Cool as A Cucumber

Lisa C. Newcomer Information

In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers“, let’s take a look at this expression: Cool as A Cucumber. What does “cool as a cucumber” mean? Very calm, collected or unemotional when faced with something surprising Composed or self-possessed in times of stress The origin of “cool as a cucumber”: The inside of cucumbers remains cooler than the air even in extremely …

Student Direct Stream Now Available in 7 More Countries

Lisa C. Newcomer Information, Updates

Through the Student Direct Stream (SDS), eligible international students may be able to get your study permit faster. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC) has recently announced that Student Direct Stream (SDS) is now available in 7 more Caribbean and Central and South American countries.Starting July 9, 2021, applicants will be able to apply for a study permit using the Student …

Work-Integrated Learning Industry Voucher Pilot Program

Lisa C. Settlement & Community News, Updates

In partnership with industry, employers and post-secondary institutions, Alberta’s government is investing $3.6 million in new work-integrated learning opportunities in key priority areas through the Work-Integrated Learning Industry Voucher pilot program. The 3-year Work Integrated Learning Voucher pilot program is a partnership with industry, employers and post-secondary institutions to allow students to learn directly from mentors and seasoned professionals, while …

International Students Qualify for Quarantine Exempted under Certain Conditions

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, COVID-19, Newcomer Information, Updates

As of July 5 at 11:59 PM Eastern Daylight Time, international students who meet both of the following two conditions may be exempt from quarantine requirements: meet the requirements for fully vaccinated travellers to Canada have a valid study permit to attend an approved designated learning institution (DLI) Useful links: Who is considered fully vaccinated for travel to Canada? Visit: …

Sweep…under the Rug

Lisa C. Newcomer Information

In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers“, let’s take a look at this expression Sweep (something) under the Rug. What does it mean to “sweep something under the rug”? To hide or ignore something embarrassing, unpleasant, illegal, damaging or wrong. What’s the origin of “sweeping something under the rug”? The origin is quite self-explanatory. You sweep dust under the rug, so …

IRCC Announced Three New Initiatives to Welcome More Refugees

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, Updates

Prior to World Refugee Day on June 20, the Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC) announced on June 18 the following actions to strengthen refugee protection and integration efforts: A new public policy will help remove unique barriers qualified refugees often face, so that they can apply through existing economic programs. Through the …

Up One’s Sleeve

Lisa C. Newcomer Information

In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers“, let’s take a look at this expression Up One’s Sleeve. What does “up one’s sleeve” mean? to have secret ideas to be secretly ready with plans to have a hidden fallback plan that is likely to ensure success What’s the origin of “up one’s sleeve”? Magicians always keep tricks up their sleeves. Card players, …

K-12 Students to Return to In-Person Learning

Lisa C. COVID-19, Settlement & Community News, Updates

The Alberta government has recently announced the following: Most K-12 students will return to in-person learning starting May 25. Students in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, who will return May 31. Students and staff will continue to follow all health measures in schools even if they are fully or partially vaccinated, including: wearing masks, staying home when sick, and …