Foiled attack raises questions about value of peace bonds

The use of peace bonds as a tool to deal with suspected terrorist sympathizers is being questioned, after the RCMP revealed that Aaron Driver had been poised to launch an attack, despite being subject to a court order placing him under restrictions.

While some are questioning whether police should have done more to enforce the peace bond issued by a Winnipeg court, others suggest no peace bond can stop someone who is determined to launch an attack.

Driver was killed Wednesday during a confrontation with police on a normally quiet residential street in the small town of Strathroy, nearly 40 kilometres west of London, Ont.

Driver was one of only 11 Canadians who have been subject to anti-terrorism peace bonds, according to Elizabeth Armitage, director of communications for the Public Prosecution Service of Canada. With Driver dead, only one terrorism peace bond remains active. The rest have expired. 

Peace bonds are issued by a court in cases where authorities fear an individual is likely to commit an offence but there is no evidence that an offence has already been committed. If individuals obey the conditions of the peace bond, they stay out of jail. If they breach them, they can be put behind bars.

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