Canada ends the Designated Country of Origin practice – IRCC

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May 17, 2019—Ottawa, ON—The Government of Canada is committed to a well-managed asylum system that’s fair, fast and final. Effective today, Canada is removing all countries from the designated country of origin (DCO) list, which effectively suspends the DCO policy, introduced in 2012, until it can be repealed through future legislative changes.

City of Calgary’s Garbage Pick-up Schedule

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The City of Calgary has a 3 cart system to collect garbage, recyclables as well as compost. There are three different colored bins, black bin is for garbage, blue bin is for recyclables and the green bin is for compostable items. The City of Calgary collects each bin on various days of the week depending on which community you live in.

Canada’s economy adds 106,500 jobs in the April

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In April 2019, Canada’s economy added 106,500 jobs and most of them were full time according to Statistics Canada’s latest labour force survey. This unexpected increase helped drop the unemployment rate from 5.8% in March to 5.7%. The gains were spread throughout many industries including both service and factory sectors. In wholesale and retail trade positions, employment rose by 32,400 and in the construction sector, 29,200 jobs were added. A rush of 66,400 part time positions for workers between ages 15 – 24 also helped lower the youth unemployment rate from 10.7% to 10.3%.

Mental Health Week: May 6-12, 2019

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Mental Health Week is from May 6 – 12, 2019 this year and the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) is using social media to promote awareness for this campaign. This year’s campaign theme is “Get loud about what mental health really is”. This year’s theme encourages Canadians to understand the terminology and reduce the confusion and misconceptions of mental health and mental illnesses. CMHA says that confusion is often what contributes to the “stigma of mental illnesses; it divides people into those who experience mental illness and those who don’t”.

Event: Mental Health and Self Esteem Championship in Children

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On May 4 2019 at 3:00 PM, Immigrant Services Calgary will be hosting an event in partnership with the United Medical Clinic to talk about mental health and self-esteem in children. Dr Makiwane will be offering this session to parents and professionals to discuss ways to help children strengthen self-esteem and deal with the issue of bullying. Learn new tools to teach kids in your life how to overcome bullying in their schools and communities.

Government’s plan to help Canadians find and keep good jobs

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Budget 2019 is the next step in the government’s plan to ensure middle class Canadians will benefit from Canada’s economic growth. This action plan includes helping more Canadians find affordable housing, prepare them for well-paying jobs, helping them retire with confidence and allowing them to be able to afford the prescription drugs they need. On March 22 2019, the Honourable Jim Carr, Minister of International Trade Diversification highlighted how investments in Budget 2019 will help Canadians find and keep good jobs in a rapidly changing job market and the increasingly competitive global economy.