1. How police hunted down an Ontario terror suspect from anonymous online posts
Ten weeks after the October 2014 terrorist attacks that targeted Canadian soldiers in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que. and Ottawa, the so-called Islamic State received an encrypted message from Ontario.
'In Canada there’s a school called Canadian Royal Military College in Kingston,” it began. “Loads of students dressed in military uniform. I believe they have some agreement to serve in army after graduation.'
'All over town students walk around in uniform. They’re probably unarmed, but there is police squad cars constantly roaming the city, more than regular cities,” read the Jan. 2, 2015 dispatch. “It’s kind of important on my end to let me know when you’ve read.'
When the RCMP came across the message during an investigation, they had a problem. It appeared that someone had visited the military college of the Canadian Armed Forces and sent his observations to ISIS.
2. Canada to admit nearly one million immigrants over next three years
Canada will welcome nearly one million immigrants over the next three years, according to the multi-year strategy tabled by the Liberal government today in what it calls 'the most ambitious immigration levels in recent history.'
The number of economic migrants, family reunifications and refugees will climb to 310,000 in 2018, up from 300,000 this year. That number will rise to 330,000 in 2019 then 340,000 in 2020.
The targets for economic migrants, refugees and family members was tabled in the House of Commons Wednesday afternoon.
3. ISIS Group Behind World Cup Threats Vows 'More Bitter and Greater' Manhattan Attacks
The pro-ISIS media group behind a recent string of threats against the 2018 World Cup lauded the Manhattan truck attack and warned of more bloodshed to come in posters distributed to online supporters today.
The propaganda wave comes as official ISIS channels, including the affiliated Amaq news agency, have not yet taken credit for the attack -- even as terror suspect Sayfullo Saipov reportedly asked for an ISIS flag to be hung above his hospital bed. [...]
'O worshippers of the cross in USA,' the poster states. 'Our lone wolves will come to you from where you do not know and we will terrorize you wherever you are and we will show you multitudes of terror and pain that you showed to the Muslims, and what is coming is more bitter and greater.'
4. Officials Detail Increased Security Measures For NYC Marathon In Wake Of Lower Manhattan Terror Attack
The TCS New York City Marathon is happening this coming Sunday, and will draw people from all over the world.
Safety is always a priority for the marathon, but the terror attack in Lower Manhattan on Tuesday brings it to another level. So the NYPD is adding a lot of security along the route to protect runners and spectators.
Police spoke about plans for the marathon security a day after eight people were killed and a dozen others injured in the deadliest terror attack in the city since Sept. 11, 2001, amid questions about what is being done to protect New Yorkers and stop similar attacks from happening in the future.
Security already has been heightened across the city since officials said 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov deliberately mowed down cyclists and pedestrians with a rented pick-up truck on a West Side Highway bike path Tuesday afternoon.
5. President Trump asks for the death penalty for the jihadi who attacked Manhattan
6. CIA releases footage of Osama Bin Laden's son
7. Russian strategic bombers attack Islamic State strongholds in Deir ez-Zor
8. BC mosque to get $53K from federal government in spite of Revenue Canada concerns
The Port Coquitlam mosque that was recently cited for financial irregularities — and possible ties to overseas funders linked to militant Islamist group Hamas — is expected to receive a $53,000 grant from the federal government this week.
The funds are part of a program launched by the Ministry of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness designed to improve security for communities at risk of hate-motivated crimes. According to a ministry spokesperson, the money will be used to purchase and install CCTV cameras and an alarm system at the Masjid Alhidayah and Islamic Cultural Centre on Kingsway Avenue. (...)
Last May, the society, which operates the PoCo mosque, was fined $9,120 after a Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) audit covering 2011 to 2013 turned up thousands of dollars in financial irregularities and at least $127,000 in questionable expenses by former director Saadeldin Bahr.
Some of the spending noted by the agency included $66,028 for groceries and pharmacy items, $22,193 for gas and car washes, $2,967 in restaurant meals, $4,239 for electronics like PlayStation games and an iPad, and $4,958 for an Evolution Spa.
'A majority of the expenses, which Mr. Bahr paid for using his credit cards and were then subsequently reimbursed, appeared to be for personal use, and, in our opinion, constitute an undue benefit,” the CRA stated in its notice of penalty.'
9. UK-Based "Exorcist" Abu Ibraheem Husnayn: We Must Hate Christmas, Valentine’s Day...
10. Islamic researcher: “Homosexuality a U.S. Plot against Our Society - Homosexuals Should Be Killed”