In a time when the Premier of Ontario is also the Agricultural Minister, it appears that the University of Guelph is rumored to be closing the Kemptville and Alfred campuses for budgetary reasons. The Kemptville campus has been in operation for 97 years making it a cornerstone of the agriculture community in the area.
According to a CFRA story:
Rumours about major changes at the Kemptville campus have been running rampant and Local MPP Steve Clarke told CFRA a closure would have a huge effect on the community.
“It’s going to be devastating to our community and to the agricultural community as a whole in Eastern Ontario,” said Clarke. “To me, the Premier, as Agriculture Minister needs to answer as to how she would allow this on her watch.”
Many Ontario farmers are pouring onto twitter asking for the ability to save the campuses instead of the shocking end.
The University will be making an official announcement this morning and we will update this story as it develops.