad year for gun violence is to redouble those efforts. The cost might be high, but the payoff is enormous.

On Tuesday, Toronto city councillors approved a $44 million package of anti-violence measures: the CCTV camera expansion, more cops on the streets, unproven-at-best technology that’s supposed to detect and locate gunshots, and a financial boost for various social programs and interventions for at-risk youth. The fate of the program rests entirely on provincial and federal support. The municipal contribution is $0. Next time you see one of them pounding his fist and demanding the Prime Minister institute a handgun ban, you might consider holding your applause.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2018 9:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I snicker at Selley's article. It's the usual welfare state bleat about poverty causing crime ... but he has it wrong. Two things contribute -- single parent families. Hate to tell all you social workers out there but there's no program for kids that's as good as having a father in the home. Not a male role-model, a father. It's different.

Second, it isn't poverty that causes criminality, it's criminality that causes poverty. Who goes up to Jane & Finch to 'shop?


Why aren't they telling us the details about the handgun? So far, they have only described it as "a handgun" which is about as vague as you can get. The useless Toronto reporters were too slow to ask that question, I guess.

From the little bit of video, it looks like a big handgun with a long barrel. They call it semi-automatic, but (I think) that only means that it fires one bullet every time you pull the trigger. The old six-shooter did that. But there are handguns that are favoured by gang-bangers and which ordinary citizens wouldn't likely want

But the question isn't about guns. It's about the shooter and his motive, and what the media are going to let us know. It's a little frightening when all these agencies join ranks to stop the questions. We know little, except that the offiicial sources are answering questions in all the evasive ways that indicate they're hiding something big.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2018 8:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( there is also word the liberals are considering proroguing parliament and coming back with a new gun bill which could include a hand gun ban or other restrictions against legal gun owners .

a hand gun ban would almost certainly never be effective in Canada , not because we have a gun culture like the US but because we share a border with the US and it would be virtually impossible to prevent people from smuggling hand guns across the border and into the hands of criminals , so even if you eliminate the legal hand guns we have in canada there will always be illegal ones available on the street )

Federal government taking serious look at handgun ban in wake of Toronto shooting

Robert Fife Ottawa Bureau Chief


Published July 26, 2018

Updated 38 minutes ago

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will decide in mid-August whether to pursue a ban on handguns as part of a new legislative agenda he would outline in a fall Throne Speech, a senior official says.

Mr. Trudeau has asked a team of advisers to examine the pros and cons of proroguing Parliament and starting over with a fresh policies and priorities for the period leading to the election in October, 2019. The official said the Prime Minister wants them to report in time for the Liberal caucus meeting on Aug. 22 in Nanaimo, B.C.

The Liberal government has not had an agenda-setting Throne Speech since the first one, in December, 2015.

A proposal to ban handguns is under serious consideration, according to a senior official, who was not authorized to speak on the record. Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale and senior civil servants have been tasked with examining the idea of a ban, which Toronto City Council endorsed after a mass shooting this week that killed two and injured 13.

The Liberal government does not expect much opposition to a law banning handguns, especially among urban voters, the official said. Statistics Canada says 60 per cent of violent gun-related crimes in Canada in 2016 involved handguns.

On Tuesday, Mr. Goodale said any such changes to Canada’s handgun laws would require a “significant remodelling” of the Criminal Code. The code already imposes tough restrictions on handguns that include background checks, a two-day safety course, joining a shooting club to get a permit to transport the weapon and a waiting period if the buyer does not already own a gun.

The government tabled new firearms legislation in March that is still before the House of Commons. If Governor-General Julie Payette is asked to prorogue Parliament, the firearms bill would be changed to include a handgun ban, the official said.

The current firearms legislation would require gun retailers to retain records of firearms inventory and sales for at least 20 years and the buyer of a hunting rifle or shotgun to present a firearms licence.

