Zain Alabdullah, who fled Syria and crossed into Quebec two months ago, is calling on the Canadian government to open it's borders and give status to asylum seekers. Speaking in Arabic, Alabdullah told CBC she left her home in Aleppo, where she'd been held as a political detainee, and went first to the United States. While there, she continued to struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder, terrified that she'd be deported and sent back to Syria.
In an act of what he calls "guerilla gardening," hobby gardener Sébastien Caron took to the streets with a group of friends and planted more than 100 sunflowers around his neighbourhood. Dubbed the Sunflower Mascarade, the group set out to make the Gay Village that much greener. "I thought they could almost replace a tree," he told CBC Montreal's Daybreak. "My boyfriend and I got on a Bixi one day and cycled around and mapped all the tree spots that had a tree missing."
The fifth edition of Montreal's Mural Festival finishes Sunday, leaving more than a dozen new art pieces in its wake. The annual event runs from June 8 to 18 and brings street artists together from around the world. The 10-day affair features free outdoor concerts, an art fair and guided tours. Many Montrealers out and about over the last two weeks have captured images of the murals in progress, with artists hard at work atop cranes.
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".