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News Briefs: September 23, 2015 issue

September 28, 2015 by Pascale Archibald, student editor

New Camosun College board of governors chair Russ Lazaruk (photo provided).

Camosun board gets new chair

The Camosun College board of governors recently elected Russ Lazaruk as board chair. Lazaruk has been a member of the college’s board since 2011, and has served as vice chair since 2014. He is also a member of the audit, finance, external relations, and executive committees. He succeeds Marilyn Pattison, who served as chair since the fall of 2013.

Camsoun athletes earn national scholar status

22 Camosun Charger student athletes recently received the 2014Đ2015 National Scholar Award from the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA). This award goes to students who have managed to achieve an honours standing over a full academic year. To see the full list of the student athletes who kicked academic butt, as well as other Chargers info, go to camosun.ca/sports/chargers.

Camosun Chargers golf season off to a good start

The Camosun Chargers started off the 2015 PACWEST golf season with a 12-stroke win at the University of British Columbia-Okanagan Invitational in Kelowna. Two women’s and seven men’s teams challenged the 18-hole, 6,885-yard Bear Course at the Okanagan Golf and Country Club. Over the two days, the men’s Camosun Chargers finished in the top 3.

Camosun dental clinic looking for patients

Camosun College’s dental hygiene students are looking for new patients. Non-Camosun students pay $60 for appointments; hygiene appointments for children cost no more than $20. The students provide customized preventative services and are fully supervised by licensed, experienced faculty. For more information or to book an appointment, visit their clinic on the Lansdowne campus, go to camosun.ca/smile, or give them a call at 250-370-3184.

Former Camosun president finds a place with Victoria Symphony

Kathryn Laurin, Camosun College’s last president, has been appointed by the Victoria Symphony Society as the executive director and chief executive officer. Her career as an academic and professional musician and her extensive experience as a senior administrative executive got her the appointment, according to a press release sent out by the society.

Getting postsecondary students to the polls

A new campaign aimed at encouraging students from across the province to vote was launched at Douglas College’s New Westminster campus on September 15. Created by the Canadian Federation of Students-British Columbia, This Time We Decide focuses on getting students to pledge to vote; it also offers reminders and provides information on registering and accessing advanced voting. See our feature story on page 6 for more details on this campaign and the federal election.

Conservative candidates decline debate

The South Island Conservative candidates declined the University of Victoria Students’ Society’s invitation to their all-candidates debate on October 7 (see events section for more info on the debate). South island candidates from the NDP, Liberal, and Green Party have all accepted invitations to the event.

First Nations against Clayoquot Sound salmon farm

Earlier this month members of Ahousaht First Nations blockaded Cermaq, a Norwegian-based corporation, in their attempts to install a new open-net salmon farm at Yaakswiis, just north of Tofino. On Monday, September 21, Cermaq left the area. The Ahousaht Fish Farm Committee oppose any fish farms at the Yaakswiis location because of concerns around proximity to rich seafood resources such as clam beds and wild salmon rivers. The federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans approved Cermaq a new tenure in Ahousaht First Nations territories in July.

Public submissions on wastewater issues

The Core Area Liquid Waste Management Committee (CALWMC) recently announced that Kim Cholette is their new wastewater fairness and transparency advisor. Cholette will review submissions from the public to ensure transparency, impartiality and objectivity in dealing with the Liquid Waste Management Plan. To contact Cholette visit the feedback forum at crd.bc.ca/fta.

Innocence groups raise awareness

On October 2, marking the one-year anniversary of the creation of Wrongful Conviction Day, innocence groups and other organizations will promote awareness about wrongful convictions worldwide. The Association in Defense of the Wrongly Convicted launched this day internationally

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