Mr. Goodale also plans to raise the issue of a national requirement for health-care and other professionals to report certain mental-health issues to police when he meets with public-safety and justice ministers this fall. The family of Faisal Hussain, the suspect in the Toronto shooting, said he suffered from depression and psychosis.

Doctors, therapists, teachers and social workers can inform police if someone indicates they might harm themselves or another individual with a gun. Mr. Goodale would like to discuss with his provincial counterparts a Quebec law that requires these professionals to report such threatening behaviour to police.

A Throne Speech in the fall would also allow the government to lay out its competitiveness agenda and its plan to diversify trade away from the United States and break down interprovincial trade barriers.

Finance Minister Bill Morneau is holding consultations on how to respond to U.S. President Donald Trump’s tax cuts and regulatory rollbacks and keep investment dollars flowing into Canada. Mr. Trudeau has also shaken up his cabinet to focus on global trade and reducing domestic barriers. He appointed Manitoba MP Jim Carr to a renamed International Trade Diversification portfolio and handed interprovincial trade to new Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc.

The Prime Minister also plans to hold a first ministers' conference to discuss the economy and interprovincial trade in the fall.

The senior official said another advantage of prorogation is that it would enable the Senate to reconstitute committees and remove Conservatives from key roles as chairs or deputy chairs. Senator Peter Harder, who is Mr. Trudeau’s leader in the Red Chamber, has made the case to the Prime Minister’s Office that a new Parliament would allow him to stack committees with independents, who are now the majority and more favourable to Liberal legislation.

The main argument against prorogation is that all government bills die on the order paper. A rule change in 1994 allows bills to be reinstated at the start of a new session at the same stage as before with the adoption of a notice of motion. However, the official said the government is concerned the Conservatives will try to thwart the reintroduction, although the Liberals – with their majority – would eventually prevail.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2018 8:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

RCO this isn't about guns -- this is about pacifying the public, for whatever reason.

The "guns" issue is what the managers of opinion are using to deflect the public's attention from the real issue.

The real issue has to do with public safety on the streets, and the system's declining ability to provide that.

It involves Moslems and gang-banging drug cartels. It akso involves licensing and regulating guns -- but that part of it has already been done, and done, and done. The law of diminishing returns kicked in about the time Alan Rock was scheming to starve out the evil gun-owners ...

Now the focus should be on the neglected areas, which are the various failures of the state.

We should be looking at policing the streets, for examples, and ways of keeping the perps under control. Nobody serious thinks more gun control is the answer.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2018 10:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am a little confused on the weapons origin?

The semi-automatic handgun used in Sunday’s deadly rampage in Toronto’s Greektown that killed two people and injured 13 others was stolen during a break-and-enter in Saskatoon in 2015, a police source told CTV News.

A source familiar with the case told CP24 on Wednesday that the gun used by Faisal Hussain, the 29-year-old man who police claim carried out the shooting before dying of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, was likely obtained from a “gang-related source.”

The gun, which is illegal in Canada, was originally from the United States, police sources told CP24 on Wednesday, adding that American authorities are helping to track the gun’s exact origin.


It sounds like the weapon can't be obtained legally in Canada and was imported illegally from the US?

If so, the Federal Government is apparently using this tragedy as a justification to pass legislation which wouldn't have prevented the weapon from being obtained in the first place.

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Another thing ... there is a distinct probability that this gun has moved around the underworld market and been used in several crimes.

Saskatoon ... there is a racially 'first' group of Canadians who cross borders freely. I don't like to mention that fact, lest some hothead conclude that the rest of us are second-class citizens, but it would make it easier to get waved through at the border, wouldn't it?

But why would you report the theft of an illegal handgun? It's most likely another case of the police lying and/or obscuring the facts of a case in their role of protecting us from our own conclusions. It's probably another one of these cases of using the incident to serve the narrative.

They arranged to reveal even these scant details about the shooter to coincide with a PR statement prepared for the family by a Moslem 'brotherhood front organization. ISIS manages to claim the credit only a little slower. This is news management designed to lessen the impact of the news.

