Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015 2:10PM EST
I received an e-mail from a reader who said he always believed The Globe and Mail has professional standards and is very objective in its news coverage.
“I have to admit though, as a person with no academic or professional background associated with vaccination, I am surprised at the one-dimensional reporting on this topic. It feels like the paper is engaged in an act of public duty propaganda-style. I find it difficult to believe that the individuals belonging to the ‘anti-vaxxer’ community have no credible person(s) who could intelligently and responsibly relate the complex rationale that is the basis for their position on this issue,” he wrote.More »
Friday, Feb. 06, 2015 11:11AM EST
Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015 1:47PM EST
Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015 8:03PM EST
Sports columnist Cathal Kelly hosted a Facebook Q&A on Feb. 13 from 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. ET. Questions ranged from a rebuild of the Toronto Maple Leafs to the future of the TFC. Click here to read a recap of the chat.More »
Monday, Feb. 09, 2015 2:29PM EST
I’ve had a few complaints about a recent survey of Globe and Mail readers’ views on federal politics asking if they believed Stephen Harper’s Canada is better, worse or unchanged.
So what’s good and what’s bad about this particular survey?
It’s good that readers are being engaged on what will be the political story of the year. The survey attracted 138,000 votes, so it’s obviously a topic of great interest.More »
Monday, Feb. 09, 2015 2:44PM EST
After nine years as prime minister, Stephen Harper has made Canada a more conservative place. That's the argument John Ibbitson, The Globe's writer-at-large, made in a feature published this weekend (subscribers only).
Mr. Ibbitson will take questions on that piece and anything else about Mr. Harper's tenure in Ottawa on Reddit from 3 to 4:30 p.m. ET.More »
Wednesday, Feb. 04, 2015 11:13AM EST
The headline above was on my column on grammatical mistakes that appeared in Saturday’s Focus section.
It was penned by a very clever editor, Victor Dwyer: a wordsmith, writer and, if I may say, grammar nerd with a great sense of humour.
Not surprisingly, many Globe readers were in on the joke.
One reader from Winnipeg wrote: “If the Globe WERE Perfect ...?” Then, just four minutes later, “Duh! Got it ... now.”More »
Thursday, Feb. 05, 2015 11:31AM EST
Feb. 6 marks nine years since Stephen Harper was sworn in as Prime Minister, so we asked readers to rate how Canada has fared under his watch in areas such as the economy, environment and reputation in the world. Our survey attracted more than 138,000 responses. Here are the (unscientific) results:More »
Friday, Jan. 30, 2015 2:25PM EST
Globe and Mail readers are very well-read and, rightly so, are sticklers for good grammar. Not a week goes by without a few notes. This month, one reader asked writers to “please stop the redundancy” by adding “why” after “the reasons.”
One man despaired over the mixing up of flout and flaunt. “If we mix up the two words, soon the distinction will be lost and neither word will mean anything.”More »
Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 11:31AM EST
Writing about opinion polls is kind of like sports coverage. You need to get the score right and you need to understand if a team is on the rise or stuck in a rut, but, whether that day or the next, a writer needs to explain what it really means.
This year, with a federal election looming, the coverage of opinion polls will be important.More »
Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015 12:29PM EST
Friday, Jan. 30, 2015 8:49AM EST
Feb. 6 marks nine years since Stephen Harper was sworn in as Prime Minister. We'll be taking a look at his record and how Canada has changed, but first we wanted to know what you think. This poll is now closed; you can view the (unscientific) results here.More »
Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015 11:19AM EST
So, readers, you thought that you wouldn’t read any more stories about the former mayor of Toronto. In fact, some of you have taken to Twitter or commented online, rather vehemently, to protest against this latest story (about Mr. Ford’s criticism of Mayor John Tory after his first month on the job) and to beg the editors to stop, just stop.More »
Thursday, Jan. 08, 2015 2:41PM EST
There is a debate going on about whether newspapers should have published some of the Charlie Hebdo cartoons showing the Prophet Mohammed.
On Thursday, contributor Timothy Garton Ash says European media should publish: “I would suggest that the publication or broadcast over this week should include not only a few of the Charlie Hebdo cartoons relating to Mohammed, but also one or two devoted to other subjects, so everyone can see that this was a satirical magazine, offensive to many different kinds of people. That’s what satire does.”More »
Tuesday, Jan. 06, 2015 11:37AM EST
A journalist’s instinct in dealing with crime is to be careful, and rightly so. Suspicions aren’t always right, police charges don’t always stick in court. So when charges are laid for serious crimes, the media correctly describe someone as being a suspect or accused of a crime. The final ruling on innocence or guilt is up to the courts.More »
Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014 11:35AM EST
Last Saturday, my year-end column on errors was a quiz that included 15 notable mistakes – what The Globe and Mail got wrong and what the article should have said. The headline “Can you spot the errors of our ways” was a great invitation to readers to keep noticing the mistakes and keep helping The Globe correct its errors.More »
Monday, Dec. 22, 2014 3:52PM EST
We asked readers to share any acts of kindness they witnessed throughout the year. Someone or something that inspired them and left an impression. Here are some of their responses - we hope they help spread some joy this holiday season:
Now that’s teamwork
I was in a Toronto café, eating a quick lunch on a cold day in November. A streetcar pulled up and a woman took out her wallet to get her monthly TTC pass, worth about $134. It somehow slipped out of her hand and sailed right into a construction crew’s trench that was a few inches deep and filled with mucky water.More »
Thursday, Dec. 04, 2014 4:06PM EST
What's more Canadian than playing shinny in winter? Playing shinny on a rink you made yourself.
Making a backyard ice rink isn't easy - so why not show it off? Please fill out the form below and click Next to upload a photo of your rink and tell us a bit about it.
All photos should be taken this year. If selected, your photo may be published in an upcoming feature. By submitting, you are confirming that you are the copyright holder and that we have your consent to publish it. Your photo must be no larger than 60 MB, or else it will not upload.More »
Friday, Dec. 26, 2014 12:00PM EST
This year, The Globe and Mail has published more than 450 corrections for errors made either online or in print. It’s certainly a lot, but noticeably fewer than in either of the previous two years.
Why the improvement? I can’t really say whether editors are catching more mistakes or writers are making fewer of them. But, on average, there is still more than one miscue a day, many of them brought to my attention (or that of other editors) by our clever and ever-vigilant readers.More »
Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 4:01PM EST
We asked readers about the worst Christmas gifts they've ever received. Some of them Santa wouldn't even give to the kids on his naughty list.More »