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Some on terrorist watch list can legally purchase guns in United States

WASHINGTON – Omar Mateen, investigated twice by the FBI, was on the government’s terrorist watch list for 10 months before being removed. Yet even had he remained on that listing, it wouldn’t have stopped him from buying the firearms he used in Sunday’s Orlando shooting rampage.

Senate Democrats are hoping to use that little-known fact and the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history to pressure Republicans to take what could be a politically painful election-year vote to curb gun sales.

The FBI investigations, in 2013 and 2014, closed with no charges against Mateen, 29. Yet the day after the American-born Muslim killed 49 people and wounded more than 50 others in a gay nightclub, President Barack Obama and FBI director James Comey said he was probably inspired by foreign terrorist groups. Mateen died in a gunfight with a SWAT team.

WATCH: Moment of silence for Orlando victims turns controversial after some lawmakers walk out

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A look at the intersection between the terrorist list, guns and the Orlando bloodbath:

Q: What is the terrorist watch list?

A: The FBI’s Terrorist Screening Center, created in 2003 following the 9-11 attacks on the U.S., maintains the terrorist watch list, a database of people known or suspected of being involved in terrorist activities. Federal agencies used to keep nearly a dozen separate listings but shared them only occasionally.

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The list has around 420,000 people on it, according to FBI figures from 2011, with records updated daily and shared with state, local and foreign agencies. Some 16,000 of its names comprised the government’s no-fly list in 2011, the FBI says.

Q: That’s a lot of people.

A: It is. But the FBI notes that only about 2 per cent of them are U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents allowed to buy guns. The rest are foreigners, many of whom are not permitted to purchase firearms here.

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Q: Why can people on the terrorist watch list buy guns?

A: That’s the law. Being on a terrorist watch list is not “in and of itself a disqualifying factor” for people purchasing firearms and explosives, according to a 2013 report by the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service.

People purchasing guns from federally licensed firearms dealers must undergo background checks, and they can be denied if they fall into any of 10 categories. These include convicted felons or drug abusers, people found by courts to have certain mental problems and immigrants in the U.S. illegally.

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The FBI is notified when someone on a list applies to purchase a gun, often resulting in increased surveillance of a suspect. But being a suspected or known terrorist is not one such category.

People don’t need background checks to buy guns from unlicensed sellers, such as from some who offer firearms at gun shows or online. It’s unclear exactly how many guns are sold that way.

The FBI also conducts background checks on people applying for licenses to ship or receive explosives.

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Q: Are there many sales to people on the terrorist watch list?

A: Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., chief sponsor of legislation that Democrats are pushing following Orlando, got numbers in March from the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office, Congress’ investigative arm.

GAO said from February 2004, when the background check system began monitoring the terror watch list, through 2015, 2,477 names of would-be gun and explosives buyers were on the watch list. Nearly all were for gun purchases.

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Of those, 91 per cent, or 2,265, of the transactions were permitted.

For comparison, the FBI and states conducted more than 23 million background checks last year for gun purchases, the most ever.

WATCH: ‘I’m next, I’m dead’: Orlando nightclub survivor describes attacker shooting him

Q: What would Feinstein’s bill do?

A: It would let the attorney general deny firearms and explosives to people known or suspected of being involved in terrorist activities. It’s not necessarily based on the government’s terrorist list.

The Senate rejected it last December by a near party-line vote, and barring an unexpected compromise the same fate likely awaits it.

Last year’s vote occurred a day after an extremist couple killed 14 people in San Bernardino, Calif. Nearly all Republicans opposed Feinstein’s proposal, saying owning guns is a constitutional right and noting that some people have been erroneously suspected as terrorists.

That same day, senators derailed a proposal by Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, that was opposed by most Democrats and would have let the government delay firearms sales to suspected terrorists for up to 72 hours. The transaction could be halted permanently if officials could persuade a judge to do so.

Democrats said clever lawyers could easily delay court action for 72 hours, rendering the proposal toothless.

