Double Take

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In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers“, let’s take a look at this expression: Double Take. What does “Double Take” mean? a delayed surprised reaction at seeing something or someone a surprised second look at a something whose significance wasn’t completed grasped at first How to use “Double Take”? Use it in this phrase Do a double take Examples: I did …

Best Before vs. Expiry Dates

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How foods are regulated in Canada might be quite different from your home country. Today, let’s understand the difference between the Best Before date and. the Expiry or Expiration date. Best Before, Best By, or BF dates are about the food quality (freshness, texture, flavour and nutritional value). appear on packaged foods that will keep fresh for 90 days or …

Flu Shot Season Starts

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Alberta’s influenza immunization season has started. Children under 5 and those they live with can get immunized at an AHS public health clinic by calling Health Link at 811. All other Albertans can get their flu shot from a participating pharmacy or doctor’s office. Please book your appointment today at ahs.ca/vaccine. If appointments are not available online in your area, …

Free Anonymous Survey for Mental Health Check-in

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Feeling blue? Take this 3-minute free online multi-lingual survey to check in your mental health! Take the Survey (available Oct 4 – 10, 2021) Developed by National Depression Screening Day (NDSD). this anonymous online survey helps you check in with how you are feeling and encourages you to get help if you need it. offers your the opportunity to be …

CCIS Accepts Donations for Afghan Refugees

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It’s almost winter. The following items are essential to help Afghan refugees successfully resettle in Calgary. Please connect with the Calgary Catholic Immigration Society (CCIS): New or very lightly used warm winter clothing Boots, shoes, and socks Luggage (suitcases, duffle bags, carry-ons) Backpacks School supplies Baby items (diapers, formula, baby clothes) New or lightly used clothing Flip flops or slippers …

How to Recycle Books

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Welcome to today’s Residential Recycling & Disposal Info for Newcomers! If they are in okay-ish conditions, donate or drop-off used books to: Little Free Library Calgary Reads Used bookstores Old and unusable books and book that are falling apart: Place in your blue cart Drop off at a community recycling depot for free How do I prepare books for disposal? …

Printout & Electronic Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination Record Available through MyHealth Records

Lisa C. COVID-19, Daily Life, Settlement & Community News, Updates

Starting today September 16, Albertans are able to access their COVID-19 vaccination records through MyHealth Records. They can print a copy of their card-sized COVID-19 proof of vaccination or show it on their phone or tablet. MyHealth Records may experience high traffic volume before major events and long weekends. If you need the proof of vaccination card, please plan ahead …

Indoor Masking Becomes Mandatory Again

Lisa C. Community, COVID-19, Daily Life, Updates

Hope you didn’t toss all your masks! Indoor masking and face-covering have become mandatory again after temporary measures have come into effect September 4 at 8 a.m. These public health actions are required due to rising cases and hospitalizations, largely in unvaccinated Albertans. Masks are mandatory in all indoor public spaces and workplaces. Restaurants, cafes, bars, pubs, nightclubs and other …

Class 5 Road Test: Disqualifications Resulting in Automatic Fails

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Taking Class 5 road test? Avoid the following to prevent an automatic fail: Accumulating more than 75 points in a Class 5 basic or advanced test. Right of way violation Failing to yield as required and another vehicle or pedestrian is affected Traffic light violation: Failing to stop for a red light; Failing to stop for a yellow light when …