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Takeaways so far from the terrorist attack in Edmonton

By Phil Gurski      

All in all, we can collectively breathe a sigh of relief. Canada remains well-placed when it comes to terrorism and while we must remain vigilant and ensure that our protectors are adequately resourced, we must acknowledge that we are in a much better position than many of our closest allies.

Phil Gurski writes that despite a lot of criticism of the RCMP, overseen by Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, pictured in Centre Block earlier this year, for not acting further once they had learned of Edmonton terror suspect Abdulahi Abdulahi’s extreme views, 'our security forces can only do so much with what they know.' Hill Times file photograph
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It has been a little more than a week and a half since Canada suffered its latest, and thankfully still rare, terrorist attack. A 30-year-old Somali refugee named Abdulahi Sharif hit and stabbed an Edmonton police officer before leading authorities on a race through the city’s streets where he struck four pedestrians before he was apprehended.  Not surprisingly this story got a lot of media attention, not just in this country, and we will undoubtedly learn more in

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