TORONTO — A new survey of Canadian employers suggests businesses expect the hiring climate this summer to be relatively positive but the weakest in more than two years.The Manpower Employment Outlook Survey finds that 23% of employers surveyed plan to increase their payrolls during the July-September quarter, while 5% anticipate cutbacks.About 70% expected to maintain their current staffing levels, while 2% say they are unsure of their hiring intentions for the upcoming quarter. [np-related]Manpower says the results from the survey of more than 1,900 employers suggest one of the most subdued employer forecasts in more than two years.Still, it says job seekers in all regions should benefit from the steady hiring climate. Employers in Western Canada reported the most favourable outlook.“Although some outlooks have decreased slightly compared to the previous quarter, job seekers should maintain confidence in the labour market as employers throughout Canada anticipate the hiring pace will remain upbeat through the summer,” said Byrne Luft, vice-president of operations for staffing services at Manpower Canada.By sector, employers in mining had the most favourable outlook, followed by those in transportation and public utilities and finance, insurance and real estate.Employers in manufacturing and education were least upbeat for the coming quarter.
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Over the weekend, hundreds of horse riders expressed their outrage at the ban.British Dressage has got round the stubborn problem of what to do with a mule, by changing its definition of a horse.It will now follow international regulations which define a horse as a horse “or a pony or other member of the genus Equus. A horse shall be born from a mare.”Mules are the offspring of a male donkey and a female horse, so the European definition puts Wallace in the clear.Wallace will compete in Gloucester on 21 July. Christie said, “I think Wallace will be absolutely ecstatic about it. He loves being around other horses and ponies. He really enjoys dressage and getting pats at the end.”She added: “This ruling is important because it opens up the options for people and shows that British Dressage is equal and wants to see every level of equus do what they can do.”British Dressage said that this change would come in “with immediate effect”. Wallace – a rescue mule, who had been found in a bus shelter in Ireland and rescued by the Donkey Sanctuary – had been taking part in unaffiliated tests earlier this summer.He had hoped to make up the numbers in a team taking part in the TeamQuest national championships, because some of the usual horses who would compete were lame. But he was banned. 11-year-old Mule Wallace the Great (right) with his rider Christie Mclean and horse Coleman. Until now, only horses could compete in high level dressage competitions A mule who was banned from high level dressage competitions is to be allowed to take part, following a public outcry. The Board of Directors of British Dressage, the sport’s governing body, met on Monday to consider the plight of Wallace The Great and released a statement on Wednesday saying that not only could he compete, but so can other mules.Chief executive Jason Brautigam said: ‘We are delighted to welcome Wallace and his fellow mules to compete with BD, as part of our commitment to inclusion and diversity in dressage, making the sport more accessible to all.’Christie Mclean, 30, who rides Wallace, said: “This is fantastic news. Such a huge thank you to British Dressage.”I’m over the moon and completely overwhelmed. I never thought that this would happen in a million years.”Until now, only horses and ponies were allowed to compete in high level dressage competitions. Though mules could compete at low-level, unaffiliated, tests. 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.