Happy Puthandu! Happy New Year!

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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 …

International Women’s Day

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International Women’s Day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. Every year on March 8th, International Women’s Day (IWD) is one of the most important days of the year to: celebrate women’s achievements raise awareness about women’s equality lobby for accelerated gender parity fundraise for female-focused charities The campaign theme for International Women’s Day 2021 is “Choose …

Alberta Holiday Exemption for Indoor Social Gatherings

Michelle Mak Community, COVID-19, Daily Life, Newcomer Information

On December 22, 2020, the Government of Alberta announced a ‘Holiday Exemption’ for individuals who live alone. Those who live alone may gather with one household for 1 event between December 23 – December 28. This means that a household can host ONE event only include up to 2 people who live alone along with their children who are minors. …

COVIDLoves.ca

Lisa C. COVID-19, Fun Facts, Updates

The Alberta Government has recently launched a website https://covidloves.ca/ to educate people how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 using humour. Visit this website to watch funny videos, read guidelines, learn whether you are at risk, and access other resources! Here are the two videos published so far: COVID loves Parties COVID loves the Holidays Explore the website: Covid Loves …

Tips for Healthy Holiday Eating

Lisa C. COVID-19, Daily Life, Newcomer Information

As the year 2020 draws to an end, the COVID-19 pandemic is still going on. The lockdowns and stay-at-home orders have led to dramatic changes in our behaviors, habits and daily routines. Whether we have contracted the virus or not, this global pandemic is affecting everyone’s mental and physical health to some extent, largely (and unfortunately) for the worse. No …

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 …

International Day of People with Disabilities

Michelle Mak Accessibility, COVID-19, Daily Life, Newcomer Information

Today, December 3, is International Day of People with Disabilities. This is the annual celebration of people with disabilities. This year’s theme is ‘Not all Disabilities are Visible’, it’s focus is to spread awareness and understanding that not all disabilities are apparent (such as mental illnesses, chronic pain, diabetes, etc) On this day, we are reminded that we have responsibility …

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 …

Secret Santa for Newcomer Children

Lisa C. Community, Settlement & Community News, Updates

Christmas is around the corner and Santa is getting ready to visit us! Santa helpers are helping Santa prepare presents for kids. You can receive a present, if you are 6 to 13 years old have lived in Canada for less than 16 months currently resides in Calgary How to receive a present? All you need to do is sending …