Canada’s judicial system isn’t responsible with violent offenders

Conversations often take an awkward turn when the subject of hobbies and interests comes up and I lead with, “I love serial killers and murder.” I should probably learn to phrase that better, because what I mean is, murderers fascinate me. The way their mind works, the reason they snap, …

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Conspiracy central

With all the terrible things happening in the world everyday, it may bring some comfort to think that this is all caused by secret sinister powers. Conspiracy theories are nothing new, with some believing to this day that Hitler’s suicide was a hoax, but it has become more and more …

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Fighting oppression with oppression

As a feminist, I see the hijab, niqab or the burqa as female oppression even though my friend and colleague, Hadeel Abed, a practicing Muslim woman, assured me that by no means are women forced to cover up, the Qur’an only suggests modesty. Women are welcome to interpret that in …

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Thought and prayers ain’t working’ in wake of mass shootings

It’s hard to feel any sorrow for the victims of Las Vegas’ mass shooting last month, when all you can feel is dumbfounded frustration and anger. President Donald Trump described the shooter, Robert Paddock, as a “very sick, demented man,” although, I’m sure we could all guess what the president’s …

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Should animal abusers receive harsher penalties?

Criminals found guilty of animal abuse in Alberta have been receiving little more than a slap on the wrist for far too long. In Alberta, the maximum penalty guilty perpetrators can receive is a fine of $20,000 and restriction of animal ownership with only a possibility of jail time, no …

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Quantity vs. Quality in the digital age

In the age when everyone with a camera is suddenly a photographer, those who make a career of the art struggle to find notoriety amongst an endless stream of selfies and candids. Countless images are created and posted every day. The quality of which will vary from those taken with …

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Resisting PC culture

George Orwell said, “at any given moment, there is an orthodoxy, a body of ideas which it is assumed all right-thinking people will accept without question […] a genuinely unfashionable opinion is almost never given a fair hearing.” He published these prophetic words 68 years ago in his bestselling book …

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Paying the price for some nice

Feminism is lighting a fire in women and men all over the world, but it seems behind closed doors, it’s all about chivalry. As I observe the majority of my friends’ relationships with their boyfriends and husbands, I often notice some strong-willed women on the outside. Women who will stop …

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Nenshi’s future looking bleak

In 2010, Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi broke ground becoming the first Muslim mayor of a major North American city. “When he originally started it was revolutionary,” said Adrian Garci, a first-year SAIT Environmental Development student. Nenshi helped to break the stereotype that Calgary was a conservative cow-town stuck decades behind …

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Taking a knee for basic human freedoms

For a country that’s entire cultural identity is based on freedom, and who’s notorious for clinging to their constitution like it provides the air they breathe, many U.S. citizens certainly are quick to douse the flames of freedom of expression, largely when minority groups are the ones whom are exercising …

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Millennials still searching for their musical icons

Not every musician is destined to rise to the heights of The Beatles, Aerosmith, Madonna, or David Bowie, and become an icon, yet many feel the drive to try anyway and it’s proving to be increasingly difficult. After all, they need to embody the bold shock value of Madonna, the …

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iPhone, X-plain yourself

An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but the repo man may just come a-knockin’. Apple CEO, Tim Cook, recently announced the newest generation of iPhone called the iPhone X, appropriately named in response to the phone’s tenth year in the electronic market, and it’s certainly not worth …

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A new Flames arena has no place in politics

The new arena talks between the Calgary Flames and the City of Calgary have been put on ice, at least until the municipal election in October. “We’re not running for office. It’s certainly not an election issue for us,” said Ken King, Flames team president in a press junket on …

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When universes collide

The struggle of translating television shows into movies  Discussions have been held for years debating the fact that movies made from books are never as good, but no one seems to mention just how bad movies made from TV shows can be as well.  For years Hollywood has tried to …

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SAITSA working with ASEC

In February 2017, the SAITSA Board of Directors (BOD) voted to become probationary members of the Alberta Student Executive Council (ASEC), as a step towards leaving the lobby group.  “Governance last year was really terrible. They just weren’t paying attention and they weren’t keen to details. It wasn’t using best …

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Perspectives changed by a year of reflection

As the end of the school year fast approaches, I find myself thinking about how I got here and why I’m so glad I stayed. Before coming to SAIT, I spent five years at the University of Calgary studying political science, followed by two years of figuring out what the …

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The movie versus the book

The age-old debate Books versus movies, it’s a debate that has been going on forever. Which is better? I am in favour of the book side. I often find the movies seldom live up to the books that came before them. Why is it so hard for Hollywood to stick …

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City taxes will be paving Haitian roads

Calgary to donate $25,000 to Haiti When paying municipal taxes one would, and frankly should, expect that their money is going towards local roads, not those 5,099 kms away. On Monday, March 13, 2017, Ward 11 councillor, Brian Pincott brought forth a motion that would send $25,000 of Calgary’s reserve …

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Fourth Canadian sanctuary city offers safe haven for illegal aliens

Montréal is the latest Canadian city to announce their status as a sanctuary, which begs the question whether or not Calgary should follow suit. Although criticised for being largely symbolic and carrying no legal standing, sanctuary cities make is so municipal police forces are discouraged, but not banned, from helping …

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Freedom to be heard

Inconsistencies around freedom of speech The freedom to voice your opinion is among the most cherished liberties that we observe as members of a free and democratic society. But the freedom of speech means nothing without the freedom to be heard. For this reason, the laws which protect our right …

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