The government owes its citizens the peaceful enjoyment of their person and property. That's basic. If their agents want us to disarm -- as we have largely done -- they have to provide us with safe streets. It's not time to panic, but it is time to start questioning some old ideas that keep the cops in cars waiting for a radio call so they can get there too late to do any good.

Cops don't like that idea. It would mean walking beats. But trust me, there are lots of people who would gladly walk a beat for that kind of money.

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Canada’s Politicians are in Denial on Terrorism
By Thomas Quiggin on July 27, 2018

Despite a series of terrorist attacks since 2013, Canadian politicians are still trying to claim no systemic terrorism problem exists. Politicians and Canada’ state broadcaster, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), have been trying to spin a narrative about the mental heath care system and gun control.

The most recent terrorist attack in Toronto again demonstrates this. Using tactical stances and reloading his 40 calibre Smith and Wesson handgun on the move, a Toronto terrorist killed two persons and wounded thirteen. The attacker’s measured actions suggest an individual who is comfortable handling firearms. This 22 July 2018 attack shocked Canadians with its seemingly mechanical brutality. The two slain were eight-year-old Reese Fallon and ten-year-old Julianna Kozis. Those injured ranged in age from 17 to 59.

It had been a Sunday evening on Toronto’s well-known street area known as “The Danforth.” This Greektown area has evolved to where it is now a popular hangout for families and partiers with souvlaki, sushi and Thai restaurants located next to each other. The 10 PM shooting broke the atmosphere of citizens enjoying Canada’s all too short summer season.

The attack also has a small personal connection. I was to have met my podcast producer on Monday morning on the Danforth at the Second Cup coffee shop, our usual hangout while in that area. The shop, and all the others in a multi-block area, were closed due to the police investigation. Yellow police tape seemed to cover everything when we approached the area on Monday.

Also on Monday, a series of bizarre media related events occurred. Earlier in the morning, the police had made a statement about the “29 year old shooter” indicating his identity was known. Yet his name was not released. It was only in the afternoon when the Ontario Special Investigations Unit revealed his identity as Faisal Hussain. At approximately the same time, a news release was sent out to selected media outlets which were attributed to the “Hussain Family”. This news release was a professional sounding statement which suggested that Faisal “had severe mental health challenges, struggling with psychosis and depression his entire life.”

Much of the media, led by the CBC, began a relentless series of stories claiming this was not a terrorist attack, but rather a breakdown in the mental health care system and a call out for more gun control. This extended right up to Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale who stated that “There is no connection between that individual and national security.”

The so-called “family statement” was in fact written by Mohammed Hashim, a full-time organizer and social activist who has also worked for the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM). He is identified by the NCCM as being their “Stronger Together” program chairman. The NCCM was formerly known as the Council of American Islamic Relations Canada or CAIR CAN. Its parent organization, as stated in its own documents, is CAIR USA. The American parent has been identified as a terrorist entity by United Arab Emirates. CAIR USA was also identified as an unindicted co-conspirator in an American terrorism funding trial. A judge’s decision in the case identifies CAIR USA as being one of a series of organizations involved in funding Hamas.

Mr. Hashim appears to have given the statement to the CBC’s Shanifa Nasser, who then began to publish the mental health stories.

In contradiction to this, ISIS has now claimed the attack through their propaganda agency AMAQ. Toronto police insist there us no such connection, despite a series of reports from police sources saying he was “known to police” and had discussed such matters with friends.

Rukmini Callimachi of the New York Times may be the leading journalist in the English language world for reporting on ISIS attacks and recruiting. As she states: “The shooter’s family has come out and said that he was mentally ill. Unfortunately we know that ISIS pushes its propaganda to people who are mentally vulnerable and mental illness is not a barrier to being indoctrinated by them.”

