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Survivors and victims, along with their family and friends, share a moment outside the courthouse after Alek Minassian had been found guilty for the Toronto van attack. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Toronto van attack: Guilty verdict, but Canada still needs to tackle ideological violence

The judgment document in the Toronto van attack case pointed out that the attacker's motivations were unclear but related to other ideologically informed violent acts.
In this April 2020 photo, protesters carry rifles near the steps of the Michigan State Capitol building in Lansing, Mich. A plot to kidnap Michigan’s governor has put a focus on the security of governors in the United States. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Right-wing extremism: The new wave of global terrorism

Is right-wing violent extremism the new fifth wave of modern terrorism? If so, there's no doubt the impacts of COVID-19 will only help accelerate the radicalization of its adherents.
A young man in Ontario (not pictured) affiliated with incel culture has been charged with terrorism, which may pose problems for how we understand national security. (Shutterstock)

Why charging incels with terrorism may make matters worse

The decision to charge an incel youth with terrorism reinforces worrying trends in counterterrorism.
A man and his son pay respects at a memorial to a teacher in Debert, N.S. on April 21, 2020. RCMP say at least 23 people are dead after a man went on a murder rampage in Nova Scotia communities. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

Let’s call the Nova Scotia mass shooting what it is: White male terrorism

Until we acknowledge that toxic white masculinity is fuelling mass murders, aggrieved white men will continue to commit them -- and we'll all continue to pay the price.
Cowboys Coyote Quartet, Glacier National Park, April 17, 1927. Tullio Saba/Flickr

The bogus ‘crisis’ of masculinity

The notion of a 'crisis of masculinity” clouds the understanding of complex social phenomena and falsely asserts a vision of humanity as being radically divided between men and women.
A group of women pay their respects at a memorial wall dedicated to the victims of the Toronto van attack. Wednesday, April 25, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

If misogyny was a factor, is Toronto rampage a terrorist act against women?

The word "terrorism" has not been used officially to describe the Toronto van attack. But if it's shown the accused was inspired by misogyny, Canadian law allows for terror to be added to murder charges. Should it?
Two students comfort each other during a candlelight vigil held to honour the victims of Elliot Rodger in Isla Vista, Calif., in May 2014. Was Toronto’s van attack suspect inspired by Rodger? (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

The dark possible motive of the Toronto van attacker

Was the suspect in Toronto's van attack inspired by a misogynist mass killer in the United States?

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