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News Briefs: November 29, 2017 issue

November 29, 2017 by Adam Marsh, student editor

Camosun students excel in scholarships

Camosun College students received the most Irving K. Barber Scholarships of all students in British Columbia this year. These scholarships are awarded to students who complete a year of post-secondary studies and then transfer their earned credits to a second institution where they intend on completing their education. Since the Barber Scholarships were created in 2004, over 235 have been awarded to Camosun students.

This story originally appeared in our November 29, 2017 issue.

Food for fundraising

A boardwalk at Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary needs replacing, and the District of Saanich has said it will put $534,000 into the project. $800,000 is required to complete it, so Camosun’s Hospitality Management students will host a winemaker’s dinner at the Dunlop House at the Lansdowne campus on Saturday, December 2 from 5:30 pm to 9 pm to raise funds for the boardwalk. Tickets are $85; see swanlake.bc.ca for more information.

Ontario post-secondary strike ends

Ontario recently passed back-to-work legislation for college faculty to return to teaching classes on Tuesday, November 21, ending a five-week-long strike. Institutions are extending their semesters by two weeks in order to try and make up for lost time. The College Student Alliance (CSA) is advocating for students to receive refunds if they feel they cannot complete their semesters in the allocated time. Approximately 500,000 people have not been able to attend their classes since the strike began on Sunday, October 15. Aside from wages and benefits, issues of academic freedom and staffing models are at the core of the dispute. The Ontario government has told the colleges in question to assist students impacted by the dispute by creating a $5-million fund for them to access.

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