Since 2013, Canada has had a series of low level terrorist attacks which have an Islamist connection. Among these have been the attempted 2013 bombing plot on a Via Rail train, the 2014 vehicle attack which killed a Canadian soldier, the 2014 gun attack on the National War Memorial and the Parliament, a 2016 attempted suicide bombing attack which was thwarted at the last minute with only the bomber dying, a 2016 knife attack on a Canadian Forces recruiting centre, a 2016 knife attack in a Canadian Tire hardware store by a woman claiming to work for ISIS, and a 2017 vehicle and knife stabbing attack.

Canadians are increasingly wondering about their own Prime Minister. Prime Minister Trudeau stated openly that ISIS fighters returning to Canada would be an asset as they are a “powerful voice for deradicalization.” The Canadian government has no deradicalizaiton program. Prime Minister Trudeau also spoke in Parliament and stated that anyone who opposed the return of ISIS fighters to Canada was “Islamophobic.”

The statement that Canadians were “Islamophobic” if they opposed the return of ISIS fighters was disturbing in view of the Canadian Parliament’s M-103 anti-Islamophobia motion. This motion has produced official hearings and funding programs. The anti-Islamophobia motion is seen by many Canadians as being an attempt by the government to silence criticism of extremist Islam in Canada. The motion was officially entered into Parliament by Pakistani born Liberal Member of Parliament, Iqra Khalid, daughter of the well-known Dr. Hafiz Khalid.

In December of 2015, newly elected Prime Minister Trudeau sent a video message to the Toronto based “Reviving the Islamic Spirit” conference. Observers of this conference know that the conference has morphed into a “who is who” in the world of Islamists in Canada and the USA. The list of speakers has included Tariq Ramadan, the grandson of the Muslim Brotherhood founder and Imam Siraj Wahhaj, a US unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. The conference was also sponsored by IRFAN Canada – until that charity lost is charitable status for funding terrorism and was later declared to be a terrorist entity in Canada.

Prime Minister Trudeau could have sent a message of integration. Instead, he chose to signal how he shared the views of the conference attendees. Specially, he referenced his “shared beliefs, his shared set of values and his shared vision” with the attendees of the conference.

Where does this leave us? We know that Faisal Hussain was the shooter on the Danforth. While his friends say they did not know of any mental issues, Faisal Hussein was capable of planning and efficiently executing a murderous attack.

Faisal Hussain had a brother named Fahad. His brother Fahad was charged with drug dealing. Fahad was released on bail and told to live with his surety, who turns out to be Maisum Ansari. Mr. Ansari was later arrested and charged with the possession of 33 guns, overcapacity gun magazines, and 42 KGS kilograms of a substance identified as carfentanil. With an alleged value of CDN $13 million, this was the largest drug bust in Canada. The haul represented about 420,000 doses.

This raises serious questions about the intersection of crime and terrorism and it leans towards supporting those who believe that the drug trade does intersect with funding for terrorism.

Canada’s state funded broadcaster CBC and Prime Minister Trudeau both appear to have a pro-Islamist position and have worked to promote their cause or hide information on them. Now, after a major shooting, the politicians in Canada seem desperate to distract the attention of Canadian and the world away from the terrorist aspect of the killings and towards the false belief that “mental health issues” absolves you of guilt in crimes. Faisal Hussain was clearly “known to police” ahead of the event. What is being hidden from the population?

