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Why Drink Green Beer When You Can Just Smoke Some Green Instead?

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It’s St. Patrick’s DayYou know what that means, time to break out the green clothes, the green shamrocks, the green beer and the — weed?


Unfortunately, at least for another couple of months, you can’t legally bring out the weed just yet.

As the federal government proceeds forward with their plans, we are looking at July 2018 as the official legalization of recreational marijuana. The liberal government has already outlined the laws and regulations that will govern this decision at a federal level, such as setting the legal age at 18 for purchasing. However, for the most part, each province will largely be in charge of how they wish to proceed forward in their own regions.

Which is too bad really, because what a perfect addition it could have been for a holiday which celebrates solely around the colour green.

Originating in Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on the anniversary of his death. As the patron saint of the country, Saint Patrick is credited with bringing Christianity to the people of Ireland. Since the day would fall during the Christian time of Lent, prohibitions were removed in honour of the day and people would celebrate with food, dancing and drinking.

But why green?

Well as the tradition continued to grow and be celebrated on a global scale, many of the stories linked to Saint Patrick were brought to the forefront, such as the colour green. According to legend, Saint Patrick had used a shamrock and it’s three leaves as a way to explain the Holy Trinity to the people of Ireland. Despite blue being the colour that actually belonged to Saint Patrick, green is the colour that gets associated with Ireland, it’s beautiful landscape and the shamrock.

As the celebrations moved to places like America, and the day became more commercialized, concepts such as green beer came to fruition. Now the day is largely used a time to go out and have fun, regardless if you’re from Ireland or not.

So, even though this would have been a prime opportunity, we’re going to have to hold off on the marijuana, at least for a little while longer. It’s not like anyone is going to have difficulties having fun today regardless.

For more information on what marijuana legalization is going to look like in your province, CTV News has helpfully outlined all your need-to-knows right here.

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The Top 5 Fitness Exhibitors at YYCfit

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The Health & Fitness Expo was in town this weekend, and we had an opportunity to check out some of 2018’s newest and coolest exhibits that local fitness pros had to offer.

OB Organic’s

An online based High Performance Food Menu, OB Organic’s is “a specialty food manufacturer dedicated to providing high quality solutions for athletes on the go, who wish to combine their performance needs with enjoyable eating.

With nationwide shipping, customers are able to select from a variety of different flavours of Paleo Protein Chocolate Cups and Protein Paleo Donuts.

According to their website,

“[Their] products are made with carefully sourced ingredients, and are free from the usual sugars and artificial substances that come with most snack foods.  The end result is a delicious, low glycemic snack, packed with healthy fats and high quality protein.”

Balletiques

A combination of ballet and fitness, owner Sarah Stewart has taken her illustrious dancing background to bring to Calgary a new and fun way to burn those calories.

With no previous dance experience required, anyone can follow along to a step by step breakdown of fundamentals and get in a good workout at the same time.

Set to the latest up-beat pop music, this unique ballet-inspired fitness class will help build, define and tone long, lean muscles.”

The new Spring session schedule is now available for sign up, and your first class to attend is free!

Strike Combat Archery

What is Combat Archery you ask? Well according to the website you “[t]ake all of the adrenaline-pumping excitement of paintball, mix it with the charm of being Legolas or Catnis and remove the overwhelming pain.

Great for team-building, corporate or private events, Combat Archery is the perfect way to unleash all that pent up steam against your coworkers, in a completely nonlethal way.

Fully mobile, Combat Archery can either come to you, or set up a space for you to bring your friends, where you can enjoy a day of taking each other out without any consequences. Go to their website to book an event for you and your party.

Bolder

Calgary’s first bouldering specific climbing centre, Bolder is the perfect place for climbers of any skill level to check out. Open 7 days a week, the centre offers 5300sqft of bouldering terrain, a separate training area, a multipurpose mezzanine, and a cafe.

Bolder also offers different workshops and programs which you can check out on their website, and as an added bonus, any climbers that go in before 1 pm on weekdays only have to pay $10!

The Beach YYC

It’s hard to be a fan of beach volleyball when you are a resident of Calgary. Opening summer of 2018, The Beach YYC will be Calgary’s only indoor beach volleyball facility.

According to their pamphlet the centre will be based in the community of Ramsay and will offer the following:

  • Year-round beach volleyball leagues and tournaments
  • Ultimate frisbee leagues and drop-in times
  • Yoga
  • Rental space (meetings, team building, social events)

For more information about the recreation facility and their upcoming opening day, check out their official website.

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Can You Become a Successful Student-preneur?

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Most of us have either seen or heard of popular TV series, Dragon’s Den, where hopeful entrepreneur’s stand before a panel of venture capitalists to pitch their ideas, in the hopes that they may secure financial investing for their startups.

While not all of us can be guaranteed a spot on the show, on a much smaller scale, venture capitalists, angel investors and others around the world look for opportunities to help entrepreneurs grow and develop their businesses.

More universities and colleges have incorporated entrepreneurial education into their curriculum to promote the undertaking of starting your own company. Mount Royal University’s (MRU) Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship recently had their annual JMH $70,000 LaunchPad Pitch Competition.

Founded to support those MRU students who are ambitious enough to pursue their own ventures, the initiative is funded largely by donations from JMH&CO. According to the website, over the past five years alone, there has been a total of $250,000 donated to support the program.

For this year’s competition, JMH&CO. put forth $40,000 along with $10,000 each from LaBarge Weinstein, Trout + Taylor and the Busy Foundation. Six students had the opportunity to win up to $70,000 for their endeavour should they impress the judging panel, which consisted people of note, including Alice Reimer, serial entrepreneur, Andrew Browne, co-founder and CEO of TikTiks, and Patrick Lor, serial entrepreneur and venture capitalist.

After hours preparing, each student went up and put forth their best pitch and showcase to sway the crowd. For a further look into the speakers and their companies, click on their profile links below:

Vigo

Lobo Development Ltd.

StudentSaver

Connor’s Carwash

S’WEARIT

The sixth, and final company, CommunityKit, did not provide us with any additional information, and therefore were unable to be featured.

MRU put on a great showcase of their students and what the Institute has to offer for future entrepreneurs. Yes, the odds are generally stacked against most startups, but with universities like MRU trying to create an environment for growth, there may be a light at the end of the tunnel.

Congrats to all the winners and we wish all the success to those brave enough to pursue their ambitions.

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