We hear of terror threats or attacks on almost a daily basis. But we often have the distance of an ocean or a nation that separates us from its full impact.
But when you hear of a former Winnipegger, who lived in Charleswood, who was suspected of an alleged terrorist plot, does that ring alarm bells to you?
Last year, when Aaron Driver was arrested in Charleswood, did you think much of it? Last night when the 24-year-old was killed by RCMP in Strathroy, Ontario, as they were responding to a “potential terrorist threat” did you think differently of it?
Last year, the former Winnipegger was also suspected of an alleged terrorist plot. After he was arrested in the family friendly neighbourhood, Driver was allowed to live in the sleepy town of Strathroy, with strict conditions, including wearing a GPS tracking device.
These conditions were in line with his peace bond. And by agreeing to the peace bond, Driver was “consenting or acknowledging that there are reasonable grounds to fear that he may participate, contribute — directly or indirectly — in the activity of a terrorist group.”
Should he even have been given a peace bond? Should a DAESH (known by its complimentary term ISIS) sympathizer be given a peace bond?