Thomas Quiggin a court qualified expert on jihadists terrorism in both criminal and federal courts. He is a former intelligence officer in the military, an intelligence contractor for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and worked in an intelligence capacity for the Privy Council Office. He is currently the primary contributor to the Quiggin Report (@QuigginReport). He was the co-author of “SUBMISSION: The Danger of Political Islam to Canada – With a Warning to America”,

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( this globe and mail columnist mentions some interesting points , one he admits a hand gun ban would not be a solution to gun violence as guns would still come across the border from the US and it might include an automatic prison sentence for anyone caught with one although I think under the current laws that might already be the case anyways , so its not clear what it anything new this bill would do for criminals ?

other than trudeau wants to take away the legal hand guns from Canadian law abiding gun owners ( and claim its somehow going to stop crime even though a legal owner is rarely responsible for a criminal act of violence ) with the exception of the police and his own personal body guards who more than likely are armed )

Coming soon from Ottawa: pharmacare and a handgun ban

Trudeau can shrug off insults, but he needs to be flexible and more sure-footed, writes Geoffrey Stevens

Opinion 12:00 AM by Geoffrey Stevens Waterloo Region Record|

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during a news conference following a swearing in ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa on Wednesday, July 18, 2018. - Justin Tang , The Canadian Press

The next noise you hear from Ottawa will be the sound of Justin Trudeau's Liberals rebooting.

It is all but certain that they will prorogue Parliament when MPs return from vacation in September and present a new Speech from the Throne with an agenda designed to carry them through to the election in October 2019.

And what might this new agenda be?

Unencumbered by inside information, I'm free to bet on a couple of big initiatives, each of which would command the support of roughly 70 per cent of the populace, according to pollsters.

One is a national pharmacare program to cover the cost of prescription drugs for all Canadians — universal coverage that for economic reasons was left out when medicare was introduced in the 1960s by Lester B. Pearson's Liberals.

The second is a package of Criminal Code amendments to impose a national ban on the possession of handguns, probably with an automatic prison sentence for anyone (peace officers exempted) found with a handgun in their possession.

Gun control has zoomed up the ladder of Liberal priorities in the past week since the murders of 18-year-old Reese Fallon and 10-year-old Julianna Kozis on Danforth Avenue in Toronto.

Those murders, along with a spate of gang- and drug-related shootings this summer, prompted Toronto Mayor John Tory to cry, "Why does anyone in Toronto need a gun?" It's a familiar cry, but it takes on a new resonance this summer.

Bill C-71, a Criminal Code amendment to tighten somewhat existing restrictions on firearms ownership, was introduced in the Commons last March and is finally ready to go to the Senate. It does not offer nearly enough deterrence to satisfy public demand. The cabinet will have to decide whether to overhaul C-71 or scrap it and start over.

A handgun ban is not a solution to gun violence, but it would be a start, a signal that the political leadership is taking the gun epidemic seriously and is ready to take other steps — tightening our porous border with the gun-happy United States, breaking up organized gangs that traffic in guns and investing money and effort in social and educational programs to divert youth away from gang life.

To change tack, the Liberals also need to adjust their agenda to a political world that has changed dramatically since 2015. The challenges of today are not the same challenges they faced back then.

Back in 2015, "President" Donald Trump was a figment of his own imagination, the renegotiation of NAFTA looked like a walk in the park and no one dreamed that the United States would start a trade war.

Back in 2015, no one could foresee that British Columbia would be ruled by an NDP-Green marriage of convenience dedicated to stopping the Trans Mountain pipeline after it had been endorsed by both levels of government.

Three years ago, Trudeau had an ally in Kathleen Wynne in Ontario on issues that mattered most to him, especially climate change. Doug Ford was a former Toronto councillor and failed mayoral candidate. Today, Wynne is gone, and Ford is premier and enthusiastically lobbing bricks at Ottawa at every opportunity.

As bad as Ford is, Jason Kenney in Alberta is worse. Back in 2015, the United Conservative Party did not exist, and Kenney was an ambitious former federal minister. Today, he is so sure he is going to be premier that he hurls personal insults at the prime minister ("an empty trust-fund millionaire," among other epithets.)

Trudeau can shrug off insults, but he needs to be flexible and more sure-footed than he has often appeared to be if he hopes to save his core policies from his new-found foes.

He needs to demonstrate that he is the boss, that he is in control and he will make his new agenda work. To this end, it would help immeasurably if he could get that pipeline built and his carbon plan in place, regardless of the Fords and Kenneys of his difficult world.


