News for October 24th 2014

No evidence of Islamist ties to Ottawa shooting

By Marilla Streuter-Martin


Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird made a statement Thursday saying that as of yet, there is no evidence tying Ottawa shooter Michael Zehaf-Bibeau to Islamist extremists.

According to the BBC, Zehaf-Bibeau was not identified on the Canadian spy agency's list of high-risk individuals prior to the attack.

The Wednesday shooting on parliament hill ended in the death of Cpl Nathan Cirillo who was standing guard at the Canadian War Memorial.

The 32-year-old shooter was shot and killed by Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers after he entered Parliament's Centre Block.




New SQ director general

By Patricia Petit Liang


Quebec’s Public Security Minister announced on Wednesday that deputy minister Martin Prud’homme will become the director-general of the Sûreté du Quebec.

As the new leader of the SQ, he has been given the task of implementing budget cuts and overseeing investigations related to the Liberal party.

According to the Montreal Gazette, Prud’homme will be taking over for Mario Laprise, who has returned to Hydro-Quebec to continue his career as an internal auditor.