World Refugee Day 2021

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World Refugee Day (each year on June 20) is an international day designated by the United Nations to honour refugees around the globe.  Having been forced to flee their home country to escape conflict or persecution, refugees who settled in Canada make significant contributions to our nation’s economy. As tax payers, they create jobs, buy homes and put down roots …

Want to canoe, fish or paddleboard in Banff National Park? Get a valid Self-Certification Permit!

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Parks Canada has recently introduced new restrictions on water activities in Banff National Park. The use of non-motorized watercraft, fishing equipment, and aquatic recreational equipment are restricted in all waterbodies within the Park at all times to prevent the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species. Aquatic Invasive Species are fish, plants, etc. species that have been introduced to a new waterbody. …

Received Your 1st Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine in April? Book for Your 2nd Dose Now!

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Albertans who received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine in April are now eligible to book their second appointment. Your will need the date of your first immunization and type of vaccine you received to book your 2nd dose appointment. Expect an automatic phone call and/text message, if you are eligible for the 2nd dose and consented to be contacted …

Calgary Rescinds State of Local Emergency

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Effective June 14, 2021, The City announced it will rescind the State of Local Emergency (SOLE). While the City will continue the activation of the Municipal Emergency Plan to provide everybody with information, resources and supports needed about the COVID-19 pandemic, the powers afforded under the State of Local Emergency are no longer deemed necessary. Select City recreation facilities began …

Indigenous Peoples Can Now Reclaim Their Traditional Names on Immigration Identity Documents

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A person’s name is an integral part of their heritage and culture. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has launched a process for Indigenous peoples (First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples), residential school survivors and their families to reclaim their Indigenous names on the following immigration identity documents free of charge until May 30, 2026: replacement passports, travel documents, citizenship …

A Brief History of Canadian Pride

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June is Pride Month, in honour of the Stonewall Riots in the United States which happened on June 28, 1969. This event marked the beginning of the modern LGBTQ2S + Rights movement. Canada celebrates June as Pride Month too, but Canadian pride has its own history, struggles, milestones, and turning points. On May 14, 1969, Canada decriminalized homosexual acts between …

New PR Pathways for Hong Kong residents in Canada

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Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced today that eligible Hong Kong residents in Canada can now apply for permanent residence through two new pathways that will be available until August 2026. More information about this announcement: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/news/2021/06/minister-mendicino-announces-opening-of-2-new-pathways-to-permanent-residence-for-hong-kong-residents.html To apply, eligible Hong Kong residents must: have valid temporary resident status be in Canada when they apply for permanent residence and …

Calgary Downtown Ambassador Program

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In the fall of 2020, the City of Calgary and the Calgary Downtown Association launched the Downtown Ambassador program as a way to connect Calgarians and visitors to resources, services and supports, while providing a friendly presence along Stephen Avenue and within the nine blocks that surround City Hall. “Downtown is for everyone and we’re here to make sure that …