Common Uncountable Nouns

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In the first article of our new series “English Learning Tips for Newcomers“. English learners tend to overuse plural forms on uncountable nouns. Uncountable nouns are nouns that cannot be counted, e.g. water, weather, air, etc. Most uncountable nouns are liquid, abstract concept, mass nouns, states of being, or feelings. Here are 10 uncountable nouns which English learners tend to …

What’s New at Library: Changes to CPL’s Health & Safety Measures and Available Services

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On June 14, the Calgary Public Library opened all but two locations. Then on June 28, the last two libraries opened doors to public. As of today, all locations are open at regular service hours. Starting August 3, some new changes will happen to the Library’s safety measures. Masks are no longer required inside Library locations, as Calgary repealed the …

Historic Calgary Week July 23 – August 1

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Historic Calgary Week is from July 23 to August 1, 2021. During this week, the Calgary Public Library and Chinook Country Historical Society present three free events for those interested in learning more about the history of our city. Click on the ones you are interested in and register today: Historic Calgary Week: Behind the Scenes with the Mapmakers – …

Use Fire Pits Responsibly

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The use of the following items must meet Calgary’s Community Standards Bylaw for your safety and enjoyment, as well as your neighbours: Backyard fire pits Outdoor fireplaces Wood burning ovens Chimeneas There had recently been a fire ban advisory issued on July 16 due to poor air quality in Calgary, which was then lifted on July 21. Always check if a Fire Ban is …

Cool as A Cucumber

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In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers“, let’s take a look at this expression: Cool as A Cucumber. What does “cool as a cucumber” mean? Very calm, collected or unemotional when faced with something surprising Composed or self-possessed in times of stress The origin of “cool as a cucumber”: The inside of cucumbers remains cooler than the air even in extremely …

City Summer Outdoor Programs for Kids & Adults

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The City of Calgary has two new outdoor summer programs for children and adults. These are great opportunities for newcomer families to make new friends and build network. Wetland Wonders Kid aged 5-12 will learn about all the wonders of wetlands by exploring these natural spaces and the wildlife that call them home. Discover why wetlands are important and get …

Are Egg Cartons Recyclable?

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Welcome to today’s Residential Recycling & Disposal Info for Newcomers! Are egg cartons recyclable? It depends on the materials used to make the cartons. Egg cartons made of foam belong in your black cart as garbage. Egg cartons made of plastic with the recycling symbols 1-7 should be put in your blue cart and recycled. Egg cartons made of cardboard …

Going out on foot? Here are some Pedestrian Safety Tips in Calgary!

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Pedestrians have the right-of-way at all intersections and crosswalks in Calgary unless one of the following two situations occurs: the intersection is controlled by a traffic signal or traffic control device if a police officer indicates otherwise. This may not be the case in your home country. In your home country, motor vehicles may have the right-of-way, meaning that pedestrians …

Stay Near Water, Stay Cool

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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 …