How do you view the relationship between Muslim and non-Muslim Canadians?

Maclean’s magazine, in 2013, headlined a story “Canadian anti-Muslim sentiment is rising, disturbing new poll reveals.”

Today in hour 1 I’ll be joined by Mubin Shaikh, co-author of Undercover Jihadi and frequent contributor to network television such as CNN, who lived in Syria for two years studying Islam after in his late teens being more sympathetic to the jihadi perspective. Mubin Shaikh was subsequently engaged by CSIS and the RCMP as an undercover operative with the so-called Toronto 18 terror group.

We’ll ask callers to respond to the question “How do you view the relationship between Muslim and non-Muslim Canadians”?  I hope we’ll hear from Muslim and non-Muslims.  The idea here is to create a dialogue and hopefully a better understanding of each other.

We’ll also speak with international media post-Paris terror attack.  Eric Randolph from Agence France Presse joins me from Paris and from Washington, D.C., a

Abderrahim Foukara, Washington Bureau Chief of Al Jazeera.

You’ll find out about the Boots 4 Pups Amazing Race for 2016, as the Citadel Canine Society has organized a great event which will result in service dogs being available to military veteran and first responders.  The trophy will be named in honour of Corporal Nathan Cirillo. This is only the third undertaking the Cirillo family has agreed to allow Cpl Cirillo’s name to be used.

BrianARcher, founder of Citadel Canine, Carla de Konig, event director and Honourary Colonel Ron Foxcroft of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Regiment will be with me. Cpl Cirillo was a member of the Argylls.

And…just to change pace, if you’re a lifelong Rolling Stones fan, you’ll want to join us as rock music writer Jim Beviglia ranks the Best 100 Rolling Stones songs.  You may disagree with Jim’s decisions and we’ll take calls.  Jim’s book is Counting Down the Rolling Stones: Their 100 Finest Songs.”

Join us today on the Corus radio network.

The Belgian capital of Brussels in lockdown

Brussels is under its highest terror watch with residents asked to remain indoors, shopping centres and the subway closed, as police and special forces military personnel patrol the city which is the home of NATO HQ and the European Parliament.
I’ll be speaking with the former Commander of Canada’s JTF2 special forces and national counter terrorism force unit about how to get ahead of the terror threats and what spec forces do in situations such as is occurring in Brussels.

You’ll hear Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall as he spoke to me yesterday about his letter to Prime Minister Trudeau, urging going more slowly in bringing 25,000 Syrian refugee claimants to Canada in the next six weeks.  The Premier also has concerns about Mr. Trudeau’s decision to remove Canada’s CF18’s from the international coalition force bombing ISIS.  We’ll include your calls after I play back the Premier’s interview with me.

Also today, Anonymous declared war on ISIS. What damage can the international hacktivist group create for ISIS?  A cyber security expert and professor from Stanford University will explain.

We’ll find out that Broken Heart Syndrome really is a medical condition, this after much talk about BHS following the deaths of Doug and Darren Flutie’s parents within an hour of each other.

It’s Saturday, so time for B&B with Catherine Swift, Linda Leatherdale and Michelle Simson joining me and you know it’s going to be lively and strongly opinionated.

Just some of what’s on today’s show on the Corus radio network.

Do refugee claimants from Syria pose a risk? Canadians respond by their answers to pollsters

PARIS - OCTOBER 18: Soldiers stand guard in front of the Eiffel Tower on October 18, 2010 in Paris, France. France has been warned by Saudi Arabia that it is a potential target for an al-Qaeda attack. (Photo by Franck Prevel/Getty Images)

PARIS – OCTOBER 18: Soldiers stand guard in front of the Eiffel Tower on October 18, 2010 in Paris, France. France has been warned by Saudi Arabia that it is a potential target for an al-Qaeda attack. (Photo by Franck Prevel/Getty Images)

Are Canadians concerns about Syrian refugees being hurried into Canada rising?

By the end of the calendar year Prime Minister Justin Trudeau insists he wants 25,000 Syrians here.  A commitment Trudeau made during the federal election campaign.

News today from Quebec shows polling of Quebeckers by Leger for the TVA network indicates 73% of residents fear a Paris-like attack may happen in Canada.

When assurances are offered by the new federal government that security forces are prepared to deal with any possible terror or other threat from Syrian refugees, 40% of Quebeckers express confidence that is likely the case.  Most do not.

60% believe Mr. Trudeau’s determination to bring 25,000 Syrian refugee claimants to Canada must be reduced.  33% support the number.

Meanwhile, 59% of Quebec residents fear a major influx of refugees would “facilitate terrorist infiltrators” (writes the Montreal Gazette).  A mere 28% are confident immigration officials would be capable of identifying individuals who may present trouble.

Angus Reid polling of Canadians nationally indicates 54% oppose the Trudeau government’s Syrian refugee settlement plan, while 42% are in favour.  29% believe the federal government should be taking in no refugee claimants.

Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard insists the province will accept 6000 refugees, while Saskatchewan’s Brad Wall has written a letter to the Prime Minister urging the federal plan, because of the Paris attacks, be suspended.

Municipally, the Mayor of Quebec City, Regis Labeaume has capped the ceiling for refugees for his city at 800 and added that number should not include “frustrated 20-year-old men.”

Canadians are hardly bigots who harbour ill will toward people in real need.

Polling suggests rather it is a matter of common sense, partnering with public safety, to caution a rookie Prime Minister with little international experience of any significance to make safeguarding the people of Canada a priority over a date circled on a calendar during the heat of a federal election campaign.