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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SAITSA stands up to violence

SAITSA is promoting the White Ribbon Campaign, taking a stand against all types of violence in an effort to help keep the student body safe and educated. “Those ribbons are a show of solidarity and understanding of ending violence against women and girls. I believe that the ribbon has never …

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Red Ribbon campaign launches and encourages Canadians not to drive impaired

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) officially launched the 30th annual Project Red Ribbon campaign, a project designed to discourage drunk driving over the holidays. “[The Red Ribbon] was a visible reminder to drive safe and sober, because, for many years, our statistics stay the same,” said Denise Dubyk, a director …

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Calgary celebrates Transgender Awareness Week

Transgender individuals and allies around the world gathered to celebrate Transgender Awareness Week. “It’s an important week to have. Out of almost anything in the umbrella of LGBTQ+, trans-people really do just get forgotten and get ignored,” said Emily Wiebe, a SAIT Library Information Technology student who identifies as non-binary. …

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National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women shares what they know so far

The commissioners of the national inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) have released an interim report. “There will be some of the mystery solved. But I think as Canadians, we are not bringing enough awareness to this issue,” said Jean Dube, Indigenous student advisor at SAIT. …

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ACAD’s fiscal future looks bleak

An internal report regarding ACAD’s future financial stability indicates the school may have trouble remaining sustainable in the future. “I met with ACAD students [on Thursday, Nov. 9.], and I heard that they are frustrated at the poor communication from the government surrounding that institution,” said Marlin Schmidt, minister of …

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Board of directors address important student issues

The board of directors (BOD) met on Monday, Nov. 6 and discussed an array of issues that directly affect students. VP student life, Connor Goodfellow, opened the meeting with a motion to include acknowledgement that the BOD meetings take place on traditional Treaty Seven lands shared by the Blackfoot, Stoney …

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SAIT students see increase in bike thefts this year

Bike thefts on SAIT campus are up 25 per cent compared to this time last year. Shane MacDonald, assistant to head of SAIT campus security, said there were 12 bike thefts already this year since July 1. Over the course of 2016, there were 34 bikes stolen on campus. MacDonald …

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Nenshi for the win

Mayor Naheed Nenshi was elected for a third term in Calgary, after a hard-fought municipal election race. “It felt great. It was kind of an ugly election, very divisive, very angry. But in the end, I love the fact that there was such a huge voter turnout,” said Nenshi. The …

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SAIT believes you

The #IBelieveYou campaign is working to spread awareness about supporting and believing victims of sexual assault. “We think the IBelieveYou campaign is critically important because too often victims of sexual assault don’t come forward and talk to anybody or disclose what happened to them or go for help because of …

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Ward 7 re-elects Druh Farrell

Ward 7 councillor, Druh Farrell, was sworn into city council, after winning a seat for a fifth time. “It was good to get that behind me and get back to work,” said Farrell. Farrell, along with 14 other members of city council, was sworn into service on Monday, Oct. 22 …

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Controversial Bill-62 ignites debates

A new controversial bill in Québec, blocking anyone with a face covering from accessing public services, has sparked a debate across the country. “I believe that Bill-62 will lead to marginalization, restriction of religious practices and loss of identity. That’s exactly the process of deculturation and that leads to the rise …

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Board of Directors Breakdown

SAITSA’s new Board of Directors (BOD) has set their goals for this school year, along with the actions needed to reach them. The latest BOD meeting took place on Monday, Oct. 23, ushering in a new era for SAITSA. Reports VP External Rachel Moershfelder shared the success SAITSA had in …

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SAIT campus safety

The rate of violent crimes in Calgary has been rising, leading some Calgarians to believe the city is no longer safe. However, overall crime in the city has actually stabilized. “As you gain life experience, you learn the importance of awareness of your surroundings. I think the biggest concern is …

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New program sets out to help students make most of schooling

Students can now get some extra help pursuing learning opportunities outside of SAIT with the new SAITSA Student Grant Program. “Students can apply for funding for personal and professional development and now we have a grant program for that,” said Alysson Torres-Gillett, SAITSA VP Academic. This program is open to …

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Journalists address alt-facts

A Banff conference aims to take on fake news by educating the public on finding trustworthy news sources. “I hope the general public feels more informed and understands more about how to distinguish reporting that you can trust,” said Patti Sonntag, a managing editor in the New York Times news division, …

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Rohingya fleeing Myanmar

Bangladesh has been inundated with Rohingya Muslims fleeing political persecution and violence in the country of Myanmar. “There’s been a bit of momentum that’s been building. It’s not unique. It’s not the first time this sort of thing has happened. It’s been an issue in Myanmar,” said Lori Williams, political …

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