Mark on July 5th, 2008

…at the Globe & Mail must have been in holiday mode this morning. Eric Duhatschek’s column on the NHL’s free agent market is titled 13 burning questions and uses “13 questions” in the lede, but of the 13 points, only three are questions. The other 10 are either labels or statements. In fact, there are […]

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Mark on June 4th, 2008

View Larger Map The headline and deck in the Vancouver Sun RSS feed caught my attention: Police warn women walking alone and Three separate sexual offences have occurred near Queen Elizabeth Park in Vancouver. Queen Elizabeth Park is not far from where I live, so I’m interested. The article tells me everything I need to […]

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Mark on May 20th, 2008

This is too frustrating: I was following the headline, BCE shares pounded, from my newsreader, not because of any deep interest in finance but because I was curious was BCE stands for. I read through the Globe & Mail article, then clicked through four different links to related stories and still couldn’t find out. The […]

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From the Vancouver Sun today: While one coast of Canada will be digging out from a blizzard this weekend, the other coast will be basking in a heat wave…. Except… The worst city to be in this weekend is Saskatoon, which is forecast to see up to 50 centimetres of heavy, wet snow, strong winds […]

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Mark on April 17th, 2008

I have no idea how this came about, but the perception is awful: the inside back page of the B section in today’s Vancouver Sun features two lengthy articles — on cosmetic dentistry and children’s teeth care — under an “Oral Health” page banner and with only a single ad on the page. For Crest […]

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