Transportation Support for Vaccine Appointments

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Seniors 75+ can now book covid-19 vaccines. The government of Alberta has recently identified 211 as a resource to support transportation to vaccine appointments for isolated seniors and those with mobility challenges. For isolated seniors and those with mobility challenges, if you do not have the means to get to a vaccination centre, you can contact 211 for help in …

Alberta Offers Outreach Support to Communities with High Numbers of Active COVID-19 Cases

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The government of Alberta has recently put forward new outreach supports for communities in Calgary and Edmonton with higher numbers of active COVID-19 cases and rates of infection. Calgary neighbourhoods include: Lower Northeast and Upper Northeast Edmonton neighbourdhoods include: Abbottsfield, Castle Downs, Eastwood, Jasper Place, Millwoods West, North East, Northgate, Woodcroft East, Woodcroft West Starting December 15, residents in these …

Telus Mobility Plan for Seniors

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Telus has a “Mobility for Good” phone plan that is meant for low-income seniors. Those who are eligible may be able to receive a cheaper plan as well as a free refurbished device. Eligibility:– Those who are receiving the Guaranteed Income Supplement benefit (GIS)– Those who can provide their Old Age Security statement – T4A(OAS) indicating the amount paid to …

Pen Pal Program

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Link-ages has a Pen Pal program that invites people of all ages to join. This program helps connect individuals during the COVID-19 pandemic where social distancing is encouraged. This program allows people of all ages, ethnicities, identities and abilities to connect through handwritten mail. The Pen Pal Program is unique because Link-ages will be using organization hubs to receive and …

Calgary Transit Holiday Service

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With Christmas and New Years coming up quick, Calgary Transit has adjusted their hours to accommodate the holidays. Saturday, Dec 25 FREE SERVICE ALL DAYC-trains running every 15 minutesC-trains running every 30 minutes from 10 PM – 2:30 AMBus: Service every 20-45 minutes on Routes 1, 3, 8, 9, 14, 38, 43, 100, 300, 301, 302, MAX Orange, MAX Yellow, MAX Teal and MAX Purple. Sunday, Dec 26 Sunday level of service for both trains and buses. …

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 …

Alberta Health Services Restricts Visitor Access

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Effective November 16, 2020, Alberta Health Services announced that patients in all Alberta hospitals are now only limited to one or two designated family or support people for their entire visit.  Visitor access is only allowed for patients at end-of-life and for those receiving critical care for a life-threatening illness. Currently: One designated support is allowed for ambulatory, emergency or urgent …

Deadline Extended for Disability Tax Credit Application to Receive COVID One-Time Payment

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The COVID-19 pandemic has created challenges for some Disability Tax Credit (DTC) applicants when collecting the information required. Taking that into consideration, the Canadian Government has recently made the announcement below: The deadline to apply for the Disability Tax Credit (DTC) to receive the one-time payment has been extended from September 25, 2020, to December 31, 2020. The one-time non-taxable …

Calgary Transit: Thanksgiving Weekend

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Calgary Transit has adjusted their service levels for the Thanksgiving weekend, Saturday, October 10 through Monday, October 12. On Monday, October 12, Calgary transit will be running Sunday level of service, but October 10 – October 11 will have normal weekend service. Their customer service hours of operation have also adjusted due to the Thanksgiving weekend, to find out the …

Affordable Housing in Calgary

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Everyone deserves a safe and stable place to call home, but not everyone can afford one. Making sure people of all income levels has access to safe and stable housing will help create inclusive communities make Calgary a great place to live and work Calgary has more than 60 affordable housing partners working to provide safe and stable homes to …