Democrats say they intend to try forcing a vote on the Feinstein measure again soon. Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Republicans would find opposition difficult “in a political season” as presidential and congressional elections approach.

WATCH: Democrats shout down House Speaker Paul Ryan after Orlando nightclub shooting

WASHINGTON —;  After a mass shooting in Orlando, Democratic lawmakers erupted on the House floor with loud criticism of House Speaker Paul Ryan and other Republican leaders for leaving the nation’s gun laws untouched. Some protested by leaving the House chamber during a moment of silence honouring the victims.

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Democrats yelled “Where’s the bill?” and “No leadership!” Monday evening after Ryan held a moment of silence for 49 people killed at an Orlando nightclub early Sunday.

The disruption came after South Carolina Rep. Jim Clyburn, the No. 3 Democrat in the House, attempted to ask Ryan on the floor when bills curbing gun use would be considered. Before Clyburn could finish, Ryan ruled his question out of order and directed the House to move to the next vote.

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A handful of Democrats left the House floor during the moment of silence, including Connecticut Rep. Jim Himes. Himes said earlier Monday in an interview that he’s done with the moments typically held on the House floor after mass shootings, calling them “obnoxious expressions of smug incompetence” and the perfect metaphor for congressional inaction on guns.

Himes’ Connecticut district is close to Newtown, where a gunman killed 20 first-graders and six adults at an elementary school in 2012.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi stayed for the moment of silence and said she supported it. But after the disruption, she told reporters that Democrats have “had enough” of the ritual after mass shootings when Congress does not act on bills that could keep guns out of the hands of criminals.

“The moment of silence is an act of respect, and we supported that, but it is not a license to do nothing,” she said.

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Leaving the House chamber, Ryan, R-Wis., declined to comment on the exchange. Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong tweeted that Democrats were politicizing the moment of silence, and called that “disheartening.”

Himes is not the first Democrat to protest the ritual. When a moment was held to honor victims of a deadly shooting rampage in San Bernardino, California, in December, several Democrats criticized it.

“We need to stand up, speak up, and take actions rather than another moment of silence,” said Rep. Robin Kelly, D-Ill., in a House floor speech at the time. “It is deafening, and it is killing us.”

Alberta government invests in Leduc facility to help agriculture industry

The Alberta government is investing $10 million to expand its food-processing and business-development facility.

The government said the investment will be used to increase the capacity at Agriculture and Forestry’s Agrivalue Processing Business Incubator and Food Processing Development Centre in Leduc by adding 2,350 square metres of business incubation and development space.

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    “Our agri-food entrepreneurs employ tens of thousands of Alberta workers and every year the Food Processing Development Centre helps as many as 100 new and existing businesses grow and succeed,” Minister of Economic Development and Trade Deron Bilous said.

    “Expanding this facility means more jobs and a more diversified economy that builds on our strengths. This is the Alberta Jobs Plan in action.”

    The facility provides equipment and services to help companies develop their products, test their business plans and grow their business.

    “The food-processing centre in Leduc has supported our company in its development and helped create the climate for our success,” Siwin Foods president Qiang Lin said.

    “We have now built a new 3,250 square metre facility in Edmonton, employ 47 people and ship our Alberta-grown and made products across Canada and recently listed with a major retailer in Japan.”

    According to the Alberta government, the province’s food and beverage industries employ about 25,500 people with sales of more than $13 billion, making it Alberta’s second-largest manufacturing sector.

‘Big Brother 18’: Meet 12 contestants about to enter the house

It’s summertime, and that means a whole new batch of houseguests will be entering the Big Brother house.

The hit reality series will return for a two-night, three-hour premiere with host Julie Chen back for yet another season.

Following the premiere, Big Brother will air all summer on Sunday nights at 8 p.m., Wednesday nights at 8 p.m., and Thursday nights at 9 p.m.

