Threats do not have to be defined only as murder and mayhem. Threats are the support systems, the enablers, the groups posing as upstanding members of our communities. Just weeks before the terrorists attacks we received death threats here at The Suburban. There is an atmosphere of license that has permeated our national culture where too many dismiss their responsibilities because they want to maintain a false sense of security, or just because they can’t be bothered or out of mercantile expediency.
These thoughts come to mind again as we receive news this week that an RCMP investigation has revealed that a charity, labeled a terrorist support group in 2011, is still in business in Montreal and in Ontario collecting cash from supporters. The International Relief Fund for the Afflicted and Needy, or IRFAN, lost its charitable status in 2011 because of ties to Hamas. According to the Government of Canada it had sent approximately $14.5 million to Hamas and related organizations between 2005 and 2009.