Saddle-doomed?

The Saddledome has been a staple of Calgary’s skyline since it was completed in the fall of 1983. It has been awarded for its architectural design three times, and has even been on the cover of Time magazine. It is home to three of the four major sports teams in Calgary, and has been the cities main concert venue for some of the worlds biggest acts.

36 years later though, the Saddledome is very much in need of a replacement. The Saddle-shaped roof has proved to be difficult for some of the bigger touring acts. Many bands are skipping Calgary as a tour stop because the roof can’t hold the equipment that many shows require.

The roof holds 80,000 pounds, and during the winter months when snow is a factor, 40,000 pounds is the limit. Take Drake for instance. His shows require 200,000 pounds of equipment to dwell from the ceiling. This not only means Calgarians have to drive to other cities to see their favorite performers, but it also means the city of Calgary is losing out on a lot of tourism dollars without a suffice event centre.

“People are tired of driving up to Edmonton for concerts”- Jeff Davison, Calgary city Councillor

Although Edmonton is a three hour drive, Calgary city Councillor Jeff Davison says “people are tired of driving to Edmonton for concerts. Davison feels its a huge cultural loss for Calgary, as he also says “were the fourth most liveable city in the world, yet we don’t have the ability to bring in global acts. That’s a huge concern”

Calgary council has given the green light for 1.5 billion dollars to go towards capital projects. That includes a new event centre that would host concerts as well as other sporting events like hockey and lacrosse. Where the money is coming from, when construction will begin, or what the design of a new event centre would look like are still unknown.

“In a perfect world, we keep the Saddledome, and use it for smaller events. It will always hold a special place in my heart.” -Rick Tulsie, Head of Guest Experience at the Saddledome

It would certainly be a tough day for some Calgarians when the Saddledome is replaced. It may not be the same flashy building it was when it first opened, but many still feel its a building filled with character and memories. Rick Tulsie has been working at the Saddledome for twenty years, and he feels it should still be part of our city, well after a new event centre takes its place. Tulsie says “in a perfect world, we keep the Saddledome, and use it for smaller events. It will always hold a special place in my heart.”

The iconic structure is surely showing its age, but what the city chooses to do with the ‘Dome after a new event centre is up and running will determine how Calgarians look at our ever changing skyline.

-Jayden Wasney

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Practicum-and-gone (tales from week 4)

I’M DONE!

So I’ll keep this short and sweet.

Start of the week was very meh. I did some VO-SOT’s, and more web stuff, which was cool I guess.

Thursday I had a story come across my desk about some construction dude who found a GoPro:

(https://globalnews.ca/news/5204685/ive-never-found-anything-like-this-construction-crew-in-kelowna-makes-unusual-discovery/)

And Global Calgary and BC1 (Vancouver) aired it, which was super tight.

Then on Friday, I did the follow-up (https://globalnews.ca/news/5209971/owner-of-long-lost-gopro-reunited-with-his-camera-after-five-years/), cleaned out my desk, and drank some beer.

It was great!

Now I’m all done at SAIT!

YAY!

-Danny

Week 2wo blog – except I chose to write this one

Okay, so to be honest I’m writing this after week 3 because I forgot to do my week two blog after week two, but (not surprisingly) I don’t really care, and I feel like if you’re reading this you don’t either.

Week two was interesting!  It was one where I fell aggressively out of love with the day-to-day of a reporter.  Pretty much nothing I did this week was terribly fun, or interesting, but at least the days went by really slowly and I was very lonely almost constantly when I wasn’t at the station – so that was… fine.

I did some more web stories, and I did a very disinteresting pack about some kids giving some money to a place with some other kids.

Actually, I’ll talk about that a bit.

Doing the super “feel good” stories are so damn hard to write.  But for the love of all that is newsworthy, it’s a good thing to learn how to write because on slow news days, when the intern can get his hands dirty, you have to make news sometimes.  Not to spoil my week three blog, but I have been to a hiking trail for some dumb thing at least three times until now. So… yeah.

Also this week, I went to a slaughter house about an hour and a half away from the station which made the days go by faster.  We went because some crazy lady complained about a cow’s leg (this is deep in cattle ranching country) on her property and she suspected it came from the abattoir we went to.  So we figured we’d go check it out. After some research, we figured out the slaughterhouse had a very checkered past and had been shut down several times for bad practices. Suddenly, things started to pick up in the story.