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There are 16 houseguests expected to participate this season for the $500,000 prize, but so far, CBS has only revealed 12 of them. There are rumours that returning players (who you’ve seen in previous seasons) will be entering the house once the season has already started.

Siblings seem to be the order of the day for Season 18, with Paul Calafiore, the brother of Season 16 runner-up Cody Calafiore, and Tiffany Rousso, the younger sister of last season’s third-place finisher, professional poker player Vanessa Rousso.

You can take a closer look at the announced contestants below.

Tiffany Rousso
Age: 32
Hometown: West Palm Beach, FL
Occupation: High school teacher
Favourite Activities: Playing basketball, wake boarding, paddle boarding, singing and playing guitar.

Paul Calafiore
Age: 27
Hometown: Howell, N.J.
Occupation: DJ
Favourite Activities: A comfort zone is a wonderful place, but nothing ever grows there.

Glenn Garcia
Age: 50
Hometown: Bronx, N.Y.
Occupation: Dog groomer/former police detective
Three adjectives that describe you: Small, big and great.

Zakiyah Everette
Age: 24
Hometown: Charlotte, N.C.
Occupation: Pre-school teacher
Favourite Activities: Dancing, modeling, cooking, eating, any form of designing or creating.

Natalie Negrotti
Age: 26
Hometown: Caracas, Venezuela
Occupation: Event co-ordinator
Most difficult part about living in the Big Brother house: Living with men because I have never lived with a man in my house, not even my own father!

Michelle Meyer
Age: 23
Hometown: Washington Township, Mich.
Occupation: Nutritionist
Favourite activities: Cooking, reading, going on Reddit, watching live feeds, researching nutrition related topics, photography, working out and selling stuff on eBay.

Victor Arroyo
Age: 25
Hometown: Slidell, Louisiana
Occupation: Gym manager
My life’s motto is: Get my money, develop my body and get women.

Paul Abrahamian
Age: 23
Hometown: Tarzana, California
Occupation: Clothing Designer
Three adjectives that describe you: Honest, spontaneous and energetic.

Jozea Flores
Age: 25
Hometown: Bridgeton, N.J.
Occupation: Makeup artist
Three adjectives that describe you: Funny, outgoing, creative strategist and a visual genius.

Bronte D’Acquisto
Age: 26
Hometown: San Diego, Calif.
Favourite activities: I love to solve math problems consisting of calculus, statistics and probability. I also run, look at adoptable dogs, stretch and walk to the mall to purchase more hair accessories.

Bridgette Dunning
Age: 24
Hometown: Fresno, Calif.
Occupation: Travelling nurse
Favourite Activities: I love to practice yoga, run, bake, read sci-fi books, go out with friends and to comedy shows.

Corey Brooks
Age: 25
Hometown: Dallas, Texas
Occupation: Baseball coach
Three adjectives that describe you: Extraordinary, passionate and lovable.

Viewers who miss all the scheming and competing can catch up on Big Brother following the broadcast the next day on GlobalTV长沙桑拿 and Global Go.

The 18th season of ‘Big Brother’ premieres on June 22 at 8 p.m. on Global TV.

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Caregiver allegedly stealing almost $270K from victim is ‘form of elder abuse’: RCMP

A 49-year-old caregiver is facing criminal charges after she allegedly stole close to $270,000 from an elderly Coquitlam couple under her care.

Police said the alleged theft occurred over a one-year span and an investigation was launched in April 2016 by the Coquitlam RCMP Economic Crime Unit after the 91-year-old victim realized money was missing from her account.

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With the help of the bank, police were able to watch surveillance images of local automated bank machines and, with help from the victim, identified the suspect as Antonette Dizon. Dizon worked as a long-time caregiver for the couple at Home Care Assistance.

On May 30, the Economic Crime Unit searched Dizon’s Burnaby home and gathered evidence to support a charge of fraud over $5,000.

