OTTAWA'S PROPOSED POWERS TO FIGHT TERRORISM

Jan 30, 2015

By Bob Komsic

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The Harper government’s anti-terrorism legislation was unveiled by the prime minister at Bayview Hill Community Centre in Richmond Hill.

Stephen Harper

”Violent jihadism is not just a danger somewhere else. It seeks to harm us here in Canada — in our cities and in our neighbourhoods, through horrific acts, like deliberately driving a car at a defenceless man or shooting a soldier in the back as he stands on guard at a War Memorial.”

If passed, the bill would lower the threshold of proof for arrests, give Canada’s spy agency the power to ”counter-message” or ”disrupt radical websites and Twitter accounts,” here or elsewhere, allow CSIS to apply to a court to order terrorist propaganda removed from the internet and allow for some court proceedings to be sealed.

The federal government’s also expected to propose new measures and funding to combat radicalization and recruitment efforts, especially those targeting youth.

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