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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday called a deadly truck attack that targeted a Muslim family a "terrorist attack" fueled by "toxic rhetoric" and discrimination.

Driving the news: A driver on Sunday plowed his pickup truck into the family while they were out on a walk in London, Ontario, killing four people. Authorities say they have evidence the attack was motivated by Islamophobic hate.

  • The sole survivor, a 9-year-old boy, is in serious condition, according to police.

What he's saying: "This killing was no accident. This was a terrorist attack," Trudeau said.

  • "If anyone thinks racism and hatred don't exist in this country, I ask to them this: How do we explain such violence, that child in a hospital? How can we look families in the eye and say Islamophobia isn't real?"
  • He noted that it wasn't a one-off either, citing anti-Muslim violence in recent years, including the 2017 Quebec City mosque massacre and the September murder of a man at a mosque in Rexdale, Ontario.
  • "They were all targeted because of their Muslim faith. This is happening here, in Canada, and it has to stop," he said.
  • The country must come together to combat the "ugly, pervasive trend" just as it did to fight the pandemic, Trudeau added. He vowed to bolster the government's efforts to dismantle "far-right hate groups" that threaten public safety.

The big picture: The suspect has been charged with four counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder.

  • Authorities are also reviewing potential terrorism charges, per Reuters.

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Defeating the politics of fear

Photo illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios. Photos: Leigh Vogel and Richard Pruitt/Getty Images

In the weeks after the Sept. 11 attacks, a white supremacist in Dallas named Mark Stroman went on a violent spree he said was for revenge, killing two men and shooting a third, Bangladeshi immigrant Rais Bhuiyan, in the face.

What happened: Bhuiyan forgave Stroman, who was sentenced to death for the crimes, and has since dedicated his life to ending hate — even unsuccessfully suing the state of Texas in an attempt to stop the execution.

"Atmospheric river" swings Northern California from drought to flood

Satellite view of the bomb cyclone swirling off the coast of the Pacific Northwest and the atmospheric river affecting California on Oct. 24. Photo: CIRA/RAMMB

A series of powerful "atmospheric river" storms are delivering historic amounts of rainfall across parts of drought-stricken California and the Pacific Northwest.

Why it matters: The atmospheric river, packing large amounts of moisture, was causing Northern California to whiplash from drought to flood, as it slowly moved south overnight. It's triggered widespread power outages, flooding and mudslides.

In photos: Drought-ravaged California lashed by major storm

Workers try to divert water into drains as rain pours down on Oct. 24 in Marin City, California. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

A major storm system was pummeling Northern California and parts of the Pacific Northwest with heavy rains overnight.

The big picture: "Atmospheric river" storms, associated with a record-strong "bomb cyclone" offshore from the Pacific Northwest, have brought flooding and mudslides to parts of California that were razed by recent wildfires and in severe drought. It's also caused widespread power outages in California and Washington state.