finally that time for CIVL to shout from the rooftops. Students
at UFV voted from January 15th to 18th, 2014, on whether or not
to increase CIVL student levies by roughly 2.6 times per
semester, and by a 15% majority, the results were a 'yes'.
Over the next
year, work will begin to see CIVL broadcasting in Chilliwack,
improve our technical resources as we move towards implementing
operation in the new Student Union Building currently under
construction on UFV's Abbotsford campus, and hiring new full and
part time staff members.
Not all of this work will be done at once, but slowly yet
surely, CIVL will be putting the new pieces together as student
fees start coming in at the new rate during summer semester
CIVL was encouraged by a similar referendum initiative from CFUR
in Prince George at UNBC, as well as a very thorough survey
document of NCRA member stations circulated last year by NCRA
board and staff from Kingston's CRFC at Queens University,
wherein the vast diversity in Campus Radio resources displayed
CIVL's comparative underfunding.
An updated budget will be presented at CIVL's Annual General
Meeting in March of this year, and planning is already under way
in order to bolster the impact that Campus and Community radio
can make in the Fraser Valley.
CIVL is pleased with the progress that has been made over the
past ten years of planning and initiating campus and community
radio in the Valley, and last month's positive vote is the high
water mark in proof of that fact.
Thanks go to all of the partner organizations, non-profit
groups, and other supporters throughout the Fraser Valley and
the Lower Mainland, as well as the incredible work of the
National Campus and Community Radio Association, whose network,
staff, and board have provided the necessary infrastructure
within which CIVL can accomplish all of its goals to date.
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