With just a few days to go before the first day of school, the battle over the new sex ed curriculum is heating up again. Protest were held outside Liberal MPP Offices across the province today. The protests were organized by Campaign for Life Coaliton, which opposes the changes – the first in 17 years – made to the sex ed curriculum.The Peel District School Board director told parents the board won’t tolerate requests for students to be exempt from learning about sexual orientation or gender identity, saying parents can only remove their children from the sex-ed portion for religious reasons.
The number of breeding mares is now estimated to be between 100 and 300.The ponies run free for most of the year, but every herd belongs to the farm that owns the grazing rights on that land. In autumn, the herds are rounded up, and the foals inspected and branded with a herd number and its own individual number.David Wallace, from the Exmoor Pony Society, said most herd owners do not face paperwork delays. Wild ponies of Exmoor National Park Credit:Southern Lightscapes-Australia Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. “They cost us a lot of money, but for romantic reasons we want them because generations before us have done it, we want our children to do it. Once it has gone it won’t come back. “We continue to look at improving procedures. We continue as a society to ask breeders to breed responsibly,” he said.“We ask for the best DNA sampling to be taken at the time the foals are inspected so we can turn the passports around.“There are many passports which are turned round within weeks of the foals being inspected.” Exmoor ponies graze in the grounds of Knepp CastleCredit:Christopher Pledger Exmoor ponies are being culled by farmers because of delays in obtaining “passports” that prove their pedigree.The animals are listed as endangered by the Rare Breed Survival Trust and require the paperwork from the Exmoor Pony Society in order to be sold.But breeders, who largely keep them simply to ensure their survival, have claimed that they are having to wait months for the documents to be issued due to bureaucratic red tape and cannot afford to keep the ponies for that long.One said the pony’s value “lies in its registration” but claimed that delays of months or even years meant that it was too expensive to keep them.Marie and Nigel Floyd, who own a farm on Exmoor and have a quota to keep 70 of the ponies, said this year they had 12 additional new foals born but were struggling to sell them, admitting they had had to cull them before.”It is devastating because these ponies belong to the moor and we want to keep them here,” Mrs Floyd said. “Exmoor without Exmoor ponies would be awful.”Mr Floyd, whose family have bred Exmoor ponies in Devon for decades, told Sky News that culling was “the last resort.”He added: “We are not allowed to sell the ponies without a passport on them at the time. You can take the pony, but you also have to take the passport as well. They go together.”Exmoor ponies have roamed the moor since the Ice Age and unlike other native breeds, such as the Dartmoor or New Forest, there has been no cross-breeding so it remains a genuine ancient species.During the Second World War they were used for target practice by troops training on the moor and their numbers dwindled to almost nothing.
For anyone considering a new career move in finance, the message from this report is that Chartered Accountancy remains the premium accountancy qualification in Ireland…Some 43% of the Leinster Society’s 23,000 members reported getting a recent promotion, which is an increase from last year.The average starting salary for a newly-qualified chartered accountant is now €49,784, while a Head of Finance can expect to make in or around €136,318 in 2014.And with 93% of those surveyed saying they feel confident or very confident about their job security, basically things are, on average, going very well indeed for chartered accountants.Read: Business sentiment hits 7 year high>You’re hired: 10 per cent more job vacancies than 2013> This year’s results are indicative of the value that Irish businesses are prepared to pay for the skills of our members. It’s clear that the work of our members is recognised for the central role they play in many organisations, where their skills are in high demand. THINGS ARE GOING rather well for chartered accountants, according to a report released today by Ireland’s biggest accountancy body.The Chartered Accountants Society of Leinster today released their annual salary survey, which shows wages are increasing, hiring is up, and more accountants are getting promotions.The average salary for a chartered accountant in the province is now €89,042, as opposed to €87,500 last year, and six out of ten members have been given a salary increase of up to 25% in the last three years.In a statement this afternoon, the society’s Chairperson Stephen O’Donnell was positively bullish about the health of the industry: