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For becoming the first trans mayor in Canadian history: The big election issue in the tiny village of Très-Saint-Redempteur, Que., was whether residents could keep backyard chickens, not whether it mattered that mayoral candidate Julie Lemieux was born female or male. The trans woman, who had been a councillor in the historically Catholic western Quebec municipality since 2013, won with 48 percent of the vote. Then she got down to business, working to ensure that her neighbours will be able to keep their own roosters and hens. —S.B.