Christmas Wreaths

Lisa C. Fun Facts, Newcomer Information

These days, if you visit any grocery store or home supplies store, you will surely notice that Christmas wreaths, among other decorations, have reappeared in the market for the holiday season. Today let’s learn a few quick facts about Christmas wreaths. Canada has a very diverse population and that not everybody celebrates Christmas. As newcomers to Calgary, you and your …

Reduce, Recycle and Compost – Cooking Tips for Holidays

Lisa C. Community, Daily Life, Newcomer Information, Settlement & Community News

Food waste is a big problem worldwide, especially in developed countries like Canada. We all have the responsibility to take action to address food loss and waste. Here are some tips to reduce food loss in your kitchen during holiday season and all year round. Reducing food waste Check your pantry regularly for nearing-expiry items Know what you already have …

Gift Wrapping Tips for A Zero-Waste Holiday Season

Lisa C. Daily Life, Newcomer Information, Settlement & Community News, Updates

It’s almost December! Have you started gift-shopping? Here are some tips on gift wrapping! Reducing waste during holidays Learn about holiday return policies and keep the gift receipt Choose consumable gifts instead (chocolate, home-baked cookies, wine, etc.) Purchase gift cards from local businesses to avoid gift wrapping and support local Donate to a favourite local charity Reuse the following containers …

End of Calgary’s e-Scooter and e-Bike Pilot Project

Michelle Mak Community, Fun Facts, Newcomer Information

City of Calgary’s Two-Year shared e-Scooter and e-Bike pilot that started in October 2018, concluded on Oct. 31, 2020. All the remaining shared e-scooters will be removed from Calgary on Nov. 1, 2020. Since the launch of the pilot, there has been three permitted private sector operators (Lime, Bird, and Roll) and 1.87 million shared mobility trips. On Dec. 16, …

Thanksgiving Day 2020

Nicole Haddad Community, Daily Life, Fun Facts, Newcomer Information

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

Lisa C. Newcomer Information, Settlement & Community News, Settlement News, Updates

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

Nicole Haddad Community, Daily Life, Newcomer Information, Settlement & Community News

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

Lisa C. Daily Life, Fun Facts, Newcomer Information

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; …