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Global News

Canada has made eliminating propaganda that supports ISIS, and other terrorist groups, a priority in newly proposed anti-terror legislation.

Bill C-51 would make it an offence to promote or advocate « the commission of terrorism offences, » and paves the way for the RCMP to seek a judicial order to remove such propaganda — which often aims to recruit foreign fighters or supporters — from the Internet.

The problem is, ISIS and extremist organizations are quite adept at getting around online obstacles to get their messages out, and move faster to find new avenues to spread their ideals than authorities can keep up with.

« By the time they actually go through this legislation, even if it takes a few days, it’s still not fast enough to keep up with the propaganda that’s being put out there, » said Muhammed Robert Heft, a de-radicalization counsellor based in the Toronto area.


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Jasper and Sardine

The main street leading to the Parliament buildings in Ottawa, Ontario are filled with police after multiple shootings on October 22, 2014

Ottawa (AFP) – Canada’s spy agency will be granted new powers in legislation unveiled Friday to thwart terror plots in a national security overhaul precipitated by twin jihadist attacks three months ago.

The October 20 and 22 attacks in Quebec province and in the capital Ottawa, targeting soldiers and Parliament, revealed gaps in Canadian defenses against terrorism.

In the aftermath of the terror attacks — the first ever on Canadian soil — Prime Minister Stephen Harper pledged to beef up security.

On Friday, he said new measures are needed to combat « a great evil (that) has been descending on our world, an evil which has been growing more and more powerful: violent jihadism. »

It is « one of most dangerous enemies our world has ever faced, » he said.

Citing recent attacks in Australia, Canada and France, he added that terror assaults and plots « have become more frequent and more dangerous » and…

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