Liz White

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Politicians, constituents still waiting for electoral reform

The MP for Beaches-East York believes that electoral reform will not happen by the next federal election in 2019.

In 2015, following the election of Justin Trudeau as prime minister, the Liberal administration recommended a number of initiatives and ultimately legislation that would replace the “first-past-the-post” voting system in Canada. In the wake of months of consultation with the public, some believe such alternatives as proportional representation, a ranked balloting system and online voting will not be ready for the next federal election. East York’s Nathaniel Erskine-Smith says it may take longer.

“The promise was to make 2015 the last election under first-past-the-post,” he said, “and if it’s hard to make the promise happen before 2019, we should still be committed to the promise in the long-term.”

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Anti-puppy-mill bylaw having impact in GTA pet stores

Everything seemed calm as Heather Hill walked toward the barn. But once the doors opened, the smell of rotten flesh and the barking of 400 dogs proved otherwise. Puppies were kept in groups of about eight, in small rooms and forced to stand on metal grates allowing their excrement to fall through. “It was more disgusting than you can ever imagine. She knew nothing about the breeds.”