Bouncers bring brutal injustice to bear

The video recently surfaced that begins with a man on his knees being punched repeatedly in the face and thrown onto his back on the sidewalk. On Aug. 31, footage was captured outside Jamesons Pub in Calgary of two bouncers brutally beating James Clement on the sidewalk outside the bar. …

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Photographer Robyn Hertz asks the SAIT campus: “What do you think provincial politicians should be doing for post-secondary students?”

“Lowering the cost of scholastic books because they are not used enough, while tuition is already too high.” Laura Carmona, 1st year, Business Administration “From what I know about Provincial education policy, we are in a good place right now.” Ash Rao 1st year, Information Technologies   “What do you …

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New Horizon a home for new opportunities

Many people haven’t heard of the latest development planned for the Balzac area: another mall is being added to the landscape just north of Calgary, directly south of Cross Iron Mills. General consensus seems to be that the mall is a redundancy given the number of retail outlets in the …

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Photographer Robyn Hertz asks the SAIT campus: “What’s your worst impulse buy?”

“Two dirt bikes, I walked into the store and liked both bikes and purchased them.” Jordan Sivorot, 3rd year, Instrumental Apprenticeship   “Clothes, I hate trying on clothing in the change room. So I just buy them impulsively.” Jean Datahan, 1st year, Petroleum Engineering Development    “Food, because I’m lazy …

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Wheelchair access not very accessible

To the naked eye, SAIT seems to be a fairly easy campus to navigate. But there is a problem, unknown to most of the people who traverse these sidewalks and entryways. I first noticed the issue when I brought my baby girl to SAIT campus at the beginning of the …

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Public shaming is the real shame

Websites like CheaterVille.com provide users with a wide audience to hear their stories, but permanence and a lack of verifiability leads to more harm than good. These websites dedicated to public shaming – websites like CheaterVille.com or TheDirty.com – push people to drag personal conflicts into the public realm by …

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Photographer Mikaela MacKenzie asks the SAIT campus:

“How has the snowstorm affected your life?” “The entire sidewalk was covered in branches. All the trees had piled up – it was not pleasant.” Emma Kilburn, 1st year RTBN -Mikaela MacKenzie, THE WEAL “How has the snowstorm affected your life?”  “It’s cold – I don’t like winter or snow. …

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Granting the right to die

On Monday, Aug. 20, 2014, 85-year-old Gillian Bennett pulled a mattress from her home on Bowen Island, B.C. to her favourite vantage point in the garden, where she drank a draught of whiskey, took a lethal pill, and held her loving husband’s hand as she drifted to sleep and passed …

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Food bank will not fill shelves with empty calories

A food bank in Ottawa has declared that it will no longer be giving junk food to its clients, as part of a larger movement at the Parkdale Food Centre to provide people in the community with healthy food, knowledge about eating well, and lessons on how to cook. “It …

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Photo Editor Mikaela MacKenzie asks the SAIT campus:

“What is the best/worst thing that you’ve cooked by yourself?” “The best would have to be my pasta – I’m a hint Italian, and that comes out in my pasta.” MacKenzie de Francesco, 1st year Electrical Engineering -Mikaela MacKenzie, THE WEAL “What is the best/worst thing that you’ve cooked by …

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Slactivism opening eyes, hearts, and wallets

It is the viral trend everyone knows about and many have been nominated for. The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has taken social media by storm, with people from all walks of life accepting the challenge to douse themselves with ice cold water and post videos nominating others, all to raise …

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Drivers: be aware of pedestrian safety

The evening of Monday Aug. 18, 2014, an elderly pedestrian was struck by a vehicle while crossing an intersection in Kensington and rushed to hospital with severe injuries, and died in hospital. It is a scenario far too common in Calgary. At least once a month we hear of pedestrians …

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Insensitive cheerleaders or hypersensitive society?

When the University of Regina (U of R) cheerleaders posed for a picture at a social event on March 14, they didn’t see the online backlash coming. The girls had dressed as “cowboys and Indians”, with 13 members dressed in plaid shirts, cut-off denim shorts, and cowboy boots, and five …

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Tanning bed legislation may miss the mark

The Government of Alberta will implement new legislation by the end of 2014 to deter young people from using tanning beds in the hopes of protecting youths from contracting skin cancer. According to the Canadian Cancer Society, skin cancers account for one in three cancer diagnoses each year, and between …

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Homeless shaming

The controversial Facebook group ‘Creature Sightings,’ which launched early in March 2014, was removed from the site by Facebook admins on March 12 in response to complaints from Calgary residents. More than 200 active members of the group had posted photos and videos of homeless and disabled people in Calgary …

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Calgarian commuters

Like many SAIT students, I rely on Calgary Transit—specifically the LRT—to get to school every day. Unlike many SAIT students, I am seven months pregnant. I began to notice, right around the same time I began feeling as though standing on the train every morning for 35 minutes from Anderson …

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WestJet passenger’s modern sexism a flashback to the 1950s

It’s hard to believe that with all the progress our society has made toward gender equality, someone could have the nerve to condemn a female pilot for her career choice. When Carey Smith Steacy landed her WestJet flight from Calgary to Victoria on March 2, she found a note that …

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How much security is too much?

The Scotiabank Saddledome is now among many large North American public assembly venues with heightened security and metal detectors at its doors. While the metal detectors may not seem over-the-top on their own, the list of items now prohibited from entering the Saddledome has been the root of much criticism …

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Communication Breakdown

“Blonde girl in the Timmy’s line this morning wearing black yoga pants and a pink shirt—you’re a total babe.” Let’s be real for a second: how many times have you wanted to shout things like, “Use your words!” at your computer screen due to cringe-worthy ‘shout outs’ like the one …

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J.K., you have got to be JK (just kidding)

The creator of magic herself has shaken up the wannabe-wizarding world of her fandom yet again by voicing her surprising thoughts about her characters Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley’s relationship. I’d say ‘spoiler alert’, but come on, if you haven’t read Harry Potter yet, you’re committing a bigger crime than …

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