Can We Gather Indoors This Fall?

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The weather is becoming cooler these days. As we enter the final quarter of 2020, a couple of holidays are right around the corner. More and more people are asking the question, can we gather indoors this fall? The short answer is you can, but there are risks you need to keep in mind. Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s top doctor, …

Words that are Both Nouns and Verbs

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Some words take on double duty by serving as more than just one part of speech. In today’s “English Learning Tips for Newcomers”, let’s take a look at words that are both nouns and verbs! Nouns vs. Verbs Noun: a word that represents a person, place, thing or idea. Verb: a word that presents an action, state or occurrence. Words …

Speech from the Throne

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On September 23, 2020, the Governor General of Canada delivered the Speech from the Throne to open the second session of the 43rd Parliament and outline the government’s agenda. Before we dive into the details of the speech, let’s first take a look at the Canadian System of Government and how the Parliament of Canada works! The Canadian System of …

Some Permanent Residence Applicants Now Temporarily Exempt from Biometrics Requirement

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Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced a new temporary public policy: You are exempt under this new policy, if you have both of the following: a new or pending application for permanent residence made from within or outside Canada already submitted their biometrics in support of an immigration application within the last 10 years More information: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/news/notices/biometrics-exemption-permanent-residents.html

Trans Affirming Network by Skipping Stone

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Depending on which country or region you moved to Canada from, the concept of gender diversity may or may not exist. Gender Identity vs. Sex Gender identity is a person’s internal sense of whether they’re male or female, both, or neither, and it’s not visible to others. Gender identity and sex are two different things. Sex was assigned to someone …

2020 Women’s Self-Defense Summit

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The 2020 Women’s Self-Defense Summit is happening next week, September 28 to 30! This is the ultimate free event for well-being and wellness conscious women! Learn how to become more confident, inspired, and empowered through self-defense secrets from 26 top self-defense experts in the world. Check out the detailed agenda and how to register here: https://womensselfdefensesummit.com * Although this is …

Is My Account Affected in the Recent CRA Hacking Incident?

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In the recent CRA hacking incidents, hackers used passwords and usernames from previous hacks in other organizations to access CRA accounts. As the CRA works to prevent future cyber incidents, we as taxpayers need to be aware if our accounts are affected. How do I know if my CRA account is affected? You will receive a letter (registered mail) from …

Why CRA May Call You & How to Spot Scammers

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As the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) gradually reopens some programs and services, CRA employees may be calling you to discuss your tax and benefit situations. However, you should be aware of scammers pretending to be CRA employees. Reasons the CRA may call: The CRA may call if they previously wrote to you, or in any of these situations: If you …

Gender Equality Week Sep 20 to 26

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Canada’s Gender Equality Week is being held from September 20 to 26, 2020. Advancing gender equality benefits everyone, women, men and gender diverse communities, and leads to greater health, happiness, and economic prosperity. For the recent 2 to 3 decades, Canada has made important progress to remove barriers to equality: added gender identity and gender expression as prohibited grounds of …

CFN’s Indigenous Education for Newcomers Program

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Nowadays, Canada’s immigration policy is among the most welcoming worldwide. Every year, we welcome new immigrants to Canada. Waves of immigration and settlement forced many Indigenous peoples away from their traditional lands and disrupted their traditional ways of life. As a newcomer to Canada, it is important for you to learn about the history. The Centre for Newcomers (CFN) runs …