IRCC to Send More Invitations for Parents and Grandparents Program 2021

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In October 2020, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited Canadians and permanent residents who wish to sponsor their parents and grandparents to come to Canada to submit an interest to sponsor form online.  On July 20, 2021, IRCC announced that they will use the same random selection process and send our more invitations to those who have already submitted an …

Free Admission to Studio Bell

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National Music Centre (NMC) will be partnering with ATB to offer free admission to Studio Bell on weekends for the remainder of 2021.  Calgarians, Albertans, and visitors to our city will now have more opportunities to explore the home for music in Canada.  Free tickets can be booked in person or online at studiobell.ca/visitor-information.  To ensure the health and safety of our staff, volunteers, …

Canada to Ease Border Measures for Fully Vaccinated Travellers

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On July 19, the Government of Canada announced a plan to gradually re-open our borders.  Starting August 9, 2021: Canada plans to begin allowing entry to American citizens and permanent residents, who are currently residing in the United States, and have been fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to entering Canada for non-essential travel.  International flights carrying passengers will …

Fire Ban Advisory in Place for Calgary

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A fire ban  is issued to restrict or temporarily ban types of fire use because of a high fire danger and poor air quality;  includes a list of prohibited fire uses.  A Fire ban advisory has recently been issued for the City of Calgary. Under the fire ban, the following are prohibited:  Open fires  Fire pits  Outdoor chimeneas  Recreational solid …

IRCC Launches Dedicated Refugee Stream for Human Rights Defenders

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Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC) has officially launched a dedicated refugee stream for human rights defenders Today, The Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, Minister of , Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC) announced the launch of a dedicated refugee stream to provide a safe haven for human rights defenders at risk who are fleeing persecution in their home country. The Government …

Wildfire Smoke and Your Health

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Air quality advisories are in effect for many communities in Alberta as wildfire smoke moves in from British Columbia. In Canada, wildfire season typically runs from early April to late October. Wildfires can significantly increase air pollution levels, which can harm your health. Symptoms of smoke exposure: Mild and common symptoms include watery eyes, runny nose, sinus irritation, scratchy throat, …

Cool as A Cucumber

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In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers“, let’s take a look at this expression: Cool as A Cucumber. What does “cool as a cucumber” mean? Very calm, collected or unemotional when faced with something surprising Composed or self-possessed in times of stress The origin of “cool as a cucumber”: The inside of cucumbers remains cooler than the air even in extremely …

Companies Hiring in July 2021

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Looking for a job? These companies are hiring in July 2021 for positions in Calgary and surrounding areas. The companies are listed below from A to Z. Clicking on the company name and visit the full list of available positions. Click on the position you are interested in and go to its application page. Almost everything is hyperlinked for your …

New Open Work Permit for Recent PR Applicants (Essential Workers and International Student Graduates Currently in Canada)

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Earlier on May 6, 2021, , Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC) has officially launched a new pathway to permanent residence for eligible essential workers and international graduates from a Canadian institution. Today, The Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, Minister of , Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC) announced that, beginning July 26, 2021, individuals who have applied for this recently opened …

Receive 2 shots and Win an Outdoor Adventure: Alberta’s Outdoor Adventure Vaccine Lottery

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Alberta residents 18+ who have had their 2nd dose now have another opportunity to win by entering the Outdoor Adventure Vaccine Lottery. Prizes include: winner’s choice of a special harvest hunting license for either 2022 or 2023. lifetime hunting license (a combination package consisting of a wildlife certificate, resident general white-tailed deer licence, and a resident game bird licence for …