Are You Ready for the 3rd Booster Shot?

Lisa C. Community, COVID-19, Health and wellness, Updates

Current evidence indicates that vaccine effectiveness against COVID-19 infection appears to wane over time. Expanded availability of third doses of COVID-19 vaccine will help Albertans increase their protection against COVID-19. The Alberta Government has announced that the province is expanding the COVID-19 booster shot to all Albertans aged 18-plus. Starting Dec. 2, all Albertans aged 60 and older can book …

Canada’s Additional Measures to Address the COVID-19 Omicron Variant

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, Community, COVID-19, Health and wellness, Updates

Yesterday (November 30, 2021), Government of Canada introduces additional measures to address COVID-19 Omicron variant of concern. the Government of Canada is expanding the list of countries with entry prohibitions originally announced on November 26, 2021, to include Egypt, Nigeria and Malawi. Effective tomorrow, foreign nationals who have been in any of these countries within the previous 14 days will not …

Omicron Arrived in Alberta. Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Panic over the New Variant!

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

“I’m reporting we have now one confirmed case of the omicron variant in Alberta.” Dr. Hinshaw, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health On November 30, Alberta’s first case of the omicron variant was confirmed. According to Dr. Hindshaw, the individual tested positive while asymptomatic. What is the Omicron variant? Omicron was first discovered in southern Africa . In late November, the World …

COVID-19 Vaccine Bookings Begin for 5 – 11 Year Olds

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

More than 394,000 pediatric doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine have arrived in Alberta. On November 24, the Alberta government starts accepting vaccine bookings for children aged five to eleven. Pediatric vaccinations will be administered at Alberta Health Services clinics around the province. Vaccines will also be available at four pharmacies where AHS clinics are not conveniently located. First-dose appointments …

Halloween During COVID-19

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

Time flies! We are welcoming our second Halloween during the COVID-19 pandemic. Enjoy your favourite Halloween activities safely by taking some simple precautions. Help spread scary vibes and not COVID-19 this Halloween by taking some simple precautions: Outdoors Halloween parties with no more than 20 people (vaccinated or unvaccinated) with 2 metres between households. Indoor gatherings are limited to 10 …

Best Before vs. Expiry Dates

Lisa C. Daily Life, Health and wellness, Newcomer Information

How foods are regulated in Canada might be quite different from your home country. Today, let’s understand the difference between the Best Before date and. the Expiry or Expiration date. Best Before, Best By, or BF dates are about the food quality (freshness, texture, flavour and nutritional value). appear on packaged foods that will keep fresh for 90 days or …

Distress Centre launches 24 hour Crisis Chat and Text

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

Distress Centre (DC) has recently announced that their online services – crisis chat and text – are now available 24 hours a day! Text 403-266-4357 to speak with a volunteer, or Chat online through the chat portal at the top of every page of DC’s website. Phone support is still available 24/7. Call 403-266-4357 if you need to talk. Distress …

Public Reporting of COVID-19 Cases Resumes in Schools

Lisa C. Community, COVID-19, Health and wellness, Updates

Effective October 6, public reporting of COVID-19 cases in schools will resume with Alberta Health identifying each school with at least two COVID-19 cases online. School outbreaks will be reported at 10 or more COVID-19 cases within a 14-day period that were infectious while at school. The Alberta Government is doing the following to keep students learning safely in person: …

2021 Calgary Bliss Mind/Art Adventures

Lisa C. Community, Health and wellness, Updates

2021 Calgary Bliss Mind/Art Adventures is 3-day event organized by Perlin Foundation for Wellbeing. When: August 26, 27 and 28. Where: virtual and various in-person venues Admission: partially free Open to Public Schedule on Saturday August 28: 9 am – 4 pm Free East Village Open House Booths & Art Walk on St. Patrick’s Island Limit: 50 people. Check out …