QAnon conspiracy theorists are a real pain in the ass. They are adept at ignoring any information that contradicts their version of the world. What can we do when these wankers become more than a nuisance and start engaging in illegal activity? More narrowly, what should our elected officials do? Listen to what one such official, Mayor Diane Therrien of Peterborough, Ontario, did when followers of the self-styled Queen of Canada came to town.
About my guest
Born in Mississauga, Diane Therrien attended McMaster University in Hamilton and graduated with her Masters from the Canadian Indigenous Studies program at Trent University in Peterborough, ON. She has been mayor of the latter city since 2013.
Canadian Intelligence Eh
In a world of multiple voices and opinions it can be very hard to know where to turn. One choice is to look to those who actually worked in counter-terrorism in the national security world. In these half-hour podcasts, 30-year Canadian intelligence veteran Phil Gurski is joined by a fascinating array of individuals with something meaningful to say about these issues as they provide insight into what they mean and what we need to do about them.
About Phil Gurski
Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. and Distinguished Fellow in National Security at the University of Ottawa’s Professional Development Institute (PDI). He worked as a senior strategic analyst at CSIS (Canadian Security Intelligence Service) from 2001-2015, specialising in violent Islamist-inspired homegrown terrorism and radicalisation. He is the author of six books on terrorism, including the most recent The Peaceable Kingdom: A history of terrorism in Canada from Confederation to the present.