- Patrice Vincent, R.I.P. “Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, 53, had been a member of the Canadian military for 28 years when he died Monday after being hit by a car driven by a suspected homegrown terrorist ….”
- “Canadian Forces members are being told to “remain vigilant” after a 53-year-old soldier was killed in a hit-and-run near Montreal this week, highlighting fears military personnel could become targets here at home. But while some say security concerns and the need to introduce measures to protect Canadian military personnel represent the new reality of war, there are also fears of an overreaction that will have long-term implications ….”
- “Canada’s domestic terrorism threat quietly elevated” – more
- “Attack on soldiers an act of violence against Canada, Quebec: public security minister”
- “Martin Couture-Rouleau, hit-and-run driver, arrested by RCMP in July” – “Personal woes plagued Canadian who killed soldier: records, lawyer” – “Quebecer who killed soldier wanted to join ISIS”
- “Lone wolf terrorists hard to stop: Experts”
- “Martin (Ahmad) Couture-Rouleau’s passport was seized by authorities who feared he wanted to go overseas to take part in terrorism, blocking him from leaving Canada and highlighting a dilemma facing security officials dealing with the threat of militants on home soil ….”
- Commentary “Canada’s Half-Full/Empty Glass” – “When a troubled and paranoid owner of an industrial cleaning company suddenly fancies himself an Islamic State warrior and tragically kills a member of the Canadian Armed Forces, it gets that much tougher to push the privacy boulder up the mountain in this country ….”
- More on this here and here
- “Canada’s CF-18 Hornets Depart for Operation Impact”
- – “Six Canadian jets leave for Iraq combat mission on Tuesday” – -
- From the Info-machine “Canada Condemns Targeting of Shiite Muslims in Iraq – On behalf of all Canadians, I extend my prayers and deepest sympathies to the families and friends of those who lost their lives and to those injured in the attacks ….”
- Commentary “We don’t have enough fighter jets to whip out” – “How not to understand ISIS” – “A UBC international relations expert says Canada’s involvement is first and foremost a political signal”
- More on Canada fighting ISIL here, here and here
- “Ottawa continued to auction off stockpiled medical supplies to the public, even after the World Health Organization requested the protective gear amid an Ebola outbreak raging in West Africa ….”
- “A prominent law professor is urging the federal government to terminate an American company’s licence for a Canadian-made Ebola vaccine. The company, NewLink Genetics, doesn’t have the capacity to develop the much-needed vaccine, argues Amir Attaran, a professor of law and population health at the University of Ottawa. “The mistake Canada has made has been to keep this bad marriage with NewLink and try to make it better. Canada should either be terminating the licence agreement outright or simply issuing another licence on non-commercial terms to someone else,” Attaran told The Canadian Press in an interview ….”
- “Ontario Pledges $3 Million in Fight Against Ebola”
- More on the Ebola story here and here
Way Up North
- “Arctic warship order to be trimmed in shipbuilding plan — National shipbuilding strategy has not delivered a single vessel 3 years after announcement ….”
- “The Canadian military threatened the grieving parents of a soldier who committed suicide with legal sanctions if they did not turn over documents they had collected in their attempts to get to the bottom of their daughter’s death. Both Rick and Ellen Rogers received a summons in July 2013 to testify at the military board of inquiry into the death of their daughter, Lt. Shawna Rogers, who had been stationed at CFB Edmonton ….”
- “Royal Canadian Navy Adopts New Visual Identifier“ – Backgrounder
World War One
“It was with tremendous sorrow that I learned of the death of a Canadian Armed Forces member who succumbed to his injuries after being the victim of a hit-and-run yesterday in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec.
“Our thoughts are with the member’s family, friends and colleagues, and we will do whatever we can to provide assistance in their time of need. Another CAF member, injured in the same tragedy, remains in hospital. We wish him a full and fast recovery as we extend our support to the member and his family.
“We are aware that the suspect was known to police and federal authorities although the circumstances remain under investigation.
“The Canadian Armed Forces has contributed greatly to the safety and security of those at home and abroad and has provided the hope of a better future to those who have known horror and death. Our CAF members represent the best of Canada, and to have one die in a senseless act such as this only strengthens our resolve. We will not forget.”
“Yesterday, two members of the Canadian Armed Forces were injured in a hit-and-run incident in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec. One member later died in hospital.
