Members of Calgary’s 8th and 8th Mosque were shocked when news broke that members of their community were overseas fighting with ISIL. Here, while volunteering their time to help out homeless Calgarians at the Drop-In Centre, they share with the Herald’s Dylan Robertson some of the frustration they feel at being judged by the actions of others espousing radical ideas in Canada.
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“Radicalization is not an isolated issue,” says Stephane Pressault. “It has a social context.”
That’s the approach Stephane Pressault of Project Communities uses when combatting extremism in Canada. 41 more words
Canadians must set aside a warlike mentality to decide whether jailed terrorists can ever be rehabilitated, a University of Calgary researcher said this week.
“We need to start to abandon this language of war, and this notion that this is about us versus them, because these are our citizens, and through our legislation this is our problem,” said post-doctoral fellow Ryan Williams. 462 more words
Hussein Hamdani, a former member of the federal government’s national security advisory panel, has intervened in more than 10 cases of Muslims who wanted to join terror groups. 54 more words
Muhammad Robert Heft went to Iraq in 2003 as a human shield. His experience there soured his extremist views, and today he works to help steer people away from radicalization. 13 more words
Just weeks before Aaron Driver was arrested in a Winnipeg terrorism investigation in June, his father in northeast Alberta was hoping it would happen.
“I’d rather see him arrested and get help that way than to be left to his own devices, and perhaps do something crazy,” Wayne Driver said two months before police moved in. 2,708 more words
Ahmad Waseem left Windsor, Ont., in 2012 to fight in Syria and eventually join the Islamic State group, known as ISIL. Wounded in battle, he later came back to Canada for medical treatment. 991 more words