Happy Puthandu! Happy New Year!

Lisa C. Newcomer Information, Updates

Today, many people in Canada and around the world celebrate Puthandu to welcome the beginning of a new year. Puthandu is also known as Tamil New Year or Puthuvarudam; Puthandu is the first day of year on the Tamil calendar, which falls onto April 14 of the Gregorian calendar; This day coincides with the New Year’s Day of Hindu calendars …

Easter – Symbols and Traditions

Lisa C. Fun Facts, Newcomer Information

Easter is one of the most important holidays for Christians in the world. For others, it is regarded as the beginning of spring. Easter commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ, as written in The New Testament. Later, the holiday has merged with spring celebrations. Easter is always associated with the Easter Bunny and painted eggs. There are many theories as …

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, …