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News Briefs: March 20, 2019 issue

March 20, 2019 by Adam Marsh, student editor

Camosun Student Innovation Challenge wraps up

On Wednesday, February 27, eight teams made up of Camosun students showcased their creative ideas in the Student Innovation Challenge. The winning team consisted of Alana Marks, Alec Page, Landon Lapensee, and Taylor Graves, who each took home $1,000 for their idea of a podcast about the Camosun Chargers. $500 each went to Colin Thomas, Ellie Somf, and Kiana Pomponio, who had the idea of napping stations available at the Lansdowne and Interurban campuses. The idea for murals at both campuses was brought forward by Anne-Sophie Cournoyer, Hanna Kim, Moloud Mazaheri, and Sidney Champan, who all earned third prize at $250 each. Christine Clark, Aman Kumar, Divyanshu Malik, and Savannah Barrett recieved an honourable mention for their idea for an accessibility app. 

Electric vehicle charging coming to Camosun

Electric vehicle charging stations will be at Lansdowne soon. Six new stations will be available in parking lot 2 of the Lansdowne campus; the stations will be for students, employees, and guests. The funding for the spots comes from the Province of British Columbia’s Carbon Neutral Capital Program. The charging stations are free for users, but regular parking rates will apply. Spots will be limited to three hours per use, and there will be some construction in lot 2 to prepare for the spaces.

This story originally appeared in our March 20, 2019 issue.

Make your neighbourhood great

If you have an idea about how to make the City of Victoria a better community for everyone, now is your chance to have your voice heard. Applications for the My Great Neighbourhood Grant—which looks for ideas that will make it easier for people to connect with and interact with others in your area, with the goal of making a more vibrant community—are now open. The City will provide up to $5,000 for winning projects, and up to $1,000 for community activities, and will match contributor donations in both time and money. The deadline to apply is Sunday, April 14. Go to for more info and to apply.

Victoria Writers’ Society makes call for submissions 

The Victoria Writers’ Society is looking for writers from Vancouver Island to submit to their 18th annual contest. Short stories, creative non-fiction, and poetry are the three categories; no previous publication credits are required. First prize is $300, second is $200, and third is $100; there is a $20 entry fee. Last year, Nexus staff writer Katy Weicker won first place in the poetry category for her poem “Office Politics.” All accepted entries will be published in Island Writer Magazine, which is available at Bolen Books and online. Submission deadline is May 1; see for more info.

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