New Scholarship Program: Leaders in Equality Award of Distinction

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The Alberta government has announced a new scholarship program called Leaders in Equality Award of Distinction (LEAD) Program Students who are working to reduce gender discrimination or studying in fields where their gender is traditionally under-represented can now apply for the LEAD program. Each successful student will receive $2,500. The scholarship program has two streams: Women in STEM award – …

Kick in the Pants

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In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers“, let’s take a look at this expression: “Kick in the Pants”. What does “kick in the pants” mean? a forceful message to motivate someone a scolding that makes a person improve his/her behavior How to use it? Note that “kick in the pants” is usually delivered with good intentions. Use “kick” as a noun: …

New Open Work Permit Opportunity for International Students

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The Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC), has recently made an announcement: Former international students who hold or held a post-graduation work permit (PGWP) will have a unique opportunity to apply for another open work permit. Those affected by the pandemic with an expired or expiring PGWP will be have the chance to …

K-12 Students Return to In-Class Learning

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Schools play an important part in students’ emotional health and overall well-being. Thanks to the provincewide public health measures and restrictions put in effect last December, new COVID-19 case numbers in schools plateaued and then decreased throughout the winter break. COVID-19 Alberta Statistics: https://www.alberta.ca/stats/covid-19-alberta-statistics.htm#new-cases In light of this evidence, the Alberta government announced on January 7 that All K-12 (Kindergarten …

Past Participle: Regular & Irregular Verbs

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It’s been a while, but our “English Learning Tips for Newcomers” is back for another 5-minute read on the past participle form of verbs! What is past participle? It’s a word formed from a verb that probably ends with “ed”, “d”, ”en”, “n”, “t”, etc.. For example, the past participle of “look” is “looked”. When is past participle used? Creating …

🎄 Christmas Came Early 🎁

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We are back for another article of “English Idioms for Newcomers“. Today let’s take a look at this idiom: “Christmas Came Early”. Christmas is December 25, how can it possibly come early? “Christmas came early” is used when something pleasant and surprising happens, such as hearing unexpected good news receiving gifts, presents, bonus, etc. How to use it? Use this …

When Push Comes to Shove

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In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers“, let’s take a look at this expression: “When Push Comes to Shove”. What does “when push comes to shove” mean? “When push comes to shove” means if worse comes to worse. It is when a decision needs to be made to resolve an urgent issue matters become critical and call for an action someone …

Changes for CBE Students

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Following the changes announced by the Alberta Government, the Calgary Board of Education (CBE) posted new health measures for students: For Grade 7-12 Students Home learning will start on November 30, 2020 and last until Friday, January 8, 2021 (except during winter break) In-person classes will resume on January 11, 2021 Diploma exams are optional for rest of the school …