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Startup Open House puts spotlight on Canada's thriving tech sector

Satish Kanwar

With the staggering growth in the Canadian technology sector, it’s clear that there's a new breed of companies being built to last right in our backyards. On Thursday, Oct. 30, the second annual Startup Open House is taking place with the aim of helping the general public become more informed.

Over 4,500 people have registered for the free event and an opportunity to visit nearly 250 participating local companies in Toronto and Montreal. Canadian startups such as Shopify, Busbud, Freshbooks, and Frank & Oak will open their offices from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. for anyone to discover, learn more, and meet the faces behind the screen.

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Is the Ottawa shooter a criminal or terrorist? Mulcair's comments open debate

NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair says terrorism is not the right word to describe last week’s attack on Parliament Hill.

“It doesn’t take away from the horror of what took place. It doesn’t make it any less criminal but I think there’s a distinction to be used and when you look at the background of the individual and what was actually going on that the use of that word was not the appropriate one. That’s our point of view. That’s my point of view,” he said on Wednesday.

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Public editor: Care must be taken when writing about Ebola

Sylvia Stead

News organizations have a responsibility to be accurate, especially when it comes to matters of public health and safety.

Fortunately, The Globe and Mail has experienced writers covering Ebola. One is Geoffrey York, The Globe’s Africa correspondent (and former health reporter), who has been to Liberia and written about seeing the vulnerability of Ebola patients and worrying about his own personal safety. “I’ve been on front lines from Chechnya and Afghanistan to Iraq and Somalia, and I’ve witnessed the devastation of earthquakes and tsunamis. Nothing is quite like Ebola. When you leave a war zone or an earthquake, you know that the threat is over. When you leave the Ebola zone, you could still be carrying the danger with you,” he wrote.

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What you would ask the federal party leaders on the campaign trail

Globe Politics is marking one year till the federal election with a week's worth of related coverage, and we asked readers: If you met one of the federal party leaders on the campaign trail, what would you ask them?

Here are some of the responses, sorted by category. Add yours by sending a Tweet or Vine or posting to Facebook with the hashtag #VoteCountdown.

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Widespread issues with comments proving difficult to solve


For the past few weeks, we have been experiencing a range of issues with the commenting system on our site. These issues include:

- not being able to post comments

- not being able to see comments (or disappearing comments)

- not being able to use the thumbs up/thumbs down voting

These issues are affecting various browsers and operating systems and we’ve heard reports that they are sporadic (meaning functionality may be restored for periods of time, only to disappear again later).

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Six EPPY award nominations for The Globe and Mail

Globe Staff

The Globe and Mail is a finalist for six 2014 EPPY Awards , including best newspaper-affiliated site, best news site and best homepage.

The Globe and Mail is also a finalist for best news/event feature for its special package on the North; for best investigative/enterprise feature for coverage of the Lac-Megantic disaster; and for best business blog for Michael Babad’s Business Briefing.

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#MyOttawa, #CanadaStrong: an outpouring of national pride after Ottawa attack

Wednesday was a dark day for Canadians, especially those in Ottawa affected by the capital city's lockdown after bullets were fired inside the Parliament buildings and a soldier was shot dead at the War Memorial. In an apparent show of defiance against those who would see Ottawa cower in fear in the face of violence, Canadians rallied together on social media with messages of strength and hope.

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Vancouverites: Review our live coverage of the Langara College mayoral debate

On Wednesday afternoon, five of the candidates for mayor of Vancouver debated civic issues in an event co-presented by The Globe and Mail, Langara College and the Langara Students’ Union. The participating candidates were Bob Kasting (Independent), Kirk LaPointe (Non-Partisan Association), incumbent Gregor Robertson (Vision Vancouver), Colin Shandler (Independent), Meena Wong (Coalition of Progressive Electors). Globe and Mail national affairs columnist Gary Mason moderated the debate.

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'A true hero': What Malala Yousafzai represents to Canadians

On Wednesday, Malala Yousafzai will become the 6th person to get honorary Canadian citizenship. We asked readers: What does the 17-year-old activist represent to you?

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Work at The Globe: How to apply for the 2015 summer program

The Globe and Mail is looking to hire reporters, editors, digital/video/multimedia specialists, designers and others for the summer of 2015. These are fully paid jobs and not internships. We are seeking freelance writers and editors, experienced journalists from other organizations, recent graduates or students in their graduating year.

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Public editor: Why newspapers endorse political candidates

Sylvia Stead

On Saturday, The Globe and Mail’s editorial board endorsed John Tory as the next mayor of Toronto.

