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Public editor: How a mistake keeps getting repeated

Sylvia Stead

There are times when an error slips into a story without anyone noticing and it can continue to be repeated for months. In this case, it started in July with a story on the report into the death of Edward Snowshoe, a young inmate who killed himself after being in segregation for 162 days.

That article drew parallels with Ashley Smith, the New Brunswick teen who also died after a lengthy term in segregation cells.

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Share photos of your backyard ice rinks

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.

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Witness an act of kindness this year? Share your story

As we reflect on the events that made headlines this year, we want to share those stories that didn't. Did you witness a touching act of kindness? Someone or something that inspired you? Made you smile? Left a lasting impression? Let's spread the goodwill - share your story and we may include it in an upcoming project.

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Public editor: Why ‘botched’ was a poor choice of words

Sylvia Stead

The definition of “botch” is: to spoil by poor work; bungle.

Does that fit a story The Globe and Mail published online on a U.S. attempt to rescue an American hostage in Yemen and its headline, which says: “Two hostages killed in Yemen in botched rescue attempt, U.S. officials say”?

If you read the article, you see that it was expected to be and was a difficult operation. The article describes how, despite moving in under darkness with specialized equipment, the Yemeni counterterrorism troops and the SEAL Team 6 commandos knew that it was extraordinarily challenging.

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Stock market data removed from articles

Alasdair McKie

One of the most handy features of The Globe's business coverage is the inclusion of stock market quotes for companies mentioned in our stories. Unfortunately, including that information has been contributing to the unreliability of the site lately.

As a result, we've made the difficult decision to remove the prices from the bottoms of articles until we can deliver them in a more dependable way. Look for them to return in the new year.

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Public editor: The Globe exposed thalidomiders’ problems decades ago

Sylvia Stead

Many readers have written to the letters editor, to editor-in-chief David Walmsley and to me to thank The Globe and Mail for its special series on the thalidomiders who are suffering terrible pain and pressing for compensation from the federal government.

On Monday night, the House of Commons voted unanimously, a rare event, to provide full support to the survivors, while in the gallery the victims wept with relief and happiness.

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Public editor: How thalidomide stories spurred federal action

Sylvia Stead

Last weekend, The Globe and Mail launched a heart-breaking special series on Canada’s 95 known survivors of thalidomide.

In the early sixties, their mothers took the supposed “miracle drug,” which doctors began to prescribe for morning sickness after it received federal approval.

Today, they are in their fifties and live, in many cases, with constant suffering, their limbs gnarled and stunted.

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Updated: Please bear with us

Alasdair McKie

December 1 update: Thank you for bearing with us while we make improvements to the reliability of The Globe online. You may have noticed that we have restored the financial markets display to the homepage (a recent Globe Q&A topic) and that site performance has improved. Work continues behind the scenes to restore some of the other features that were disabled in the last few months.

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Public editor: Rinelle’s photo published with permission

Sylvia Stead

I have heard from two readers over the past week who were concerned that The Globe and Mail published a front-page photo of Rinelle Harper, the 16-year-old victim of a gruesome attack in Winnipeg this month.

The readers were confused as to why The Globe would publish her photo when at a press conference the day before she had asked that her face be concealed. They didn’t know that the newspaper had an exclusive interview with the family in their hotel room on the eve of the press conference and obtained explicit permission to take and publish photos of Rinelle and her family.

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One article, one page

ALASDAIR McKIE

We're always trying to improve the experience of reading The Globe and Mail on our digital platforms, and with an update to the website today, we will no longer be breaking longer articles into separate pages on our desktop website by default.

When new articles are posted, they will appear as one single page that you can scroll through seamlessly. (Existing articles will not be retroactively updated.)

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Get your finances in shape: Sign up for Rob Carrick's bootcamp

Submissions are now closed. Thanks to everyone who responded - we are overwhelmed by the amount of interest! We'll be rolling out Rob Carrick's action plans in the next few weeks so stay tuned. 

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Public editor: Yes to Ghomeshi coverage; no to pictures

Sylvia Stead

Last week, I asked readers whether there was too much or too little coverage of Jian Ghomeshi. And what about the photos of him, which one reader begged The Globe and Mail to stop publishing because she and her friends found it “revolting.”

More than two dozen of you wrote in from across the country, one from the United States and one from overseas. The message was pretty clear: Keep covering the news on Mr. Ghomeshi, remember that this is a turning point for society’s understanding of sexual harassment and abuse of women and please, please don’t run those photos any more.

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Public editor: Too much Ghomeshi or not enough?

Sylvia Stead

Too much or too little? From time to time, readers will write either to ask why The Globe and Mail isn’t writing more on a subject or to say enough already, we are sick of the non-stop coverage.

Earlier this year, that subject was Toronto Mayor Rob Ford.

Last week, it was former CBC host of Q Jian Ghomeshi. In his case, one reader wants more coverage, while another doesn’t want to see his photo any more.

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Public editor: The problem with Ezra Levant’s complaint

Sylvia Stead

Ezra Levant, Sun Media columnist and Sun TV commentator, has complained about a recent Globe and Mail story. He has said The Globe story is wrong and that his column is completely correct.

So let’s look at the facts from a journalistic point of view. Mr. Levant wrote a Remembrance Day column that said the Greater Essex County District School Board in Ontario circulated an e-mail that, according to him, says: “Teachers should be prepared to exempt Muslim students from Remembrance Day.”

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Here's how Canadians marked Remembrance Day

From tributes to fallen loved ones to ceremonies across the country, readers shared their Remembrance Day experiences with the hashtag #Nov11Globe. We've collected the submissions here.

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Public editor: Thanks for pointing out that mistake

Sylvia Stead

Thanks to Globe and Mail readers, two errors were caught in Monday’s Folio pages on Canadian war memorials.

First thing this morning, a reader tweeted: “Hey @globeandmail, I might be wrong but isn’t this tower in Montreal not Winnipeg?”

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Sesame Street turns 45: your fondest memories of the show

Rubber duckies, learning to count and lots of cookies: As Sesame Street turns 45, readers share their favourite characters and fondest memories of the show:

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