Thanksgiving Day 2020

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Turkey. Smiling Faces. A family gathering. Yellow leaves. These are the images that often come up when one thinks of Thanksgiving Day. It was declared as a national holiday in 1879. On January 31st, 1957, the Canadian Parliament announced that this would be “a day of general thanksgiving to almighty God for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been …

Calgary’s Historic City Hall Rehabilitation Completed

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From 2016 to 2020, Calgary’s Historic City Hall underwent an extensive heritage rehabilitation. The City of Calgary has recently announced that it’s officially complete! Here are some fun facts about this historic building: The Historic City Hall is 109 years old. After this upgrade, it’s expected to last for another century! The Historic City Hall originally housed a jail, including …

Labour Day 2020

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With workers all over Canada looking forward to a day to recharge on Labour Day, let’s take this opportunity to reflect on the origin and history of this public holiday. The Toronto Printers Union had been asking their employers for a shorter work week for over 3 years. After being repeatedly ignored, they took bold action and went on strike …

What You Need to Know about Maple Syrup

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Today, let’s learn a few things about maple syrup — one of the most well-known Canadian icons! Where does maple syrup come from? Maple syrup is harvested and processed from maple trees; Holes are drilled into the trunks of maple trees so that the sap can be collected in a container; The sap is then heated and filtered multiple times; …

How to care & clean fabric masks

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The City of Calgary now requires mandatory masks in indoor public spaces. Fabric masks/face coverings can be used in this instance but still need to be cleaned. Cloth masks or face coverings should be changed and cleaned if they become damp or soiled. You can wash your cloth mask by: putting it directly into the washing machine, using a hot …

How to protect yourself from insect bites

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Mosquitos are out and about in Calgary! There are many ways you can prevent yourself from getting bitten during this season. Here are some tips from the Government of Canada to help prevent insect bites: Cover up Wear light-coloured, loose clothes made of tightly woven materials (eg: nylon or polyester) Wear long pants and tucked-in long-sleeved shirts with closed-toe shoes …

What is Sunscreen?

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Sunscreen is a cream or lotion rubbed on to the skin to protect it from the sun. Sunscreen reduces your overall UV exposure and lowers your risk of skin cancer and sun damage.With the sunny weather all week, it is important to keep your skin safe and use sunscreen everyday. Who should use sunscreen? Everyone should use sunscreen! Children over …

Happy Victoria Day!

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Victoria Day is on the Monday before May 25 to honor Queen Victoria’s birthday. Queen Victoria was born on May 24, 1819. It was during her lifetime that the British Empire expanded greatly. Celebrations are held in some cities such as in Victoria, British Columbia where a parade is held. Nowadays, people may be less aware of the historical meaning …