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Home Deaths Deaths in Laois – Tuesday, December 1, 2020 Deaths By LaoisToday Reporter – 1st December 2020 Previous articleCoronavirus: One more death and 306 new cases as office parties to be bannedNext article‘Cultural Accord’ signed between historical Australian site and Laois house LaoisToday Reporter Pinterest Electric Picnic WhatsApp Twitter Below are the recent deaths in Laois.Ar Dheis De go raibh a anam.Betty MahonBauteogue, Stradbally, LaoisBeloved sister of Patricia (Mc Carthy) and John. Deeply regretted by her loving family, nieces and nephews, Sandra, Peter, Olivia, David, Gertrude and Jeannette, extended family, relatives and friends.May She Rest In PeaceA private family funeral will take place.Requiem Mass on Tuesday at 12 noon in the church of The Holy Cross Ratheniska, interment after in the adjoining cemetery.Margaret (Mag) WeldonLea, Portarlington, LaoisPeacefully, surrounded by her loving family, at the Regional Hospital Portaoise. Predeceased by her partner Johnny. Deeply regretted by her loving daughter Mary, son Liam, daughter-in-law Linda, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, extended family, neighbours and friends.Rest In PeaceDue to the Covid 19 restrictions, a private family funeral will take place. Removal from her daughter Mary’s residence, Lea, Portarlington, on Wednesday at 11am, arriving at St Michael’s Church, Portarlington, for Requiem Mass at 12 noon. Funeral afterwards to St Michael’s Cemetery, Portarlington. People are welcome to stand along the route, in the Churchyard and in the Cemetery with Social Distancing being observed.Margaret’s Requiem Mass will be streamed live on:https://www.mcnmedia.tv/camera/st-michaels-church-portarlingtonKathleen Keenan (née Costello)Derrylea, Monasterevin, Kildare/Laois/OffalyBeloved wife of the late Mick and predeceased by her son Mick Jnr. A much loved mother of Dolores, Ber, Geraldine, David and Dermot. Deeply regretted by her loving family, sons in law, daughters in law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, brother, sister in law, nieces, nephews, extended family, relatives and friends.A private family funeral will take place with no more than 25 attending the church. Those wishing to attend but cannot, please leave condolences on the link below or send on in the traditional manner. Mass can be viewed on the parish webcam www.monasterevinparish.ie.Requiem Mass on Monday at 11am in St Peter and Paul’s Church, Monasterevin, with interment afterwards in St Evin’s Cemetery, Monasterevin.Moira Doyle (née Knowles)Turra, Ballickmoyler, Carlow/LaoisWife of the Late Jack. Deeply regretted by her loving sons Tom and Padraig, brothers Pat and Mike, sisters Annie and Lily, daughters-in-law, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.Due to government restrictions a private family repose will take place at her residence on Saturday. Removal on Saturday evening to The Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mayo , arriving for prayers at 7pm, (restricted to 25 people). A private family Requiem Mass will take place at 11am on Sunday morning (November 29th), again restricted to 25 people. Burial afterwards in the adjoining Cemetery.Margaret Brennan (née O’Meara)Pallas Big, Portlaoise, LaoisBrennan (nee O’Meara) Pallas Big, Portlaoise November 25th 2020 Peacefully surrounded by her loving family. Margaret. Beloved wife of Paddy. Dearly loved mother to Michael, Mary and Maritna. Cherished grandmother to Cillian, Ciarán Conall, Ellen, Phoebe, Luke, and Zach. Deeply regretted by her loving family, sister Frances Grant. Brother Matthew. Sons-in-law,Gerard and Paul. Brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and friends.Given the current exceptional circumstances and to protect the welfare of everyone who knew her , a private funeral, with immediate family only, will take place at 12 noon on Friday in St. Peter and Paul’s Church, Portlaoise and will be streamed on the webcam http://www.portlaoiseparish.ie/web-cam/. Burial will follow in the New Cemetery Ballyfin.SEE ALSO – Deaths in Laois – Monday, November 30, 2020 Facebook WhatsApp Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Facebook Electric Picnic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Deaths in Laois – Tuesday, December 1, 2020 Pinterest Electric Picnic TAGSDeaths in Laois Twitter Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festival
Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Related news The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) has laid quasi-criminal charges against a man alleging that he engaged in a new fraud scheme while already under an OSC cease trade order. The OSC said Friday that it has laid charges against Abraham Grossman, alleging that between October 2009 and February 2011, Grossman and his firm, the Strategic Gifting Group, operated a fraudulent share gifting scheme involving four Ontario charities. James Langton Imposters among us, CSA warns The OSC charges that Grossman and Strategic Gifting brokered introductions between the charities and donors for a service fee amounting to 90% of the donation. They then issued shares of Dixon Perot & Champion Inc. Securities (DPC Securities) to the donors, which they valued at an inflated amount. A total of $332,620 was received by Strategic Gifting from the charities as a result of this scheme, it says. Additionally, the OSC says that Grossman engaged in this scheme while he was prohibited from trading in securities by OSC orders, and while he was in the middle of two unrelated trading and fraud trials. In addition to this new fraud charge, Grossman is also charged with breaching the trading restrictions placed on him by the OSC. The allegations have not been proven. The first appearance in the case is set for August 23 in a Newmarket, Ont. court. Retail trading surge on regulators’ radar, Vingoe says Keywords FraudCompanies Ontario Securities Commission DoJ launches task force to tackle Covid-19 fraud Facebook LinkedIn Twitter
