By Rosalind Russell-
Migratory Game Bird permits
Hunters interested in going after ducks, geese and other game birds can now get their papers for the upcoming open seasons.
The federal government is now letting hunters purchase Migratory Game Bird Hunting Permits that are valid until the end of next June.
Permits cost 17 dollars in total, but the new Youth Permits for hunters under the age of 18 are free.
You can buy them at some Canada Post locations and hunting supply stores, or get them online, and youth permits are only available digitally.
MyEspanolaNow.com has a link you can follow to either buy your permit on the website or find a place to get a physical one near you.
More money sought for education workers
The union representing 55 thousand support staff at Ontario’s schools is asking for an 11.7 percent pay increase this year.
The Canadian Union of Public Employees says its members have had little or no pay increases over the past decade.
That’s been compounded by the Ford government’s 2019 law which limits public-sector wage increases to one percent annually and by sharp increases in the cost of living.
The president of the division representing teaching assistants, special education workers, and custodians says many of her members are on the brink of poverty.
Laura Walton says they deserve far better than what she calls the “crumbs” the government throws their way.
Their contract expires at the end of this month.
Federal Conservative debate tonight
The federal Conservative party confirms that two of its leadership candidates will be fined 50 thousand dollars if they don’t attend tonight’s debate in Ottawa.
Party officials say all candidates agreed with the concept of two debates during the leadership campaign, with the possibility of a third.
The money will come from the 100-thousand-dollar “security” deposit each candidate had to pay.
Pierre Poilievre says he’s concentrating on getting out the vote, while Leslyn Lewis says a third debate must raise issues like abortion.
The debate, with the remaining three candidates, will go ahead as scheduled.
China promises retaliation
China says its military will be conducting live-fire exercises close to Taiwan from tomorrow through Sunday, in retaliation for Nancy Pelosi’s visit.
Pelosi, as speaker of the U-S House of Representatives, is the highest-ranking American to visit Taiwan in more than two decades.
Chinese officials say the United States has violated their country’s territorial integrity, as it considers Taiwan as one of its provinces.
The country’s foreign minister says those who offend Beijing will be punished.
Pelosi told Taiwan’s president that the U-S will not abandon the self-ruled island.
Grain ship arrives in Instanbul
The first ship from Ukraine’s port of Odesa since the Russian invasion began on February 24th has arrived in the Turkish port of Istanbul.
The ship, loaded with corn, will be inspected by a joint team of U-N, Turkish, Ukrainian, and Russian officials before it’s allowed to proceed.
U-N officials hope that one ship a day will be allowed to sail from Odesa, under a deal reached last month.
But no further vessels have yet been allowed to depart.
Photo: The federal government has introduced youth permits for hunters less than 18 years old, but you can only get those online. Youth hunters need to be accompanied by an adult mentor with their own permit, and you can only bring one youth with you if you plan to hunt in Ontario. Photo – Gary Bendig – unsplash.com