Celebrate Alberta Seniors Safely & Responsibly

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Older adults are everywhere in our lives. They can be our parents and grandparents, teachers and neighbors, mentors and friends, etc. As a vital part of our communities, they make a difference in our lives. It is important that we continue to celebrate the Seniors’ Week during these challenging times. Live events are not being held this year, but we …

ISC’s Seniors Program Organizes Online Celebration for Seniors

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During the first week of June, Alberta celebrates its senior citizens and, along with it, so do all the organizations and programs that focus on seniors’ wellbeing. At Immigrant Services Calgary (ISC), the Community Initiatives for Immigrant Seniors Program (CISP), simply known as the Seniors Program, is leaping into the future this year, “hand in hand” with the seniors participating …

Seniors’ Week: Virtual Celebration and Online Events

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“Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art.” — Eleanor Roosevelt June 1-7 is Seniors’ Week here in Calgary. This year’s theme is Resilience. The City of Calgary has organized a series of online events, so that we can maintain safe, physical distancing during this special time. Let’s acknowledge the contributions of older …

Calgary’s Green Line LRT Project

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In case you haven’t heard about the Green Line, it is Calgary’s next light rail transit (LRT) line and largest infrastructure investment to date. The Green Line is not only an exciting addition to the Calgary Transit System, it will also be an important platform for City development. First, a few quick facts about the Green Line Project! – Calgary …

Calgary Passes Bylaw to Ban Conversion Therapy

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Calgary City Council has recently voted to pass the Prohibited Business Bylaw No. 20M2020. This bylaw bans the practice and promotion of conversion therapy. What is Conversion Therapy? Conversion therapy is dangerous, harmful and unscientific. People who practice conversion therapy claim that it can change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity or expression, but there’s NO evidence proving that’s …

Visit from The Honourable Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

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On March 5, 2020, The Honourable Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada visited Immigrant Services Calgary. ISC team had a productive discussion about many shared priorities including how to grow the francophone community in Alberta. We are excited to work together to innovate and make settlement easier for newcomers.

24th Annual Immigrants of Distinction Awards 2020

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The Immigrants of Distinction Awards celebrates inspirational immigrants who have come to call Calgary home. Through the event we recognize people who have broken through barriers in some categories such as arts & culture, entrepreneurship, and community service. The IDA is the largest event in the city recognizing the value and innovation that newcomers bring to Calgary. Representatives from all levels of government will be attending, as well as partner agencies, and we’d love to see you there during our networking reception and awards.

Alberta’s First Smartphone App for Newcomer Settlement

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Welcome to Alberta is Alberta’s first smartphone app for newcomer settlement. The app features information about Alberta and Canada, important information to know (such as the Alberta’s healthcare system, employment, and more!) as well as pre-loaded to-do lists to guide newcomers through the process of settlement. There are currently 3 pre-loaded to-do lists: Things to do before arriving in Canada, things to do in the first two weeks you arrive in Canada, and things to do in the first two months you arrive in Canada. You are also able to add your own things to do. The app is circulating in many different medias and gaining recognition throughout Alberta.

To download the app, visit https://settlementcalgary.com/w2a-app/, it is available in both the Apple app store and the Google Play store!

The Government of Alberta to extend funding for Low Income Transit Pass

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The Government of Alberta has confirmed that they will extend a $9.5 million program that provides 120,000 Albertans in Edmonton and Calgary low-fare transit passes. The program’s extension is included in the upcoming budget, and it is a welcome news to Calgary and Edmonton. To apply for the Low Income Monthly Pass in Calgary, please visit the City of Calgary’s website. …

Alberta Election 2015

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After 44 years as the party that formed Alberta’s provincial government, the Progressive Conservative Party (PC) fell to third place after election night on May 5, 2015, winning only 10 seats. The Alberta New Democratic Party (NDP) garnered majority support from electors and has become the new party in power in Alberta with 53 seats. The party’s leader, Rachel Notley, …