Kemptville College – The North Grenville Times http://www.ngtimes.ca The Voice of North Grenville Wed, 18 Apr 2018 15:48:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 Letter to the Editor: Regarding Kemptville College http://www.ngtimes.ca/letter-editor-regarding-kemptville-college/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/letter-editor-regarding-kemptville-college/#respond Wed, 04 Apr 2018 18:10:02 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=11762 Dear Editor, Regarding Kemptville College. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? The architects of this sham have managed to somehow engineer the sale of a property OWNED BY the people of Ontario, ‘THE TAXPAYER’, to OURSELVES, the very same ‘TAXPAYER’. For four years, residents of North Grenville have witnessed our Municipal authorities conduct SECRET negotiations with our […]

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Dear Editor,

Regarding Kemptville College. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? The architects of this sham have managed to somehow engineer the sale of a property OWNED BY the people of Ontario, ‘THE TAXPAYER’, to OURSELVES, the very same ‘TAXPAYER’.

For four years, residents of North Grenville have witnessed our Municipal authorities conduct SECRET negotiations with our Provincial Government regarding this transaction. In and of itself, this fact alone should scream foul. This transaction has managed to shift the burden of care for this property from a tax base of millions to the tax base of North Grenville. This will not end well for us locals.

Then, of course, we will have this ‘arms length’ Not For Profit Government Organization that is apparently being created to manage this endeavour. What hogwash! Since when has a government at any level been successful at managing a commercial enterprise? How many of our esteemed municipal servants (or family members) will make the jump to this new NGO and the impressive salaries that are all but certain to go with it? Just wait for it. Now that the deal is done, we need to see the entire file on this transaction. This must include ALL CORRESPONDENCE. Oh, and by the way, we’re not going to have any of this accidentally ‘deleted emails’ business here in North Grenville are we?

Don Burns
Kemptville

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A gag, but no joke http://www.ngtimes.ca/gag-no-joke/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/gag-no-joke/#comments Wed, 21 Mar 2018 19:00:39 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=11475 Elsewhere in this issue you’ll find not one, but two press releases concerning the deal arrived at between the Municipality of North Grenville and the Ontario Government. By the time you read this, an announcement will have been made to the media, and we will have coverage of that in next week’s issue. As it […]

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Elsewhere in this issue you’ll find not one, but two press releases concerning the deal arrived at between the Municipality of North Grenville and the Ontario Government. By the time you read this, an announcement will have been made to the media, and we will have coverage of that in next week’s issue. As it stands now, there is very little, if anything, that is new in the statements released last week. When the draft agreement was originally announced at the end of last year, we found out that North Grenville will be getting most, but not all, of the land at the College, and most, but not all, of the buildings there.

This has been a process led and dictated by the provincial government, which imposed a gag order on the municipality throughout the past four years of talks. Now that we are less than 80 days away from a provincial election, the Wynne Government have finally agreed to make public the results of those talks. The announcement comes at the same time as the Liberals nominated David Henderson as their candidate in this riding for the election, a useful synchronicity.

The government statement is, of course, a party political statement, and seeks to place the College deal into a wider context of political gift-giving, with grateful comments from the Mayor and CAO attached. The Municipality’s statement is short on specifics, and it is hoped that the formal announcement this week will put some meat on the bare bones we’ve been given to date.

It is a real concern, hopefully to be allayed, that the agreement will be signed and sealed before the residents and taxpayers of North Grenville have a chance to see the terms that have been agreed to on their behalf. One can only hope that some form of public discussion will be possible before we are legally bound. It should be remembered that Mayor Gordon made a commitment back when talks began with the Province that the deal would not cost taxpayers a cent, and that none of the College lands would end up in the hands of developers. 633 of the 850 acres will be taken over by “wholly-owned not-for-profit corporation, which will operate at arm’s length from the Municipality”, according to the Municipality’s statement. What will happen to the rest?

It may be assumed that there will be some kind of provincial financial support, at least in the first few years, when, according to earlier statements by the municipality, the campus will be running at a deficit. The two French-language school boards have already signed leases to use some of the campus buildings for the next five to ten years. Are those leases going to transfer to the Municipality, and what other arrangements have been made to sign up tenants for the remaining lands and buildings?

