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Other countries, security, refugees: Here's what Trudeau didn't talk about at the UN

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s speech to the United Nations general assembly Thursday focused largely on domestic issues, even including his finance minister’s proposed tax reforms, but didn’t get much into geopolitics. A heavy focus on his Liberal government’s handling of Indigenous issues was expected in this, Trudeau’s second speech to the UN’s New York plenary chamber in as many years. Trudeau went into detail explaining his government’s policy and Canada’s difficult history with Indigenous peoples. (National Post)

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M-103 weaponizes what a ‘phobia’ is

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(This column originally appeared in the Toronto Sun)

By: Candice Malcolm

A phobia is a type of anxiety disorder, defined by an excessive and irrational fear of an object or situation.

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Accused ISIS terrorist to face trial by judge and jury

The accused ISIS terrorist doesn’t recognize our legal system. She refuses to stand before the judge. She declines to engage in the proceedings against her. In fact, Rehab Dughmosh, 32, doesn’t consider herself a Canadian at all. But she will face Canadian justice all the same. Dressed in a prison-issued green sweatsuit and all but her eyes covered by a black headscarf, Dughmosh was indicted Wednesday on 14 serious terrorism-related charges, including attempting to travel to Syria in 2016 to join ISIS and four counts of attempted murder with a golf club and knife inside a Scarborough Canadian Tire store this past June. None of the charges have been proven in court. (Toronto Sun) (CP24)

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Over 5,500 asylum seekers crossed Quebec border illegally in August

Quebec bore the brunt of a major upswing in irregular border crossings during the month of August, new numbers have confirmed, with 5,530 people intercepted by the RCMP as they attempted to enter Canada via that province. That number represents a full 42 per cent of the total number of irregular crossings across Canada since the start of the year, and 90 per cent of all the crossings recorded across Canada in August. Quebec’s total for the previous month, July, had been just under 3,000 crossings (Global) (BBC)

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Figures showing scope of asylum seeker arrivals in August to be released

New figures are expected today on the number of people who illegally crossed into Canada to seek asylum last month. Among the numbers will be the final tally of a massive surge in arrivals specifically in Quebec in August. Officials now say 12,000 people have arrived there since the start of the year, but a breakdown of how many last month in particular will only be released today. (CTV)

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Number of asylum-seekers crossing into Quebec doubled in August

The number of asylum-seekers crossing into Quebec from the U.S. doubled in August, even as Ottawa attempts to play down the crisis. Although the official count won’t come out until next week, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale’s office confirmed on Friday the August number for Quebec alone is estimated at 6,000, twice the 2,996 people intercepted by the RCMP in July. Most are Haitians. The new number pushes the total refugee claimants toward the 40,000 mark with four months left in 2017. That’s a big increase; by comparison, Canada received 23,920 asylum-seekers in all of last year. (Toronto Star) (Reuters)

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Brainwashed jihadists? No, they know exactly what they're doing

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(This column originally appeared in the Toronto Sun)

By: Candice Malcolm

Canada is a “filthy place” – this, according to a handwritten letter sent by a Canadian al-Qaeda agent to his family back in Canada.

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At least 20 people including children are injured in Tube terror attack

A 'bucket bomb' has exploded on Tube train at the height of rush hour today sending a 'wall of fire' through the carriage injuring at least 18 people including a ten-year-old boy in the latest terror attack to hit Britain. Terrified passengers 'ran for their lives' and were seen covered in blood with scorched legs, faces and hair after the incident at Parsons Green station in west London at 8.20am. Photographs from the District Line train show what experts believe is a 'pretty unsophisticated' bomb in a flaming white bucket inside a Lidl freezer bag with Christmas lights connected to a battery protruding out of the top.  (Daily Mail) (Sun.co.uk) (BBC

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How Canada doesn’t deal with jihadists

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(This column originally appeared in the Toronto Sun)

By: Candice Malcolm

A recent Global News investigation provided a rare glimpse into the life of an alleged former jihadist who is back in Canada, living freely in Toronto.

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Montreal couple was intent on waging jihad, Crown says

The Crown says a young Montreal couple was intent on answering the call from Islamic State to wage jihad in the Middle East and had amassed bomb-making materials at their home. El Mahdi Jamali, 20, and Sabrine Djermane, 21 are on trial on four charges: attempting to leave Canada to commit a terror act abroad; possession of an explosive substance; facilitating a terrorist act; and committing an act under the direction or for the profit of a terrorist organization. They have pleaded not guilty. (CTV)

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