Something to talk about

Jan. 25 is Bell Let’s Talk Day Canadians will be taking part in a conversation about mental health for Bell Let’s Talk Day on Jan. 25. The annual event is part of an initiative by Bell to raise awareness on mental health issues and to reduce the associated stigma that …

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Get your motor running

Motorcycle community thrives in Calgary During a Calgary deep freeze, hundreds gathered at the BMO Centre for the 18th annual Motorcycle Show to prepare for the 2017 riding season. “I actually think the weather helped us this year,” said Seamus Toner, project coordinator for SAIT’s motorcycle safety and maintenance training …

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Good food at a good price

Student Resource Centre offers great deals to students SAITSA’s Resource Centre had a very busy holiday season, with many different programs and deals being offered to students. Among the offers was the Good Food Box program, run in tandem with Community Kitchen Calgary, a volunteer organization that aims to help …

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MRU students catch a break

Starting in the fall of 2017, students at Mount Royal University (MRU) will have a reading week added to their academic calendar. The break will take place after Thanksgiving, from Oct. 9 to Oct. 13, 2017. “I would be interested,” said Jacki Reimer, a library information technologies student at SAIT. …

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The future of Chinatown

Community rallies against redevelopment plans A land-use application to redevelop an area of Chinatown with high-rises is sparking debate on the future of one of Calgary’s most historic communities. “Chinatown’s been here for 100 years and was built up with blood, sweat and tears,” said Alice Lam, a member of …

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Reaching out for help

What to do if you are involved in a sexual assault In Canada, sexual assault is the only violent crime that is not in decline. According to the Canadian Women’s Foundation (CWF), rates of sexual assault have remained relatively unchanged since 1999. Women account for 92 per cent of these …

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Breaking the cycle

NGO donates bicycles to victims of human trafficking SAIT students may have an opportunity to help those less fortunate by volunteering for, or donating to, 88 Bikes, a non-governmental organization focused on helping survivors of human trafficking. 88 Bikes provides bicycles to girls who have survived the horrors of human …

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SAIT gives back

Adopt-a-Student Family program provides a helping hand The season of giving is upon us, and SAIT is doing its part to give back to those among us who could use a little extra support during the holiday season. SAITSA is bringing back its annual Adopt-a-Student Family program to benefit SAIT …

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Hitting the slopes

For a third ski season, SAITSA is offering discounted lift tickets to students to help get them out to the mountains at an affordable rate. “It’s the most popular thing in our office at the moment,” said Emma Warren, assistant manager of student experience at SAITSA. “To go to the …

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The rise of unemployment

How the current economy is affecting job seekers The current unemployment rate in Calgary is the highest it has been since November 1993.  In Alberta, the province is currently experiencing an unemployment rate of 8.5 per cent. In Calgary, unemployment has reached a multi-decade high of 10.2 per cent.  As …

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The art of communication

Toastmasters club improves public speaking SAIT Sayers, a weekly Toastmaster’s club run on SAIT’s campus, is helping students develop valuable public speaking skills. The club, which meets weekly, promotes public speaking and how it can enhance both one’s personal and professional life. Toastmasters International, a non-profit organization, is a program …

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Managing student debt

Tuition freeze and repayment plan announced The Alberta Government has announced that it will be extending the tuition freeze for post-secondary institutions until fall 2018. The tuition freeze, first announced by the NDP government in June 2015, was set to expire after the 2016-17 academic year.  On Oct. 19, 2016, …

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Rainbow reception

Celebrating sexual orientation diversity SAITSA will be holding a ‘rainbow reception’ mixer at the Odyssey Coffeehouse on Nov. 22 from 5 to 8 p.m., with the goal of starting an LGBTQ club. The event, which is serving as an incubator for a new club, will serve alcohol, play live music …

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Addressing an epidemic

SAIT participates in REDress campaign Chinook Lodge will be promoting the REDress campaign in December to bring awareness to the growing number of missing and murdered indigenous women and children in Canada. The lodge, SAIT’s indigenous resource centre in the Senator Burns building, will be hanging red dresses around campus, …

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Working for free

The upside and downside of co-op placement for students The face of post-secondary education in Canada is transforming with the practice of “work-integrated learning,” co-op placements, internships and other hands-on work experience to further students’ education.   “I think every program should have the advantage to start [a] career and …

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Surf’s up at SAIT

Campus club sees high tide of surfing members SAIT Surf is a new club at SAIT, with already more than 120 members who come together to learn and teach river surfing in landlocked Alberta.  Ryan Morstad, a first-year business student at SAIT, founded the club. Morstad is from the west …

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I Believe You

SAIT partners with campaign to address sexual assault According to the Calgary Communities Against Sexual Assault’s (CCASA) website, at least 39 per cent of Canadian women over the age of 16 have experienced some form of sexual assault.  On Nov. 9 and 10, SAITSA will be hosting the #IBelieveYou campaign …

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SAIT is going green

Grant awarded to develop energy-efficient solutions The University of Calgary (U of C) in partnership with SAIT has been awarded a $75 million grant to research techniques used to reduce the impact of energy extraction on the environment. The grant, which is part of the Canada First Research Excellence Fund …

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Troubled Times

Alberta post-secondary applications surge during economic downturn Alberta has been in a downward economic spiral, leading many people to return to university and college to pursue new career opportunities. In terms of applications to SAIT, “We have actually a decrease overall. However, 2015 and 2016 was the highest number of …

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SAIT gets funding for upgrades

Government of Alberta announced $20.7 million investment The Government of Alberta announced a $20.7 million investment into upgrading SAIT’s John Ware and Senator Burns buildings, and constructing the Green Building Technologies Lab and Demonstrative Centre. “This once-in-a-generation investment by the Government of Canada is a historic down payment on the …

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