Visit a Virtual Museum!

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Running out of ideas and things to do this weekend? Why not visit a virtual museum? http://www.virtualmuseum.ca/ hosts the largest digital source of stories and experiences shared by Canada’s museums and heritage organizations! You may take a look at free virtual exhibitions ranging from topics such as arts, history to science and technology. Certain exhibitions are available in both English …

Changes to Calgary Public Library Services

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After the Government of Alberta released the new mandatory health measures, Calgary Public Library has made a few changes to their services. Cancellation of all in-person programs and events will continue until Monday, January 11, 2021. Social gatherings are not allowed in locations. All group seating will be limited to no more than three persons. Exceptions can be made to …

Alberta Business Health Measures Effective Today

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The newly implemented business and service restrictions are effective today (November 27, 2020). This means that some businesses will limit their in-person access to reduce the amount of contact between people in the community, while still allowing them to offer services. As a reminder, there are mandatory measures for businesses, which are further categorized into 4 groups: Businesses closed for …

How to Correctly Recycle Electronic Items

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Welcome to today’s Residential Recycling & Disposal Info for Newcomers! It’s always nice to have the latest technology in your hand. How often do you change your smartphone? With the holiday season approaching fast, many people choose to buy new cellphones during the Black Friday and Boxing Day sales. What to do with old cellphone and other discarded electronics? You …

VAC’s in India offering limited biometric appointments

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Visa application centres (VAC) in India offering limited biometrics appointments for spouses, partners, dependent children and students. VAC has been temporarily closed due to COVID-19, but are now offering limited biometrics appointments to specific, eligible clients. During this time, those who are coming to Canada to permanently reunite with family, and those who are coming to study at an approved designated …

When Push Comes to Shove

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In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers“, let’s take a look at this expression: “When Push Comes to Shove”. What does “when push comes to shove” mean? “When push comes to shove” means if worse comes to worse. It is when a decision needs to be made to resolve an urgent issue matters become critical and call for an action someone …

Gift Wrapping Tips for A Zero-Waste Holiday Season

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It’s almost December! Have you started gift-shopping? Here are some tips on gift wrapping! Reducing waste during holidays Learn about holiday return policies and keep the gift receipt Choose consumable gifts instead (chocolate, home-baked cookies, wine, etc.) Purchase gift cards from local businesses to avoid gift wrapping and support local Donate to a favourite local charity Reuse the following containers …

New Mandatory Public Health Measures

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On November 24, 2020, the Government of Alberta announced new public health measures for the province of Alberta. These new measures are implemented for at least the next three weeks in hopes of addressing the growing number of cases. Please find below a quick summary of the new health measures, for more in-depth description of these measures, please visit https://www.alberta.ca/enhanced-public-health-measures.aspx …

Kitchen Essentials You Need to Kick-Start Your New Life

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When you move to Canada to start a new life, you may have to leave behind a lot of things, because you simply don’t have enough space in your luggage to fit bulky items, such as kitchenware and kitchen supplies. Most rental properties don’t come with furniture or kitchen supplies. How to quickly set up your own kitchen at low …