How-to & Smart Tips – Behind the Scenes

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The “Smart Tips” series has come far since it started, over a year ago. The project started with research to find out what topics newcomers wanted to learn and has become nine completed videos with six more on the way. The videos have reached thousands of Alberta newcomers. The project goal was to inform newcomers with relatable, real situational videos, …

Wordfest Calgary Sep – Dec 2020

Lisa C. Newcomer Information, Settlement & Community News, Updates Leave a Comment

Last Thursday, we explored the importance of reading in one of our “English Learning Tips” articles. In this article, let’s take a look at this event happening in Calgary right now, which is perfect for kindling (or rekindling) your passion for reading. Wordfest is a not-for-profit charitable arts organization that produces one of Canada’s largest international literary festivals, taking place …

Yellow Larch Fall Hikes

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In Canada, you get to experience the changing landscapes and natural beauty for all four seasons. Fall in Canada is chilly and feels almost like winter, but you can still make the best out of it before the freezing temperatures set in. In central and eastern Canada, leaves on the trees transform to beautiful shades of yellow, orange and red. …

Labour Day 2020

Nicole Haddad Community, Daily Life, Newcomer Information, Settlement & Community News Leave a Comment

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 …

City of Calgary – COVID-19 Activities for Kids

Michelle Mak Community, Daily Life, Newcomer Information

City of Calgary’s emergency preparedness program ‘Ready Squad’ teaches kids about which emergencies occur in Calgary and how to prepare for them. They have recently developed activities to empower kids to become superhero’s in preventing the spread of COVID-19! These activities teaches kids about the importance of hand washing with activities such as learning to make soap, what physical distancing …

Pride Week August 28 – September 6

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

It’s almost Pride Week (August 28 – September 6)! Pride Week leads up to the Pride festival and parade, which usually takes place on Labour Day long weekend. Thousands would gather in celebration of gender and sexual diversity. This year, due to health guidelines related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 30th anniversary of Calgary Pride has been reimagined. Calgary Pride …

Free Event: Tomorrow’s Chinatown: Let’s Talk Culture! #3

Michelle Mak Daily Life, Fun Facts, Newcomer Information

Are you interested in learning and sharing stories about Calgary Chinatown? The City of Calgary has a series of fun, informal, interactive and informative community conversations over the lunch hour. Each session will feature an new big topic or an interesting aspect of Calgary Chinatown and its culture, like food, arts, youth, storytelling and more. This is a free event …

Book Discussion Group: Food for Thought

Michelle Mak Community, Daily Life, Newcomer Information

The Calgary Public Library is hosting a book club titled ‘Book Discussion Group: Food for Thought’. You can join fellow foodies online and explore different cookbook authors, cuisines, food memories, techniques and more, while you share what you’re eating and reading. Each month has a different theme and is jam packed with kitchen tips, tricks, and resources. The book discussions …

Calgary’s Riparian Areas

Michelle Mak Community, Daily Life, Newcomer Information

Looking for a fun activity to do with children this week? Discover some local riparian areas in Calgary! Riparian areas are lands beside a water body and comes from the Latin word “ripa”, meaning bank or shore! Riparian areas unfold like ribbons across watershed, including landscapes where land and water meet. They border rivers, creeks and wetlands. You can now …