The Conservative government plans to give police and spies new tools to fight terrorism as early as next week. But some point out that anti-terror laws already on the books aren't being fully used to stem the threat of attacks by homegrown radicals.
The federal government is increasing security at the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa and key public buildings after security agencies picked up intelligence reports of possible extremist 'knife-and-gun' attacks in Canada.
The RCMP has about 63 active security investigations on 90 suspected extremists who intend to join fights abroad or who have returned to Canada, said Bob Paulson, commissioner of the national police force.
The RCMP is distancing itself from a newly released handbook aimed at preventing Canada’s Muslim youth from falling under the influence of terror groups, saying it can’t support the booklet’s 'adversarial tone.'