December 2013


Let’s keep crossing guard Kathleen Byers dancing

Save Kathleen Byers, Toronto’s dancing crossing guard!

Help us gain recognition for Kathleen Byers — the dancing crossing guard who has been told she must not dance.

This is an example of a front line worker who has thought of a great way to get the attention of drivers while making them smile. She has been told by the Toronto Police that she shouldn’t be dancing. They seem to have lost sight of the fact that the stop sign and florescent orange attire the crossing guards wear is designed to attract drivers attention — adding the element of dancing goes even further to make drivers aware of her and those she shepherds across the street. Her method is extremely effective at getting drivers to pay attention making the area she works both safer and happier.
The bureaucrats handing down decisions to happy and active pillars of community like Kathleen have cling to their regulations to such a degree that they are blind to a good idea.  Toronto Police middle management — sitting in a warm office as opposed to out on the road every day, hot or cold — dictate the way her job should be done without taking pause to reflect on the fact that her unique spirit and charm have found an even better way to keep pedestrians safe and keep everyone smiling.
We recommend that rather than chastising Mrs. Byers the Toronto police come out and see how she has added value and increased safety in the way she has chosen to do her job. Change is never easy and some civil servants don’t embrace it. In this case they have gone overboard in trying to stop a woman who has brought more to her position then was ever requested or required of her, and for that she should be commended, not reprimanded.
We support Kathleen Byers and will do all that we can to make sure that her efforts are recognized.

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Reddit user posts reward for missing dog — the person who took the dog responds and you won’t believe what they say

Reddit user CGDarden took to the Fort Worth section of the social website to post photos and offer a reward for a missing dog.:

10.5 month old Greater Swiss Mountain Dog “Heidi” was taken from her covered dog run Friday, December 6th between 6pm & 9pm. After thinking she busted through the gate, the police have confirmed the locked horseshoe latch to her run was sawed off. The elements of the bad roads, time in the evening, and the fact that her dog run is completely unseen from the street have left us at a total loss as to who could do this.
Offering a $2,000 reward, no questions asked.

You won’t believe what happens next as a war of words erupts in the comments under the photo when another user admits to being the one who took the dog.



Hi there Asshole,
You don’t really know me and I don’t really know you but I have seen you a few times over the last few years. Mostly when you’d let your old dog shit in my lawn and also when your new one would do the same. Thanks for leaving it all for me to pick up too. I really appreciated it.
But even though I don’t really know you, I do know of you and watching you put on such a show to find your dog absolutely disgusts me. Pretending that she was stolen only because she was outside for three hours. For starters, why the fuck did you leave your dog outside in 16 degree weather for three hours!
I’ll let you know what happened though.
I was walking to McDonalds on Friday afternoon and cut through your car port to avoid the ice and that’s when I your dog sitting alone in her dog run looking really miserable. It might have been because it was 20 degrees out or maybe it was because she had no food, water or blanket. Who knows.
Anyway I saw your cars in the driveway and figured she would be okay because no one would leave a sweet dog outside in the cold for very long so I kept on walking. Several hours later I was walking to CVS and noticed that she was still there. I petted her some and couldn’t believe how incredibly cold to the touch she was. As if she’d been outside for hours. I knocked on the door to see if anyone was home but no one answered.
I called animal control and the humane society but no one was available because of the weather. I left for CVS and came back 30 minutes later and she was still there. Not wanting such a sweet dog to freeze to death I headed home, grabbed some tools and headed back. It’s now been close to 7 hours since I first saw her, temps are in the teens and that poor dog is ice cold.
I cut off the lock, took her home and that’s when the real fun started.
She immediately made a bee line for the litter box and started chowing down on crap. I pulled her away and gave her some real dog food which she inhaled. Oh, and she pissed herself while eating too.
And did I mention she’s very thin and malnourished. Because she is and she ate three bowls of food. Seriously, I’ve picked up strays that weren’t as thin or hungry as her. So good job on that one buddy.
Now, what else should I add. How about the fact that she had no collar or tag and that she hasn’t been fixed yet. Seriously? That’s the first thing you get anytime you get a dog. So yea, bravo on that.
Maybe I should add that she doesn’t even recognize her own name, doesn’t know how to play with toys, is covered in a film of filth and has a crap ton of fleas. How the hell do you get fleas in winter!
So yea, I’m confused as to why you’re offering so much for a dog that you seemed to care so little for.
Btw, what happened to your other dog?
Not that it really matters anyway because Heidi is so much happier now. She whines at the door when her new daddy leaves, has a huge back yard to play in and two other dogs her size to play around with. Oh, and she has a doggie door so she can go in and out whenever she wants.
Now please do us all a favor and stop littering the neighborhood with your crap.
Sincerely, A real dog lover
TL:DR You neglected the shit out of your dog. She’s now with a family that will love her and give her the attention she deserves. You’re a piece of shit for trying to look like a victim in all this.

The user then edited the post to include photographic proof that they are now in possession of the dog:

Edit: Proof of happy Heidi





I’m not sure who is right or who is wrong, but hopefully both parties have Heidi’s best interests at heart and the authorities can come to a reasonable resolution.


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WATCH: Jason Segel and Paul Rudd are hilarious (and might be stoned) in this interview

While doing press for the 2009 film I Love You Man these two stars, buddies in real life, gave what might be the funniest interview of all time. Full of utter foolishness the two stumble through the interview giggling and talking about food, making up imaginary friends, and making just barely enough sense to try and promote the movie.

