Labour Day 2020

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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

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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

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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 …

Fiesta Filipino 2020 – Virtual Celebration

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Fiesta Filipino is the biggest cultural festival representing the Filipino community of Calgary and the entire province of Alberta. The Filipino Canadian community of Alberta will come together and celebrate their heritage as a united group. In addition, this festival will also give their community a chance to share their beautiful and colourful heritage to every Albertan and Canadian. This …

Garbage Tags Required for Extra Bags of Black Cart Garbage Starting October

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Starting October 1, 2020, if your black cart is full and you have extra bags of garbage that will not fit, you will need to buy tags to put on extra garbage bags for pickup. If there is no sticker, your collection driver will NOT pick up the bag. Where to buy garbage tags Tags are $3 eachand will be …

Video: How to Get a Driver’s Licence in Alberta

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Have you recently moved to Alberta, Canada as a permanent resident? If the answer is yes, you probably have started taking the C-Train and buses, but wherever you go, whatever you do, driving your own car will make your new life in Alberta so much easier! If you don’t know how to drive a car, you need to start from …

Financial Relief Navigator

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Prosper Canada has launched an online tool: Financial Relief Navigator (FRN). This tool helps vulnerable Canadians and those impacted financially by COVID-19 access critical emergency benefits and financial relief from governments, financial institutions, telecoms and internet providers. While some other tools focus on only emergency benefits, the FRN acts as a one-stop portal where Canadians can access relief measures from …

Deep Braich – Northern Lights Recipient

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The Alberta Northern Lights Volunteer Recognition Program honours the everyday heroes who are helping to make life better in communities across the province. Recently, Deep Braich, a 17-year-old Calgary teen, is recognized by Alberta Northern Lights for her volunteer initiative YYC Youth Helping Youth, which connects young women in Alberta with feminine hygiene items during the COVID-19 pandemic. Deep Braich …

Former Residential School Sites Designated as National Historic Sites

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The Residential School System has had negative and enduring impacts on generations of Indigenous peoples, on First Nation, Inuit and Métis communities, cultures, economies, traditional knowledge and ways of life, languages, family structures, and connections to the land. What you need to know about the Residential School System: The Residential School System was imposed on Indigenous peoples to assimilate them …