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Oct 29, 2014

Bank of Canada welcomes end of U.S. ultra-easy policy

OTTAWA, Oct 29 (Reuters) – The head of Canada’s central bank
on Wednesday welcomed the U.S. Federal Reserve’s decision to
abandon its ultra-easy money policy, saying it showed the U.S.
economy is gaining traction, but warned weaker oil prices will
crimp Canadian growth.

The Federal Reserve on Wednesday ended its monthly bond
purchase program and dropped a characterization of U.S. labor
market slack as “significant” in a show of confidence in the
economy’s prospects.

Oct 27, 2014

Canada pushes for new anti-terror laws, critics say money needed

TORONTO/OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canadian police need more resources and not extra powers to deal with the threat posed by extremists after two deadly attacks, say legal and security experts, as the government pledged to deliver tough new anti-terror legislation.

Canada’s Conservative government said it will soon introduce a bill to enhance the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) spy agency and is planning other legislation designed to allow police to preempt threats and crack down on hate speech.

Oct 25, 2014

Canada intelligence-sharing on suspects curbed by court ruling

OTTAWA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Canada did not share some intelligence with the United States about two men who mounted fatal attacks last week because of a 2013 court ruling limiting the transfer of personal data, a Canadian official said on Saturday.

U.S. authorities therefore knew little about Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, who killed a soldier on Wednesday before attacking Parliament in the capital Ottawa. They also did not realize that Canada had withdrawn the passport of Martin Rouleau, who ran over and killed a soldier in Quebec on Monday.

Oct 24, 2014

Canada’s financial intelligence agency gets ‘useful’ data after attacks

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada’s financial intelligence agency asked institutions to quickly report suspicious transactions in the wake of two deadly attacks this week and has received data “useful to our intelligence efforts,” a spokesman said on Friday.

The Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre (FINTRAC) was set up in 2000 to combat money-laundering and ensures the compliance of 31,000 financial entities doing business in Canada.

Oct 24, 2014

Exclusive: Canada’s financial intelligence agency gets ‘useful’ data after attacks

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada’s financial intelligence agency asked institutions to quickly report suspicious transactions in the wake of two deadly attacks this week and has received data “useful to our intelligence efforts,” a spokesman said on Friday.

The Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre (FINTRAC) was set up in 2000 to combat money-laundering and ensures the compliance of 31,000 financial entities doing business in Canada.

Oct 23, 2014

Ottawa pushes for business as usual after shootings

OTTAWA (Reuters) – The Canadian government determined to return to business as usual on Thursday after a reported convert to Islam shot dead a soldier at the National War Memorial and rampaged through Parliament before being killed himself.

Employees began returning to the Parliament Hill complex amid tighter security. The House of Commons was set to open on schedule at 10 a.m. (1400 GMT), with Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaking at that time.

Oct 23, 2014

Canada PM vows crackdown after capital shocked by fatal attacks

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper vowed to redouble the country’s fight against “terrorist organizations” abroad after a reported convert to Islam rampaged through parliament, shocking the usually tranquil capital city.

Shortly after a gunman shot dead a soldier at the National War Memorial in central Ottawa on Wednesday morning, a man armed with a shotgun burst into the Centre Block of Parliament, pursued by police. He died after dozens of shots rang out a few yards away from where Harper was talking to his legislators.

Oct 23, 2014

Attack on parliament, killing of soldier stun Canada’s capital

OTTAWA (Reuters) – A gunman attacked Canada’s parliament on Wednesday, with shots fired near where Prime Minister Stephen Harper was speaking, and a soldier was killed at a nearby war memorial, stunning the Canadian capital.

The gunman in the parliament building was shot dead, and Harper was safely removed. The killing of the Canadian soldier was the second this week with a possible link to Islamic militants.

Oct 23, 2014

Canada’s parliament attacked, soldier fatally shot nearby

OTTAWA (Reuters) – A gunman attacked Canada’s parliament on Wednesday, with gunfire erupting near where Prime Minister Stephen Harper was speaking, and a soldier was fatally shot at a nearby war memorial, stunning the Canadian capital.

The gunman in the parliament building was shot dead, and Harper was safely removed in incidents that may have been linked to Islamic militants.

Oct 23, 2014

Canadian MPs in lockdown tweet of terror fears, toilet line ups

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canadian lawmakers locked down inside parliament for up to 10 hours turned to Twitter to send messages to their friends and families letting them know they were safe albeit exhausted.

Politicians across the political spectrum, often at odds over serious issues, were united in their concern and dismay after a gunman launched an attack on the building.

    • About David

      "I have been the National Political Correspondent in Canada for Reuters since 1999, focussing on politics, defence (in particular Canada's role in the Afghan War) and the environment. I won the award for Reuters Treasury scoop in 2009 for my work at the G20 summit. From 1995 to 1999 I worked in London, mainly covering foreign affairs, and from 1989 to 1995 I was stationed in Moscow where I covered the collapse of the Soviet Union and the many conflicts this helped trigger."
      Joined Reuters:
      1987
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      Awards:
      Treasury scoop of the year 2009
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