Throw … under the Bus

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In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers“, let’s take a look at this expression: Throw (someone) under the Bus.  What does “throw (someone) under the bus” mean?  to betray someone you know to save oneself  to criticize or blame someone in order to gain an advantage  to do something harmful to someone else for self-benefits  How to use it?  The “someone” …

Wildfire Smoke and Your Health

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Air quality advisories are in effect for many communities in Alberta as wildfire smoke moves in from British Columbia. In Canada, wildfire season typically runs from early April to late October. Wildfires can significantly increase air pollution levels, which can harm your health. Symptoms of smoke exposure: Mild and common symptoms include watery eyes, runny nose, sinus irritation, scratchy throat, …

Online Portal for Confirming Your Permanent Residence

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The confirmation of permanent residence can now be done through an online portal! Once Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has approved your Permanent Residence application, they will send you an invitation to confirm if you want to use the portal, your email address and all email addresses for each person on your application. If you confirm you want to …

List of Museums & Historic Sites Reopening in Alberta

Lisa C. Community, COVID-19, Daily Life, Uncategorized, Updates

As part of Stage 2 of Alberta’s Open for Summer Plan, provincial historic sites, museums and archives are reopening at reduced visitor capacity. Specific plans are in place to ensure the safety of visitors, including required indoor masking and timed ticketing at several facilities. Each site has a plan specific to its facility. Plan to visit? Please check online first …

Vaccine Injury Support Program (VISP)

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Many people have no side effects or only mild side effects after receiving COVID-19 vaccines. Rarely do serious adverse events or unusual side effects occur, but if you unfortunately do, call Health Link at 811 report, and know that there are support and resources available. The pan-Canadian Vaccine Injury Support Program (VISP) ensures that all people in Canada who have experienced …

Refugees’ Journey – From Uncertainty to Stability – Free Online Event to Recognize World Refugee Day

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First established on June 20, 2001, World Refugee Day is the international day designated by the United Nations to raise awareness about refugees and at the same time to experience, understand and celebrate the rich diversity of the communities of refugees. For the 2021 World Refugee Day, let’s celebrate diversity together online! Get inspired by personal journeys, enjoy diverse performances …

New Health Restrictions In Effect to Curb Spike of COVID-19

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New mandatory health restrictions are being implemented to help stop the spike of COVID-19. These measures apply to all Albertans, businesses, organizations and service providers in municipalities or areas with more than 50 cases per 100,000 people and with 30 or more active cases. Some restrictions apply provincewide. Effective May 5: Outdoor gatherings are limited to 5 people and a …

IRCC Reminder: Start Collecting Supporting Docs for Your In-Process Application

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Since the onset of the pandemic, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC) has been automatically extending deadlines for applicants who have faced delays in submitting required documents due to COVID‑19 restrictions. As most IRCC offices and visa centres have reopened, applicants can now provide supporting documents needed. IRCC has recently started to review in-process applications delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic and …

Beware of Immigration Fraud – Report Immigration Fraud

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March is Fraud Prevention Month. Today, as we wrap up the Fraud Prevention Month, let’s learn how to report immigration fraud. Call the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) Border Watch Toll-Free Line at 1-888-502-9060 to report: a marriage of convenience suspicious activity at the border a person who has given false information on any immigration application or a person wanted …