Halton region anticipating school bus driver shortage

School boards in the Halton region are worried it won’t have enough school bus drivers when classes resume this fall in Oakville in Burlington.Halton Student Transportation Services (HSTS) says if they can’t add more drivers, delays for some child pickups are likely.The boards want to encourage anyone interested in applying to be a driver to contacting First Student Canada, Burlington and Oakville at 905-335-7010 or Attridge Transportation Inc. at 905-333-4047 .And they’re also advising parents to check out the HSTS website starting September 5 for delay and cancellation notifications.General Manager of Halton Student Transportation Services, Karen Lacroix, says, “We are aware of the impact any potential driver shortage could have on families and we appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding as the local bus operators work through this challenging time period.”Last month an event was held in an attempt to try and recruit new drivers. read more

UN trains newly elected Palestinian mayors

A previous six-day phase, training Palestinian trainers, ended today in Ismailia, Egypt, the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) said.That phase gave the 13 participants the chance to develop capacity-building programmes and new methods, based on UN-HABITAT training manuals, to teach leadership and management skills to mayors, local authority councillors and other local leaders in interactive, participatory, client-centred sessions, it said. After a formal opening ceremony on Friday, the graduates of the first phase will train 21 mayors from the West Bank and the Gaza Strip in a pilot workshop from 21 to 26 May.Meanwhile, the main UN agency helping Palestine refugees is holding a meeting in Amman, Jordan, where it briefed its major donors on contingency plans relating to the Israeli pullout from Gaza.The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) said that even large amounts of international aid would not help the two-thirds of Gaza that lives in abject poverty unless Palestinians were given much-improved access to the outside world.During the meeting the United States announced a $20 million donation to UNRWA’s Emergency Appeal for the West Bank and Gaza to support food aid programmes. read more