Fight the Fad

Gluten-free should be taken more seriously In the early days of humankind, before the birth of agriculture, everyone was gluten-free.  In today’s world, grain proteins are found in a multitude of food and beverages. However, a new trend is emerging. People have started to make the choice to remove gluten …

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Crashing on campus

Is SAIT ready for nap rooms? It’s 12:45 p.m. on a Wednesday, and you’ve hit a wall of bricks preventing you from further rational thought. Class will let out in five minutes, and you’ve got an hour to kill before another dreaded afternoon lecture. Since you were up late the …

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Planting seeds of change

Encouraging people to put down their smartphones Electronics have become an enormous part of our lives. Many of us can’t seem to go a day without using our cellphone, tablet or computer. From our personal lives to our working habits, digital technology has completely changed the way we live. But …

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The selfie solution

Photographic self-portraits under scrutiny From its birth in the 19th century, to the hustle and bustle of the modern era, the selfie as we know it has undergone change. According to the Huffington Post, Robert Cornelius, an amateurphotographer from Philadelphia, PA, is believed to have taken the first photographic self-portrait …

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Liquid gold

Scotch, the hot new investment The number of people who drink single malt Scotch whisky has risen dramatically over the past decade, and it has been driving prices up. According to the Scotch Whisky Association, Scotland’s whisky exportation increased more than 150 per cent between 2004 and 2014. Due to …

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Who are you wearing?

Cate Blanchett walks onto the red carpet, wearing an all-blue gown as reporters incessantly ask, “Who are you wearing?” The cameras flash over and over to catch the latest commodity of the day. They follow the walking advertisement until they find something newer and better. Meanwhile, Leonardo DiCaprio is asked …

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Are playgrounds too safe?

It wasn’t really recess unless the writhing screams of an eight-year-old wafted across the schoolyard. Busted lips and twisted ankles, broken bones and minor concussions were commonplace when growing up, and these injuries happened off the jungle gym. There was never a shortage of scratched eyeballs from playing with sticks, …

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Flowery language

An eight-year-old boy named Matteo, from Copparo, Italy, recently coined a new word, and now it may be added to the Italian dictionary. The word petaloso is used to describe a flower that has many petals. It has now been recognized by Italy’s national language academy, the 400-year-old Accademia della …

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SAIT security

Student safety at school

With proper preparation, SAIT students have no reason to worry With recent security concerns in Canada, the idea of safety in the workplace and at school has been looming over our heads. It’s not surprising that safety has come into question after hearing about the school shooting in La Loche, …

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Want Viagra? Too bad

A bill has been introduced to Kentucky’s legislature that requires men to bring written permission from their wives before obtaining a prescription for Viagra or Cialis. The bill was proposed in response to a recently passed law that would restrict women’s access to abortions in the state. According to an …

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The long-form census: privacy stolen

  On Nov. 5, 2015, the newly elected Liberal Party of Canada announced it was bringing back the long-form census, originally abolished in 2010 by the Conservatives. In May of this year, census takers will begin knocking on doors and failure to comply. Section 31 of the Statistics Act says …

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Corporate punishment for animal abuse?

  Cases of animal abuse are reported everyday, some cases so severe it makes a person sick just to read what a person can do to an innocent and defenceless animal. Unfortunately, the punishment for such acts is not as severe as they would be if it were a human …

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Electronics ban goes too far

Some of us may recall way back at the beginning of the school year—towards the end of September—was a campaign to vote for SAITSA’s Board of Directors (BOD). This is a group of 15 elected individuals that represent students in a government fashion and, just like our municipal government, hold …

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Wasted food put to purpose

The year started off poorly with people losing their jobs, the rising cost of produce and the passing of David Bowie. Perhaps France’s newly introduced anti-waste legislation is the positivity we need in 2016. The policy, which has been in discussion for roughly one year in France, was put in …

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The cost of being sick

  Everybody has those days where just the thought of going to work makes them sick. Not literally, but you make it sound real when you phone your boss with the famous “I can’t come in today because I’m sick,” excuse. On the flip side, there are days you actually …

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The business of boycotting bottles

Bottled water bans are spreading across North American campuses Bottled water—a good portion of us don’t give it a second thought. There is a certain movement these days towards casually boycotting bottled water—many with an attempt to bring and refill bottles from home. After all, water is free.  It makes …

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Wrist rewards

Activity trackers get people to think about fitness, but they don’t burn calories Activity trackers such as Fitbit and Garmin products have become popular devices to help people get, and stay motivated to exercise. But at the end of the day, the choice does remain in the hands of the …

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The customer is always right. Right?

Every retail or hospitality worker is familiar with the motto “the customer is always right.”  This is often repeated by employees when forced to deal with whatever an unruly customer throws at them (literally in some instances). Talk about unfair. Employees in these particular sectors are often tasked in dealing …

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Viability of vaccinations

We’ve all seen them. The sea of signs spewing “Get Your Flu Shots!” in an array of bright and lively colours. They pop up every fall and stay until spring, attempting to bring us in and defeat our chances of becoming ill. But do they work? In recent years there …

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Paid to have babies?

Surrogacy has become a common way for people who cannot naturally conceive children to be able to have them. It can either be biologically linked to them or not, but this so called “miracle solution” does come with its set of complications in society. There are two different types of …

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