UVic Torch -- Spring 2003
Autumn 2003,
Volume 25, Number 1

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Crisis at the Castle Crisis at the Castle
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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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