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Author: Jenny Lyver

Opinion – Don’t blame the oil industry

Opinion – Don’t blame the oil industry

Before you go and complain about the oil sands and how they are supposedly terrible for the environment, you should do your research.

There are many environmental issues in this world and you shouldn’t blame it all on the development of oil sands. When in reality, the oil sands do more for the environment than most people know.

Most greenhouse gas emissions come from cars, not the oil sands.

“Final combustion of gasoline emerging from your tailpipe accounts for approximately 70 per cent to 80 per cent of well-to-wheel life cycle emissions,” said on the Natural Resources Canada website.

Greenhouse gasses are emitted in the extraction phase of the crude oil production process, but majority of the total greenhouse gas emissions come from a vehicles tailpipe.

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SAIT’s largest club stays modest about their achievement

SAIT’s largest club stays modest about their achievement

With over 200 members, the Student Petroleum Society (SPS) is SAIT’s largest club, yet even with being the largest club, modesty is one of the SPS’s many great qualities.

“Obviously it’s pretty awesome, but I’m not going to take credit for past club success,” said Jonathan Bateman, a second-year petroleum engineering student at SAIT and president of the SPS.

Bateman said that he wants to continue to grow as a club and to not stop improving and to make students feel like they are part of a club.

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Maggie Nakaska-Adolf pursues her dream of game design

Maggie Nakaska-Adolf pursues her dream of game design

A career in video games is not pursued by many, but for Maggie Nakaska-Adolf, a Game Development and Design student at the Visual College of Art and Design of Vancouver (VCAD), it is the correct career path for her.

“I have always loved playing video games and being on the computer since I was very little,” enthuses Nakaska-Adolf.

She also enjoys watching movies with CGI (computer generated imagery) animation and effects like those in Marvel movies and the Harry Potter series.

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LA, California: The Hotel California

LA, California: The Hotel California

I went to LA in December of 2016, and that was my second time going there and both times I went were in December. If you are planning on going to California, I would suggest to not go in December if you are hoping for hot weather. I’m from Canada and even I was chilly when I wore my shorts and t-shirts.

The Hotel California gate.
The Hotel California gate.

I would suggest the spring or early summer would be the best time to go there. Even though I’ve only been there in the winter.

This time around, my family and I stayed at The Hotel California. Even though the hotel was only rated two stars, I believe it was very clean and the friendliest staff I have ever met!

The rooms were very unique, I did not fell like a hotel at all, which is what I liked most about it. Every corner of hotel had character and it was a very pleasant stay.

The Hotel California.
The Hotel California.
Santa Monica Beach, two minutes from The Hotel California.
Santa Monica Beach, two minutes from The Hotel California.

The location of The Hotel California is amazing. The Hotel California is about a two minute walk to the Santa Monica beach, which is beautiful and to my surprise, very clean. The beach was also not very busy at all, and was very relaxing to take a walk at sunset.

The Santa Monica beach has a pier that has an amusement park on it. It is called the Santa Monica Pier. Although I never went on any of the rides, it was a very cool experience to walk around the pier and take in the fun atmosphere that it was giving off.

The Santa Monica Pier, about two minutes from The Hotel California.
The Santa Monica Pier, about two minutes from The Hotel California.

If the weather was warmer, I’m sure I would of spent a lot more time on the beach.

Next time I go back to California, it will be in the spring time so I can hopefully get a tan.

With lots of love,

Jenny

Recycling in Calgary

Recycling in Calgary

Green bins in the North Hill mall parking lot.
Green bins in the North Hill mall parking lot.

The City of Calgary works hard for the benefit of the environment.

“We have a very high standard,” said Sharon Howland, the leader of the program management in the waste and recycling Services for the City of Calgary.

Howland works at Dartmouth Place, which is the home of the waste and recycling Services. Her team consists of seven individuals that are responsible for the for the blue cart recycling program.

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