Blow Out of the Water

Nicole H. Daily Life, Newcomer Information Leave a Comment

In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers“, let’s take a look at this expression: blow out of the water. What does “blow out of the water” mean? • To destroy or defeat something or someone completely• To thoroughly impress, overwhelm, or excite someone Examples: • He won every tennis game we played. His performance blew mine out of the water.• That …

Temporary Changes to Passport Application Process

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Canada’s borders and international travel has opened up again in recent months, and the demands for passport renewals and applications have been increasing quickly. To keep up with the demand, the federal government has implemented a new temporary passport application process, depending on the urgency of travel plans. If your travel plans begin after 25 business days, you will need …

How Play Can Help You Thrive in a New City

Settlement ISC Community, Daily Life, Newcomer Information, Updates

New in Calgary and looking to make new friends? PlayCity is for you! PlayCity is a free app that connects you with others who are interested in the same activities – from a hiking buddy to a tennis partner! The PlayCity app is available for download both on Google Play and App Store. Meet PlayCity’s CEO, Hafiz Mitha! Read his story below and learn how sport fueled connection …

Thanksgiving Day 2020

Nicole Haddad Community, Daily Life, Fun Facts, Newcomer Information

Turkey. Smiling Faces. A family gathering. Yellow leaves. These are the images that often come up when one thinks of Thanksgiving Day. It was declared as a national holiday in 1879. On January 31st, 1957, the Canadian Parliament announced that this would be “a day of general thanksgiving to almighty God for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been …

How-to & Smart Tips – Behind the Scenes

Rebecca Scheiris Daily Life, Fun Facts, Newcomer Information

The “Smart Tips” series has come far since it started, over a year ago. The project started with research to find out what topics newcomers wanted to learn and has become nine completed videos with six more on the way. The videos have reached thousands of Alberta newcomers. The project goal was to inform newcomers with relatable, real situational videos, …

Labour Day 2020

Nicole Haddad Community, Daily Life, Newcomer Information, Settlement & Community News

With workers all over Canada looking forward to a day to recharge on Labour Day, let’s take this opportunity to reflect on the origin and history of this public holiday. The Toronto Printers Union had been asking their employers for a shorter work week for over 3 years. After being repeatedly ignored, they took bold action and went on strike …

Government of Canada: Support for Seniors impacted by COVID-19

Michelle Mak Newcomer Information, Seniors, Updates

On September 3, 2020, the Honourable Deb Schulte, Minister of Seniors, and Iqra Khalid, Member of Parliament for Mississauga—Erin Mills, announced over 1,000 new projects delivered by community organizations across the country to support seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic. These projects are funded through an investment of $20 million in funding through the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP). These …

Importance of Reading in English

Lisa C. Newcomer Information

Reading is one of the four language skills . In today’s English Learning Tips, let’s take a look at the important role it plays in helping you improve your understanding of the English language and building your vocabulary. How does reading contribute to my overall English skill? Reading is an input (receptive) skill. When you read something in English, you …