81 year old resident Irene looks at a poster informing the area that Omar Khadr maybe returning to the area. Irene has been living in the area for over 60 years and hates the idea of Khadr returning to her neighbourhood. Friday May 18, 2012.
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A number of residents were meeting Wednesday to plan against Khadr's return to Canada in months after spending a decade in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for terrorism offences.
"We need to have our voices heard," said activist Shobie Kapoor, who has created an online petition calling for Khadr to stay away from Canada. "We are trying to find out what our options are when he (Khadr) returns to the community."
Kapoor said at least 20 area residents and a number of groups have banned together to keep Khadr out of Scarborough, where he was born. No date has been set for a town hall meeting.
Her group plans to post flyers near homes where Khadr could end up staying with family members. Members of the Canadian Hindu Advocacy have twice posted flyers near Khadr grandfather's home on Khartoum Ave.
The group has formed Canadian Patriots Unite Against Terrorist Omar Khadr to help with the fight.
Khadr pleaded guilty in October 2010 to committing a war crime by throwing a grenade in Afghanistan that killed an American soldier in 2002. He was 15 years old at the time.
A plea agreement cut the offender's 40-year jail sentence down to eight years and made Khadr eligible for transfer to Canada last fall.
Meanwhile, more than 3,500 Canadians have signed an Internet petition to keep him out.
"Are we out of our freaking minds allowing this guy back in the country," asked Leroy Cassanova of Oakville, ON. "Why don't we just allow al-Qaida to set up a training camp here instead?"
Piotr Kupka of Mississauga, ON, said Khadr won't change and "will always be a threat to Canada."
Karen Wood of Barrie, Ont., said the Khadr family should be sent packing.
"This animal and his family should be removed and banned from Canada, or be imprisoned for life for high treason," Wood said.
John Johnson of Toronto said taxpayers money should not be used on Khadr.
"No taxpayer money should be spent on this piece of garbage," Johnson wrote. "I will not be with the bleeding hearts welcoming him if he returns to Canada."
Christa Robbins of Toronto said Khadr has to be kept out of the country.
"Why would we let more terrorists in when people who are in need have a hard time getting here?" Robbins said.
Roberta Zutautas of Toronto said Khadr has shown no remorse for killing the U.S. soldier.
"This man is an avowed terrorist with no remorse for his crimes and his family appears to support his terrorism," Zutautas said.