It’s a big day ‘cause it’s a big number — 90, to be exact. Indeed, it was 90 years ago today that my mother was born in Calgary, Alberta, and, believe me, the preparations to celebrate that fact are not insignificant. I’m the youngest of three girls, so you can imagine the flurry of emails as my take-charge sisters set out the party agenda. I pick up the balloons. I’m quite tempted to use this column to talk about what a cool person my mom is.
I suspect our front page feature on birth tourism will have many up in arms. The idea that a pregnant woman can fly into YVR and give birth at Richmond Hospital for the sole purpose of getting her newborn a Canadian passport has many incensed. It feels like an affront to our immigration system. It’s also patently unfair that just because your parents are wealthy enough to spend $30,000 to jump the immigration queue, you can then move to Canada at age 18, should you so decide.
I’ve heard it said, from a doctor no less, that “the human brain has evolved to have a negativity bias.” Meaning, the bad things in our environments stand out more and are better remembered than the good ones. And the reason for that isn’t just we’re a bunch of Negative Nellies. Rather, that quick recognition of danger has been key to our survival as a species, according to evolutionary biologists.
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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
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Use parentheses to separate multiple
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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".