Tagged alberta

Universities can’t hide from recession

It’s no secret that Alberta is in the midst of a deep recession. When the latest provincial budget revealed Alberta’s deficit could top $10.4-billion next year, finance minister Joe Ceci warned Albertans to prepare for once-in-a-generation economic challenges. The provincial government has tried to shelter post-secondary institutions from the recession. The NDP implemented a two-year…

Episode 4: How to be a Ferdaboy

Join Sean, Melanie and Jason as they boldly venture in the the rural Albertan world of the “ferdaboys,” and learn what it really means to wheel, snipe and celly. Be warned: you may not like what they find. Presented by the Gauntlet, the University of Calgary’s student newspaper. Follow Sean, Melanie and Jason on Twitter. Theme…

One year in: an NDP government’s impact on the University of Calgary

By Scott Strasser, May 10 2016 — The Alberta New Democratic Party was elected on May 5 2015, ending a 44-year Progressive Conservative dynasty. The NDP’s victory came as a shock, upsetting Alberta’s long-standing political identity. A year later, the Gauntlet compiled a list of some of the biggest changes that have impacted the University…

Episode 3: Mastering Your Emotions

Sean, Melanie and Jason develop an intimate, one-on-one course where the student must become the teacher. With absolutely no deadly twists, we promise. Also: Sean makes way too many Dune references, Melanie demands blood and Jason teaches us how to wheel, snipe, and celly. Presented by the Gauntlet, the University of Calgary’s student newspaper. Follow Sean, Melanie and Jason…

Episode 2: How To Adult

Sean, Melanie and Jason attempt to teach people how to be normal adults using a terrifying reality show-esque terror mansion. Also: Sean admits to accidental chemical warfare, Melanie argues that sex is also for children and Jason inquires about the female hive-brain. Presented by the Gauntlet, the University of Calgary’s student newspaper. Follow Sean, Melanie and Jason on…

Students still waiting on government’s promised post-secondary review

By Fabian Mayer, April 6 2016 — The NDP government promised a top-to-bottom review of Alberta’s post-secondary system during last spring’s election campaign. Student groups were told in the fall of 2015 to prepare for the review, but their input hasn’t been sought so far. Council of Alberta University Students chair Romy Garrido believes a review…

Students deserve more details about MacHall’s future

The University of Calgary and its Students’ Union have been embroiled in a conflict over who owns MacHall for a long time. Both sides negotiated over the building’s operating agreement behind closed doors for years — until the SU made their dispute with administration public last fall. For a while, it looked like the matter…

University’s food workers push for unionization

By Kate Jacobson, March 15 2016 — Aramark employees at the University of Calgary are applying to unionize with the UFCW Local 401. Aramark runs food vendors, operates the residence Dining Centre and provides catering services on campus. The union filed their application with the Alberta Labour Relations Board on March 4. Union organizer Joe…

Public consultations can hurt more than help

By Fabian Mayer, March 15, 2016 — Like Beanie Babies and topknots, public consultation is becoming a fad. From federal ministers touring the country in “pre-budget consultations” to the city’s round of “engagement opportunities” currently underway on possible upgrades to Crowchild Trail, governments are more and more likely to look for public input. On the…

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