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Kemptville College Renewal task force mandated to find solution for agriculture community

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Following a rally organized by Eastern Ontario farm leaders this past Sunday the Kemptville College Renewal Task Force says they have a clear mandate to negotiate with the Ontario government and find a long term solution to renew Kemptville College. Task Force Chair Brian Carre said, “While we very much appreciate the provincial government’s announcement last week, it fell short of the expectations of the agriculture community in Eastern Ontario. Agriculture is the largest private sector employer in Eastern Ontario and we need to ensure that the agri-business sector in this region has a skilled and well-educated workforce.” Farm leaders also called on the government to appoint a Provincial Facilitator, a request first put to the Premier a month ago. The facilitator is critical to ensuring all areas of government work effectively with the Task Force in the development of a long term solution to keep Kemptville College operating. Carre says “The agriculture community is not looking for a hand out but a
hand up at this critical stage. There are many possible solutions for a renewed Kemptville College – some public, some private – but we need the full cooperation of the provincial government as we explore the options that have come forward.”

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