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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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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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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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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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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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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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After Emma Watson's #HeForShe speech, what does feminism mean to you?

Actress Emma Watson's speech at the United Nations and launch of the #HeForShe campaign has sparked a lot of talk about feminism. Here's a look at the campaign and what the word means to some of our readers.

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Public editor: Militaristic metaphors not helpful to people with cancer

Sylvia Stead

In the stories about Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s cancer diagnosis, many people are talking about his “fight” and his “battle” against the disease and noting his strong personality.

But are these militaristic metaphors really helpful to people across the country who are dealing with various forms of cancer?

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Public editor: Why sometimes it’s okay for a travel writer to take a free trip

Sylvia Stead

A reader from Stratford, Ont., asked this question about travel articles: “Increasingly travel articles in The Globe contain the disclaimer that the writer was a guest of the featured hotel or service, but that the article was not reviewed or approved by the said hotel or service. … Why is this acceptable for travel articles, and apparently car reviewers, when it would be clearly a violation of journalistic integrity if it was done, for example, in the political realm, or for theatre reviews. How would we feel to read, ‘The reviewer of the play was the guest of the Stratford Festival Theatre, but the article was not reviewed or approved by Antoni Cimolino [artistic director of the Stratford Festival]?’ ”

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Public editor: More effort needed to run photos of women

Sylvia Stead

A reader from London, Ont., wrote this week to say she was annoyed with the weekend photo essay on the Toronto International Film Festival that featured eight photos: four centred on male stars, two fan photos and two showing the shoes of women stars.

“Two female stars and only their feet. Come on! Haven’t we got past the days when women are portrayed as clothes horses? You can do much better than that. Review the whole front section of the Saturday paper and you will notice a similar lack of effort to portray women’s faces – oh, except the gamine on the front page. Your unconscious omission has significant consequences. Both men and women are seeing with their eyes that only men are newsworthy. Shame!”

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'Scotland needs to work on its feelings': 12 Scottish-Canadians on how they'd vote on independence

Scots are headed to the polls on Sept. 18 to vote on one question: “Should Scotland be an independent country?” Canada is home to 4.7 million people of Scottish descent so we decided to ask some of them whether they would vote yes or no, and why.( For a primer on the vote, including what would happen if either side wins, click here.)

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