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Move to Jackson Square Promises Better Learning & Consultation Environments for Food & Water Safety Programs

November 9, 2015 –  Food Handler Course Students to Enjoy State-of-Art Classrooms

Public Health Inspectors at Peterborough Public Health are excited to offer food handling certification courses in modern, light-filled classrooms with state-of-the-art technology when they move to Jackson Square, located at 185 King St. in downtown Peterborough.

“We look forward to creating a comfortable, high-tech learning environment for our students when we start offering classes on the second floor of Jackson Square overlooking the downtown,” said Atul Jain, Manager of Inspection Services.  “Every year we teach more than 1800 people on how to safely store, prepare and cook food, and by improving the learning experience, it will positively impact thousands of residents for years to come.”  The Public Health’s first food handler course at the new location on December 9 is already full, however space is still available for the next one on December 14.

In addition to nicer classrooms, Public Health’s new offices will feature private consultation rooms on the third floor beside the main Client Services area for those seeking information about septic system permits and professional support interpreting well water quality results.  Water testing bottles for private wells can be picked up on the first floor of Jackson Square and submitted to the Public Health Ontario lab for testing at 99 Hospital Drive.

The new offices will also serve as home base for the dozen or so Public Health Inspectors who routinely go out into the community to conduct over 1600 food premises inspections annually, as well as local public drinking water systems, beaches, arenas, tattoo parlours, public pools and spas.  Inspectors at Jackson Square will also follow up on at least 250 animal bite reports received each year to prevent the spread of rabies.

The Public Health has confirmed Monday, November 23 as the date it will start operating from its new location at 185 King St.  The move itself will take place during the weekend prior, with only essential public health services available until the doors reopen on Monday, November 23.  Parking across the road at the King Street Parkade is free in the evenings and on weekends. Wheelchair accessible parking is also available at no charge beside Jackson Square.


For further information, please contact:

Brittany Cadence

Communications Manager

705-743-1000, ext. 391

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