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Mastermind Behind Paris Attacks Confirmed Dead, Lawmakers Approve State of Emergency Extension. French PM Warns Extremists May Attack Using Chemical/Biological Weapons. Poll: Majority of Canadians Oppose Plan to Bring 25,000 Syrian Refugees/*Canada’s Threat Level To Remain Unchanged*/*Trudeau Says Canada Will Remain A Strong Part of the Effort to Defeat ISIL*. POLL: Tory Scores High Approval Rating in Poll. Launch Of 2015 RIDE Check Campaign.
Mastermind Behind Paris Attacks Confirmed Dead, Lawmakers Approve State of Emergency Extension
After scouring through charred remains, the result of raids in St. Denis, investigatoirs can confirm the suspected ringleader of the Friday attacks was killed. Authorities confirm the mastermind 28 year old Belgian Abdelhamid Abaaoud was killed during the raids on apartments in the Paris suburb. Tips and surveillance of phone calls lead police to the neighbourhood where they launched the assault operation. Prints from fingers, palms and soles of feet contributed to the identification of the terrorist. Abaaoud was one of two killed in the raids on Wednesday. The other killed in the strike was a woman who blew herself up. Meanwhile, France`s National Assembly Lawmakers have approved a plan from French President Hollande to extend the state of emergency to three months to February following the Friday attacks.
French PM Warns Extremists May Attack Using Chemical/Biological Weapons
France’s number two, Prime Minister Manuel Valls expressed his concern over the possibility that the country could be the target for chemical and biological weapons. Speaking in front of the National Assembly on Thursday, the PM pushed to have the state of emergency in France extended for another three months. Valls warned lawmakers that Islamic extremists could resort to such weapons, although he did not say there was any specific threat looming. Authorities in France now confirming the mastermind of the Paris attacks was in fact killed. In a statement, a French prosecutor said 28 year old Belgian Abdelhamid Abaaoud, believed to have constructed the details of the plot was discovered. Authorities continue to sift through evidence to determine those killed after raids on apartments in St. Denis. Tips and surveillance lead police to the Paris suburb where they launched an assault operation. Meanwhile in Belgium, Six raids were carried out in the last 24 hours. The move was carried out in Molenbeek and a other areas in Brussels. Officials in the neighboring country announced additional terror measures looking at 400 million euros in additional funding to fight terrorism. The cost would cover expanding the fight and add security.
Poll: Majority of Canadians Oppose Plan to Bring 25,000 Syrian Refugees
It looks like Canada`s plan to bring in 25,000 refugees in the new year could be slowed considerbaly due to debates about screening. Many Canadians oppose the move to resettle arrivals from Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria, with most believing the screening process can not be properly completed on time. The plan from PM Justin Trudeau calls for refugees to be settled by January 1 , 2016. A recent Angus Reid poll, conducted just days after the Paris attacks, reveals about 54% of Canadians against the plan. Specific details of the Liberals plan have still not been revealed and that has about 10% in the recent poll believing 25,000 is too many, while another 8% believe cost will be an issue. The survey also revealed that opposition to bringing in refugees is highest in Alberta with Atlantic Canada showing the least concerns.
*Canada’s Threat Level To Remain Unchanged*
Canada’s threat level is to remain unchanged despite the terror attacks which rocked Paris last Friday. Speaking at a press conference in Ottawa, accompanied by the heads of the RCMP, CSIS, and the Canada Border Services Agency, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said “there is no rationale for changing Canada’s threat level.” The minister said authorities are being extra vigilant and everything possible is being done to keep Canadians safe, and while he urged people to be alert, he maintained that the country is basically safe and peaceful. He added however that the threat level is ”constantly reassessed” and ”we make sure that all the relevant factors and monitored and taken into account on a real time basis.” The level has been ad medium since October of last year.
*Trudeau Says Canada Will Remain A Strong Part of the Effort to Defeat ISIL*
PM Justin Trudeau continues to meet with leaders in Manilla as part of the APEC summit in Manilla. Trudeau completed his first official meeting with Barack Obama on Thursday. The two talking about several issues with the fight against ISIS at the top of the list. The PM plans to pull CF-18 fighter jets out of bombing campaigns in Syria and Iraq in the new year but reiterated that Canada will remain a strong part of the effort to defeat ISIL. Canada is expected to increase the number of special forces on the ground to train local fighters. Turdeau and his wife Sophie are expected to visit the Obama`s in Washington early next year. The Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation summit is a forum for 21 Pacific Rim economies promoting free trade in the region.
POLL: Tory Scores High Approval Rating in Poll
A new forum poll says the Mayors approval rating has hit 77%, the highest it`s ever been. The last poll conducted in August had his rating in the low 70`s. The telephone poll conducted earlier this week, also touched on Rob Ford`s approval rating as a city councillor with 43% disappointing, and the rating for the new Police Chief Mark Saunders with 52% approving of his work, so far. The Provinces move to ban carding was given the thumbs up in the same study, with 55% in favour. Only 3 of 10, would like to see it put back into practice.
Launch Of 2015 RIDE Check Campaign
It’s that time of year again. Toronto police will be joined by nearly 20 other police services for the launch of the 2015 Holiday RIDE Check campaign. As of Tuesday November 17, in Toronto, there have been: • 1,151 drivers charged for impaired-driving-related offences • 1,012 drivers issued a 90-day licence suspension • 444 drivers received a warn range licence suspension (3, 7 or 30 days) • 5 of the 55 fatal collisions on Toronto roads involved drivers who were impaired while operating a motor vehicle Police are reminding drivers to be responsible, plan ahead and make use of public transportation. And citizens are also asked to join the fight against impaired driving by calling 9-1-1 if they believe another driver is impaired.