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Thousands of strangers bound together: Your photos from summer music festivals

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Sept. 4: Toronto mayoral candidates tackle your questions in live debate

The Globe and Mail and Toronto Region Board of Trade are hosting a Toronto mayoral debate on Sept. 4 from 12:20 p.m. ET to 2:00 p.m. Watch candidates Olivia Chow, Rob Ford, David Soknacki and John Tory respond to Globe reader questions and debate transportation, infrastructure, job creation and other economic issues.

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Public editor: Why Rob Ford makes balanced coverage difficult


In a normal election campaign of a few weeks duration, The Globe and Mail and other media do their best to level the playing field in terms of news coverage. Editors monitor the number and relative prominence of stories and photos on the major party leaders and the Prime Minister or Premiers. News media have a responsibility to inform the public about their voting choices but also to present a balanced picture.

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Parents: Is your child prepared for the upcoming school year? Take our survey


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Hands off my Tim Hortons! Defenders of the Double-Double react to merger

Burger King and Tim Hortons have inked a $12.5-billion merger deal, which got many Canadians fearing for the fate of their beloved Timmies. The companies said both brands will operate independently, but that didn't stop readers from speculating on what might change.

What makes Tim Hortons so special? Why are Canadians so passionate about the chain? What would you hate to see change? Tweet us @globeandmail and let us know or tell us on our Facebook page.

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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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Torontonians: Here's your chance to participate in a mayoral debate

Submissions are now closed. Thanks to everyone who submitted questions. You will be notified if yours was selected for inclusion in the debate on Sept. 4. Follow @GlobeToronto for live coverage of the event, starting at 11:30 a.m. ET. You can watch a live stream of the debate here.

The Globe and Mail and Toronto Region Board of Trade are hosting a debate with Toronto's leading mayoral candidates: Olivia Chow, Rob Ford, David Soknacki, Karen Stintz and John Tory. The debate will focus on transportation issues, job creation, city services and infrastructure, and narrowing the gap between the most and least affluent in the region, and we want to pose your question.

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Show off your amazing photos from a summer outdoor music festival

This callout is now closed. Thanks to everyone for your submissions - you can view them here.

Summer is nearing an end, but we're not quite ready to let it go (we're guessing you're not either). Let's celebrate everyone's favourite season with photos from one of the most quintessential summer pastimes: outdoor music festivals. From Squamish Valley to Osheaga to Evolve and beyond, use the form below to send us your pics and tell us a bit about them; we'd love to feature it in an upcoming project.

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Public editor: Globe stories on suicide show restraint

Sylvia Stead

I heard this week from both health-care professionals and readers about the coverage of Robin Williams’s suicide after my earlier blog and it reinforced to me that the writers must always think of the audience. The readership reflects society and many are personally dealing with depression and other illnesses.

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Public editor: Coverage should treat suicide as a public health issue


Every suicide is a tragedy. It shows how hard life can be for some people, how much they struggle with finding joy and happiness and how unrelenting mental illness can be. And it causes a great deal of pain to many people who loved that person and tried to help.

In the case of Robin Williams’s suicide, it is a very wide tragedy because so many people loved his humour and sense of fun, but also a very wide opportunity for the media to talk about this public health issue.

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Public editor: Crowd estimate depends on your point of view


So, just how many people were at two recent events in the country? The short answer is, it depends on a rough estimate and who is doing the estimate.

One reader was annoyed that a story on a poll mentioning Ford Fest said hundreds of people showed up to get free food and shake hands with the Toronto mayor.

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Globe and Mail launches new app for Android tablets

Matt Frehner

We’re pleased to announce the launch of a new tablet app: The Globe and Mail Android Edition.

This app features a completely new design, focused on delivering the best possible reading experience across all Android tablets. Here are a few of the goals we had in mind when building this app:

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Public editor: Headlines are hard to write, but they must be precise

Sylvia Stead

The Middle East is a complex, complicated and very sensitive part of the world for news coverage. So news media must be careful to get the facts right and be cognizant of balance at all times.

On Monday, The Globe and Mail made a mistake in its front-page headline. It said, “Defying Hamas, thousands flee Gaza.”

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Public editor: Wording about adoptive children was insensitive

Sylvia Stead

An article about the Houston-area shooting that left two adults and four children dead this week prompted a reader to wonder why the story drew a distinction between biological and adopted children.

The article said, “All of the children were theirs, while two were adopted.”

As an adoptive parent, the reader said, “I shuddered when I read this, in particular the ‘while two were adopted.’ ”

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Cancer will be cured, #BeforeLebronDecides: Fans grow impatient with King James

The Miami Heat, Cleveland Cavaliers and basketball fans everywhere are waiting for word from Lebron James. To pass the time, fans are entertaining themselves with things that will happen before Lebron decides.

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Public editor: The caption on this photo isn’t bull

Sylvia Stead

Globe and Mail readers are having a bit of fun with a photograph in Wednesday’s newspaper showing “a cow” jumping over revellers in the bullring in Pamplona, Spain, during the annual running of the bulls festival.

The photo has a headline saying, “The cow jumped over the crowd,” and shows a large animal with horns leaping over people.

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Public editor: No excuse for the wrong illustration

Sylvia Stead

On Monday, The Globe and Mail ran a feature with the headline: Habits of highly successful people: Traci Melchor in its Life & Arts section. The quotes from Ms. Melchor, a star journalist and now one of the hosts of CTV’s The Social, clearly show her incredible drive and positive attitude.

The problem was, the article was accompanied by a drawing, done by a freelance artist, of another very successful TV journalist, Cityline’s Tracy Moore.

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Public editor: Rob Ford and the press conference that wasn’t

Sylvia Stead

On Monday, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford held what his team described as a press conference, which wasn’t really, to say he was back from rehab and in the race for re-election.

In the story by Elizabeth Church and Kaleigh Rogers, they explain that Mr. Ford limited his so-called news conference to about a dozen outlets. After starting with “confession and contrition, Mr. Ford transitioned into his campaign speech.”

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32 things to love about Canada: We asked, you answered

Contributions from Globe staff and readers

On July 1, Canada turns 147 years old and we're celebrating with a list of people, places and things that make this country special. We asked some well-known Canadians and you, our readers, to help us build our list. We've clipped our favourites here but if you'd like, you can scroll through the entire list.

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A note from the publisher

You may notice that some articles on The Globe and Mail sites today do not include writer bylines.

As part of the collective bargaining process with the union representing many of The Globe’s editorial, advertising and circulation staff, unionized editorial staff have exercised their right under the current collective agreement to withhold their bylines. 

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Amberly McAteer

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