Less Training for Saddlery Industry Proposed in Ontario

first_img Email* Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. Horse Sport Enews Saddlery and horse harness making may no longer be recognized by the Ontario College of Trades by July 2019. This means no formal training, certification or oversight in these industries.Saddler Christian Lowe says every horse person in Ontario should be concerned because such a move will impact the quality of products and services, which can also impact the safety of horses and riders.“There’s not enough regulation or oversight in this industry as it is,” he said. “We’re moving in the opposite direction to where we need to be.”Lowe is urging horse people, the end users of the equipment that will be affected, to “stand up and demand better service.” The government is accepting feedback on the proposal until January 10, 2019. Comments can be sent to [email protected] a statement online, the Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities described the proposal as such:“The Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities is proposing amendments to O. Reg. 175/11 (Prescribed Trades and Related Matters) to remove 24 trades under the Ontario College of Trades and Apprenticeship Act, 2009 with little to no activity (e.g., little to no apprenticeship registrations, completions and industry demand, not a Red Seal trade, and no training delivery agents).”It goes on to note that:“Existing apprentices in these trades would be encouraged to complete their apprenticeship program (if time permits) or transition out of the trade and explore other opportunities, including registering in another comparable trade. Active apprentices with skills and experiences equivalent to an apprenticeship program in a comparable trade could apply for trade certification through the College’s Trade Equivalency Assessment service.“Those holding a Certificate of Qualification in one of the 22 voluntary trades would be able to continue practicing the work that is currently within the scope of practice for the trade.“Under this proposal, as voluntary trades, apprentice saddlers and harness makers would have until July 2019 to complete certifications or transition to another trade.”Apprenticeship programs are an excellent way to get people into the trades, and often subsidies are offered to employers who take on apprentices. No longer being included in the “Act” means it will now cost more to train people, and qualified workers will be harder to find. “This makes it difficult for people to expand their businesses and for the trades to thrive,” said Lowe, whose own recently-hired apprentice now has to decide whether to stay on, or look for a new trade for which a certificate is available.In addition, Lowe said it’s frustrating for those who have become certified through an apprenticeship program to see their hard work and expertise devalued in this way.The Ministry is welcoming comments, including any feedback, concerns or questions regarding the de-prescription of these trades. When submitting your comments, remember to include the following:Your name and/or the name of your businessContact number or e-mail (input submitted anonymously will not be considered)Your view and whyComments can be sent by mail, fax, or e-mail to:Attention: Ministry’s Intent to De-Prescribe 24 TradesMinistry of Training, Colleges and Universities, Apprenticeship Branch900 Bay Street, 15th Floor Mowat BlockToronto ON M7A 1L2Fax: 416-326-4811E-mail: [email protected] Tags: saddler, saddle making, harness making, harness maker, SIGN UP We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding.last_img read more

