Beware of Immigration Fraud – Common Scams Aimed at Newcomers

Lisa C. Daily Life, Newcomer Information

March is Fraud Prevention Month. We are posting a series of articles helping you find out how to prevent yourself from becoming a victim of immigration fraud. Today, let’s take a look at common scams aimed at newcomers. Scammers posing as Canadian government officials Scammers pretending to be an official may call you and accuse you of doing something wrong, …

Beware of Immigration Fraud – About Immigration Representatives

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, Newcomer Information, Settlement & Community News, Settlement News

March is Fraud Prevention Month. We will post a series of articles helping you find out how to prevent yourself from becoming a victim of immigration fraud. Today, let’s take a look at immigration representatives. Immigration and citizenship representatives are those that give you advice, help you choose the best program, fill out and submit your application, and communicate with …

Beware of Immigration Fraud – Marriage Fraud

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, Newcomer Information

March is Fraud Prevention Month. We will post a series of articles helping you find out how to prevent yourself from becoming a victim of immigration fraud. Today, let’s take a look at marriage fraud. Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident? Have you met and fallen in love with someone from another country online or while travelling? …

Beware of Immigration Fraud – Internet, Email and Telephone Scams

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, Daily Life, Newcomer Information

March is Fraud Prevention Month. We will post a series of articles helping you find out how to prevent yourself from becoming a victim of immigration fraud. Today, let’s take a look at how to identify fake websites, emails and telephone calls. Who can decide to issue you a visa? Only immigration officers from one of the four below can …

Storm Drains

Lisa C. Community, Daily Life, Newcomer Information

As the cold spell draws to an end this weekend, snow will smelt all around our communities in Calgary. Today, let’s learn one thing or two about storm drains in Calgary. What are storm drains? Storm drains collect rainwater and melted snow from sidewalks, streets, and roads. Storm drains are the main way storm water gets into our underground pipes …

Beware of COVID-19 Vaccine Scams Targeting Seniors

Lisa C. Uncategorized

According to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, 9,797 Canadians became victims of COVID-19 fraud and $7 million was lost to COVID-19 fraud between March 6, 2020 and January 31, 2021. Recently Alberta Health Services (AHS) is receiving reports of a phone scam targeting seniors. Albertans over 75 are told they can book their COVID-19 immunization for a fee. Please note that …

Prevent Frozen Household Pipes in Winter

Lisa C. Community, Daily Life, Newcomer Information

Frozen water pipes are a common but preventable phenomenon in many Canadian cities. Those live close to rivers and in older communities are most at risk. To help protect your home from frozen pipe, take the following actions: Check in unheated areas where water lines are located, e.g. basements, garages, etc. Repair broken windows and doors. Consider insulating water pipes, …

Parchment Paper & Aluminum Foil

Lisa C. Community, Daily Life, Newcomer Information

When we cook or bake in an oven, we often line the baking pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Where should we place them after we finish cooking? Find the answer in today’s Residential Recycling & Disposal Info for Newcomers and different creative ways to reuse aluminum foils! Parchment paper Parchment paper is compostable and belongs to your green …

What to Pay Attention to When Shoveling Snow

Lisa C. Community, Daily Life, Newcomer Information

The physical activity of shoveling snow can be demanding. Pay attention to the following to protect your health and safety when shoveling snow: Warm up. Consider snow shoveling as a workout. Stretch out for 5-10 minutes before heading out. Dress properly in thin and breathable layers and remember to wear gloves or mittens Don’t shovel right after a meal to …