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Activity project ballot delayed
Given the rapidly changing economic environment, UVic will wait until the fall to hold a consultative ballot asking students to support the new Activity Project, which would see renovations to the McKinnon Building and the construction of an adjacent new complex. In the meantime, UVic will pursue provincial and federal infrastructure opportunities that have only recently become available. The project would dramatically improve access to athletics, recreation and health and wellness programs. It would give the School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education space to offer bigger programs, do more research, and better accommodate its faculty and staff. CanAssist could offer an expanded program for its users while giving faculty and students opportunities to participate in an interdisciplinary program with research opportunities. The project would also help the university retain and attract students, faculty and staff as well as top athletes. It is expected to be funded through a combination of UVic, government, and philanthropic sources as well as student fees.

Indigenous and diversity research forum
The second annual Indigenous and Diversity Research Forum: Critical Conversations Continue, takes place Feb. 12–13 in the Student Union Building. The free conference features panels on disabilities and health, ethical protocols from Indigenous perspectives, sexualities, community-based research partnerships, ambient violence, and the Anti-dote and LE,NONET projects. Info/registration »

Co-op and Career Services merge
As of Feb. 1, UVic Co-operative Education and UVic Career Services have merged under the new name UVic Co-operative Education Program and Career Services. What does this mean for students, employers, faculty and staff? Students will have access to a one-stop shop for career planning and preparation, while employers, faculty and staff will be connected to a more diverse applicant pool in terms of both skills and availability. Info: 250-721-6084.

Hear PICS directorship candidates
Hear the candidates for director of the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS) provide their perspective on crucial climate change challenges and potential solutions. On Feb. 12, the speaker will be Prof. John Schellnhuber, director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, and on Feb. 16, the speaker will be Dr. Guy Brasseur, an associate director at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, and head of the Earth and Sun Systems Laboratory. Both presentations are from noon to 1 p.m. in the Social Sciences and Mathematics Building, room A144.

Spirit Spectacular
As part of the countdown to the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, a community celebration event—“A SpiritSpectacular . . . livingcolours”—will take place Feb. 15 at the Victoria Conference Centre. It is an experiential festival with four main themes marked by four colours: red for activity, green for creativity, blue for community and yellow for diversity. Features include fitness and sport, face-painting and lantern-making, volunteerism and community development, cultural cooking demonstrations and dance performances. UVic is represented in all four categories and the event coincides with the annual Spirit of BC Week. More info »

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