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Uncle Ishaan Khatter can’t stop gushing over baby Zain Kapoor

Posted on 03 October 2018 by admin

Mira and Shahid Kapoor welcome their second baby on September 5th this year and announced that the family complete is complete now. Naming the baby boy Zain, the Kapoor family looked ecstatic as they were snapped leaving the hospital after his birth. While mommy and daddy Kapoor have not officially made any public appearances or statement about the new family member, a leading daily caught up with his uncle Ishaan Khatter to get an insight of the family.

Talking about Zain and how he’s changed the family, Ishaan said, “He truly is a miracle of life, and we don’t realise it until it happens to someone so close to you. This is the second time that I have become an uncle… that feeling of wonderment doesn’t change. I am extremely grateful and ‘Masha Allah’ I am very happy for my brother, his family is complete. I’m very excited to be a part of his growing up. Misha is a darling, and she’s doing fine now.”

Well, we sure loved seeing Shahid and Mira with Misha and now we can’t wait to get a glimpse of Zain with his parents and sister.

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Ottawa, Gatineau reeling after tornado tears through communities

Posted on 29 September 2018 by admin

Parts of Canada’s national capital were still reeling Saturday after a powerful tornado carved paths of destruction through residential neighbourhoods – snapping huge trees, tossing cars and obliterating homes along its way.

The tornado inflicted heavy damage late Friday as it churned across pockets of Ottawa’s west and south ends, as well as densely populated sections of the neighbouring Quebec city of Gatineau.

The storm’s bite continued to be felt across a wide swath of the region many hours later, with more than 150,000 customers still without power Saturday afternoon. Hydro Ottawa CEO Bryce Conrad compared the magnitude of the damage to the power grid to the debilitating ice storm of 1998.

The human toll was also significant. Authorities said dozens of people suffered injuries, however there were no reports of fatalities or of missing people.

The Ottawa Hospital tweeted that two people were in critical condition, one was in serious condition and two others were stable. Officials established shelters for those who couldn’t return home and they said crisis counselling would be available.

On the north side of the Ottawa River, Gatineau Mayor Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin said more than 700 of his citizens were impacted by the storm and about 100 people took refuge in a shelter Friday night at a local college. More than 215 buildings suffered damage or were destroyed in his city – affecting a total of 1,686 housing units, he added.

In areas lashed by the tornado, scenes of the havoc were everywhere. The winds tore the roofs from numerous large buildings, bounced large sections of metal bleachers across soccer fields, knocked over hydro poles and cracked thick trees like twigs.

 “It looked like it was something from a movie scene or a war scene,” Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson told reporters Saturday recalling what he saw in the area of Dunrobin, where some 60 buildings were wiped out or partially destroyed.

“Literally, it looks like some bomb was dropped from the air.”

Much of Dunrobin, a semi-rural community about 35 kilometres west of downtown Ottawa, remained cordoned off by police Saturday afternoon.

It was eerily quiet inside the police perimeter of one of Dunrobin’s most-damaged neighbourhoods – and only a few trees were still standing. Personal items were strewn everywhere – a baby blanket, a life jacket, mattresses, lawn mowers, a fridge, a kitchen sink lying on the grass and even a love seat wrapped around a telephone pole.

A car, windows shattered, lay on its side in front of a house. Fluffy, pink insulation – sucked out of ravaged homes – covered the neighbourhood.

Looking at one house, the blue sky could be seen through an open door. Its roof had vanished.

Some houses had nothing left at all and lay flat on the ground, covering their vehicles.

Officials warned people not to re-enter their homes until they had been deemed safe as firefighters went door-to-door to determine whether structures were still sound. In Dunrobin, authorities said many buildings that had emerged from the tornado partially intact would likely have to be torn down.

Conrad informed people in the Ottawa area to brace for a multi-day power outage following what he described as a “cascading failure” of hydro resources.

 “Last night’s storm was devastating to our electrical infrastructure, arguably as bad if not worse than the ice storm in 1998,” Conrad told reporters.

He said there were 200 separate outages across the Hydro Ottawa network and 147,000 customers without power. Hydro Ottawa only serves some of the people left without power because of the tornado.

To put it into perspective, Conrad said the electrical load that comes into Ottawa on any given day this time of year is about 1,000 megawatts. The storm took away about 400 megawatts from the supply.

