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Posted By: John Moore · 10/23/2014 10:06:00 AM

As jarring and infuriating as yesterday's awful attack in Ottawa was, Canada did not lose its innocence. It is breathtaking to see a gunman storm into the halls of Parliament, and appalling to watch as a young man in uniform is effectively executed by a mad man. But these events are not unique in Canadian history. 

One of our fathers of confederation was shot in the back of the head. A man tried to throw a bomb onto the floor of the Commons in 1966 was killed when it blew up in his face in a bathroom. Amazingly back then the media featured long earnest discussions about how much security the complex needed and what it would mean to turn it into a fortress. The country has seen other terror events (The FLQ's reign of terror and the bombing of Air India) and other random events of violence that can ...


About John

Born and raised in Montreal, John Moore arrived in Toronto in 2003 to take over the afternoon show on NEWSTALK 1010 but was already a regular contributor to the morning show since 1999 – the show he currently hosts. Moore in the Morning, the informative morning show airs Monday to Friday 5:30AM – 9AM.

John holds a degree in Communications from Concordia University and graduated from the School of Community and Public Affairs. He cut his teeth as a hard news reporter and anchor in the 1980s before moving into entertainment and arts reporting which involved fewer separatist rallies and more free wine. His movie reviews and freewheeling entertainment commentaries were a staple for years on several Montreal stations, NEWSTALK 1010 and Global Television.

John was one of the founders of the award winning On the Spot Improv and spent years playing reporters and evil lawyers in film and television. He worked as a director and reporter at the French language CBC for two years before they decided his accent wasn’t nearly as cute as everyone had thought. Moore also writes regularly for The National Post.