OKOTOKS YOUTH LEADER RECEIVES FIRST ETHELL AWARD FOR MENTAL HEALTH SERVICE

Since 2014, Cole Walley has been a mentor, tutor, and a sounding board for students when it comes to mental health.

Walley was nominated for the Ethel Award for the strength he has shown in his own recovery from addiction, as well as the time he’s spent volunteering with youth who are at risk of addiction.

Former lieutenant governor Donald Ethell and current lieutenant governor Lois Mitchell were in Okotoks today to present the award, at Foothills Composite High School.

47,000 Canadian deaths are linked to substance abuse annually, and for many the urge to dive into substance abuse comes not only from peer pressure, but from mental health issues.

Walley is planning to focus his efforts on diversifying mental health supports throughout Alberta.

Written by: Hilary Alexander

Published by: Jolaine Tansowny

SAIT’S NEW LAB IS FIRST OF ITS KIND IN NORTH AMERICA

Until last month the international committee for animal recording had only two labs in the world that tested tracking equipment for livestock, and both were located in Europe.

The third is now right here on SAIT campus, and project lead Bob Davies says the hope is the industry in Canada will benefit because of it.

“We started this lab originally to address more of the Canadian concerns with the conformance and performance of animal R-F-I-D equipment and in the process we realized that it was also really important for Canada to become a player in the international picture.”-Bob Davies

Through the support of Alberta’s livestock and meat agency, Davies was able to secure a grant developing North America’s first accredited I-CAR test lab, that makes sure our meat is properly tracked and safe.

In 2010 Canada mandated the electronic traceability of meat and dairy animals.

Being accredited means SAIT’S lab is now able to evaluate that equipment for developers to ensure it meets the strict international and national codes before being sold.

CALGARY SEES ITS THIRD HOMICIDE

Officers were called to the 4600 block of Maryvale Drive N.E. Tueday at around 6:30 p.m. after witnesses reported hearing gunfire. When they arrived they found 22-year-old victim, Emmanuel Keror, dead at The scene.

Police said that Keror was known them and was part of group with a history of violence, property and drug-related incidents.

Investigators suggest the shooting was targeted and may be related to a past conflict involving the September 2012 homicide of Phillip Salviu Anny. The 28-year-old was found shot to death in the community of Applewood Park after what is believed to have been a drug deal.

Witnesses told police the shooters fled in a maroon pickup truck. Soon after, officers located the vehicle which had been abandoned in the Bowness area.

Police believe the suspects attended several addresses after the incident. Officers are working to obtain warrants to search those homes and are still looking for surveillance video that may help in the investigation.

Both suspects are currently in custody for questioning. Their names and details of their charges will be released once charges have been formally laid.

Written by: Jessica Scott

Published by: Jolaine Tansowny

HITMEN GEAR UP FOR GAME FOUR FRIDAY

A four day break has given the Calgary Hitmen plenty of time to prepare for game four of their WHL Playoff series against divisonal rival, th Red Deer Rebels.
The Hitmen and nearly 7.5 thousand fans at the dome were stunned Sunday in game three as the Rebels would win thanks to a very late goal in the third period with less than two minutes remaning in the game.
Red Deer now has a 2-1 series lead and Hitmen forward Jakob Stukel knows how important Fridays game will be.
“They usually say that game four is the most important game of the series, so, I mean being down 3-1 obviously put us in a big hole, I mean we are not worried about stuff like that, we just have to worry about playing our game, I think if you do everything right, we will come out on the right side and tie the series up at two.” – Jakob Stukel
With a loss, Calgary will face elimination up in Red Deer on Saturday. With a win Calgary and the Stampede Corral will see game six on Monday.
Both of The Hitmens next home games in this series will be played at the historical Stampede Corral because of the Juno awards taking over the Dome this weekend.
The Hitmen will look to utilize home ice advantage Friday just after 7:00.
Written by: Brandon Fong
Published by: Jolaine Tansowny

SAITSA NAMES A NEW EXECUTIVE COUNCIL

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After three days of speeches, pitches, and promises the student body has spoken.

The election has concluded with the announcement of a new SAITSA Executive Council.
The voting process allowed students to access the polls through an online link to make their voices heard. Voting numbers were up this year from previous elections due to the increase in the number of candidates and the amount of campaigning that took place around the campus seeing a 16.8 per cent involvement.
The results have placed fourth year business student Gar Gar as the SAITSA’s new president. Mikayla Schaffer took the V.P External Position, Alex Dimopoulas grabbed the position of V.P for Academics, while Connor Goodfellow will act as the new V.P for student life.
The newly elected Executive Council will look to develop future programming for new and returning students entering the 2016-2017 academic year, continuing with SAITSA’s mission to provide a community that allows students to feel inspired by learning, leading, and being exceptional.

GOLFERS READY TO HIT THE LINKS

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“Who would’ve thought Calgarians would be able to get on the real green this early in the season?

Fox Hollow golf course in northeast Calgary has been open since mid-February and hasn’t looked back.

Assitant Golf Pro, Bryce Dancer, says this is the earliest golfers have been able to play for a consistent period of time.

Dancer recalls Fox Hollow being open on Christmas Day one year, but having to close-up shop for the rest of the winter months due to snowfall.

Head Golf Pro, Greg Griffith, is hoping this El Nino weather will push their season further into the fall months.

He says due to the economic downturn they were a little wary to open up so soon, but being the only course open has worked in their favour.

The course is still operating on temporary greens, hoping to get their permanent greens open as soon as the nights stay consistently above freezing.”

Baby Gorilla

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The Calgary Zoo is delighted to announce the arrival of a western lowland baby gorilla.

The newest member of the gorilla troop arrived Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at approximately 9:30 p.m.

First time mom, 15-year-old Kioja and her baby have been seen bonding and nursing; demonstrating positive mothering behaviours.

This is the first gorilla born at the Calgary Zoo since 2008 when the youngest female, Yewande, joined the troop which now consists of 18-year-old Zuri, 15-year-old Dossi and male silverback Kakinga, 37.

All of the gorillas at the zoo are part of the Species Survival Plan (SSP) which maintains genetic diversity in captive populations through breeding recommendations and careful management of the animals.