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News Briefs: March 30, 2016 issue

March 30, 2016 by Pascale Archibald, student editor

CCSS teams up with UFV and BCIT

The Camosun College Student Society (CCSS) is teaming up with the Student Union Society of the University of the Fraser Valley and the British Columbia Institute of Technology Student Association to lobby the BC government for completion grant expansions, commitments to capital funding, and fairness in student loans. See for more information about the CCSS.

Chargers at nationals

The Camosun Chargers have been busy in the world of basketball; the men’s basketball team faced off against host team Keyano College in Fort McMurray, AB, which seeded them in sixth place and ensured their place in the PACWEST Provincial Championships. There they advanced to the gold medal game and won silver; they moved on to the nationals, where they were defeated, seeded at number seven. The men’s volleyball team fought and lost at nationals, where they faced off against the top-ranked Red Deer College and lost a very close semi-final national game.

This story originally appeared in our March 30, 2016 issue.

This story originally appeared in our March 30, 2016 issue.

Legacy donation benefits Camosun horticulture students

A donation of $125,000 made by the Saanich Fruit Growers Association to the Camosun College Foundation will fund a perpetual bursary that will enable Camosun’s horticultural students to continue the legacy of farming and food production in the Saanich economy.

Camosun student wins co-op award

This is the ninth year in a row that a Camosun student has been named the Association of Co-operative Education for BC and the Yukon College Co-op Education Student of the Year. Human Resources Management Advanced Diploma student Maria Tepin took home the award, which is given to students on the basis of GPA, community involvement, employer support, and professional contribution to co-op education.

Camosun signs agreement with India’s Jain University

Camosun president Sherri Bell has formalized a seven-year partnership agreement with representatives of Jain University. The agreement outlines three main areas of cooperation: developing a nation-wide sport skills training program; delivery of Camosun’s diploma programs in Sport Management and Exercise & Wellness at Jain University; and transfer agreements for qualifying students to complete degrees, diplomas, and post-degree diplomas in Business and Sport disciplines at Camosun’s Victoria campuses.

Changes to transit fare

The Victoria Regional Transit Commission is making some changes to local transit fares, mainly with the elimination of transfers and some passes. The passes to be scrapped are the 60-minute paper transfers, the multi-month youth pass, and the youth/senior green tickets. After the changes are in effect, day passes, which can only be purchased on buses for $5, will replace the transfer system. This revision to fare structures will take effect on Friday, April 1. More information can be found at

T’Sou-ke First Nation and CRD form partnership

The Capital Regional District (CRD) board recently unanimously supported an agreement with the T’Sou-ke First Nation allowing access to the Leech Water Supply Area for “traditional use activities,” according to a CRD press release. The area was purchased by the CRD in 2007 and 2010 and lies within traditional territories of the T’Sou-ke, Scia’new, and Malahat First Nations. The area was recently closed to the public in a long-range program to restore the logged area over time and to prepare for an expansion of the drinking water supply area.

Violations of academic freedoms at Laurentian

An investigation conducted by the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) into Ontario’s Laurentian University has found that senior officials have routinely violated academic freedoms and principals of collegial governance, according to CAUT. Numerous complaints by faculty included changing grades without instructors’ agreement, blocked appointment of elected chairs, interference in hiring decisions, and improperly used discipline. A full report is available at

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