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 […]
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, today I rise to discuss the ways we can prevent the radicalization of Canadian youth.
Governments around the world have accomplished much in this area already. Most of the efforts in Canada, however, are focused on police work and intelligence. We should work towards preventing radicalization before it becomes a problem of national security.
Honourable senators, it has been over 30 years since Canada ratified the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. This convention requires the state not only to condemn, prevent and punish all forms of discrimination against women but also to address the root causes of discrimination. Canada has failed to uphold this commitment, and calls for action by international human rights authorities have not been answered. Today, I wish to add my voice to those calling for a national inquiry on missing and murdered Aboriginal women.
On July 20, 2012, tragedy struck Aurora, Colorado leaving an entire nation overwhelmed with fear and sadness. During a midnight screening of the film The Dark Knight Rises a lone gunman equipped with multiple firearms entered a crowded theatre and opened fire, claiming the lives of 12 people and injuring 58 others. The gunman who […]
On Thursday April 5th, after being passed by the Senate, Bill C-19: An Act to Abolish the Long-Gun Registry received royal assent and has now become law. As a member of the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs, I found it incredibly unfortunate that the debate surrounding the long-gun registry was framed in […]