Breaking: Attacker shot dead in Parliament after soldier shot at National War Memorial (5)

Everything is in lockdown mode in Ottawa. All schools, gov buildings and people are asked to stay in doors as they are looking for a second gun man.

One man has been shot dead inside Parliament, after a man with a rifle shot a soldier standing guard at the War Memorial in downtown Ottawa. Police and witnesses are reporting more shots at other locations surrounding Parliament Hill.

It was not immediately known if there were further injuries.

Alain Merisier, who works at the cafeteria in the Parliament building, told CBC News that said he saw a man in a car at the Centre Block with a long gun.

Witnesses said they then heard shots fired, and there was an unconfirmed report of a person injured outside the Library of Parliament.

Police confirmed the shooting at the War Memorial, and sealed off the area while the injured soldier was given emergency medical aid. He was later put into an ambulance.


See Also:

#1 — LIVE updates: What we know so far about the shooting in Ottawa

#2 — UPDATING: Gunman reportedly killed at Parliament Hill

#3 — Attack on Parliament Hill. National War Memorial, two wounded

#4 — Video captures exchange of gun fire in Parliament Hill building

#5 — Gunmen open fire at Canadian Parliament building; soldier down, 1 shooter possibly on loose

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Afternoon Update October 22nd, 2013 (10)


#1 — CNews | Driving while stoned? Expect a new penalty for that in Ontario

TORONTO — Ontario drivers who get behind the wheel stoned would pay a high price under provincial legislation introduced Tuesday.


#2 — CTV | Suspect in Quebec attack on soldiers was arrested in July: RCMP

The suspect in Monday’s attack on two soldiers in Quebec was arrested last summer when he tried to leave the country, but the RCMP did not have enough evidence to charge him with any crime.


#3 — Globe | Ontario considering funding for foreign graduate students

Ontario is considering funding spots for graduate students from abroad, bowing to pressure from universities that say their global competitiveness is harmed because they have to turn away qualified foreign applicants due to lack of money.


#4 — Postmedia | Health Canada endorses Aspirin as emergency treatment for heart attacks

In the latest claim for a century-old drug, Health Canada is allowing the makers of Aspirin to market its drug as an emergency treatment for heart attacks.


#5 — Sun | Edmonton dog owner may be fined $10,000 after dog attack

EDMONTON – A man who was caring for four dogs that brutally attacked a 54-year-old woman and her tiny Papillion could now be facing thousands of dollars in penalties.



#6 — BBC | Ebola serum for Africa patients within weeks, says WHO

Serum made from the blood of recovered Ebola patients could be available within weeks in Liberia, one of the countries worst hit by the virus, says the World Health Organization.


CNS | Physician: U.S. Is ‘Playing Infectious Disease Roulette’ With Ebola

#7 — CNS | Obama Surprised at Voting Booth by ‘Brother Embarrassing Me for No Reason’

( – As the leader of the free world cast his early ballot in Chicago on Monday, a man jokingly told him, “Mr. President, don’t touch my girlfriend now.” The girlfriend was standing at the voting machine next to Obama’s as someone unofficially recorded the moment.


#8 — Fox | Detroit officials bristle at UN visit, scolding over water shut-offs

Detroit officials are fuming after two visiting United Nations lawyers scolded the city for cutting off water to delinquent customers and described the shut-offs as a “human rights” violation.


#9 — DM | Gone in from Britain 60 minutes

Gangs are stealing prestige vehicles from the driveways of wealthy homes and exporting them from Britain in less than 60 minutes.

The organised criminals are targeting sought-after BMWs, Range Rovers, Audis and even trucks and diggers.


#10 — WT | U.S. approves $600M tank ammunition sale to Iraq

The U.S. State Department has approved a $600 million tank ammunition deal with Iraq.


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Hannan: No, Mr Eurocrat, the only place where Britain is irrelevant is INSIDE the EU (10)

So we’ve got zero influence, eh? Outside the EU we’d be a second-rate country, would we?

The easy reaction is outrage. How dare José Manuel Barroso, the outgoing head of the Brussels civil service, hector Britain, the nation that, by helping liberate Europe from fascism, made the wretched EU possible in the first place?

But I’d rather take Mr Barroso seriously. Let’s assess the claim that, if it weren’t for the EU, we’d count for little in the world.

Consider, first, the assets that the United Kingdom has.

We are either the seventh or the sixth largest economy on the planet. (Depending on which measure you use, we have either just overtaken, or are just about to overtake, France.)

At a time when the eurozone is stagnant, we are the fastest-growing major economy on Earth. We have — this is a truly amazing statistic — created more jobs over the past four years than the other 27 members of the EU put together. Indeed, on current trends, at some point in the next 30 years, our economy will overtake Germany’s.

