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Oct 29, 2014

Canadian lawmakers strike defiant tone in return to Parliament

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canadian lawmakers struck a defiant tone on Wednesday as they held their first caucuses since a gunman charged into the Parliament building after shooting dead a soldier in an attack that raised questions about the nation’s low-key approach to security.

Members of Parliament headed back to meeting rooms where some of them hid a week ago during a gun battle between security officers and an attacker described as a recent convert to Islam who struggled with drug addiction.

Oct 29, 2014

Canadian lawmakers to hold first caucus since deadly attack

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canadian lawmakers on Wednesday were due to hold their first caucuses since a gunman charged into Parliament after shooting dead a soldier, in an attack that raised questions about the nation’s relaxed approach to security.

Members of Parliament are set to return to the meeting rooms on Parliament Hill where some hid a week ago during a gun battle between security officers and an attacker described as a recent convert to Islam who struggled with drug addiction.

Oct 28, 2014

Kerry says Canadian parliament attack clearly terrorist act

OTTAWA (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday that an attack on the Canadian parliament and the country’s National War Memorial last week in which a soldier was killed was clearly a terrorist act.

“Clearly, anybody who walks up in a premeditated way with a loaded rifle and attacks someone in uniform then purposely goes to a parliament, is committing, by common sense standards, a terrorist act,” Kerry told a news briefing after talks in Ottawa with his Canadian counterpart, Foreign Minister John Baird.

Oct 27, 2014

Canada Parliament committee to question officials after attacks

OTTAWA (Reuters) – A Canadian Parliament committee is set to hear from two top security officials on Monday about threats facing the nation following a pair of attacks by homegrown radicals who killed two soldiers on home soil last week.

The officials’ testimony comes a day after police said Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, the man who killed a Canadian soldier and attacked the Parliament building, made a video of himself just before the attack that contained evidence that he was driven by ideological and political motives.

Oct 27, 2014

Top Canada officials to face Parliament questioning after attacks

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Top Canadian security officials are due to testify on Monday before a parliamentary committee about threats facing the nation following last week’s attack on Parliament by a man described as a homegrown radical.

Their testimony comes a day after police said Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, the man who killed a Canadian soldier and attacked the Parliament building, made a video of himself just before the attack that contained evidence that he was driven by ideological and political motives.

Oct 25, 2014

Canada vows tougher laws as citizens worry in face of attacks

OTTAWA/HAMILTON Ontario (Reuters) – Canada vowed on Friday to toughen laws against terrorism in ways that critics say may curtail civil liberties as a country that prides itself on its openness mourned the second soldier this week killed by homegrown radicals.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper joined a crowd at the National War Memorial in Ottawa to mark the death of Corporal Nathan Cirillo, who was shot by a troubled and drug-addicted convert to Islam on Wednesday while on ceremonial guard at the memorial in the center of the country’s capital.

Oct 24, 2014

Canada to deliver spy agency bill next week, more to come

BRAMPTON Ontario/OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada will introduce legislation next week to give more powers to its spy agency, a bill that will be largely unchanged from one drafted before this week’s attack in Ottawa, a government source said on Friday.

The government will put forward more measures later, the source said, and they will include wider powers to address security threats in the wake of the killing this week of two soldiers and the assault on Parliament on Wednesday.

Oct 24, 2014

Security tight in Canada as police probe Parliament gunman’s ties

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada’s capital faced a third day of heightened security on Friday as police searched for any clues that the man who shot and killed a soldier and charged into the parliament building had help in plotting his attack.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police ordered a detail of officers to remain with Prime Minister Stephen Harper, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, after it emerged that he briefly hid in a closet-like room during Wednesday’s attack.

Oct 24, 2014

Canada Parliament gunman had planned to travel to Syria: police

OTTAWA (Reuters) – The gunman in Wednesday’s attack on Canada’s capital had a criminal record and recently applied for a passport, planning to travel to Syria after undergoing a “radicalization process,” police said on Thursday.

Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, 32, was a Canadian who may also have held Libyan citizenship, said Bob Paulson, commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). He said the suspect had no apparent links to another Canadian who killed a soldier in Quebec earlier in the week.

Oct 23, 2014

Cheers, tributes for Canadian guard credited with killing gunman

OTTAWA (Reuters) – The guard credited with killing a gunman in Canada’s parliament fought back tears as lawmakers greeted him with a prolonged standing ovation, cheers and whistles on Thursday when he resumed his duties.

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and fellow lawmakers stood for a thunderous, minutes-long ovation as Kevin Vickers, the House of Commons’ Sergeant-at-Arms, led the traditional parade that opens every House session, dressed in ceremonial garb.