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News Briefs: July 12, 2017 issue

July 11, 2017 by Adam Marsh, student editor

Camosun alumnus new Chargers coach

Former Camosun Chargers men’s volleyball player Brent Hall is the new Chargers women’s volleyball head coach. Hall—who graduated from Camosun with a bachelor’s degree in Athletic and Exercise Therapy—played for the Chargers when they won consecutive British Columbia Colleges Athletics Association provincial gold medals in 2009 and 2010. Hall replaces Chris Dahl, who has taken a job with Volleyball BC as director of coach development.

Students awarded at Camosun grad 

Five awards were given to graduating Camosun College students at this year’s grad ceremonies, held June 15 and 16 at the Interurban campus. The Board of Governors Award for Innovation went to Ben Costin, while Marcelle Lima picked up the Lieutenant Governor’s Silver Medal. The Governor General’s Collegiate Bronze Academic Medal was given to four students: Mathew Mosveen, Jim Mercer, Chris Cocker, and Graeme Galloway. The Camosun College Distinguished Alumni Award was given to Phil Venoit, a 1985 trades grad. The Promising Alumni Award went to Matt Vaillant, a 2014 Business grad.

This story originally appeared in our July 12, 2017 issue.

Ontario students awarded for sexual-violence-prevention work

White Ribbon, an organization that works against sexual violence, recently recognized three students from Ontario for their work against sexual violence on post-secondary campuses. White Ribbon’s Provincial Draw-the-Line Post-Secondary Sexual Violence Prevention Awards are given to people who “have developed innovative ways of addressing and redefining sexual violence prevention programming on campus,” according to a press release. The summer 2017 winners are Elizabeth Brulé from York University, Chris Moulton from the University of Guelph, and Sarah Wiley from the University of Waterloo.

Liberals pledge to reverse Adult Basic Education cuts

The BC Liberals pledged to reverse their $6.9-million cut to Adult Basic Education (ABE) in their recent throne speech. The Liberals made the announcement on Thursday, June 22.

Helps calls for help with housing crisis 

Victoria mayor Lisa Helps blogged in mid-June asking the public to consider billeting Victoria’s homeless people. In particular, she called on those with spare rooms or vacant basement suites. Victoria’s vacancy rate is 0.5 percent as of June 13.

Greater Victoria School District adds new technology 

The Greater Victoria School District is making a $1.25-million investment in Chromebooks and iPads, to be available for students as of September of this year. This investment will make one device available to every four students; the current ratio is approximately one device for every six students. $250,000 of the investment will be spent on updating the school’s existing technology.

Low Carbon Economy Fund announced 

The Canadian federal government recently announced the establishment of the Low Carbon Economy Fund. Money from the $2 billion fund will be put toward initiatives supporting clean growth and reducing greenhouse-gas emissions, according to a press release.

CRD says water still safe to drink 

The Capital Regional District (CRD)’s drinking water is, as in previous years, of top quality and safe to drink, according to the 2016 Annual Report on Greater Victoria Drinking Water Quality. In a recent press release about the report, the CRD says that it monitors water quality closely.

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