Harper plans to bring back extraordinary anti-terror powers for police

Posted by admin on Sep 6th, 2011

By Robert Hiltz, Postmedia News, 6 Sep. 2011

OTTAWA — Controversial clauses expanding the powers of police to combat terrorism are going to be reintroduced by the new Conservative majority government, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said in an interview with CBC. Harper said for the first time since the Tories took control of the House of Commons the government plans to bring back measures in the Anti-Terrorism Act that expired in 2007.

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Diab committed for extradition in Paris synagogue bombing case

Posted by admin on Jun 7th, 2011

BY CHRIS COBB, Ottawa Citizen, Jun. 7 2011

OTTAWA — Former University of Ottawa professor Hassan Diab was led by police from an Ottawa courtroom Monday to the sound of loud applause and hugs and handshakes from his supporters. It was the end of a short but emotional hearing that saw the alleged terrorist committed for extradition to France. Diab will remain at the Ottawa Regional Detention Centre until a bail hearing, likely in Toronto on Thursday.

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Tenuous links to terrorism keep refugees in limbo, devastate lives

Posted by admin on Jun 6th, 2011

Nicholas Keung, Toronto Star, Jun. 6 2011

Dalvik Kujjo spent the summer of 1984 handing out flyers promoting a budding anti-government rebel group in Sudan and guiding recruits to village meetings. The Sudanese refugee said he supported the African Christians’ fight against the Arab Islamist government in Khartoum, and that was the extent of his involvement with the rebel group.

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Quebec blocks Abdelrazik’s child benefits

Posted by admin on May 31st, 2011

Paul Koring, Globe and Mail, May 31 2011

Quebec has blocked government child-benefit payments to Abousfian Abdelrazik, the only Canadian on the UN’s al-Qaeda blacklist, saying Ottawa must get written permission from the UN Security Council in New York before it will issue the monthly cheques every other Canadian parent is entitled to receive.

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Brampton man sues government alleging CSIS harassed him

Posted by admin on May 27th, 2011

Isabel Teotonio, Toronto Star, May 27 2011

A Brampton man is suing the Canadian government alleging Canada’s spy agency launched a smear campaign against him, painting him as a terrorist and pedophile because he refused to be an informant. The recently filed $10-million lawsuit comes after child pornography charges against Ayad Mejid, 48, were dropped when a Superior Court judge ruled his Charter rights were violated by agents with the Canadian Security Intelligence Service.

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