WITH THE END OF WORLD WAR II,
Victoria College experienced a student population
explosion at Craigdarroch Castle as returning
soldiers boosted enrolment to over 600 students-more
than double any previous year. Overcrowding led
the fire chief to declare the castle a fire hazard.
Students mobilized and on Oct.
10, 1946-led by Terry Garner, future host of
CBC TV's Reach for the Top-marched to the legislature
and launched a petition drive that generated
more than 14,000 names. Within days, the provincial
government transferred Victoria College to the
Lansdowne campus of the Provincial Normal School.
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