We are four weeks away from electing a new city council. Unlike the past few elections, I’m betting the electorate will be much more engaged this time around.In 2013, 39 per cent of Calgarians showed up to vote. Pretty discouraging numbers. However, 2013 was before the economic downturn. It was before Naheed Nenshi had been in power for an extended period of time and long before the Flames started talking about a new arena.
Election season doesn’t officially begin until next week, but that hasn’t stopped Mayor Naheed Nenshi from rolling out his solution for Calgary’s arena dilemma. Campaigns are a chance for all candidates to do a little blue-sky thinking; after all, we want to know the vision of the person we’re electing. Nenshi is proposing a new arena be built in Victoria Park. Nothing new with that idea.
The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario wants any school in that province bearing the name Sir John A. Macdonald to undergo a name change. In its resolution the federation says Macdonald was the “architect of genocide against Indigenous people” and shouldn’t be honoured. Yes, the same John A. Macdonald who brought this country together. The father of Confederation.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".