Monday, Mar. 30, 2015 12:13PM EDT
On Friday, the biggest news of the day was the statement by French prosecutors that a Germanwings co-pilot deliberately flew his plane into the French Alps, killing everyone aboard.
On that same day, deep inside the A-section of The Globe and Mail was an editorial cartoon by Brian Gable referencing the crash. The cartoon showed a car driving off a mountainside into the air with an oblivious driver at the wheel, feet up, hands off the wheel texting, “#Germanwings crash: Commercial air travel! It’s a dangerous world out there…”More »
Thursday, Mar. 26, 2015 3:10PM EDT
CALgree or CALgairy? TORonto or TORonno? NEWfoundland or NEWfundland?
Well, which ones are right? And does it drive you crazy when others say it wrong?
Whether it’s your town, city or province – we want to hear from you.
All you have to do is leave us a brief voice message at 1-800-461-3298 with your full name, the correct pronunciation, and how you feel when someone says it wrong.More »
Thursday, Mar. 26, 2015 4:05PM EDT
Infidelity: It is a profoundly life-changing experience, and yet it’s one that we almost never speak about. Who are the people having affairs? How does it affect their lives, and the lives of their partners? How does cheating change a relationship, for better or worse?
The Globe and Mail is looking for people to speak to, either anonymously or not, about the ways that infidelity has affected their lives.More »
Friday, Mar. 27, 2015 12:28PM EDT
Psycho, schizo, retarded, vegetable – there are all sorts of words that can, or should, make us cringe when used inappropriately. They are dated at best; at worst, truly hurtful.
Everyone should strive to keep their language current and respectful, but it is especially important that journalists do so. People reporting, analyzing and commenting on the news cannot appear out of date or insensitive. Not when what they say and how they say it can have such an impact.More »
Friday, Mar. 06, 2015 11:33AM EST
Sunday is International Women’s Day, a time to stop and think about progress for women in all fields and where issues remain.
While The Globe and Mail generally does a good job of treating women in the news without gender bias, I had two complaints about language usage over the past month.
Here’s what The Globe’s Style Guide says on women and language:More »
Tuesday, Mar. 03, 2015 4:34PM EST
Do you start your dishwasher, control the temperature of your fridge and turn on your front hall light by tapping an app on your phone? Get an email when your surveillance system detects motion? Stream music through your showerhead? We're looking for Canada's highly connected homes to feature in an upcoming video project. If you think yours is a good candidate (and you'd like to show it off) fill out the form below.More »
Friday, Feb. 27, 2015 2:44PM EST
Some journalists are expected to have a point of view. Political columnists comment on public policies, and critics are, well, critical when evaluating a performance. In both cases, the writers have opinions and should feel free to express them.
There is also a tradition of provocative thinking in columns and critical writing that is important to free speech. The views expressed often spark a wider debate on the letters page and social media as well as around the dinner table.More »
Friday, Feb. 06, 2015 11:11AM EST
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 »
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 »