A Discussion with Candidates of Calgary-Confederation

As the 2019 federal election quickly approaches on Oct. 21, The Weal contacted all of the candidates vying for the Calgary-Confederation seat in Parliament to introduce themselves, talk about their party’s vision for students, and get their thoughts about the election so far. Len Webber (Conservative incumbent) Prior to being …


Naloxone training free for students

The opioid crisis has claimed more than 8,000 Canadian lives since 2016, according to StatsCan.  To help turn the tide, SAIT and Alberta Health Services (AHS) have partnered to offer numerous free Naloxone training sessions on SAIT campus. Naloxone is a drug that can temporarily reverse the effects of an …


SAIT’s School of Hospitality and Tourism ranked 27th in world

On March 4, CEOWORLD released their annual list of Best Hospitality and Hotel Management Schools in the World rankings for 2019, and SAIT’s School of Hospitality and Tourism placed at number 27, up ten spots from the previous year. SAIT is the only Canadian school on the list, which features …


SAIT launches new Integrated Water Management Diploma

As concerns about sustainable water issues begin to gather mainstream attention, SAIT honoured UN World Water Day by hosting two major events and announcing a new program for students interested in a career in this field. On Tuesday March 19, SAIT held an event in Heritage Hall to announce the …


SAITSA Executive Council members discuss plans

Last week, the Weal spoke with SAITSA Executive Council (EC) members Ryan Morstad, Tanya Pittis and Garrett Koehler, about the SAITSA Executive Council election, goals for the upcoming academic year, and ways students can better their SAIT experience. After the dust settled on March’s EC vote, one of the unique …

Amanda Siebert

Amanda Siebert, Weal Alumn, returns to SAIT and talks about her new book on Cannabis

SAIT graduate returns to talk about her new book and the benefits of Cannabis One of North America’s first cannabis editors talks about a social movement in progress On Feb. 1, the Odyssey Coffeehouse hosted a reading from one of Canada’s foremost writers on cannabis, author and SAIT graduate Amanda …


Whitehorse’s The Northern South Vol. 2: Whitehorse sings the post-holiday blues

January has barely passed, but it’s already been a busy year for Canada’s favourite Americana-obsessed band Whitehorse. In mid-January they released an EP titled The Northern South Vol. 2, and in late January their Christmas album, A Whitehorse Christmas Classic, was nominated for a Juno Award. While A Whitehorse Christmas …


West coast veterans Skiitour smash The Gateway to close out SAITSA’s Polar Jam

With the recent icy relations between Whistler and Calgary, DJ duo Skiitour came to the rescue at The Gateway on Jan. 12, bringing good vibes to thaw things out. The show, free for SAIT students, was the closing event for SAITSA’s Polar Jam, a week-long back-to-school events sponsored by Monster …

Canadian folk music awards

Canadian folk talent shines at the Gateway for Canadian folk music awards

On Nov. 30, 2018 and Dec. 1, 2018, Canada’s best folk talent converged on the Gateway for the 2018 Canadian Folk Music Awards (CFMAs). The two-night event, which is part musical showcase and part awards ceremony, was the 14th annual event for the only award show dedicated to recognizing Canada’s …


Working under pressure, Royal Tusk returns to rock the gateway

Hard rock returned to the Gateway on Dec. 2 as Edmonton band Royal Tusk debuted their beefed-up new album “Tusk II,” supporting veteran Michigan rockers Pop Evil. “Playing these songs has been so much fun. When you wait for a year and you’re really proud of this stuff, it’s really …


Using film to create action Thirteenth annual Marda Loop Justice Film Festival kicks off important conversation

On November 13 at the new Central Library, the Marda Loop Justice Film Festival celebrated the opening night of its 13th year with a screening of the documentary “Bird of Prey” followed by a discussion with local naturalist Brian Keating. “When you look at a film like this, it shows …


The Velveteins: Edmonton-based band talks new music and new inspirations

It may be an early winter outside, but Edmonton-based band The Velveteins, thawed out the Gateway Oct. 6 with a taste of psychedelic surf rock. The band has ridden their debut album, Slow Wave, to opening spots at festivals this summer with big-name headliners like Brian Wilson, Social Distortion, and …


A Spooky Spectacle: Kensington ghost tours captivate even the skeptic

After a recent trip to Walmart, the seasonal décor inside the store says we’re nearing Halloween. Although the desire to blow off first-semester steam is strong, the lingering sting of tuition payments called for a more subdued spooky season this year. With the proliferation of weekend activities like board game …