Public Safety and National Security

“Canada has lost its way as a compassionate country” (The Vancouver Sun)

Daphne Bramham (The Vancouver Sun): It was distressingly and tragically brought home by the image of a toddler, drowned off the coast of Turkey fleeing the Syrian civil war, that Canadians are no longer who we…


“Immigration minister says feds working to improve ‘onerous’ refugee system” (CTV News)

CTVNews.ca Staff: While Canada’s Immigration minister says changes are already underway to speed up Canada’s ‘onerous’ refugee application process, the campaigning Liberal and NDP leaders say the country can go beyond untangling bureaucratic red tape…


“Canada’s refugee policy questioned after Syrian boy’s drowning” (CBC News)

Mark Gollom (CBC News): The picture of Alan Kurdi, a Syrian boy whose body washed up on a Turkish beach, has heightened attention to Canada’s own contribution to accepting refugees from that war-torn area and other troubled regions. Critics say that…


“Conservatives grapple with the terrible death of a Syrian boy” (CBC News)

James Cudmore (CBC News): It seems it is Harper’s view that the drowning of Alan, his brother Galib and his mother Rehana — and the many more lost refugees — was not the result of…


“Nenshi calls Ottawa’s response to Syrian refugee crisis ‘disgraceful'” (The Calgary Herald)

Reid Southwick (The Calgary Herald): Mayor Naheed Nenshi blasted the federal Conservative government Thursday for its handling of the Syrian refugee crisis, which has been symbolized in the media around the world by the image of…


“Harper says photo of drowned child underscores need for military action” (The Globe and Mail)

Bill Curry And Ian Bailey (The Globe and Mail): Stephen Harper is defending his government’s approach to the growing Syrian refugee crisis, stating that his government is taking in more refugees but is also delivering…


“Canada ‘does not bear responsibility’ for helping stop refugee ships, Kenney said” (The Ottawa Citizen)

David Pugliese (The Ottawa Citizen): The Canadian government earlier this year said it bore “no responsibility” to provide military help to European nations struggling to deal with the thousands of migrants crossing the Mediterranean as they fled…


“Migrant crisis? No, Europe is facing a moral crisis” (The Globe and Mail)

Globe Editorial: In a world filled with graphic horrors, the Western media have become increasingly squeamish about showing what war, famine or death actually look like. There is an understandable fear of upsetting the audience,…


“Stephen Harper keeps up drumbeat of anti-ISIS message” (CBC News)

James Cudmore (CBC News) Stephen Harper stood in the middle of a too-small-for-the-crowd hotel meeting room in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., and tapped the notes on the lectern in front of him in time with…


“Drowned Syrian Boy Jolts Conservatives During Canada Election” (Bloomberg)

Josh Wingrove (Bloomberg): The death of a Syrian boy whose body washed up on Turkey’s shores has shaken Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservative Party in the middle of Canada’s election. Immigration Minister Chris Alexander interrupted…