B.C.’s minister for citizens’ services has invited members of the public to offer their views on our provincial freedom-of-information and privacy legislation. I’m happy to oblige. The legislation as it stands is frequently ambiguous, occasionally unintelligible, and an invitation to a game of hide and seek. By the latter, I mean it enables various public bodies to withhold information that by any reasonable standard should be made available.
Every government evolves its own style of management. Under Mike Harcourt you had well-intentioned muddling. Glen Clark gave us boundless certitude, sometimes untethered from reality. Gordon Campbell ran the government with an iron fist inside an iron glove. Christy Clark was Campbell light. But now, after 16 years of waiting, the NDP is finally back, and the closest analogy I can think of is Hamlet: Prince of dithering and self-doubt. Before the election, everything seemed clear.
A new Angus Reid poll contains a message for our justice system, if read carefully. When B.C. residents were asked if crime rates in their communities had risen over the past five years, the majority replied yes. Only five per cent thought rates are down. Technically speaking, the majority is correct. Minor offences have risen slightly, and since they’re the most common infraction, that drove the overall total up. Yet most categories of crime are down. Violent offences dropped 15 per cent.
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".