New Central Library captures hearts, blows minds

After years of design and construction, Calgarians finally experienced the gleaming interior of the new Calgary Central Library. The novel exterior of the $245-million, four-level building, located at 800 3 St SE where downtown Calgary interfaces with the East Village, was apparent for over a year to passersby. Following 750 …

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Clutch your purses SAIT, private property theft increasing

Keep that shiny new laptop in your sight, every year thousands of dollars worth of possessions are stolen on SAIT campus, and the problem might be getting worse. Data provided by SAIT campus security shows that from July 2015 to June 2018 there were 399 reported thefts on campus. 81 …

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SAITSA’s new strategic plan aligns with student needs

SAITSA is now operating under the direction of a new strategic plan, which will guide the organization over the next five years. The 2018-2023 Strategic Plan outlines the vision, mission, and mandate of SAITSA, and replaces the 2013-2018 Strategic Plan. It’s development was provoked by a perceived disconnect between the …

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SAIT students beware, take care with credit cards

The Financial Consumer Agency (FCAC) recently launched a campaign to inform Canadians about their financial rights and responsibilities, with a focus on students. FCAC is a federal agency established in 2001 that is responsible for protecting consumers of financial services and products. FCAC has launched a campaign to improve Canadians’ …

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Round Earth, circular reasoning: Library Information Technology students confirm Earth is round in flat earth discussion

In a world of information overload, library professionals are an invaluable asset in the struggle to separate truth from fiction. On Oct. 2, SAIT Library Information Technology students led an open discussion in the Reg Erhardt Library, titled “A Flat Earth? A Discussion About Extraordinary Claims,” which examined information literacy …

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Orange Shirt Day honours Indigenous peoples affected by residential schools

Although Orange Shirt Day was started in response to crimes against Canada’s Indigenous peoples, those participating understand that acknowledging the past is important to grow as a community.  Orange Shirt Day derives from the experiences of Phylis Webstad, who in 1973 at the age of six, was relocated to a …

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Calgary Urban Project Society: Mental health services expand after provincial grant

Mental health support is set to become more accessible for low-income Calgarians after a community non-profit secured additional funding through a new provincial grant. The Calgary Urban Project Society (CUPS) is a registered charity foundation that assists adults and families in Calgary facing the adversity of poverty and trauma, through …

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Calgary 2026 Olympic bid: Debate wages as plebiscite looms

Calgarians argue the economic benefit of hosting the 2026 Winter Olympics in lead-up to Nov. 4 plebiscite.  With the municipal plebiscite only a month away, Calgarians continue to debate the benefits and risks of an Olympic bid. In 1988, Calgary became the first Canadian city to host the Olympic Winter …

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HIV prevention pill to be covered by Alberta Health

Province set to provide universal coverage for prophylatic treatment Beginning on Oct. 1, 2018, the government of Alberta will begin providing universal coverage for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), a drug that is up to 99 per cent effective at stopping the transmission of HIV.  “By making it more accessible and more …

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SAIT Smoking policy:Anti-smoking advocate supports new campus smoking policy

Executive director of Action on Smoking and Health says that move to limit smoking on campus to designated smoking areas is a step in the right direction A prominent anti-smoking advocate has voiced support for SAIT’s new smoking policy and procedure, which restricts smoking on campus to designated smoking areas. …

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SAIT recieves $2.5 million to fund oilsands steam generation research

Original federal donation of $1 million matched by provincial government and Suncor Energy Aug. 2, 2018 SAIT was awarded a $1 million grant from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), funding its research into oilsands steam generation according to a new release.  The aim for this grant according to the …

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New Trojans logo helping SAIT soar into it’s second century

Trojans Athletics re-branding part of school-wide change.  Aug. 1, 2018 the SAIT Trojans revealed their sharp new logo to media, staff, and students.  The new design is part of a SAIT-wide re-branding that began in 2016 with a new school logo, and continues now with a fresh look for the …

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SAITSA governance procedures streamlined thanks to bylaw rewrites

SAITSA kicked off school year with a special meeting of it’s membership at the Odyssey Coffeehouse.  As the fall term starts at SAIT, a new set of bylaws now regulate the SAIT Students Association.  A special meeting of SAITSA members was held on Aug. 21, during which revised bylaws were …

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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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