Sultona Qubaia holds a sign in front of the Canadian Immigration and Citizenship Office to rally in support of the release of Omar Khadr July 14th, 2009.
The wave of opposition against Khadr's repatriation is rising, and four meetings calling for him to stay out of Canada are planned for July 18 in Toronto, Edmonton, Ottawa and Abbotsford, B.C.
A group called Canadian Patriots United Against Terrorist Omar Khadr is opposing plans by the Conservatives to return Khadr, who spent a decade in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for terrorism offences.
A plea agreement cut Khadr's 40-year jail sentence down to eight years, and made him eligible for transfer to Canada last fall.
Once in Canada, he will be monitored by the National Parole Board.
Patriots spokesman Shobie Kapoor said Khadr will be viewed as an "inspiration" by some militant Muslims for killing a U.S. soldier in Afghanistan. Khadr pleaded guilty in October 2010 to committing a war crime by throwing a grenade that killed an American soldier in 2002. He was 15 years old at the time.
"We don't expect he will be on the front lines with bombs," Kapoor said. "We know that he will become an inspiration for jihadi extremists when he returns to Canada."
She alleged Khadr, who was born in Toronto's east end, will be used for Islamic fundraising and propaganda purposes at mosques in Canada.
"He should not be inspiring others here," Kapoor said. "We don't want him being an al-Qaida success story in Canada."
She said the Toronto meeting will feature three speakers and a petition calling for Khadr to be charged with treason.
Khadr is expected to stay in the east-end apartment where his mom, Maha el-Samnah, and sister, Zaynab, have been living for about two years. Two groups have distributed flyers to residents in the area warning of Khadr's return to the neighbourhood.