Federal Investments Announced to Launch Black Entrepreneurship Program

Lisa C. Finance, Settlement & Community News, Settlement News, Updates

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated existing systemic barriers faced by Black entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized business owners in Canada. We need to do more to support them and address anti-Black racism. The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, has announced investments of up to nearly $221 million in partnership with Canadian financial institutions (including RBC, BMO Financial Group, Scotiabank, CIBC, National …

$5 Million Funding to Improve Access to Palliative Care

Lisa C. Seniors, Settlement & Community News, Settlement News, Updates

As its first step of $20 million commitment to enhance palliative care, the Government of Alberta has recently announced a $5 million funding to be provided to the Covenant Health Palliative Institute to increase access to palliative and end-of-life services; promote advance care planning so Albertans can ensure their wishes are honoured. Additionally, $1 million will be provided to the …

Wordfest Calgary Sep – Dec 2020

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

Last Thursday, we explored the importance of reading in one of our “English Learning Tips” articles. In this article, let’s take a look at this event happening in Calgary right now, which is perfect for kindling (or rekindling) your passion for reading. Wordfest is a not-for-profit charitable arts organization that produces one of Canada’s largest international literary festivals, taking place …

Women’s Centre Looking for Volunteers

Lisa C. Community, Updates, Volunteers

Women’s Centre of Calgary is now resuming the recruitment and training of new volunteers. Safety and cleaning protocols have been implemented in the Centre to keep volunteers and women safe. Women’s Centre of Calgary has over 800 active volunteers who manage and support all of their programs and services. Opportunities are available for: Peer Support Volunteers Legal Assistants Wednesday Bread …

COVID Testing FAQs for Albertans Planning to Travel

Lisa C. COVID-19, Settlement & Community News

If you reside in Alberta, are currently planning to travel, and need COVID-19 testing and reporting services, you may find these FAQs helpful: How to book a COVID-19 test? All Albertans, including travelers, can access asymptomatic testing through AHS or by visiting a participating pharmacy. How long does do I need to wait to be tested? How long does it …

Yellow Larch Fall Hikes

Lisa C. Community, Daily Life, Fun Facts, Newcomer Information

In Canada, you get to experience the changing landscapes and natural beauty for all four seasons. Fall in Canada is chilly and feels almost like winter, but you can still make the best out of it before the freezing temperatures set in. In central and eastern Canada, leaves on the trees transform to beautiful shades of yellow, orange and red. …

It’s Fall, the Pumpkin Spice Season!

Lisa C. Daily Life, Fun Facts, Newcomer Information

As much as we hate to admit, the summer of 2020 is drawing to an end. Fall is in the air! Every fall, cafés, bath and beauty shops and grocery stores fill their shelves or menus with pumpkin spice-flavored/ scented products. From traditional pumpkin pies, pumpkin spice-scented lotions, to the famous Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks, you name it! If …

Free Event Exploring the Impacts of the Pandemic on Immigrants

Lisa C. COVID-19, Newcomer Information, Settlement & Community News, Updates

The Centre for Race and Culture and Calgary Catholic Immigration Society are organizing a free online round-table event on the impact of COVID-19 on immigrants in Alberta. Guest speakers include: Ricardo Morales, Director of Community Development and Integration Services & Southern Alberta Rural Initiatives; Dr. Sinela Jurkova, Diversity Services Coordinator at Calgary Catholic Immigration Society; Dr. Jingzhou Liu, researcher and …