Alberta invests in education


Grants from the provincial government will focus on the renovation of the MacKimme complex at the University of Calgary.

Alberta is investing in education and more than $270 million is going to the U of C over a 4 year term.

This investment is set to renew nursing and social work areas around campus for students.

The 13 storey MacKimmie tower will be fully redeveloped with 500 new spaces.

This renovation will also address building and maintenance issues.


“Prioritizing infrastructure dollars where they’re going to be best used, is work that’s always ongoing in this department” – Minister of Advanced Education, Marlin Schmidt


The development of the infrastructure is still in the planning phase, Minister Schmidt has received the panel’s recommendations and is working on how to implement them.

The University of Calgary is expecting roughly 420 million to be contributed to Alberta’s economy and more than 843 years of employment based on the construction costs.

-Ali Kovacevic


2017 Canvas Auction kicks off rodeo season


The Calgary Stampede chuckwagon tarp auction is tonight.

Vice President of the Chuckwagon Committee, Paul Kavanagh, says that this is a wonderful event that “generates a lot of extra revenue and promotes what we are all about and what the city has been built on.

The Calgary Stampede chuckwagon auction helps to generate Calgary’s economy, but it also helps out the racers, as 80 per cent of the money that is generated goes to the drivers to help offset their costs on the road.

The horses are treated with great care throughout the circuit, and the costs can get high.

Many of these drivers spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on their rigs.

Costs include the wagon itself, the horses – mostly thoroughbred’s – the tack, and care.

Buying a tarp can cost anywhere from $50,000 to $150,000.

Most of the competitors in the Rangeland Derby come from a long line of chuckwagon racers, and they take pride in becoming a part of what their family has done.

Chuckwagon racer Cody Ridsdale says he got into it because he grew up around the sport.

“My dad… he ran for 30 or so years, so I grew up in it, and pretty much just took over the lines once he retired. So I’ve pretty much been around it my whole life,” says Risdale.

Last year the event generated $2.3 million, and they are hoping to exceed that this year.


  • Kara Oosterhuis

Alberta provides $12 million in new grants for watershed planning


“The watershed planning and advisory councils are the quiet defenders and forces behind protecting water from being misused,” says Minister of Environment and Parks, Shannon Phillips.

 This is why the government decided to announce on World Water day, that the approval of the grants totaling $12 million over the next 3 years.

This was done to help protect Alberta’s valuable water resources further into the future.

According to Mark Bennett, Executive Director of the Bow River Basin Council, climate change and adaptation will be the main focus of the money provided to Calgary.

“We will be using this money for different planning and modeling exercises to address questions that are arising over water security,” says Bennett, adding that another area they will be pursuing is seeking improvement in storm water quality.

Often times we don’t think about how important water is, and what it provides to our quality of life, so we need to ensure we don’t take this resource for granted.


  • Kara Oosterhuis


Kick the habit with the help of SAIT students!


Some habits can be good, others can increase your risk of developing health problems. SAIT’s school of Health and Public Safety is working to help students who want to quit smoking. The students are providing fellow students with cessation counseling, exploring individuals readiness to quit, as well as giving tools and support for successful quitting strategies.

The SAIT Health Services clinic in the Senator Burns building as also assist. Additional resources are available through SAIT from its connection with the Alberta-quits program.

  • Bre-Anne


Transit changes


Where would we be without our smartphones? Well the city of Calgary is giving us another reason not to put them down. City council met on Wednesday to discuss how Calgarians could use their smart phones in the future to pay for transit passes.

The new idea before the City Hall’s transit committee is to spend $5.5 million for a new mobile ticketing system, this would mean fazing out old ticket vending machines which are nearing their life span anyways. The app based smartphone system would allow riders to pay for their ride in a similar way to the park-plus parking system program around the city, where a proof of payment would be provided.

The city would need to spend an additional $2.4 million annually to operate and maintain the system. The mobile payment system could be in place within a year.

  • Bre-Anne


Calgary Hitmen Final 2 Games

The Calgary Hitmen have two more games to clinch the final wild card spot. The team has a home with the last place Kootenay ICE and they need one more win the clinch 8th place, with the Saskatoon Blades 3 points back.

Heading into the final stretch of the season, and possibly the playoffs Hitmen forward and scoring leader Matteo Gennaro says special teams has a huge impact on the game whether it’s scoring a big powerplay goal or a huge stop to keep the game within 1 it’s crucial to have important special teams.

Both the Calgary Hitmen and the Kootenay Ice have been struggling in their last 10 games with the Ice going 1-7-2 while the Hitmen are 5-5-0 anything can happen. The Hitmen however have won the last 5 matchups between the two teams.


-Jacob LeBlanc

Trojan Season Over, Future Still Bright

The Sait Trojan’s Men’s hockey team was almost hitting their stride this season, finishing 3rd in the ACAC and making it to the Semi Final’s. The boys were so close to the finals but got knocked out by the MacEwan Griffens at home losing any chance of winning.

Even though the door for this season has closed the Trojans the team’s future is very bright. Trojans Forward and veteran Tyson McCallum says the team will have a solid mix of newer and older players giving the team the perfect mix.

Most ACAC teams keep their players for four years, and have a big turnover. However the Trojans are different in the sense that they have many young talented players and they won’t lose many having 19 eligible players to return for next year.

Forward Hunter Mills says the team chemistry from last year will carry over to next season and give the team a huge advantage in the long run, and hopefully take them to the finals.

-Jacob LeBlanc