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Why we must hold back on using the terrorism label

By Phil Gurskii      

What happened on the Danforth was a terrible crime that killed two, wounded many more, and scarred even more for life. And yet there is nothing to support the theory that the assailant was a terrorist.

Pictured in July 2018, people in Toronto left floral tributes for 18-year-old Reese Fallon with the message 'We are #Danforth.' What happened on the Danforth on July 22, 2018, was a terrible crime that killed two, wounded many more, and scarred even more for life. And yet there is nothing to support the theory that the assailant was a terrorist, writes Phil Gurski. Photograph by Kasuga & courtesy of Wikipedia Commons

OTTAWA—July 22 marks a sombre anniversary in Canada. A year ago, people were enjoying a summer’s evening on Toronto’s Danforth Avenue, sitting in cafés, having dinner, spending time with friends and family. At around 10 p.m., a lone gunman was seen walking down the street, randomly shooting pedestrians before opening fire on crowded restaurants. In all, 13 bystanders were injured and two women, 18-year-old Reese Fallon and 10-year-old Julianna Kozis, were killed. The assailant, Faisal Hussain, killed himself when Toronto Police later engaged him in an exchange of gunfire.

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