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Opinion: George Brown, the futurist
July 1, 2019 | The Globe and Mail | by MOIRA DANN, SPECIAL TO THE GLOBE AND MAIL.

Memories of the people present for Canada’s beginnings can teach us a great deal. Sometimes looking back helps you reconsider and reframe the present, so you can see different possibilities for the future.....George Brown often gets short shrift as a Father of Confederation.....know he was the founder of The Globe, let alone a founder of the country.....Brown wasn’t the charismatic lightning rod his confrère and rival John A. Macdonald was, nor was he as ready to dance and sing and flirt and play his own compositions on the piano, as was his Quebec frenemy, George-Étienne Cartier..... he was the most forward-looking of the lot......Brown came to Toronto from Scotland in 1843 via a short, five-year sojourn in New York working in dry goods and publishing.......It wasn’t long before Brown, defending the principle of the government’s responsibility to Parliament, was haranguing Governor-General Charles Metcalfe about public-service appointments made without the approval of the elected representatives. Brown soon enough made the leap from journalism to politics. ...... he was back wearing his journalist’s hat in 1867, writing a 9,000-word front-page editorial for The Globe’s July 1 edition when Canada’s Confederation became a political reality......While still publishing and writing for political-reform-minded Presbyterian church publication The Banner, Brown had foreseen a market trend: He anticipated the desire for (and the money-making potential of) a good newspaper directed less toward partisan believers and more at a general reader, a paper with a strong point of view and attempting a national perspective. He started The Globe on March 5, 1844.......After Brown started The Globe – it merged, in 1936, with the Mail and Empire, to become the newspaper that you are reading today – he was able to print and distribute it widely to extol Confederation because of some forethought: He had started investing in new technology. Just two months after starting The Globe using a hand press that printed 200 copies an hour, he went to New York and purchased a Hoe rotary press that could produce 1,250 copies an hour. His was the first one used in Upper Canada. He also made a deal with a rival publication, the British Colonist, to share the cost of using the telegraph to bring news from New York and Montreal......One thing Brown never allowed to lapse was his dedication to religious liberty, civil rights and the abolition of slavery. .....Brown was also a vocal advocate of prison reform...... the work he most loved: being husband to Anne and father to Margaret (Maggie), Catherine Edith (Oda) and George.
abolitionists  ahead_of_the_curve  Confederation  forethought  futurists  George_Brown  George-Étienne_Cartier  Globe_&_Mail  history  journalists  nation_builders  newspapers  politicians  prison_reform  Sir_John_A._MacDonald  technology 
july 2019 by jerryking
Confederation: Canada’s early lesson in tolerance - The Globe and Mail
MOIRA DANN
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Monday, Oct. 12, 2015

It wasn’t dissimilar in 1864 Quebec. Many of those top-hatted, suit-coated fellows could do little more than tolerate each other because of political differences and ancient slights. But they had gathered in Quebec a little more than a month after an initial meeting in Charlottetown that had sketched an outline of what a new Canada might look like. They were following up to colour it in.

John A. Macdonald and George Brown of Canada West (Ontario) and George-Étienne Cartier of Canada East (Quebec) were the primary instigators of the Confederation discussions; now they had to make sure all the goodwill flowing from September’s conference in Charlottetown would be shaped into a document. They had never been anything like friends but they had shelved their partisan, political and personal rancour when they took part in what’s known as the Great Coalition and then approached Maritime leaders about uniting British North America.
anniversaries  Canadian  Confederation  George_Brown  George-Étienne_Cartier  history  leaders  nation_builders  politicians  Sir_John_A._Macdonald  tolerance 
october 2015 by jerryking
Still Molten after all these years
March 5, 1994 | The Globe & Mail | editorial
CONTEMPLATING our 150th birthday, we were struck by a reference to editorials in perusing our well-thumbed copy of Brown of The Claim by J. M. S. Careless. Could this passage have been written yesterday?
"Globe editorials were not finely drawn and polished. They were hastily poured forth, in a style that was often ungainly but always lucid; and above all. trenchant and provocative. George Brown set the pattern by his own habit of writing: first of all a meticulous gathering of information on scraps of paper; next the jottings of headings and topic sentences, crossed out and rewritten; then, when the heat of composition had risen the drafting at full blast of the whole editorial - so that it was cast as a single. molten whole. Revisions with stumps of black lead pencil followed later in the proof sheets. but chiefly to stress vital facts and sharpen arguments. not to alter the nature of the full-length production. which kept the merits and defects of the manner of its making.” If the image of our editorials as a “molten whole" invites some ambiguity. we embrace it in the spirit in which the phrase was born. Editorials are still fashioned in haste from wells of necessity and conviction. spun from the events of the day through the minds and hearts of mortal people, often frantically assembled at the deadline hour and revised, if at all, on the run. The best of them are born in disbelief, cradled in righteousness. raised in and married to wisdom before the English language comes into play and ink hits paper.. .. . . . This, we assert. is a condition of their authenticity. They are not over-civilized by second thoughts and feints of heart. They are sometimes ungainly. Thrown up in the heat of composition and committed to paper, molten wholes have been known to confound a waiting nation. Even in the computer age. slumps of black lead pencil can be found in the precincts of our scribes.
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july 2012 by jerryking

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