Special federal site would warn of terror risks abroad

OTTAWA — The federal government is looking at creating a special web page that underscores the risks of travelling to parts of the world where there is a high risk of terrorist activity.

It would be aimed at raising awareness among everyone from prospective tourists to those who might be tempted to join a foreign conflict.

Newly released documents show the Foreign Affairs Department’s director general of international security outlined the proposal to a roundtable of community advisers.

The presentation warned that Canadians heading abroad could be hurt or killed in a terrorist attack, kidnapped or drawn into extremist activities.

The proposed new website would complement existing federal travel advisories arranged online by country.

Lawyer Hussein Hamdani, a member of the Cross-cultural Roundtable on Security, says the idea is to go beyond the typically staid government website to create something both useful and eye-catching.