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 …

Take it with a pinch of salt

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In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers”, let’s take a look at this expression: “Take it with a pinch of salt.” What does “Take it with a pinch of salt” mean? “Take it with a pinch of salt” means: Do not take it too seriously. Examples: Martha often exaggerates the achievements she’s had in her painting career, so I take everything she …

A blessing in disguise

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In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers”, let’s take a look at this expression: “A blessing in disguise.” What does “A blessing in disguise” mean? “A blessing in disguise” means: An event that seems wrong at first but results in something good happening later. Examples: She was upset when her boyfriend left her, but it was a blessing in disguise because she …

Bring to light

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In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers”, let’s take a look at this expression: “Bring to light”. What does “bring to light” mean? “Bring to light” means: Reveal or disclose something previously hidden or secret Reveal something, often something inappropriate or illegal To cause something to be known Synonyms: Reveal, expose, disclose. Example: The facts that were uncovered in the investigation …

Free Activities for Families Over Spring Break

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Children are off on Spring Break this week, and activities to keep them busy don’t have to cost a lot. We have put together a list of some free activities below to bring your family hours of fun! Make and Take at Mastermind Toys – March 21-25, 2022. Free toy making workshop for your kids to learn to build a …

Welcome Spring!

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“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant.” – Anne Bradstreet In 2022, the March equinox happens on Sunday, March 20, at 11:33 A.M. EDT. In Canada, this date marks the first day of spring! The word equinox comes from the Latin words for “equal night”. On the March equinox, day and night are approximately the …

Removal of Pre-Arrival Testing Requirements

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Beginning April 1, 2022, the Canadian government will no longer require fully vaccinated travelers entering the country to show a negative Covid-19 test result. This new policy will apply at both airport and land border crossings. Random testing of travelers arriving in Canada will continue, in order to track potential new COVID-19 variants. Word of the Day: Random – Done …

Government Support for Rising Fuel and Utility Prices

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To help reduce rising fuel prices in Alberta, the Alberta Government announced a temporary removal of a 13 cents/litre fuel tax at the pumps. This program will begin April 1, 2022 and continue through 2022-2023, whenever oil prices go above USD$90 per barrel. The Alberta Government is also providing a $150 electricity rebate to help Albertans with recent high costs …