Women in the CAF – Sexual Misconduct and Operation Honour

On July 18, 2017, in Anti-terrorism, Canada, Public Safety and National Defence, by senjaffer

While writing blogs on different aspects of national defence, I usually start with statistics to provide context about each topic. However, statistics cannot even begin to describe the horror of the sexual violence that plagues our military. Instead, I will quote Lise Gauthier, a woman who frequently dealt with sexual misconduct during her 25 year […]

The Changing Face of National Security: Critical Infrastructure

On July 11, 2017, in Anti-terrorism, Canada, Public Safety and National Defence, by senjaffer

With the 21st century, our way of viewing national security has changed. Discussions on national security are shifting to address a new vulnerability for Canada: our dependence on certain assets in our everyday lives! For example, we expect continuous use of electricity for our appliances and buildings, we need telecommunications systems to email or call […]

Implementing Change in Carding Procedures

Over the last few months I have spoken out incessantly against the carding / street check practices that have been taking place across Ontario, as well as throughout Canada. I am extremely happy to hear that the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services has proposed two regulations, one new and one amended, to […]

Where Does Radicalization Take Place?

Recently, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) released an intelligence assessment entitled “Venues of Sunni Islamist Radicalization in Canada”. One observation is that as “radicalization is usually a social process, it can occur wherever humans interact, in the real world or in virtual ones.” Some examples of where radicalization might happen include the family, on […]

Who Becomes Radicalized?

The consensus of most experts is that all terrorists are radicals, but only a small minority of radicals are terrorists.  In fact, UK think-tank Demos observed in a 2010 report that non-violent radicals can be important allies in combating violent radicalism. Consequently, a challenging issue is how to pinpoint the violent individuals who constitute only […]

What is Radicalization?

What is radicalization? A 2009 report by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) defines it as “the process by which individuals—usually young people—are introduced to an overtly ideological message and belief system that encourages movement from moderate, mainstream beliefs towards extreme views.”  However, radicalization does not always lead to violence. As the RCMP notes, “a […]