Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - July 6, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba
Roundup sends Canada geese packing for north
By Craig Wong
REGINA — More than
1,000 Canada goose goslings began a migration to northern Saskatchewan yesterday, but they’re making the trip on the back of a truck.
The birds were sent packing in Regina’s 41st annual goose roundup, which aims to reduce the number of waterfowl in the city.
“Especially with the young around, there’s a lot of birds out on the lawns eating our flowers and things,” said Bob Ewart, park naturalist for the Wascana Centre Authority.
“So we try to lower the population for a short period of time until they start migrating into the area.”
Where there are geese, there are droppings. And city folk don’t take kindly to picnicking alongside poop.
“We do have a lot of leavings of the geese especially on the sidewalk through the park and on the grass and people want to use the park in July and August.”
Ewart, along with a group of volunteers and park staff, took three days to round up the young birds, which have yet to start flying.
They’ll be taken to a new home at a lake near Cumberland House, Sask., more than 400 kilometres north.
With a lightning-quick jab of his arm, Ewart reaches out and grabs a gosling by its wings to demonstrate how to pick it up. He then loads it into wooden crate designed to hold IO young birds.
“Don’t put adults in with the young, they’ll trample them,” Ewart warns park staff and volunteers over the constant protest honking. Volunteer Kevin Haynes said it was a lot more work than he thought.
“They come to food just like I do, but I’m no sheep dog,” said Haynes, clutching a bag of bread he used as bait to lure the geese.
“They’re smarter than I thought they were.”
Junko Hamaya, a Japanese exchange student, was so scared of the geese she couldn’t pick
A Canada Goose sticks its head out of a wooden crate at Wascana Centre in Regina yesterday. More than 1,000 birds were caught in Regina’s 41st annual goose roundup, which aims to reduce the number of waterfowl in the city.
them up. Instead, she helped secure them in the wooden crates.
“The neck is a little bit strange for me, but it’s a good experience,” she said.
Thousands of Canada geese make their summer home in Regina, leaving their mark on park walkways and lawns and on golf courses around the city.
Once relocated, it is hoped they’ll make the new area their home and return there to nest next spring.
Regina isn’t the only Canadian
city with goose problems.
“Just about every urban centre in North America right now has Canada goose population problems,” Ewart said.
“Certainly here in Regina we’ve been doing this for the longest period of time and I think other people are looking at how we’re doing it and seeing it as a good idea.”
Last year in the Toronto suburb of Mississauga, Ont., officials rounded up about 1,000 of the honkers and shipped them to a wildlife management area in southwestern Ontario.
66,000 jobs spur drop in unemployment rate
By Sandra Cordon
OTTAWA — Canada’s employment market was red-hot in June, forging more than
66,000 new jobs, while the giant U.S. economy was looking rather blue, generating about half that number of new positions.
Canada’s jobless dropped to 7.5 per cent last month, down from 7.7 per cent in May, while the opposite occurred in the sluggish American job market, labour reports showed yesterday.
A mere 36,000 new jobs in the United States last month weren’t enough to prevent its unemployment rate from rising to 5.9 per cent from May’s 5.8 per cent.
These circumstances are rare, analysts say.
Over the past two decades, the U.S. generally has outperformed Canada, even during downturns.
But the current job picture accurately reflects the very different pace of current growth between the two economies.
Booming growth in the past six months has set a pace for job creation that hasn’t been seen in Canada in more than a dozen years, said Marc Levesque, senior economist at Toronto Dominion Bank.
Fully 303,000 jobs have been created since January, a two per
cent gain in total employment.
Not since the six-month period ending in February 1988 has so hot a pace of job creation been reported, said Levesque.
“This job market just won’t stop,” he said.
“It’s sending out a very, very bullish signal for the Canadian economy.”
About two-thirds of the new jobs — 199,000 — are full-time, adding to evidence of strong underlying growth, said Pierre Laliberte, senior economist with the Canadian Labour Congress.
“The quality of jobs in this case is just as good as the quantity-”
Full-time work tends to be better for overall growth because it carries better pay and benefits for workers.
While the new jobs created in June were spread across several sectors, almost half came in manufacturing.
June’s 30,000 new manufacturing jobs bring this year’s total gains in the sector to 113,000, the same number of jobs cut last year when the economic downturn hammered manufacturers.
The growth picture looks so good that Royal Bank optimistically predicts Canadian economic growth of 3.7 per cent this year and 4.1 per cent in 2003, compared with 2.6 per cent and 3.3 per cent in the U.S.
Low-ineome Canadians late getting GST cheques due to computer glitch
OTTAWA — A computer glitch will prevent thousands of low-income Canadians from receiving their GST rebate cheques on time, the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency said yesterday.
The delayed GST credit payments affect 68,000 people, said Caroline Jacques, a national spokeswoman for the agency. A previous report from the agency’s Atlantic offices listed the number at 73,000.
“We certainly regret any inconvenience and delay in the issuing of these credit payments for those who are affected by this,”
The delay primarily affects low-income individuals, the main recipients of the quarterly GST credit payments.
The computer error applied the credit payments of these recipients against their outstanding debts with the agency or other government departments, rather than issuing a credit cheque directly to them.
Jacques said the CCRA has the leg
islative authority to apply the GST credit payments against certain amounts owed to the agency or certain external government departments.
But the agency’s policy is to send the GST credit to the individual recipients when their family income is low, rather than using it against their outstanding balance.
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