“This was a person in a position of trust who saw an opportunity to benefit financially and took full advantage of the very people she was hired to care for,” said Coquitlam RCMP Cst. Jamie Phillipson.

“This is a form of elder abuse, plain and simple.”

According to Carolina Orosa, who is the manager of Home Care Assistance, Dizon was terminated in October 2015 for being “unreliable”. Orosa said she believes Dizon continued to have contact with the client after she was terminated from Home Care Assistance.

Orosa also said their facility has “never had any incidence of theft in our 6 years of operation and we have very stringent measures in place with respect to hiring our caregivers —; background checks, personality screening tests and reference checks.”

“I am completely shocked by the magnitude of theft committed and am extremely saddened that this happened. We will continue to support the family and the investigation in any way that we can.”

Mounties said Dizon was arrested and released on court ordered conditions, including restricted access to any elderly care home facility. She is scheduled to appear in the Port Coquitlam Provincial Court House on June 27.

For more information on preventing elder abuse, head to the RCMP’s website.

IH expanding overdose tracking and free naloxone kits across health region

In the wake of B.C.’s provincial health officer labeling the spike in overdoses in the province a “public health emergency,” the Interior Health Authority is beefing up its overdose response.

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Seven emergency departments in the heath authority, including the emergency departments in Vernon and Kelowna, have already put into effect a new system to track overdoses and have begun distributing naloxone kits through the Take Home Naloxone program. The health authority says “within the next two months” it plans to expand the programs to all emergency departments in the region.

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With the Take Home Naloxone program those deemed “at risk of an overdose” can pick up a potentially life-saving naloxone kit and receive training on how to use it.

“Naloxone is an injectable drug that can reverse (stop) an opioid overdose – in the event of an overdose, naloxone restores breathing within 2-5 minutes, which offers the opportunity to save a life and reduce harm while waiting for help to arrive,” the Interior Health Authority explains in a media release.

The second initiative, already in place in Vernon and Kelowna, that is being implemented across the health authority is a more formal system to track overdoses. Staff will fill out a detailed form about every overdose that comes into the emergency department.

“The enhanced surveillance will allow us to identify where risks are arising and will enable us to take proactive action to warn and protect people who are at risk,” wrote spokesperson Lesley Coates in an emailed statement.

The move follows an April announcement in which provincial health officer Dr. Perry Kendall called the high level of overdoses plaguing B.C. a “public health emergency” and talked about collecting more information on the problem.

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“Health authorities have consistently asked for more data that will help inform responses and prevent future overdoses,” said Kendall in April. “Over the next few weeks, I’ll work with medical health officers, health authorities, emergency room staff, paramedics and other first responders and the BC Coroners Service to determine how best to collect and share the data.”

In April, the province said if nothing was done to stem the tide of overdoses, the province was on track to record 600 to 800 overdose fatalities in 2016.

Southern Alberta students show off motorcycles built from scratch at Biker Build-Off

There were plenty of selfies being taken at Crowsnest Trail Harley-Davidson Friday, as teams showed off the results of their school project. The Lethbridge motorcycle dealership was the site of the awards ceremony for the Biker Build-Off, with a team from the Carmangay Outreach School taking top honours and a Noble Central School team winning the People’s Choice Award.

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    The challenge, which is now in its seventh year, is the project of Palliser Regional Schools’ shop teacher Ken Sanderson. Students can take the Career and Technology Studies course and build a motorcycle from scratch over the span of a semester.

    Along with learning welding and metal skills, the students learn the importance of teamwork and, perhaps most importantly, problem solving.

    Sanderson said he only weighs in when teams have no other choice.

    “I want to see them take ownership of it and make some mistakes, but learn from them,” Sanderson said.

    Lethbridge MP Rachael Harder handed out the People’s Choice Award to the Nobleford team of Jared Feenstra, Tynan Potterton, Dawson Schlamp and Hayden Scott based on votes. While she admits she doesn’t have an extensive knowledge of choppers, Harder didn’t have any problem recognizing the benefits of hands-on learning.