Take a look and let us know what you think, are these bros hilariously stoned or has their bromance transcended ration and logic?

RIP Canada Post home delivery — 3 things we won’t miss

There is nothing sweeter at this time of year than opening your mailbox to find a red and green envelope waiting for you. Ah, Christmas cards, a sweet slice of the holiday spirit sent directly to your door.

And then the mail keeps coming the rest of the year.

The constant flow was enough to drive Kramer (slightly more) crazy in the 1997 Seinfeld episode The Junk Mail, and like Kramer we all felt a little mixed upon learning that Canada Post will be phasing out urban home delivery over the next five years.

Here are three things we won’t miss:


1. The Junk

The junk comes, and comes, and comes. Like Sisyphus pushing his rock back up that hill in Hades every day, the emptying of the junk mail from the mailbox is a thankless, never-ending task. Hot dogs are on for 99 cents at No Frills. There is a rollback Christmas lights at Walmart. Capital One has pre-approved me for a credit card. Every day I come home to my mailbox overflowing with deals, so many deals that I could never appreciate them all in one lifetime. Every day the stack of of letters which know my name only to be “Resident” is larger than the last.Every. Day. There. Is. More.

Except now there won’t be. Finally, some extra space in the mailbox for all of the personal correspondence mail I receive to leave my keys for when the electrician comes and I’m not home.


2. Other people’s mail

For some reason I cannot fathom there is a nonstop deluge of mail for people I don’t know that comes to my mailbox that gives me an almost eerie vision into their lives with none of the pleasure of being able to open them up. Mr Hun-Tso looked to be behind on his phone bill, with letters coming with increasingly scarier words like “IMPORTANT” “PAST DUE” and “FINAL NOTICE” stamped on the front. Mr Rados’ citizenship information came through, which I’m sure would have been a happy day for him if he’d actually received the package. I still get the magazine subscriptions for a beauty salon that was once apparently in my house.

Okay, I’ll concede that I would probably actually enjoy this aspect of mail home delivery if it wasn’t for the precious space in my mailbox that was being taken up by five letters a day addressed to people who hadn’t lived there for years.

Canada Post

3. The slow speed

With today’s technology junk mail and bills seem to be the only stuff that really serves a purpose in the mailbox — and even bills can be sent online. Everything else is just a click, tap, or touch away on our computers, tablets, and smartphones. Even telephones can do most of what mail can accomplish. Even fax machines, themselves a completely outdated form of technology, can do everything mail can do at a fraction of the time.

There’s a reason people call it snail mail.



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#TOpoli with @ThomsonTO, @TravMyers, and @PaisleyRae

Join host Sarah Thomson with Travis Myers as they discuss the most important topics in Toronto this week with panel guest and Toronto social media maven Paisley Rae.

The group covers topics including: possible legal issues surrounding the Dean Blundell Show’s homophobic remarks by Derek Welsman, the latest in Rob Ford revelations(from ‘hezza’ to the change in City Hall preformed press releases), nailing down funding tools for transit expansion, the possibility of toll roads in Toronto, the future of the OMB in Toronto, and much much more.

Being single isn’t a death sentence

Being single isn’t a death sentence, it isn’t even a bad thing, it just is. But those of us who are in relationships often act like we know better, we say condescending things, we attempt to set up our poor single friends with people they would never pick for themselves and we act like their lives are on hold because they haven’t settled down yet. It’s a little bit ridiculous when you think about it; actually it’s a lot ridiculous and completely insulting.

A couple of my friends recently found themselves single again and one of them mentioned that his friends have stopped talking about their relationships with him because they’re afraid of upsetting him. Really? Break-ups are terrible — but that doesn’t give us the right to treat our friends like they’re these fragile little creatures that will fall apart at the mere mention of a relationship. Your friends want you to be happy, break-up or not, they don’t need to be handled with kid gloves; your single friends are more than just single people, they are people with lives and jobs, they are far more than their relationship status.

A lot of my single girlfriends are single because they refuse to settle for someone that isn’t right, and instead of trying to fix them — newsflash — single isn’t code for broken. I respect them. It takes a lot of courage to fight for what you want in any aspect of your life, it takes a strong person to stand up for what they want. How about instead of looking at single people like they have some kind of terrible contagious disease we treat them like friends. It’s a novel concept isn’t it? Single people are people too. Crazy.

Being in a relationship doesn’t give me the right to gush constantly about how lucky I am to have found the love of my life it’s tacky and besides that I’ve got a lot of other things going on; a new job, a flourishing writing career and an unhealthy obsession with the Leafs. Boyfriend is not the only important thing in my life and he’s not the only thing my friends want to talk about.

I know we’ve all been guilty of it but starting every conversation with a girlfriend about their dating life or lack there of makes you seem like a boy crazy teenager and makes your friend feel like her life outside of her bedroom is unimportant. There’s enough pressure from society, from parents and from the world to hook up; no one needs to hear it while drinking cocktails and talking about the latest episode of American Horror Story.

I’m not sure when we all decided that being single was the absolute worst thing to ever happen to a person but we all need to stop it, now. Being in a relationship shouldn’t be a life goal, it won’t make you feel whole and it won’t pay the bills (usually) and it’s so vintage it’s practically hipster.



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