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NIC-Tuition Funding For Upgrading Programs

          Administration at North Island College is voicing concern over the province's decision to eliminate tuition funding for upgrading programs.
          Bill Parkinson, the chair of N-I-C's School of Business, says it adds one more barrier to the cost of accessing education.
          He says that could impact overall enrolment.
          N-I-C administration has sent letters to the Advanced Education Minister and M-L-As expressing its disappointment over the province's decision. 

North Island College Budget

          North Island College Board of Governors has approved the 2015-2016 budget.
          Almost 40-million dollar budget includes a two per cent tuition fee hike for courses and programs.
          That works out to an increase of just over five-dollars per course.

Electoral Boundary Changes

          B-C Electoral Boundary Commission is proposing some changes to the Comox Valley riding. 
          Chair Tom Melnick says the riding's population is 22 per cent over the provincial average.
          He says the riding's population is projected to grow before the next election in 2017 and adjustments will need to be made, including adding Cumberland and the southern portion of the riding to a new electoral district called Mid Island-Pacific Rim. 
          You can provide input on the proposal at the electoral boundary commission website. 

Federal Green Party Leader Visit

          Head of the federal Green Party will be making a stop on the North Island this weekend.
          Elizabeth May will be speaking in Campbell River and will lead a Earth Hour walk in Courtenay.
          Event in Campbell River happens Saturday at the Maritime Heritage Centre from 4:30 to 6:30.
          Walk in Courtenay begins at 7:30 at the Rexall parking lot on Cliffe Avenue.

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