Canada not invited to anti-ISIS coalition meeting in Paris

Canada not invited to anti-ISIS coalition meeting in Paris

Defence ministers from 7 countries will meet Jan. 20 to discuss fight against ISIS

By Katharine Starr, CBC News Posted: Jan 18, 2016 8:59 PM ET Last Updated: Jan 18, 2016 8:59 PM ET

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan was not invited to a meeting of defence ministers from seven countries in the anti-ISIS coalition in Paris this week.

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan was not invited to a meeting of defence ministers from seven countries in the anti-ISIS coalition in Paris this week. (Canadian Press)

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Canada has not been invited to an anti-ISIS coalition meeting this week in Paris, CBC News has learned.

Toronto 18 member Saad Gaya granted day parole

Toronto 18 member released on day parole in middle of 18-year sentence

Saad Gaya, 28, can attend school, work, but cannot use computers or internet

The Canadian Press Posted: Jan 02, 2016 5:37 PM ET Last Updated: Jan 02, 2016 6:36 PM ET

Saad Gaya, shown in a sketch, pleaded guilty to belonging to a terrorist group. The Toronto 18 member was granted day parole this week.

Saad Gaya, shown in a sketch, pleaded guilty to belonging to a terrorist group. The Toronto 18 member was granted day parole this week. (Alex Tavshunsky/CBC)

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The release of a member of the so-called Toronto 18 on day parole could act as a benchmark for terror cases in years to come, an expert on terrorism and de-radicalization says.

Kent Roach, law professor and co-author of a book on Canada’s anti-terrorism policy, said the string of conditions attached to Saad Gaya’s day parole might serve as a template for other convicted terrorists granted some form of parole from prison.

Gaya was denied full parole on Wednesday. Instead, he was granted up to six months of day parole, five years into his 18-year sentence.

TORONTO: 18-year-old Abdul Aziz Aldabaous arrested on terrorism-related peace bond

Toronto teen arrested on terrorism-related peace bond: RCMP

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Friday, Sept. 18, 2015

Police have been using peace bonds to stop Canadians from leaving to join extremist groups such as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. AP Photo/Militant Website, File

TORONTO — An 18-year-old has been arrested in Toronto on a terrorism-related peace bond, the RCMP said Friday, as police are struggling to deal with youths authorities say are becoming radicalized into violent extremism.

Abdul Aziz Aldabaous was arrested on Thursday. The RCMP’s Integrated National Security Enforcement Team, supported by Toronto Police Service and Ontario Provincial Police, also searched an apartment in Scarborough.

Police can ask a judge for a peace bond if they believe someone is about to commit a crime. In most cases, instead of being charged with a terrorism offence, the suspect is released after agreeing to comply with conditions imposed by the courts.

Scott Walker says building Canada border wall legitimate to protect against terrorists entering US from north

The GOP candidate said voters have raised concerns to him about terrorists entering US from north, as immigration has become hot-button Republican topic

Republican presidential hopeful, Scott Walker, says he has been approached by voters with the idea of building a Canadian border wall

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The Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker said on Sunday that building a wall on the US northern border with Canada was “a legitimate issue for us to look at”.

Dasmesh Darbar temple in Surrey still prominently displays photo of terrorist Talwinder Singh Parmar

Do Canadians have a double standard about Sikh terrorists?

June 24, 2015. 6:09 pm • Section: The Search

Sikh terrorist Talwinder Singh Parmar’s picture hangs in public view at Dasmesh Darbar temple in Surrey. What if a Canadian mosque posted a similar photo of Osama bin Ladn?
Sikh terrorist Talwinder Singh Parmar’s picture hangs in public view at Dasmesh Darbar temple in Surrey. What if a Canadian mosque posted a similar photo of Osama bin Ladn?
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Vancouver Sun crime reporter Kim Bolan marked the 30th anniversary of the Air India bombing by citing how at least one Sikh gurdwara in Surrey still prominently displays the photo of the militant that a Canadian judge said was the leader of the terrorist attack, which killed 331 innocent people, mostly Canadians.

What would Canadians do if a mosque in the country proudly displayed the photo of Osama bin Laden or another Islamic terrorist, who are also considered “freedom fighters” in some circles?

What would we do if a Christian church in Canada displayed the photo of an Irish terrorist who killed innocent civilians?

What would Canadians do if a synagogue in the country displayed the photo of the Jewish religious fanatic who assassinated Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin?

We all know what would happen. The outcry from all Canadian sources would be deafening.

Muhammad Aqeeq Ansari to be deported to native Pakistan

Pakistani man caught with $20K weapons cache in Peterborough, Ont., will be deported within the month: CBSA

  | June 1, 2015 11:26 AM ETMore from Stewart Bell | @StewartBell NP

TORONTO — A member of a Pakistani terrorist organization who was caught in Ontario with a cache of firearms will be deported within the next month, a Canada Border Services Agency officer said at a hearing Monday.

Muhammad Aqeeq Ansari, who has lived in Canada since 2007, will be deported as soon as travel arrangements have been finalized for himself and the CBSA officers who will escort him to Pakistan, Naureen Ismail said.

Ansari has a valid passport and has waived his right to an assessment of the risks he might face upon his return to his native country, Ismail told the Immigration and Refugee Board at a hearing to decide whether to keep him in custody.

“We anticipate Mr. Ansari’s removal will be effected in the hear future,” Ismail said, arguing he was a flight risk and danger to the public. “We do expect that it will be within the next month but I can’t get any more specific than that right now.”

Ansari refused to participate in the hearing. His lawyer, Derek Lee, a former Liberal MP, did not attend the session. IRB Member Karina Henrique ordered Ansari to remain in detention in Lindsay, Ont., saying his release was “out of the question.”

The fact, however that he amassed $20,000 in guns and ammunition over such a short period raises questions and concerns, that remain plausibly unanswered, regarding his motives and whether there was an underlying plan given that he also spent a fair amount of time at the gun range practicing his shot

The IRB stripped Ansari of his permanent resident status and ordered deported last month, ruling he was a member of the terror group Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP), also known as the Ahl-e-Sunnat Wal Jamaal (ASWJ).

In its decision, the IRB said Ansari’s refusal to acknowledge that the SSP had “murdered thousands of people in Pakistan for not sharing their religious views” was “a reflection of either willful blindness or a shared mentality that it is permissible to eliminate anyone who does not share your faith perspective.”

In a basement in Peterborough, Ont., Ansari had stockpiled $20,000 worth of firearms. He made trips to Pakistan to visit a cleric who fought “jihad” in Afghanistan and wrote provocatively about his beliefs on the Internet, once commenting beside a photos of the Toronto Scotiabank Tower, “If I only had a plane.”

The CBSA had linked him to the SSP through his association with Pakistani Deobandi cleric and former jihadist fighter Ilyas Ghuman. Canadian officials said Ansari had been involved with the terror group since before coming to Canada and had been soliciting funds and promoting its goals online.

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