Because the United States is our closest neighbour, Canada has experienced a very direct effect of the 9/11 attacks; in fact Canadians were among those who died. As a result, the lives of Canadians have been altered as have our perceptions of our own security. This part of the special report explores if or how Canada should be better insulated from such terrorism. Must we adopt a Fortress North American mentality and behaviour pattern as has been proposed in the U.S.? This material examines the wide-ranging legal, sociological and emotional impact on Canadians as we too attempt to regain a sense of normalcy in our daily lives.