"Is Canada safe?" Such reads the headline to an article released by Express, a prominent UK publication, regarding the recent bomb explosion in Ontario that left 15 people injured and 3 in critical condition.
The incident, which took place in Mississauga, is currently under investigation. Peel Police found remnants of an IED (Improvised Explosive Device) at the Bombay Bhel restaurant where the explosion occurred, and local authorities are seeking two individuals who are suspected to be behind the detonation.
"First described as male, 5'10", stocky build, mid-twenties, light skin, wearing dark blue jeans, dark zip-up hoodie pulled over head, baseball cap with light grey peak, face covered with black material."
"Second male described as 5'9" to 5'10", fair skin, thin build, faded blue jeans, dark zip-up hoodie pulled over head, grey t-shirt, dark coloured skate shoes, face covered."
Kara Godfrey, the author of the Express article, reports that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office division of the UK government has not yet updated the travel warning for Canada to include the latest incident. As of now, the latest travel warning is still of the van incident that occurred back in April, which killed 10 and injured 16 in Toronto.
"There are no other warnings for the country, with Canada being deemed one of the safest countries in the world," assures Godfrey. The FCO also stated that 724,000 people from the UK visit Canada each year, usually without any trouble.
Yet, despite that fact, the UK Government still has a section of its website dedicated to possible terrorism in Canada. The warning, which is yet to be updated, warns that "terrorists are likely to try to carry out attacks in Canada" and that "attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners."
It may be hard to fathom that Canada, which is consistently named one of the safest countries in world, would be the subject of travel warnings issued by other nations. However, it should still be noted that such warnings were all based on isolated incidents that are very rare to occur in the country.