Leah West

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Leah West was formerly counsel with the Department of Justice, National Security Litigation and Advisory Group. She is now a doctoral candidate at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law where she researches and lectures on matters related to terrorism, cyber security and national security oversight.

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Canada’s Foreign Fighter Problem is No Surprise

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.

Intelligence Oversight

Canada Tries Domestic Bulk Collection: It Just Might Work

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.