Melanie Bethune
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Why the student vote matters

This year, the federal government of Canada faces its first election since 2011. In Alberta, there’s been talk of a spring election. The Students’ Union elects new officials every year. If we don’t buy into democracy, we won’t have a say in who our governments are or what decisions they make. Candidates and parties pass…

Louie Villanueva
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National think-tank forecasts recession in Alberta for 2015

By Fabian Mayer, January 22 2015 — Economic think-tank Conference Board of Canada (CBOC) said Alberta will likely fall into a recession this year in a forecast published Jan. 16. The report blames the price of oil, which currently sits at $46.39 per barrel. CBOC senior vice-president and chief economist Glen Hodgson said in a…

Louie Villanueva
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Lone law rep to miss SLC for rest of the semester

By Riley Hill, January 22 2015 — Despite moving to Toronto, George Huang plans to remain the lone Students’ Union law representative, a job which requires him to attend Students’ Legislative Council (SLC) on Tuesdays and pays a $350 honorarium every month. Huang told SLC on Jan. 13 that he would “still be able to…

Ed Nowicki
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Engineering professors partner with Nepalese village to provide hydro power

By Farah Kammourieh, January 22 2015 — Two University of Calgary engineering professors, David Wood and Ed Nowicki, worked with an organization in Nepal to bring renewable electricity through hydro power to a village called Ghodasin. The project started almost two years ago when Wood, industrial and research chair on renewable energy in mechanical engineering,…

Heather Saitz
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The Walrus tackles vice

By Jason Herring, January 22 2015 — Everyone has their vices, be it alcohol, gambling or shitty action movies. The Walrus Talks Vice, an evening featuring speeches from eight Canadian scholars and writers, will discuss why we are drawn to “immoral” behaviour, and why that’s not always  a bad thing. One of the speakers, Jim…

The Gig Club wants you kids to come jam with them

By Claudia Wong, January 22 2014 — Ever feel like you need an outlet for your inner singer-songwriter? The Gig Club is your answer. The 150-member-strong Gig Club started seven years ago under the name Busking for Smiles. The club usually jams in the Students’ Union’s club space. They also host open mic events every…

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