Try One of These 12 Acts Of Kindness Today–On World Kindness Day

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreHere at Good News Network, World Kindness Day is one of our favorite days of the year. It’s an occasion where everyone can go out of their way to show compassion to friends, family – even strangers.That’s why we compiled a list of ideas for you to try on World Kindness Day to spread a little joy.1. Bring in a Treat to Local Firefighters or Senior HomesCommunity makes the world go round, and it doesn’t matter how old you are. Whether you’re a 103-year-old woman volunteering to serve coffee or a companionable young person just hanging out, old folks homes are a prime target if you are looking to do a good deed. Local firehouses are also a great place. Just bring in flowers or bran muffins to make everyone feel good.2. Giving Out HugsWho doesn’t love a good hug? You can devote your day to hugging strangers, or look to your friends and family to see who may need one. Either way, it’s a warm gesture that can brighten someone’s day, including yours.3. Pay Attention To Less Appreciated SpacesThere are plenty of little ways to brighten up your community. Maybe you can tidy up that trash on your walk to work; or perhaps pull some weeds at the park or elderly neighbor’s yard; or you can give a little love to your local cemetery.4. Take Care Of Someone SickThere’s nothing like a warm bowl of soup when you’re suffering from a cold. See if your coworker with the bad cough could use some hot tea with honey, or just leave someone a ‘Get Well Soon’ note.5. Use Your Skills To Help Someone ElseAre you a nanny? Give a struggling family an hour or two of free babysitting. Are you a landscaper? Try doing a bit of work for your neighbor. Are you a dentist? Maybe you can help with someone’s smile. Whatever your craft may be, there’s always someone out there in need of an expert.6. Sit With Someone Who’s LonelyNo one likes being lonely, so take a seat with someone who is dining alone at a restaurant. Head over to a nursing home and have a chat with the elders, or head over to your local animal shelter to play with some neglected puppies.7. Write Someone A NoteYou can sign up to write anonymous love letters to those who need a pick-me-up. Or, you can type a letter or email to a friend you have neglected to keep in your world. Sit down with some pen and paper, or  a keyboard, and let your kind words flow!8. Do Something For The HomelessHomeless folks probably need kindness the most. Whether it’s buying them a sandwich, slipping them a few bucks, or just keeping them company, show them some love today.9. Don’t Forget Those Closest To YouCook your spouse or roommate a surprise dinner, or welcome them home at the front door with such warm enthusiasm, they’ll wonder what they did to deserve it. Take your inspiration from this guy, who welcomed his wife home from the airport with a trumpet serenade.10. Mow Someone’s Lawn Or Rake Their LeavesIf you enjoy mowing the lawn, use your positive attitude for a neighbor. If you don’t like raking leaves, it makes the kindness all the more significant when you toil for 30 minutes on someone else’s yard. Try knocking on a stranger’s door and see if their yard could use some love.11. Pull Into a Drive-thru to Pay for Someone’s OrderUsing a classic anonymous trick for restoring a stranger’s faith in humanity, pull into a drive-thru and pay for the person behind you. You don’t even have to buy anything for yourself–just tell the worker it’s World Kindness Day. You might even start a chain reaction of drivers covering the bill for the car behind, like this one.12. Tip SomeoneWorking in food or retail can be one of the most stressful gigs on the planet. Extend your kindness to your cabbie with a theme park ticket, or give your pizza driver a hefty tip… a REALLY hefty tip. If you want to get extra creative, pay a gratuity to someone who doesn’t normally receive any appreciation like the garbage haulers or your postal worker.For dozens of more ideas for acts of kindness, check out this Random Acts of Kindness Generator sent in by Shari’s Berries, or see a list at Brad Aronson’s blog.Inspire Your Friends… Click To ShareAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Talk Amongst Yourselves: Should NEJC cities bar discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity?

first_imgDavid Poppa of Roeland Park helped organize an Equality Kansas demonstration in March showing support for the proposed anti-discrimination ordinance.The Roeland Park City Council for several weeks has been discussing an anti-discrimination ordinance that would add sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes when it comes to housing and business services. Those two classes are not protected now by state or federal law.How do you feel about the proposed ordinance? Do you think discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation are issues in northeast Johnson County? If you don’t live in Roeland Park, would you like to see your city pass an anti-discrimination ordinance similar to the one they are considering?[socialpoll id=”2199112″]Talk Amongst Yourselves is shawneemissionpost.com’s daily conversation starter for northeast Johnson County. Have a topic you’d like to suggest?Email us!last_img read more

Car carriers on the up

first_imgCar carrier shipping is expected to continue its recovery from the trough of 2016, adds Drewry, explaining that this is supported by improving utilisation rates.However, in its Finished Vehicle Shipping Annual Review and Forecast, the consultancy pointed to increasing localisation and the threat of trade wars slowing the sector’s growth, while carrier operational efficiency will be challenged by the emergence of new trades and ports of call.“Despite improving utilisation and a record low orderbook, owners and operators are holding off acquiring capacity, whether through ordering, sales and purchase or chartered in tonnage, as trade uncertainty weighs on the market,” said Tom Ossieur, head of car carriers at Drewry.“Overall, car carrier efficiency has fallen by 39 percent since 2007 as vessels sail at slower speeds and spend more time in ports,” said Ossieur. “Drewry does not foresee significant improvements forthcoming. Lower speeds, shorter routes and trade lane imbalances are here to stay.”While in recent years operators have ordered more flexible vessel designs, some are shunning fleet additions in favour of port and land-side logistics investments that offer better returns.www.drewry.co.uklast_img read more

