(Photo by Dawn Gibson/SAIT)

Hot Chocolate Fest Heating Up

The Odyssey Coffeehouse is bringing home the bacon The 6th annual YYC Hot Chocolate Fest will begin Feb. 1, with proceeds from each drink going towards Calgary Meals on Wheels.  Registration for the Fest closed on Jan. 16, and over 70 businesses at 90 locations will be competing, said Richelle …

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Construction planning certificate now offered at SAIT

SAIT is offering a new construction program geared towards helping industry workers gain the skills necessary in project management. The Construction Planning Certificate of Achievement is being offered through the School of Construction, in partnership with the School of Business. “The program is based on the national training standard that …

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Breaking gender barriers

ARIS explores women in male-dominated fields with indigenous focus Women of ARIS will be hosting a panel discussion in partnership with Chinook Lodge on Jan. 25 to hear from indigenous women working in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and trades, and the obstacles they’ve had to overcome based on …

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U.S. archives to cross border

Digital historical records find safe haven with Canadian neighbour The Internet Archive stated on Nov. 29 that it intends to create a copy of its website’s digital library collection within Canada. The San Francisco-based digital library felt the need to move to Canada following the American presidential election of Donald …

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Bell Let’s Talk is a social media initiative to raise awareness on mental health. Every time someone uses #bellletstalk, 5 cents is donated towards mental health initiatives across Canada. Since 2010, it’s raised $79,919,178.55 through the campaign. (Photo by Dawn Gibson/SAIT)

Something to talk about

Jan. 25 is Bell Let’s Talk Day Canadians will be taking part in a conversation about mental health for Bell Let’s Talk Day on Jan. 25. The annual event is part of an initiative by Bell to raise awareness on mental health issues and to reduce the associated stigma that …

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Patrons attend the Calgary Motorcycle Show at the BMO Centre on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017. (Photo by Ashley Orzel)

Get your motor running

Motorcycle community thrives in Calgary During a Calgary deep freeze, hundreds gathered at the BMO Centre for the 18th annual Motorcycle Show to prepare for the 2017 riding season. “I actually think the weather helped us this year,” said Seamus Toner, project coordinator for SAIT’s motorcycle safety and maintenance training …

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Good food at a good price

Student Resource Centre offers great deals to students SAITSA’s Resource Centre had a very busy holiday season, with many different programs and deals being offered to students. Among the offers was the Good Food Box program, run in tandem with Community Kitchen Calgary, a volunteer organization that aims to help …

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MRU students catch a break

Starting in the fall of 2017, students at Mount Royal University (MRU) will have a reading week added to their academic calendar. The break will take place after Thanksgiving, from Oct. 9 to Oct. 13, 2017. “I would be interested,” said Jacki Reimer, a library information technologies student at SAIT. …

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The future of Chinatown

Community rallies against redevelopment plans A land-use application to redevelop an area of Chinatown with high-rises is sparking debate on the future of one of Calgary’s most historic communities. “Chinatown’s been here for 100 years and was built up with blood, sweat and tears,” said Alice Lam, a member of …

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Reaching out for help

What to do if you are involved in a sexual assault In Canada, sexual assault is the only violent crime that is not in decline. According to the Canadian Women’s Foundation (CWF), rates of sexual assault have remained relatively unchanged since 1999. Women account for 92 per cent of these …

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Breaking the cycle

NGO donates bicycles to victims of human trafficking SAIT students may have an opportunity to help those less fortunate by volunteering for, or donating to, 88 Bikes, a non-governmental organization focused on helping survivors of human trafficking. 88 Bikes provides bicycles to girls who have survived the horrors of human …

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This picture demonstrates how aperture affects depth of field for Checkmark 4-Aperture. The lens was set to f/8. (Photo by Spencer Olsen-Thul/SAIT)

SAIT gives back

Adopt-a-Student Family program provides a helping hand The season of giving is upon us, and SAIT is doing its part to give back to those among us who could use a little extra support during the holiday season. SAITSA is bringing back its annual Adopt-a-Student Family program to benefit SAIT …

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Affordable lift tickets at the Student Resource Centre get students on the slopes. (Photo by Parker Crook/SAIT Polytechnic)

Hitting the slopes

For a third ski season, SAITSA is offering discounted lift tickets to students to help get them out to the mountains at an affordable rate. “It’s the most popular thing in our office at the moment,” said Emma Warren, assistant manager of student experience at SAITSA. “To go to the …

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Calgary on Friday, Aug. 5, 2016. (Photo by Ashley Orzel/SAIT Polytechnic)

The rise of unemployment

How the current economy is affecting job seekers The current unemployment rate in Calgary is the highest it has been since November 1993.  In Alberta, the province is currently experiencing an unemployment rate of 8.5 per cent. In Calgary, unemployment has reached a multi-decade high of 10.2 per cent.  As …

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Dave Morals was president of Toast Masters for two years before stepping down this year to be their vice president of public relations and be on the SAITSA board. This photo was taken on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016 at The Odyssey at SAIT in Calgary, Alberta.
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The art of communication

Toastmasters club improves public speaking SAIT Sayers, a weekly Toastmaster’s club run on SAIT’s campus, is helping students develop valuable public speaking skills. The club, which meets weekly, promotes public speaking and how it can enhance both one’s personal and professional life. Toastmasters International, a non-profit organization, is a program …

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These photos represent the tuition freeze that is occurring at SAIT.
Taken on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016 for PHOT 216 (Photo by Ruwald de Fortier /SAIT)

Managing student debt

Tuition freeze and repayment plan announced The Alberta Government has announced that it will be extending the tuition freeze for post-secondary institutions until fall 2018. The tuition freeze, first announced by the NDP government in June 2015, was set to expire after the 2016-17 academic year.  On Oct. 19, 2016, …

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Connor Goodfellow, SAITSA VP of student life is seen in front of the Odyssey coffeehouse. The Odyssey will be hosting a rainbow reception to try to start an LGBTQ club at SAIT. (Photo by Justin Schellenberg/The Weal)

Rainbow reception

Celebrating sexual orientation diversity SAITSA will be holding a ‘rainbow reception’ mixer at the Odyssey Coffeehouse on Nov. 22 from 5 to 8 p.m., with the goal of starting an LGBTQ club. The event, which is serving as an incubator for a new club, will serve alcohol, play live music …

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Red dresses hang in the trees outside the Heritage building at SAIT.  The dresses represent the missing and murdered women and children of Canada. (Photo by Justin Schellenberg/The Weal)

Addressing an epidemic

SAIT participates in REDress campaign Chinook Lodge will be promoting the REDress campaign in December to bring awareness to the growing number of missing and murdered indigenous women and children in Canada. The lodge, SAIT’s indigenous resource centre in the Senator Burns building, will be hanging red dresses around campus, …

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Working for free

The upside and downside of co-op placement for students The face of post-secondary education in Canada is transforming with the practice of “work-integrated learning,” co-op placements, internships and other hands-on work experience to further students’ education.   “I think every program should have the advantage to start [a] career and …

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Surf’s up at SAIT

Campus club sees high tide of surfing members SAIT Surf is a new club at SAIT, with already more than 120 members who come together to learn and teach river surfing in landlocked Alberta.  Ryan Morstad, a first-year business student at SAIT, founded the club. Morstad is from the west …

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