    “We need to look for those opportunities so kids have a chance to really explore the skills and talents and abilities they have that are outside the realm of a traditional school setting,” she said.

    The Noble Central team of (left to right) Dawson Schlamp, Hayden Scott, Jared Feenstra and Tynan Potterton, along with teacher Ken Sanderson and the Carmangay Outreach team of Corny Thiessen, Benny Thiessen and Erica Penner.

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    The top award for the best chopper was given to Carmangay representatives Erica Penner and Corny and Benny Thiessen.

    This year saw only two teams take part in the challenge, half as many as in previous years. Sanderson said he would love to see more schools in Palliser Regional Schools, as well as other districts in southern Alberta, take advantage of the competition.

    “I would like to see it grow to other schools because metal work is a real difficult course to actually get projects that are cost effective and that the students are going to learn from,” Sanderson said. “It’s wide open and if they want to join, they’re in.”

$100K in stolen goods seized by RCMP at property near Pike Lake, Sask.

Martensville RCMP say they have seized approximately $100,000 in alleged stolen goods after a search warrant was executed at a property near Pike Lake, Sask.

Among the items police said they seized in the June 13 raid were two stolen vehicles, a stolen ATV, a loaded sawed-off shotgun and a hand-held conducted energy weapon.

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    Chad Charles Norris, 34, is facing numerous charges (listed below) and is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Saskatoon provincial court.

    Three other people taken into custody were later released with no charges being laid.

    The RCMP emergency response team, the Saskatoon Police Service emergency response team and the integrated organized crime north unit aided in the execution of the search warrant.

    Charges laid against Chad Charles Norris, who is from Saskatoon:

    possession of stolen property Over $5000 (four counts);fail to comply with judges undertaking (three counts);possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose (two counts);possession of a weapon while prohibited;unsafe storage of a firearm;possession of a firearm while prohibited;possession of ammunition while prohibited;unauthorized possession of a firearm;unauthorized possession of a weapon; andunauthorized possession of a loaded prohibited firearm.

Kanye West announces North American dates for ‘Saint Pablo’ Tour

Kanye West announced tour dates for his Saint Pablo Tour on Tuesday, which include five Canadian stops.

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It is his first North American tour in three years, and the first time he’s hitting the road since he dropped his album The Life of Pablo.

The news comes after West, 38, was forced to call off his secret concert in New York City on June 5 after a “riot” broke out.

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Tickets for the Saint Pablo Tour go on sale on Saturday, June 18 through LiveNation.

Here is a complete list of tour dates. The Canadian stops are bolded:

Thursday, August 25, 2016 — Indianapolis, Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Saturday, August 27, 2016 —  Buffalo, N.Y., First Niagara Center
Tuesday, August 30, 2016 —  Toronto, Ont., Air Canada Centre
Friday, September 02, 2016 —  Montreal, Que., Bell Centre
Saturday, September 03, 2016 —  Boston, Mass., TD Garden
Monday, September 05, 2016 —  New York, N.Y., Madison Square Garden
Tuesday, September 06, 2016 —  New York, N.Y., Madison Square Garden
Thursday, September 08, 2016 — Washington, D.C., Verizon Center
Monday, September 12, 2016 — Atlanta, Ga., Philips Arena
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 — Tampa, Fla., Amalie Arena
Friday, September 16, 2016 — Miami, Fla., AmericanAirlines Arena
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 — Houston, Texas, Toyota Center
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 — Austin, Texas, Frank Erwin Center
Thursday, September 22, 2016 — Dallas, Texas, American Airlines Center
Saturday, September 24, 2016 — Nashville, Tenn., N Bridgestone Arena
Sunday, September 25, 2016 — Columbus, Ohio, Schottenstein Center
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 — Detroit, Mich., Joe Louis Arena
Friday, September 30, 2016 — University Park, Pa., Bryce Jordan Center
Saturday, October 01, 2016 — Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena
Tuesday, October 04, 2016 —  Philadelphia, Pa., Wells Fargo Center
Thursday, October 06, 2016 — Detroit, Mich., Palace of Auburn Hills
Friday, October 07, 2016 — Chicago, Ill., United Center
Saturday, October 08, 2016 — Chicago, Ill., Allstate Arena
Monday, October 10, 2016 — Minneapolis, Minn., Xcel Energy Center
Wednesday, October 12, 2016 — Winnipeg, Man., MTS Centre
Saturday, October 15, 2016 — Edmonton, Alta., Rogers Place
Monday, October 17, 2016 — Vancouver, B.C., Rogers Arena
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 — Seattle, Wash., KeyArena
Saturday, October 22, 2016 — Oakland, Calif., Oracle Arena
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 — Los Angeles, Calif., Forum
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 — Los Angeles, Calif., Forum
Saturday, October 29, 2016 — Las Vegas, Nev., T-Mobile Arena

