Bob Rae on the remarkable life of his friend John Ridsdel -

'He had a really strong urge to see the world,' Bob Rae says of John Ridsdel. (Photograph by Cole Garside). In September, John Ridsdel, a 68-year-old Canadian, was kidnapped in the southern Philippines along with three other people—fellow Canadian ...and more »

John Ridsdel: A look at Abu Sayyaf's history of brutal terrorist attacks -

Philippine police and armed forces have intensified their efforts to hunt down Abu Sayyaf militants who beheaded Canadian John Ridsdel, who they took hostage last year, a police spokesman said on Tuesday.and more »

Hostage John Ridsdel is dead, Canadian officials confirm -

Canadians Robert Hall, left, and John Ridsdel in a still image taken from an undated militant video. (The Canadian Press, HO via Youtube). KANANASKIS, Alta. — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau condemned Monday the “cold-blooded murder” of a Canadian ...and more »

Philippines unrest: Who are the Abu Sayyaf group? - BBC News

Abu Sayyaf is one of the smallest and most violent jihadist groups in the southern Philippines. Its name means "bearer of the sword" and it is notorious for kidnapping for ransom, and for attacks on civilians and the army. In 2004 it bombed a ferry in ...and more »

Trudeau says Canada 'does not and will not pay ransom to terrorists' -

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau used a press conference at the end of his three-day cabinet retreat in Kananaskis, Alta., to send a message to terrorists that may be considering abducting Canadian citizens: "I do ... want to make one thing perfectly ...and more »

Trudeau rules out ransom for hostages as rescue mission explored - The Globe and Mail

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada will not pay Abu Sayyaf terrorists any ransom to release remaining hostages, which leaves open the question of whether Ottawa and its allies could launch a rescue mission to free those held by the Filipino jihadis.and more »

Execution of Canadian John Ridsdel a major test for Trudeau on terrorism, say experts -

How Justin Trudeau deals with the killing of John Ridsdel, 68, a former Calgarian taken hostage by Abu Sayyah, will be a major test for his new government, say experts. On Monday, one of two Canadian hostages — Ridsel, a former mining executive — was ...and more »

Canada 'does not and will not' pay ransom to terrorists, PM says - CTV News

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday that he wants to make “crystal clear” that “Canada does not and will not pay ransom to terrorists, directly or indirectly.” The prime minister also told reporters in Alberta that media reports suggesting he ...and more »

Family devastated after John Ridsdel killed by captors in Philippines -

Family of John Ridsdel say they are devastated by his death at the hands of kidnappers in the Philippines. They say his life was "cut tragically short by this senseless act of violence despite us doing everything within our power to bring him home.".and more »

The killing of Canadian hostage John Ridsdel: U of T's Aisha Ahmad on why terrorists get away with kidnapping - News@UofT

Canadians were shocked to learn recently that retired journalist John Ridsdel, who had been kidnapped along with three others last September in the Philippines, had been beheaded by his captors, the militant group Abu Sayyaf. Assistant professor Aisha ...and more »