Symons Valley Blaze

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Dozens of people are being asked to leave their nearby homes because of an early morning fire at a Calgary landmark. Air-quality was a concerns from the big volume of smoke from the fire.

Flames engulfed the Symons Valley Ranch farmers market in the north-west of Calgary around 6:00 a.m. this morning. Additional emergency trucks and personnel were called to the scene, as the blaze continued to burn, officials say part of the problem was a venting gas line.

Authorities say there was no risk of damage to nearby homes, the smoke did lead to residents in the are being asked to stay indoors, while about 40 people were ordered to leave the neighborhood. There are no reports of any injuries.

More than 100 First Student Canada school buses stores at the site were not damaged, parents were warned transportation to classes would be delayed because of the fire.

  • Bre-Anne
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Travis Vader Sentencing

justice-scaleAn Edmonton Judge has sentenced Travis Vader to life in prison for killing Alberta seniors Lyly and Marie McCann.

In the summer of 2010, the couple disappeared after leaving from the Edmonton-area for a camping trip, their bodies were never found.

Vader told court he is innocent and will continue to fight to clear his name. He will be eligible for parole in seven years, and the judge agreed to a defence request that Vader server his sentence in British Columbia because of threats he has received.

Outside court, the son of the McCann’s said justice has been served and Vader will spend the best years of his life in prison. Bret McCann also said he’ll be at every parole hearing in the hope of stopping any bid by Vader for early release.

Keystone XL Revival

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U.S. President Donald Trump signed a series of executive orders today relating to infrastructure and construction.

Trump’s administration’s approval of the Keystone X-L signing, that had earlier been rejected by former president Barack Obama.

Premier Rachel Notley is giving a thumbs up to Trump’s move to potentially re-start the Keystone X-L pipeline project.

Notley says, “This project is going to create good jobs here in Alberta, and that’s my focus. Support our workers, create good jobs, and diversify our economy.”

Notley has been criticized for not promoting Keystone more, but she says while she is has not been against Keystone, her focus has been on refining and promoting markets in Canada.

  • Bre-Anne

 

Make Some Noise for Mental Health

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Make Some Noise for Mental Health is returning to SAIT next week for the third year!

The campaign was created to bring awareness to mental health in student athletes.

Trojans Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Billie Rae Busby, says it’s easy to focus on physical health in athletes… but they wanted to do more to make sure athletes were healthy in all aspects.

Last October, the Make Some Noise campaign won the Lieutenant Governor’s Circle on Mental Health and Addiction True Imagination award.

There will be a variety of events taking place across SAIT campus next week, starting with a spin class in Stan Grad with 100 bikes for SAIT’s centennial.

All home games are free next weekend, so make sure to support your Trojans and make some noise!

-Kendall Robertson

Spending too much money on food?

broken-piggy-bankChristmas is long over for another year… and now it’s all about the bills… January is the month for the highest credit card debt, and for students food is one of the biggest expenses. Many students find it hard to put effort into bringing a packed lunch to school.

Depending on your favorite coffee shop, or place to grab a quick bite to eat if you spend roughly $10.00 – $20.00 a day, you would be spending nearly $50.00 – $100.00 dollars each week on food.

SAIT student Courtney Stinson says “Throughout the whole time I’m here, probably at least a grand, maybe two depending… lunches and suppers.”

Compare that to the amount of money you can spend shopping at a grocery store and packing a lunch, its quite the difference. If you think you’re too busy to go to the grocery store, that isn’t an excuse when you can order online and have it delivered.

So what are there reasons..?

“I just don’t have the time to pack a lunch in the morning” -Ty Kielscra; SAIT Student.

“Ya coffee’s every morning, especially from being out of town, it’s hard to pack a lunch depending on your accommodation’s”- Courtney Stinson; SAIT Student.

There are microwaves in the majority of building around campus to heat things up, and if you want to bring something cold, don’t forget an ice pack. Estimates show the average student is $25,000 dollars in debt after going to school and some of that is just money spent on food.

Many students use there card more than cash… does this allow for access spending when you don’t see the money coming out of your pocket..? There are many tips and tricks not only around campus but in the community to help students who want to put themselves on a budget.

  • Bre-Anne Smith

Better Safe than Sorry: Avalanche Safety

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A day in the Mountains and a warm Alberta chinook is Southern Canada’s favorite Mid-January pairing, but a fun afternoon on the steep Canmore hills and cozy winds, could mean trouble.

For adrenaline seekers, and devout back country enthusiasts, the risk may not be enough to keep them off the hills.

Avalanche Canada has issued a warning to individuals heading up north.

Parts of the Trans-Canada highway. and Kootenay pass have been closed for avalanche control.

The warning also includes areas such as Vernon, Sicamous and Revelstoke.

 

In the worst case scenario, proper equipment could mean life or death.

Back Country explorers are advised to bring the following:

  • Airbag Backpack
  • Beacon
  • Shovel
  • Probe
  • Navigation Equipment
  • Warm attire

Approximately 15 lives are lost in Avalanche’s every year in Canada, most commonly due to suffocation, or head trauma.

By Cassandra Stefanic

Calgary’s First Murder of 2017

douglasThe first murder of 2017 happened in the south-east of Calgary, and has been ruled suspicious by the office of the chief medical examiner.

On Monday, Jan. 16, 2017 police arrived to a home in the 100 block of Douglas Bank Way S.E., after reports of a home invasion and assault.

Police arrived on scene, finding two men and a woman in need of medical attention, officers found a man suffering from a gunshot wound to his stomach. He was transported to hospital in critical condition and eventually died of his injuries.

A woman suffered a lower body injury after either jumping or falling from the second story of the home. The third victim, another man, was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

The community of Douglas Bank is still taken back by the events of Monday night, neighbour Mars Antonio describes the community to be very quiet, “I would of never thought something like this would happen.”

Inspector Don Coleman of the Major Crimes Section says “Police have attended that residence before, and the three people that we know of and dealt with overnight, being the two occupants and the decedent are all known to police.”

The murder victim is not a resident of the home and police are still trying to figure out why we was there. Investigators are still conducting interviews to try to determine what happened.

Coleman explained, “Once we have a better picture based on the interviews we’ll known what’s gone on, then be able to purse anybody else that may be of interest.”

They are receiving varying degrees of cooperation from the witnesses. This is Calgary’s first murder of 2017 and comes just two weeks into the new year. Last year there were 29 murders in Calgary, 2 in January alone.

  • Bre-Anne Smith