Dr. Mukarram Ali Zaidi addresses guests at the Unity Conference at the University of Calgary. (Photo by Katerina Masyk/SAIT)

Islamophobia on the rise in Canada

A national academic research study, conducted by a group of eight universities from across the country, indicated that Canada has experienced a rise in Islamophobia. “I’m hoping that the findings are interesting, and that they are surprising as well,” said Kashmala Qasim, York University doctoral student, who helped with the study. …

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(Photo by Katerina Masyk/SAIT)

SAIT’s going green

SAIT students can now smoke medicinal marijuana on campus, provided they show their medical card. “We can accommodate students who require the use of prescribed marijuana for medical purposes. This is done on a case-by-case basis, as every student and their needs are individual,” said Chris Gerritsen, SAIT’s media spokesman. …

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STI infections continue to rise after a warning from AHS about a potential 'outbreak' in 2016. (Photo by Katerina Masyk/SAIT)

To be tested or not to be tested

Alberta is continuing to see a rise in the number of people infected with sexually transmitted infections (STI’s). “They’re very common, and people often don’t have symptoms,” said Doctor Kelli Thomas of SAIT’s health clinic. The province is seeing the highest number of reported STI’s since the 1980s. Thomas said …

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Tuition freeze frozen in place

The Alberta NDP government has maintained a post-secondary tuition freeze in an effort to build a foundation of affordability for students. “A lot of potential students in Alberta shy away from higher education because of cost. We’re sending a message that the affordability of higher education is really important,” said …

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Marlin Schmidt, helps dish out lunch to SAIT students at Welcome Week. Schmidt was there to promote the NDP’s focus on maintaining affordable higher education for Alberta students.

SAITSA serves up lunch

SAITSA played host to a free lunch welcoming both the new and returning students back to SAIT as part of the Welcome Week celebrations.  “It’s a tremendous day to be here at SAIT, it’s exciting to be with students who are starting another semester and I hope that every student …

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50 Student signatures is all it takes

SAITSA is looking to encourage students to run for the SAITSA Board of Directors (BOD) in an effort to ensure SAIT students have full political representation.  “We want students to know that being part of the board is an extremely amazing opportunity to develop leadership skills, make new friends and …

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Conditional Transparency

The SAITSA elections results on March 30, 2017 welcomed a new team of executive council members. Some old, some new, but all with the same bottom line: To make SAIT the best possible experience for students through engagement, transparency and advocacy. Students had a first hand chance to learn what …

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An illustration, Canada's 150th celebration is being seen as an insult to numerous indigenous communities.

Reclaiming the next 150 years

Canada 150 in contention with indigenous nations On July 1, Canada will be celebrating 150 years of Confederation, but for many indigenous people, the event marks over a century of colonialism. “The indigenous community is not celebrating the past 150 years,” said Jean Dube, an indigenous student advisor at SAIT. …

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Building a better budget

Advanced Education to receive billions from 2017 budget The provincial government released the 2017 budget on Tuesday, March 16, allocating funds to the University of Alberta (U of A) and University of Calgary (U of C) for campus construction projects. “Every institution will receive [funding],” said Marlin Schmidt, Alberta Minister …

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Conditional transparency

Student government calls for transparency amidst controversy The SAITSA elections results on March 30, 2017 welcomed a new team of executive council members. Some old, some new, but all with the same bottom line: To make SAIT the best possible experience for students through engagement, transparency and advocacy. Students had …

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Photos from Banff National Park in Alberta on Sunday, March 26, 2017. This year marks Canada's 150th anniversary and to celebrate, access to Canada's national parks is free for the whole year. (Photo by Quin Hauck/SAIT)

Calgary’s plan for Canada’s 150

Canada’s 150 years of Confederation is coming up on July 1, and Canadian communities are excited to celebrate. There are 19 cities that are official celebration sites for Canada 150. Calgary is the official celebration site for Southern Alberta. The City of Calgary is working with the Department of Heritage …

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SAIT legal assistant student, Jenn Hall, in front of the Mural of Honour at the Military Museum. Hall has visited Vimy Ridge in France and had grandparents who fought in the battle. Photo by Chelsea Kemp

Vimy Ridge Centennial

Calgary Military Museums to commemorate WWI battles The Calgary Military Museums will be commemorating the 100-year anniversary of the historic First World War Battle of Vimy Ridge on Sunday, April 9. “[Vimy Ridge] was a major achievement for us as Canadians,” said Rory Cory, senior curator at the Military Museums. …

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SAITSA Board of Directors under review

The SAITSA Board of Directors (BOD) is currently working with the Watson Governance Review to ensure the board is running to the best of its ability. The governance review is taken approximately every 10 years and is commonly employed by organizations to help ensure their goals are successful. Currently three …

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Second year travel and tourism student, Kent Fusin, working at SAIT Destinations Travel Room.  (Photo by Aly Khan/SAIT)

Fly away with SAIT

Travel and Tourism program students plan travel The SAIT Travel and Tourism program is hosting their annual Destinations Travel Expo to help students launch their next vacation. The travel expo will take place on Tuesday, April 11, from 9:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Irene Lewis Atrium located in …

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2017/2018's Executive Council members celebrate victory on Thursday, March 30, 2017. New SAITSA President, Alex Dimopoulos; VP External, Rachel Moerschfelder; VP Academic, Alyson Torres-Gillett; VP Student Life, Connor Goodfellow.

Results: Candidates celebrate win

Say hello to your new executive council. The executive council represents students and oversees quality of life on campus. President, Alex Dimopoulos, speaks on behalf of SAITSA to the media, the SAIT administration and industry leaders. The president leads the organization in a forward-thinking direction. “I feel excited. Wow. I’m …

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Andie Romanuik, business administration student, (right), and Emma Greenwood, administration information management student, pose for a selfie in front of the future home of the SAIT photo mosaic on March 1, 2017. Greenwood and Romanuik both play hockey for the SAIT Trojans women's hockey team. (Photo by Madison Casavant /SAIT)

#SAIT100 photo mosaic

The centennial photo piece is ready for its big reveal The SAIT Centennial photo mosaic is set to be unveiled Tuesday, April 4, after reaching their goal of 9000 photos. The mural will feature photos from SAIT students, staff, and alumni. “It was always about the students, the faculty and …

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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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Seeking sanctuary

Montreal becomes Canadian sanctuary city On Monday, Feb. 20, Montreal became Canada’s fourth sanctuary city. Some citizens of Calgary are hopeful that the city will become a sanctuary city like Montreal. “It would be beneficial for everyone to bring in refugees in order to help them and help themselves,” said …

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BOD bids farewell to ASEC

Board voted to leave student lobby group to reduce financial strain 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 …

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