The first time I heard about AIDS was in the pub at Simon Fraser University, where I was a student in the 1980s. Someone at the table was talking about this horrible, new disease that killed gay men. While everyone seemed to think it had to do with sex, people were unclear just how it was transmitted — making it even more menacing. Years later, when working in Ottawa, I became friends with a young woman whose father was one of the first Canadians diagnosed with the disease.
I don’t attend a lot of conferences — particularly at 8:30 on a Sunday morning. But, after some grumbling about the ungodly hour, I did make an exception and took in some of the Housing Central Conference held last weekend in Richmond. Two people I’m particularly close to, my partner and my sister, are both in the business of helping provide affordable housing, so I tagged along. (It also occurred to me that I could use the event as fodder for this column.) Selina Robinson, B.C.
Last summer I was in Ottawa with my kids visiting a good friend. One night, we took in the impressive sound and light show on Parliament Hill in honour of Canada 150. On the way back, we passed what looked like a bunker stuck in the side of a hill. Well, in fact, it was a bunker stuck in the side of a hill — at least it was supposed to look like one.
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".