Mancini disappointed with draw and ‘so sad’ to see Balotelli go

first_imgManchester City boss Roberto Mancini felt his side deserved all three points against QPR.The home team defended for their lives to secure a 0-0 draw at Loftus Road, where Rangers keeper Julio Cesar produced several important saves.“We lost two points. But I can’t say nothing, because we played well,” Mancini said.AdChoices广告“We are disappointed. We had chances to win and if you don’t score in these games it’s very difficult. QPR defended well and got men behind the ball.”Mancini added that he was “so sad” about the imminent departure of Mario Balotelli, who is set to join AC Milan.“Mario was very important for us. With Mario we won the Premier League. But for him it’s a chance to play for a top club in Italy and be with his family,” he said.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Butler blitz at Khao Kheow

first_imgReg Smart – back on the podium at Lotus Valley.A Flight1st Lee Butler (15) 41pts2nd Colin Greig (12) 39pts3rd JJ Harney (12) 37ptsB Flight1st Neil Griffin (28) 38pts2nd Eddy Kelly (17) 36pts3rd Barry Murnin (17) 35ptsNear Pins:  Eric Keo, Eddie Kelly, Geoff Cox and Mike CornerWednesday,February 1,Pattana A & B – StablefordOn arrival at Pattana we were surprised to find the management requesting 200 baht more for the green fee than the price given to us when we booked the course.  Only when we threatened to walk away was the issue resolved, and we were able to tee off on schedule.  Pattana is not everyone’s favourite course, and certainly there are some very long and difficult holes, but overall the impression was favourable.Colin Greig continued his fine run of form (surely his handicap must come down soon) and also took 2 near pin prizes.  Geoff Hart lost out on second place to Barry Murnin on a count back, following a disastrous blob on the 18th hole, but the blow was softened by also taking the other two near pins.1st Colin Greig (13) 38pts2nd Barry Murnin (17) 34pts3rd Geoff Hart (23) 34pts4th Geoff Parker (17) 33ptsNear Pins:  2 each for Colin Greig and Geoff Hart.Friday, February 3, Lotus Valley – StablefordWe had a disappointing turnout today for our first ever visit to the Lotus Valley course.  Admittedly the journey is much longer than our normal trips around Pattaya, and is a little more expensive (especially for those using carts), but the condition of the course is top class, and most of those that made the journey thought it worthwhile – but not a trip that we’ll make every month.The fairways here were superb, probably only comparable to those at Siam C.C., and the greens were receptive and true, but the main feature of the course is that water is in play on 17 of the 18 holes!  Fortunately no one kept count of the total number of balls lost, but one golfer (who shall remain nameless) admitted to losing eight!Reg Smart produced his best score for quite some time, but lost on a count back to Tore Eliason, who turned in a great score of 23 points on the back nine.1st Tore Eliason (15) 36pts2nd Reg Smart (27) 36pts3rd Geoff Parker (17) 35ptsNear Pins:  Alan Freeman, Geoff Parker and Reg Smart.Note:  The (delayed) annual Bunker Boys championship will be played over 2 days on the 13th and 15th February at Crystal Bay and Mountain Shadow courses.Following the recent demise of the Bunker Bar, the Bunker Boys now play out of the Bowling Green on Soi X-Zyte between Pattaya 3rd Road and Soi Buakhaow.  We play three times per week on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, so if you enjoy a fun day out and a friendly but competitive golf competition why come and join us.We meet at the Bowling Green at 9 a.m. and new players with valid handicaps are always welcome.  For more information call Dave on 087 1469978, email [email protected] The best round of the day was produced by Lee Butler with a great score of 41 points to win the A flight.  Neil Griffin continued his new found form to win the B flight with 38 points.  JJ Harney also continued his consistent form to come third in the A flight and fourth overall, thereby securing enough points to take the January Golfer of the Month title – well done JJ. Bunker Boys at The Bowling GreenMonday, January 30, Khao Kheow C & B – StablefordThe large field of golfers arrived at Khao Kheow to find that the management had introduced the “buggies only on paths” rule, following overnight rain.  Consequently we decided to play “preferred lies” for the first time in several weeks.  This rule always seems to create confusion and controversy, especially at Khao Kheow, where it’s often difficult to differentiate the fairways from the first cut.  Fortunately today there were no major disagreements and the round progressed smoothly.last_img read more

What a show it was!

first_imgTHE Pakenham Show was once again a roaring success, with big crowds and fine conditions combining to make for a…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Roma a survivor at 100

first_imgBy GEORGIA WESTGARTH PAKENHAM’S Roma Bratby is a survivor. Turning 100 years old on Wednesday, 12 August, the Shanagolden Aged…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img