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 …

Volunteer for Calgary’s Canada Day Festivities 2022

Lisa C. Community, Daily Life, Volunteers

Are you interested in volunteering with the City of Calgary’s Canada Day celebration on July 1, 2022? The City of Calgary’s Arts and Culture Volunteer Portal is now accepting volunteer applications! You can volunteer at one of the following three locations: Fort Calgary Olympic Plaza St. Patrick’s Island You can apply for these volunteer positions: Hospitality host Information booth attendant …

Take it with a pinch of salt

Nicole H. Daily Life, Fun Facts, Newcomer Information

In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers”, let’s take a look at this expression: “Take it with a pinch of salt.” What does “Take it with a pinch of salt” mean? “Take it with a pinch of salt” means: Do not take it too seriously. Examples: Martha often exaggerates the achievements she’s had in her painting career, so I take everything she …