NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, Ont. — The 18-year-old, private, vocational, Niagara-on-the-Lake Culinary School was closed Friday by officials of the Ontario Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) on charges of operating illegally, following claims that students had been exploited by school owners.
“The school has been shut down, and there will be fines coming,” Annette Phillips, MTCU spokesperson, told the Toronto Star.
A “Notice of Immediate Suspension” has been posted at the property advising students the Ministry intends to revoke the school’s registration on March 2.
Founded in 1992 by GBC and Associates, Niagara-on-the-Lake Culinary School is operated by Chef Geoffrey Bray-Cotton and his business partner, Janice Bartley. Bray-Cotton has retained a lawyer and plans to appeal the suspension, which he has called “excessive and unfair.”
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