When Push Comes to Shove

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In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers“, let’s take a look at this expression: “When Push Comes to Shove”. What does “when push comes to shove” mean? “When push comes to shove” means if worse comes to worse. It is when a decision needs to be made to resolve an urgent issue matters become critical and call for an action someone …

Transgender Day of Remembrance Nov 20

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Today November 20, 2020 is the Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR). TDOR is an annual observance where we honour lives of transgender and nonbinary people who were murdered over the last year as a result of transphobia and transphobic violence. In the past 12 months, 350 trans and gender-diverse people were reported killed globally. From January 2008 to September 2020, …

Drop the Ball

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In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers“, let’s take a look at this expression: “Drop the ball”. What does “drop the ball” mean? “Drop the ball” means to make a mistake or fail to reach a goal… by doing something in a stupid or careless way by not being able to take timely, effective, or proper action How to use it? …

Black Sheep VS Dark Horse

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In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers“, let’s compare the idioms “black sheep” and “dark horse”. They are both about animals but their meanings are totally different and they are not to be confused. Black Sheep: What does “black sheep” mean? When you say someone is a black sheep of his/her group or family, you mean that the person: is considered …

Over the Moon

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In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers“, let’s take a look at this expression: “over the moon”. What does “over the moon” mean? This idiom is used todescribe one’s mood: very pleased extremely happy ecstatic in high spirits How to use it? Add “about” or “with”: be over the moon about/with something Examples: Her daughter just gave birth to a healthy …

Deadline Extended for Disability Tax Credit Application to Receive COVID One-Time Payment

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The COVID-19 pandemic has created challenges for some Disability Tax Credit (DTC) applicants when collecting the information required. Taking that into consideration, the Canadian Government has recently made the announcement below: The deadline to apply for the Disability Tax Credit (DTC) to receive the one-time payment has been extended from September 25, 2020, to December 31, 2020. The one-time non-taxable …

Free Community Support Services for Work Permits Holders

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If you are currently living in Alberta holding a valid work permit or post-graduate open work permit, there is a free program available to support you and your dependents — Community Support Services Program run by Calgary Catholic Immigration Society. Whether you only plan to live and work in Alberta temporarily or aim to become a Permanent Resident in the …

Simple Past VS Present Perfect

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In the past two weeks, we learned how to change regular and irregular verbs into the simple past tense. In today’s English Learning Tips for Newcomers, we take a look at the differences between the simple past tense and the present perfect tense. Many English learners confuse these two tenses. We summarize the differences between the two in this table …