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 …

City of Calgary Service Changes

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The City of Calgary offers a variety of services and programs to the public but not all are available or open due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, let’s go through the most recent update by the City and see what services and facilities are open and available. Calgary Transit Buses and C-Trains are still operating with some adjustments. You may …

Calgary and Brooks are Reopening Soon

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Calgary and Brooks will be reopening, joining the rest of Alberta this coming Monday, May 25, 2020. Bars, restaurants, hair salons and barbershops will be open, while more COVID-19 restrictions will be lifted across the province on June 1. Starting Monday, hairstyling and barber shops will be permitted to reopen in Calgary and Brooks, and cafes, restaurants, pubs and bars …

Alberta Isolation Questionnaire

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Starting May 20, 2020, if you are entering Alberta from outside Canada by air, you must complete and submit a self-isolation questionnaire, no matter if you are showing COVID-19 symptoms or not. This is to demonstrate you have appropriate plans and the necessary supports in place to self-isolate for 14 days. You will receive a provincial isolation questionnaire upon arriving …

Benefits Payments Extended until End of Sep 2020

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Affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, many Canadians are not able to file tax on time. As part of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, the tax filing deadline has been extended from April 30 to June 1, 2020. The Minister of National Revenue, the Honourable Diane Lebouthillier has recently announced that the Canada Revenue Agency has extended benefit payments until the …

Government of Canada warns of unauthorized COVID-19 test kits

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The Government of Canada is warning Canadians not to buy home diagnostic test kits, including mail-in sample collection kits, claiming to diagnose or detect COVID-19 as they could provide inaccurate or false results. These products have not been authorized by Health Canada, which means they have not been reviewed for safety, quality or effectiveness. What should I do if I …

Canada-U.S. Border Closure Extended until June 21

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The Canada-U.S. border has been closed for all non-essential travel since March 21, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On April 22, the restriction was extended for another 30 days until May 21. As the closure is set to expire soon, Canada and the United States have recently reached an agreement to extend the restriction for another 30 days. This …

Accenture releases new Free Online Employment Training Site

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Accenture has released a new free Online Employment training site the ‘Learning Exchange’ for Canadians that can’t join a traditional employment training program. Although in person training is the most effective method when it’s feasible, due to the current crisis situation, this tool will hopefully help those who aren’t able to access in person training. It will have free online …

Trudeau Announces Annual Increase to the Canada Child Benefit

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The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau announced an annual increase to the Canada Child Benefit (CCB). Introduced in 2016 by the Government of Canada, the Canada Child Benefit (CCB) is a tax-free monthly child benefit made to qualified families to help with the cost of raising children under 18 years old. According to the announcement, the monthly CCB will go up …

Relaunch of Places of Worship in Alberta

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As Alberta is relaunching, places of worship are also starting to reopen throughout Alberta. Here are a few things to keep in mind during this time: Everyone should use the self-assessment tool before attending. Physical distancing must be maintained between people who are not from the same household at all times. Everyone has the decision to choose to wear non-medical …