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( although this article would seem to indicate there eyeing many different possibilities and its not clear what exactly they plan to do )

Measures eyed to confront handgun crime after Toronto shooting

By Jim Bronskill. Published on Jul 27, 2018 5:06pm

Rick Sforza/Los Angeles Daily News via AP

Following the recent mass shooting in Toronto, the federal government is eyeing tighter restrictions on handguns — possibly by making certain firearms harder to buy and allowing municipalities to impose their own controls.

A federal official with knowledge of the current brainstorming says ideas have been percolating for several months — building on firearms legislation introduced in March — and have evolved further after Sunday’s shooting in Canada’s largest city.

Two people were killed in the tragedy that also injured 13, led to the gunman’s death and left a neighbourhood traumatized. Two days later, Toronto city council passed a motion calling on the federal government to outlaw the sale of handguns in the city.

A federal bill introduced late last winter would expand the scope of background checks on those who want to acquire a gun, strengthen record-keeping requirements for sales and require purchasers to present a firearms licence.

But the government is actively exploring additional measures.

Firearms in Canada are classified as either non-restricted (such as ordinary hunting rifles and shotguns), restricted (including handguns and certain rifles and semi-automatics) or prohibited (certain handguns, fully automatic firearms and sawed-off rifles).

Restricted and prohibited firearms must be registered and entail additional safety training.

Officials are contemplating a rejigging of the categories that would effectively remove some firearms from the commercial market altogether.

“Do you make it so that there are fewer firearms that would fall into these more restricted or prohibited categories available for purchase?” said the federal official, who was not authorized to speak publicly about the issue. “That’s one question.”

Another idea being studied would see the federal government hand off some responsibilities under the Firearms Act to the provinces which could, in turn, permit municipalities to restrict purchases or even impose bans. But it is unclear to what extent the government could transfer these authorities.

“These are questions that we’re asking,” the official said.

Authorities are also mindful of the emergence of three-dimensional printers that can easily manufacture guns without any kind of licensing control — eliminating the need to walk into a firearms shop or hire a cross-border weapon smuggler.

The advent of 3D guns could render traditional notions about gun control obsolete and potentially hasten any federal efforts to overhaul the classification system, the official said.

The government’s firearms advisory committee is expected to provide advice to Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale in September on four key issues he has flagged, including the possibility of:

• Stricter firearm storage rules for gun shops, after two dozen handguns were stolen by thieves who snipped a cable;

• Limitations on commercial advertising of restricted firearms that glorifies violence and simulates warfare;

• A mechanism to identify large and unusual transactions to buy or sell guns, particularly restricted or prohibited ones — purchases that may indicate gang activity or trafficking;

• Requiring medical professionals to advise provincial authorities of people who have diagnosed conditions, including mental illnesses, that are likely to put the lives of other people in danger.

Goodale has asked Quebec to share lessons learned from its law requiring reporting of suspicious behaviour related to firearms when federal, provincial and territorial ministers responsible for public safety meet in St. John’s, N.L., in November.

Bill Blair, the new minister for border security and organized crime reduction, is also likely to attend the Newfoundland meeting, where firearms control will be a central issue.

The work of the advisory committee and deliberations with counterparts from across the country will help Goodale decide on any new legislative steps, the federal official said.

“The minister will want to take the advice from those colleagues and move at that point probably fairly quickly on whatever comes next.”

The Canadian Press


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 30, 2018 8:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So ... we've decided this is a gun-comtrol issue rather than a terrorism issue?

The media are using guns to deflect attention away from the more vital issue. ISIS says he was one of theirs, so we wouldn't investigate that on the theory that they always lie?

What new bit of gun control could there be that would be effective? Everyone knows that, even our dim leader. And Pharmacare? Who's going to pay for that?

Can anyone think of a time when Canada had worse leadership than now?
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