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 …

Alberta Business Health Measures Effective Today

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The newly implemented business and service restrictions are effective today (November 27, 2020). This means that some businesses will limit their in-person access to reduce the amount of contact between people in the community, while still allowing them to offer services. As a reminder, there are mandatory measures for businesses, which are further categorized into 4 groups: Businesses closed for …

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 …

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 …

Calgary Public Library – Learn about your child’s reading levels

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The Calgary Public Library in partnership with the Edmonton Public Library is hosting a webinar today from 7:30 – 8:30 PM to talk about books that are appropriate for your child’s reading level. This session will be hosted by Calgary Board of Education’s Literacy Specialist – Sasha Gardiner-Hadford as well as Edmonton Public Library Youth Services Manager, Elaine Jones. They …

Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS)

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The Government of Canada has announced a new benefit that will help businesses who are struggling to pay the bills because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This new benefit is called the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy, which is a commercial rent relief program offered by the federal government. The eligibility periods are within September 27, 2020 – June 2021. The new Canada Emergency Rent …

Support Calgary Local Businesses This Holiday Shopping Season

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Local businesses make up the fabric of our communities; the heartbeat of our neighbourhoods and the spine of our local economy. A lot of local small businesses are experiencing the impact since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. You can help local businesses survive the hard times by spending your money here in the City. As we enter the holiday …

Volunteers Needed to Bring Holidays to Seniors

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The Calgary Seniors’ Resource Society has recently launched the new Holiday Helpers program! This program aims to bring happiness, connection and holiday spirit to seniors to prevent further isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Volunteers will help with one time or short-term tasks for holidays all year long (not just Christmas and new year) in these ways: helping seniors decorate …

Canada-U.S. Border Closure Extended until Dec 21

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The Canada-U.S. border has been closed for all non-essential travel since March 21, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then the restriction was extended for multiple times. It was recently announced that the Canada-U.S. border will remain closed to all non-essential travel until December 21,2020. Examples of non-essential (optional) travel include tourism, recreation and entertainment. Get in touch with …