All of this will be made known, and hopefully already has been when you read this. But the entire issue has been clouded in secrecy and defensiveness. It is completely understandable that negotiations should remain confidential when what CAO Brian Carré has called “probably the most significant file in this municipality since amalgamation”.

Throughout the years of talks, the response of the municipality to any request for details, or a simple progress report on the situation, has been “there’s a gag order in place, we can’t comment”. Time and time again, it was stated that an announcement would be made shortly, and nothing happened. People began to worry, other groups got in touch with the Province to offer alternative arrangements, but there was an exclusive deal in place between the Ontario Government and the Municipality of North Grenville and it was the only game in town, regardless of whether it was the best option for residents.

Even publishing the fact that options were available made the municipality angry and resulted in a deeply divisive dispute the municipality initiated with the NG Times, which has yet to be settled. The genuine hope is that this new deal will provide the people of North Grenville with a new lease on life for the College, without excessive cost and loss. The very last thing we want to see is concrete being poured over the old farmlands on the east side of CR 44, which the CAO stated have been left out of the deal because, “bottom line, it was simply too expensive” and didn’t really fit into the future vision for the Kemptville Campus Education and Community Hub. “Too expensive” implies that the rest of the campus had a price that was acceptable. More than a single cent of taxpayer’s money? Too many unknowns, which will, we all hope, turn out to be inconsequential when the full deal is finally revealed. Fingers crossed.

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The Kemptville College Alumni Association Scholarship Recipients http://www.ngtimes.ca/kemptville-college-alumni-association-scholarship-recipients/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/kemptville-college-alumni-association-scholarship-recipients/#respond Wed, 07 Mar 2018 19:12:01 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=11257 The Kemptville College Alumni Board is pleased to announce the names of the students receiving the scholarships. With the number of applicants and the caliber of the applicants, the Alumni decided to hand out four instead of the original two. In 2019, they will revert back to the two scholarships – one to a student […]

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The Kemptville College Alumni Board is pleased to announce the names of the students receiving the scholarships. With the number of applicants and the caliber of the applicants, the Alumni decided to hand out four instead of the original two. In 2019, they will revert back to the two scholarships – one to a student in their second year agricultural related program and one to a student in their second year of a food related program. Check out the web www.kcalumni.ca in the summer for the application form for 2019.

The winners are:

Natalie Templeton from Kemptville, who is also attending University of Guelph for a Bachelor in Animal Science.

Cody Ayotte-Bisson from Ottawa, who is attending Algonquin in Culinary Management.
Robert Levac from St Bernardin, who is attending University of Guelph for a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture.

Amy Rodenburg from Alymer, who is attending University of Guelph for a Bachelor of Science in CHAT: crops, horticulture and turf grass management.

All recipients had to have a relative who had graduated from Kemptville College. The Alumni wants to encourage young people to complete agricultural and food related programs and the $500 scholarship is intended to help out with their career choice.

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Shiny Things http://www.ngtimes.ca/shiny-things/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/shiny-things/#comments Wed, 17 Jan 2018 19:54:26 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=10560 In a recent interview given by the Mayor of North Grenville in the Kemptville Advance, he chatted about the coming year and the big things in store for 2018. These big things included; the imminent announcement of the purchase of the former Kemptville College, the ground-breaking for the new Comfort Inn & Suites Hotel and […]

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In a recent interview given by the Mayor of North Grenville in the Kemptville Advance, he chatted about the coming year and the big things in store for 2018. These big things included; the imminent announcement of the purchase of the former Kemptville College, the ground-breaking for the new Comfort Inn & Suites Hotel and something else that the mayor alluded to that was going to forcibly remove all of our collective socks.

These are all wonderful things full of great potential and I’m sure that you join me in welcoming them coming to fruition. It’s important though that we stay focused on our existing businesses and organizations to make sure that they get at least the same level of support and attention that these new “shiny things” will enjoy. It’s easy to get distracted by the things that are shiny and new, all the while forgetting about what brought us to where we are today.

