CNN: Canada shows the world the right way to face up to evil. When terror came to the streets of Toronto this week — in one of the worst mass killings in this country’s history — it challenged the sepia-soaked image of Canada as “a peaceable kingdom.” Like other large, diverse democracies, Canada has learned that it is not immune to random atrocities. Four years ago, a gunman walked into Parliament in Ottawa, hunting politicians. He murdered a guard before he was killed. What was striking in Monday’s van attack, which killed 10 people and injured 14, was the public response: a mix of shock and incredulity tempered by reserve and order. Politicians of all stripes were calm. The media was careful. The police were disciplined. And the people were unfazed. By Andrew Cohen.
Reuters: Canada attack suspect linked to celibates angry at women. An Ontario man accused of using a rented van as a weapon in Canada’s deadliest mass murder in decades declared himself to be a soldier in the “incel” rebellion, a term referring to a loose social media movement of men who blame women for their celibacy. Alek Minassian, 25, of the Toronto suburb of Richmond Hill, was charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder and 13 counts of attempted murder in Tuesday’s driving rampage. Canadian authorities have declined to say whether anger toward women motivated the attack. The majority of the victims were women, ranging in age from their mid-20s to early 80s.
Washington Post: The personal is political for Canada’s foreign minister. Among the diplomats who gathered in Toronto for a meeting of the leading industrialized nations, Pavlo Klimkin was an outlier. The foreign minister of Ukraine represents a country with a gross domestic product of $93 billion, compared with envoys from countries with economies measured in the trillions of dollars. But it was no accident that Klimkin had star billing at the meeting of top diplomats from the Group of Seven countries, known as the G-7. On Monday, the G-7 foreign ministers agreed to establish a working group that aims to “call out” Russian “malign behavior in all of its manifestations,” said British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson. By Carol Morello.
Reuters: Trump says NAFTA talks going ‘nicely,’ Canada sees progress on auto rules. U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday a new North American Free Trade Agreement could be agreed on quickly, as Canada hailed progress on forging new rules for the auto industry, the pivotal issue in talks to revamp the 24-year-old accord. Ministers from the United States, Canada and Mexico responsible for NAFTA met in Washington to try to narrow differences on regional content rules for autos in the hope of tying up a deal in the coming days. “NAFTA, as you know, is moving along. They (Mexico) have an election coming up very soon,” Trump said at a Cabinet meeting briefly attended by reporters.
Reuters: G7 tells tech firms to boost efforts to combat extremism: Canada. The Group of Seven leading industrialized nations on Tuesday told leading tech and social media companies to ramp up efforts to combat the spread of extremism, a top Canadian official said. G7 security ministers raised their concerns during a Toronto meeting with Facebook, Twitter Inc, Alphabet Inc’s Google and Microsoft Corp, said Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale. The four companies are part of the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT), set up last year under pressure from governments in Europe and the United States after a spate of deadly attacks.
Le Monde: Toronto Attack: Who are the Incels, a group of bachelors to whom the suspect refers? “The rebellion of the Incels has already begun. We will overthrow all “Chads” and “Stacys”. These sentences were posted a few hours before the tragedy on the Facebook account of Alek Minassian, the alleged perpetrator of the van attack that killed ten people in Toronto, Canada, on April 23rd. The Incels? On the Internet, there are several tens of thousands who have joined these groups, whose name is a combination of involuntary celibate (unintentional single). In the vast majority of cases, they are heterosexual men, aged between 18 and 35, according to their testimonies. What brings them together: to hold women for sole responsibility for their enduring celibacy.
BBC: Canada developing quantum radar to detect stealth aircraft. Canada has invested $2.7m (£1.93m) into developing quantum radar – a new technology that would greatly improve the detection of stealth aircraft. The technology is being developed by the University of Waterloo to replace existing Arctic radar stations. Quantum radar can theoretically detect objects with a greater level of accuracy than conventional radar. It makes use of quantum illumination – the process of isolating pairs of entangled photons. So far, the technology has been tested only in laboratories.
Russia Today: Rounding on Russia: G7 foreign ministers support UK’s presumption of Russian guilt in Skripal case. G7 foreign ministers have sided with the UK in assigning blame for the Salisbury poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal to Russia. The ministers “share and agree” on the assessment that Moscow was “highly likely” behind the attack. “We share, and agree with, the UK’s assessment that it is highly likely that the Russian Federation was responsible for the attack, and that there is no plausible alternative explanation,” the foreign ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the US, the UK itself as well as the High Representative of the European Union, declared in a joint statement issued in the wake of their meeting in Toronto on Monday. Russia has refuted all the accusations, insisting that it had destroyed its last chemical weapons in 2017, while the US was long overdue, repeatedly missing its deadline to reciprocate.