Convicted “Annex Rapist” Arrested In Vancouver For New Sexual Assaults

Remember the "Annex Rapist" from the ’80s? I don’t either, as I was living in Montreal at the time. According to the blog Ring Around the City though, women were living in fear for quite awhile because of Dawson Davidson.
He was caught and served his time, but now, apparently, he’s in BC assaulting women.
Some people never learn, and each and every one of them should be wearing tracking bracelets, as far as I’m concerned.


Facebook Page Devoted to Opposing the Takeover of Bill Bolton Arena

The city’s plan to take over skating rinks affects local Bill Bolton Arena, long a hub of the Seaton Village and Western Annex communities.

There is a Facebook page devoted to opposing the takeover. And I quote:

"Toronto’s city council wants to take over management of Bill Bolton Arena – a move that could threaten current programming, including all the adult leagues that have been there for years. This is a move rooted in politics rather than common sense."

Thought I’d let you know about this virtual community with connections to our very real community.


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Talking about: Teen pleads guilty in Montreal bus stop beating death



Teen pleads guilty in Montreal bus stop beating death

Teen pleads guilty in Montreal bus stop beating death
Amanda Margison reports: Teen pleads guilty in Montreal bus stop beating death

I remember being in Montreal when this happened, and how terrible I felt at the time.

I know people too often use the expression that "we weren’t like that when we were kids", but for us, I feel for strongly this was true.

Things like this just didn’t happen in Montreal in my day, and now it’s almost like an everday occurence.

What happened?


He’s ready!!!!


Councilor Adam Giambrone has been hinting that he will be including his name in the upcoming Mayoral race in this year’s City of Toronto elections, and he’s showing his canniness by using his youth and media savie to appeal to the City’s younger voters (and mine), by recently posting this video over on YouTube.

Personally, I think he’s extremely suitable, based on his performance as TTC Chairperson and as of last week, so do a lot of other people. Even prior to announcing his candidacy, polls placed him second behind former provincial Liberal MP George Smitherman, and that’s without releasing his platform!!

Looking forward to seeing how this election turns out. For a change, it’s not going to be a boring one.

Mumbai Attacks: We Will Not be Divided


I just signed an urgent message calling for unity following the attacks in Mumbai. Read the email below – Thanks


Dear friends across India and the world,

We’re all feeling the shock of the awful attacks in Mumbai. All our hearts go out to the victims and their families.

The attacks were aimed at our people, our prosperity and our peace. But their top target was something else: our unity. If these attacks cause us to turn on each other in hatred and conflict, the terrorists will have won. They know that hatred and chaos feed on division. As radical extremists, their only hope of disrupting society as a whole is by turning the rest of us against each other.

Let’s deny them that victory. We’re launching a message to extremists on all sides and all our political leaders, one that will soon be published in newspapers across India and Pakistan. The message is that these tactics aren’t working, that we’re more united than ever, united in our love and support to each other, and determined to work together to stop violent extremism. If millions of people sign it, our message will be unmistakable, click below to sign it and please forward this email widely:

It’s time to speak out, let’s do it together.



Stop the Throttlers

Say NO to Corporate Control

Stop the Throttlers!

The Canadian Radio-television
Communications Commission (CRTC) is expected to soon issue a landmark
decision on whether Bell and other big telecoms can continue their
traffic-shaping practices that have been throttling consumers’ equal
access to the Internet.

Canadians need to make it clear to the CRTC that it must act in the public interest and ensure Net Neutrality.
Tell me more

Talking Points

Communications giants Bell and Rogers are engaging in traffic-shaping
practises that effectively control Canadians’ access to the web.

Our only hope lies with the CRTC enforcing rules against
anti-competitive policies. The CRTC is currently examining corporate
control of the Internet through traffic-shaping practices.

Canadians can express their concerns in a message to CRTC Chair Konrad von Finckenstein.

For more information:

Read Internet law expert Michael Geist’s
blog entry about the case before the CRTC, the outcome of which "will
provide a clear answer on whether Canadian law currently protects net
neutrality or if legislative reform is needed."


Dear Chairman:

(Edit Letter Below)

submit that the CRTC should order Bell to stop its Internet
traffic-shaping practices. We rely on the CRTC, as the federal
communications regulator, to act in the public interest, which in this
case means ensuring we have an open and neutral Internet.
Corporations like Bell and Rogers must not be allowed to control our
access to the Web or degrade the quality of service we pay to receive
from our internet service providers.
Please protect Canada’s level playing field for free speech and
innovation by ordering Bell to cease and desist its "throttling"

[Your name]
[Your address]

National Sarcasm Awareness Month, Hurrah!!!

October is National Sarcastic Awareness Month.

Among the instructive
examples cited by the Sarcasm Society: "I have had a perfectly
wonderful evening, but this wasn’t it," "It’s always darkest before it
turns absolutely pitch black" and "I feel so miserable without you,
it’s almost like having you here." (;