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News Briefs: February 3, 2016

February 3, 2016 by Pascale Archibald, student editor

Camosun to host championships

Camosun College will be hosting the 2017 Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Women’s Volleyball National Championship. The championships will take place at the Camosun Chargers’ home base, the Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence at the Interurban campus, from March 8 to 11, 2017. Visit for more information on the Camosun Chargers, including a rundown of all recent game results.

Fletcher joins college board of governors

Stefan Fletcher was appointed to the Camosun College board of governors on December 17, 2015. He has worked as a physiotherapist in Victoria for over 25 years and is the co-founder of RebalanceMD. His term is expected to run until December 31, 2016.

This story originally appeared in our February 3, 2016 issue.

This story originally appeared in our February 3, 2016 issue.

Divest UVic pressures board of governors

Divest UVic held a protest at the University of Victoria’s board of governors meeting on January 26. They were attempting to convince the board of governors to hold a yes-or-no vote on whether the institution will continue to support the fossil-fuel industry. According to Divest UVic, 50 students protested, but the board members didn’t engage with them. This led the group to believe that UVic will continue to support the industry, which it does through investments, according to a Divest UVic press release.

Vancouver Community College to raise fees

According to the Students’ Union of Vancouver Community College, the institution plans to increase tuition fees for some programs by more than $1,000. Tuition fees have increased every year for 14 years at the college and student debt has hit new record highs, according to a press release from the student union.

Contest focuses on anxiety awareness

AnxietyBC’s third annual writing and multimedia contest is accepting creative works from now until March 31. The contest encourages BC youth and young adults (aged 17 to 29) to create short stories, essays, poems, photographs, fine art, or videos that focus on the experience of anxiety. The winners will receive up to $500 and have their work published on AnxietyBC’s website and social-media channels. To find out more, visit

Courage nominations

The Courage to Come Back Awards, presented by Coast Mental Health, celebrate British Columbians who have overcome adversity or illness and who inspire and give to others. If you know someone you admire or who has inspired you, nominate them and share their story with others. To submit a nomination and to find out more, visit Deadline for submissions is February 12.

BC Transit tests security equipment

On Monday, January 11, BC Transit began testing additional security equipment as part of a one-year pilot project that will conclude in April. Activation of two external side-mounted cameras and limited audio recording in and around the transit operator’s compartment is being tested on 13 buses in the Victoria fleet. According to BC Transit, over 340 security and safety incidents have benefited from the use of the security camera pilot project. For more information, visit

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