When to Call 911

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When someone’s life, health or safety is at risk, calling 911 is the fastest to get help. In a true emergency, call 911 and stay on the phone with the operator. Calgary 911 also provides life-saving instructions on the phone when you wait for the ambulance to arrive. When should you call 911? When someone has difficulty breathing, is bleeding …

Calgary Police Service’s Non-Emergency Number

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Many newcomers are quite familiar with the emergency number 911. 911 is the number to call any time you have an emergency requiring Police service Fire department Ambulance * Please refer to When to Call 911 for more information. But did you know, it is NOT right to call 911 for non-urgent situations? 911 is meant for people in immediate …

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 …

Video: Permanent Resident Status VS Permanent Resident Card

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Many newcomers may ask this question: “I forgot to renew my Permanent Resident Card and it expired. Does this mean I’m no longer a Permanent Resident in Canada?” Watch this short animation video and find out the differences between Permanent Resident card (PR card) and Permanent Resident status. You will learn about: Who are considered as Permanent Residents? What can …

Thermal Underwear (Long Johns)

Lisa C. Daily Life, Newcomer Information

Today, let’s talk about long johns (also formally known as thermal underwear or long underwear). If you grew up or once lived in a four-season country or region, chances are that you already know something about this topic. But if you moved to Canada from somewhere warm all year round, the idea of needing or wearing long underwear may be …

Tobogganing and Sledding in Calgary

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Tobogganing, or sometimes called sledding is one of the most popular winter activities in Canada. Tobogganing is sliding downhill over snow on a toboggan. The word “toboggan” is a noun as well as a verb. When it is a noun, “toboggan” is a long narrow board or sled shown in the picture above. It’s not quite winter yet in Calgary …

Thanksgiving Day 2020

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Turkey. Smiling Faces. A family gathering. Yellow leaves. These are the images that often come up when one thinks of Thanksgiving Day. It was declared as a national holiday in 1879. On January 31st, 1957, the Canadian Parliament announced that this would be “a day of general thanksgiving to almighty God for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been …

New Legislation Introduced to Establish National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

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The Government of Canada introduced a bill to establish a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30. This new national day aims to honour residential school survivors, their families and communities, ensuring that the tragic history and ongoing legacy of residential schools is never forgotten. This is an important step forward in our path to reconciliation. Learn more …