Deputy Chief Correspondent, West & Central Africa
Richard's Feed
Oct 30, 2014

Anti-Muslim bullying on rise after Canada attacks

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Reports of anti-Muslim harassment in Canada have risen, Muslim organizations say, after attacks last week in which two soldiers were killed by people authorities say were inspired by the militant group Islamic State.

The National Council of Canadian Muslims said it has seen a tenfold increase in reports of harassment, including racial slurs on public buses, notes left on car windshields and bullying at schools.

Oct 30, 2014

Canada arrests Pakistani gun owner, alleges security threat

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Police have jailed a Pakistani gun collector living in Ontario, alleging he is a terrorist threat to Canada, his lawyer said on Thursday, days after attacks in which two Canadian soldiers were killed.

Muhammad Aqeeq Ansari, a 30-year-old software designer, was arrested on Monday on allegations he has ties to militants in Pakistan, has amassed an arsenal of firearms, and has expressed extreme views on Twitter, his lawyer, Anser Farooq, said.

Oct 30, 2014

Anti-Muslim bullying on rise after Canada attacks, group says

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Reports of anti-Muslim harassment have risen in Canada after attacks last week in which two soldiers were killed by people authorities say were inspired by militant group Islamic State.

The National Council of Canadian Muslims said it had seen a tenfold increase in reports of harassment, including racial slurs on public buses, notes left on car windshields and bullying at schools.

Oct 29, 2014

Canada toughens train brake rules, to impose ‘audit blitz’

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada has issued an emergency order to railways detailing how many handbrakes they must set on unattended trains to prevent deadly runaways, and will hire new staff to conduct an “audit blitz” of rail companies’ safety systems.

The changes are the latest in a slew of regulatory moves in North America since a train carrying crude oil crashed in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, last year, killing 47 people and highlighting the dangers from a surge in oil transport by rail.

Oct 29, 2014

Canada’s plan to defang would-be jihadists at home

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canadian law enforcement officials plan to use counseling to help stop would-be jihadists and could even help them find jobs – an effort that has added urgency after Muslim converts killed two soldiers in separate attacks in Canada last week.

The effort is being modeled on Britain’s de-radicalization program, dubbed Prevent, which was implemented after the 2005 London bombings in which four young Britons killed 52 people. Prevent, however, has been widely criticized as ineffective.

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

Canada tightens train handbrake rules, to impose ‘audit blitz’

OTTAWA, Oct 29 (Reuters) – Canada will require railways to
secure unattended trains with a minimum number of handbrakes and
other physical defenses to prevent runaways, Canada’s transport
ministry said on Wednesday in its latest response to last year’s
deadly crash in Quebec.

Transport Canada will also tighten enforcement of railway
labeling of hazardous materials like volatile crude, and add
staff to perform an “audit blitz”, Transport Minister Lisa Raitt
said.

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 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 in the same building where a man described as an homegrown militant opened fire last week as Prime Minister Stephen Harper met with lawmakers.

On Sunday 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, evidence that he was driven by ideological and political motives.

Oct 26, 2014

Canadians flock to Parliament Hill, site of attack on soldier

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canadians returned to the reopened grounds of their parliament building on Saturday, three days after a homegrown radical rushed in armed with a rifle after killing a soldier in the second domestic attack in a week on the country’s military.

The grounds of the hilltop gothic building, whose clock tower is a centerpiece of Ottawa’s skyline, attracted scores of visitors, many still stunned by Wednesday’s attack, which took place as Prime Minister Stephen Harper was meeting with lawmakers.

    • About Richard

      "Richard is based in Reuters' Dakar bureau where he has helped lead coverage of two dozen countries in West and Central Africa since September 2009. He previously ran Reuters' energy coverage in the Americas as a senior editor based in New York."
    • Contact Richard

    • Follow Richard