Alberta Moves back to Step 1 with Stronger Restrictions

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COVID-19 daily new cases numbers have been increasing for the past couple of weeks. The Alberta government has decided to move back to Step 1 restrictions to protect the health system and reduce the spread of the virus. Effective 11:59 pm on April 6: Retail services and shopping malls must limit customer capacity to 15% of fire code occupancy (not …

The Disclosure to Protect Against Domestic Violence (Clare’s Law) Act Comes into Effect

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Domestic violence can happen to anyone. Alberta continues to experience high rates of family violence that have increased during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Leela Sharon Aheer, Minister of Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women. Today, a new domestic violence legislation coming into effect— The Disclosure to Protect Against Domestic Violence (Clare’s Law) Act. If you feel you are at …

Free Webinars: Alberta Employment Standards

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Are you working in Alberta? Beginning March 31, 2021, you can sign up for free webinars and learn about: the Employment Standards Code and Regulation changes from Bill 32: the Restoring Balance in Alberta’s Workplaces Act changes made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic Topics include New rules for break times, deductions from earnings, general holiday pay, temporary layoffs, Alberta’s …

Property Assessment Customer Review Period Deadline Approaching

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All Calgary property owners must pay their fair share of property taxes. How much tax to pay is closely related to the value of your property. The City of Calgary assesses your property once a year to make sure its value reflects the market value for property as of July 1 of the previous year. Once the assessment for your …

Beware of Immigration Fraud – About Immigration Representatives

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March is Fraud Prevention Month. We will post a series of articles helping you find out how to prevent yourself from becoming a victim of immigration fraud. Today, let’s take a look at immigration representatives. Immigration and citizenship representatives are those that give you advice, help you choose the best program, fill out and submit your application, and communicate with …

Authorized COVID-19 Vaccines in Canada

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Canada has recently approved the Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine, bring the total number of COVID-19 vaccines deemed safe by Canada’s health experts to four. The current four authorized COVID-19 vaccines in Canada are: Moderna COVID-19 vaccine Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine Janssen COVID-19 vaccine As of March 8, in Canada, 1,380,063 people (3.63% of the population) have received at least …

Alberta’s Step 2 Restriction Changes Expanded

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Since March 1, Alberta has entered Step 2 of Alberta’s Path Forward to further ease public health restrictions. Starting March 8, Alberta has further expanded the restrictions changes under Step 2, allowing Albertans to enjoy reduced public health restrictions: Banquet halls, community halls, conference centres and hotels can now be open for all activities permitted under Step 1 and Step …

Calgary Public Library Reopens

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All Calgary Public Library locations will reopen on March 10 at reduced hours, and then, on March 15 at regular service hours. Starting March 10, you will be able to enter a library location and browse the collection in person; Use study spaces; Use printing, Wi-Fi, and photocopying services; Use desktop computers and chromebooks. You will still be asked to: …

Alberta Hospitals among World’s Best according to Newsweek

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8 Alberta hospitals have been included on Newsweek’s recently released rankings of the World’s Best Hospitals. The list includes 6 Alberta Health Services facilities and 2 Covenant Health facilities. Alberta Health Services: Rockyview General Hospital in Calgary Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary Peter Lougheed Centre in Calgary Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary University of Alberta Hospital in Edmonton Royal Alexandra …