Bring to light

Nicole H. Daily Life, Fun Facts, Newcomer Information

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

Noel Community, Daily Life

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!

Nicole H. Community, Daily Life, Fun Facts

“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 …

Let the cat out of the bag

Nicole H. Daily Life, Newcomer Information

In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers“, let’s take a look at this expression: “Let the cat out of the bag”. What does “let the cat out of the bag” mean? “Let the cat out of the bag” means to: to let a secret out in the open to reveal something either by accident or as a surprise Examples: He let …

Mandatory Masking Ends

Noel Daily Life

Many Covid-19 health restrictions from the Government of Alberta have ended this week (beginning on Tuesday March 1st, 2022, onward). This includes removal of the mask requirements in most places, except for public transit and in specified health care settings. Along with the removal of the masking requirements, other restrictions now lifted include, but not limited to: Limits on indoor …

5 Ways to Save as Utility Bills Increase

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With outside temperatures reaching very low digits last December and into the new year, many consumers are now finding their utility bills higher than ever before. As the demand for natural gas and power increases during cold temperatures, prices often increase as well. Here are 5 ways you can potentially save on your next utility bill! Change to a fixed …

Hit the Sack

Nicole H. Daily Life, Newcomer Information

In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers“, let’s take a look at this expression: Hit the sack. What does “hit the sack” mean? Go to bed in order to sleep Example: I have to wake up early tomorrow, so I think I’ll hit the sack. Before you go, check out our English Learning tips articles! Immigrant Services Calgary offers online language assessment …