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Security experts warn of new ‘lone wolf’ terrorist phenomenon

Karolyn Coorsh, CTV News Published Saturday, October 25, 2014 Security experts are warning of a new wave of violence by so-called "lone wolf" radicals, impressionable individuals who fall prey to extremist ideology and choose to act on them. It’s proving difficult to police these “self-radicals,” who may be inspired by militant organizations that, via social media and online postings, encourage others to kill and terrorize in their home countries... . . . As investigators link some of the offenders to ideals held by extremist organizations such as the ...

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Volunteers help clean vandalism from Cold Lake mosque

Josh Elliott, CTV News Published Friday, October 24, 2014 Dozens of community members in Cold Lake, Alta. came together on Friday afternoon to clean up a local mosque after it was vandalized. The vandalism at the mosque, which included smashed windows and racist messages, was discovered Friday morning. The words "Go home" were written multiple times across the outside of the building in red spray paint. Volunteers on Friday afternoon cleaned up the façade and removed the racist scrawlings. A poster with the phrase “Love your neighbour” was also seen in a ...

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Canadian Muslims denounce attacks

Muslim groups respond to the Ottawa shooting CBC News | October 23, 2014 Canadian Muslim groups have condemned the two deadly attacks this week, saying the incidents have no connection to Islam or its beliefs. Michael Zehaf-Bibeau shot and killed a guard at the National War Memorial in Ottawa on Wednesday before launching an attack in the Centre Block of the Parliament Buildings... . . . Ihsaan Gardee, the executive director of the National Council of Canadian Muslims, denounced the attacks in a news conference on Thursday. He said an attack on one Canadian ...

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Canadian Muslim group calls Ottawa attacks ‘repulsive’

National Council of Canadian Muslims says it’s ‘horrified and shocked’ by gunman’s attack on Parliament Hill. By: Peter Edwards | Toronto Star Thursday, October 23, 2014 A Canadian Muslim civil rights group calls the attacks on Parliament Hill “repulsive” and says it stands united with other Canadians. “All Canadians are horrified and shocked by these repulsive attacks in Ottawa and our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families today,” Ihsaan Gardee, executive director of the National Council of Canadian Muslims, said in a ...

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Handbook aims to keep Muslim youth from extremism

CTV News | Monday, September 29, 2014 A new handbook aimed at preventing Canada’s Muslim youth from falling under the influence of terror organizations and being sent overseas to commit acts of violence was unveiled Monday in Winnipeg... . . . Ihsaan Gardee, executive director of the National Council of Canadian Muslims, said the handbook is a guide for parents, teachers, community leaders and others to “better understand the phenomenon of radicalization toward criminal violence … and how to best address it.” Research shows that there is no one single ...

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ISIS urges attacks on Canadians

Stewart Bell | September 21, 2014 National Post The spokesman for the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham called for attacks on Canadians on Sunday in an apparent attempt to deter members of the military alliance that has formed to challenge the terrorist group... . . . The National Council of Canadian Muslims called the invitation to attack Canadians “un-Islamic and deeply repulsive,” and stressed that Muslims have an Islamic obligation to report any plan to cause “hurt or harm.” But it is unclear ISIS has the capability to strike beyond the swath of ...

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ISIS creates dilemma for Western nations

By: Michelle Shephard, National Security Reporter Toronto Star | September 22, 2014 In the latest propaganda released by the Islamic State — a 42-minute audio message distributed on social media that threatens Western audiences, noting Canada in particular — there was this truth amid all the bluster: “If you fight it, it becomes stronger and tougher. If you leave it alone, it grows and expands.” . . . . . . The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) on Monday also condemned the terror group’s actions and messages as “repulsive” and “un-Isla...

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Police investigating anti-Muslim hate crimes in Alberta

By Eman Bare, Global News September 16, 2014 EDMONTON — Police are investigating after a string of anti-Muslim incidents in Alberta in recent days. A Fort Saskatchewan home that’s often used as a place of prayer for the community’s small Muslim population has been targeted twice. On Monday, eggs were thrown at the home, with anti-Islam insults written on the shells. A few days before that, on September 11, a large red cross was spray painted on the front of the home... The two cases of vandalism are among three anti-Muslim incidents in Alberta in less than ...

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Anti-Muslim vandals strike Alberta town

National Council of Canadian Muslims notes recent rise in anti-Islam sentiment By Andrea Huncar, CBC News September 16, 2014 Members of Fort Saskatchewan’s Muslim community are once again cleaning up after a home that they use for prayer was vandalized with anti-Islam insults twice in the past week. Waseem Akhtar, who lives in the home, awoke to the sounds of something striking the side of the building early Monday morning... . . . Muslim organizations in Canada say they’ve noticed a spike in reports of anti-Islam sentiment in recent weeks. Last week, ...

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Mother of radicalized Calgary man wants to make a difference

BILL GRAVELAND The Canadian Press | Thursday, September 11, 2014 A woman whose 22-year-old son was killed while fighting with Islamic extremists in Syria says she doesn’t want her son to have died in vain. Chris Boudreau of Calgary spoke Thursday at a conference on the radicalization of Muslim youth... . . . Ihsaan Gardee, executive director of the National Council of Canadian Muslims, said community-based programs aren’t always the best way to find isolated and marginalized youth — the ones most at risk of being targeted. “We have young Canadians ...

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