National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day 2022

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September 30 marks the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day in Canada. For more than a century, thousands of Indigenous children were taken from their homes and placed in residential schools. The term residential schools refers to a school system set up by the Canadian government and administered by churches that had the objective of educating …

National Day of Mourning to Commemorate Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II

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The Prime Minister has announced that Monday, September 19, 2022, will be a one-time National Day of Mourning for the federal public service, including the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), to coincide with Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s State Funeral and the end of the official period of mourning in Canada. “On September 19, Canadians from across the country will pay their respects to …

Update to Canadian Immigration Application Backlogs

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Canada’s Immigration Minister, the Honourable Sean Fraser, has recently highlighted Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC) ongoing efforts to strengthen Canada’s immigration system and reduce application backlogs. As part of this plan, the Minister announced that IRCC will have hired up to 1,250 new employees by the end of the fall to increase their processing capacity and tackle the backlogs. This …

The Ball is in Your Court

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In today’s English Idioms for Newcomers, let’s take a look at this expression: “the ball is in your court.” What does “the ball is in your court” mean? “The ball is in your court” means: You have the responsibility of taking the next action or a making decision Examples: She apologized for betraying him and asked if they could continue their …

Heritage Day 2022

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Heritage Day long weekend is coming up! Heritage Day takes place on the first Monday of August each year in Alberta and recognizes and celebrates the varied cultural, architectural, and historical heritage of the people who have shaped this province. We encourage you to set out to find museums, historical sites, festivals, or natural heritage sites around Alberta on Heritage …

Once in a Blue Moon

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In today’s English Idioms for Newcomers, let’s take a look at this expression: “once in a blue moon.” What does “once in a blue moon” mean? “Once in a blue moon” means: Rarely Examples: He only buys me flowers once in a blue moon. She doesn’t get angry often; it only happens once in a blue moon. Before you go, check …

Hang in there

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In today’s English Idioms for Newcomers, let’s take a look at this expression: “hang in there.” What does “hang in there” mean? “Hang in there” means: Don’t give up Examples: Hang in there! Even though you did not succeed at this job interview, I am confident you will find the right job if you keep applying. Before you go, check …

Mandatory vaccination requirements for domestic travellers and federally regulated transportation workers to be suspended on June 20, 2022

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The Government of Canada has announced that, as of June 20, 2022, it will suspend vaccination requirements for domestic and outbound travel, federally regulated transportation sectors, and federal government employees. This means that vaccination will no longer be a requirement to board a plane or train in Canada. Other public health measures, such as wearing a mask, continue to apply …

Beat around the bush

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In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers,” let’s take a look at this expression: “Beat around the bush.” What does “Beat around the bush” mean? “Beat around the bush” means: To avoid the point To talk about unimportant things because you want to avoid talking about what is really important Examples: Why are you beating around the bush instead of telling me what …

World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

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May 21st is World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development! Cultural diversity refers to the different birthplaces, ethnicities, languages, values, beliefs, and world views particular groups of people identify with. We can deepen our understanding of cultural diversity and its value in our lives by simply having a dialogue with those who are different from us. It all …