 “That’s what we’re working with – that’s why we are dark,” he said, listing off communities around the western, southern and some central parts of Ottawa.

Environment Canada confirmed Saturday that indeed a tornado struck the capital region. Meterologist Simon Legault said there was evidence of powerful winds between 180 and 220 kilometres per hour, which would correspond with an EF2 category tornado.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford said he would be visiting the Ottawa area on Sunday.

 “We’re going to do whatever it takes to help them get back on their feet, Ford told a crowd gathered Saturday night for his annual Ford Fest barbecue in Vaughan, Ont.

“Tonight I want to let the people of Ottawa know that we’re all thinking of you,” said Ford, who also thanked first responders and hydro crews. “We want you to know that the entire province stands with you and is praying for you tonight.”

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Twitter that he had spoken to the mayors of Ottawa and Gatineau and offered federal help with the storm recovery.

 “We’re with you,” Trudeau tweeted.

In Gatineau, leaders of major political parties took a pause from the province’s ongoing election campaign to visit areas walloped by the tornado.

Setting aside their political differences, Liberal Leader Philippe Couillard and Parti Quebecois Leader Jean-Francois Lisee visited one of the most devastated parts of Gatineau together. Coalition Avenir Quebec Leader Francois Legault and Manon Masse, a co-spokesperson for Quebec solidaire, were scheduled to arrive in the area later Saturday.

“It’s so surprising and terrible to see the disaster the way it struck the homes,” said Couillard, as he toured Pontiac, Que.

Couillard added he was moved when he heard a story about a man in the community who had built his house with his own hands.

“And it’s completely vanished, almost completely vanished.”

Those with power were stepping up Saturday to help strangers with a hot meal, an outlet to charge their phone or a shower.

Shawna Tregunna tweeted a photo of pancakes saying she was cooking up hot meals all day.

 “Come shower, eat, charge your devices, I don’t need to know you, you don’t need to ask, show up (bring Tupperware and I’ll fill it up) and you will be welcome,” Tregunna tweeted along with her address.

She also offered to deliver food.

Tregunna wasn’t alone.

Another Ottawa resident, Erin Blaskie, tweeted out a photo of a pot of chili saying anyone without a hot meal could message her for her address.

In Kanata North, Karen Woods opened up her home to people who needed a shower or their batteries recharged.

On Saturday night, Ontario announced it was activating the province’s Disaster Recovery Assistance program in areas affected by the storm.

Under the program, affected individuals, small businesses and not-for-profit organizations that have experienced property damage or loss as a result of the storm may be eligible to receive help with emergency and recovery expenses.

“I want to assure the residents of Ottawa that our government is working closely with our municipal partners to activate the province’s Disaster Recovery Assistance program where it will be needed,” Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Steve Clark said in a release.

 

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New mortgages up 63% among Canadians aged 73-93: TransUnion

Posted on 29 September 2018 by admin

The volume of new mortgages across Canada has been slowing down in recent months, amid rising interest rates and tougher federal regulations, a new Trans Union report shows. But the country’s oldest homeowners are bucking that trend – big time.

Among Canadians aged 73 to 93, the so-called silent generation or pre-war generation, the number of mortgages issued between January and March of 2018 was up a whopping 63 per cent compared to the same period last year, TransUnion data shows. Baby boomers are also getting new mortgages, although the increase in loan originations among Canada’s 54- to 72-year-olds is a more modest 18 per cent.

That stands in stark contrast with what’s happening with the country’s first-time homebuyers and younger generations in general. Mortgage originations were down 19 per cent among millennials (ages 24-38) and 22 per cent among gen-Z (18-23).

Overall, the number of new mortgages issued between January and March was down 3.4 per cent compared to the same period last year. This follows at eight per cent drop in the last three months of 2017 compared to the last three months of 2016. (New mortgages include brand new loans, loans renewed at a different lender and refinancing.)

Older generations could be re-mortgaging or borrowing against their home equity in order to “support retirement or to financially support younger generation family members,” the TransUnion report reads.

Research shows that retirement expenses tend to skyrocket around age 80, due to health care and long-term care costs.

But the pre-war generation is also joining forces with boomers to help the younger kin.

“We hear of parents and grandparents supporting their children and grandchildren, whether it’s student loans or buying a house,” Matt Fabian, director of financial services research and consulting for TransUnion Canada, told Global News.

