Trojans childcare too expensive for students, says frustrated parent

SAIT’s on-campus childcare is too expensive, said parent-of-two Christie Page, an architectural technologies student. “To have students paying $40 to drop our kids off on PD [professional development] days is ludicrous,” said Page. The SAIT Trojans run a PD day program for families to utilize on days that kids don’t …

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Transgender Day of Visibility celebrates diversity, identity and expression

According to Trans Student Educational Resources, International Transgender Day of Visibility is a day of empowerment for the transgender community. The day aims to highlight the accomplishments of trans people worldwide, while at the same time spreading knowledge to battle transphobia and cissexism. Started by Rachel Crandall in 2010, Transgender …

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Canadian Blood Services set up on campus

Canadian Blood Services hosted a blood drive at the Stan Grad Centre on March 21 as many student donors rose to the cause. Over the past year, donation numbers have risen through new eligibility criteria implemented in 2016-2017. “Donating blood was something I’ve always wanted to do,” said first-time donor …

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Giant pandas make new home at Calgary Zoo

Like jet-setting rock stars, the four giant pandas flown into Calgary from Toronto are generating a deluge of media coverage,  and excitement. The pandas, which include two adults, a male and female, as well as two juveniles born in 2015, have taken up residence in a new facility built specifically …

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Future bright for SAIT students

The future is looking brighter for SAIT students seeking work experience in Calgary. “Now, I’m actually having employers reach out to me directly. It’s a real switch in just 12 months, things are, I would say, pretty optimistic,” said Mark Jensen, SAIT Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) Work Experience Coordinator. …

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SAIT Board of Directors breakdown

Changes are afoot for SAITSA. At the last Board of Director (BOD) meeting on Monday, Feb. 5 the student union group ushered in major changes including becoming full-time members of the provincial lobby group Alberta Students Executive Council (ASEC), starting the search for the next SAIT Board of Governors student …

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Racing team in need of a bigger crew

Baja team now open for all students   The SAIT Baja Racing Team is now open and looking for students with a variety of skills. “As METs (mechanical engineering and technology students) we learn a lot about machine design and structure but we don’t learn how to run a business,” …

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Changes coming to SAITSA board of directors

Future SAITSA Board of Directors (BOD) members will be receiving a hefty raise as a result of changes to their job descriptions.   “To be honest, it was a few years coming. The board looked into and evaluated what we actually want out of the chair and vice chair roles …

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Alberta post-secondary faces fragile financial future

In December 2017, post-secondary institutions in Alberta were given two weeks by the provincial government to submit plans for discretionary spending cuts.   “It’s no secret that we are under some significant financial pressure as the Government of Alberta. We have to make sure we’re spending all of our money …

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Opioids affect everyone, AHS asks people to learn more

Alberta Health Services (AHS) has launched a new opioid overdose awareness campaign that will run throughout March aimed at reducing stigmas and encouraging Albertans to get educated. Opioid addiction affects many Canadians. Some individuals startusing street drugs right away, while others start with a prescription from a doctor. “If you …

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Odyssey Coffeehouse robbed

A break and enter occurred at the SAITSA owned Odyssey Coffeehouse. “We’re just glad that it wasn’t worse and we’re glad that we don’t keep any cash on the premises,” said Shona White, SAITSA assistant manager, marketing and communications. On the morning of Saturday, Jan. 20 an individual entered the …

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A suite deal for students

The City of Calgary is looking to become one of the last cities in Canada to streamline the secondary suite approval process. “Secondary suites provide market solutions for affordable housing,” said Druh Farrell, Ward 7 councillor. In December 2017, city council introduced a notice of motion to reform the rules …

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Upgrades to Senator Burns building continue

The Senator Burns building is currently being upgraded as part of a federal grant. “Construction is under way and we are on track with construction and the upgrading,” said Chris Gerritsen, SAIT senior stakeholder and public relations specialist. The renovations were made possible by a grant of $20.7 million provided …

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Vigil for Quebec City mosque

A vigil is planned in Calgary to commemorate the Jan. 29 2017 attack on a Quebec City mosque. “The one year anniversary is coming up and we need to support each other. I feel like it’s [Islamophobia] kind of getting worse,” said Kohawar Khan, vice presidentof Think for Actions. A …

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The RESOLVE campaign enters its final year

The RESOLVE campaign is entering its final months and is still looking for donations to help finish the campaign strong. “We have raised about $70 million, which has allowed us to house 1,592 homeless, vulnerable Calgarians,” said Cheryl Hamelin, executive director of the RESOLVE campaign. In collaboration with Calgary’s 10-year …

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How to respond to an overdose

Last year, the number of people who accidentally overdosed on fentanyl was more than the total number of deaths attributed to the drug in 2016, according to a report released by the Alberta Government. Between January and September of 2017, 400 people died of fentanyl overdoses, an average of 1.8 …

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Start your February off right with 28 days of happiness

SAIT Student Development and Counselling is launching an online event to help maintain student happiness and well-being in February. “We really wanted to have an initiative to talk about the fact that happiness isn’t just an issue that some people are happy and some people are not,” said Julie Edgers, …

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Permanent safe consumption site opens at Sheldon Chumir

A Calgary urgent care centre has launched a safe injection site in an effort to combat the current opioid crisis. A permanent supervised consumptions service that allows drug users a safe environment opened at Sheldon M. Chumir Health Centre on Monday, Jan. 15. “I think it’s going to show individuals …

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Women’s March comes to Calgary

Calgary Women’s March attendees descended on downtown Calgary participating in a rally to promote women’s and marginalized people’s rights. “I think this has been compounding for a long time, so when all these women were seeing the Trump farce they really started to coalesce and understand that women are the …

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Changes coming to Alberta impaired driving laws

Changes are coming to Alberta impaired driving laws after a ruling by the Alberta Court of Appeal declared parts of the province’s current sanctions are unconstitutional. “Any changes to the Traffic Safety Act are always made with public safety in mind. It is essential that Albertans make responsible choices and …

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