Which Plastics Are Recyclable?

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Welcome to today’s Residential Recycling & Disposal Info for Newcomers! Do you stare at your empty plastics wondering if it belongs in the blue cart? Ask yourself this question to be sure you recycle your plastics right. Is it a container? If your plastic is a container like a bottle, jug, or tub, it can be recycled. Make sure it’s …

Common Uncountable Nouns

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In the first article of our new series “English Learning Tips for Newcomers“. English learners tend to overuse plural forms on uncountable nouns. Uncountable nouns are nouns that cannot be counted, e.g. water, weather, air, etc. Most uncountable nouns are liquid, abstract concept, mass nouns, states of being, or feelings. Here are 10 uncountable nouns which English learners tend to …

Historic Calgary Week July 23 – August 1

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Historic Calgary Week is from July 23 to August 1, 2021. During this week, the Calgary Public Library and Chinook Country Historical Society present three free events for those interested in learning more about the history of our city. Click on the ones you are interested in and register today: Historic Calgary Week: Behind the Scenes with the Mapmakers – …

Use Fire Pits Responsibly

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The use of the following items must meet Calgary’s Community Standards Bylaw for your safety and enjoyment, as well as your neighbours: Backyard fire pits Outdoor fireplaces Wood burning ovens Chimeneas There had recently been a fire ban advisory issued on July 16 due to poor air quality in Calgary, which was then lifted on July 21. Always check if a Fire Ban is …

Cool as A Cucumber

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In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers“, let’s take a look at this expression: Cool as A Cucumber. What does “cool as a cucumber” mean? Very calm, collected or unemotional when faced with something surprising Composed or self-possessed in times of stress The origin of “cool as a cucumber”: The inside of cucumbers remains cooler than the air even in extremely …

About Cougars and What to Do If You Run into One

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In the past decade, there’s been an increase in sightings of cougars in Alberta. Recently, signs that say “WARNING: Cougar in Area” have been posted in some parts of Fish Creek Provincial Park, after a cougar spotting was reported in the area. Read Calgary Herald’s news report for more details. Cougars are also known as pumas or mountain lions. Adult …

Student Direct Stream Now Available in 7 More Countries

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Through the Student Direct Stream (SDS), eligible international students may be able to get your study permit faster. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC) has recently announced that Student Direct Stream (SDS) is now available in 7 more Caribbean and Central and South American countries.Starting July 9, 2021, applicants will be able to apply for a study permit using the Student …

Parking in Downtown Banff

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Are you and your family visiting Banff this summer? Plan parking ahead to save time! Starting July 5, 2021, Visitor-Pay Parking will increase the availability of short-term parking spaces in Banff’s downtown. Plan your route to have access to one of the 500 free parking stalls at the Train Station: https://banffparking.ca/ Paid parking is available 7 days/week, 8 am to …

Traffic Bylaw in Calgary Concerning Pedestrians

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Crossing or walking in the streets without regard for traffic rules is called jaywalking. A person who jaywalks is called a jaywalker. The word “jaywalker” was first used in Kansas City in 1905. Learn more: Why Jaywalking is Called Jaywalking | Merriam-Webster In the City of Calgary, pedestrians may be fined $25 to 60 for jaywalking (based on Schedule A …

Express Entry: Changes to Invitation to Apply Period

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According to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)’s news release, Express Entry candidates who receive an invitation to apply after June 29, 2021 will once again have only 60 days to submit their application for permanent residence. At the start of the pandemic, the invitation to apply period for permanent residence was increased from 60 to 90 days to provide …