That said, as large as the six-fold surge in new mortgages issued to Canada’s 70-to-90-year-olds may seem, the volume of mortgages in that age group remains very small, Fabian said. (The data does not include reverse mortgages, TransUnion said.)

Still, the numbers do suggest that the stricter mortgage rules introduced on Jan. 1 of this year are having a much bigger impact on newer generations.

“The stress-testing rules are about affordability,” Fabian said. Younger mortgage applicants may be either finding out that they don’t qualify or that they can’t get the amount and loan type they want, he added.

Older Canadians who have enjoyed remarkable home-equity gains in the last few years don’t have to worry about stricter standards on things like loan-to-value ratios, Fabian said.

The data also shows significant variations across cities. While new mortgages dropped by almost 18 per cent in Toronto, they remained virtually flat in Vancouver, with growth of less than one per cent in the first three months of 2018 compared to the previous year.

But new mortgage volumes rose in Ottawa (up 8.4 per cent) and Montreal (up 5.2 per cent), where relatively low real estate prices have been attracting an influx of buyers.

More credit cards and higher balances

Canadians may be having a harder time getting a mortgage, but they aren’t giving up their credit cards.

TransUnion reported a “surge” in the number of credit cards issued in the first three months of 2018, which was up 5.6 per cent year-over-year across all age groups.

“This represents a dramatic shift compared to an approximate 10 per cent decline year-over-year from [the first quarter of] 2016 to [the first quarter of] 2017,” the report said.

The average consumer now carries a balance of $4,200, the data shows. Collectively, Canadians now owe $99 billion through their credit cards.

Total non-mortgage debt still rising, although at a slower rate

Overall, the average Canadian had almost $29,650 in debt excluding mortgages in the period between April and June, an increase of almost four per cent compared to the same three months in 2017, TransUnion said.

“This is the third consecutive quarter where the quarterly change is less than the change seen in the previous year,” the report noted.

In other words, Canadians continue to borrow more, but at least the pace at which they’re piling on debt has slowed.

 

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Carbon pricing will cost Canadians money — it might also give them back plenty more: report

Posted on 29 September 2018 by admin

From 2006 to 2009, Stephen Harper was prime minister, leading a Conservative government that fended off a Liberal Party that hoped to sweep to power in 2008 on the strength of a “Green Shift” that would cut income taxes and put a price on carbon emissions.

All through that time, Mark Cameron worked as a senior policy advisor in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), under a boss who came under heavy criticism internationally for his actions on the climate change file.

Today, Cameron has a new job, as executive director at Canadians for Clean Prosperity, an organization that works to foster political support for “market-based policies that generate growth while conserving our environment.”

It has just released a new report titled, “Carbon Dividends Would Benefit Families.”

And it argues that, far from just costing Canadians money, a federal carbon pricing plan could actually give more cash back to families than they spent in the first place.

The federal government earlier this year passed the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act, legislation that puts a national price on fossil fuels.

Some provinces — including Saskatchewan and Ontario — have indicated they won’t go along with it.

For provinces that won’t fall in line, the federal government has said it will bring in a “backstop,” a direct carbon tax for those provinces that will begin at $20 per tonne in January 2019 and then rise by $10 every year before hitting $50 in 2022, the report noted.

Under the act, revenues collected from any backstop would have to return to the provinces or territories they came from.

Provincial or territorial governments could take the money, but Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Environment Minister Catherine McKenna have indicated that it could flow right back to households in those jurisdictions, the report added.

Canadians for Clean Prosperity engaged environmental economist Dave Sawyer to look at how much the backstop would cost households in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario, and how much money families of different income levels would be given back.

The report found that, in almost every case, households that paid carbon taxes under the backstop would take back more money than they paid in.

This is because carbon taxes aren’t just collected from households, but from emissions by industries and businesses.

“The results show that at almost all income levels and for almost all family types, families and households would receive more money back in carbon dividends than they would pay out in carbon taxes or indirect costs,” the report said.

The cost of carbon was analyzed two ways — through the taxes paid by households in energy, and indirect costs associated with non-energy consumption.

Indirect costs were calculated by taking household expenditure data from Statistics Canada and then looking at the greenhouse gas intensity of goods and services.

The analysis found that, even when putting carbon taxes and indirect costs together (this was done by Global News, not the report), households still largely took more money back.

Here’s what the calculations looked like for two provinces, in ranges that captured median total incomes for economic families with children.

