Changes coming to SAITSA board of directors

Future SAITSA Board of Directors (BOD) members will be receiving a hefty raise as a result of changes to their job descriptions.   “To be honest, it was a few years coming. The board looked into and evaluated what we actually want out of the chair and vice chair roles …

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Alberta post-secondary faces fragile financial future

In December 2017, post-secondary institutions in Alberta were given two weeks by the provincial government to submit plans for discretionary spending cuts.   “It’s no secret that we are under some significant financial pressure as the Government of Alberta. We have to make sure we’re spending all of our money …

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Opioids affect everyone, AHS asks people to learn more

Alberta Health Services (AHS) has launched a new opioid overdose awareness campaign that will run throughout March aimed at reducing stigmas and encouraging Albertans to get educated. Opioid addiction affects many Canadians. Some individuals startusing street drugs right away, while others start with a prescription from a doctor. “If you …

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Odyssey Coffeehouse robbed

A break and enter occurred at the SAITSA owned Odyssey Coffeehouse. “We’re just glad that it wasn’t worse and we’re glad that we don’t keep any cash on the premises,” said Shona White, SAITSA assistant manager, marketing and communications. On the morning of Saturday, Jan. 20 an individual entered the …

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A suite deal for students

The City of Calgary is looking to become one of the last cities in Canada to streamline the secondary suite approval process. “Secondary suites provide market solutions for affordable housing,” said Druh Farrell, Ward 7 councillor. In December 2017, city council introduced a notice of motion to reform the rules …

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Upgrades to Senator Burns building continue

The Senator Burns building is currently being upgraded as part of a federal grant. “Construction is under way and we are on track with construction and the upgrading,” said Chris Gerritsen, SAIT senior stakeholder and public relations specialist. The renovations were made possible by a grant of $20.7 million provided …

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Vigil for Quebec City mosque

A vigil is planned in Calgary to commemorate the Jan. 29 2017 attack on a Quebec City mosque. “The one year anniversary is coming up and we need to support each other. I feel like it’s [Islamophobia] kind of getting worse,” said Kohawar Khan, vice presidentof Think for Actions. A …

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The RESOLVE campaign enters its final year

The RESOLVE campaign is entering its final months and is still looking for donations to help finish the campaign strong. “We have raised about $70 million, which has allowed us to house 1,592 homeless, vulnerable Calgarians,” said Cheryl Hamelin, executive director of the RESOLVE campaign. In collaboration with Calgary’s 10-year …

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How to respond to an overdose

Last year, the number of people who accidentally overdosed on fentanyl was more than the total number of deaths attributed to the drug in 2016, according to a report released by the Alberta Government. Between January and September of 2017, 400 people died of fentanyl overdoses, an average of 1.8 …

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Start your February off right with 28 days of happiness

SAIT Student Development and Counselling is launching an online event to help maintain student happiness and well-being in February. “We really wanted to have an initiative to talk about the fact that happiness isn’t just an issue that some people are happy and some people are not,” said Julie Edgers, …

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Permanent safe consumption site opens at Sheldon Chumir

A Calgary urgent care centre has launched a safe injection site in an effort to combat the current opioid crisis. A permanent supervised consumptions service that allows drug users a safe environment opened at Sheldon M. Chumir Health Centre on Monday, Jan. 15. “I think it’s going to show individuals …

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Women’s March comes to Calgary

Calgary Women’s March attendees descended on downtown Calgary participating in a rally to promote women’s and marginalized people’s rights. “I think this has been compounding for a long time, so when all these women were seeing the Trump farce they really started to coalesce and understand that women are the …

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Changes coming to Alberta impaired driving laws

Changes are coming to Alberta impaired driving laws after a ruling by the Alberta Court of Appeal declared parts of the province’s current sanctions are unconstitutional. “Any changes to the Traffic Safety Act are always made with public safety in mind. It is essential that Albertans make responsible choices and …

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Student space starts construction this year

SAIT students will soon see their own space when SAITSA breaks ground on a new headquarters in the spring. “It’s going to be all student focused space,” said Shona White, SAITSA marketing and communications assistant manager. The building is to be completed by the summer of 2020. Students have contributed …

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Canadian Blood Services needs you

Canadian Blood Services (CBS) will be visiting SAIT campus in an effort to recruit much needed blood donors. The next clinic will be taking place on Wednesday, Jan. 17 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Irene Lewis Atrium in the Stan Grad Building. CBS typically visits the campus …

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Bell campaign aims to change the conversation about mental health Bell Let’s Talk raises money for organizations nation wide

Taking place at the end of the month, Bell Let’s Talk campaign is aiming to help end the taboo of openly discussing mental health while raising money for the cause. “[Bell Let’s Talk] helps destigmatize mental health and helps people seeking help in more of a positive light rather than …

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SAIT’s medical marijuana policy challenging for students

A confrontation between a SAIT student and the head of SAIT security over medical marijuana use on campus on Friday, Nov. 17 sparked a hole in communication as to what is expected from cannabis users. Matt Shawchuk, a SAIT business administration student and alumni was approached by Barry Cochrane, manager …

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REDress Project comes to SAIT

SAIT is hosting the third annual REDress Project in an effort to bring awareness to vulnerable populations within the Indigenous community. “We’re standing up and saying this isn’t right,” said Jean Dube, an Aboriginal student advisor at Chinook Lodge, SAIT’s Indigenous Student Resource Centre. She will be hanging red dresses …

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Pro-life advocates popping up on campus

The SAIT Academic Faculty Association (SAFA) filed a grievance against SAIT on behalf of an instructor exposed to graphic images displayed by anti-abortion advocates inside the Aldred Centre. The anti-abortion group, the Canadian Centre for Bioethical Reform, was on campus on Tuesday, Nov. 21. The group had graphic images accompanied …

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SAIT considering smoking ban

SAIT is exploring the idea of banning smoking on campus. “We’re all adults, if they want to smoke, they can smoke, but let’s figure out an area that doesn’t make non-smokers upset. That’s the ideal world for me, everybody wins,” said Alex Dimopoulos, SAITSA student president, who is pushing for …

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