Diversity Resource Team bridging the divide

Over the last 30 years, the city of Calgary has grown immensely. The city’s police service has needed to grow alongside it to reflect the changing communities within the city.   In 1979, the Calgary Police Service (CPS) created a specialized team to engage with different communities around the city, …

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Canada Goose: not so Canadian?

Canada Goose, the popular outerwear brand, has come under scrutiny by animal-rights advocacy groups and media regarding its sourcing methods of coyote fur and down goose feathers.   The brand has become ubiquitous in developed cities with harsh winter conditions. Its jackets feature Canadian Hutterite feathers as their down insulation …

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A healthy sleep schedule: just a dream?

Sleep deprivation due to an unhealthy sleep schedule is a significant issue among today’s youth and post-secondary students.   The 2018 ParticipACTION Report Card lists some of the findings from research conducted among Canadian youth.   The guidelines suggest nine to 11 hours of sleep per night for kids ages …

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Citizen-Focused Pro-Energy Groups: supporting or complicating?

In Calgary this past November during the Grey Cup, citizen-focused pro-energy advocacy groups were highly visible adding a pinch of politics to a generally non-partisan event.   Premier Jason Kenney made a sideline appearance during the game wearing a “I love Canadian oil and gas” hoodie from the advocacy group …

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SAIT School of Business Students apply their skills in Dominica

Over the past three years, the SAIT School of Business has sent students to developing countries in partnership with the Chartered Professional Accountants Education Foundation (CPAEF) of Alberta.   The goal of these trips is for students to apply their skills to help the communities they visit, as well as …

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Cannabis up in smoke on campus?

SAIT’s cannabis prohibition aroused response from SAIT students and faculty, and is drawing the attention of Saitsa Board members.   With SAIT being a public space, SAIT’s first response in creating the procedure document for Smoking and Use of Tobacco Products was to follow the City of Calgary guidelines outlined …

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Fake news and social media create challenges for democracy

Since Donald Trump’s election in 2016, the U.S. media has published endless stories about fake news and ways technology has threatened democracy.   Many of the tactics described in these reports centered around the proliferation of fake news reports on social media, targeted advertising on social media by third party …

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Do tax cuts help create investment?

Roughly speaking, trickle-down economics is lowering taxes on wealthy individuals and businesses, hoping they will invest more money in communities.   The UCP won the 2019 election on promises to lower taxes and cut spending to kickstart the economy. However, their controversial 2019 budget has the opposition NDP calling the …

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Sharing the experiences of students with disabilities

Dec. 3 is the International Day for Persons with Disabilities, and SAIT student Shalom Heinsen is looking to create a yearly event that will help build bridges between people with disabilities attending SAIT and the rest of the student body.   Heinsen is in her first year of the Legal …

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Searching for perspective on the 2019 budget cuts

The 2019 budget will most certainly bring sharp tuition increases and further financial burden for Alberta’s post-secondary students. However, the overall budget released by the United Conservative government on Oct. 24thappears to fall short of the severe cuts of the Klein era.   University of Calgary economist Trevor Tombe has …

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Social media and online marketplace yield more for scammers

Scammers have long used telephone and email fraud to fleece consumers of their hard-earned cash. However, with the rise in social media and online shopping, scammers are now moving online.   A recent report by the Better Business Bureau Institute for Marketplace Trust (BBB), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Investor …

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SAIT and YouQuest support people with young-onset dementia

Every Thursday, the SAIT community are joined by participants of YouQuest, a registered charity that works with people afflicted with young-onset dementia.

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Popcorn and Politics bringing candidates to students

On the day after the Oct. 7 English-language debate, federal election candidates for Calgary-Confederation gathered in the Irene Lewis Atrium to speak with students about politics and the election. Saitsa organized the event as part of a larger initiative by the Students’ Association to get student voters at SAIT involved …

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Extinction Rebellion Comes to Calgary

One of the bigger headline-grabbing global environmental movements of the past year, Extinction Rebellion, recently made its way to Calgary. Extinction Rebellion is an international environmental movement that uses non-violent protest as a means to force governments to take drastic action to halt climate change and avoid ecological breakdown. Started …

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Fridays for Future Protest at City Hall

Calgary students took Global Climate Week to city hall on Sept. 20, for the YYC Climate Parade and Expo. Hundreds of Calgary area students took part in the event, which was part of a larger global event that saw millions of people across the world take to the streets in …

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Urban Farms Are Feeding Calgary

Urban farming is a bright part of Calgary’s future, according to several new businesses and non-profits in town. With news of food deserts in downtown Calgary and access to healthy food options becoming more important, there is a market for new techniques to fill the void. Deepwater Farms is one …

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Saitsa Rebrand

This summer, Saitsa updated its brand identity (colours, logo, font, and website) for the new school year. The logo was changed from the previous red and white crest, to a lowercase word with an asterisk-type shape. Stephanie Collins, Saitsa Marketing and Communications Manager, believes the rebrand was necessary to help …

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SAIT Welcomes All Students with New Rainbow Crosswalk

After a year’s worth of collaborative efforts between several SAIT departments and stakeholders, SAIT painted a permanent rainbow crosswalk on campus to show solidarity for the LGBTQ2+ community. The pride crosswalk is located on the north side of campus, located between the Aldred Centre and Begin Tower Residence building. “It …

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Saitsa Executive Council Members Introduce Themselves and Outline Objectives for the Upcoming Year

In August, The Weal sat down for a roundtable discussion with the Saitsa Executive Council (EC). Each member of the EC introduced themselves, talked about their priorities for the upcoming academic year, updated the Weal’s readers on last year’s initiatives, and gave tips for student success at SAIT. Ryan Morstad …

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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 …

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