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Giving up our civil liberties in fear of rare events with low fatalities is handing those who would harm us effectively hand them their victory medal. Committing to more time, attention and funds into social and mental health services to prevent these sorts of events from happening in the first place would be a more effective preventative measure. Using legislation in an adversarial fashion only harms citizens, leaving them open to violations from their own government as opposed to an anti-government or terrorist body.

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OTTAWA — The Conservatives are understood to be considering new legislation that would make it an offence to condone terrorist acts online.

There is frustration in government, and among law enforcement agencies, that the authorities can’t detain or arrest people who express sympathy for atrocities committed overseas and who may pose a threat to public safety, one Conservative MP said. “Do we need new offences? If so which?”

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Sources suggest the government is likely to bring in new hate speech legislation that would make it illegal to claim terrorist acts are justified online.

The Prime Minister told the House of Commons on Thursday that Canada’s law and policing powers need to be strengthened in the areas of surveillance, detention and arrest. He said work is already under way to provide law enforcement agencies with “additional tools” and that work will now be expedited.

The dilemma faced by law enforcement agencies…

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