Everyone goes wall-to-wall covering this weekend’s arrest of 17 men on terrorism charges. The Globe plasters the fact that the alleged bombers targetted the Peace Tower in Ottawa. One of the other potential targets was the CN Tower and the Sun and CP points out that it would’ve been hard to topple the CN Tower. The TTC wasn’t a target but the Transport minister assures us that we’re all safe.
More facts are also coming out about the joint CSIS, RCMP arrest. The Star reveals that the plot started with surveillance on an internet chat room and that the RCMP had been tracking a large purchase of fertilizer which finally led them to the 17.
The Post has a huge feature on the background of the 17 men. Some of them were born here, many more immigrated here in their youth but one of them, 43-year old Qayyum Abdul Jamal, seems to be the ringleader. The Star also points out that while all the men may be Muslims they come from a broad strata of Canadian society.
There’s mixed reactions coming from our paranoid neighbour to the South. Condi Rice praises the work of CSIS and the RCMP. But some in Congress condemn our liberal immigration policy
for allowing a “large Al-Qaeda presence in Canada” but also raises fears that trucks bringing garbage down to Michigan might also be a security risk.
Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice? A rumoured second wildcat strike didn’t materialize but the fact that these rumours had traction doesn’t bode well for relations between the TTC, its union and us. Sadly there’s more violence against a TTC driver. A female driver was spat on and scratched on Sunday afternoon. There was also a stabbing at Scarborough Centre.
A Mississauga street race has killed one and seriously injured two more. This is the second serious incident involving street races in two weeks. A middle-aged couple was killed when they got into an accident with a street racer last week.