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10-9-09 Messenger Apreciation Day

October 9th is official messenger apreciation day, according to messmedia.org.

It started in San Francisco and was officially adopted in Toronto in 1997. Now it is celebrated in cities such as: Calgary, Chicago, Edmonton, Montreal, Vancouver , Houston and Washington DC.

It has come of specific importance this year in the healing process, in Toronto, due to the tragic death of courier: Darcy Allan Sheppard.

Thanks to Joe, of Messmedia:

Here is a recent article in Toronto’s Now Magazine Blog:
An underappreciated tragedy
The mood of the city after the summer’s biking death
By Enzo Di Matteo

Happy bike messenger appreciation week. Have you hugged your local bike courier today? For friends and colleagues of Darcy Allan Sheppard, the courier killed in that altercation with former attorney general Michael Bryant a few weeks back, there will be little to celebrate.

The die has been cast. The PR war in bike versus car engaged. And the forces behind Bryant seem to be winning in the court of public opinion, thanks to the fancy stick handling of Navigator, the high-priced damage control outfit hired by the former pol.

read more here.

You can also follow along with the case at this website: http://bryantwatch.wordpress.com/

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