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Canada to Fund Antiterrorism Research Initatives

Canada on Wednesday announced it would provide more than $1 million for six new investigatory efforts under an antiterrorism initiative announced last June (see GSN, Jan. 10).

The prorgrams would be the initial activities to receive financial backing under the $9.7 million Kanishka Project established in observance of the deadly 1985 bombing of an Air India flight over Montreal. Related actions are expected to extend over half a decade, according to Public Safety Canada.

“Terrorism and violent extremism are global threats and Canada is not immune. I’m pleased to announce the funding awarded to the first six innovative research projects that will help build Canada’s knowledge and understanding of the complex issue of terrorism,” Public Safety Minister Victor Toews said in a statement. “Threats evolve, and we must strive to improve our knowledge and understanding to more effectively address these threats. With initiatives like the Kanishka Project, we are taking action to help build the resilience of our communities against the threats we face today” (Public Safety Canada release, May 30).

One project would support an analysis by Carleton University in Ottawa of the "organizational structure of terrorist groups that have used or attempted to use or acquire chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear weapons," Postmedia News reported on Tuesday.

Another effort would seek to create a "network of scholars" for soliciting analyses of writing on extremism, organize gatherings on similar topics and create a graduate-level apprenticeship drive. The University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University and the University of Waterloo would oversee the 24-month initiative (Tobi Cohen, Postmedia News/Vancouver Sun, May 29).

Ottawa is now reviewing a second round of grant requests for the program, and the government is set to accept applications until the end of October for a third set of awards, Public Safety Canada said (Public Safety Canada release).

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