Newcomer Tips: Navigating Intersections Safely in Winter

Lejia Feng Daily Life

As we embrace the winter season, it’s crucial for newcomers to familiarize themselves with essential traffic safety tips, especially when it comes to intersections. Here are valuable insights to ensure safe travels: 1. Mind Your Distance 2. Stay Alert for Vulnerable Road Users 3. Respect Pedestrian Right-of-Way 4. Be Patient with Elderly or Disabled Pedestrians 5. Adapting to Winter Conditions …

Cutting corners

Nicole H. Daily Life, Fun Facts, Newcomer Information

In today’s English Idioms for Newcomers, let’s take a look at this expression: “cutting corners”. What does “cutting corners” mean? “Cutting corners” means: Doing something poorly in order to save time or money Examples: It is not a good idea to cut corners when making products that other people will use. His boss reminded him that cutting corners when completing this …

Canada’s New Interim Dental Benefit Now Open for applications

Lejia Feng Community, Daily Life, Health and wellness, Settlement News

On December 1, 2022, the Government of Canada announced a new dental benefit program to help those who need it most access dental care. The interim Canada Dental Benefit is intended to help lower dental costs for eligible families earning less than $90,000 per year. Parents and guardians can apply if the child receiving dental care is under 12 years …

Hit the Ground Running

Lejia Feng Daily Life, Newcomer Information

In today’s English Idioms for Newcomers, let’s take a look at this expression: “Hit the ground running”, which means: To immediately work hard and successfully at a new activity. If you hit the ground running, you start a new activity with a lot of enthusiasm and energy and do not waste any time. This expression can often be used in a …

The Ball is in Your Court

Nicole H. Daily Life, Newcomer Information

In today’s English Idioms for Newcomers, let’s take a look at this expression: “the ball is in your court.” What does “the ball is in your court” mean? “The ball is in your court” means: You have the responsibility of taking the next action or a making decision Examples: She apologized for betraying him and asked if they could continue their …

Hang in there

Nicole H. Daily Life, Fun Facts, Newcomer Information

In today’s English Idioms for Newcomers, let’s take a look at this expression: “hang in there.” What does “hang in there” mean? “Hang in there” means: Don’t give up Examples: Hang in there! Even though you did not succeed at this job interview, I am confident you will find the right job if you keep applying. Before you go, check …

Mandatory Mask Requirements Lifted in Alberta

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

The Province of Alberta has entered Step 3, the final phase of its removal of public health measures on June 14, 2022. Mandatory mask requirements were lifted. As of 11:59 PM on June 14, 2022, face coverings are no longer required while using Calgary Transit. Masking in Alberta Health Services and contracted health facilities has shifted to organizational policy. You may …

Beat around the bush

Nicole H. Daily Life, Fun Facts, Newcomer Information

In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers,” let’s take a look at this expression: “Beat around the bush.” What does “Beat around the bush” mean? “Beat around the bush” means: To avoid the point To talk about unimportant things because you want to avoid talking about what is really important Examples: Why are you beating around the bush instead of telling me what …

Sign up for Calgary Swimming Courses

Lisa C. Community, Daily Life, Settlement & Community News

City of Calgary is organizing summer swim lessons and certification courses. Program registration dates are: May 31: Sir Winston Churchill Aquatic & Recreation Centre and Foothills Aquatic Centre June 2: Bob Bahan Aquatic & Fitness Centre and Inglewood Aquatic Centre June 7: Canyon Meadows Aquatic & Fitness Centre, Killarney Aquatic & Recreation Centre and Glenmore Aquatic Centre June 9: Thornhill …

Draft K-6 Subjects to be Piloted Fall 2022

Lisa C. Community, Daily Life, Settlement & Community News, Volunteers

Alberta’s government is continuing to take a balanced, phased approach to kindergarten to Grade 6 (K-6) curriculum renewal based on advice from the Curriculum Implementation Advisory Group. In September, classroom piloting for updated draft K-6 curriculum will begin with Science, French First Language and Literature, and French Immersion Language Arts and Literature Alberta’s government is providing maximum flexibility in how …