Canada's decision to designate the Proud Boys a terrorist entity could ultimately align the organization with the civil society actors and racialized communities the group so violently decries.
Dr. Leah West is an Assistant Professor of International Affairs at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University and serves as Counsel with Friedman Mansour LLP. Leah previously served as Counsel with the Department of Justice in the National Security Litigation and Advisory Group where she appeared before the Federal Court in designated proceedings and the Security Intelligence Review Committee. Leah also served in the Canadian Armed Forces for ten years as an Armoured Officer; she deployed to Afghanistan in 2010.
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Over the past week, Global News Canada has released a series of reports from Syria detailing the detention of Muhammed Ali (aka Abu Turaab Al-Kanadi), a high-profile Canadian Islamic State (ISIS) member, by Kurdish forces inside the country. Journalist Stewart Bell and researcher Amarnath Amarasingam travelled to Syria where they interviewed Ali and several other Canadians held in a makeshift detention center in the northeastern part of the state.
Canada is embarking on the most substantial overhaul of its national security institutions and governance in over three decades. Should C-59, a national security bill, become law, part four of the bill will amend the legislation governing the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), in several significant ways. CSIS, also known as “the service,” is Canada’s domestic spy agency, whose primary mandate is investigating threats to Canada’s security.