The gunman shot dead during an attack on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday has been identified as 32-year-old petty criminal Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, who was reportedly a recent convert to Islam. The shooting, which led to the death of a soldier posted at the National War Memorial, was the second attack on Canadian soldiers in the space of three days.
"We will not be intimidated. Canada will never be intimidated," Prime Minister Stephen Harper said following the shooting. He added that on Monday, an "ISIL-inspired terrorist" ran over two soldiers and killed one in the province of Quebec. The man, who was shot down by police, was also a recent convert to Islam.
There have been at least 30 shots reported inside the Canadian Parliament complex in Ottawa on Wednesday, leaving one gunman dead. A manhunt has been launched for other suspects, while a number of shooting incidents have been reported in the downtown areas of the city.
There is not yet news on who might have carried out the attacks, if they were working together, or for what purpose. Ottawa police are reportedly looking into shooting incidents at Parliament Hill, at the National War Memorial, and near the Rideau Centre Mall, Yahoo Canada News reported.
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is reportedly safe, but the parliament buildings remain on lockdown. One confirmed suspect was shot dead inside the Parliament buildings, where multiple instances of gunfire were heard. more >>
A recent graduate from a Canadian Christian University who applied for a job with a Norwegian wilderness tourism company got the shock of her life when she was "attacked" for her religion in a series of emails in which Mary, the mother of Jesus, is called a "whore" and Jesus is threatened with sodomy.
The graduate, Bethany Paquette, who attended Trinity Western University, said her application was rejected by Amaruk Wilderness Corp. because of her faith. And she provided the series of testy and, at times, obscene emails to prove it, according to CBC.
Amaruk notes the company's website specializes in private guiding, highlighted as "custom expeditions throughout the world for private clients." The firm also "offers wilderness training, support, and logistics, as well as consulting services, to individuals, corporations, and governments," among other services. more >>
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has dropped out of the mayoral race, handing the reigns over to his brother, and said that God wants him somewhere else and has other plans for his life.
"I guess the good Lord wants me somewhere else," Rob said after being diagnosed with a tumor in his abdomen. "It's not good."
He has been hospitalized while tests on the tumor are being conducted, and his brother, Doug, decided to step in and run for the office in his brother's place. Rob said he told Doug he did not have to do so but "absolutely" supports his decision and will do what he can to help Doug win the election held on Oct. 27. more >>
Neither liberals nor conservatives are more or less likely to demonstrate blind obedience to authority, a new study finds. One of the authors of the study wrote that he used to believe that conservatives suffered from blind obedience while liberals were open minded.
Jeremy Frimer, professor of psychology at the University of Winnipeg, believed that the source of conservative political views was "slavish obedience to authority and tradition," he wrote in a Thursday op-ed for The Huffington Post.
"If only conservatives would think for themselves — like liberals do — the war would be over and we could get on with life, governance, and progress. Or so I thought," he recalled. more >>
The tallest man in Canada, 7'8 tall Jerry Sokolosky, has been chosen to play Philistine warrior Goliath in the upcoming "David and Goliath" movie. Director Tim Chey explained that the filmmakers did not want to use a CGI imitation for the part.
"Jerry was a tremendous blessing," Chey said in a press release. "We didn't want to create a CGI imitation like 'The Incredible Hulk' and so our casting directors set out to find the biggest guy and he's very big."
The $50 million biblical epic, set for an early 2015 nationwide theater release, wrapped up principal photography in North Africa and in studios in London earlier in July, and is currently in post-production in Los Angeles. more >>