Easier than You Think!

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On Tuesday September 22, Twenty three professionals from various immigrant serving agencies took part in a training titled, “Easier than You Think”. The training was facilitated by Diana Wark from Calgary Sexual Health Centre. The purpose was to help service providers support parents as they discuss healthy bodies and healthy relationships with their children. Immigrant Services Calgary is a member …

September Cultural Fun Facts

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Did you know about these September festivals?

Navratri

Navratri (September 25 – October 3, 2014) is a festival dedicated to the worship of the Hindu deity Durga. The word Navratri means the ‘nine nights’ in Sanskrit/ The nine nights are dedicated to the three main goddesses of Hinduism. Navratri is separated into sets of three days.

First three days of Navratri are dedicated to Goddess Durga, the Goddess of power and energy.
Next three days of Navratri are dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth and prosperity.
The final three days belong to Goddess Saraswati who is worshipped to acquire spiritual knowledge.

Navratri is an important major festival and is celebrated with great zeal all over India.

Apprenticeship training is now transferable

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Alberta Premier Dave Hancock signed labour mobility agreement-in-principle with Nova Scotia premier Stephen McNeil. This agreement will allow apprenticeship training transferable between Alberta and Nova Scotia. This will improve the recognition of in-province training, allow for the recognition of apprenticeship work experience hours, and enhance labour mobility for apprentices in both Alberta and Nova Scotia. For more information please visit: http://alberta.ca/release.cfm?xid=3702029b08264-c42a-aad7-604244db603d31f9  

Alberta increases minimum wage in September

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As of September 1, 2014, Alberta’s general minimum wage will increase from $9.95 to $10.20 per hour. The liquor server minimum wage will rise from $9.05 to $9.20 per hour. A $1 per hour differential recognizes that liquor servers typically earn tips. About 1.5 per cent of Alberta’s employees that is approximately 25,700 people, earn minimum wage. To compare, 6.8 …

Supporting Calgary Youth in tackling tough issues and making positive choices

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Anti-crime programs that focus on gangs, bullying, drugs, and internet safety will help young people in Alberta sort fact from fiction.The most recent Civil Forfeiture Fund (CFF) grants support 15 projects throughout Alberta, including the YouthLink Calgary Police Interpretive Centre which received a two-year $500,000 grant.The YouthLink Calgary Police Interpretive Centre is an interactive facility that supports youth by helping them strengthen their knowledge of the tough issues of their time, make positive life choices, and become responsible citizens in their communities.CFF grants support community initiatives aimed at children, youth, and families at risk of becoming involved in criminal activity, including gang involvement and those at-risk of being a victim of crime. A total of $2.8 million in grants support community crime prevention and victims’ services projects.