Some of you are probably aware of the challenges that Peter Vichos and his honey business faced over the past year with the Municipality of North Grenville, which were reported in the North Grenville Times. Though the situation has improved partly through the efforts of two members of council, the discussions are ongoing between the two parties. Since the Vichos Honey story broke, the North Grenville Times has been approached about other local businesses facing their own unique challenges in their dealings with the municipality.
The December opening of the new Starbucks Coffee was big news in the community, but people were concerned about the negative impacts on our existing businesses like local favourites Geronimo Coffee and Brewed Awakenings. Through recent conversations with the owners of both places, they seem to be holding their own and have had no significant negative impact to their sales. One of the key factors highlighted for this resiliency was the loyalty of their customers and a strong desire on the part of North Grenville residents to “shop local”. However, the majority of the credit should go directly to the owners themselves who have obviously built strong businesses that North Grenville residents have embraced.

If there are conditions that are negatively impacting members of our business community, we need to be aware of them, to understand what they are and figure out if there’s anything that we can do to mitigate their impact. In today’s business climate, we simply can’t afford to take our existing businesses and their future prospects for granted. Other communities would be more than happy to have some of our great local businesses relocate there. We also can’t leave out our local community and government organizations who also contribute greatly to the community through local employment and their social contributions.

I’ll always remember one remarkable statistic from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, it explained that up to 80% of job growth in rural areas comes from the success and expansion of existing small to medium-sized businesses. So, what’s the message here? Shiny new things are great, but we simply can’t take what we have for granted. Remember who brought you to the dance or you may end up going home alone.

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The College: we need to learn from the past http://www.ngtimes.ca/college-need-learn-past/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/college-need-learn-past/#comments Wed, 20 Dec 2017 20:45:49 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=10334 by Bill Gooch Councillor Bertram’s article in this weeks Times takes me back to 2003 when the hot topic of the day was building the Municipal Centre. First let me say the Centre is a great asset to our community and, while I supported the need for this building, I was totally against the financing […]

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by Bill Gooch

Councillor Bertram’s article in this weeks Times takes me back to 2003 when the hot topic of the day was building the Municipal Centre. First let me say the Centre is a great asset to our community and, while I supported the need for this building, I was totally against the financing plan. Deloitte and Touche did an audit of the building plan and were very critical about the financing; our Municipal Treasurer wrote a memo to the CAO of the time, recommending against the plan. However, those who favoured the plan spoke about the building paying for itself, fund raising would be incredible etc etc. In reality, I doubt that fund raising came up with 10% of its objective (as I don’t have the records in front of me, I may be a bit off here). The building has never paid for itself, nor will it! While I was mayor, the yearly budget reflected revenues being half the operational costs of the centre, I doubt that this reality has changed.

Mr. Bertram is telling us how wonderful the acquisition of the College will be for us as an economic driver for the community. While it was nice to have the College in the community, I dispute that it was an economic driver. Being an educational institution, the College paid no property taxes, the majority of the students lived and ate on the campus, so contributed very little to the economy. Retaining the campus as a Municipal property means we won’t get any tax revenue from it again – that’s thousands of dollars that could be spent on roads etc. As the College is no longer an educational institution, are we getting property taxes from the University of Guelph? If not, why not? This property ownership must be in the private sector.

Mr. Bertram tells us that he would love to tell us the details of the plan, but can’t. How has council been brought up to date as the negotiations continued? Were there “in camera” meetings to discuss and make decisions? Were the notice of these meetings made know at council meetings as required by law? Who were the negotiators, all of council, or who? If this deal is completed without an opportunity for the public to consider the financial and operational details, then I hope someone will challenge the process through the OMB. I don’t believe that bringing the details forward would damage the plan. If potential partners don’t want to make the details public, then that in itself should be enough to walk away from this investment of OUR money. Are the residents of this community so stupid that they can’t analyze a business plan?

Mr. Bertram says that “the rumour mill can invent reasons” to negate the project. That is the same type of insult people used in 2003 to anyone who brought up anything negative about the Municipal Centre. This statement of Mr. Bertram is what took me back to thinking about 2003. As I and others continued to raise negative points about financing and fundraising and utilization of the proposed Municipal Centre, we were called rumour mongers etc. Well, our concerns regarding this wonderful asset have proven justified. By the way, if I remember correctly the financing plan calls for a $1,000,000 balloon payment at the 20 or 25 year mortgage anniversary. Has money been set aside, or will revenue from the College provide it?