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See Also:

#1 — France unveils ban on immigrants whose ‘personal behaviour’ deemed a threat to national security

#2 — Cameron vows to ‘fix’ migration as he tells EU ‘voters are my boss’

#4 — Berlin and Paris Undermine Euro Stability

#5 — Ukip Release ‘Calypso’ Song, Predicts Prime Minister Farage

Afternoon Update:

#6 — The battle over European austerity

#7 — Just another day on the Calais front line

#8 — The past, present and future of the Greek debt crisis

#9 — EU hits big banks for bailout war chest

#10 — Still no Russia gas deal as Europe heads into winter

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Company stops Ebola, Bureaucracy puts it on a plane

Compare the response of The Firestone Rubber Plantation in Liberia to the Hospital in Dallas, Texas.

The rubber plantation has 8,000 workers with 71,000 dependents. It is an hour north-east of Monrovia, surrounded by Ebola outbreaks. The virus arrived on the plantation in March. Knowing that the UN and the Liberian government were not going to save them, the managers sat around a rubber tree and googled “Ebola” and learned on the run instead. They turned shipping containers into isolation units, trucks into ambulances, and chemical cleaning suits into “haz-mat” gear. They trained cleaners, and teachers, they blocked visitors, and over the next five months dealt with 71 infections, but by early October were clear of the virus. There were only 17 survivors (the same 70% mortality rate as elsewhere). But without good management, there could have been so many more deaths.

In contrast, the nanny-state takes a good brain and stops it thinking.


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Officials warn 500 million financial records hacked

WASHINGTON — Federal officials warned companies Monday that hackers have stolen more than 500 million financial records over the past 12 months, essentially breaking into banks without ever entering a building.

“We’re in a day when a person can commit about 15,000 bank robberies sitting in their basement,” said Robert Anderson, executive assistant director of the FBI’s Criminal Cyber Response and Services Branch.

The U.S. financial sector is one of the most targeted in the world, FBI and Secret Service officials told business leaders at a cybersecurity event organized by the Financial Services Roundtable. The event came in the wake of mass hacking attacks against Target, Home Depot, JPMorgan Chase and other financial institutions.

“You’re going to be hacked,” Joseph Demarest, assistant director of the FBI’s cyberdivision, told the business leaders. “Have a plan.”


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Levant: The book on Jonathan Kay

Jonathan Kay, the comment editor of the National Post, took half a page in his newspaper last month to criticize me for criticizing Justin Trudeau.

I had insulted Trudeau, said Kay. So Kay insulted me as “cruel,” “hysterical,” “low,” “vile,” “half-demented” and “mendacious.” And he accompanied his column with a huge, unflattering picture of me. He said I wasn’t really even a journalist.

That’s fine – Kay and I have been frenemies for years, and I enjoy this playfighting. But it was unusual to see such passion in the defence of Trudeau. The Liberal Party’s ideas on everything from terrorism to taxes are the opposite of the Post’s editorial views, and its readers’ views. But if that’s what Kay really thinks about me and Trudeau, that’s fair.

But is the rousing defence of Trudeau really Kay’s honest view? Or is it a reflection of a private business arrangement with the Liberals that Kay kept hidden from his readers until another newspaper revealed it last weekend?

That’s when the Toronto Star dropped the bombshell that Kay assisted in the creation of Trudeau’s new book.


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Strobel: John Tory for mayor? I beg to differ

TORONTO – A weekend in the wild woods of Kagawong sure skews your view of the Toronto mayoral race.

Manitoulin Island is populated mostly by bunnies and Bambis and other ecologically sensitive species — who overwhelmingly favour sweet Olivia Chow.

So you lose touch up there.

Then you migrate back to the Big Smoke, and find Olivia in fact is on the political endangered list. Even my colleague Sue-Ann Levy feels sorry for her.

Which leaves John Tory, Doug Ford, Mizz Barbie Bitch and Sketchy the Clown.


Still, while my brain says Tory, my gut says Ford. My gut says Doug will be Rob without the freak show, a teetotaler Ford, an ass-kicking, head-cracking, cost-cutting, s— disturber with a mandate and a baseball bat.


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World’s scientists call on Stephen Harper to restore science funding, freedom

Hundreds of scientists around the world are asking Prime Minister Stephen Harper to end “burdensome restrictions on scientific communication and collaboration faced by Canadian government scientists.”

The call was made in an open letter drafted by the Cambridge, Mass.-based Union of Concerned Scientists, a group that represents U.S. scientists and uses science to advocate for environmental sustainability.

The letter was signed by more than 800 scientists outside Canada from 32 countries, at institutions ranging from Harvard Medical School in the U.S. to the Max Planck Institute in Germany.

