This update hopefully sends a strong message that Canada will not tolerate ideological, religious or politically-motivated acts of violence.
Bill Blair, Canada's Minister of Public Safety
"These groups are unfortunately active in Canada and around the world [...] fueled by white supremacy, antisemitism, racism, homophobia, Islamaphobia and misogyny," said Minister Blair.
Three of the terrorist organizations added to the list are Al Qaida affiliate groups, five are affiliated with Daesh — another word for ISIS or ISIL — and four are ideologically-motivated violent extremist (IMVE) groups.
The names of IMVE groups are:
The Proud Boys
Russian Imperial Movement
Finally, the government added Hizbul Mujahideen, an Islamic militant group originally formed in 1989 with the goal of liberating Kashmir from India and merging it with Pakistan.
According to Blair, adding groups to this list can help with laying terrorism-related charges against perpetrators and supporters in addition to making it harder for these groups to acquire funds.
"When an entity is placed on the list, banks and financial institutions can freeze their assets," Minister Blair said.
"It’s a criminal offence for Canadians to knowingly deal with the assets of a [listed] terrorist entity."
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Blair said growing concern for domestic terrorism in Canada was a key driver of the change — announced less than a week after the fourth anniversary of the Quebec City mosque shooting, which left six Muslim worshippers dead and 19 others injured.
He also said the move makes it easier to remove hateful online content from the terrorist entities and their sympathizers.
"The threat of ideologically-motivated extremism has been identified as the most significant threat to domestic security in Canada," Blair said.
Mary Simon's approval rating is lower in Quebec compared to the rest of Canada, a poll released Wednesday showed, because the new governor general can't speak French.
An Angus Reid Institute poll of 2,049 Canadians found only 49% of Quebecers approve of her appointment compared to 74% of respondents in the rest of the country.
"Despite being from Nunavik (the Inuit homeland in Northern Quebec), and having been awarded the [province's] highest distinction, many Quebecers remain unconvinced Mary Simon is the best choice for governor general due to her lack of fluency in French," stated the Angus Reid Institute.
"Support is cleaved along linguistic divides in the only majority Francophone province in Canada," it continued, as only 40% of Quebecers whose first language is French approve of her appointment compared to 81% of English speakers.
Though Simon, the country's first Indigenous governor general, is not currently fluent in French, she has promised to learn, Angus Reid stated.
A startling 46% of seafood samples sold in restaurants and grocery stores in four major Canadian cities were mislabelled, according to a report published Wednesday by the non-profit group Oceana Canada.
Often, low-cost knockoffs were pawned off as fancy fishes; out of a total of 94 samples, all 24 of butterfish, yellowtail and white tuna were mislabelled and over half of the samples labelled snapper was actually tilapia, "a much cheaper" fish.
Furthermore, there were 10 occasions where products labelled butterfish or tuna turned out to be escolar, a fish that "can cause acute gastrointestinal symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting and nausea and is banned from sale in several countries," according to a news release.
Despite promises to tackle the issue, seafood fraud has been an ongoing problem in Canada. Oceana's multi-year DNA testing study found the Canadian city with the most fake fish was Montreal, where 52% of the samples were mislabelled, though Ottawa and Toronto did nearly as poorly, with mislabelling rates of 50% each.
Sayara Thurston, a seafood fraud campaigner, highlighted the need for better traceability systems to detect foul fish before they hit our dinner plates. "Buying fish shouldn't be a guessing game. Canadians deserve to have confidence in the seafood they eat."
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If you aren't already psyched to watch Canadian athletes win gold at the Tokyo 2020 Summer Games, here's a whole new reason to be eager for Olympic glory: free doughnuts.
For every gold medal Canada wins, Laval-based pastry chain Mr. Puffs is giving away five free honey and cinnamon or sugar and cinnamon Puffs, which are bite-sized Greek-style doughnuts, at any one of their stores.
This means that you, too, can enjoy the sweet flavour of victory from the comfort of your own home, without the need for incredible natural talents and years of body-shredding, sweat-inducing training.
According to the company website, Puffs are traditional Greek doughnut holes (called loukoumades), invented thousands of years ago by the ancient Greeks and enjoyed by Olympians of old.
If the win happens after 9 p.m. or overnight then the prize is valid the next day, so keep an eye out for news of athletic victories.
To win, all you have to say is, "go Canada, go!" at the cash register. The promotion ends August 8 and doesn't apply on any delivery platforms, so you'll have to make the athletic feat of getting to the store.
Expedia also shared data on Canadians' interest in visiting Quebec destinations. After Quebec City and Mont-Tremblant, Canadians seem to want to travel to La Malbaie, Tadoussac, Montreal and Gaspésie — in that order.
The results were based on searches for trips that would take place between July 7 and September 30.