Saskatchewan — carbon costs v. benefits, incomes of $100,000 to $150,000

Alberta — carbon costs v. benefits, incomes of $100,000 to $150,000

The returns would be more acute in Saskatchewan, the report noted, than they would be in Ontario.

This became clear when looking at money returned to households per capita.

In the latter, an average Ontario household of 2.6 people would receive $350 per capita next year, while in Saskatchewan, where people use more coal-fired electricity, an average household of 2.5 people would be returned $1,075.

There were variances in how much money households would take back, particularly when looking at their incomes.

The report noted that in Ontario, a household that earned income of over $150,000 would only receive $2 more in carbon dividends than it paid in carbon costs.

However, it also said that lower-income families would receive the biggest benefits, as would families in provinces with more intense emissions, like Saskatchewan and Alberta.

For Sumeet Gulati, a professor of environmental and resource economics at UBC, the numbers looked solid so long as the federal government returns revenues directly.

He thinks that’s the best way for the feds to counter anti-tax sentiments in provinces like Saskatchewan and Ontario.

One omission he identified in the report — the analysis did not consider the increased prices of goods due to carbon taxes applied throughout a supply chain.

While he called that an omission, “I do not consider it a significant one.

 “Finally, I do not think the indirect costs are large enough to change these conclusions.”

As for whether the federal carbon pricing plan could have any effect on emissions, Gulati said it “creates incentives to reduce greenhouse emissions at every level.”

“That is the beauty of per capita lump-sum returns,” he said.

“We still pay a higher price for gasoline or other carbon-based fuels. This keeps the incentives to reduce carbon emissions alive.

“We still drive less, and buy fuel-efficient vehicles in response, but also receive a little more money at the end of the year as a rebate/dividend.”

 

 

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NDP MPP calls for Ford to denounce mayoral candidate linked to neo-Nazis

Posted on 29 September 2018 by admin

Doug Ford needs to offer a denunciation after posing for pictures with Faith Goldy, a prominent figure in the alt-right movement who associates with neo-Nazis and white supremacists, said NDP Anti-Racism critic Laura-Mae Lindo.

 “Anti-hate experts are calling on people not to legitimize the views of this neo-Nazi sympathizer, but Doug Ford posed for photos with her, lending what could be construed as an endorsement. It’s hard to believe this is happening in Ontario,” said Lindo.

The photos, taken on Saturday at a Doug Ford and PC Party event, show Ford and Goldy posed with arms around each other, flanked by members of Goldy’s campaign team, who are wearing Faith for Mayor t-shirts. The photo has been shared on Goldy’s social media.

The Canadian Anti-Hate Network has registered deep concern about Goldy, stating that with her current run for mayor of Toronto, Canadians can “expect her to try to use her mayoral run as a platform to spread hate.”

Goldy’s disturbing record includes broadcasting the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2017 for The Rebel. The footage showed Goldy sympathizing with the white supremacist protestors and mocking counter-protestors. Following that, she appeared on the neo-Nazi, white supremacy broadcast The Daily Stormer, which advocates genocide of Jewish people, to discuss the event.

Goldy is a proponent and defendant of the white nationalist slogan Fourteen Words, coined by the terrorist organization The Order’s founder, David Lane.

“Doug Ford’s tacit endorsement of Faith Goldy and her hateful views is deeply chilling for everyone who believes that all Ontarians deserve to feel safe and valued in their province,” said Lindo. “At the very least, Mr. Ford needs to publicly denounce Ms. Goldy, and the views she espouses.”

 

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Shilpa Shetty faces racism in Sydney, shares the incident in an angry post

Posted on 29 September 2018 by admin

Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty’s latest Instagram post has got a lot of attention and if we may say so, it’s for all the right reasons. The actress who was travelling from Sydney to Melbourne was mistreated because of her skin colour. It’s not the first time that one has heard Indians facing racism in Australia, this time around Shilpa made sure to voice it out and share the incident everyone. It all started when the actress was checking in at the Sydney airport and a ground staff misbehaved with her. It all didn’t end there as the actress later had to face racism as well. In her Instagram post, Shilpa called out the airline brand and pointed out the bad behaviour of its stuff.

Shilpa wrote, “Subject: #Quantas airways @qantas

This should get your attention!

