Highlands East councilor Suzanne Partridge is against shutting down the University of Guelph Kemptville campus.

At a council meeting earlier this month, Partridge said the courses offered at the campus are beneficial in conducting research on growing agriculture in colder climates. There are only five campuses in Ontario offering agriculture based programs, and two of them are closing. Intake to the Alfred and Kemptville campuses have been suspended and are slated to close in 2015.

Partridge says these are the only two northern campuses that conduct research on new varieties of grains, fruits and vegetables for colder climates.  She says we need to continue doing research for our climate.

Council voted to support a request to Premier Wynne asking to issue a two year hold on the closure. The request is also asking to reinstate the intake to academic and research programs.