Can We Gather Indoors This Fall?

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The weather is becoming cooler these days. As we enter the final quarter of 2020, a couple of holidays are right around the corner. More and more people are asking the question, can we gather indoors this fall? The short answer is you can, but there are risks you need to keep in mind. Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s top doctor, …

2020 Women’s Self-Defense Summit

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The 2020 Women’s Self-Defense Summit is happening next week, September 28 to 30! This is the ultimate free event for well-being and wellness conscious women! Learn how to become more confident, inspired, and empowered through self-defense secrets from 26 top self-defense experts in the world. Check out the detailed agenda and how to register here: https://womensselfdefensesummit.com * Although this is …

Why CRA May Call You & How to Spot Scammers

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As the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) gradually reopens some programs and services, CRA employees may be calling you to discuss your tax and benefit situations. However, you should be aware of scammers pretending to be CRA employees. Reasons the CRA may call: The CRA may call if they previously wrote to you, or in any of these situations: If you …

COVID-19 Testing to Focus on Albertans with Symptoms

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Effective September 17, 2020, the recommended COVID-19 testing criteria has changed in Alberta. To help reduce wait times, speed access to results & support Albertans during the respiratory virus & flu season, testing will focus on all Albertans with symptoms, plus additional priority groups. This means that testing in Alberta is now recommended for: Albertans with symptoms of COVID-19; Albertans …

September – World Alzheimer’s Month

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In 2002, Alberta released its first dementia strategy. Since then, the provincial government has broadened its focus to address the changing needs of people living with dementia and their caregivers. In 2017, Alberta released the Alberta Dementia Strategy and Action Plan. The plan, available online, was developed in partnership with people living with dementia, caregivers and families, Alberta Health Services, …

How to Dispose of Masks Responsibly

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Now that face masks are compulsory in indoor public premises and public vehicles in Calgary, it’s time to address the issue of irresponsibly disposed masks. If you use a single-use mask, first of all, do not re-use it. Replace the mask with a new one as soon as it is damp. It’s important to dispose of it correctly and responsibly. …

COVID Testing FAQs for Albertans Planning to Travel

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If you reside in Alberta, are currently planning to travel, and need COVID-19 testing and reporting services, you may find these FAQs helpful: How to book a COVID-19 test? All Albertans, including travelers, can access asymptomatic testing through AHS or by visiting a participating pharmacy. How long does do I need to wait to be tested? How long does it …

Vending Machines Selling Masks and Hand Sanitizer

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Have you ever left home, walked all the way to a CTrain or bus station then realized you left your face mask or hand sanitizer at home? Here’s some good news — Personal protective equipment (PPE) will become more available in vending machines in public spaces across Canada! Klear Vending, a company based in Toronto has already set up four …

What to Do If Someone Tested Positive in Your Child’s Class

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It is the 2020 back-to-school season! Going back to the classroom in the middle of a pandemic makes us all feel nervous and unsure. These days one of the most frequently asked questions is: What should we do if someone in the class tested positive for coronavirus? Alberta’s top doctor Dr. Hinshaw answered this question at her latest media briefing …

Pay Attention to Calgary’s Air Quality

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Compared to many other countries in the world, Canada’s air quality is among the best, but that doesn’t mean we can lower our guard during wildfire season. Last night (August 24), Calgary’s air quality worsened as smoke blew in from the wildfires in California and British Columbia. People whose health is at risk of being affected may include: Children; Seniors; …