Travelling from Sydney to Melbourne and at the check in counter met a grumpy #Mel( that’s her name)who decided it was “OK” to speak curtly to “US” ( Brown people!!) travelling together ,I was flying business and had 2 bags (my allowance)and she insisted and decided my half empty Duffel bag was oversized( to check in!!) So she sent us to check it in at the other counter dealing with “Oversized luggage” ..there a Polite lady(yes this one was) said ..”this ISN’T an oversized bag, pls check this in manually if u can at another counter” ( all this happening while the counter is going to shut in 5 mins) As the manual check in wasn’t going thru for 5 mins( we tried) I went upto #Mel and requested her to put the bag thru as her colleague said it wasn’t an oversized bag.. She refused again.. Just being adamant especially when I told her this is causing a lot of inconvenience .. We had no time to waste so we ran to the oversized baggage counter and requested her to put the bag through which she did after I told her that #Rude #Mel had issues !!!…. to which another colleague joined in an reiterated my duffle wasn’t oversized and could’ve easily been checked in.

Back in 2007, when Shilpa was doing celebrity reality show, Big Brother, that time too actress faced racist remarks but she left everyone shut after winning the show. More power to you, Shilpa!

 

 

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Malaika Arora says she’s calmer post her divorce with Arbaaz Khan

Posted on 29 September 2018 by admin

Malaika Arora is truly the hottest B-town mommy. The actress has fans going gaga over her bod and she sure can give anyone run for their money. Mother to 15 year old son, Arhaan Khan, Malaika seldom does any kind of media interaction or comes to these talk shows. For a change this time around, Malaika was present on a chat show where she opened up about her life post-divorce with actor Arbaaz Khan. Malaika and Arbaaz were married to each other for good 19 years after which they ended their relationship in 2017.

Even though, the two of them have never really spoken about their new life earlier, it’s pretty evident that Arbaaz has moved on quite well. Malaika, on the other hand, spoke about how her life has changed after divorce. She admits being ‘all over the place’ earlier but now she feels at peace.

When asked about her coping mechanisms in life, Malaika said, “I’m calmer, more at ease and at peace with my surroundings. I think I was just all over the place. Now, I feel far calmer.”

Malaika also shared how it was a tough time for her when she was having her divorce with Arbaaz. She added, “There were these thoughts that went through my head. I think anyone would feel the same… What would happen? How would life pan out? Whether emotionally or professionally… The good thing is, I didn’t let anything get to me. I didn’t get hyper. I just let time take its course.”

Meanwhile, Arbaaz Khan is rumoured to be dating Georgia Andriani.

 

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Katrina Kaif stuns as Suraiyya in her first look from Thugs of Hindostan

Posted on 29 September 2018 by admin

Thugs of Hindostan is without a doubt one of the most awaited films to release this year. The film promises to be visual treat for the audience thanks to the star studded cast of the film along with stunning visual effects. Interestingly, in the film, we will also see Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan, two stalwarts of the Indian film industry sharing screen space for the very first time.

The makers of the film have planned an interesting marketing strategy in which they reveal characters from the film though motion posters. Today, they released Katrina Kaif’s first look from the film.

Katrina will play the role of an outrageously beautiful performer called Suraiyya in the film. Her beauty is said to make men go weak in their knees and a dancer so great that people throng to catch a glimpse of her moves.

Previously, the makers released the motions posters of Amitabh Bachchan, Fatima Sana Shaikh and British actor Lloyd Owen, who is tentatively playing the antagonist in the film.

Directed by Vijay Krishna Acharya, Thugs of Hindostan is said to be based on Philip Meadows Taylor’s 1839 novel, Confessions of a Thug. The film releases November.

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Priyanka Chopra’s production Bhoga Khirikee to release on October 26

Posted on 29 September 2018 by admin

Jahnu Barua’s Bhoga Khirikee produced by Priyanka Chopra’s Purple Pebble Pictures and Shahnaab Alam’s Easterly Entertainment will be the opening Film at the 2nd Guwahati International Film Festival. The Film will be screened during the Opening Ceremony of the GIFF at the Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra on the 25th October’2018.

Bhoga Khirikee also marks the debut of Purple Pebble Pictures and Easterly Entertainment in Assamese cinema. The film stars stellar performers like Zerifa Wahid, Seema Biswas, Joy Kashyap, Sanjay Khargharia, Kasvi Sharma, Mohommed Ali Shah and Bishnu Khargharia.