RelatedEducation Officer Appeals to Parents Not to Pressure GSAT Students RelatedEducation Officer Appeals to Parents Not to Pressure GSAT Students Education Officer Appeals to Parents Not to Pressure GSAT Students EducationMarch 20, 2009 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Assistant Chief Education Officer in the Student Assessment Unit, at the Ministry of Education, Sharon Neil, is appealing to parents to support and not pressure their children, in light of the upcoming Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT), which takes place on March 26 and 27.“I believe that parents have a critical role to play in helping the children to relax and be focused during this time. I think it is important that parents do not pretend as if it’s important, because we do know that it is important. But at the same time, we want parents to help children to replace negative thoughts or doubts that they may have about their abilities, with more positive thoughts,” she said, in an interview with JIS News.Mrs. Neil emphasised that parents should focus on positive words, in the eventuality that the child has negative perceptions prior to the examination.“If they [parents] hear their children saying things like ‘what’s going to happen if I can’t remember anything when I go into the exam?’, they could help them to refocus by saying things like ‘try to stay calm and when you stay calm, you will remember the things that you would have been studying, so try to remain calm,” she advised.The Assistant Chief Education Officer also stressed that parents should ensure that their children get proper rest before the examination.“I think that our parents should ensure that the children get adequate rest, especially the night before the examination; that they provide them with the materials they are going to need, so they feel prepared. Ensure that they have their pencils, an eraser, and a sharpener,” she said.“Make some plans for the child to have a nutritious breakfast and a snack during the two days of the examination when they do get a break. That would contribute to helping the children believe that parents are supporting, rather than pressuring, and that parents, even though they might be anxious, should try their best not to communicate this anxiety to the students,” she advised.According to Mrs. Neil, the Ministry is hopeful that the performance will improve. “We hope that we will see better performances than in previous years. As always, our expectation is that the students will continue to demonstrate that they have been learning, and show their teachers, their parents, and the Ministry, that the programmes which are in place are working to their benefit and enabling them to give a better performance in the examination,” she said.“The Ministry wants children to be comfortable on the day of the examination, so we are closing schools on the two days of the examination to ensure that space and noise is not a problem. The principals are ensuring that the examination rooms are appropriately arranged and that everything is in place. Principals or designated members of staff will be on hand to handle any emergencies that may arise. We are just encouraging all students to go out there and do their best,” she added.Addressing the structure of the examination, Mrs. Neil pointed out that the GSAT is a curriculum-based test which means that all the questions and test papers are going to be drawn from the grade 4-6 curriculum.“We have taken steps to ensure that the majority of students will have covered the content. The questions are based on what they are learning in schools. We hope for all of them to do the best that they can,” she said. RelatedEducation Officer Appeals to Parents Not to Pressure GSAT Students Advertisements
Record size and scope of Carrier Strike Group deployment announced The UK Carrier Strike Group’s globe-spanning maiden deployment will feature visits to India, Japan, Republic of Korea and Singapore, Defence Secretary Ben Wallace will announce.Mr Wallace will set out to Parliament the formidable size of the UK Carrier Strike Group, which will be led by new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth.On a 28-week deployment spanning 26,000 nautical miles, the Carrier Strike Group will conduct engagements with Singapore, the Republic of Korea, Japan and India as part of the UK’s tilt towards the Indo-Pacific region. Units from the Carrier Strike Group are expected to visit more than 40 countries and undertake over 70 engagements.Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said:When our Carrier Strike Group sets sail next month, it will be flying the flag for Global Britain – projecting our influence, signalling our power, engaging with our friends and reaffirming our commitment to addressing the security challenges of today and tomorrow.The entire nation can be proud of the dedicated men and women who for more than six months will demonstrate to the world that the UK is not stepping back but sailing forth to play an active role in shaping the international system of the 21st Century.HMS Queen Elizabeth, the most powerful surface vessel in the Royal Navy’s history, will next month set sail as the flagship of a Carrier Strike Group. Joining her will be a surface fleet of Type 45 destroyers, HMS Defender and HMS Diamond, Type 23 anti-submarine frigates HMS Kent and HMS Richmond, and the Royal Fleet Auxiliary’s RFA Fort Victoria and RFA Tidespring.Deep below the surface, a Royal Navy Astute-class submarine will be deployed in support, armed with Tomahawk cruise missiles.Providing a cutting edge on the carrier’s flight deck will be eight state-of-the-art RAF F-35B Lightning II fast jets. Alongside will be four Wildcat maritime attack helicopters, seven Merlin Mk2 anti-submarine helicopters and three Merlin Mk4 commando helicopters – the greatest quantity of helicopters assigned to a single UK Task Group in a decade.And supporting below deck will be a company of Royal Marines Commandos.A US Navy destroyer, a frigate from the Netherlands and a squadron of US Marine Corps F-35B jets are also fully integrated.Indo-Pacific tiltCSG21 will be a truly global deployment, from the North Atlantic to the Indo-Pacific. In Parliament, the Defence Secretary will explain how it will help achieve the UK’s goal for deeper engagement in the Indo-Pacific region in support of shared prosperity and regional stability – a stated aim of the Government’s recently published Integrated Review into foreign, defence, security and development policy.The forthcoming deployment will bolster already deep defence partnerships in the region, where the UK is committed to a more enduring regional defence and security presence. Ships from the Carrier Strike Group will participate in Exercise Bersama Lima to mark the 50th anniversary of the Five Powers Defence Agreement between Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.Engagements in Singapore, the Republic of Korea, Japan and India will provide the opportunity for strengthening our security relationships, tightening political ties and supporting our UK exports and International Trade agenda.Sailing alongside Allies and partnersThe Carrier deployment will take integration with NATO allies and other global Allies to a new level.At the forefront will be the US and the Netherlands. Sailing as part of the Group and providing it with air defence and anti-submarine capabilities will be the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS THE SULLIVANS. Flying alongside their UK counterparts will be a squadron of 10 US Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II aircraft. Providing further air defence will be the Royal Netherlands Navy’s frigate HNLMS Evertsen.On the Mediterranean leg of the deployment, another close NATO Ally will provide a period of dual carrier operations when French Aircraft Carrier Charles De Gaulle sails alongside HMS Queen Elizabeth.Elsewhere air and maritime forces from Australia, Canada, Denmark, Greece, Israel, India, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Oman, the Republic of Korea, Turkey and the UAE will operate alongside the Carrier Strike Group.Units from the group visit more than 40 countries and undertake in excess of 70 engagements, visits, air exercises and operations.Leading in NATOThe UK Carrier Strike Group will be NATO’s first 5th generation Carrier Strike Group, underlining the UK’s leading role in the Alliance.CSG21 will participate in NATO exercises such as Exercise Steadfast Defender, and provide support to NATO Operation Sea Guardian and maritime security operations in the Black Sea. /Public Release. 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“A container can be in a yard for two weeks, then on a chassis, then at the terminal – contamination can happen anywhere.”North America, Australia and Japan have all expressed concern over the issue and the fear among the maritime industry is that the UN or governments will attempt to regulate.“It could become like the IMO or VGM rules. Everyone will have to do it, and there’ll be confusion and frustration.”Sean Van Dort, chairman of the GSF board, noted that shipping lines already added a “washing charge” for the inside of a box of between $25 and $75.“The biggest scandal in shipping is the washing charges. When it suits a shipping line, the container is seen as an extension of the ship. But shippers get a washing charge – and washing doesn’t always happen. Ultimately the consumer pays.“We do not want an inside and outside washing charge. We want an all-in rate that would include it. You don’t see passengers on an aircraft paying extra for fumigation in countries where it is required.“But the existing code of practice, CTU, if followed would help to prevent the problems instead of there being new regulations dropped on the industry.”Mr Hookham added: “No one is going to argue that this needs taking seriously. But this could be confrontational – or perhaps this will be the first time we have an adult conversation with the shipping lines.“But the opportunity for the imposition of additional charges is rampant here.”GSF acknowledged that it had had a chequered past relationship with the World Shipping Council.