By Emma Teitel National Columnist Wed., May 8, 2019 Maxime Bernier: political leader, provocateur, enemy of white pants. It’s not the epitaph I’d want on my tombstone, but it might someday be inscribed on Bernier’s: a man fundamentally and obsessively opposed to the idea of free tampons. If you don’t believe me, take a look at Bernier’s Twitter page, home to various screeds about a recent federal government proposal to make menstrual products free and accessible in federally regulated Canadian workplaces. The reason for this proposal is simple. There still exists around the world and, yes, even in Canada, stigma around menstruation, not to mention a disturbing lack of access to the typically expensive products women use when they are on their periods. Article Continued Below “Period Poverty” is a real problem in this country. A study published last year by Plan International Canada, determined that one third … [Read more...] about Why is Maxime Bernier so obsessed with tampons?
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With the procedures of the coronation ceremony of His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn (Rama X) generally following those of his father King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s coronation on May 5, 1950, another ceremony that is expected to happen on Saturday (May 4), coronation day, is the anointment of the new Queen with the official title of Her Majesty according to traditional royal customs. Just three days before coronation, the King appointed General Suthida Vajiralongkorn na Ayudhya as the Queen, the Royal Gazette announced on Wednesday, mentioning that the 66-year-old monarch had married General Suthida, 41, in accordance with laws and traditions earlier that same afternoon. King Maha Vajiralongkorn appoints Gen Suthida Vajiralongkorn na Ayudhya as the Queen on Wednesday (May 1). According to the TV pool news broadcast on Wednesday evening, the couple was seen signing the marriage register and the King also bestowed her with the royal decoration of the Most Illustrious Order of … [Read more...] about The consecration of a Queen
By Kathy English Public Editor Thu., May 2, 2019 Why does journalism matter? I asked. You answered. In anticipation of today’s World News Day, a time to recognize and celebrate the power of journalism to make a difference in people’s lives, I asked for your perspectives on why journalism matters to you. The responses, as always when I reach out to Star readers for your views were (for the most part) thoughtful and constructive, showing tremendous insight into the value of the public service mission of journalism and deep appreciation both for journalism’s purpose in our democracy and for the work of journalists who aspire to journalism’s highest ideals. Thank you to all who participated. Here is some of why you believe #NewsMatters: Good journalism speaks truth in the face of lies, without fear or prejudice. When the public is confused by those with powerful self-interest, then the duty of the journalist is to lay bare the facts as (s)he … [Read more...] about ‘Great journalism holds the mirror to our souls’
Thailand King Maha Vajiralongkorn has married a former flight attendant turned royal guard in a surprise ceremony and designated her Queen Suthida, just days before his own coronation. The king's new bride was formerly the deputy head of his personal security detail, the Guardian reported. The surprise announcement came just ahead of Vajiralongkorn's coronation was announced in the royal gazette. The report also carried footage from Wednesday's wedding ceremony. The news of the royal wedding was later also shown in the royal news segment aired on all Thai television channels late Wednesday. Vajiralongkorn, 66, also known by the title King Rama X, became constitutional monarch after the death of his revered father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, in October 2016. Bhumibol had ruled for 70 years. Vajiralongkorn is scheduled to be officially crowned in elaborate Buddhist and Brahmin ceremonies on Saturday, followed by a procession through the capital. In 2014, Vajiralongkorn appointed Suthida … [Read more...] about Thailand’s King marries bodyguard, names her queen