Affordable Housing in Calgary

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Everyone deserves a safe and stable place to call home, but not everyone can afford one. Making sure people of all income levels has access to safe and stable housing will help create inclusive communities make Calgary a great place to live and work Calgary has more than 60 affordable housing partners working to provide safe and stable homes to …

Words that are Both Nouns and Verbs

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Some words take on double duty by serving as more than just one part of speech. In today’s “English Learning Tips for Newcomers”, let’s take a look at words that are both nouns and verbs! Nouns vs. Verbs Noun: a word that represents a person, place, thing or idea. Verb: a word that presents an action, state or occurrence. Words …

Trans Affirming Network by Skipping Stone

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Depending on which country or region you moved to Canada from, the concept of gender diversity may or may not exist. Gender Identity vs. Sex Gender identity is a person’s internal sense of whether they’re male or female, both, or neither, and it’s not visible to others. Gender identity and sex are two different things. Sex was assigned to someone …

Is My Account Affected in the Recent CRA Hacking Incident?

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In the recent CRA hacking incidents, hackers used passwords and usernames from previous hacks in other organizations to access CRA accounts. As the CRA works to prevent future cyber incidents, we as taxpayers need to be aware if our accounts are affected. How do I know if my CRA account is affected? You will receive a letter (registered mail) from …

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 …

CFN’s Indigenous Education for Newcomers Program

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Nowadays, Canada’s immigration policy is among the most welcoming worldwide. Every year, we welcome new immigrants to Canada. Waves of immigration and settlement forced many Indigenous peoples away from their traditional lands and disrupted their traditional ways of life. As a newcomer to Canada, it is important for you to learn about the history. The Centre for Newcomers (CFN) runs …

English as a Second Language Reading Strategies

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In last week’s article, Extensive Reading Activities, we mentioned skimming and scanning.In today’s “English Learning Tips”, let’s explore a few more ESL reading strategies that may help you improve your reading skills, gain confidence and continue reading independently long term. Previewing Before diving into the reading materials, preview the content and prepare yourself. Previewing is essential for you to get …

Extensive Reading Activities

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Extensive reading is an important approach to language learning that is often overlooked as a classroom activity. In today’s “English Learning Tips”, let’s take a look at what extensive reading is, its benefits, and reading activities you can try by yourself. What is extensive reading? Extensive reading is when you: read enjoyable and level-appropriate materials develop general reading skills by …

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 …