…after two weeks on a very small cruise boat on the Erie Canal, almost a week in French Canada, and a week of recovery from a really bad cold (caught from a fellow ship-passenger who couldn’t bother to cover his mouth when he sneezed).
Our hotel in Quebec began every day by hanging on our door a copy of what used to be the Toronto Globe and Mail, now billed instead as “Canada’s national newspaper.” (Well, actually it’s Canada’s national English-language newspaper, anyway.)
The Globe and Mail is a refreshing departure from your run-of-the-mill US daily: It has no particular axe to grind. Neither Liberal nor Conservative, it harasses both sides of the political spectrum with equal fervor, and acts as a real adversary to the Canadian national government, regardless of which party is in power.
Unlike The New York Times, the US's "paper of record," the Globe and Mail does not do exhaustive analysis. It does not present the “stories behind the news,” except in a single-page op-ed section. Its articles are short, punchy, and sometimes very badly written and sloppily edited. But, also unlike The New York Times, not only does it not follow the party line, but instead it snarkily broadcasts each misstep of every politician and bureaucrat.
In short, the Globe and Mail is almost everything a real newspaper should be. I wish we had one like it.