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Kelly McParland: Ottawa’s secrecy fetish only added to confusion and fear of dangerous situation

The practical effects of the cult of secrecy that has enveloped Ottawa were put on display for all Canadians Wednesday during the shootings on Parliament Hill. While courageous police and front-line security forces did their best to deal with the... Read More

Alleged gunman Michael Zehaf-Bibeau had long list of run-ins with the law

Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, the 32-year-old Canadian identified as the shooter by Canadian security source, has had run-ins with the law from B.C. to Quebec dating back to 2001, according to court records obtained by the Star.Zehaf-Bibeau’s Quebec criminal record includes 11... Read More

Terrorism rocks Ottawa

OTTAWA — The heart of Canada’s democracy came under attack Wednesday in a brazen shooting that left a soldier dead, a parliamentary security guard wounded, and Canadians reeling at images of violence in the national capital.In an unprecedented morning assault,... Read More

Andrew Coyne: We can’t stop every terror attack, so let’s brace ourselves and adapt

How easy it is. How easy it was. How terribly, ineluctably easy. Since September 11, 2001, authorities across the West have been bracing themselves for the second act, the big kill, the spectacular slaughter of hundreds or even thousands at... Read More

Stephen Harper vows to tighten security measures

OTTAWA—Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Canada will not be intimidated by the “despicable” attacks that have taken the lives of two soldiers this week.In a nationally televised address from an unknown location, Harper said the government will “take all necessary... Read More

John Ivison: Visibly shaken Harper proclaims ‘Canada will never be intimidated’

OTTAWA — The goal of the coward who shot a reservist, providing ceremonial guard to the Tomb for the Unknown Soldier, was to cause shock and fear across this country. In one of the most important speeches of his political life, Stephen... Read More

Christie Blatchford: Nathan Frank Cirillo died standing guard over one of his own

He was such a modern young guy, Nathan Frank Cirillo, yet he died performing a task that is both so eternal and so soldierly, standing guard over one of his own. Cpl. Cirillo, just 24, was the soldier killed at... Read More

Andrew Coyne: We can’t stop every little terror attack, so let’s brace ourselves and adapt

How easy it is. How easy it was. How terribly, ineluctably easy. Since September 11, 2001, authorities across the West have been bracing themselves for the second act, the big kill, the spectacular slaughter of hundreds or even thousands at... Read More

Parliament Hill sergeant-at-arms hailed as hero in Ottawa

Kevin Vickers, the decorated RCMP veteran serving as the black-robed sergeant-at-arms on Parliament Hill, is being hailed for his valour after he reportedly shot down an armed gunman storming the Centre Block on Wednesday morning. The gunman was fatally shot... Read More

Soldier fatally shot on Parliament Hill identified as Nathan Cirillo of Hamilton

The soldier shot dead while guarding the National War Memorial in Ottawa Wednesday is Cpl. Nathan Frank Cirillo. The Hamilton Spectator has confirmed Cirillo’s identity through friends and members of the military.Cirillo, who was a corporal with the Argyll and... Read More

Marni Soupcoff: Today, we mourn. Save the lessons for another day

When I heard the news about the shooting in Ottawa today, I was in the middle of writing a column about something else. For the next several hours, I tried to return my attention to that something else, telling myself... Read More

Soldier dead after shooting at War Memorial in Ottawa, police confirm

A soldier standing guard at the National War Memorial was gunned down Wednesday morning, Ottawa police said. “One shooting victim succumbed to injuries. He was a member of the Canadian Forces,” police said just before 2 p.m. in a release.... Read More

Jonathan Kay: Persevering through tragedy, Canada must keep its public square open

On the night of February 28, 1986, Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme went to see a comedy at the Grand Cinema in central Stockholm with his wife Lisbet. Palme disliked bodyguards, and didn’t take any with him that evening. Later... Read More

Full Pundit: Terror hits home — but how terrified should we be?

Keeping calm and carrying on Martin Couture-Rouleau’s attack on two Canadian soldiers brings the ISIS fight to the streets of Canada. But is a deranged man in a car an existential threat? The National Post‘s Matt Gurney notes that Islamist... Read More

40-year-old woman charged with concealing six dead infant bodies in storage locker

Andrea Giesbrecht, 40, of Winnipeg has been arrested in connection with the Monday discovery of six dead infants in a U-Haul storage locker in Winnipeg.Police announced the arrest Wednesday morning and said more details would be provided at a briefing... Read More

Jonathan Kay: Why I’m hooked on the clunky new Blackberry Passport, the world’s first male-gendered smartphone

It was four weeks ago when I handled the new Blackberry Passport for the first time. (This video, with my colleague Armina Ligaya, captures the moment.) I was tempted to write about the Blackberry-provided review device then and there, because... Read More

Long-shot mayoral candidate releases epic transit platform with actual details

It’s Transit City, the Big Move and a few more bells and whistles all rolled into one audacious – not to mention massive – transit platform.Its brazen author, Ari Goldkind, a 40-year-old lawyer and fourth-placed mayoral candidate, deliberately courts controversy... Read More

Kelly McParland: Martin Rouleau is why Canada must do all it can to fight ISIS

The thin file we have so far on Martin Rouleau suggests he was going to find an opportunity to cloak himself in violence, one way or another. If not jihadi rhetoric, perhaps white supremacy, anti-Semitism, misogyny, homophobia … there are... Read More

Poll: John Tory holds commanding 14-point lead over Doug Ford

John Tory holds a commanding 14-point lead as Toronto’s mayoral election nears its end, a new Forum Research poll finds.Tory had 43 per cent support, Doug Ford (open Doug Ford’s policard) 29 per cent, Olivia Chow 25 per cent, a... Read More

Ministry of labour orders bike racks removed on certain TTC buses

If you’re a cyclist who relies on an articulated TTC bus as part of your commute, you’ll have to get by without the bike rack until the transit agency figures out a solution to a recently discovered safety issue.Bicycles plunked... Read More