Member of Parliament for West Rural St. Andrew, Juliet Cuthbert Flynn, has indicated that approximately $4 million will be budgeted for tertiary education in her constituency to enable more students to benefit. Member of Parliament for West Rural St. Andrew, Juliet Cuthbert Flynn, has indicated that approximately $4 million will be budgeted for tertiary education in her constituency to enable more students to benefit.“I give out at least $3 million worth of tertiary scholarships every year. This year, I’m going to put away probably $4 million, and that is to assist with tertiary education. We have to elevate our children, we have to make sure that our children are learning… and are moving on to higher education,” she said.Speaking at the Quality Education Circle (QEC) 9 stakeholders meeting at Oberlin High School in Lawrence Tavern, St. Andrew, on Tuesday (February 27), Mrs. Cuthbert Flynn said the money will be provided through the Constituency Development Fund (CDF).The CDF seeks to improve the effectiveness of Members of Parliament as a designated funding mechanism for constituency projects.Its principal aim is to promote human and infrastructure development at the community and constituency levels through the establishment of sustainable development projects.Meanwhile, Mrs. Cuthbert Flynn encouraged parents and teachers to play greater roles in ensuring that every child receives quality education.The Parliamentarian said education is an important tool that individuals can use to change their circumstances in life.“If you see that a child in your community is not going to school, it is your duty to find out what is the reason, so that that child gets a chance to (get an) education,” she said.The function was held under the theme, ‘Growing Better Schools… Better Communities’.QEC9 comprises 21 schools in West Rural St. Andrew and is geared towards improving students’ performance and the overall outcomes for schools.These institutions are located in the Red Hills, Stony Hill, Lawrence Tavern, and Brandon Hill.They include one high school; eight stand-a-lone primary schools; eight schools that function as primary schools with infant departments; three preparatory schools; one infant, primary and junior high school. Speaking at the Quality Education Circle (QEC9) stakeholders meeting at Oberlin High School in Lawrence Tavern, St. Andrew, on Tuesday (February 27), Mrs. Cuthbert Flynn said the money will be provided through the Constituency Development Fund (CDF). “I give out at least $3 million worth of tertiary scholarships every year. This year, I’m going to put away probably $4 million, and that is to assist with tertiary education. We have to elevate our children, we have to make sure that our children are learning… and are moving on to higher education,” she said. Story Highlights
TORONTO – Environment Canada says a storm that toppled trees and downed power lines across southern Ontario on Wednesday became more powerful than expected because of the time of day at which it occurred and the conditions that prevailed at the time.Senior Climatologist David Phillips says the storm would likely have passed with much less notice if the cold front that caused it had struck earlier in the day, when temperatures and humidity levels were lower.But when the cold front passed over the southern part of the province during the mid to late afternoon, Phillips says it encountered warm, moist air that gave the storm an additional boost.Environment Canada received reports of uprooted or damaged trees around Lake Erie, in pockets throughout the Greater Toronto Area and in Algonquin Park.Local bands of hail and heavy rain caused flooding in some cases, including Toronto’s landmark Eaton Centre, where water gushed from the roof into the mall.Provincial utility Hydro One reported that at one point as many as 47,000 customers were without power thanks to damage to local lines.Phillips said there was nothing unusual about the cold front that began racing across the region at around 3 p.m., but said the conditions it encountered on its path were what ultimately made the difference.“If it came at four in the morning it would wake you up, but it wouldn’t necessarily have as much energy associated with it,” he said.When the front reached the Toronto area at around 4 p.m., for instance, Phillips said Environment Canada recorded temperatures of 29 C with humidex levels of around 36.Extra heat and moisture have the effect of energizing cold fronts, he said, increasing the impact of the changing weather conditions.In the Ontario towns of Jarvis and Waterford, Environment Canada reported several instances of tree being torn apart or ripped from their roots altogether. The agency reported one house had tree branches embedded in the roof while a porch and nearby barn were destroyed by falling debris.Nickel to quarter-sized hail was also reported in the area.In the Lake Erie region, a team of meteorologists from Environment Canada will be assessing damage.In Toronto, shoppers seeking refuge from the rain at the downtown Eaton Centre found the elements had followed them indoors. Images shared on social media showed water pouring from the roof as shoppers tried to go about their business on Wednesday afternoon.A spokeswoman for mall operator Cadillac Fairview says a water leak, believed to have been caused by the rain, started on the third level of the shopping centre at about 4:30 p.m. and flowed down to the lower levels.Michele Enhaynes said mall staff identified the source of the leak and closed off parts of the shopping centre. Retailers such as Ted Baker, Guess, Marciano and Massimo Dutti had to close prematurely as a safety precaution, she said.