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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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

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

 

 

 

 

Calgary Auto and Truck Show featured a new “rising-star” vehicle

The Calgary International Auto and Truck show is one of the largest exhibitions of new cars and trucks in Western Canada. This year was Calgary’s 39th time hosting the event, and a whopping 83,000 people attended.

While the show features hundreds of car brands, styles, and the latest in automotive technology, it also highly promoted a type of vehicle that is slowly starting to take over the automotive industry.

The crossover is a vehicle with the build of an SUV and the drive of a car, and have massively grown in popularity over recent years.

“… having the comfort of a sporty vehicle, but not having too big of a vehicle.”

Shawn Kesling, a sales manager at Platinum Mitsubishi, spoke very highly of crossover vehicles and why they are so appealing. He said that not only are crossovers very fuel efficient, but “People want to be able to have the height away from the Sedan. The height of a crossover doesn’t go to the full height of an SUV, so having the comfort of a sporty vehicle but not having too big of a vehicle.”

Three times as many crossovers are sold as SUV’s and minivans combined, due to the fact that they are spacious, easy and safe to drive, and fuel efficient. Popular car brands such as Toyota and Ford had their takes on the crossover out on display at the Auto Show, and the ratio of crossovers to cars was substantially higher.

While the Calgary Auto and Truck Show displayed highly popular vehicles and brands, people couldn’t speak highly enough about the crossover. This family friendly, convenient little car held it’s own against the luxurious side of the Auto Show, and will most likely be seen better than ever at the show next year.

-Aimee Michaelis

EPTECH’s salesmen makes stop in Calgary

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The annual EPTECH convention comes back to Calgary as one of its many stops in Canada. EPTECH showcases innovative products relating to: robotics, wearable’s, and prototyping. With all the advancement’s in technology that are highlighted at this event there needs to be the men to make it and sell it, but that might just be a problem.

“It bodes well for the future”

In 2017 only 5% of solo founders of technology companies in Canada were females, and in 2018 that number jumped up to 30%. Woman in the technology industry is rare but is slowly on the rise. The trend for women who are solo founders are on the rise in Canada and Scott Atkinson, Associate Publisher, thinks that it will continue to rise. Atkinson say’s ” I see more women not only attending but more women on the show floor as well selling product and talking about technology, so it bodes well for the future.”

In the United States less then 20% of tech jobs were held by women, in comparison to women securing over 50% of the workforce. According to an international recruitment agency, Next Generation, a reason that this may be the case is due to the “pinkification”, the influence of what young girls deal with compared to young boys. CEO of Next Generation Recruitment, Linda Davis, says that there are no female role models in the technology industry that young girls can look up to and strive to be like.

With the numbers for females in tech on the rise the future is looking bright for equality in the industry.

-Zachary Stewart

East Village’s Earth Day river clean-up a success

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Every year on Earth Day, communities and cities from all over the world come together to do their part in cleaning up our beautiful planet. Calgary is no exception as local’s volunteered from all over the city to help clean-up the Bow River, the foundation upon which Calgary was built.

“…it’s part of the city and cleaning it up would make it so much better.”

The event was put on by the East Village and the Treadright Organization in association with Contiki, Insight, and Trafalgar and brought out about fifty volunteers who wanted to help make Calgary a cleaner, better city.

People of all ages came out to pick up trash including families, groups of friends and just goodhearted individuals. Sierra Morris, a fourteen year old Calgarian, came down with her soccer team to do her part.

“Yeah, being from Calgary it means a lot because, like, it’s part of the city and cleaning it up would make it so much better.”

“…having that many different kinds of sides to try and tackle that, that was amazing to see.”

Joel Danyluk, the organizer for the event through Treadright, was excited to get started as this was the first river clean-up he had put together and was blown away by the turnout.

“We had both travel, both students, and just people from the community who’d seen it online and people from East Village. So I think having that many different kinds of sides to try and tackle that, that was amazing to see.”

After only an hour, the fifty volunteers were able to pick up around 75 bags of garbage in less than a kilometer of riverside which goes to show just how bad the Bow River has gotten over the years.

Joel believes that if everyone chips in to help, and not just on Earth Day, we can bring this gorgeous part of our city back to the shining star that it used to be because it takes a city, not just an East Village.

-Sean Marks