Canada Day in Calgary

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This year’s Canada Day celebrates Canada’s 148th birthday. Calgary has a number of events planned throughout the city. To help people get around to the different events, the City of Calgary is providing free shuttle bus services between various sites in the downtown core, including Eau Claire, Olympic Plaza and Fort Calgary. The shuttle service will run from 11:00am – …

Minimum Wage to reach $11.20

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Alberta’s minimum wage will increase from $10.20 to $11.20 on October 1st, 2015. The minimum wage in Alberta is currently the lowest in Canada, but will become the second highest once the one dollar increase is in effect.  This increase is part of the Alberta NDP government’s plan of bringing minimum wage to $15 by 2018, which would become the …

Family Doctors in Calgary

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June 29, 2015 – A new website was launched today to connect Calgarians to family doctors. The website includes an interactive map explaining where the available doctors are located, their gender, phone number and languages spoken. It is recommended that everyone has a family doctor. Please visit and try using the map.

July 1, 2015 Canada Day

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On July 1, 1867, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the Province of Canada (Ontario and Quebec) became a single country under the British Empire. Every July 1st, Canadians celebrate the birth of Canada. Canada Day is a statutory holiday, which means that Canadians all across Canada have the day off from work and school. Canadians celebrate Canada Day in many …

July 3 – 12, 2015 Calgary Stampede

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The Calgary Stampede is an annual 10-day event held in July that includes a parade, First Nations exhibitions, amusement rides, stage shows, concerts, agricultural competitions, chuckwagon races, rodeo, and much more. The event celebrates the romance and culture of the Old West which Calgary grew out of. Around the time of the Stampede, many local businesses and organizations get into …

Canada – A Land of Many Languages

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Canada is said to be ‘the land of immigrants’. Many different people from all over the world choose Canada as their new home. Because of this, there is a great diversity of languages in Canada. The 2011 census reported that more than 200 languages were spoken as a home language or mother tongue! One fifth of Canada’s population speaks a …

Father’s Day

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In Canada, Father’s Day is celebrated on the third Sunday of June. This day is marked to let people show their appreciation for fathers or father figures. Father figures can include fathers-in-law, grandfathers, stepfathers, or other people who have a fatherly role. Similar to the practices on Mother’s Day, many people take the time to do something nice.

Solstice & National Aboriginal Day

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The June Solstice or Summer Solstice is the day with the longest period of sunlight in the year in the northern hemisphere. Usually, the Summer Solstice occurs between June 20th and June 22nd. This year in 2015, the Summer Solstice will occur on June 21st. In Canada, National Aboriginal Day coincides with the Summer Solstice. The solstice has special meaning …

Lilac Festival 2015

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The Lilac Festival is an annual free street festival held in Calgary on the last Sunday of May. Thousands of people come to 4th street (between 13th Avenue South and Elbow Drive) with the slogan: “Shake off your winter blues and come to Lilac Fest!” Lilac flowers are often blooming throughout the city at this time. The event lasts for …

Happy Victoria Day!

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Victoria Day is on the Monday before May 25 to honor Queen Victoria’s birthday. Queen Victoria was born on May 24, 1819. It was during her lifetime that the British Empire expanded greatly. Celebrations are held in some cities such as in Victoria, British Columbia where a parade is held. Nowadays, people may be less aware of the historical meaning …