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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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War on Christmas

How the Bridge stole Christmas Christmas is a time of giving, a time to show how much your friends and family mean to you and a time to grovel to our corporate overlords. Basically, it’s a time for suckers. As a nation, we collectively go off our gourd. We bust …

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Like blood from a stone

Antiquated protocols to blame for blood shortage We’ve all heard it on the radio, like clockwork every winter, Canadian Blood Service’s (CBS) urgent call for blood donations. But if the agency is so desperate, why are they excluding so many potential donors? Imagine my surprise when I asked a co-worker …

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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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Fraudulent olive oil industry deceiving consumers by selling fake olive oil posing as authentic, Italian extra-virgin olive oil. (Photo by Ashley Orzel/The Press)

Fraudulent findings

Your olive oil likely wasn’t made from olives Imagine you’re a craftsperson who put your life’s work into creating a beautiful piece that everyone can enjoy. Not only have you spent time cultivating the idea, but you’ve also put your blood, sweat and tears into its creation. After numerous long …

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Politically incorrect

Navigating tension respectfully In a world where ideologies are colliding more than ever before, tolerance is the approach to take when you encounter opinions that conflict with your own.  The United States presidential election, the United Kingdom’s Brexit and far-right and left movements across the globe show that extremism in …

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Final frontier

The war on final exams The end of the semester is hot on our heels and for a lot of SAIT students, this means itís time to start studying for exams. Although SAIT focuses on providing a hands-on, practical education, a number of the courses and programs it provides still …

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Sam Lawson, a civil engineering technology student, shows off his beard in the Johnson-Cobbe Energy Centre. Lawson has been cultivating his mane since September. (Photo by Parker Crook)

Mo than just a ‘stache

The movement behind Movember The weather in Calgary may be getting colder, but that’s not why men are starting to cover their upper lips with moustaches. “Movember is great. It helps raise a ton of money for men’s health. I am not sure if everyone that participates really knows what’s …

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Year in review

How the “selfie king” is failing to live up to campaign Prime Minister Justin Trudeau celebrated his first year in office as the leader of a majority Liberal government on Oct. 19. The Liberals won the majority of seats in the last federal election, and the party made a lot …

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A shot in the dark

Blind recruitment an unnecessary nuisance In an ideal utopian society, everyone would be treated as equals, regardless of ethnic background, religion, name, gender identity or any of the other numerous labels we as humans adorn in an attempt to distinguish one person from another. Unfortunately, with the way things have …

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Living free

Why zero waste living is no waste How often do you throw things away throughout the course of a day; five times, 10, maybe 20?  Lauren Singer, former sustainability manager at the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, recently spoke at a TEDxTeen event about her zero waste life. …

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Exercise your right

Students should care more about their student government The SAITSA Board of Directors (BOD) election has come and gone, and SAITSA experienced a voter turnout of 7.84 per cent. And, for the BOD, this is a good turnout. But, unfortunately, we also had fewer candidates this year than we had …

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Lost in translation

Learning a second language should be mandatory We live in a bilingual country, where, hypothetically, you can go from coast to coast speaking either English or French and have a similar experience. That’s the theory, anyways, but it isn’t exactly true. If you walk into a restaurant in Calgary, you …

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Trick or trigger

Line in the sand on offensive Halloween costumes Walking around on Halloween night, you’re bound to see several enthralling costumes, including anything from cat costumes with strategically placed gaps in apparel, to people dressed as their favourite dictator. And, while this is inherently good, as it is a way for …

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It follows

Creepy clown sightings reported in Alberta Halloween is fast approaching, and while it is a time for spooky scares, the creepy clown phenomenon is not making people laugh. These clowns have sinister reputations. They appear dressed in scary costumes while stalking and threatening people. “I don’t like being chased or …

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Bump in the night

Sleep with one eye open Halloween is a time for ghosts, ghouls and other assorted gremlins to roam through the night, causing terror and mischief. Of all these monsters though, the one you should be most afraid of is a lesser-known demon of German origin, known as the Walrider. It …

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SAITSA President Gar Gar Holds a copy of The Weal from 1966. The newspaper was in the time capsule opened during SAIT's 100 anniversary. (Photo by Justin Schellenberg/The Press)

Keeping with the times

The complications of a digital age time capsule In Złocieniec, Poland, on Sept. 6, a Nazi time capsule was unearthed and opened in a military training complex. Buried in 1934, it contained pictures of Hitler and two copies of Mein Kampf. And, when the capsule was unsealed, its contents were …

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Forty-thousand dollar baby

First baby born on the centennial gets a substantial scholarship It should come as no surprise that many students struggle with post-secondary’s crippling debt caused by tuition and an obscured work schedule. Because of this, those who can seek out bursaries, awards and scholarships to help pay for their development. …

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A student prepares to walk into the future with her SAIT education in tow. (Photo by Nikolai Cuthill/SAIT)

Patching perspectives

Post-secondary education is more than just a classroom For thousands of years, people have been pondering a thought experiment that is popularly known as Theseus’ paradox. In the experiment, there is a hypothetical item, which is most commonly either a boat, an axe or a favourite sock. Let’s use the …

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Put yourself in their shoes

Uproar over increased tuition You’re an international student returning to SAIT for your second year of studies. You go to the registrar’s office to pay your tuition, only to find out that the price of your course has risen nearly 40 per cent. What do you do? For Jennifer Drew, …

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