“Our hearts go out to the family, friends and colleagues of the member and the Canadian Armed Forces are supporting them in their time of grief. We wish our injured colleague a speedy recovery, and we offer our unwavering support to his family as he recuperates.
“The suspect fled the scene of the incident and was pursued by police. This pursuit ended in the death of the suspect. There has been speculation that this hit-and-run may have been a possible terror attack directed at our members. Police are investigating this incident and will make a determination once their investigation is concluded.
“The safety and well-being of Canadian Armed Forces members is a primary concern. Security measures are in place at every Canadian Armed Forces installation across Canada. We continually adapt these measures to meet the demands of an evolving security environment, and we will remain vigilant against possible threats.”
Condolences to the family, colleagues and friends of the fallen, and hopes for a full and speedy recovery for the wounded.
First, there was the PM’s statement in the House of Commons in response to a question from a Tory MP about an “unconfirmed reports of a possible terror attack against two members of the Canadian Armed Forces near Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu”:
Mr. Speaker, we are aware of these reports and they are obviously extremely troubling. First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. We are closely monitoring the situation, and we will make available all of the resources of the federal government. Once again, we are aware of these very troubling reports. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. We are keeping a close eye on the situation and will make all of the federal government’s resources available.
Then, today’s statement from the PMO on the death of the one soldier:
“I learned with shock and sadness yesterday that two Canadian Armed Forces members from Canadian Forces Base Saint-Jean Garrison were hit by a man who, according to our national security services, had become radicalized.
“On behalf of all Canadians, Laureen and I offer our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the CAF member who succumbed to injuries caused by this vicious event. We also offer our prayers for the recovery of the member who was injured. I would also like to thank first responders on the scene for their efforts.
“Finally, I want to express that the authorities can count on our full support in order to get to the bottom of this terrible act.”
Next, we hear from Public Safety Minister Stephen Blaney, via The Canadian Press:
“Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney says Canada is taking terrorist threats seriously after a car struck two soldiers in Quebec, resulting in one of them dying.
“What took place yesterday is clearly linked to terrorist ideology,” Blaney told a news conference in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu on Tuesday.
He said he was “horrified and saddened” by Monday’s attack in the town southeast of Montreal that is home to a military college and a garrison.
Blaney said that as far as he knows no order has been given to members of the Canadian Forces to not wear their fatigues in public.
He offered his condolences to the family of the dead soldier and wished the other one a speedy recovery ….”
No word, as of this post, from the military, Minister or CDS.
1. Martin Rouleau, 25, rammed two soldiers with his Nissan Altima in the parking lot outside the Integrated Personnel Support Centre in Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu south of Montreal One died Tuesday of his injuries. The other has minor injuries.
2. Police shot and killed Martin Rouleau, 25, of Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, after Rouleau’s car flipped during a police chase about four kilometres from the town.
3. Rouleau “was known to authorities” and “authorities were concerned that he had become radicalized,” RCMP spokesman David Falls said.
4. Friends told the Star’s Allan Woods he became obsessed with practising Islam and reading news from the Middle East after he said his industrial cleaning company had been robbed about 18 months ago and he felt police failed to investigate.
5. Rouleau’s Twitter account followed what Allan Woods characterizes as “a number of ISIS-related users whose focus is the attempt to establish an Islamic caliphate in Syria and Iraq.” The Canadian fighter jets and support planes being sent to Iraq to join a coalition launching airstrikes against the Islamic State are scheduled to start leaving Canadian Forces Base Cold Lake today.
For what it’s worth, while Rouleau’s Twitter account still appears to be online (with no posts from him), here’s a public feed based on the list of who Roleau was following.
- Neighbours speaking to reporters say Martin Rouleau (a.k.a. Ahmad Rouleau) “had grown a beard and wore a turban and djellaba regularly.”
- Rouleau’s parents appear to have contacted police about their son’s behaviour, specifically because “he wanted to go and join the fighters of the Islamic state, a terrorist group that Canada has agreed to fight in Syria and Iraq”.
- Authorities reportedly took away Rouleau’s passport.
- “During the short pursuit that followed, the suspect may have contacted 911 indicating that it was “in the name of Allah.” “
- “He also attended the mosque of the Muslim Association of Haut-Richelieu in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Montérégie. VAT News was able to speak with a member of this place of worship has condemned the action of Mr. Rouleau Couture. “He came back, but it’s long since we had not seen. I did not see any change in his character, “said the volunteer. “We were discussing Islam. I’ve never asked him questions about his conversion.” Asked about the events of the day, the man said that it gave a “bad image” of Islam. “…. I did not think he would do that, “he said.”\
For more, here’s Ahmad Rouleau’s Facebook page, Ahmad Rouleau’s Twitter feed ( with who he was following on Twitter) and his Uumaland (“Social Network for Muslims”) profile (while they’re all still online).
