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Fears prompt Ottawa to ban Air Canada's Beirut service

The federal government has rescinded Air Canada’s licence to fly to Beirut, days before the inaugural flight, because of what sources described as terrorist concerns. In a statement last night, Air Canada said it was told on Saturday that as a result of “national security” issues, it was not allowed to launch non-stop service Thursday between Montreal and Beirut. A senior federal official said the move was taken to safeguard Canadians against terrorism after advice was received from agencies such as the Canadian Security Intelligence Service. “It’s part of ongoing threat assessments, risk assessments, monitoring of the security environment abroad, and Transport Canada decides on the basis of advice from a number of agencies, including CSIS.” Full Story

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