An election is coming up next year, Mr. Bertram, and if you want to “stake your reputation as a Councillor” on this project, then delay the final agreement until after the election. The University won’t care, and if your private partners do, then they can take a walk

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Letter to the Editor http://www.ngtimes.ca/letter-to-the-editor-4/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/letter-to-the-editor-4/#respond Wed, 20 Dec 2017 19:38:09 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=10332 Dear Editor: With interest I am following the conversation about the taking over of the former Kemptville College property and the intentions to turn it into a public business operation. The enthusiasm on the part of the municipal government, to turn this economic loss to the community into a profitable benefit, is attractive. The steps, […]

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Dear Editor:

With interest I am following the conversation about the taking over of the former Kemptville College property and the intentions to turn it into a public business operation.

The enthusiasm on the part of the municipal government, to turn this economic loss to the community into a profitable benefit, is attractive. The steps, some of which have been made public over the last three years, show promising features. Although the initiative by council and staff are commendable, their set-up is deceptive. The mayor’s response to Ralph Raina’s proposal demonstrates that.

When a citizen enters into business, he/she takes a huge risk. It takes a marketable idea, concept, product, or service. Add initiative, training, and capital. Add facility, administration, hiring etc. If, for any reason, any of these parts don’t add up and the business fails, the owner is the only one to be responsible for the loss.

The mayor, council and the staff are going to run the “college” business at arm’s length from municipal responsibility they have been elected and hired to run fulltime. In spite of BDO, the world renowned specialists’ advice, in case of failure they have already been paid and cannot be found to share the loss.

The arm’s length business failure will come back solely to the municipality. Meanwhile, the mayor and council have been replaced, the CAO has moved on; however, the taxpayer is still here. If there is justification for the municipality to run the ‘college’ business, the least it needs to do is get a community vote of support and confidence. That requires that all the cards come on the table, just as Raina proposes, before we are ‘on the hook’.

This is a big project, and a previous municipal government worked out a public/ private partnership on another local project which is still functioning. It would reduce risk to the public and raise the possibility of success with experienced business people.

In general, governments are not meant to be in business. They are designed to manage public administration in an open society, with the input of those who elected them to the office of governing. Governments support business in the community with seed capital, providing opportunities for training, networking, preparing commercial and industrial land, providing infrastructure, and more.

In summary, the local initiative is to be commended, the set-up as proposed is unworkable, and irresponsible to the taxpayer.

Harmen Boersma

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Letter to the Editor http://www.ngtimes.ca/letter-to-the-editor-5/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/letter-to-the-editor-5/#respond Wed, 20 Dec 2017 19:12:56 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=10336 Dear Editor, Regarding Mayor Gordon’s comments in the front page of the Kemptville Advance of December 14, I am compelled to make my final remarks re the campus purchase. Mayor Gordon goes to great lengths to extol the great virtues of BDO Consulting, at great expense to we the tax payers. Firstly, Mayor Gordon and […]

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Dear Editor,

Regarding Mayor Gordon’s comments in the front page of the Kemptville Advance of December 14, I am compelled to make my final remarks re the campus purchase. Mayor Gordon goes to great lengths to extol the great virtues of BDO Consulting, at great expense to we the tax payers. Firstly, Mayor Gordon and CEO Carré are not business people, or developers, and should not even consider getting involved with the campus. BDO should never have been involved. I quote from the Mayor’s press release: “The Business Feasibility Assessment completed by BDO in 2016 projects that the education and community hub will report a loss for the first three years of operation”. Another quotation states: “In conclusion, Gordon reassured that the municipality is working in the best interests of the residents of North Grenville. Again we would respectfully ask for everyone’s patience and assure you that we will be transparent and provide disclosure that taxpayers deserve once the agreement of purchase and sale is finalized”. If I understand the Municipal Act, both Mayor Gordon and the CEO would be accountable if they chose not to be transparent to us, the tax payers. Why does Mayor Gordon think that it would heroics to let us know what is going on?

In conclusion, I would like to take this opportunity to wish a Merry Christmas and prosperity in the New Year to everyone, and hope our council does not burden us with insurmountable taxes for the next many years to come.

