Apply for the Tax Instalment Payment Plan (TIPP)

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What is the Tax Instalment Payment Plan (TIPP)? TIPP is a popular program that allows you to pay your property tax​ on a monthly basis instead of one payment in June. The payment automatically comes out of your chequing account the first day of every month. TIPP makes budgeting easier and eliminates the risk of a 3.5% late payment penalty. In response …

International Day of People with Disabilities

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Today, December 3, is International Day of People with Disabilities. This is the annual celebration of people with disabilities. This year’s theme is ‘Not all Disabilities are Visible’, it’s focus is to spread awareness and understanding that not all disabilities are apparent (such as mental illnesses, chronic pain, diabetes, etc) On this day, we are reminded that we have responsibility …

Stricter Penalties for Impaired Driving

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Beginning on December 1, police will be enforcing stricter impaired driving penalties that may result in larger fines and lose their vehicles for up to 30 days. This means that police will be able to administer stricter impaired driving penalties on the road, while most first-time impaired driving charges will be handled quicker outside of court through SafeRoads Alberta. Impaired …

Chinatown Lamppost Banner Contest

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Have you seen Chinatown’s current lamppost banners? For the past 3 years, the lamppost banner has had a panda design. They are now looking for a new design and are running a contest for it! Details of the contest: Calgary Chinatown BIA will select 3 designs Each winning designer will win $800 CASH PRIZE!  The winning artworks will be deployed to the …

Giving Tuesday 2020

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Today is Giving Tuesday, Giving Tuesday is a global movement for giving and volunteering, taking place each year after Black Friday. It is a time when charities, companies and individuals join together and rally for charitable causes! To celebrate Giving Tuesday, you may: Volunteer Donate to a charity Fundraise for a charity Spread the message on social media If you would …

Air Canada and Shoppers Drug Mart Collaborate for Pre-flight COVID-19 Testing

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Air Canada has announced a collaboration with Shoppers Drug Mart to provide travellers with pre-flight COVID-19 RT-PCR testing. This will begin on December 7, those who are flying with Air Canada in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia will be able to book a COVID-19 test at participating Shoppers Drug Mart locations. Results will typically be available within 24-48 hours! But, the …

Visit a Virtual Museum!

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Running out of ideas and things to do this weekend? Why not visit a virtual museum? http://www.virtualmuseum.ca/ hosts the largest digital source of stories and experiences shared by Canada’s museums and heritage organizations! You may take a look at free virtual exhibitions ranging from topics such as arts, history to science and technology. Certain exhibitions are available in both English …

Changes to Calgary Public Library Services

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After the Government of Alberta released the new mandatory health measures, Calgary Public Library has made a few changes to their services. Cancellation of all in-person programs and events will continue until Monday, January 11, 2021. Social gatherings are not allowed in locations. All group seating will be limited to no more than three persons. Exceptions can be made to …