This from CTV News:
One of the two soldiers struck by a car in Quebec died late Monday in hospital, police confirmed Tuesday morning.
The soldier’s identity and age have yet to be released. However, the soldier was one of two Canadian Forces members who was struck by a car in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu in what is being described as a possible terror attack, CTV’s Montreal Bureau Chief Genevieve Beauchemin reported early Tuesday ….
Condolences to the family, colleagues and friends of the victim.
Soldiers Struck by Car in Saint-Jean
- “RCMP Statement Following the events at St-Jean-sur-Richelieu”
- The Canadian Press: “Suspect dies after ‘possible terror attack’ on 2 Canadian Forces members — Quebec police say a motorist is dead from gunshot wounds and that he struck two members of the Canadian Forces with his car in an incident an MP cited in the Commons as a “possible terror attack.”….”
- Montreal Gazette: “St-Jean-sur-Richelieu police shoot armed man”
- CBC: “Driver shot by police after hitting 2 soldiers in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu has died”
- CBC: “Martin Rouleau , Quebec driver fatally shot by police, was ‘radicalized’ “
- Toronto Star: “Canadian soldiers run down in possible Quebec terror attack”
- Globe & Mail: “Two soldiers struck in Quebec hit-and-run”
- Global News: “Driver killed by police after hitting 2 soldiers in Quebec ‘had become radicalized': PMO”
- Sun News “Suspect shot dead after 2 soldiers struck in Quebec parking lot in possible terror attack”
- Journal de Montreal: “Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu: Couture Martin Rouleau called 911 and said he was “acting in the name of Allah” “ (original in French)
- Wall Street Journal: “Two Canadian Forces Members Struck in Hit-and-Run”
- Ahmad Rouleau Facebook page – Ahmad Rouleau Twitter feed – Who he was following on Twitter – Uumaland (“Social Network for Muslims”) profile
- More news here and here
- “CSIS has tabs on radicalized Canadians who have fought abroad”
- “CSIS can’t cover ‘all the bases’ when monitoring radicals: senior spy official — I would be foolish to say the Canadian Security Intelligence Service has “all the bases covered” when it comes to monitoring radicalized Canadians who have returned home ….”
- “Chrétien speaks out against Canadian military mission in Iraq — Former Prime Minister Jean Chretien stepped up his criticism of Canada’s military combat mission against Islamic extremists in Iraq Monday, warning it is just the latest in a long history of interventions by western countries that have left “scars” on the Middle East ….”
- Commentary “Justin Trudeau’s response to the ISIS crisis should be applauded”
- “An Open Letter to Harper From Muslims Who Love Canada and Human Rights — On Tuesday, October 7 the Harper government voted for military action against ISIS/ISIL notwithstanding all opposition parties opposed it. We are concerned that Canada may become further targeted by extremists ….”
- “UK drones ready to attack Isis in Syria and Iraq“
- “New Zealand SAS Training Of Iraqi Forces ‘Possible'; John Key May Follow Tony Abbott”
- “Isis advance: 200,000 Syrian Kurds find a cold reception as they flee Kobani across border into Turkey” — “Turkey Says It Helps Kurdish Fighters Enter Syria”
- “ISIS teaches how to avoid NSA snooping in a tweet – report”
Way Up North
- “Feds under fire for ‘blind luck’ B.C. rescue of Russian ship – B. C. ’s northern coast dodged a bullet this week when a disabled cargo ship drifted dangerously close to the shores of Haida Gwaii, opposition critics charged Monday in the House of Commons ….” – “Statement by the Commander of Canadian Joint Operations Command (CJOC) – Lieutenant General Jonathan Vance, Commander of Canadian Joint Operations Command, made the following statement today regarding the Search and Rescue (SAR) operation that occurred off the west coast of Haida Gwaii ….”
- “US military urged to follow Canada on transgender recruits”
- “Canadian Jews must defend Israel, Dershowitz says”
- Commentary “Canadian priorities for international aid misdirected”
- “Historic Discovery at Her Majesty’s Canadian Dockyard in Halifax”