It’s opening day at the Fort Erie race track, and just a few months ago no one thought this day would arrive. But at the last minute the province came up with money for the track. Hours before post time, the horses and everyone else in the backstretch, were getting ready for day one at the track.“It’s been threatened the last couple of years, but you know, we’re back. We’re here,” says horse owner Julie Ayres. Ayres and Shawn Ridout kept seven race horses over the winter, costing about $20,000.It was just a few days ago, on Friday, that the Ontario Racing Commission approved the 37 race dates and signed the government contract for $7.9 million.It may not seem like a lot when you consider last year there were 43 race dates, but it could have been worse. Over the winter everyone thought the Fort Erierace track was going to shut down.Peter Martin delivers feed to the horses and he’s seen the number decline from 800 a few years ago to less than 300 today.“Our volume in feed has gone from close to nine tons three times a week to close to two tons twice a week.”To keep up the number of horses, you need more people betting on live racing.On opening day they had a pretty good crowd, and track officials are hoping it stays this way until the end of September.
A summary of the case was published on Monday by the OIA, as part of a series of “public interest” rulings. A Cardiff University spokesperson said that they cannot comment on individual cases, but added that they “fully co-operate with all OIA investigations and comply with any recommendations”.“We recognise the importance of the OIA’s role as ombudsman in the higher education sector and proactively advise our students that they are able to take a case to the OIA at the conclusion of any internal procedures.” 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. An anti-vaxxer was paid compensation by Cardiff University after being kicked off their course for their beliefs.The student, who was studying a healthcare course, was awarded £9,342 by the university after complaining to the Office of the Independent Adjudicator (OIA), the highest body that reviews complaints in higher education, about their treatment.They were told to leave the course a couple of months after starting, when concerns were raised about them carrying out practical work which triggered a “fitness to practise” process.“The committee concluded that allowing the student to continue on the course would put their health and the health of patients at risk,” the OIA said.“The student was withdrawn from the course but permitted to transfer to a non-professional programme.” The student had filled in an occupational health questionnaire prior to starting the course, where they had stated that they had not had any vaccinations and would not consent to being vaccinated in the future.Since Cardiff University administrators did not read through the questionnaire until after the student had been accepted on to the course, the OIA ruled that the student’s complaint was “partly justified”.The OIA ordered Cardiff University to pay the student £9,342 rather than the £5,000 it had originally offered to pay out.