Recently, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) released an intelligence assessment entitled “Venues of Sunni Islamist Radicalization in Canada”. One observation is that as “radicalization is usually a social process, it can occur wherever humans interact, in the real world or in virtual ones.” Some examples of where radicalization might happen include the family, on […]
The consensus of most experts is that all terrorists are radicals, but only a small minority of radicals are terrorists. In fact, UK think-tank Demos observed in a 2010 report that non-violent radicals can be important allies in combating violent radicalism. Consequently, a challenging issue is how to pinpoint the violent individuals who constitute only […]
What is radicalization? A 2009 report by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) defines it as “the process by which individuals—usually young people—are introduced to an overtly ideological message and belief system that encourages movement from moderate, mainstream beliefs towards extreme views.” However, radicalization does not always lead to violence. As the RCMP notes, “a […]
Honourable senators, I want to associate myself with the statement that Senator Black made on Friday regarding floods in southern Alberta and the heroic efforts of so many public servants and volunteers. Today I also want to recognize and celebrate the exemplary leadership that Mayor Naheed Nenshi of Calgary has demonstrated in response to this crisis.
Hon. Mobina S. B. Jaffer rose pursuant to notice of April 25, 2013:
That she will call the attention of the Senate to radicalization in Canada, and the need for a national strategy that more proactively addresses terrorism by emphasizing a community-based approach to preventing radicalization and to facilitating deradicalization.
Honourable senators, my question is also directed to the Leader of the Government in the Senate.
I first want to thank her for responding to my questions from April and earlier this month on the Cross-Cultural Roundtable on Security. I appreciate the response. I have reviewed the written response to my question that Senator Carignan tabled yesterday, and I have several specific follow-up questions, if I may.
Honourable senators, my question is also for the Leader of the Government in the Senate. On April 23, I had asked her a question about the Cross-Cultural Roundtable on Security, and I will repeat what she said:
I understand that the round tables are continuing, but I will take the question as notice to assure the honourable senator and me that that is the case.
Honourable senators, I want to take this opportunity to thank our security forces for their good work on behalf of all of us.
All honourable senators know that to be protected and to have security we must have good intelligence. One way to collect good intelligence is through outreach to affected communities. For that to happen, we set up round table meetings, which helped to reach the affected communities. I would like to ask the leader whether those round tables still exist, and if so how often they meet and what resources they receive.