A gun men opened fire on parliament hill in Ottawa, our nations capitol, today at the National War Memorial, and the Centre Block. Canadian Armed Forces CF-18 fighter jets joined the war against ISIS in Iraq this week. A Canadian soldier was killed in a suspicious incident in Quebec. It is not known if these are related. The news keeps changing by the moment. I will continue to add links here. However, for more timely news subscribe to me at Twitter. Check my tweets sent @
Terrorism, if that is what this is, aims for a repressive reaction or misstep. Will we now seen heightened police and military presence in Canada? Significant changes to their powers, our laws and civil rights? It is not a question to be taken lightly despite our anger and grief. For an interesting thought piece see @ Rabble.ca
Corporal Nathan Cirillo at the National War Memorial in Ottawa, RIP!
A witness has identified the shooter as a Caucasian, with shoulder length wavy hair, in his 20's or 30's who's shortly under 6 feet tall. He apparently had a double barrelled shotgun, and was wearing a black coat + blue jeans. It is believed he arrived in an brown Toyota Corolla with no license plates abandoned out front of the parliament buildings. He has been arrested before on drug + other criminal charges. The soldier has been identified as Corporal Nathan Cirillo, a Hamilton reservist. US media claims they know the name of the shooter, but this remains unconfirmed @ Here
Here is why he is allegedly the shooter @ ???
More on the suspect @ Globe + Mail
All was not well, in many ways, with Michael Zehaf Bibeau. We should be wary before jumping to any conclusions. Here is the statement from his family @ M.Z. Bibeau
A very detailed history of the shooters storied past @ Reddit
Shooter was staying at Ottawa homeless shelter, and expressed upset over passport delay @ Passport
Shooter had extensive criminal past, was a drug addict, and apparently wanted to go abroad for treatment. He had been previously assessed as mentally fit to stand trial on earlier criminal charges charges @ The Plot Thickens!
He was a known crack addict who claimed to be religious and had tried to get help @ Crack
According to Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird, no links have been discovered between the shooter + the ISIS terrorist group, although he expresses concerns that Canadians are being "radicalized" @ BBC
No link found between Ottawa shooting + soldier killing in Quebec earlier this week @ BBC
Prime Minister Harper wants to make it easier to arrest "terror suspects" @ Here
New Harper legislation seeks to mimic controversial UK anti terror policy @ UK
Video from the scene of the shooting in Canada's Parliament @ Here!
RCMP releases security video of gunman's actions @ A must see!
RCMP claims to have a secret video that shows he threatened to act "in the name of Allah in response to Canadian foreign policy" Hmmm. Slim pickings @ Secret Video?
CBC reports @ HERE!
CBC live feed here @ Ottawa Under Attack?!
The Globe + Mail reports @ More
News video time line shots of today's events @ Global News
Here's a video tour through the Centre Block on Parliament Hill, where the gun man was shot @ See here!
Press Gallery live tweets @ Live Tweets
Witness describes scene @ What happened?!?
Another pretty good summary of today's events @ Canada.com
A summary of the last 24 hours since the shooting @ Here!
Some insightful notes on the difference between Canadian and US news coverage of the shooting @ Mother Jones
Description of events from a witness at the National War Memorial shooting scene today @ There!
The effort to save Corporal Cirillo's life immediately after he was shot @ Here!
First person report from inside the parliament building @ Youtube
Photos from the scene in Ottawa at Parliament Hill @ Scary!
A timeline + interactive map is @ HERE!
Maclean's updated interactive time line is @ Here
NOTE: Toronto TTC security is to be increased on rush hour home today.
Parliament's Sergeant-at-Arms shot and killed the gunman @ Here!
Sergeant-at-Arms took out the shooter with his pistol before anyone else got killed @ Kevin Vickers
Here is his statement @ A Most Modest Hero!
A very thorough report on the Sargeant-At-Arms with some quite amazing photos + videos is @ Here!
Ottawa Police Services statement on today's events is @ Here!
Parliamentary Sergeant-At-Arms Kevin Vickers: saved the day!
Canadian institutions under lock down, including Ottawa schools @ Global News
Security at Toronto's Ontario provincial Queens Park legislature goes on high alert @ Here
US White House responds to Ottawa shootings @ HERE!
Is today's incident related with the suspicious death of a CAF soldier in Quebec earlier this week @ Linked?
Canadian terrorism alert heightened in wake of attack @ Video
Obama phones Prime Minister Harper. Now the speculation begins @ Obama
US Secretary of State John Kerry labels Ottawa shooting a "common sense" terrorist attack on Canada, pledges US help @ Thanks but no thanks!
It can't happen here?
Tips on how to explain traumatic news events to young people @ Tips
After events like this somethings will never be the same again @ Opinion Piece
And now the muscle flexing begins? I hope not @ Ottawa Strong
Toronto CAF off duty soldiers + reservists told to visibly wear uniforms @ Need to be seen?
Canadian Muslim community has clearly denounced Zehaf Bibeau's act
The Canadian Muslim community denounces the attack + fears backlash @ Backlash
The Political View:
Prime Minister Harper + Canadian Foreign Policy: Bet you didn't know we have one eh? But what next @ Ready for Bear?
Canada at war: are the chickens coming home to roost? More @ Bang! Bang? Shoot! Shoot?
O Canada! Who's in charge today? Questions @ More
With all due respect, it never ceases to amaze me when everybody starts blubbering bromides about attacks on democracy + our way of life, when more than 50% of Canadians often don't vote @ Democracy
Canada's Gun Laws + the "Terrorism" issue @ Very thought Provoking!
Harper, Kerry + Baird meet to discuss the terrorist attack!
Prime Minister Harper + the "terrorist threats": Very convenient? Read @ Global Research
NDP Party Leader Tom Mulcair claims shooting was a "criminal" not a "terrorist act". BTW, Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau handled the 1970 FLQ Crisis the same way, by defining it as a "criminal" and not a "political" act. The Mulcair story is @ PET?
Federal Liberal Party Leader Justin Trudeau wants an all party watchdog keeping an eye on Canada's CSIS "Intelligence" agency, by PM Harper says no. CSIS can look after itself. Sure. Right. Y'bet. Geez! More ... @ CSIS Watchdog?
"Pain changes people." [anon]
"Hate is the worst terrorist of all." [anon]
"Refuse to live in fear, or under the thumb of those who do." [anon]
"Beware the government that stokes the fire of your fears." [anon]
Parliament today: is Canada still a peaceful nation? Was it ever?