OPINION As the song goes, “What a Difference A Day Makes.” Last Sunday the municipal terra firma shook with a vengeance. The entrails of the result have been examined and analyzed: Denis Coderre lost because he was out of touch; the once populist mayor became tone deaf to what Montrealers were really concerned about. Valerie Plante brought a fresh approach leading a campaign of positivity. Her strategy focused on people and families and how to make their daily lives better.
OPINION What a long strange trip it’s been in Quebec politics this week. But who do we believe – a former SQ officer with a sterling reputation who went after criminal biker gangs or Quebec’s mysterious tight-lipped UPAC? It has been a week when the speaker of the National Assembly warned that police forces must be accountable to politicians and the legislature. If not, we risk a slide into totalitarianism. That’s pretty strong stuff. There is clearly a crisis in Quebec politics.
This sounds way too familiar. We have been down this road before. A Quebec bill from a Liberal government that clearly would not pass the constitutional muster, Ottawa itching to get involved, and a threat of using the notwithstanding clause. In 1988, The Supreme Court in the Ford versus Quebec decision ruled that multilingual signage was legal, so the Liberal government over rode the constitutional and the Canadian Charter by invoking the notwithstanding clause, exempting Quebec from the ruling.
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 Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
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, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
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".