Executive Committee Votes Against Ranked Ballot Panel

They didn't want an independent panel to review the idea, which council originally endorsed three years ago.

Photo by Neville Park.

Photo by Neville Park.

In the latest blow to local electoral reform, City Hall’s Executive Committee voted down a proposal to convene an independent panel on ranked ballots, with possible implementation for 2022.

The panel, supported by ranked ballot advocate Dave Meslin, was voted down 3–6 yesterday evening. Mayor John Tory, who came out in support of ranked ballots in early 2015, and voted for them later that year, was absent from the vote. The issue will come up again at Council on December 13.

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Non-profits Offer Much-needed Food Services

A non-profit that allows people to "adopt a kitchen" offers tangible results.

Pauline has been visiting Houselink kitchens a couple times a week for about three years.

Pauline has been visiting Houselink kitchens a couple times a week for about three years.

Wendy has been working in Houselink kitchens for about six years. She was referred to the organization by a friend and started out cleaning, but now she also cooks and does inventory. And she only has good things to say about her time there.

“I love cooking different meals, recipes, experimenting,” Wendy said, later adding, “It’s been great. You meet a lot of great people here. I love cooking a lot for people.”

Houselink is a charitable organization providing supportive housing to people living with mental health issues and addictions in the city; rather than simply finding an apartment for someone and putting them there, groups like Houselink also offer everything from help finding employment to recreational programs. One of the most important things these organizations can offer their participants, and one frequently overlooked by people who haven’t lived on fixed or low incomes, is food. As food prices go up while wages and benefits stagnate, people at the bottom of the economic ladder find it more and more difficult to cover the necessities.

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Why You Should Get a Casper


In a buzzing city like Toronto, quality sleep (even if it’s usually a little shorter than we’d like) is key to keeping up with all the fun. While a great mattress is one of the most important purchases Torontonians make, shopping for one is an incredibly outdated experience, complete with tired product lines, inflated prices and high-pressure, commission-driven service.

Enter sleep startup Casper to turn the archaic industry on its head: the company has developed a patent-pending mattress that’s perfect for everyone—yes, even those weird sleepers who prefer extra-hard or extra-soft surfaces. It’s made with a carefully balanced combination of hypoallergenic latex foam, which keeps you cool and adds a bit of spring, and high-density memory foam, which provides just the right amount of pressure relief. Surrounding it all is a surprisingly chic cover woven from super-breathable, durable textiles.
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