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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
The Globe and Mail’s Self-Sabotage
SEP. 1, 2017 | The Walrus | BY LAUREN MCKEON.

By firing two popular female columnists in a bid to save money, our newspaper of record may pay a bigger price: its increasing irrelevance.....The idea that the paper belongs to its male readers and its male journalists appears so deeply ingrained in the Globe—and Canadian media—that it has become utterly unremarkable. Of the Globe’s remaining columnists—that we know of, at least—fifteen are men and seven are women. As has been previously reported, they are all overwhelmingly white. And it doesn’t help matters that of the ten editors on the Globe’s masthead, only three are women.
But this goes beyond questions of representation. The Globe isn’t merely failing women; it’s failing, period. Just days before news of Southey and McLaren leaked, the Globe had been busy shrinking other sections of the newspaper. When it comes to the paper’s weekday print edition, management decided to keep the Globe’s news and business sections as standalones, but sports, as well as life and arts coverage, will no longer exist as their own territories— they’ll be folded into the other two. This, in turn, comes on the heels of a decision to cut the paper’s Atlantic print edition for the end of November. If Canada’s paper of record is in survival mode, then, I’m curious: who exactly is it surviving for?
Globe_&_Mail  firings  women  self-sabotage  newspapers  irrelevance  Leah_McLaren 
october 2017 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.
anniversaries  commemoration  editorials  George_Brown  Globe_&_Mail  howto  writing  nation_builders  topic_sentences 
july 2012 by jerryking
The secret to getting a letter published in The Globe and Mail - The Globe and Mail
sylvia stead — Public Editor
Globe and Mail Update
Posted on Friday, March 2, 2012
letters_to_the_editor  tips  Globe_&_Mail 
march 2012 by jerryking
1,000 or so words...on pictures
Dec 21, 2002 | The Globe and Mail pg. A.2 | by Edward GreensponWhen
the crucial role photography plays in today's Globe and Mail and the contribution it makes to humanizing the paper....

we learned the prosecutor had dropped the charges against Ms. Turner, we knew right away we wanted the story on the front page. She was our kind of person -- hard-working, industrious, principled, fearless -- and she had persevered.

Only later did we see the picture on Erin's screen that would grace the front page the next day. It showed an extremely contented woman, vindicated at last. Don Weber tells me that he, the reporter, Ms. Turner, her husband, Paul, and her lawyer, Clayton Ruby, went over to a Tim Hortons near the Brampton courthouse. She told Mr. Ruby she was relieved and asked if it was okay to show it. She then looked up at Mr. Weber "with that huge smile." By my calculation, the photo actually took up the physical space on the page of a thousand words. It was well worth every one of them.
ProQuest  Edward_Greenspon  journalists  journalism  Globe_&_Mail  photography  personal_connections  physical_space  hard_work  humanize  portraits  fearlessness 
november 2011 by jerryking
The weekend Globe – bigger, bolder, better - The Globe and Mail
October 1, 2010 | Globe and Mail Update | John Stackhouse,
Editor-in-chief. A great newspaper must speak to the soul of every great
conversation. We are doing that starting today with an eight-week
project: debates Canada needs to have, not about the issues of our past,
but that will determine our future .... It's not just our views. If
you go to our website, you'll find discussion forums on each of these
topics. They've been raging for months, involving 800 Globe readers
sharing ideas with each other and our reporters to challenge and improve
our journalism. It's a beginning. In the months ahead, our website will
be the focus of informed and reasonable debate about the many passions
of our readers and concerns of our nation. Follow the debates, in print
and online, and then launch your own, if you have the courage to lead.
John_Stackhouse  Globe_&_Mail  newspapers  redesign  UFSC 
october 2010 by jerryking
A new Globe, but timeless principles
Sep. 30, 2010 | G&M | Editorial. We aim to be at the
centre of debate in public affairs, & also to probe the issues &
passions that matter to Canadians in their personal lives....Above all,
we try to explain Canada to Canadians & contribute to its life as a
liberal democracy & a liberal economy. We believe in a Parliament
that answers to the people, rather than executive power, and protects
the freedoms of speech & commerce....Our website today is different,
too,, building on's award as the best
newspaper-affiliated site in the world. Today it has more matter, depth
and resources, from community groups to financial tools to Emmy
Award-winning videos. Together, the changes in print and online are
based on technology: new presses for the newspaper, and rapidly
expanding h/w and s/w for our websites, mobile channels and tablet apps.
But technology cannot replace human journalism, the basic task of
finding answers to the great questions of the times.
newspapers  inspiration  redesign  editorials  public_affairs  credos  websites  journalists  journalism  Globe_&_Mail 
october 2010 by jerryking
A bull in bear's clothing
May 2007 | Report on Business Magazine | by BOYD ERMAN. "He
rises every morning by 5 a.m. to plow through three newspapers—The Globe
and Mail, National Post and The Wall Street Journal, before getting
into all the research that accumulates on his desk each day. Other
people may run their funds with computer modelling and game theory;
Sprott attaches clippings to his missives for investors. "I'm always
shocked that you can read things in the newspaper that prove to be
incredibly valuable, that a lot of people miss," he says."
Eric_Sprott  profile  Bay_Street  moguls  reading  newspapers  WSJ  insights  Globe_&_Mail 
february 2010 by jerryking
When Columnists Collide
Letters to the editor appearing in the Oct. 1, 2008 G&M in reaction to Heather Mallick's CBC column on Sarah Palin.
CBC_Radio  Globe_&_Mail  letters_to_the_editor  anti-Americanism 
january 2009 by jerryking

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