There was no Arts coverage in the Wednesday's Globe and Mail Life/Arts section, which prompted annoyed comments from many readers. Public editor Sylvia Stead explains. 

 By Sylvia Stead, The Globe and Mail's public editor

In Wednesday’s newspaper, the Life & Arts section ran a special issue called “The Age of the Gourmet.” It is a beautifully designed section with very interesting content on the positive side of food culture, the rare ingredients food lovers are looking for and a fun quiz on whether you know your kohlrabi from karela (I don’t).

As popular as this special section was, a number of readers were annoyed for two reasons. First, that there was no Arts coverage for the day in the Life/Arts section. “What gives?” wrote one reader.


Second, that there was a pointer from the paper to an online-only column by television critic John Doyle. “I expect to see John Doyle in the paper and don’t want to leave the paper to go to the computer to find his column,” another reader said.

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Kathryn Hayward, acting Life & Arts editor, said they are currently planning more special sections and will do some on arts topics as well. 

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Tamara Baluja is an award-winning journalist with CBC Vancouver and the 2018 Michener-Deacon fellow for journalism education. She was the associate editor for J-Source from 2013-2014.