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

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Calgary Flames win the Western conference

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The Calgary Flames have clinched the Western conference for the first time in 29 years. With that they also clinched the Pacific division as well.

The Flames went on a California road trip on Sunday hoping to clinch the top spot after a home loss against the Dallas Stars. Many players were excited for the possible feat to be achieved and they certainly brought the excitement against their opponent the San Jose Sharks.

Calgary won the game 5-3 to then be crowned the Western conference champs. Sean Monahan opened the scoring for the Flames with his 34th of the season. Mark Jankowski, Dalton Prout, Mikael Backlund and Michael Frolik also added to the stockpile of goals.

“That doesn’t come around very often, so it says a lot about the group in here.”

-Calgary Flames net minder Mike Smith

Timo Meier, Logan Couture and Kevin Labanc scored for the Sharks.

Being the top of the west has it’s perks. The Flames will have home ice advantage against their playoff opponent for the first 3 rounds of this Stanley cup hunt.

“It’s a great accomplishment for this team and this organization to finish first place in the Western Conference,” said Flames goaltender Mike Smith who was in-between the pipes in that game. “That doesn’t come around very often, so it says a lot about the group in here.”

The Flames won their next game against the Los Angeles Kings 7-2 and lost in the hands of the Anaheim Ducks 3-1. The Calgary Flames will come back home for the last game of the regular season against the Edmonton Oilers for the Battle of Alberta, right before the playoffs commence.

Mackenna Jamieson

Canadian Womens Hockey League to fold May 1st

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The Canadian Womens Hockey League is coming to an end as of May 1st due to financial reasons.

“The CWHL announced Sunday morning the 12 year old leagues business model is economically unstable.”

The announcement comes one week after the Calgary Inferno beat the Les Canadiennes de Montreal 5-2 for the Clarkson Cup championship in Toronto. The game was broadcast by Sportsnet and the French language network TVA, it had roughly 175,000 viewers, a record viewing number for the CWHL.

The CWHL announced Sunday morning the 12 year old leagues business model is economically unstable.  The league has been around since 2007 and operates 6 teams in North America and China.

With closure of the CHWL, the National Womens Hockey League becomes the only remaining women’s league in North America. Players from CWHL could potentially join the NWHL.

-Kierra Lentz

The end of an era as the CWHL announces it’s final day

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Calgary Inferno vs. Toronto Furies in game 2 of the CWHL playoffs.

The Canadian Women’s Hockey League has announced the it will terminate operations on May 1st.

In a press release, the CWHL said the hockey they are providing on the ice is exceptional, however their new business model is economically unstable.

The CWHL has been around since 2007 and features some of the top women in ice hockey. With 6 teams in the league spreading across Canada from Montréal to Calgary, Worchester in the USA and recent expansion to Shenzhen, China. The league has been key in developing the sport and for giving young up and coming players somewhere to look up to.

The announcement came a week after the Calgary Inferno won their second league title defeating les Canadiennes de Montréal, by a score 5-2 in front of 175,000 roaring fans.

“It’s hard to remain optimistic.”

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The Calgary Inferno taking on The Markham Thunder

Players from around the league took to social media, showing their feelings on the announcement.

“This Morning we were informed the CWHL is folding. As players, we will do our best to find a solution so this isn’t our last season of hockey but it’s hard to remain optimistic.” Natalie Spooner of the Toronto Furies and team Canada Olympic gold and silver medalist, “I have lots (of memories)… Winning the Clarkson cup in 2014 was a highlight of my career, but some of my favorite memoires are meeting the young girls who cheer us on, telling me they want to play for the Toronto Furies when they are older.”

In ternational teammate Meghan Mikkelson was hoping to return to the league next season, after having to miss this past year as she gave birth to her second child.

“Completely and totally shocked. Having planned to return to the CWHL with the Calgary Inferno next season, as a mother of 2 children based in Calgary, this is scary. As other players have said, it is hard to remain optimistic but could this be for the best?” Mikkelson was a member of the Inferno for their first Clarkson Cup championship.

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Post game solute from the Calgary Inferno following a home win.

Many players of the league are getting ready to dress for the women’s IIHF tournament which gets underway in Finland later this week. Most of the players found out about the league’s announcement through social media, including Inferno Captain Rebecca Johnston who also said the players will do their best to find a solution and try to make it not their final season.

While the league and women’s hockey have been making strides in moving forward for recognition, with games being broadcast on Sportsnet including the Clarkson Cup Final and a few players taking part in the NHL’s Allstar weekend, the sudden folding of the league took players and fans by surprise.

– Cole Fortner

Koe rocks curling world with perfect record

Curling rocks on iceKevin Koe’s curling team remained undefeated throughout the world men’s curling championship, headed through the tourney with a 6-0 win rate.

“Odds are we’re not going to win all our games this week but we just have to win the last one.”

This, along with a previous five straight wins at the Alberta men’s curling championship and 13 straight wins at the Brier puts the team at 24 consecutive wins.

Their recent victories were against Norway, who had yet to win a game at the event and Germany, who now sit at 1-5.

“Odds are we’re not going to win all our games this week but we just have to win the last one,” Koe said.

 

Dawson Enns

Raptors narrowly squeak by Bulls to push for the playoffs

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The Toronto Raptors barely edge out the Chicago Bulls to win at home 112-103.

Bench player guard Norman Powell dominated in the game putting up 20 points to go along with four out of five makes from behind the arc.

The Raptors had six different players scoring in double-figures with Kawhi Leonard and Kyle Lowry each added 14 points for the starting unit.

Serge Ibaka had an efficient night scoring 16 points and shot 7-of-13 from the field and to go along with eight rebounds.

“…it seems like he’s been finding some rolls and getting deep to the basket offensively lately and I like that, too.”

Head Coach Nick Nurse says “I think he’s a guy that needs to feel the ball a little bit to do some other things. We’ve got to get some sets for him, some pocket passes for him. But … it seems like he’s been finding some rolls and getting deep to the basket offensively lately and I like that, too.”

Raptors play in two days against the New York Knicks when the Raptors look to push in the final stretch of the regular season.

-Connor Gunn

Canada’s Bianca Andreescu wins at Indian Wells

Canada’s very own rising tennis star, Bianca Andreescu has won her first Woman’s Tennis Association title with a huge win in Indian Wells.

The 18-year-old who was ranked 152nd at the start of the year has now become the 24th ranked women’s tennis player in the world. Her match-up was against German tennis player Angelique Kerber who was seeded 8th in the tournament while Andreescu was unseeded.


“I want this so bad,”

Bianca Andreescu to her coach Sylvain Bruneau

This was Andreescu’s first finals appearance in the start of her young career.

“I want this so bad,” were the memorable words said by Andreescu to her coach Sylvain Bruneau after calling for a break during the third set. She eventually beat Kerber in the finals of the BNP Paribas Open 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 to take home the trophy and her earnings of $1,354,010 million US.

Mackenna Jamieson