Former Residential School Sites Designated as National Historic Sites

Lisa C. Newcomer Information, Settlement & Community News, Updates

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 …

Returning to School in Alberta

Michelle Mak Daily Life, Newcomer Information

This week, schools will welcome students back to class for a new school year with added health measures in place in Alberta. Some of the new health measures include: Masks for staff and grades 4-12 where physical distancing may not be possible in shared areas such as on the bus and hallways and while closely interacting in the classroom Placing …

Travel Restrictions Still In Place for Labour Day Long Weekend

Lisa C. Settlement & Community News, Updates

This weekend will be the Labour Day long weekend (September 5, 6 & 7). The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) wants to remind all travellers that travel restrictions are still in place at all Canadian international border crossings. Foreign nationals, including United States (U.S.) citizens, will not be allowed to enter Canada for any of the following examples of discretionary/optional …

New Agreements to Reserve Future COVID-19 Vaccines

Lisa C. Settlement & Community News, Updates

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau has recently announced that the Government of Canada has signed two new agreements with Novavax and Johnson & Johnson to reserve millions of doses of the vaccines they’re developing. The most recent vaccine tests conducted by these two companies show promising results. That’s why the Canadian government is making sure that if one of them …

Alberta Culture Days 2020

Michelle Mak Daily Life

Alberta Culture Days is one of the largest celebration of arts, heritage, diversity and community spirit. Activities are happening across the province all month long, from September 1 to 30, and many require registration in advance. It is an opportunity to discover, experience and celebrate arts and culture through local events and activities, in person and online across the province. …

Vending Machines Selling Masks and Hand Sanitizer

Lisa C. Fun Facts, Settlement & Community News, Updates

Have you ever left home, walked all the way to a CTrain or bus station then realized you left your face mask or hand sanitizer at home? Here’s some good news — Personal protective equipment (PPE) will become more available in vending machines in public spaces across Canada! Klear Vending, a company based in Toronto has already set up four …

What You Need to Know about Maple Syrup

Lisa C. Daily Life, Fun Facts, Newcomer Information

Today, let’s learn a few things about maple syrup — one of the most well-known Canadian icons! Where does maple syrup come from? Maple syrup is harvested and processed from maple trees; Holes are drilled into the trunks of maple trees so that the sap can be collected in a container; The sap is then heated and filtered multiple times; …

Calgary Transit – Schedule Changes

Michelle Mak Newcomer Information, Updates

Calgary Transit updates their bus routes and schedules four times a year. The changes made have considered many factors including feedback from customers and drivers, ridership levels and changing traffic patterns. This year, the COVID-19 pandemic has also had major impacts on how to plan the Fall 2020 routes and schedules. The service changes will come into effect on Monday, August …