Medical Exception Letter Required for Those Unable to Wear A Mask

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Effective May 13, 2021, to verify that someone has a medical condition that makes them unable to wear a mask, they will require a medical exception letter from a health professional. This approach is being used in Saskatchewan, Quebec & Manitoba. This change meant to ensure anyone capable of wearing a mask complies with this important public health measure intended …

Consume Alcohol Responsibly in Designated Parks

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Responsible alcohol consumption will be permitted in designated parks this summer starting June 1, but only at select picnic tables that are clearly marked by this sign: As of May 25, you can book a table in advance; otherwise tables will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please drink responsibly, adhere to COVID-19 guidelines and be respectful of other …

Alberta’s COVID-19 Vaccination Open to 30 + and 12 +

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The government of Alberta has planned out the provincial vaccination program and stages. Visit https://www.alberta.ca/covid19-vaccine.aspx#phases to check out the phases and learn when it is your turn to get vaccinated! Alberta’s vaccination rollout program is expanding eligibility to all Albertans 12+ to protect themselves and prevent the spread. To avoid overwhelming the booking system, appointments will staggered into two age …

Alberta’s COVID-19 Vaccination Open to Teachers & Childcare Workers

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The government of Alberta has planned out the provincial vaccination program and stages. Visit https://www.alberta.ca/covid19-vaccine.aspx#phases to check out the phases and learn when it is your turn to get vaccinated! Starting May 4, all certificated teachers, child care workers and support staff can book their vaccine appointments, which will help protect schools, daycares and the health of children and youth …

Stricter Restrictions in Place as New Cases Increase

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Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw mentioned in her April 29 update that over 2,000 new cases had been identified in the last 24 hours. More targeted restrictions came into effect as the number of new cases rise: Targeted restrictions will apply to hot spot municipalities or regions where there are at least 350 cases per 100,000 people …

New COVID-19 Testing Site in N.E. Calgary

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To increase COVID-19 testing capacity in Calgary, Alberta Health Services (AHS) has established a new assessment and testing site in N.E. Calgary with the help of the City of Calgary. The temporary walk-up testing site is located at the McKnight Westwinds Park & Ride lot, 6200 36 Street N.E. This facility is for those with COVID-19 symptoms or those who …

Alberta’s COVID-19 Vaccination Program Entering 2C & 2D

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The government of Alberta has planned out the provincial vaccination program and stages. Visit https://www.alberta.ca/covid19-vaccine.aspx#phases to check out the phases and learn when it is your turn to get vaccinated! Starting from 8 am on April 30, the following Albertans will be eligible to book a COVID-19 vaccine: frontline police Alberta sheriffs Firefighters CBSA staff those who provide or receive …

I’m vaccinated. Do I Still Need to Wear a Mask?

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As more and more people are vaccinated against COVID-19 in Alberta, one of the questions that people are asking these days is: Do I still need to wear a mask if I’m already vaccinated? The answer is YES. The vaccines do not provide 100% protection for yourself. According to Alberta’s COVID-19 vaccine program, Moderna and Pfizer are 80-90% effective in …

Flights from India and Pakistan Temporarily Suspended

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As the number of cases of COVID-19 rise around the world, the Canadian government is taking further steps to protect Canadians from COVID-19 and its variants. As a decisive action to protect the health and safety of Canadians, a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) has recently been issued: All commercial and private passenger flights from India and Pakistan are temporarily suspended …

Have Your Been Vaccinated?

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More and more people have received the COVID-19 vaccine. Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, and his wife Sophie were glad to receive theirs last Friday. They encourage all Canadians to get vaccinated when it’s their turn. Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC), the Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, also announced in a Facebook post that he received his …