Trudeau Visits the Whitehouse

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is visiting the Whitehouse today as part of a three-day tour. This is the first official visit by a Canadian leader in nearly twenty years.
The two’s three main topics include trade, environment, and security issues.
Trudeau was welcomed with a red-carpet ceremony, and a state dinner is to follow this evening.
Both of the leaders prepared speeches before opening the floor to a question period.
Trudeau’s speech emphasized the importance of Canada’s historic partnership with the U.S. Obama noted he has never seen American’s so excited for a P.M’s arrival.

Police on the Search

The Calgary Police Service is seeking public assistance to identify a vehicle and a person believed to be related to a shooting downtown earlier in the month.

Just before 5 p.m., on Thursday, March 3, 2016, police were called to the 1200 block of 12 Avenue S.W., for reports of a shooting.

A man was observed exiting a grey Hyundai Sonata and shooting at a grey Ford Taurus.

The shooter then returned to the Hyundai and fled the area. No one was injured as a result of the shooting.

 Police are releasing photos of what is believed to be the Hyundai Sonata that was involved in the shooting.

It is believed to be a 2011-2013, four-door model.

Self Care at SAIT

agreementIt’s self-care week for SAIT students, SAITSA had an expo today to help students focus on themselves instead of stressing about mid-terms.

Twenty percent of Canadians will experience a mental illness in their lifetime.

SAITSA is known for putting on mental health events but this one is slightly different.

The first ever self-care event was to encourage students to take care of themselves mentally and physically during mid-term exams.

Teenagers and young adults aging 15-24 experience the highest incidence of mental health disorders of any age group in Canada.

Students could enjoy a little salad and pick up a healthy eating brochure… Although chocolates and cupcakes were also on the menu.

Fifty percent of college students rate their mental health below average or poor.

Mental illness indirectly affects all Canadians at some time through a family member, friend or colleague.

8 percent of adults will experience major depression at some time in their lives.


And They’re Off!

There are nineteen candidates in the running, each one looking to win one of four open positions to become a part of the 2016-2017 Saitsa Executive Council.
The four positions will all be filled by new candidates as there are no returning members to the Saitsa Council and are running for VP Student Life, VP Academic, VP External and President.
Certain issues that ambitious young students plan to tackle include parking fees, tuition fees and Saitsa fees.
Michael Crosby is a RTBN student at SAIT and is running for VP External focused his platform around lowering tuition for future SAIT students.
“Everybody wants tuition to be lower but I don’t know if the other candidates have the resources or the contacts to make that happen.”
Crosby understands this is a very daunting task to accomplish but he just hopes he can make a difference regardless of how small that may be.
Dennis Ram, on the other hand, is a SAIT Journalism student running for President and plans to keep his campaign simple, knowing he is promising something he can actually accomplish for SAIT students.
“My platform will continue to lower student fees, I don’t know if you know but this year we lowered student fees by ten dollars, it was a step in the right direction.”
Last year voter turnout was only ten percent and that was considered relatively high in comparison to past years and current President Brigitte Matheson thinks that number could be much higher this year.
“Take the two minutes of five minutes and read the bio’s, listen to the video’s online, it takes two minutes, vote and you can’t complain if don’t vote basically.
Voting will open on Thursday and will end on Friday with the results being unveiled on Friday afternoon.

Networking for Jobs

agreementNetworking your best bet to stand out for jobs
If you’re having a tough time job hunting in this economic downturn, networking is one of the biggest tools that can help you stand out.
The Networking for Success event aims to teach job seekers to build a strong and dynamic network, something strategic expert Judith Ethier says is more important than ever in today’s economy.
Human resource departments receive hundreds of resumes for one position, and networking is one of the best ways to help yourself stand out among the hundreds of resumes.
Statistics Canada’s February report indicated Calgary’s current unemployment rate is 7.4% – the first time we’ve ever exceeded the national average.
But if you arm yourself with the necessary skills, and are willing to be adaptable, there are still opportunities available.

Edam East oil project begins operations

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Husky Energy says it expects to start producing oil from its Edam East heavy oil project in Saskatchewan this spring.

Edam East is the first of three new thermal projects that the Calgary based company expects to begin operating this year.

Husky says the three steam assisted operations will add a total of 24,500 barrels a day of production by the end of 2016, including 10,000 from Edam East.

That project has begun steam operations and will begin producing its first oil early in the second quarter, Husky says.

Husky also says its heavy oil sites will have among the lowest operating costs in the industry.

The company is aiming to have 40 per cent of overall production come from the projects with low sustaining capital costs by the end of 2016, compared with 8 per cent in 2010.

NDP looks for input on public transit

Albertans will now be able to have their say about funding criteria for new municipal transit initiatives and rural bus service, along with a new provincial transit strategy.

The Province is looking to the largest amount of funding needed in order to get community members to begin taking bus or train services to reduce the amount of congestion on roadways.

Minister of Transportation Brian Mason will begin to hold discussions this spring with federal ministers, first nation, urban, and rural leaders as well as stakeholders to begin the process.