Calgary CTrain stations shut down after fatal collision

Reports of shooting caused panic at CrossIron Mills Shopping Centre north of Calgary Monday, where one person was injured and the mall was shut down shortly after.

Just after 7 p.m., officers were called to the parking lot near the food court entrance where the shooting took place.

“They were screaming and running to their cars and I panicked.”

Kendell Beleshko, who was at the mall at the time said, “I suddenly heard all this screaming and saw a massive amount of people – several dozen people – running out of the mall.”

“I got scared too and got into my vehicle as well and just sort of followed the parade out of here.” Beleshko further explained.

A Calgary Police spokesman confirmed one person had suffered gunshot wounds. EMS later confirmed that the victim was a man. His injuries were not life-threatening and he was taken to the hospital where he is currently being treated for his injuries.

At around 9:30 p.m. on Monday, the Alberta RCMP tweeted “the incident at CrossIron Mills has been resolved”.

The RCMP believe the attack was targeted, but that there is no ongoing danger to the public.

-Aimee Michaelis

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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

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

Aggie Days 2019: Forecast of Alberta’s farming industry

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The 2019 edition of Aggie Days took place at Stampede grounds in rise Western Centre. First started in 1886 as Calgary Agricultural Society, the event demonstrated that farming industry in Alberta is in constant evolution.

“Everybody that is making 20 dollars an hour is going to lose their job to some kind of AI in the next 20 years.”

Since agriculture is the second biggest industry in Alberta after oil and gas, the recent downturn in the economy has forced the farming industry to change. New technologies, like AI, could make a huge difference in the farms’ productivity.

“We found out everybody that is making 20 dollars an hour or less is going to lose their job to some kind of AI in the next 20 years. As the economy caused that conversation on how we approach things, we definitely had to create new products to embrace that new reality.” Al Graham, Beaconchain VP Business Development said.

According to Statistics Canada, the number of farms decreased of 5.9% when compared to 2011; as it passed from 43,234 farms to 40,638 in 2016. However, Alberta declared a raise in its production in 2016. Most of the agriculture industry in Alberta is about grains, as oilseed (including Canola) and grains represent over 13,000 operations.

This years’ Aggie Days made a portrait of the farming industry in just a few decades. The only matter of fact is if the businesses will have enough revenue to change their way to go.

~ Vincent Lavoie

Learning in action: medical students perform patient care

SAIT medical students perform blood tests .

SAIT’s School of Medicine held a Medical Awareness event on Wednesday at the Senator Burns Building. The purpose of the event was to help the public see the importance of the medical lab field in the public health care system.

“Alot of times, people don’t realize we are part of the public health care system.”

-Coordinator, Jennifer Cklvez

The event brought roughly 100 students during the five-hour event. Jannifer Cklvez, event coordinator says she was pleased with the turnout of participants. Her hope is the medical laboratory community will receive recognition within the public health system. “A lot of times, people don’t realize we are part of the public health care system, Cklvez says, “and so the event is here to raise awareness about the importance of the lab within the system.”

In the weeks before the event, medical student students have learned various medical theories and practical learning curriculum. This event presented the students with an opportunity to put into practice what they have learned. Beotresta Vera, one of the medical students, says “We prepared for today by learning the theory of specimen collection and we applied them to the lab. So what we learned in the lab is what we are doing today.”

Throughout the event, participators would have a blood sample taken. Afterward, the blood would be squeezed into a compartment and then examined by the medical student. After the examination, the participator would find out what their blood type was and their glucose level.

Many participants had various blood types, yet the most common blood type was an O positive. Cklvez says medical students are looking forward to more opportunities in the future to put their learning into practice.

-Zack Demello

 

 

 

 

Professional lacrosse thriving in Calgary

The Calgary Roughnecks have been working hard to boost fan involvement this season by putting on special events like Friday night’s super hero themed game.


“We’re going to play extra hard especially being at the Dome.”

Calgary has not won a championship title since 2009 but, when it comes to attendance, the club is a sterling example of stability in an inconsistent league.

The club ranks fourth in NLL attendance numbers bringing in an average crowd of nearly twelve-thousand spectators per game and has had one of the most consistent crowds in the league for over five years.

Fans in the city have proven themselves as devoted supporters of Calgary’s team and have formed such a knowledgeable fan base that the players have started to take notice.

“It’s not just the goals, these fans understand the little things that it takes and we appreciate that and we notice that so I think it really does help the guys push themselves a little bit more just to show that we’re going to play extra hard especially being at the Dome.” said Curt Malawsky, Roughnecks Head Coach

Calgary’s final regular season game is set for Saturday, April 20th at the Saddledome.

Austin Lee

Pet industry trade show attracts record number of exhibits in Calgary

 

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The Western Canadian Pet Industry Trade show made its third ever pit stop in Calgary’s Big Four Building this weekend. The Big Four offers 30,000 square feet for business opportunity, and this years event saw a record number of vendors. Last years show in Calgary had nearly 70 businesses showcasing their pet products, while this year a new record of 110 vendors was set. The new total makes it the largest pet industry trade show in all of western Canada.

“it can be really profitable and beneficial for the business.” -Jordan Milne, small business owner

Many of the exhibitors I talked to at the trade show are reoccurring guests. Jordan Milne, a small business owner from Langley, British Columbia, says this is his third time at the event, and that this year is the highest vendor and visitor turn out he’s seen. “It can be really profitable and beneficial for the business,” Milne said.

what that does is that fills the hotels, it fills the restaurants, it benefits the Stampede where we are today, and so were hoping that were doing our part to not only help our industry but help the local economy.”-Susan Dankert, Event Coordinator

The success of some of the exhibitors is big for their business, but the pet industry trade show is also a boost for Calgary’s economy. Event Coordinator, Susan Dankert, said this years showcase has exhibitors from British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, and Quebec. “What that does is that fills the hotels, it fills the restaurants, it benefits the Stampede where we are today, and so were hoping that were doing our part to not only help our industry but help the local economy,” Says Dankert.

Overall, the guests, vendors, and even the pets wondering around this weekend seemed delighted at all of the displays. Calgary is set to host the W.C.P.I.T.S. for the fourth time in April 2020. Although Alberta is still reeling in a recession, the opportunity to host the Western Canadian Pet Industry Trade Show was one that couldn’t be missed.

-Jayden Wasney