Class 5 Road Test: Disqualifications Resulting in Automatic Fails

Lisa C. Daily Life, Newcomer Information

Taking Class 5 road test? Avoid the following to prevent an automatic fail: Accumulating more than 75 points in a Class 5 basic or advanced test. Right of way violation Failing to yield as required and another vehicle or pedestrian is affected Traffic light violation: Failing to stop for a red light; Failing to stop for a yellow light when …

Calgary International Airport Travel Tips

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, Daily Life, Updates

The Calgary International Airport has recently posted a few tips for travelers: Before you book your flight: Find out the entry requirements for your destination of choice and get prepared. If travelling internationally, make sure you know Canada’s entry requirements for your return trip. Make sure your government-issued photo ID is still valid. Days before your departure flight to and from …

Stay Near Water, Stay Cool

Lisa C. Community, Daily Life, Updates

The heat wave will continue into this Canada Day Long weekend. Check out this map developed by the City of Calgary for various cooling locations across the city: Aquatic Facilities Outdoor Pools Spray Parks Wading Pools And more! When you are on the map, click on this button to see the legend! Other useful information to help you and your …

Keeping Pets Cool during Heat Waves

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Walking your dog outside? Please know that asphalt heats up in the sun. Paved surfaces can become too hot for your dog’s feet. Use robbing alcohol on your dog’s feet to cool them down. Hydration is important, for yourself, as well as your pet! Ensure that pets have plenty of water and shade available. Consider adding just a few ice …

How to Deal with Fear and Worries about Needles

Lisa C. COVID-19, Newcomer Information, Settlement & Community News, Updates

Did you know that up to one fourth adults have fears about needles? Alberta Health Services suggests we take the following steps to ease any anxiety before receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. Deep relaxation breathing. Play a game or listen to music on your mobile device. Look away and mentally go to your favourite place. Ask yourself rapid fire questions. Wiggle …

Apply Numbing Cream to Help Reduce Pain Before and During Immunization

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Numbing Cream (topical anesthetics) can be useful to reduce pain with skin-breaking (needle) procedures. You can buy numbing creams at most pharmacies. According to Alberta Health’s latest information, the price ranges from $6 to $45. Apply it for the recommended time before the vaccination appointment to help ease pain and distress Follow the application instructions on the package or ask …

Tips: How to Prepare for Heat Waves

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Canada is known to have harsh winters, but extreme heat events, often called “heat waves”, also exist in many places across the country. So, yes, it can get really hot in summer, like this weekend (June 25, 26 & 27, 2021). According to the Weather Network, Western Canada will see a historic heat wave in the coming days. Extreme heat …

What to Do If A Bear Approaches You

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Nobody wants to be approached by a bear, but sometimes it happens. Getting prepared and knowing the correct thing to do are crucial and can be life-saving. If a bear walks towards you, first of all remain calm, and prepare to use your bear spray. Learn how to properly use bear spray. Assess the bear’s behaviour and try to determine why …

Tips to Avoid Bear Encounters

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Do the following to avoid bear encounters: Remain alert. Shouting regularly or singing loudly is far more effective than using bear bells. Keep your ears open. Do not wear headphones or earbuds while on trails. Watch for fresh bear signs. Tracks, digs, droppings and carrion indicate that a bear may have been in the area. Leave the area if the …