The Calgary mother fighting radicalisation in Syria

Canada is thousands of miles away from the war zone in Syria and Iraq – yet the self-styled Islamic State has recruited young fighters to join its cause. Can the lessons from the death of one young Canadian help prevent other tragedies?

Christianne Boudreau is baking cookies. While there’s snow on the ground across the city of Calgary and the plains below the Canadian Rockies, there’s the warm glow of family life in her kitchen.

“I usually bake a lot in the winter because it’s cosy in the house and it smells good – it feels more like a home, the warmth,” she says as she measures out the batter.

But someone is missing. Her son, Damian Clairmont.