2020 Parents and Grandparents Program Back to Random Selection

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Want to sponsor your parents or grandparents to come to Canada? Good news for those who’ve been waiting for the 2020 intake of Parents and Grandparents (PGP) Program. “Our government strongly believes in the importance of keeping families together—particularly during difficult times. The Parents and Grandparents Program is a dedicated pathway to reuniting more families in Canada.” – The Honourable …

How to Correctly Recycle Electronic Items

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Welcome to today’s Residential Recycling & Disposal Info for Newcomers! It’s always nice to have the latest technology in your hand. How often do you change your smartphone? With the holiday season approaching fast, many people choose to buy new cellphones during the Black Friday and Boxing Day sales. What to do with old cellphone and other discarded electronics? You …

Secret Santa for Newcomer Children

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Christmas is around the corner and Santa is getting ready to visit us! Santa helpers are helping Santa prepare presents for kids. You can receive a present, if you are 6 to 13 years old have lived in Canada for less than 16 months currently resides in Calgary How to receive a present? All you need to do is sending …

VAC’s in India offering limited biometric appointments

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Visa application centres (VAC) in India offering limited biometrics appointments for spouses, partners, dependent children and students. VAC has been temporarily closed due to COVID-19, but are now offering limited biometrics appointments to specific, eligible clients. During this time, those who are coming to Canada to permanently reunite with family, and those who are coming to study at an approved designated …

When Push Comes to Shove

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In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers“, let’s take a look at this expression: “When Push Comes to Shove”. What does “when push comes to shove” mean? “When push comes to shove” means if worse comes to worse. It is when a decision needs to be made to resolve an urgent issue matters become critical and call for an action someone …

Gift Wrapping Tips for A Zero-Waste Holiday Season

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It’s almost December! Have you started gift-shopping? Here are some tips on gift wrapping! Reducing waste during holidays Learn about holiday return policies and keep the gift receipt Choose consumable gifts instead (chocolate, home-baked cookies, wine, etc.) Purchase gift cards from local businesses to avoid gift wrapping and support local Donate to a favourite local charity Reuse the following containers …

Changes for CBE Students

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Following the changes announced by the Alberta Government, the Calgary Board of Education (CBE) posted new health measures for students: For Grade 7-12 Students Home learning will start on November 30, 2020 and last until Friday, January 8, 2021 (except during winter break) In-person classes will resume on January 11, 2021 Diploma exams are optional for rest of the school …

New Mandatory Public Health Measures

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On November 24, 2020, the Government of Alberta announced new public health measures for the province of Alberta. These new measures are implemented for at least the next three weeks in hopes of addressing the growing number of cases. Please find below a quick summary of the new health measures, for more in-depth description of these measures, please visit https://www.alberta.ca/enhanced-public-health-measures.aspx …

Kitchen Essentials You Need to Kick-Start Your New Life

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When you move to Canada to start a new life, you may have to leave behind a lot of things, because you simply don’t have enough space in your luggage to fit bulky items, such as kitchenware and kitchen supplies. Most rental properties don’t come with furniture or kitchen supplies. How to quickly set up your own kitchen at low …