Tuesday, September 19, 2017

News Briefs: September 5, 2017 issue

September 5, 2017 by Adam Marsh, student editor

CCSS shuts down free stores 

The Camosun College Student Society (CCSS) announced on August 16 that it is discontinuing their “free store” exchanges on both campuses. In an email, CCSS student services coordinator Michael Glover said that the CCSS is  discontinuing the service because of space concerns and the fact that it’s not supervised, so there is no way of monitoring what goes into it. The exchange was active for over 20 years.

Transit concerns aired about new Interurban building 

Camosun’s new $48.5-million health and wellness building, being built now at the Interurban campus, was the subject of concern from Saanich council members recently, according to an August 16 Victoria News article. We recently covered concerns around the building’s tight funding deadline and parking issues; Saanich councillors had questions about the lack of buses coming to that campus at night. Camosun has recently increased security at both campuses; as far as getting more buses goes, BC Transit is facing funding constraints and wants to focus on expanding in the West Shore.

This story originally appeared in our September 5, 2017 issue.

Langford wants you, Camosun

In a recent interview with CHEK News, Langford mayor Stew Young offered to host 2022 Commonwealth Games events in his municipality. As for what to do with the facilities after the games have finished, Young said to “bring out Camosun, or somebody, and put a campus there.” Hmm…

UVic’s CARSA controversy continues

A University of Victoria student recently made claims in a story published inUVic student newspaper The Martlet of a number of instances of sexual harassment taking place at UVic’s Centre for Athletics, Recreation and Special Abilities (CARSA). The student’s examples included men “leering” at women at the facility as well as CARSA’s alleged unwillingness and inability to deal with these issues. CARSA associate director of finance and operations Michelle Peterson replied with a letter to the editor, calling the story “misleading.”

Minimum wage rises 

The NDP government has raised minimum wage to $11.35 per hour as of September 1. One of the NDP’s campaign promises was to raise minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2021.

Tell Victoria how you would spend $50,000 

The City of Victoria’s Participatory Budgeting Steering Committee is calling for the public’s input on how to spend $50,000 to improve life for Victorians. This call comes as part of a pledge to increase the public’s participation in the municipal budget process. An information session will be held on Sunday, September 10 from noon until 6 pm at the Vining Street Party on the Plaza at Victoria High School.

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