Tuesday, June 21, 2005

A clarification

I've noticed that more than a few around the hockey blogosphere refer to my employer as the Toronto Globe and Mail, a designation that doubly puzzles and troubles me (a la here). For a clarification, we head to Answers.com:

Though promoted as a national paper and sold throughout Canada, The Globe and Mail also serves as a Toronto metropolitan paper, publishing several special sections in its Toronto edition which are not included in the national edition.

As such it is sometimes popularly ridiculed as being too focused on the GTA, which could be seen as part of a wider humourous notion of Torontonians sometimes being blind to the wider concerns of the nation. (A similar criticism is sometimes applied to The New York Times). For this reason, critics sometimes refer to the paper as the Toronto Globe and Mail or as Toronto's National Newspaper, but these are never correct designations for the paper.

So, unless you're being a clever (and under-represented) Canadian, as I suspect Mr. Fitzpatrick is, let's refer to The Globe and Mail as such. It is, after all, a national newspaper, with bureaus throughout the country (and a Toronto section that is only a few pages each night). You don't hear about the Virginia USA Today too often, now do you?


At 12:16 p.m., June 22, 2005, Blogger Nicole said...

Toronto's National Newspaper, I like it. The Globe's national coverage is generally apalling unless there is huge devastation. I bet half of the Globe's readership is still trying to look up Drumheller on a map.
It could also be called Ontario's national newspaper.

At 7:09 p.m., June 22, 2005, Blogger James Mirtle said...

I don't think that's a fair characterization at all — the paper has a section dedicated to B.C., for instance. The copy of The Globe that GTA readers get is different than the other five versions that go to different regions of the country.

Since the National Post came into existence, the paper is far less Ontario-centric than is was. Although, considering nearly half the country's residents live in the province, it's no suprise major media markets target Ottawa and the GTA.

As for not being able to locate Drumheller, I don't think any Canadians would fare well at knowing where towns of 7,000 people are on the other side of the country. That's akin to saying someone from Calgary should know where Picton, Ont., is. :)

Give the paper credit for putting a small Alberta town on its cover. I'm sure more than a few Torontonians muttered a 'who cares' when they picked up their morning paper.

At 7:57 p.m., June 28, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No chance bro. It's the T.O. Globe and Mail. Everything about its mindset shouts Big Lemon, screams Mistake by the Lake. When you're T.O., you're T.O. Admit it. Do the best you can with it.


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