No (shark fin) soup for you!

After Calgary city council voted to ban the sale of shark fin products this summer, Vancouver has begun the preliminary steps, along with Burnaby and Richmond, to follow in Calgary’s footsteps. The proposed ban has sparked a lot of anger in Vancouver’s Chinese community, who suggest that outlawing shark fin …

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To panic or not to panic?

A view in the result of the Quebec election. The rise of the Parti Québécois in Quebec’s recent provincial election raised flags of the danger of a possible breakup of the country. Should Canadians really be worried about a possible sovereignty referendum in the future? The result of the election …

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New Calgary hospital lacks staff

After five years of construction, the South Health Campus is finally opening its doors to the public – though only a small portion of the clinics it boasts are available to the public for now. Other clinics in the hospital, including the emergency department and operating rooms are slated to …

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Don’t get scammed

One of Calgary’s most wanted, Kristopher Nicholas Cook, 28, was arrested in Victoria B.C. on Sept. 11 on two counts of fraud over $5,000. Cook held a fundraiser at Calgary nightclub Broken City in July, 2011 to raise money for his cancer treatments. It came to light shortly after that …

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Putting a spin on the schoolboard

The Calgary Board of Education sparked controversy on Aug. 27 with the announcement that they were advertising to hire two media relations managers during a time of financial cutbacks. Due to budget shortfalls, the CBE has implemented a new fee model that has parents paying separately for lunch hour supervision …

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Why we should be angry about Akin

Over the past few months in the United States, women’s rights have been taking a few steps back. And by a few steps, I mean a few hundred years. Politicians limiting access to birth control, fighting against women’s health clinics, and women making lower salaries than men – it’s scary …

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Modern students are staying put

A common assumption amongst grade-schoolers is that college is the time to finally bite the bullet, say goodbye to mom and dad, and move out. Moving out has almost become synonymous with the college experience. A time for young adults to finally get a taste of “the real world.” It …

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The student loan dilemma

According to a recent Bank of Montreal survey, 50 per cent of students are choosing student loans as a way to fund their degrees. Of those that take on debt, 58 per cent are expected to graduate owing over $20,000. In 2005 – the most recent date with available data …

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Password protected: How much is too much?

With social media becoming a larger part of people’s daily lives, it was only a matter of time before that popularity was translated to the workplace. However, it is going too far when an employer asks for the password to their worker’s personal account. Lately, according to the Associated Press, …

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Dubstep: the porn of music

VICTORIA (CUP)—Have you ever noticed that dubstep is kind of like porn? No? Well, think about it. When someone talks about their interest in dubstep, they’re often given the same looks that people get if they openly discuss their porn obsession. You often hear people use the same adjectives to …

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The route ahead for transit

Calgary Transit is taking the next 10 months to ask customers for feedback with their new public consultation project, The RouteAhead. Some of the questions being asked include the optimal fare price, capital projects that should be put forward, and how to measure customer service—and will span priorities for transit …

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We need more Canadian drama

With previews of the Real Housewives of Vancouver invading Canadian TV screens on a daily basis, it’s already clear that Canadian reality TV just doesn’t make the cut when it comes to onscreen entertainment. Flipping through the TV channels one night, I happily selected an episode of Four Weddings and …

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Up-in-smoke: the marijuana debate rages on

At their party convention in Ottawa on Jan. 14, the Liberal party voted as a majority to legalize marijuana should they be re-elected into parliament. Marijuana legalization has been on the minds of Canadians ever since the medicinal usage of marijuana was legalized in Canada in 2001. This subject has …

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The Student tip dilemma

Living on a student budget, the tip calculator that comes with most cell phones has become a life-saver. Those that don’t want to look cheap in front of their friends (or, heaven-forbid, a date) and math skills aren’t up to par, will constantly be pulling out a cell to figure …

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Reality TV is a real drag

Whatever happened to a good old fashioned sitcom, or TV drama? Though these genres still do hold a place in our TV guides, if those even exist anymore, they seem to play second fiddle to the overwhelmingly nauseating, yet unabashedly entertaining genre of reality TV. It seems on any given …

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What’s in a name?

I hope you don’t get confused keeping track of buildings on campus, because come next year it’s going to get a lot more confusing. Once the new Trades and Technology Centre opens in Fall 2012 a few buildings across campus will be renamed, and the TTC will even have specific …

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The SAIT workout facility is fantastic….

The SAIT workout facility is superb, said with a slow roll of the eyes. Sure, the lockers squeak with cries to be properly lubricated and they look like they were previously used as storage compartments in WWII but that’s no big deal. Just make sure you don’t attempt to use …

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How a conversation can save a life

It’s hard to talk about drugs, especially the potentially lethal side effects of using them. But even as the SAIT community mourns the loss of one of it’s own to a suspected overdose, it’s important not to lose sight of how important it is to talk about drugs. Health Canada …

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Trying to find a little personal space

Behold SAIT campus in all its mortared glory; explore squat brown buildings scattered about like a child’s Lego blocks. Now, in the oppressive dark of winter, buildings like Thomas Riley, Senator Patrick Burns, and John Ware sit under a gray dusting of snow with none of the notoriety of their …

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The rise (and fall) of the man-whore

It’s all fun and games until someone gets pregnant or an STI . The act of manwhorism dates back to the beginning of time. Kings having more wives than fingers and proud soldiers inserting their member in anything with two feet and a heart beat has unfortunately been common routine …

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