Transportation Bylaw

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Minimum safe passing distance Ever since September 1, 2019, motorists who are driving slower than 60km/h will be required by law to leave a minimum of 1 metre when passing someone cycling. If you are driving faster than 60km/hr the distance increases to at least 1.5 metres of space when passing. Failure to leave the minimum safe passing distance may result …

Flu Shots in Alberta 2020

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The Government of Alberta has confirmed that their flu vaccination program will begin on Monday, Oct., 19. It will also be available to vulnerable populations (such as seniors) a few days earlier (October 13) through health practitioners.   What is the flu shot? The flu shot is an influenza vaccine that protects against the influenza virus. Everyone is at risk …

Affordable Housing in Calgary

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Everyone deserves a safe and stable place to call home, but not everyone can afford one. Making sure people of all income levels has access to safe and stable housing will help create inclusive communities make Calgary a great place to live and work Calgary has more than 60 affordable housing partners working to provide safe and stable homes to …

New Seniors Housing in Canmore

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Government of Alberta announced that there will be new housing for seniors in Canmore. There will be a redevelopment of the Bow River Seniors Lodge that will add 60 new housing units. The designated supportive living units at Bow River will offer 24-hour on-site nursing care and specialized dementia care. The project will create about 124 jobs. The budget for …

How-to & Smart Tips – Behind the Scenes

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The “Smart Tips” series has come far since it started, over a year ago. The project started with research to find out what topics newcomers wanted to learn and has become nine completed videos with six more on the way. The videos have reached thousands of Alberta newcomers. The project goal was to inform newcomers with relatable, real situational videos, …

Words that are Both Nouns and Verbs

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Some words take on double duty by serving as more than just one part of speech. In today’s “English Learning Tips for Newcomers”, let’s take a look at words that are both nouns and verbs! Nouns vs. Verbs Noun: a word that represents a person, place, thing or idea. Verb: a word that presents an action, state or occurrence. Words …

IRCC speeding up processing for spousal applications

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On September 24, 2020, the Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC), announced action to speed up spousal application processing and help families build their lives together in Canada. IRCC has increased the number of decision makers on spousal applications in Canada by 66%, to process spousal applications more quickly and reduce wait times. They …

Speech from the Throne

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On September 23, 2020, the Governor General of Canada delivered the Speech from the Throne to open the second session of the 43rd Parliament and outline the government’s agenda. Before we dive into the details of the speech, let’s first take a look at the Canadian System of Government and how the Parliament of Canada works! The Canadian System of …

More support for Canadians through Recovery Benefits

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The Government of Canada announced the introduction of Bill C-2, to create three new temporary Recovery Benefits to support Canadians who are unable to work for reasons related to COVID-19. These new Benefits are being proposed as part of the Government of Canada’s plan to support Canadians after the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) coming to an end this month. The …

Alberta Emergency Alert App

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Did you know the Government of Alberta has developed a mobile app ‘Alberta Emergency Alert App’ for all iOS and Android users. This app will allow Albertans to get information and take appropriate action to protect themselves and their family. Alerts will be received at the right time can help keep you safe during an emergency. With Alberta Emergency Alert, …