I had just woken from surgery when the first death threat arrived.
"This is an open threat to Xaar Boy @Tarek Fatah," read the first Twitter posting, with its vulgar Somali adjective. "I know where you live & and where your office is."
The sender signed herself as Mariama AnnaLitical and pictured herself wearing a purple hijab in the style of Toronto's radical young Islamists. Other Twitter followers denounced the threat and urged that AnnaLitical be reported, even arrested. At one point she withdrew the warning, then repeated it later the same morning:
"He was also the 1 to propose banning the Niqab in Quebec… (and he) supports homosexuality," she wrote, reiterating again: "This is an open threat. I know where you live/work @TarekFatah."