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Toronto city clerk seeks pause on ranked ballot plans

The senior city staffer, Ulli Watkiss, is recommending that Toronto council stop getting ranked ballots ready for the 2022 municipal election, citing the COVID-19 pandemic. Advocates have pushed for a decade to ditch first-past-the-post voting in favour of a preferential voting system they say increases the diversity of candidates and improves the tenor of campaigns.

British Columbians want local meat. Proposed abattoir rule changes might help that

The path from pasture to plate for B.C.’s 22 million farm animals might soon get easier. Earlier this month, the provincial Ministry of Agriculture released an intentions paper outlining proposed changes to slaughter and meat processing regulations. It’s the latest step in a process to make local meat more available — and increase British Columbians’ food security.