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Pro-ISIS group identifies Toronto Pride Parade as ‘excellent target’ for attack

Toronto police say they are aware of a possible threat from a German pro-ISIS group that identifies the Toronto Pride Parade as an “excellent target” for an attack.

Dalhousie University professor Amarnath Amarasingam, who researches foreign fighters at the University of Waterloo, told Global News he found the post online among about 50 other pro-ISIS channels he monitors.

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“It only really appears on one telegram channel, I haven’t been able to find any reference to Toronto anywhere else,” he said, adding that the channel is run by a group of “German ISIS fanboys.” “I don’t know what to make of it really.”

READ MORE: Toronto Pride celebrations will go ahead amid tighter security: organizers

The post in question shows a digital illustration of a handgun resting on a wooden tabletop next to a cup of coffee, beside a sticky note that lists the start time of the July 3 parade.

“Parade is an excellent target,” the post reads. “Plenty of kafir sodomites to kill.”

The Washington-based Middle East Media Research Institute also reported on the alleged threat, which stated that similar threats showed images of sites in New York City.

Toronto police spokesman Mark Pugash said they are aware of the post but declined to speak directly to the possibility of a threat to the parade.

“I’m not going to discuss specific threats other than to say we’re aware of it,” he said.

“What I can tell you is that we have people whose job is nothing other than monitoring threats to the city and we do that 24 hours a day seven days a week and we adjust our security levels, which we monitor regularly, whenever necessary.”

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Organizers of Toronto’s gay pride festivities declined to speak directly to the threat, but reiterated that the celebrations would go ahead as planned amid increased security. 

“The Toronto Police Service and the RCMP have worked with Pride Toronto to develop a solid security plan. We trust that the security measures in place will create a safe and welcoming environment for our community. The Pride Parade will proceed as planned,” Victoria Schwarzl said in an emailed statement, adding that police continue to monitor any “new developments.”

“Pride Toronto will not contribute to a culture of fear by responding to threats. Instead, we will continue to focus on creating a safe space for our community and city to enjoy the remainder of Pride Month.”

Pride organizers met representatives of the RCMP, city police and the prime minister’s office on Monday to discuss security concerns.

Mathieu Chantelois, executive director of Pride Toronto, refused to comment on any specifics, but said more uniformed police would be on hand while more plainclothes officers and others would both mingle with, and keep watch on, the crowds.

Chantelois called it a blessing that Justin Trudeau is slated to be the first sitting prime minister to take part in the parade, adding that Trudeau will bring the security expertise of the RCMP with him.

Amarasingam said the channel is not popular among members of the pro-ISIS community, but believes the post was made to point to the possibility of the Pride Parade as a target —; not necessarily to a specific attack.

“The channel is not very well known, it’s not very active and it’s the only channel that this was posted on, it didn’t show up on any other active kind of fan boy channels,” he said.

“It’s not really a direct threat it’s more like, ‘If you’re interested in doing something here’s an option.’”

With a file from