The letter says “a rapid decline in freedoms and funding” for Canadian government scientists is making it more difficult for them to conduct research, communicate scientific information and expertise and collaborate internationally.

“Canada’s leadership in basic research, environmental, health and other public science is in jeopardy,” the letter says. “We urge you to restore government science funding and the freedom and opportunities to communicate these findings internationally.”


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Wright: Karl Rove – Weapon of Mass Delusion

So Karl Rove was involved in a cover-up. Well, leave it to Karl — the “boy genius” and the “architect” — to orchestrate a cover-up that actually hides information exculpatory to his President and his party. He did just that on the issue of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs) in Iraq. This is not an outlier either — this is just Rove being Rove. And ‘Rove being Rove’ has sown the seeds of destruction that gave us Barack Obama in 2008, and again in 2012, and has scattered political germs that still haunt Republicans to this day. This goes back to late 2000 in fact. More on that later.

So in case you missed it, the New York Times ran an eight part expose on WMDs and The Daily Beast ran a well-sourced piece entitled Insiders Blame Rove for Covering Up Iraq’s Real WMDs that chronicles a Rove-inspired cover up. You might remember the little kerfuffle the nation got into when ostensibly no weapons were found? You know, “Bush lied, people died” and all of that? It helped run George W. Bush’s administration right into the ground, and he took the Republican brand with him. Yes, Hurricane Katrina was a major factor too, but again, that was related to ‘Rove being Rove’ as well — and more on that later, too.


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Catron: The Incompetence Virus

The folks at Media Matters for America are angry at the press. In a sublimely ironic post, Eric Boehlert fumes, “As Republicans seek to gain a partisan advantage by ginning up fear about the Ebola virus… they’re getting a major assist from the news media.” Boehlert believes that media coverage of Ebola has abetted the GOP’s low designs by creating the “unfair” impression that the Obama administration is somehow incompetent. “If the news media’s job is to educate, and especially to clarify during times of steep public concerns, then the news media have utterly failed during the Ebola threat.”

Presumably, this indictment includes notorious right-wing rags like the New York Times, which recently published an op-ed by Joe Nocera that points out the obvious: “When you think about it, many of the Obama administration’s ‘scandals’ have been failures of competence.” Unlike Boehlert, Nocera recalls the bungled rollout of Obamacare, the neglect of patients by the Veterans Medical Healthcare System, and sees their connection to the mismanagement of the Ebola mess by the Centers for Disease Control: “The Ebola outbreak is not exactly enhancing the CDC’s reputation for competence.”


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Morning Update October 22nd, 2014 (10)


#1 — CNews | Soldier dead after ‘radicalized’ Quebec man ran him down with a car

SAINT-JEAN-SUR-RICHELIEU, Que. – A soldier hit by a car driven by a “radicalized” Quebec man has died, police say.


CTV | Canada must change strategy against homegrown terror: expert

Sun | Quebecer who killed soldier wanted to join ISIS: source

#2 — CTV | Harper government launches anti-drug campaign spurned by medical groups

OTTAWA — The federal government has kicked off a new anti-drug marketing campaign that was spurned by three of the country’s top medical groups due to concerns it was politically motivated.


#3 — Globe | Montreal teacher, 73, loses job over film nudity more than 40 years ago

Normally, a career as a movie actress wouldn’t be a liability for a drama teacher. But a 73-year-old instructor at an elite Montreal private school has lost her job after it was discovered she appeared nude in several films in Europe more than 40 years ago.


#4 — Postmedia | Nor’easter to lash Maritimes, U.S. east coast

A wicked nor’easter is brewing along the coast of New England that will bring rain, strong winds and coastal flooding.


#5 — Sun | Health problems might delay retirement for some Canadians, poll shows

Many Canadians can’t retire when they want because of health issues, a new poll has found.



#6 — BBC | Oscar Pistorius given five years for Reeva Steenkamp death

South African athlete Oscar Pistorius has been given five years in jail for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.


#7 — CNN | Oscar de la Renta, legendary fashion designer, dies at 82

(CNN) — Legendary fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, who spent half a century putting high society in haute couture, has died. He was 82.


#8 — Fox | Obama says embattled Dems ‘strong allies’ who ‘supported my agenda’

President Obama won’t let embattled Senate Democrats run away from him that easily.


#9 — DM | Three people killed and another three injured as Hurricane Gonzalo batters Britain

Three people have died and three more have been injured after winds of up to 70mph and heavy rain battered the UK today.


#10 — WT | America’s $7.6B war on opium in Afghanistan failing: inspector general

America has spent about $7.6 billion to battle opium growth and trade in Afghanistan over the past 10 years — but it’s been largely a moot effort, a new inspector general report found.


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