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Comments are changing at Maclean’s

We’re encouraging readers to engage with our stories on the platforms where they’re already most active. Or better yet, send us a letter.

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Maclean’s has for many years provided readers the ability to comment beneath virtually every story that goes online. We’ve watched thousands of comments of every imaginable tone and tenor stitch themselves into back-and-forth conversations between excited readers.

In rethinking how we foster debate and engage with readers, however, we are moving this conversation over to our social platforms. Starting today, comments on stories at Macleans.ca have been closed.

This decision comes at a time of unprecedented opportunity for our readers to engage and share their thoughts on our journalism, on social platforms like Facebook, Twitter and any number of other flashpoints for online debate. It’s already the case that the vast majority of comments we receive now come via those platforms. Other media organizations have seen the shift, too, as outlets as varied as NPR, CNN, the Toronto Star and most recently the Atlantic have all closed their comment sections.

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Every week subscribers of our monthly print and weekly digital editions send us letters about the stories and opinion pieces they read. We already publish these in our print magazine as well as online. But we want to hear from our online readers too, and invite you to send your letters to us at Letters@macleans.ca. We’ll curate the smartest, most thought-provoking letters and publish them regularly online.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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