Here’s How Canada is Responding to the New Zealand Terrorist Attack
Canada has responded to the recent alleged anti-Muslim terrorist attack that took place in New Zealand.
According to Canterbury police, 49 people have been killed and another 48 were injured following shootings that occurred at two New Zealand mosques during Friday prayers. Police say 41 people were killed at the Deans Avenue mosque, and seven at the Linwood Avenue mosque
Police say a 28-year-old man has been charged with murder and is due to appear in the Christchurch District Court tomorrow morning.
Two others remain in custody. Another person was arrested earlier today, but police say the arrest is not related to these events.
Police say the investigation is ongoing.
Canada has responded to what is now being described as a terrorist attack.
Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, took to Twitter and commented on the impact this attack has had on Canada’s threat level.
Everybody has the right to practise their faith + culture without fear. Canada is closely following the appalling terrorist attack in New Zealand. Our 5-Eyes ally can count on Canada's support + solidarity. Our prayers are w/ victims and gratitude w/ all the 1st Responders 1/2— Ralph Goodale (@RalphGoodale) March 15, 2019
At this time there is no known nexus to Canada and Canada’s threat level remains unchanged at “medium”. 2/2— Ralph Goodale (@RalphGoodale) March 15, 2019
According to the government of Canada website, Canada’s threat level has remained the same since October of 2014.
“Canada stands with Muslim communities here at home, in New Zealand, and across the world,” Goodale wrote in another Twitter post. “Hatred, violence and right-wing extremism have no place in any society.”
Peel Regional Police Interim Chief Chris McCord said police have been in contact with members of the Muslim community in Brampton and Mississauga in the wake of the attack.
“As a result of the tragic incidents in New Zealand last night, this is a sad day for the Muslim population and all residents of New Zealand. This impacts the entire global community and we all grieve together. These acts of violence not only have an effect on those directly involved, but have a long-lasting impact on communities. I have been in contact with members of my Muslim Advisory Committee and the Muslim Council of Peel and I want to reassure our Muslim community that our number one priority is to keep our community safe,” McCord said in a statement.
“Our Equity and Inclusion Bureau and Community Mobilization Teams will be connecting with the various leaders at our local mosques and other places of worship, to check on their well-being and work to resolve any concerns they may have. Additionally, uniform officers and specialty units will be increasing their patrols and presence at places of worship within our region.”
McCord asks that members of the community remain attentive and vigilant and report anything they feel is suspicious or out of the ordinary.
Toronto police and Durham police have also said they’re keeping in close contact with members of the Muslim community in the wake of the attack. GTA mayors, including Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie, Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown and Burlington Mayor Marianne Meed-Ward, have also shared their condolences.
A world away, but very close to home. This abhorrent act of terror shakes us & reminds us we must remain vigilant in our fight against hate. People must be free to worship freely & without interference. My heart goes out to the victims, families & #Mississauga’s Muslim community.— Bonnie Crombie (@BonnieCrombie) March 15, 2019
Islamophobia must be stopped. This latest senseless act of terror on innocent worshippers praying at the mosque is beyond evil. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims & families of today’s terrorist incident in New Zealand. #NewZealandMosqueAttack #Brampton @mcpeel4u 1/2— Patrick Brown (@patrickbrownont) March 15, 2019
Peel Police officers have been deployed today to visit Mosques throughout the region during Friday prayers. @PeelPoliceMedia @regionofpeel & @CityBrampton are committed to the safety of all houses of worship & the freedom to practice your religion freely without any fear. 2/2— Patrick Brown (@patrickbrownont) March 15, 2019
Our world has been struck by tragedies twice in recent days, beginning with the Ethiopia plane crash that took the lives of 157 people, including 18 Canadians. I’m also deeply saddened by the horrific actions that took place at Christchurch in New Zealand. 1/2— Marianne Meed Ward (@MariannMeedWard) March 15, 2019
Graphic is courtesy of the government of Canada website.
Any form of hatred, including based on a person’s faith or place of worship, is abhorrent & unacceptable. I stand in support of our local Muslim communities & offer my condolences to the families & friends of all those affected. Our flags will be lowered at #BurlON City Hall. 2/2— Marianne Meed Ward (@MariannMeedWard) March 15, 2019
Cover photo is courtesy of Ahmed Ali (@MrAhmednurAli) on Twitter.
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