Students help kick smoking to the curb

Students from SAIT’s School of Heath and Public Safety want to help those who plan to quit smoking with a new smoking cessation program. “Our students are actually trained to help support people who are quitting or want to quit smoking,” said Patricia Reader-Downey, academic chair of the Wellness Portfolio …

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Indigenous student alliance sees change

Building a bridge between cultures SAITSA’s Indigenous Student Alliance (SISA) has had a change in executives, but is still striving to accomplish good things this year. SISA’s main objective is first and foremost to offer “a welcoming and familiar cultural networking resource for SAIT’s First Nation, Métis and Inuit students,” …

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The changing face of student protest

Social media and connectivity have contributed to the evolving nature of student activism in the 21st century. “Student movements have always existed as long as there have been universities,” said Roberta Lexier, a political science professor at Mount Royal University (MRU) who specializes in social movement and social change. Acording …

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Fentanyl crisis spurs campus response

More than 400 opioid deaths have been prevented in Alberta since the introduction of take-home naloxone kits, according to data released from Alberta Health Services. “The first step is coming in [to the clinic],” said Rachelle Suing, a registered nurse at SAIT’s Health Services Clinic. “Naloxone is safe to have …

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Elections: time to run

SAITSA elections are just around the corner. The Weal sat down with Martin Cruz, governance and compliance coordinator for SAITSA, and talked about the importance of getting involved in student government. The Executive Council is an opportunity to expand on leadership and advocacy through representation of the student body. The …

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Celebrating Pride at SAIT

Fourth annual Pride Day to take place on campus SAITSA will be holding its fourth annual Pride Day on Feb. 16, with a flag raising and other events around campus. The day will start with the raising of a pride flag in front of the Stan Grad and  Johnson Cobbe …

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Raising awareness of sexual health

SAIT and SAITSA are coming together for the fourth annual Sexual Awareness Day to encourage safe sexual health on campus. “[The event is] taking away the stigma associated with sex,” said Shona Sutherland, communications coordinator for SAITSA. The day will include information and representatives from SAIT’s Student Development and Counselling …

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Senator Burns building gets upgrade

Senator Burns Building under renovation The Burns Bistro, located in the basement of the Senator Burns Building, has been shut down in order to facilitate renovations to create new labs for SAIT’s School of Information and Communications Technologies. The renovations have been made possible by funding SAIT received from the …

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Building a future

Indigenous women discuss barriers in the industry The Women of Applied Research and Innovation Services (ARIS) hosted an event at Chinook Lodge, SAIT’s Aboriginal resource centre, on Jan. 25, as part of an ongoing mentorship series. The event’s focus was to discuss barriers for women in science, technology, engineering and …

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Freedom to Read Week

SAIT supports intellectual freedom SAIT is among several colleges in Canada that will be participating in Freedom to Read Week from Feb. 26 to March 4. Freedom to Read Week is an annual event that encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom, which is guaranteed …

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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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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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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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