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McLaren Family Hands Over Training Facility to Heart Trust/NTA

first_imgStory Highlights The announcement was made by Chairman of the company, Michael McLaren, at a function on Friday (April 6) to hand over the building, which has been named the Wesley E. McLaren Hazard Skills Training Centre in honour of its late founder. The Hazard Skills Training Centre in Clarendon, which provides certification for residents in collaboration with the Heart Trust /NTA, now has a new, more spacious home on the compound of the McLaren Engineering Company in Palmers Cross in the parish.McLaren Engineering, which is a family-operated establishment, offered the space for lease for 100 years at a cost of $1.The announcement was made by Chairman of the company, Michael McLaren, at a function on Friday (April 6) to hand over the building, which has been named the Wesley E. McLaren Hazard Skills Training Centre in honour of its late founder.State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, welcomed the move, noting that with the handover of the building, the company is making a valuable contribution to national development.In a speech read by Senior Education Officer in the Ministry, Floyd Kelly, Mr. Green said this will help the Ministry in its thrust to assist more young persons to acquire readily employable skills for the world of work through technical and vocational education and training (TVET).“Well-functioning TVET systems are best-placed to train the skilled workforce to address our socio-economic development challenges. The vision of Mr. Wesley McLaren for a skills training centre was well informed, and well intentioned. It is now up to all of us, working in partnership, to expand on the vision and work that has been started,” he said.He called on other private businesses to fully support such training programmes through direct sponsorship, and allowing for apprenticeship-type attachments.National TVET Director in the Education Ministry, Denworth Finnikin, who was the guest speaker at the event, commended the McLaren family for the initiative ,which he said is “worthy of emulation…where private sector and government can come together to ensure we build a prosperous nation”.Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister and Member of Parliament for Central Clarendon, Hon. Michael Henry; Custos of Clarendon, William Shagoury; and Mayor of May Pen, Councillor Winston Maragh, also welcomed the initiative of the McLaren family.The skills training centre, which was established in 1997, has trained over 2,000 persons in welding, cosmetology, electrical installation, food preparation, and hospitality service.The partnership with the Heart Trust/NTA began in 2010, and since then, other partners have come on board, including the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP), Social Development Commission (SDC), Clarendon Crime Prevention Committee, Clarendon Parish Development Committee, Mac Rebuilders Limited and other private-sector partners. The Hazard Skills Training Centre in Clarendon, which provides certification for residents in collaboration with the Heart Trust /NTA, now has a new, more spacious home on the compound of the McLaren Engineering Company in Palmers Cross in the parish. In a speech read by Senior Education Officer in the Ministry, Floyd Kelly, Mr. Green said this will help the Ministry in its thrust to assist more young persons to acquire readily employable skills for the world of work through technical and vocational education and training (TVET).last_img read more


Nation To Nation Two courts will be hearing some important cases

first_imgAPTN Nation To NationAn on-going court case could put a little more money in the pocket of band members in 21 Anishinabek First Nations, something the federal government is fighting.They are collectively suing the Crown in Ontario Superior Court, saying their $4 annuity is a broken treaty promise.Indigenous people around Lake Huron signed the Robinson Huron Treaty in 1850. One of its stipulations was a dollar a year annuity.However, the treaty had a provision that if Crown revenues went up so would the annuity. And it did in 1874 when it was raised to $4. But that was the last increase.“The Crown appears to have the impression that there’s a limitation on the annuity, that $4 is the maximum,” said Mike Restoule, chair of the Robinson Huron Litigation Fund.“We took a different interpretation of it. Because the treaty says the annuity would be increased.”In 2014, the matter was taken to court. And since last fall, Justice Patricia Hennessy has heard witnesses and elders argue for the Anishinabek, who want the annuity increased substantially.Starting this week the government will be presenting their case as to why the annuity should remain the same. Of note all the hearings are being livestreamed.Another big court hearing happens this Monday at the Supreme Court of Canada.The nine justices will hear a case brought forward by the Misikew Cree Nation from northern Alberta.It wants the court to rule that the Misikew should be consulted before legislation that affects their treaty rights is passed into law.“Law making is such a critical and important strategic decision making tool by the government,” explained Karey Brooks, lawyer for the Misikew. “That has the potential to adversely affect a broad number of First Nations in very significant ways.”As well, host Todd Lamirande spoke to Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Deputy Grand Chief Derek Fox about yesterday’s announcement by Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale.He announced $291 million over the next five years in funding for Indigenous police services.The Nishnawbe Aski police service is the largest in Canada and serves 35 communities.Fox is happy with the announcement, indicating the first thing to be done will be to update equipment such as cars and radios.Fox also commented on NAN’s creating of a website to get people to sign a petition asking for the resignation of Senator Lynn Beyak.“Everything she’s been talking about, the racism and the bigotry, is not good for our people, it’s not good for the city of Dryden.”You can subscribe to the Nation To Nation podcast below:last_img read more