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Shoelace express

Pedestrian safety should be an utmost priority On average, more than one pedestrian has been hit by an automobile a day since the start of this year in Calgary alone. In a city of a million people, especially with such a strong driving culture, pedestrian fatalities are a sad fact …

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It’s the finals countdown

Finals season is almost upon us, and, as usual, it is riding into town on a wave of stress, anxiety and hopelessness. As with every other year, we ask ourselves why we even have finals at all. Are finals actually beneficial? Or do they simply cause stress in students? Danny …

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Editors’ travel picks

Nikolai Cuthill Photo Editor Australia My favourite place that I have been has to be Australia. I lived there for three years, and it has become a second home for me. Everyone knows that everything in Australia is dangerous and trying to kill you, but people often overlook the beauty …

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The world is your textbook

Learning opportunities are not solely available in a classroom Travelling is more than a simple vacation and an opportunity to sit on a beach while drinking mojitos at 10 a.m. Travel is education. One of the best ways to learn something is through immersion. For example, it’s easier to uncover …

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Premature inauguration

A quick election cycle leads to questions about the campaign process When there’s more substance on the SAITSA trifold behind the candidates running for executive council than in their platforms, things need to change. This was the case for some, but not all, at the March 8, ‘meet the candidates’ …

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Fight the Fad

Gluten-free should be taken more seriously In the early days of humankind, before the birth of agriculture, everyone was gluten-free.  In today’s world, grain proteins are found in a multitude of food and beverages. However, a new trend is emerging. People have started to make the choice to remove gluten …

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Crashing on campus

Is SAIT ready for nap rooms? It’s 12:45 p.m. on a Wednesday, and you’ve hit a wall of bricks preventing you from further rational thought. Class will let out in five minutes, and you’ve got an hour to kill before another dreaded afternoon lecture. Since you were up late the …

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Matthew Bardsley shows us how he is consumed by technology and social media on Thursday, March 3, 2016. (Photo by Tyler Marr)

Planting seeds of change

Encouraging people to put down their smartphones Electronics have become an enormous part of our lives. Many of us can’t seem to go a day without using our cellphone, tablet or computer. From our personal lives to our working habits, digital technology has completely changed the way we live. But …

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The selfie solution

Photographic self-portraits under scrutiny From its birth in the 19th century, to the hustle and bustle of the modern era, the selfie as we know it has undergone change. According to the Huffington Post, Robert Cornelius, an amateurphotographer from Philadelphia, PA, is believed to have taken the first photographic self-portrait …

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Parker is devastated that the world is running out of scotch. (Photo by Dawn Gibson/ SAIT Polytechnic)

Liquid gold

Scotch, the hot new investment The number of people who drink single malt Scotch whisky has risen dramatically over the past decade, and it has been driving prices up. According to the Scotch Whisky Association, Scotland’s whisky exportation increased more than 150 per cent between 2004 and 2014. Due to …

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Who are you wearing?

Cate Blanchett walks onto the red carpet, wearing an all-blue gown as reporters incessantly ask, “Who are you wearing?” The cameras flash over and over to catch the latest commodity of the day. They follow the walking advertisement until they find something newer and better. Meanwhile, Leonardo DiCaprio is asked …

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Cohen, 2, laughs while swinging at a park in S.W. Calgary. His mom and dad were and he were enjoying the warm weather and the park. (Photo by Jeremy Ash/SAIT Polytechnic)

Are playgrounds too safe?

It wasn’t really recess unless the writhing screams of an eight-year-old wafted across the schoolyard. Busted lips and twisted ankles, broken bones and minor concussions were commonplace when growing up, and these injuries happened off the jungle gym. There was never a shortage of scratched eyeballs from playing with sticks, …

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Flowery language

An eight-year-old boy named Matteo, from Copparo, Italy, recently coined a new word, and now it may be added to the Italian dictionary. The word petaloso is used to describe a flower that has many petals. It has now been recognized by Italy’s national language academy, the 400-year-old Accademia della …

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Student safety at school

With proper preparation, SAIT students have no reason to worry With recent security concerns in Canada, the idea of safety in the workplace and at school has been looming over our heads. It’s not surprising that safety has come into question after hearing about the school shooting in La Loche, …

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Want Viagra? Too bad

A bill has been introduced to Kentucky’s legislature that requires men to bring written permission from their wives before obtaining a prescription for Viagra or Cialis. The bill was proposed in response to a recently passed law that would restrict women’s access to abortions in the state. According to an …

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The long-form census: privacy stolen

  On Nov. 5, 2015, the newly elected Liberal Party of Canada announced it was bringing back the long-form census, originally abolished in 2010 by the Conservatives. In May of this year, census takers will begin knocking on doors and failure to comply. Section 31 of the Statistics Act says …

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Tasha is sad that some dogs get abused. (Photo by Dawn Gibson/ The Weal)

Corporate punishment for animal abuse?

  Cases of animal abuse are reported everyday, some cases so severe it makes a person sick just to read what a person can do to an innocent and defenceless animal. Unfortunately, the punishment for such acts is not as severe as they would be if it were a human …

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Electronics ban goes too far

Some of us may recall way back at the beginning of the school year—towards the end of September—was a campaign to vote for SAITSA’s Board of Directors (BOD). This is a group of 15 elected individuals that represent students in a government fashion and, just like our municipal government, hold …

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Wasted food put to purpose

The year started off poorly with people losing their jobs, the rising cost of produce and the passing of David Bowie. Perhaps France’s newly introduced anti-waste legislation is the positivity we need in 2016. The policy, which has been in discussion for roughly one year in France, was put in …

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The cost of being sick

  Everybody has those days where just the thought of going to work makes them sick. Not literally, but you make it sound real when you phone your boss with the famous “I can’t come in today because I’m sick,” excuse. On the flip side, there are days you actually …

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