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Who would you nominate for Canada's favourite gym teacher?

 

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How are you paying for post-secondary education?

How are Canadian families and students paying for the increasingly high cost of college or university? Answer these questions and help us find out. We'll report back on the findings.

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Public editor: A banner year for investigative journalism

Sylvia Stead

It has been a banner year for investigative journalism in Canada. Witness the recent spate of awards for work that uncovers malfeasance or shines a light on deeply ingrained societal prejudices and problems.

This is an area where the established media excel – if only because it takes time, often months of investigation, and a real commitment to get beyond the daily news.

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Public Editor: Credentials must always be checked

SYLVIA STEAD

A profile story which initially described a man as a chiropractor running a school about osteopathy was changed this week to make two significant corrections.

The story on the business education hub was part of a series about how people use their MBA. The reporter searched online for MBA and chiropractor, found Shahin Pourgol of Toronto and decided to write a profile. She then went to his school and wrote about it.

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Globe journalist wins award for technical analysis

STAFF

The Globe and Mail’s equities analyst, Jennifer Dowty, has been awarded 2016 Technical Journalist of the Year by the Canadian Society of Technical Analysts.

The non-profit organization recognizes outstanding contributions to the development of technical analysis in Canada. The Globe and Mail came in second place in the category of Technical Media Organization of the Year, after BNN-TV.

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The Globe and Mail to adopt the Washington Post’s new digital toolkit

JAMES BRADSHAW

The Globe and Mail has forged a deal that will make it the largest North American news organization to adopt the Washington Post’s custom-built publishing platform.

The two companies spent the past year testing Arc, the suite of publishing and storytelling tools crafted in-house by the Post over a three-year period in which the newspaper has undergone a radical digital overhaul under the ownership of Amazon.com Inc. chief executive Jeff Bezos.

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Public Editor: ‘Worst mass shooting’ in U.S. history

Sylvia Stead

Earlier this week, The Globe and Mail and its digital products were heavily focused on the shocking murder of 49 people at an Orlando gay nightclub.

Headlines and stories referred to it as “the worst mass shooting in U.S. history” but there has been debate about whether that is precisely correct.

Some readers and staff members noted there have been terrible massacres and mass violence in U.S. history, although not in modern times.

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Attention Gen Y: Here’s where to talk money

STAFF

Old-school personal finance will only take you so far if you’re a young adult today.

You know you need to save for retirement because you probably won’t have a pension, but how can you do that when you want to buy a house? You know you’re supposed to live within your means, but how can you do that when you have student debts and your career is going from contract to contract? For help with these and other questions, check out our new Gen Y Money group on Facebook.

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Public Editor: We need to talk about The Donald

Sylvia Stead

It’s no surprise that politics is at the heart of some very raucous and widespread debates – and not just those about what happens in the House of Commons (such as last week’s controversial “manhandling” incident).

What journalism does for these national discussions is (hopefully) provide enough information that you can make up your own mind, as well as offer opinions that may help order those facts and shape your thinking. This is never more important than when you are about to cast a ballot.

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Tell us your real estate horror (or happy) story

 

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Public Editor: No reason to give equal time to naturopathy believers

SYLVIA STEAD

There’s a concept in journalism that is an exception to the normal practice of being balanced to all sides of an issue. Not so in stories where the views of one side are discredited for any number of reasons. To give equal say to those who deny climate change or those who suggest the moon landing was fake would be a false balance. (Here’s a link to a Columbia Journalism Review explanation of the concept.)

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Divorced? Still see your ex regularly? Take our anonymous survey on divorces

Did you have a good divorce? Are you on good terms with your ex-spouse? Do you live right beside each other? Take our anonymous survey on divorces. Your answers will be tabulated for a story about good divorces in Canada.

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A rundown of what Inside the Market offers

Darcy Keith

Inside the Market provides up-to-the-minute insights on developing market news and trends for subscribers of Globe Unlimited. The section provides exclusive analysis from some of Canada’s most authoritative voices on finance, including The Globe’s in-house market strategist Scott Barlow, Globe investment analyst Jennifer Dowty, Globe personal finance columnist Rob Carrick, and outside finance experts such as investment newsletter writers Gordon Pape and The Contra Guys, economist David Rosenberg and strategist Don Coxe.

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Public Editor: It’s important to remind readers of the facts

SYLVIA STEAD

I heard from a handful of readers over a story on ransoms paid to help free Canadians held hostage.

The issue began with the execution of John Ridsdel, who had been held for ransom by the terrorist organization Abu Sayyaf. A 68-year-old Philippines resident, Mr. Ridsdel was beheaded after the deadline passed.

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The Globe's first virtual reality project to premiere at Hot Docs

STAFF

Surviving Solitary, The Globe and Mail’s first foray into virtual reality journalism, is premiering at this year’s Hot Docs film festival in Toronto.


The project takes an immersive look at the reality of the solitary confinement experience in Canadian prisons. Approximately 1,500 provincial and federal inmates are locked in cells — some as small as two metres by three metres — for at least 23 hours a day, deprived of human contact, on any given day. The mental and physical health effects from this type of incarceration are sometimes irreversible.

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How much is your home worth? Check out our new housing data centre

Staff

The Globe and Mail has launched a new online Real Estate hub and House Price Data Centre to reflect the growing interest Canadian homeowners have in following a rapidly changing housing market that continues to surprise with vertigo-inducing new peaks in Toronto and Vancouver and slumping prices in Alberta.

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What are you doing to adjust to Canada’s changing economy?

 

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Public Editor: Inconsistent style can be confusing to readers

SYLVIA STEAD

Readers have noticed a few inconsistencies lately in whether a politician is called Dr., Ms. or Mr. They wonder what the rules are and who decides. And they wonder if the variations are due to sexism or sloppiness.

Last week, Ontario Health Minister Eric Hoskins visited the troubled reserve of Attawapiskat, which is facing a suicide and mental health crisis. In the same article, Federal Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, Carolyn Bennett, said she was heartened by the efforts to help the community.

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Five ways to stay better informed before markets open

Darcy Keith

A subscription to Globe Unlimited unlocks a bevy of financial and investing insight every morning. Through our Inside the Market section, subscribers get access to valuable Street research, insight on North American stocks and markets before they open, and key chart moves that can signal buying and selling opportunities. 

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Public Editor: The danger of trying – and failing – to be clever in journalism

SYLVIA STEAD

On Friday afternoon, a failed attempt to be clever in a blurb on a Facebook posting sparked the wrath of many readers.

It was about an amazing survival story that showed the courage and resourcefulness of two men and a teenager lost in a blizzard on Baffin Island.

Nunavut MLA Pauloosie Keyootak, his son and nephew were lost for nine days in what Canadian Press reporter Bob Weber called “one of the most forbidding environments on Earth.”

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