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I just wrote a column for the weekend paper about Canada's elections, and why people should not take their participation in our non-violent democracy for granted.Then I suddenly hear about vandalism and attacks on Liberal supporters in Toronto. Brake lines were cut on more than two dozen cars when they were parked in driveways with Liberal signs on the front-lawn. Some people also had phone and cable lines cut and some garage doors were vandalized with graffiti.It is dangerous and may as well be an assault on the person to cut someone's brake line. It is a cowardly act and I hope the perpetrator or perpetrators are caught before someone gets hurt.It has caused some people to fear putting a sign on their front lawn.There are often instances in an election of signs being vandalized during an election and that bugs me enough. It is just uncalled for. But ripping apart a lawn sign is obnoxious. Cutting someone's brake line is dangerous.We only have one week left to go in this election. Let's hope the rest of it is played out safely and that the person or persons responsible for the Toronto attacks is caught and punished.

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About Mia Rabson

Mia Rabson is a born and bred Winnipegger whose interest in politics seemed clear when she dressed up as Prime Minister Brian Mulroney for Halloween in the 7th grade.

Her interest in writing was no surprise to her parents, who learned early in Mia’s life that no piece of blank paper — or wall, for that matter — was safe in her hands.

She holds an honours BA in English from Queen’s University, a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Western Ontario, and has completed a political journalism fellowship in Washington, D.C. with the Washington Centre for Politics and Journalism.

Prior to working for the Winnipeg Free Press, Mia briefly worked for the Detroit News in the paper’s Washington bureau.

Mia joined the Free Press team in February 2001, and in April 2001 was appointed to the Manitoba legislature bureau. In December 2004, she was appointed bureau chief at the legislature. She became the newspaper’s parliamentary bureau chief/national reporter in Ottawa in January 2008.

In 2008 she was nominated for a Michener Award with a team of reporters from the Free Press for its coverage of the province’s child welfare system.

She counts reliving the invasion at Dieppe, France, with veterans of the failed Second World War expedition and overcoming her fear of heights to touch the Golden Boy statue atop the Legislative Building among her favourite experiences as a reporter.

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