Medical Exception Letter Required for Those Unable to Wear A Mask

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Effective May 13, 2021, to verify that someone has a medical condition that makes them unable to wear a mask, they will require a medical exception letter from a health professional. This approach is being used in Saskatchewan, Quebec & Manitoba. This change meant to ensure anyone capable of wearing a mask complies with this important public health measure intended …

Alberta’s COVID-19 Vaccination Open to 30 + and 12 +

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The government of Alberta has planned out the provincial vaccination program and stages. Visit https://www.alberta.ca/covid19-vaccine.aspx#phases to check out the phases and learn when it is your turn to get vaccinated! Alberta’s vaccination rollout program is expanding eligibility to all Albertans 12+ to protect themselves and prevent the spread. To avoid overwhelming the booking system, appointments will staggered into two age …

New Health Restrictions In Effect to Curb Spike of COVID-19

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New mandatory health restrictions are being implemented to help stop the spike of COVID-19. These measures apply to all Albertans, businesses, organizations and service providers in municipalities or areas with more than 50 cases per 100,000 people and with 30 or more active cases. Some restrictions apply provincewide. Effective May 5: Outdoor gatherings are limited to 5 people and a …

Alberta’s COVID-19 Vaccination Open to Teachers & Childcare Workers

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The government of Alberta has planned out the provincial vaccination program and stages. Visit https://www.alberta.ca/covid19-vaccine.aspx#phases to check out the phases and learn when it is your turn to get vaccinated! Starting May 4, all certificated teachers, child care workers and support staff can book their vaccine appointments, which will help protect schools, daycares and the health of children and youth …

Reminder: IRCC to Open New Pathway to PR on May 6

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On May 6, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC) is opening a new pathway to permanent residence for over 90,000 eligible essential workers and international graduates from a Canadian institution. People with disabilities who are unable to use the online form can request an application in an alternative format (paper copy, Braille or large print). More information about this new pathway …

Stricter Restrictions in Place as New Cases Increase

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Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw mentioned in her April 29 update that over 2,000 new cases had been identified in the last 24 hours. More targeted restrictions came into effect as the number of new cases rise: Targeted restrictions will apply to hot spot municipalities or regions where there are at least 350 cases per 100,000 people …

Alberta’s COVID-19 Vaccination Program Entering 2C & 2D

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The government of Alberta has planned out the provincial vaccination program and stages. Visit https://www.alberta.ca/covid19-vaccine.aspx#phases to check out the phases and learn when it is your turn to get vaccinated! Starting from 8 am on April 30, the following Albertans will be eligible to book a COVID-19 vaccine: frontline police Alberta sheriffs Firefighters CBSA staff those who provide or receive …

Rockyview Hospital to Expand ICU & Coronary Care Units

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The Alberta government is investing in Calgary’s Rockyview hospital to expand its ICU and coronary care units, ensuring it has the capacity to serve the community well into the future. Currently, The intensive care unit admits about 275 patients per year The coronary care unit admits 540 patients per year. Both units often operate at full capacity, up to 130 …

I’m vaccinated. Do I Still Need to Wear a Mask?

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As more and more people are vaccinated against COVID-19 in Alberta, one of the questions that people are asking these days is: Do I still need to wear a mask if I’m already vaccinated? The answer is YES. The vaccines do not provide 100% protection for yourself. According to Alberta’s COVID-19 vaccine program, Moderna and Pfizer are 80-90% effective in …

Flights from India and Pakistan Temporarily Suspended

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As the number of cases of COVID-19 rise around the world, the Canadian government is taking further steps to protect Canadians from COVID-19 and its variants. As a decisive action to protect the health and safety of Canadians, a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) has recently been issued: All commercial and private passenger flights from India and Pakistan are temporarily suspended …