Tagged alberta

Post-secondary mental health funding should be a priority

Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci announced on Feb. 24 that the province will likely face a $10.5-billion deficit as a result of the declining oil industry and subsequent loss of royalties. With the 2016–17 budget announcement expected in early April, many promised programs will be sent to the chopping block. While the provincial government probably…

Board of Governors appointments are important for the province

One of the ways provincial governments shape Alberta is through public board appointments. The highest decision-making body for universities — the Board of Governors —  is an example of one of these boards. The president is the public face of the University of Calgary, but it’s the Board of Governors that approves everything from tuition…

Calgary should embrace the arts

Calgary’s economy isn’t doing too hot right now. As the price of oil continues to fall, our city’s unemployment rate has risen to the highest it’s been since 1996. And there’s little reason to believe this will change anytime soon. But every cloud has a silver lining. The possibility of Calgary losing its reputation as…

Fentanyl overdose kits soon to be available on campus

By Scott Strasser, February 5 2016 — A drug used to counteract fentanyl overdoses will soon be available at the University of Calgary’s SU Wellness Centre. The drug is called naloxone and can temporarily reverse a fentanyl overdose. Alberta Health Services is distributing 4,000 take-home naloxone kits to 29 walk-in clinics across Alberta. AHS medical…

Students and new grads face tough job market

By Lianelle Barraza, February 2 2016 — Job losses in Alberta continue to mount. With the province facing a seven per cent unemployment rate, job prospects are uncertain, especially for students and recent graduates. According to University of Calgary career services manager Colleen Bangs, there has been a sharp increase in the number of students…

Change requires safe spaces

LGBTQ issues are in the spotlight at the University of Calgary and across the province. Workshops like “Trans 101” and “Asexuality 101” ran this week as part of an annual campus Sex Week, while Albertan high schools are currently working to implement new rules concerning student gender identity and expression. These conversations are important, but…

NDP pipeline strategy viable in long term

By Fabian Mayer, February 2, 2016 — Rachel Notley touted the benefits of a carbon tax and emissions cap for the reputation of Alberta’s energy sector when she announced Alberta’s new climate plan in November. She claimed it would help the province access new energy markets for our oil. But two months later, the pipeline…

Reinstated STEP program begins accepting applications

By Fabian Mayer, January 28 2016 — The student summer job search is already underway and will likely be especially competitive given the province’s uncertain economic climate. However, there is some positive news for students, as the Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP) started accepting applications from employers on Jan. 25. Small businesses and non-profits can…

University of Calgary offers class on successful sex in a failing economy

By Melanie Woods, January 28 2016 — In response to Alberta’s crumbling economy, the University of Calgary will offer a new course on staying intimate with your partner despite desperate economic times. The course, titled “ECON 411: Bear markets in the bedroom” will be taught by economics professor and self-proclaimed sex-haver Dick Jameson. “Sex is…

Money can’t buy democracies

Gary Bettman thinks the Calgary Flames need a new arena in order for the city to thrive. Canadian entrepreneur Kevin O’Leary wants Albertan premier Rachel Notley to resign. And local businessman Brett Wilson thinks Uber should be allowed in Calgary. In theory, all of this should be fine. Democracies thrive on people publicly expressing and…

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