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News Briefs: January 6, 2016 issue

January 6, 2016 by Pascale Archibald, student editor

Camosun’s VP structure restructured

Camosun College recently restructured its vice presidential positions. The new structure keeps four VP positions; however, each position now has different tasks in their portfolios, and two of the four are new positions. The former VP of communication, advancement, and planning is now VP of student experience; the VP of strategic development is now VP of partnerships.

Camosun students showcase work

Camosun College Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology (ECET) program students showcased their Capstone projects to potential employers on December 11. Each team of students tackled a complex technology challenge and provided a workable solution that has real-world applications. The projects are the final event of the two-year, full-time ECET diploma program.

This story originally appeared in our January 6, 2016 issue.

This story originally appeared in our January 6, 2016 issue.

No more bus transfers

The Victoria Regional Transit Commission has made some changes to the transit fare system. As part of a plan to cut costs and reduce delays on buses, the decision was recently made to eliminate transfers. Staring in April, bus riders will need to purchase a $5 day pass if they need to take multiple buses to get to their destination. A decision was also made to give refugees a free one-year bus pass. Members of the Camosun College Student Society and the University of Victoria Student Society share a non-voting student seat on the transit commission.

Open textbook uptake grant

A grant of $525,000 from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation will allow BC campuses to focus on increased uptake of open-resource textbooks and other learning materials. The funds will be used to develop support materials such as presentations, test banks, and videos for open textbooks. According to the Ministry of Advanced Education, British Columbia was the first jurisdiction in Canada to start a government-sponsored open textbook project and has since saved BC students over $1 million in textbook costs.

Police find $100,000 of stolen property

Saanich Police made a significant discovery in the 5800 block of the Pat Bay Highway late last year: $100,000 in suspected stolen property. The property has been linked to incidents in the Greater Victoria area, as well as elsewhere on Vancouver Island and the lower mainland. Have you had something go missing? Visit saanichpolice.ca for more information.

BC liquor stores campaign to sell marijuana

BC liquor stores are campaigning to be allowed to sell non-medical marijuana if it is legalized. The BC Government and Service Employees’ Union, together with BC’s private liquor stores, say their existing network of stores could be ready to sell legal weed by Christmas of 2016.

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