Property taxes are due June 29 – the City of Calgary

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In Canada, homeowners are required to pay their property taxes each year, and they pay property tax directly to their local government. In Calgary, the property taxes are due June 29. Any account not paid in full as of July 1 is penalized 7% on the unpaid taxes. There are different payment options to pay directly to the City or through banks. 

Alberta Health Services Warns of Text Scams Using Its Name

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Alberta Health Services is warning Albertans about a new text scam. Some Albertans have been receiving text messages that links to what looks like an e-transfer site. Once you open the link, the site asks you to input your bank information. Alberta Health Services would like to clarify that it would never send text messages, and would never request for money through e-transfer. If you receive such a text message, do not open the link.

Canada plans to lift visa requirement for United Arab Emirates

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On May 28, 2018, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada announced plans to remove the visa requirement for UAE citizens on June 5, 2018. UAE citizens will not need a visa for short visits to Canada (up to 6 months).
Although UAE citizens will not need to apply for a visa, like other visa-exempt travelers, they will still need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to fly to or transit through Canada.

City of Calgary – Green Cart Compost Giveaway

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Spring is here! Gardening is near! To give you a head start, the City of Calgary is giving Calgarians free fertilizer.  

Bring along your shovels, gloves and containers to take home up to 100 litres of compost per day per vehicle. The fertilizer is 100% natural. It is made of the food scraps, leaves, and yard waste materials through City of Calgary Green Cart Program. Calgarians can pick up the compost on every Saturday in May.

Emergency Alert Testing Across Canada on May 7, 9

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Next week millions of mobile phones and tablets will ring and vibrate across the Canada to test the new national public emergency alert system. Canada’s broadcast regulator, the CRTC, said the wireless providers will send a test alert on May 7 and 9. It sounds similar to an ambulance alarm. In Alberta, the test will be distributed on May 9 at 1:55 PM MDT.

7,300 Affordable Child Care Spaces in Alberta Now

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The Government of Alberta just announced that Alberta is adding 100 additional Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) centres offering $25 per day care. Alberta now has a total number of 7,300 affordable spaces. 
This Alberta-wide pilot program provides child care for children aged 0 to kindergarten with maximum fees of $25 per day. The centres may offer flexible child care for parents who work part-time or shifts that are outside typical day car hours.