“We would love to have the same conversation with the shipping lines that we have with airlines – but we don’t.”The GSF is campaigning for an all-in rate that is only levied against the contracted buyer of shipping line services. © Pisanu Kusonsaratool The Global Shippers’ Forum (GSF) has warned that the “biggest issue since VGM [container weighing]” is on the cards.This week GSF met with the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) in Arizona. IPPC is investigating concerns that parasites and other invasive species are being spread globally on the outside of containers, contributing to the demise of local ecodiversity.“It’s a big issue,” said James Hookham, secretary general of GSF. “There is heightened anxiety that contaminating species are travelling on containers via bird poo, snails and parasites.”The GSF, along with the World Shipping Council, is presenting to the IPPC in Tucson this week, to explain the container supply chain.“We want to help the IPPC understand how complex it would be to legislate on the cleaning of the outside of containers, and instead promote awareness of the issue through self-regulation,” added Mr Hookham, speaking to The Loadstar on the sidelines of the TIACA ACF in Toronto last week. By Alex Lennane 24/10/2018
By Gavin van Marle 06/01/2020 The Global Shippers Forum (GSF) has issued a warning to ocean freight customers as they find themselves saddled with the extra cost of cleaner fuel, compliant with the new IMO low sulphur regulations that came into effect last week.The new global legislation stipulates that a vessel either has to burn fuel with no more than 0.5% sulphur dioxide content, or use scrubber technology to clean fuel with a higher sulphur content.Although shippers have largely accepted paying more for low-sulphur fuel oil (LFSO), the GSF has warned shippers that picking up the tab for these higher costs is not solely down to them.GSF secretary general James Hookham said: “The additional burden of complying with tough new rules on emissions from vessels is a necessary but unwelcome start to 2020. “The shipping industry has widely assumed that the costs of cleaning up its environmental act can simply be passed onto its customers in the form of surcharges. Whether that will be the case will be the subject of individual negotiations over the coming months.“However, shippers should be demanding clear and consistent explanations of any surcharges demanded. GSF’s Top Ten Tips for Sulphur-Surcharged Shippers reminds our members of the ground rules and to scrutinise carefully any surcharge demands made during contract negotiations,” he explained.The GSF tips advise shippers not to lock-in LFSO surcharges into annual contracts currently being negotiated, as the price for the higher-grade fuel is likely to oscillate for some time as refiners react to higher levels of demand.The forum also calls for shipping lines to simplify how they calculate fuel surcharges – as well as how they explain them to customers.“If it looks like an arbitrary figure and feels like an arbitrary figure… then it probably is an arbitrary surcharge,” said Mr Hookham. “There is no single amount or simple percentage for the added cost of using low-sulphur fuel, so watch for rounded increases, or predictions that the same costs will apply all year and in all parts of the world – they won’t.”And he called for carriers to end the surcharge system altogether, reiterating GSF calls for container shipping lines to switch to all-in rates.“Ultimately, the industry needs to move on to a more mature pricing regime, with confidential contracting and all-inclusive charges becoming the ‘new normal’. The shipping industry needs to wean itself off surcharges just as much as high-sulphur fuels,” he said.
Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! 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. Email* Horse Sport Enews 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. SIGN UP Rebecca Broussard, one of the most loyal supporters of Eventing in the United States, passed away at her home in Montana on 24 December 2010 after losing her battle against cancer.Born in Jeanerette, Louisiana on February 17, 1942, Becky Broussard was one of the best known “behind-the-scenes” names in US Eventing, owning top horses for Phillip Dutton, Karen O’Connor, Cathy Wieschoff, Amy Tryon and Ralph Hill, among others. She was also the founder of The Event at Rebecca Farm in Kalispell, Montana, which began in 2002 and now includes an FEI World Cup™ qualifier. The Event, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, attracts riders from across the US.Becky had long talked about her love of helping riders in the West compete on the world stage and her vision also included plans to bring riders from Europe to Montana in the future. She provided financial support for US riders to travel to Strzegom (POL) for the 2009 HSBC FEI World Cup™ final and, last summer, helped organise a historic flight of 18 horses from the East Coast, including many Olympians, to compete at The Event at Rebecca Farm.She was deeply committed to all aspects of education, but Eventing in particular benefitted from her generosity both to the US Eventing Association (USEA) Adult Riders’ education scheme, which she supported through the Le Samurai Fund, and the North American Young Riders’ and Juniors’ Championships, which she sponsored for many years.In recent months, Becky had turned her attention to the educational development of the next generation of riders aiming for the US team. It was her greatest desire that a grant be created to assist these riders in attaining the skills and experience required for success at the top level. To honour that wish, a fund has been established in memory of Becky Broussard to benefit talented riders on the USEF Developing