Ralph Raina

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Fixing a hole http://www.ngtimes.ca/fixing-a-hole/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/fixing-a-hole/#comments Wed, 13 Dec 2017 19:50:48 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=10208 There’s a story about the Beatles back in 1967 (fifty years ago!). Paul McCartney was reading the music papers where there was speculation that the Beatles were done, finished, no new record from them in months and months. Of course, what the press didn’t know was that the band were in the studio putting the […]

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There’s a story about the Beatles back in 1967 (fifty years ago!). Paul McCartney was reading the music papers where there was speculation that the Beatles were done, finished, no new record from them in months and months. Of course, what the press didn’t know was that the band were in the studio putting the tracks together for possibly the best album ever: “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”.

What McCartney did was very cool. Rather than issue a press release condemning the press for spreading rumours, or undermining the band’s fan base, he simply smiled happily to himself and said: “Just wait. You’ll see”. And, boy, we saw! And when the album arrived, that really was A Day in the Life.

On an unrelated topic (!), we are all hoping that the deal on Kemptville College, so long in gestation by the Municipality, is a Sgt Pepper, and not the soundtrack to the movie of the same name. No-one wants it to be a bad deal, neither do we want it to fall apart at the last minute. That is not the point, nor has it ever been the point. The point is that throwing your toys out of the pram because someone else might be willing to get involved in the College, is not a cool thing to do, especially when it includes the CAO of North Grenville attacking the press simply for reporting facts.

An article by Councillor Jim Bertram in this issue encourages patience and some faith in the Municipality that a good deal is on its way. Why didn’t the CAO use David Gordon’s name to issue that kind of statement, instead of the one he did? We also have a new press release in this issue, in which the Mayor (that is, the CAO), partly apologises to the Times. What he says is that “it was not my intention to suggest that no representation had been sent to the Province or that letter(s) to that affect did not exist”.

Then why did he state that what he called an “inference” that “a local firm representing investors who manage a humanitarian fund was involved in discussions with Premier Wynne and Minister Leal to acquire the property”was” out of context and unsubstantiated”? The suggestion was not only made, it was stated to be a fact that we got it wrong. We did not.

Yes, this may be a storm in a teacup for some people, but a newspaper depends on its credibility, and for the Mayor and CAO to suggest that we publish unsubstantiated reports damages that credibility and could be considered libellous, especially when the letters they denied existing were already in their possession.

Perhaps the most insightful and expressive response to all of this came from a reader on our Facebook page: “What were they thinking?” Why on earth deny something they knew to be true? Why attack the Times when all we have ever written about the two men in question has been positive and supportive? That relationship is pretty well done now, isn’t it?

We all hope that the draft agreement with the Province is a good one for North Grenville. We are asked to be patient and trust the municipality, in spite of the fact that the full financial details of the plan won’t be released until after the deal is finalised and signed. What choice do we have, anyway? There is a viable alternative to the municipality’s deal, as has become apparent recently. This, by the way, is something the Times knew about months ago, but did not publish so as not to interfere with the municipality’s talks with the Province. We only published the news after we knew that a tentative deal had been reached there.

I don’t know. It all seems such a stupid and pointless conflict. All it needed was for the CAO or the Mayor to let us know that they would prefer us not to talk about the deal for a few weeks, until everything was settled. We have kept their confidence before on a number of issues, and they know that. They could have trusted us, instead of coming out and basically lying. Now they ask us to trust them. Fine.

But there is a genuine need for talk here, and neither Brian Carré nor David Gordon have even answered my e-mails asking for such a meeting. Given our past relationship, that is more than sad, and also rather upsetting generally. What, after all, do they think the media is for, if not to report news and encourage discussion? Remember that amazing sentence in their original press release: “Council and our CAO have been clear, transparent and on the record when providing details of the negotiations with the Province of Ontario.”

I was really angry about all this. Now I just feel sad and discouraged that our municipal bureaucrats and Mayor don’t seem to understand the role of the media, or the meaning of friendship. Let’s hope for a Sgt. Pepper from them.

