Ex-University of British Columbia president David Strangway isn't the only one planning on starting up a private university. Public Eye has exclusively learned former University of Victoria president David Strong is considering turning Blanshard Elementary School, which was recently closed due to provincial government funding cuts, into a private university (possibly focused on training business executives). A capital city insider tells us a proposal from Mr. Strong has been submitted and discussed by Greater Victoria school trustees at an in-camera meeting. Among those expected to oppose Mr. Strong's idea: former New Democrat MLA and party traditionalist Steve Orcherton's wife Peggy and several other left-leaning trustees.
July 2, 2004