Jun 01, 2015

No way to run a railroad

The Canadian government has been in the counter terrorism (or countering violent extremism – CVE – as it is now known) for a long time.  In addition to the hard response (CSIS, RCMP…) there is the softer approach.  The latter involves engaging with Canadians and communities to talk about difficult issues like terrorism and radicalization. […]

Jun 01, 2015

And justice for all

What should Canadians make of Adil Charkaoui?  I’d be surprised if you haven’t heard of him. Mr, Charkaoui is one of the “famous five” (no not that famous five – the Canadians that helped get women the vote).  No, the other “famous five” – Muslims subjected to national security certificates. To summarize, security certificates are […]

May 30, 2015

Damned if we do

I read an irritating op-ed piece in Al Jazeera the other day.  The author, Antonia Zerbiasis, claims that the Canadian government is now verging on totalitarianism for arresting people for “thinking of doing things” (see article here).  The piece was written in response to the arrest of 10 young Montrealers suspected of seeking to join […]

May 25, 2015

Harper’s Hyper Bowl

Our prime minister is quoted as saying that “jihadi terrorism is one of the most dangerous enemies our world has ever faced” (see article here). Really? Bigger than the threat of MAD during the Cold War? Bigger than the Nazi onslaught of the 1930s and 1940s? More dangerous than climate change or run-of-the-mill violence?  (homework […]