The Municipality of Kincardine supports the development of a
Community Learning Centre in the old Westario Power building at the
south end of Queen Street (Ward 1).
Therefore, it has directed that staff of the Learning Centre move
forward with a business plan/operation agreement, obtain corporate
sponsors, and get letters of support from participating groups.
Initially, the motion was to have municipal staff gather up those
documents, but that didn't sit well with councillor Kenneth Craig
during discussion at the Aug. 5 council meeting. "I agree with the
concept of a learning centre," he said, "but I'm concerned about the
municipal part of the business plan and operational agreement, the
corporate sponsors and letters of support from participating groups.
Is the municipal staff responsible for this? Is it not the
responsibility of the school?"
"It is," said mayor Larry Kraemer. "We're working with their staff
to do that, but we have to be involved because it's a municipal
He said Ontario Power Generation (OPG) is interested in being
involved as a corporate sponsor and a meeting has been set up with
representatives of that company.
"If the school wants to be there, it's their responsibility to
generate the business plan and corporate sponsors," said Craig.
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Chief administrative officer John deRosenroll suggested changing the
wording to read that the 'Learning Centre' staff will move forward with
the three components of support for the school.
Councillor Randy Roppel said this Learning Centre has signed up with the
municipality but there are other learning centres that have popped up
since. "With respect to these other post-secondary institutions, how do
they survive?" he asked.
"I'm not aware of any others," said Kraemer. "The E-Learn Network is
available in other areas of the province as well as here."
By October, council is into budget and business planning for 2010, said
deRosenroll. "The Learning Centre needs to get its information together
and documents prepared so council can make a decision during budget
talks," he said.
"If there are other centres coming to the area, we've basically set a
precedent here," said Roppel. "Others could come forward regarding these
issues and ask for municipal support at that time."
"Do we have universities working out of the information centre?" asked
councillor Marsha Leggett.
"They offer single courses there," said Kraemer. "They're not setting up
a Learning Centre. I expect they'll join in with this as we go forward."