Can We Gather Indoors This Fall?

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The weather is becoming cooler these days. As we enter the final quarter of 2020, a couple of holidays are right around the corner. More and more people are asking the question, can we gather indoors this fall? The short answer is you can, but there are risks you need to keep in mind. Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s top doctor, …

More support for Canadians through Recovery Benefits

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The Government of Canada announced the introduction of Bill C-2, to create three new temporary Recovery Benefits to support Canadians who are unable to work for reasons related to COVID-19. These new Benefits are being proposed as part of the Government of Canada’s plan to support Canadians after the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) coming to an end this month. The …

Some Permanent Residence Applicants Now Temporarily Exempt from Biometrics Requirement

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Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced a new temporary public policy: You are exempt under this new policy, if you have both of the following: a new or pending application for permanent residence made from within or outside Canada already submitted their biometrics in support of an immigration application within the last 10 years More information: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/news/notices/biometrics-exemption-permanent-residents.html

CRA Resuming Business Activities

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As of September 2020, Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is resuming some programs and services that were suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some returning programs that affect individuals as of September 21 include appeals, collections, compliances activities, outreach activities and benefits validation. How is this going to affect you, as an individual? In-person services are available such as free tax …

COVID-19 Testing to Focus on Albertans with Symptoms

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Effective September 17, 2020, the recommended COVID-19 testing criteria has changed in Alberta. To help reduce wait times, speed access to results & support Albertans during the respiratory virus & flu season, testing will focus on all Albertans with symptoms, plus additional priority groups. This means that testing in Alberta is now recommended for: Albertans with symptoms of COVID-19; Albertans …

IRCC Resumes Some In-Person Services by Appointment

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Over the past few months, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has taken steps to provide virtual services where possible, but there have still been significant disruptions in their services. Beginning the week of September 21, 2020, IRCC will begin to offer some in-person services at selected offices in Canada by appointment only. IRCC will contact you to book an …

Include COVID-19 Essentials into Your Emergency Kit

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Unexpected situations happen every day. Having supplies is one thing you can do to help manage many situations. your goal will be to have enough supplies to keep you and your family safe, warm and comfortable for at least 72 hours. Normally, your family’s emergency kit should include: Nonperishable snacks that last at least 72 hours (e.g. energy bars, dried …

Prime Minister announces next steps for Safe Restart Agreement

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shared the details of the investments that will be made through the Safe Restart Agreement. This agreement will provide continued support to Canadians, as we safely restart our economy and build a more resilient Canada.   Through the Agreement, the Government of Canada announced over $19 billion in federal funding to help provinces and territories safely …

Calgary Extends Mandatory Mask Bylaw

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The City of Calgary has announced on September 15 that the mandatory mask rules for all indoor public spaces will remain in effect for at least the majority of the fall unless there is significant progress in the ongoing global effort to curb COVID-19.  On Monday evening, the City Council voted 11-3 in favour of extending the temporary face coverings …

How to Dispose of Masks Responsibly

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Now that face masks are compulsory in indoor public premises and public vehicles in Calgary, it’s time to address the issue of irresponsibly disposed masks. If you use a single-use mask, first of all, do not re-use it. Replace the mask with a new one as soon as it is damp. It’s important to dispose of it correctly and responsibly. …