A young man in Toronto just pleaded guilty to one count of murder and two of attempted murder in a west-end spa in 2020. He was a young offender (i.e. under 18) at the time and this has to be taken into consideration. The Crown (prosecution in Canada) did lay ‘terrorism’ charges at the time and it is unclear whether it will pursue this line. Why? We already have a criminal admission and it is far from clear we need to keep going. In addition, it is also not obvious that his acts were ‘terrorist’ in nature. Canada has only had terrorism legislation since 9/11. Is it even necessary or do other parts of the criminal code suffice. Borealis weighs in on this case.