May 17, 2019—Ottawa, ON—The Government of Canada is committed to a well-managed asylum system that’s fair, fast and final. Effective today, Canada is removing all countries from the designated country of origin (DCO) list, which effectively suspends the DCO policy, introduced in 2012, until it can be repealed through future legislative changes.
Budget 2019 is the next step in the government’s plan to ensure middle class Canadians will benefit from Canada’s economic growth. This action plan includes helping more Canadians find affordable housing, prepare them for well-paying jobs, helping them retire with confidence and allowing them to be able to afford the prescription drugs they need. On March 22 2019, the Honourable Jim Carr, Minister of International Trade Diversification highlighted how investments in Budget 2019 will help Canadians find and keep good jobs in a rapidly changing job market and the increasingly competitive global economy.
On March 8 every year, International Women’s Day is celebrated worldwide. This event celebrates women’s achievements and calls for gender equality. This day is about reflection, advocacy and action. For 2019, the campaign’s theme is #BalanceforBetter meaning they advocate for a more gender-balanced work environment, gender-balanced media coverage or gender-balanced government. Happy International Women’s Day!
The Government of Alberta has a new Alberta Community Transit Fund that will be used for things such as electric buses, light rail vehicles and a new LRT station that will help make public transportation a better choice for Albertans. “Projects include the purchase of 15 new Light Rail Vehicles (LRVs) and 52 Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) buses in Calgary, as well as a dedicated bus lane on Terwillegar Drive and 28 new electric buses in Edmonton.”
National flag of Canada Day will be on February 15, 2019 this year. It is a day to celebrate Canada’s flag as a symbol that unites all Canadians and reflects the common values of equality, diversity and inclusion. Become a part of the Canadian Flag photo challenge and post your photos onto social media with the hashtag #CanadianFlag to show your pride in Canada’s national symbol.
Calgary Police Services (CPS) have launched the third annual Operation Cold Start in hopes of tackling early morning car thefts happening throughout Calgary. On February 4, 2019, 7 vehicles were stolen because they were left unlocked with the keys inside of them. This initiative encourages everyone to never leave a vehicle running and unattended during cold winter mornings when warming up their vehicles. With temperatures dropping the last few days, CPS encourages everyone to stay with your running vehicle or install a remote starter.
Alberta Health Services is warning Albertans about a new text scam. Some Albertans have been receiving text messages that links to what looks like an e-transfer site. Once you open the link, the site asks you to input your bank information. Alberta Health Services would like to clarify that it would never send text messages, and would never request for money through e-transfer. If you receive such a text message, do not open the link.
In 2018, each Canada’s national park and historic site will offer one day free admission. The Parks Canada’s free admission day is vary according to location. For more information about more details or the dates for other places, please visit Parks Canada’s website.
On Saturday, December 16, Immigrant Services Calgary (ISC) was host to 96 Syrian Refugees (including 59 children) for a Family Holiday Fun Event. We had an excellent 93.5% turnout engaging in info-sessions, fun games, and food.