That led to a few questions from readers about the endorsement that I will try to answer:

1. Why endorse anyone?

Every day the editorial board writes in favour of or against public policies. The board members’ job is to study the issues behind the news articles and make reasoned argument about where government and society should be headed. Many English-language newspapers do this to advocate for improvements they want to see and as a service to readers. At The Globe, as with other newspapers, the view expressed is that of the newspaper rather than the individual writers and the aim is to have a consistent voice for the paper.

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What would you ask the federal party leaders on the campaign trail?

Globe Politics is marking one year till the federal election with a week's worth of related coverage, and we'd like to know: If you met one of the federal party leaders on the campaign trail, what would you ask them? Tweet or Vine your question with #VoteCountdown.

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Dear colleagues: What an editorial on Scotland can teach us about journalism

Tony Keller

“Dear Scotland: An Open Letter From Your Canadian Cousins” was published on Sept. 12, and since then it has been viewed more than 441,000 times, and shared more than 79,000 times on social media. It is the second-most read article in Globe history, and the second most-shared, after the Doolittle/McArthur story on the second Rob Ford crack video.

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Public editor: The trouble with online surveys

Sylvia Stead

Two readers wrote to take The Globe and Mail to task for its online survey last week on assisted dying. You see these daily questions on the homepage under “The Conversation” on the right-hand side about halfway down. Readers can click on yes, no, unsure/maybe on an issue in the news each day.

A reader in Ontario noted that last Wednesday morning, the question was about assisted dying. When he voted early that day, “it was running 80 per cent in favour after a few thousand votes.” That percentage is roughly in line with what published polls have demonstrated in terms of Canadians’ views. But by Thursday, he said, the numbers “showed 72 per cent against assisted dying. … I surmise that some group against this initiative got wind of your poll and had its members go to your website to vote. Can’t blame them for trying to exert their influence, however if my surmise is correct your polls will fast become useless.”

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Recap: Robyn Doolittle's Ask Me Anything on Reddit

Investigative reporter Robyn Doolittle hosted an Ask Me Anything on Reddit Oct. 14 from 1 to 2 p.m. ET to tackle questions about Toronto politics and whatever else readers threw her way. Doolittle, who has seen both videos of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford smoking what looks like crack cocaine, has most recently written about a teacher whose death became a double tragedy because of rumour, and the inside story of Doug Ford at Deco.

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Public editor: Advice from a long-time writer of letters to the editor

Sylvia Stead

For a full year, Esther Shannon tried a little experiment. She wrote a letter to the editor to The Globe and Mail six days a week for 12 months. Of those 312 e-mails sent, she had 11 published in the paper, an enviable record given the high number of letters received each day.

At the end of the year, she sent an e-mail to the letters editor explaining that her year-long project had come to an end. “My project was simply about daily writing within certain parameters. While the project began on impulse, I’m pleased that I managed to keep it going for a year and equally pleased that it’s now finished.”

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How to send letters to Report on Business

Report on Business is now accepting submissions for our letters page. Here's how you can get involved.

Letters should be no more than 150 words. All submissions must include the full name, mailing address and daytime phone number of the writer. The copyright becomes the property of The Globe and Mail if they are accepted for publication. Report on Business reserves the right to condense and edit submissions.

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Public editor: The story behind a clarification

Sylvia Stead

The Globe and Mail has clarified a story on the Mississauga mayoral race that was in the paper on Saturday. It is an important race (as all elections are), but it is particularly interesting because Hazel McCallion, who has been mayor for 36 years, is not on the ballot.

The story is on the two major candidates, Bonnie Crombie and Steve Mahoney, who are locked in a tight race.

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Public editor: Without the media, some things would never be revealed

Sylvia Stead

This week, The Globe and Mail and other media published a story about the police investigation into a video that allegedly showed Toronto mayor Rob Ford smoking crack cocaine.

The articles were based on an Information to Obtain (ITO), which outlines the reasons the police have for seeking a search warrant. In this case, the police alleged the video could “provide evidence of … drug possession against Robert Ford.”

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Public editor: The Globe’s rating systems explained

Sylvia Stead

A reader wrote to us this week confused about the star rating system used in The Globe and Mail. “The number of stars at the top of the Leslieville restaurant review – this has to be an error. Only 1.5 stars? That’s NOT a recommendation. Yet the story seems to be saying it’s a good place to eat. Sounds like it should be at least 2, if not 3.”

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