Riders List. The fund will be administered by the USEA Endowment Trust and grants will be awarded annually to successful candidates.She was a board member of the US Equestrian Team, a Trustee on the Endowment Foundation of the USEA, as well as a member of the Board of Governors and Executive Committee for the USEA. She also served on the Governor’s Advisory Council for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ and was a member of the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation’s International Council.Becky Broussard is survived by her husband Jerome, daughters Rebecca and Sarah, grandchildren Lorraine and Raymond Nicholson, Tommye and Alexander Kelly, brothers Barry Shaw and John Chaney, sisters Rosemary Thomas and Mildred Shaw, uncle Pat Neff, nieces Jamie Horton, Marcus Shaw, Sam, Emma and Grace Thomas.“My mom touched the Eventing careers of so many riders”, her daughter Sarah Broussard-Kelly said. “She will truly be missed, but she has left behind a legacy that will live on forever. Not only at The Event at Rebecca Farm, but through all of the lives that she has touched that will keep her and her memory alive. ”The USEF Pegasus Medal of Honor for 2010 for Becky Broussard’s service to the sport will be awarded posthumously at the USEF’s Annual Meeting at the end of January. The Medal of Honor will be collected by Jerome Broussard and daughter Sarah Broussard-Kelly, who is a member of the USEF Safety Committee. Tags: Rebecca Broussard,
The FEI joined the IOC as one of five co-sponsors of the Fourth International Consensus Conference on Concussion in Sport in Zurich (SUI) this week. The two-day conference, which was held at the FIFA headquarters on November 1-2, was also sponsored by FIFA, the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) and the International Rugby Board (IRB).IOC President Jacques Rogge welcomed delegates to the conference via a video message, before the official opening by FIFA Executive Committee member Michel D’Hooghe and IRB Chairman Bernard Lapasset.Delegates attending the conference represented a number of sports, including football, rugby, ice hockey, American football, Australian football and boxing, as well as equestrian sports.Allen Sills, a US neurologist representing the FEI, was amongst the speakers at this week’s conference as part of a panel discussion on how professional team sports and Federations have responded to guidelines produced at the previous conference in Zurich four years ago.“A presentation today by Paul McCrory from Australian football demonstrated that the order of magnitude of concussions in equestrian sport is higher than the incidents in soccer and American football, which tend to receive most of the focus in these injuries,” Dr Sills said after the conference. “It illustrates the great opportunities, and the challenges, for the FEI to continue to educate athletes and to continue to improve our rules and medical oversight for competitions.”Dr Sills has been put forward as a candidate to the FEI Medical Committee. His appointment is expected to be ratified by the FEI Bureau next week and he will assist the FEI Medical Committee in drawing up guidelines for concussion management in equestrian sport.FIFA’s Chief Medical Officer, Professor Jiri Dvorak said: “What we are expecting is to develop very practical, simple, easy to use tools. With such powerful partners like FIFA, the IIHF, the IRB, the International Equestrian Federation and the IOC we can make a big impact.”Professor Dvorak called for a minute’s silence in memory of Craig Ferrell, the former Chair of the FEI Medical Committee who died tragically earlier this year. Dr Ferrell was instrumental in introducing changes to the FEI rules on mandatory protective headgear which will come into force on 1 January 2013.“Dr Ferrell was a true visionary in recognising how important the issue of concussion is on equestrian athletes,” Dr Sills said, “and also in making sure that we apply the same techniques and standards to the management of concussion in equestrian sport as we do to athletes in other sports.”“Concussion is common in many sports, including equestrian competition,” said Peter Whitehead, Acting Chair of the FEI Medical Committee, who also attended the conference. “It is so very important that the FEI is helping with the sponsorship of this meeting, a gathering of the world’s recognised experts in the field of head injuries in sport. The conference will issue up to date guidelines for recognition and management of concussion in sport.”Dr Whitehead, who addressed last month’s International Olympic Sports Federations’ Medical Commission Chairpersons conference held at the IOC Headquarters in Lausanne, is totally committed to the cause championed by Dr Ferrell and is determined that his work will be continued.Also representing the FEI at the conference were the FEI’s General Counsel Lisa Lazarus and Catherine Bollon, FEI Legal Department Coordinator, with responsibility for Athlete Legal Services and Human Anti-Doping.Lars Engebretsen, IOC Head of Science and Research chaired today’s second session on the management of concussion. “Many of the sports that the IOC is involved with have issues with head injuries and that’s why we are really trying to put funding into research in this area because we are trying to plug this lack of knowledge – that’s why we’re having these meetings,” he said. 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Email* 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.