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News Briefs: Camosun Chargers update, a moving museum, and award-winning beer

October 1, 2014 by Matt O'Connor, contributing writer

Chargers take charge

A group of 15 Camosun College student athletes have been awarded prestigious National Scholar Awards from the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association for achieving academic honours during the 2013/2014 season. Lachlan Ross, Harrison Mar, Brianne Larson, Elyse Matthews, Rachael Bakker, Olivia Bakker, Amy Acheson, Alex Sadwoski, Lucas Dellabough, Cameron Fennema, James Poirier, Jamie Rodstrom, Olivia Redden, Kelsey Clarke, and Morgan Marshall were all recognized for showing that they have what it takes to balance academics and athletics.

Second-year student and Camosun Chargers golf player Brett DeVries (photo by John Randle).

Morningstar proves tough for all

The Camosun Chargers played two very difficult rounds of golf at Morningstar Golf Club in Parksville during an event hosted by the Vancouver Island University Mariners, who won the two-day event with a score of 618. The Chargers came in a close second, at 627, and the Kwantlen Eagles came in third with a score of 634. Two tournaments and four rounds down, the University of the Fraser Valley has stayed in first place with a combined tournament score of 1199, Camosun and VIU are tied in second in with 1204 each, and Kwantlen is in fourth with 1233. UBC Okanagan and Douglas College round out the conference with scores of 1235 and 1319, respectively.

Utilize ur U-Pass

Camosun College is urging students to make the most of their U-Pass student cards. The cards, which double as bus passes, can be picked up at the Lansdowne or Interurban libraries. Students can purchase a new student card for $15 or update an old one for free at one of the new U-pass kiosks accessible outside of library hours.

Relevant and important discussions

The Fraser Institute is putting on a free student seminar exploring public policy issues, such as the Supreme Court of Canada’s ruling on prostitution and the proposed Bill C-36, protection of Canadian media, energy issues for the West Coast, and Canadian cyber security. These are some pressing issues to discuss amongst peers and learn about from guest speakers, most of whom are professors. Attendance includes lunch, door prizes, and subscriptions to the Canadian Student Review and The Quarterly. This event is being held at the Delta Ocean Point Resort (45 Songhees Road) on Friday, October 3 from 9 am until 3 pm. Go to to register or find out more.

Shovel-ready seniors housing

Saanich Council has voted unanimously in support of building 45 supportive housing apartments for seniors over the age of 55 who have been homeless. The Cottage Grove development has received a $112,000 grant from the city and the $1-million property purchased by the Cool Aid Society is ready for the start of construction. According to the Cool Aid Society, nearly half of the 375 people they house are over the age of 55. Cottage Grove will be built at 3207 Quadra Street, just north of Tolmie.

Big move for museum

The Maritime Museum of British Columbia has called Bastion Square home for the past 49 years, but it looks as if this ship is set to sail. An upcoming move will bring the museum closer to the Inner Harbour and potentially invite more visits from tourists. A six-month lease has been signed with the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority for the causeway level of the historic Steamship Terminal, and museum directors are hopeful this will turn into a long-term lease. The museum will be closing its current location on October 21 and will not reopen until the New Year. In the meantime, the museum is asking for suggestions as to where it can temporarily showcase some artefacts throughout the city.

Local brewery world-beer winners

Victoria-based Vancouver Island Brewery has recently taken home three silver medals for’s World Beer Championship. Their Beachcomber Summer Ale, a seasonal beer, won a silver medal in the Hefeweizen category, and Black Betty, a blackberry saison/farmhouse ale, also seasonal, won silver in the Burgeoning Fruit category. Their recently launched Sabotage India Session Ale also won a silver medal in the American IPA category. Vancouver Island Brewery is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.

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