So we managed to crank out a very interesting pack (that wasn’t mine) in the short amount of time we had once we got back to the station.

The next day, we decided this was going to be like a four part feature story which was cool to be a part of.

I got to shoot an entire in-depth tour of the slaughterhouse. Happy stuff!

As the week went on I did get to do some other stuff which was fine, none of which is worth talking about or any body reading, as indicated by the views on my stories.

To sum up, things are going fine, but this isn’t for me and I just want to come back and start whatever the next phase of my life is going to be, or at least I think so.

-Danny

Week 3 blog Global Calgary Tanner.

I honestly can’t believe week 3 is over and I only have 1 week left. The experience here at Global has been really fun and the people have been nothing but friendly. To be honest I didn’t expect the amount of friendliness and connection everyone shows in the newsroom here. It reminds me a bit of our class with how well focused and connected everyone is. Week three honestly was one to remember. There was a slump between Wednesday and Friday evening where I didn’t get to do much, but everything else I got to do made up for that slump. I was working 4-midnight and day one I got to go down with Michael King to Olympic Plaza to see how everyone was enjoying the viewing party that was being held there for the Flames game. We got to watch a decent amount of the game and gathered interviews between periods for a live he was going to do at 11. The Flames lost bad, but it was still fun to be in the atmosphere and talk to people who were having fun…. until the flames bombed then it was a bit harder to get happy people after that. Tuesday was election day which was something every reporter or “newsy” should experience before they get into industry. It wasn’t a disaster as they sort of made it out to be. Everything went really smooth in my opinion and I didn’t really get to help out much, but it was a great experience. Wednesday and Thursday were a bust just to be honest. I was put on nights in order to be able to do sports stuff, but Cami was on nights as a reporter and Moses and Lisa were in Colorado so, unfortunately no sports stuff for me, until Friday. Global honestly hooked me up with an experience I have been waiting for since I got into RTBN. I was lucky enough to go down to the dome for game 5 of the playoffs where after the game I got to gather all the post-game interviews of some very disappointed Flames players for the show at 11. I got to speak with Jermain Franklin who I kind of look up to. He is a hilarious guy who knows how to do his job almost perfectly in my opinion and being two big dudes we definitely made our presence known. This week had more to learn than any other and I was happy with what I got to do. It’s a bit bitter sweet to be leaving next week, but I will remember my time here forever.

Farmers at Aggie Days concerned about global food sustainability

Aggie Days hosted at the Nutrien Events Centre this past weekend, is an event for agriculture organizations to display their farming skills to Calgarians. Farmers from all around Alberta, traveled to Calgary to give city folk an idea of the life of a farmer. Not only did the farmers talk about their day-to-day routine, but they talked about the future of the agriculture industry. With the world’s population growing every single day, a farmer now faces a heavier workload than ever before. According to the Canadian Animal Health Institute, a farmer living in the 1900’s produced only enough food for ten people. Today, each farmer is expected to produce enough food for 120 people. By 2050, the agriculture industry is expected to produce enough food to support nearly ten billion people.

“So we’re focused on the science behind it of trying to find new and better varieties that will produce more food,”

Thomas McDade, Agricultural Director of Potato Growers of Alberta says his organization plans to tackle the issue of feeding the growing population by finding strains of crops that will survive pests and diseases.

“So we’re focused on the science behind it of trying to find new and better varieties that will produce more food,” he explains. “[seeds that] will produce higher yielding crops [and] will use nutrients whether it’s fertilizer or water.” he further explains.

Many agricultural organizations still fear that finding disease-resistant, higher yielding crops still isn’t enough to feed the world. Mark Jensen, Operation and Maintenance Superintendent of Raymond Irrigation believes irrigation is key to world food security. He says irrigation waters crops that otherwise would be wasted during times of drought.

“I believe that irrigation will be a big part of feeding all these extra mouths that are going to come or at least we’ve been told will come.” Jensen said.

Each organization at Aggie Days had a different approach on achieving global food sustainability. Despite the huge responsibility of feeding the world in an environmentally-friendly manner, the agricultural organizations at Aggie Days still felt determined in finding ways to feed society for generations to come.

Charlye Caldwell