I Figured It Was Time To Move On To Something Beyond The Papal Discussion...
This was in today's online paper.... I found it interesting in the wake of recent events.
B.C. targets named on terror list. Ferries No. 8, Canada Place No. 16, as Manley tells Canadians no 'special precautions'
Fabian Dawson The Province; with Canadian Press Thursday, November 14, 2002 CREDIT: The Canadian Press
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A confidential list of 22 potential terrorist targets in Canada, including two in B.C., has been drawn up by the U.S. State Department, The Province has learned.
The list includes a warning that B.C. Ferries and the Canada Place complex that is home to cruise ships in the summer are potential targets during the tourist season.
Also listed are the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa, Toronto's CN Tower, the Chalk River, Ont., nuclear facility and the Syncrude tarsands production facility in Fort McMurray, Alta.
Mark Stefanson of B.C. Ferries said news that his corporation was on a target list was news to him. "We have heightened our security since 9/11 and are constantly working with the RCMP to be vigilant."
The list is to be discussed today in Ottawa when Foreign Affairs Minister Bill Graham meets Colin Powell, the U.S secretary of state.
The targets were studied and ranked prior to terror kingpin Osama bin Laden sending out a sinister warning to Western nations, specifically Canada, Britain, France, Italy, Germany, Australia and Israel.
The warning this week was in part addressed to "peoples of the countries allied with the tyrannical U.S. government."
Responding to the bin Laden tape, Deputy Prime Minister John Manley said Ottawa takes the latest threat seriously, but Canadians don't need to take any "special precautions at the present time."
"There have been drills and practices and so on, so that increasingly I think our preparedness is becoming enhanced."
But one intelligence agent disagrees.
"[Manley] must be living in a time warp," the agent said.
Meanwhile, a "credible security threat" against a Canadian warship kept it out of a port in Thailand last week, Global National reported yesterday.
The HMCS Protecteur's commander kept the supply ship out of the port at Phuket after he got a "credible and compelling security threat" against its crew. There were a series of bombings in the port a few days later, military sources told Global.
The ship also didn't dock in Hong Kong as scheduled because of the security risk.
The ship, returning from nine months duty in the Arabian Gulf, is to return to Victoria Sunday, one week ahead of schedule.
Yesterday, Graham said that "it [warning tape] was a wake-up call to the danger and I was taking it very seriously."
Canadian Alliance foreign affairs critic Stockwell Day called on Graham to reassure Powell that Canada will toughen its stance on terrorism. Graham noted that $7.5 billion has been spent on terrorism-related measures since the Sept. 11 attacks.
He said Canada needs to focus on helping smaller nations that lack the resources to develop security infrastructure.
Prime Minister Jean Chretien's silence drew a rebuke from Canadian Alliance Leader Stephen Harper, who said Chretien should be "standing on guard for the country, not standing on a golf tee."
Andrew McGregor of Aberfoyle International Security Analysis said the government should have reacted sooner.
"They have to start taking security concerns seriously in this country. . . . Just playing along saying, 'Well, let's wait and see what the Americans do' seems a pretty poor way to defend the country."
This U.S. list obtained by The Province ranked the Canadian targets and their most vulnerable times:
1. CN Tower, Toronto (late night, early morning).
2. Transit: Subway, Toronto (rush hour).
3. Nuclear/intelligence facilities: Chalk River, Ont., (NDT: no definite time).
4. Place Ville Marie, Montreal (office hours).
5. Air Canada Centre,Toronto (major entertainment event).
6. Peace Bridge, near Niagara Falls, Ont (NDT).
7. Canadian National Exhibition: Toronto (Mid-August to September).
8. B.C. ferry system: Tsawwassen (tourist season).
9. Canadian Forces Base Greenwood: Greenwood, N.S., (NDT).
10. Secondary Parliament buildings: Ottawa (political sittings).
11. Syncrude tarsands plant: Fort McMurray, Alta., (NDT).
12. Royal Ontario Museum: Toronto (public hours).
13. Confederation Bridge: P.E.I./N.B. (tourist season).
14. Calgary Stampede Park (Stampede in July).
15. Nuclear facility: Point Lepreau, N.B (NDT).
16. Canada Place: Vancouver (summer).
17. Toronto Island ferry: (summer).
18. Temple Emanuel: Montreal (religious holiday services).
19. Beth Shalom Temple: Toronto (religious holiday services).
20. Temple Sinai: Toronto (religious holiday services).
21. Beth Israel HSBA Synagogue: Winnipeg (religious holiday services).
22. Nuclear facility: Pickering, Ont. (NDT).
© Copyright 2002 The Province
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