Canada briefs – October 31

The Conservatives are launching a publicity blitz to help kill the federal gun registry.

Array

Tories renew effort to kill gun registry

OTTAWA — The Conservatives are launching a publicity blitz to help kill the federal gun registry.

The Tories are targetting specific ridings, aimed at twisting the arm of key MPs who might give them the votes they need to eliminate the registry.

They are buying radio ads in largely rural areas, urging listeners to flood their MPs with calls and e-mails to vote for a Conservtive MP’s bill next week.

The ads stress the importance of protecting the rural way of life.

With the gun registry up for a free vote, the Tories need only a handful of MPs to switch sides in order for the private member’s bill to pass.

Opponents of the registry complain that it unfairly hassles honest hunters and owners of long guns, while doing nothing to stop criminals.

Its supporters — including prominent police groups — call it a valuable database for law enforcement and question why people should be forced to register their dogs, but not their lethal weapons.


Feds spent $1.3 million to fight Khadr

TORONTO — The Toronto Star reports the federal government has spent more than $1.3 million in its seven-year legal battle against Toronto-born terror suspect Omar Khadr.

The newspaper says the costs of the government’s appeals are contained in a written response released this week to a question posed by the New Democratic Party in the House of Commons in June.

Khadr, who is being held at the Guantanamo Bay detention centre in Cuba, was captured after a firefight with U.S. troops in Afghanistan in 2002 in which U.S. Sgt. Christopher Speer died in grenade blast.


Police arrest son of imam killed

TORONTO — The son of an imam killed in a shootout with the FBI in Detroit was apprehended in neighbouring Windsor, Ont., Thursday while two other Canadian residents were still being sought amid allegations they were involved with a radical Islamic group.

Mujahid Carswell, the eldest son of Luqman Ameen Abdullah, was taken into custody at a residence without incident, city police confirmed.

Carswell — also known as Mujahid Abdullah — was turned over to the Canada Border Services Agency which said Thursday evening that he had been voluntarily turned over to FBI custody.

“We arrested him,” said Jerome Brannagan, deputy chief of the Windsor police service. “He was brought into immigration custody.”

Abdullah, imam of the Masjid Al-Haqq mosque in Detroit, died Wednesday as police sought to arrest him at a warehouse in Dearborn, Mich.

Just Posted

Scares and chills await at haunted house in Red Deer

Zed Haunted House helps raise money for Boys and Girls Club of Red Deer District

PHOTO: Renewable Energy Fair at Red Deer College

The Renewable Energy Fair and Workshops event was held at Red Deer… Continue reading

PHOTOS: Red Deer College Queens host third annual Pink in the Rink game

Queens raised $12,035 for the Central Alberta Cancer Centre.

PHOTOS: The Mustard Seed CEO speaks at Seeds of Hope Gala in Red Deer

The first-ever Seeds of Hope Gala was held at the Red Deer… Continue reading

Person airlifted to hospital after collision near Innisfail

One person was airlifted to hospital after a serious collision west of… Continue reading

WATCH: Make-A-Wish grants Star Wars loving teen’s wish

The Make-A-Wish Foundation granted Anakin Suerink’s wish in Red Deer Saturday afternoon

Turkey to reveal details of probe into Khashoggi’s killing

ISTANBUL — In a sign of growing pressure on Saudi Arabia, Turkey… Continue reading

Utah truck driver is jailed without bond after crash kills 6

HEBER, Utah — A man suspected of driving under the influence remained… Continue reading

A ragged, growing army of migrants resumes march toward US

TAPACHULA, Mexico — A ragged army of Honduran migrants streamed through southern… Continue reading

Postal workers to begin strikes in 4 Canadian cities Monday if deal not reached

OTTAWA — The union representing 50,000 Canada Post employees says it will… Continue reading

Migrant caravan swells to 5,000, resumes advance toward US

CIUDAD HIDALGO, Mexico — Despite Mexican efforts to stop them at the… Continue reading

“I don’t feel real”: Mental stress mounting after Michael

PANAMA CITY, Fla. — Amy Cross has a hard time explaining the… Continue reading

Toronto residents set to vote Monday on the next four years of civic leaders

Toronto’s municipal election campaign, marked by unprecedented provincial interference, ends Monday when… Continue reading

Former PQ minister Lise Payette remembered as role model for female politicians

MONTREAL — Members from across Quebec’s political spectrum gathered at a downtown… Continue reading

Most Read