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KEMPTVILLE COLLEGE AGREEMENT IN PRINCIPLE http://www.ngtimes.ca/kemptville-college-agreement-principle/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/kemptville-college-agreement-principle/#respond Wed, 13 Dec 2017 19:00:36 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=10206 In response to the articles published in this week’s edition of the North Grenville Times regarding Kemptville Campus, I wish to advise residents of North Grenville that it was not my intention to suggest that no representation had been sent to the Province or that letter(s) to that affect did not exist. Rather, and from […]

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In response to the articles published in this week’s edition of the North Grenville Times regarding Kemptville Campus, I wish to advise residents of North Grenville that it was not my intention to suggest that no representation had been sent to the Province or that letter(s) to that affect did not exist. Rather, and from the Municipality’s perspective, it was important to reassure residents of North Grenville that the agreement in principle announced by Minister Leal and I was, and continues to be, intact.

From the Municipality’s perspective, the article entitled THE COLLEGE – A DONE DEAL? which appeared in the November 22 edition of the North Grenville Times, and more particularly the title of the said article, may have raised some doubt in North Grenville residents regarding the provincial announcement that a tentative deal had been reached for the sale of Kemptville Campus. To attempt to avoid any impression that the agreement in principle had been rescinded, I felt that it was worthwhile to reiterate the Municipality’s current understanding and position with regards to that agreement in principle. The Municipality was not challenging, and did not intend to call into question the validity or existence of the local firm’s correspondence with the Province.

I thank you for the opportunity to clarify the intentions of the Municipality in this matter.

Mayor David Gordon

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Kemptville College – Early 1920’s http://www.ngtimes.ca/kemptville-college-early-1920s/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/kemptville-college-early-1920s/#respond Thu, 07 Dec 2017 15:37:55 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=10142 The photograph shows two buildings that formed the core of Kemptville College in its early years. In the background is the renovated farmhouse of the Murphy farm, and the original Gym and Judging Pavilion is in the front. Kemptville College was established as Kemptville Agricultural School in 1917, with an investment by the Ontario Government […]

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The photograph shows two buildings that formed the core of Kemptville College in its early years. In the background is the renovated farmhouse of the Murphy farm, and the original Gym and Judging Pavilion is in the front. Kemptville College was established as Kemptville Agricultural School in 1917, with an investment by the Ontario Government of $50,000. The School’s existence in Kemptville owed much to the influence of a local resident with a position within that government.

On September 21, 1916, the Kemptville Agricultural Society were holding their Annual Fair. The guest of honour was the Honourable G. Howard Ferguson, Ontario’s Minister of Lands, Forest and Mines and local boy made good. The country was in the middle of World War 1, and the area needed some good news, which Ferguson was happy to provide. Stealing the thunder of the Minister for Agriculture, whose announcement it should have been, Ferguson revealed that the Ontario Government would be establishing “a two-year course in Agriculture and Domestic Science in the Village of Kemptville”. As an ex-Reeve of the Village, and coming from a family with deep roots in the community, it is, perhaps, only fair that Ferguson got to break the good news.

But it would take some time to get the courses operating. First of all, land had to be found, and two farms were bought in 1916 from Thomas Murphy and Alex Armstrong, one on either side of the Ottawa-Prescott Highway (now CR 44) in Concession 4 of Oxford-on-Rideau Township. Over the years, the College would purchase other parcels of land. The house on the Murphy farm had been built by an earlier owner, Thomas McCargar, in the 1840’s and was completely renovated in 1918 to house the new President of the Kemptville College, W. J. Bell, and his family. Over the years, various alterations were made to the building, and it still survives today as the home of the North Grenville Co-operative Preschool and Learning Centre.

It was not until 1919 that classes officially began at the College, then known as the Kemptville Agricultural School, when short courses were offered in Farm Power, Agriculture and Domestic Science. The old barns on the Murphy farm were torn down and a new Judging Pavilion and Gymnasium were built in their place. This building is today known as Purvis Hall, and later contained the Library for the College on the upper floor. This space was used as a Hall and Gym, where sports like indoor softball and basketball were played. Regular dances were held there over the years, as well as dancing classes.

The downstairs space has seen many events over the years, but was originally used for livestock demonstrations and classes. In 1919, there were 444 students using the building. From 1927, when the first College “Royal” was held, students showing their cattle would walk them across the highway from the farm buildings and into the Judging Pavilion. The building was used for the Royal down to very recent times. Today, the future of the campus is still unclear.

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