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Public editor: Some cartoons are meant to be serious, not humorous

Sylvia Stead

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…”

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Say what? Tell us how people mispronounce your town, city or province

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.

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Infidelity: how has it affected your life?

Elizabeth Renzetti

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.

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Public editor: Why journalism must be careful about health and gender

Sylvia Stead

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 People reporting, analyzing and commenting on the news cannot appear out of date or insensitive.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.

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Public editor: Why there is never an excuse for gender bias in media

Sylvia Stead

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:

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Do you have the most connected home in Canada?

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.

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Public editor: When a critic is accused of having an agenda

Sylvia Stead

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.

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Slash debt, save more: Money tips from Carrick's financial boot camp

Rob Carrick

 

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Public editor: Stories on vaccination aren’t propaganda

Sylvia Stead

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.

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Your wonderful images of backyard ice rinks

 

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Earlier: Q&A with sports columnist Cathal Kelly

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.

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Public editor: It’s not a poll; it’s just reader feedback

Sylvia Stead

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.

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Ask political writer John Ibbitson anything on Reddit

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.

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Public editor: If The Globe was perfect, we’d never beg the question

Sylvia Stead

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.”

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Survey results: Stephen Harper's Canada: Better, worse or unchanged?

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:

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Public editor: Egregious grammatical errors caught by Globe readers

Sylvia Stead

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.”

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Public editor: Why coverage of polls will be important in election year

Sylvia Stead

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.

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Do you believe in monogamy? Take our love and sex poll

 

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Stephen Harper's Canada: Better, worse or unchanged? Take our poll

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.

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Public editor: Seven reasons why coverage of Rob Ford will continue

Sylvia Stead

Rob Ford.

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.

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