Jump the Gun

Lisa C. Newcomer Information, Updates

In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers“, let’s take a look at this expression: Jump the Gun. What does “jump the gun” mean? To decide on something too early or too soon To start something before proper preparations are made To act with haste or prematurely What’s the origin of “jump the gun”? Originally, “jump the gun” is used in sports …

Reminder: IRCC to Open New Pathway to PR on May 6

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, Updates

On May 6, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC) is opening a new pathway to permanent residence for over 90,000 eligible essential workers and international graduates from a Canadian institution. People with disabilities who are unable to use the online form can request an application in an alternative format (paper copy, Braille or large print). More information about this new pathway …

CELPIP Tests Availability Updates

Lisa C. Daily Life, Newcomer Information, Updates

CELPIP tests is one of the language proficiency requirements accepted for citizenship applications. To contact CELPIP, visit their official website: https://www.celpip.ca/ . CELPIP has recently published some service availability updates on their social media account: *Information in this post is taken from CELPIP’s Facebook post on April 27, 2021.

2021 – 2022 Playschool Registration Now Open

Lisa C. Community, Settlement & Community News, Updates

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

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

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

Lisa C. Newcomer Information

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

Lisa C. Newcomer Information, Updates

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 …

Get a Kick out of…

Lisa C. Newcomer Information

In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers“, let’s take a look at this expression: Get a Kick out of…. What does “get a kick out of…” mean? to take pleasure in… to enjoy… very much to feel excited about… How to use it? Add something or someone after “of” Examples: I usually get a kick out of binge-watching true crime series. …

Red Herring

Lisa C. Newcomer Information

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 …