Travel Abroad

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By: Kelly-Anne Roberts

The BMO centre hosted the Study and Go Abroad International University and Travel Expo.

For the 29th year students looking to expand their post secondary experience got the opportunity to ask questions and attend seminars at 52 booths organized by many universities from across the world.

The seminars included, “The Search for Scholarships” and “Take an Undergrad or Postgrad Degree in the UK!” as well as several others.

Katie Idle, director of sales and marketing for recruiting in Canada, says due to the lack of working Calgary, now is the perfect time for anyone who has ever thought about studying, volunteering or working over-seas.

Katie said, “Studies show people who travel abroad are more likely to get a job, land a promotion, and generally are more independent.”

Air Canada is Circling the World

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By: Kelly-Anne Roberts

Canada’s largest domestic and international airline has added six new destinations to it’s international network. The new additions will launch for summer 2017.

The non-stop routes are adding a third route from Toronto to India. The added routes include: Toronto to Mumbai and Berlin, Montreal to Algiers and Marseille and Vancouver to Taipei and Nagoya.

Air Canada will be the only carrier to offer non-stop service between Canada and Mumbai. The new seasonal routes to Berlin and Nagoya will be the only non-stop services between theses cities and Canada.

The routes will operate year-round and be Canada’s only carrier to operate non-stop to Taipei. With the new routes, Air Canada will now operate 21 routes between Canada and Asia, including the Middle East.

The airline serves more than 200 airports on six continents.

New Price for Rent

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By: Kelly-Anne Roberts

Vancouver is Canada’s most expensive rental market. The median price for a one-bedroom apartment is $1,700 a month. The current rental rate is only 0.6 per cent, the lowest in the country.

The market is so tight, landlords are asking for – and getting – sexual favours instead of rent, an illegal practice. A CTV news hidden camera recorded several landlords trading their rooms for sex. Landlords are asking and tenants are desperate enough to provide.

Under Canada’s prostitution laws, selling sex is not illegal, but buying it is.

The Vancouver police department said it is aware of the issue but it’s not a priority because the people involved are consenting adults.

Culture Days in Calgary

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By: Kelly-Anne Roberts

Olympic Plaza downtown will be hosting a Block Party on Friday to kick-off Culture Days three-day celebration.

The city will be showcasing its vibrant art and cultural life through different performances and activities.

Cultural days is an annual movement to raise awareness of the different types of art and culture that makes up Canada.

Those who stop-by and attend can enjoy everything from cultural music and dance performances, glass blowing, print art and speed painting demonstrations, to circus skills instruction and even Baby-Boomer Karaoke.

The three-hour block party kicks off a weekend full of activities. Cultural days is an annual pan-Canadian movement to raise the awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of all Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities.

Roughnecks Load Up on Local Talent in NLL Draft

The Calgary Roughnecks made a splash last night in the NLL Draft as they selected DeWinton, Alberta native Holden Cattoni with their first round pick, along with 3 other Calgary born players over the course of the draft.

Cattoni played at John Hopkins University as well as for the Peterborough Lakers under former Roughnecks legend Tracy Kelusky, where he has been a prolific scorer in both leagues.

Roughnecks head coach Curt Malawsky believes its important for the team to draft local talent and said they, along with other draft picks would be given every opportunity to crack the squad this year when the season opens up in the New Year when they take on the Vancouver Stealth.

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Mitchell Once Again CFL Player of the Week

Calgary Stampeders quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell was once again named a CFL Player of the Week. This is the second consecutive week for Mitchell being named one of the top 3.

Mitchell threw for 361 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions in Calgary’s 36-34 thrilling win over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Saturday.

Mitchell also leads the CFL in passing touchdowns with 24 while the Stampeders are a league leading 11-1-1.

Calgary travels to Hamilton this weekend to tangle with the Tiger-Cats.

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How is Tourism Affecting Calgarians?

Tourism has done a lot for the city of Calgary. It gives people a chance to enjoy events, brings revenue to the city and gives people job opportunities.
According to SAIT Tourism Professor Jona Way, Calgary benefitted from almost 20 billion dollars in revenue just off of foreign visitors alone. There was some downturn this summer in Calgary due to the economy as well as the weather for events such as Stampede, but other places in Alberta got their visitation numbers jacked up due to more outsiders visiting the province.
National Parks were the big winners as their attendance went up by almost 15 per cent,  should continue to increase in 2017 as Canada turns 150, while National Parks plan to make visiting the parks free over the course of the year to celebrate Canada’s 150th.
Not only has attendance gone up, but so have the opportunities for jobs. With events such as Zoo Lights coming up in the future, job fairs and other chances for the citizens of Calgary have come up, they just need to be capitalized on.
  • Troy Durrell