2021 – 2022 Playschool Registration Now Open

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City of Calgary’s 2021/2022 school year program runs from September 2021 – June 2022. Preschool-aged children will enjoy an engaging program that prepares them for school. Kids learn active play, songs, activities, arts & crafts and social skills helping build a foundation of being active for life. To register, email: liveandplay@calgary.ca with one of the following email subject lines: Playschool …

IRCC Announced New PR Pathway for Essential Workers & International Student Graduates

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On April 14, 2021, the Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC) announced a new pathway to permanent residence for over 90,000 essential workers and international student graduates who are actively contributing to Canada’s economy. Starting May 6, 2021, this pathway will allow the following eligible applicants to apply for permanent residence: international graduates, …

Make the Cut

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In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers“, let’s take a look at this expression: Make the Cut. What does “make the cut” mean? Originally, “make the cut” is when a player in a tournamentor match reaches or exceeds a certain score, thus avoiding elimination from the game. A player who’s made the cut is allowed to continue playing in the game. …

Your Feedback is Needed for the Draft K-6 Curriculum

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After a year of consultations with parents, teachers, and subject matter experts. the Government of Alberta has recently updated its K-6 curriculum. Alberta’s new K-6 curriculum is founded on 4 key learning themes: Literacy Numeracy Citizenship Practical Skills Now you can take a look at the detailed overview of the revised curriculum here: https://www.alberta.ca/curriculum.aspx Your feedback is needed! Take a …

Red Herring

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In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers“, let’s take a look at this expression: Red Herring. What does “red herring” mean? Herring (pronounced as “hair” + “-ing”) is a type of fish. Dried smoked herring is turned dark red and brown by the smoke. “Red herring” is something that distracts attention from a relevant matter or the real issue. How to …

IRCC Announces More Measures to Support International Students

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At the end of January 2021, the Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC), announced that IRCC started to accept applications for open work permits under the new PGWP policy supporting international students. Last Friday (February 12), the Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino announced more measures to ensure that international students wouldn’t miss out …

IRCC Now Accepting Applications Open Work Permits Under PGWP Policy

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Earlier in January, the Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC), announced a new open work permit opportunity for international students. IRCC is now accepting applications for open work permits under this public policy. The application must be submitted online by July 27, 2021. You will be asked to create an account and use …

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 – …