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Year in review

Following up with SAITSA’s student executives The current SAITSA Executive Council has had a year to implement the goals they promised when campaigning in 2016. Gar Gar, SAITSA student president, is proud of the role he has played for SAIT students over the past year and the platform promises he …

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BOD bids farewell to ASEC

Board voted to leave student lobby group to reduce financial The SAITSA Board of Directors (BOD) voted to leave the Alberta Students Executive Council (ASEC) and become a probationary member on Tuesday, Feb. 13. Mikayla Schaffer, SAITSA VP external, put forth a motion for SAITSA to become a probationary member …

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BOD moves

SAITSA Board of Directors (BOD) meetings will now be taking place in the Ambrosia Room in the SAIT Campus Centre. In the past, BOD meetings have taken place on the third floor of Heritage Hall, which occupies SAIT’s executive offices.  SAITSA BOD was asked by SAIT to discontinue its meetings …

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The locavore awakens

The gimmick of eating local food Eating locally-sourced food feels great, but has unseen consequences. The movement to eat local has become so trendy that the term locavore has come to be used by those who subscribe to the movement. The term locavore was created by Jessica Prentice, Local Food …

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Every vote matters

Trudeau calls off pursuit of Electoral Reform Justin Trudeau campaigned to be the Canadian Prime Minister based on a platform of ending our first-past-the-post electoral system. It turns out campaign promises were meant to be broken. “We are committed to ensuring that 2015 will be the last federal election conducted …

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Health care revised

SAITSA rolls in added benefits to student health and dental plan As of Feb. 1, SAITSA introduced changes to the student health and dental plan allowing students to claim $20 more on vision coverage. “This is something that we would love students to use,” said SAITSA president Gar Gar. Gar …

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Two minutes to midnight

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists moves Doomsday Clock closer to midnight The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists moved the Doomsday Clock to 2.5 minutes to midnight on Jan. 26. The clock began ticking in 1947 as a metaphorical measurement of how close humanity is to destroying civilization.  The clock was …

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Alberta separation angst

The quiet rumblings of Alberta separatism Growing up in rural Alberta, the name Trudeau was treated like a dirty word. The introduction of the National Energy Program (NEP) by Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau in 1980 had never been forgiven.  Prime Minster Pierre Trudeau introduced the program in October 1980 …

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The changing face of student protest

Social media and connectivity have contributed to the evolving nature of student activism in the 21st century. “Student movements have always existed as long as there have been universities,” said Roberta Lexier, a political science professor at Mount Royal University (MRU) who specializes in social movement and social change. Acording …

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Fentanyl crisis spurs campus response

More than 400 opioid deaths have been prevented in Alberta since the introduction of take-home naloxone kits, according to data released from Alberta Health Services. “The first step is coming in [to the clinic],” said Rachelle Suing, a registered nurse at SAIT’s Health Services Clinic. “Naloxone is safe to have …

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Chill out and stay warm

How to survive Calgary’s cold spell Calgary has been experiencing one of the coldest winters in years with temperatures often falling below -25 C. These temperatures don’t take into account wind chill. Everything considered, it is important for SAIT students to stay warm and beat the cold. “I walk from …

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Burns Bistro under construction in the basement of the Senator Burns Building on Monday, Jan. 23, 2017 at SAIT. (Photo by Quin Hauck/SAIT)

Senator Burns building gets upgrade

Senator Burns Building under renovation The Burns Bistro, located in the basement of the Senator Burns Building, has been shut down in order to facilitate renovations to create new labs for SAIT’s School of Information and Communications Technologies.  The renovations have been made possible by funding SAIT received from the …

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Hot Chocolate Fest Heating Up

The Odyssey Coffeehouse is bringing home the bacon The 6th annual YYC Hot Chocolate Fest will begin Feb. 1, with proceeds from each drink going towards Calgary Meals on Wheels.  Registration for the Fest closed on Jan. 16, and over 70 businesses at 90 locations will be competing, said Richelle …

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When the levy breaks

Carbon levy rebates met with confusion Alberta’s carbon levy came into effect on Jan. 1, and the first batch of rebates has been issued with little fanfare. Some friends and I were talking about receiving the rebates and how it would be a great bonus at the start of the …

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U.S. archives to cross border

Digital historical records find safe haven with Canadian neighbour The Internet Archive stated on Nov. 29 that it intends to create a copy of its website’s digital library collection within Canada. The San Francisco-based digital library felt the need to move to Canada following the American presidential election of Donald …

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MRU students catch a break

Starting in the fall of 2017, students at Mount Royal University (MRU) will have a reading week added to their academic calendar. The break will take place after Thanksgiving, from Oct. 9 to Oct. 13, 2017. “I would be interested,” said Jacki Reimer, a library information technologies student at SAIT. …

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Reaching out for help

What to do if you are involved in a sexual assault In Canada, sexual assault is the only violent crime that is not in decline. According to the Canadian Women’s Foundation (CWF), rates of sexual assault have remained relatively unchanged since 1999. Women account for 92 per cent of these …

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Things are heating up

Why Alberta shouldn’t scrap the carbon tax The earth is rapidly heating up, and a carbon tax is the best way to help combat the climate change crisis. Based on the first nine months of this year, the earth is about to set another record: 2016 will be the warmest …

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Mayor Naheed Nenshi, left, addresses the press in the Grant MacEwan Library at the Calgary Municipal Building on Saturday, March 12, 2016, following the Calgary Welcome and Newcomers Fair. Hosted by Nenshi, the event formally welcomed new Syrian Canadians to the City of Calgary. (Photo by Deborah Mebude/SAIT Polytechnic)

Loss of civility in council

Calgary city council descends into madness Politics in Alberta is becoming a toxic sideshow, with politicians more concerned with a catchy quote than serving the people. Calgary is no exception. On Nov. 7, Larry Heather was ejected from city council chambers for contributing to the continued loss of decorum in …

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The rise of unemployment

How the current economy is affecting job seekers The current unemployment rate in Calgary is the highest it has been since November 1993.  In Alberta, the province is currently experiencing an unemployment rate of 8.5 per cent. In Calgary, unemployment has reached a multi-decade high of 10.2 per cent.  As …

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