The film is slated to release on October 26, 2018. This was announced at a press meet in Guwahati attended by Pabitra Margherita, the Chairman of Jyoti Chitraban, Monita Borgohain, Festival Director of GIFF, Producers, Dr.  Madhu Chopra and Shahnaab Alam, director Jahnu Barua, lead actor Zerifa Wahid, composer Ibson Lal Baruah, singer Anindita Paul, art director Phatik Baruah and Executive Producer Sartaj Alam.

The film has songs written and composed by Ibson Lal Baruah, sung by Anindita Paul and Ibson Lal Baruah. Camera work in the film is by Suman Dowerah and Art design by Phatik Baruah. Amrit Pritam Das has done the Sound design for the film, while it has been edited by Hu-en Barua. Debajit Changmai will do the Final Mix of the film.

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Toronto terrorist leader is locked up, but was still on social media

Posted on 19 September 2018 by admin

The former terrorist leader Zakaria Amara is locked away at Millhaven maximum-security prison, serving a life sentence for plotting Al Qaeda-inspired truck bombings in downtown Toronto.

But for the past six months, a Facebook page in his name has been posting his prison photos as well as what purported to be his jailhouse prose, including a telling of what made him a terrorist.

Facebook deleted the account on Wednesday, an hour after Global News asked about it. The social media company said the Amara page was taken down “for violating our community standards.”

“We don’t allow mass murderers to maintain a presence on Facebook,” the company said, adding it also did not let impersonators maintain accounts.

The Correctional Service Canada said Thursday it was “currently looking at ways we can work with social media companies to identify questionable content and respond appropriately.”

 Amara was the ringleader of the Toronto 18, the terror group that held a training camp for potential recruits in Washago, Ont., and then began preparing a series of truck bombings inspired by Al Qaeda.

The group had selected the Toronto Stock Exchange, Toronto CSIS building and a Canadian military base as targets but was infiltrated by CSIS and the RCMP, which arrested the extremists in June 2006.

The Amara Facebook account appears to be have been operated from Mississauga, Ont. A message requesting confirmation that the page was actually Amara’s garnered the response, “this is a real account.”

Asked how a convicted terrorist leader could post his views and photos on Facebook, the Correctional Service Canada said inmates did not have access to the internet.

“It does happen on occasion that individuals post on behalf of inmates,” said Esther Mailhot, a CSC spokesperson. “CSC does not have control over these postings.”

She also said that while inmates were not allowed to have cameras, they could purchase pictures taken by a photographer. “Inmates are able to send photos out of the institution to family or other contacts in the community.”

According to the telling on the Facebook page, Amara “never felt Canadian” because he wasn’t white and got “caught up in a perfect storm of internal and external influences.”

“Many of you have probably wondered why the Muslim world has produced so any radicalized individuals,” it said. “When I look at what the people of that region have been going through for over 100 years, I am actually surprised there aren’t more radicals,” it said.

“What happens to a people who have to live under the deadly shadow of drones? What happens to a person who witnesses their entire family get wiped out by a ‘precise’ missile strike?”

“Desperate for belonging to a people in my teen years, these are the only people I ever felt I belonged to, and as they radicalized, I radicalized with them.”

“Bush’s 2003 invasion of Iraq and its resulting massacre of hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqis represented the crossing of the Radical Rubicon for me. You can pretty much draw a straight line from there to my arrest in 2006,” it said.

But Amara said he realized he was wrong when the so-called Islamic State began committing atrocities in Syria and Iraq, according to the Facebook essay.

“Holding out became harder and harder, until it finally became impossible and I simply had to let go out of sheer disillusionment.”

Phil Gurski, who was the Canadian Security Intelligence Service’s lead analyst on Islamist extremism during the Toronto 18 investigation, was unimpressed and noted Amara’s “distinct lack of ownership or responsibility” for his actions.

 “You had a choice and you opted for violent extremism. There were other avenues,” Gurski wrote on his website. “You could have worked to become part of Canada. And yet you didn’t. None of this is anyone’s fault but yours.”

Amara was stripped of his Canadian citizenship in 2015 but it was returned to him when the Liberals came to power and scrapped a law that allowed the government to revoke the citizenship of convicted terrorists who hold dual nationalities.

Another convicted terrorist at Millhaven is also online. Serving a life sentence for his role in a plot to conduct attacks in the United Kingdom, Momin Khawaja’s photo and profile appear on a website for inmates seeking pen pals.

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