Jump the Gun

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In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers“, let’s take a look at this expression: Jump the Gun. What does “jump the gun” mean? To decide on something too early or too soon To start something before proper preparations are made To act with haste or prematurely What’s the origin of “jump the gun”? Originally, “jump the gun” is used in sports …

Temporary Rent Assistance Benefit Open May 1

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The Temporary Rent Assistance Benefit opens for applications on May 1, 2021. Eligible tenants will get support with their rent while they stabilize or improve their financial situation. Households in Alberta’s seven major cities may be eligible if they are below the local income thresholds, are currently employed or have been employed in the last 24 months and are not …

Not Have (Any of) It

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In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers“, let’s take a look at this expression: Not Have It. What does “not have it” mean? To not accept or tolerate something already mentioned To not be part of or involve oneself with something previously stated To be complete unwilling to do something or refuse something How to use it? Use it in the …

Make the Cut

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In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers“, let’s take a look at this expression: Make the Cut. What does “make the cut” mean? Originally, “make the cut” is when a player in a tournamentor match reaches or exceeds a certain score, thus avoiding elimination from the game. A player who’s made the cut is allowed to continue playing in the game. …

Y Mind – Free Mental Health Program for Youth

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Are you living in Calgary and between the ages of 18 and 30? Y Mind can help you cope with stress and anxiety! What is Y Mind? Y Mind is a mental wellness program for youth experiencing mild to moderate symptoms of anxiety and stress. Formal diagnosis of anxiety is NOT required. Y Mind is a FREE 7-week program provided …

Canada Announces More Pandemic Support

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The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, has recently introduced Bill C-25, providing an additional $7.2 billion to support urgent health care needs across Canada COVID-19 vaccine roll-out local infrastructure projects in Canadian cities and communities. The proposed funding includes: $4 billion through the Canada Health Transfer to help provinces and territories address immediate health …

Get a Kick out of…

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In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers“, let’s take a look at this expression: Get a Kick out of…. What does “get a kick out of…” mean? to take pleasure in… to enjoy… very much to feel excited about… How to use it? Add something or someone after “of” Examples: I usually get a kick out of binge-watching true crime series. …

Red Herring

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In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers“, let’s take a look at this expression: Red Herring. What does “red herring” mean? Herring (pronounced as “hair” + “-ing”) is a type of fish. Dried smoked herring is turned dark red and brown by the smoke. “Red herring” is something that distracts attention from a relevant matter or the real issue. How to …

Calgary Public Library Reopens

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All Calgary Public Library locations will reopen on March 10 at reduced hours, and then, on March 15 at regular service hours. Starting March 10, you will be able to enter a library location and browse the collection in person; Use study spaces; Use printing, Wi-Fi, and photocopying services; Use desktop computers and chromebooks. You will still be asked to: …