Reopening of Playgrounds in Calgary

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The City of Calgary will be re-opening playgrounds starting Friday, May 29 instead of June 1. This was changed to be earlier so that Calgarians can take advantage of the warm weather forecast. Timeline: It will take approximately 4 business days to re-open all City-operated playgrounds. Re-opening playgrounds involves: Removing closure tape Conducting a light safety inspection Swapping out closed/open …

Calgary’s Green Line LRT Project

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In case you haven’t heard about the Green Line, it is Calgary’s next light rail transit (LRT) line and largest infrastructure investment to date. The Green Line is not only an exciting addition to the Calgary Transit System, it will also be an important platform for City development. First, a few quick facts about the Green Line Project! – Calgary …

Fun and Positive things to do during COVID-19 in Calgary

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During this time of social distancing and staying at home, it may seem like there aren’t many things to do. But there are many positive and fun things that are still happening in Calgary that you can participate! The City of Calgary has Drive-By Birthdays where Calgary Fire Department will drive by your house in trucks with flashing lights and …

Calgary Passes Bylaw to Ban Conversion Therapy

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Calgary City Council has recently voted to pass the Prohibited Business Bylaw No. 20M2020. This bylaw bans the practice and promotion of conversion therapy. What is Conversion Therapy? Conversion therapy is dangerous, harmful and unscientific. People who practice conversion therapy claim that it can change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity or expression, but there’s NO evidence proving that’s …

City of Calgary Service Changes

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The City of Calgary offers a variety of services and programs to the public but not all are available or open due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, let’s go through the most recent update by the City and see what services and facilities are open and available. Calgary Transit Buses and C-Trains are still operating with some adjustments. You may …

Paramedic Services Week 2020

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Paramedic Services Week is May 24 to 30. This week celebrates and appreciates the front line workers of Canada’s healthcare system. More than 40,000 paramedics and communications officers stand ready to help Canadians in need. “Day in and day out, they answer our calls for help and put themselves in harm’s way to save lives. And this year, we’re particularly grateful …

Alberta Isolation Questionnaire

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Starting May 20, 2020, if you are entering Alberta from outside Canada by air, you must complete and submit a self-isolation questionnaire, no matter if you are showing COVID-19 symptoms or not. This is to demonstrate you have appropriate plans and the necessary supports in place to self-isolate for 14 days. You will receive a provincial isolation questionnaire upon arriving …

Benefits Payments Extended until End of Sep 2020

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Affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, many Canadians are not able to file tax on time. As part of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, the tax filing deadline has been extended from April 30 to June 1, 2020. The Minister of National Revenue, the Honourable Diane Lebouthillier has recently announced that the Canada Revenue Agency has extended benefit payments until the …

Trudeau Announces Annual Increase to the Canada Child Benefit

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The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau announced an annual increase to the Canada Child Benefit (CCB). Introduced in 2016 by the Government of Canada, the Canada Child Benefit (CCB) is a tax-free monthly child benefit made to qualified families to help with the cost of raising children under 18 years old. According to the announcement, the monthly CCB will go up …