Removal of Pre-Arrival Testing Requirements

Noel Community, Daily Life, Settlement & Community News

Beginning April 1, 2022, the Canadian government will no longer require fully vaccinated travelers entering the country to show a negative Covid-19 test result. This new policy will apply at both airport and land border crossings. Random testing of travelers arriving in Canada will continue, in order to track potential new COVID-19 variants. Word of the Day: Random – Done …

Government Support for Rising Fuel and Utility Prices

Noel Community, Daily Life

To help reduce rising fuel prices in Alberta, the Alberta Government announced a temporary removal of a 13 cents/litre fuel tax at the pumps. This program will begin April 1, 2022 and continue through 2022-2023, whenever oil prices go above USD$90 per barrel. The Alberta Government is also providing a $150 electricity rebate to help Albertans with recent high costs …

Let the cat out of the bag

Nicole H. Daily Life, Newcomer Information

In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers“, let’s take a look at this expression: “Let the cat out of the bag”. What does “let the cat out of the bag” mean? “Let the cat out of the bag” means to: to let a secret out in the open to reveal something either by accident or as a surprise Examples: He let …

Mandatory Masking Ends

Noel Daily Life

Many Covid-19 health restrictions from the Government of Alberta have ended this week (beginning on Tuesday March 1st, 2022, onward). This includes removal of the mask requirements in most places, except for public transit and in specified health care settings. Along with the removal of the masking requirements, other restrictions now lifted include, but not limited to: Limits on indoor …

Canada Will Soon End Recommendation Against Non-essential International Travel

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

The Government of Canada has recently announced that starting February 28, 2022 that the nation’s border measures will be lightened as part of transition of the pandemic response. The latest wave of COVID-19 driven by the Omicron variant has passed its peak in Canada. Canadian provinces and territories are adjusting their public health measures. The federal government is also moving towards …

5 Ways to Save as Utility Bills Increase

Noel Daily Life

With outside temperatures reaching very low digits last December and into the new year, many consumers are now finding their utility bills higher than ever before. As the demand for natural gas and power increases during cold temperatures, prices often increase as well. Here are 5 ways you can potentially save on your next utility bill! Change to a fixed …

Hit the Sack

Nicole H. Daily Life, Newcomer Information

In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers“, let’s take a look at this expression: Hit the sack. What does “hit the sack” mean? Go to bed in order to sleep Example: I have to wake up early tomorrow, so I think I’ll hit the sack. Before you go, check out our English Learning tips articles! Immigrant Services Calgary offers online language assessment …

Put One’s Finger on…

Lisa C. Daily Life, Newcomer Information

In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers“, let’s take a look at this expression: Put one’s finger on…. What does “put one’s finger on…” mean? to discover the reason why something is wrong to understand exactly what causes a problem to say exactly what the answer to a question is Examples: I cannot quite put my finger on what has gone …