By Kathy English Public Editor Fri., Sept. 28, 2018 In a municipal election in which 35 individuals have registered to run for mayor and 241 people have stepped forward to vie for your votes for 25 city council positions in Toronto’s 25 new wards, what is fair news coverage for candidates and citizens too? What’s fair is firstly, understanding that fair does not mean equal. That is not how this all adds up. Fairness does not demand that every candidate running in the Oct. 22 election receive equal coverage. As in any election campaign, news organizations best serve their audiences by making critical news judgments about what you need to know before you cast your votes. To that end, the Star’s coverage will focus largely on those contenders considered to be serious and legitimate candidates based on such facts as whether they are running campaigns that suggest they have some significant chance of success with voters and the ideas they bring … [Read more...] about Fair election coverage does not mean equal coverage
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A Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) Primer: The state of the regions by stats IF FEDERALISM is the answer, what is the question? If federalism is the solution, what is the problem? Indeed, where are the people in the debate and what motives or reasons drive the pitch to shift? And what good, bad, and ugly tidings does federalism signal? For the last two years, President Rodrigo R. Duterte and his political allies have mounted a fevered sales pitch to amend the 1987 Constitution and shift to a federal system of government. But until last week, they did so absent a single consensus draft on how exactly they want to revise which Charter provisions for what reasons, and for how long and how much. The system, they say, has neglected the poor regions and needs fixing. But the irony is they ask people to buy into federalism by dangling more of the same fix-it treats of old-style politics -- more money for the regions and more power or extended … [Read more...] about News Unpacking the federalism gambit: What’s in it for citizens?
Mars Inc – the company behind Snickers, M&Ms, Milky Way, Pedigree, Uncle Ben’s Rice, and other food brands – has historically tried to stay out of the public eye. But the 106-year-old company, which is entirely owned by the Mars family, has been opening up about its business and what’s next for the company. Business Insider spoke to Mars chairman Stephen Badger about why the $35 billion firm is speaking out and why it is “100% committed to staying private.” Badger also reveals what it’s really like to work for one of the biggest family-run private companies in the world. Mars Inc, the maker of M&Ms, Snickers, and Milky Way, was once one of the most secretive companies in the United States. But that has started to change during the last few years. The 106-year-old company is making some big transformations in an effort to … [Read more...] about The chairman of the company behind Snickers and M&Ms reveals what’s next for the chocolate giant
By Rosie DiManno Star Columnist Tues., May 15, 2018 The camera moves in for a close-up of a shackled ankle. As if the orange jail jumpsuit hasn’t already set the dateline. Then back to the woman’s face. A pretty face, though scrubbed now of the gaudy makeup — scarlet lips and thick eyeliner — as seen on selfies that Jacqueline Ades posted on Instagram. A tour through her social media portfolio also shows Ades sitting on an ornate chair, wearing a push-up corset, long naked legs and stiletto-heeled f-k-me pumps. The commentary babble speaks of her obsession with the number “3” — the age of Jesus Christ at crucifixion (believed to be roughly 33), the year Hitler came to power (1933), the geographic co-ordinates of Atlantis and a Walt Disney club apparently called “33.” Some of this we’ll have to take on faith. Article Continued Below But the jailhouse video is deeply disturbing. Because it must … [Read more...] about What does it mean to love someone too much? How about 65,000 text messages
HONG KONG: The removal of term limits from the Chinese presidency has caused great consternation around the world.Yet much about the change remains unclear. What does it mean? And should we even care?China’s ruler has three major titles: Head of the Chinese Communist Party, head of the Central Military Commission and president of the People’s Republic of China. In other words, the ruler of China rules the party, the military and the nation.The president, or ruler of the nation, is by far the least important of the ruler’s three roles. It is a largely ceremonial position.Initially, in the early 1950s, the role was designed to have some real power, but that power was abolished for much of former Chinese ruler Mao Zedong’s reign.In the post-Mao period, China’s leaders rethought how they wanted China’s political system to look and how they would maintain Communist-Party rule. The goal was to ensure that power was not concentrated in one person, to … [Read more...] about Commentary: Xi Jinping unlimited also means Xi Jinping fully responsible for China’s outcomes