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 Masks are no longer required inside Library locations, as Calgary repealed the …

Critical Worker Benefit Deadline Extended

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Earlier in June, the Alberta government announced that Albertans in social services and the private sector who provided critical services to Albertans would receive a one-time Critical Worker Benefit. Good news! The deadline for this benefit has been extended to August 31. Eligible private sector employers now have more time to apply on behalf of workers as they focus on …

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 …

$500 One-Time Payment to Seniors in August 2021, and Automatic Increase of Old Age Security

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The Government of Canada will deliver the $500 one-time payment to older seniors, announced in Budget 2021, during the week of August 16, 2021. This one-time payment of $500 will apply to 3.3 million seniors who are eligible for the OAS pension in June 2021 and were born on or before June 30, 1947. No action is required by seniors, …

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 …

Last Two Libraries to Open Doors at Regular Hours

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On June 14, the Calgary Public Library opened all but two locations. Today the library has updated that the rest two libraries will open doors to public. They are: Rocky Ridge Library (as of June 28) Signal Hill Library (as of July 2) The following services are unavailable at the moment, and after July 2: Curbside Printing In-person events and …

Sweep…under the Rug

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In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers“, let’s take a look at this expression Sweep (something) under the Rug. What does it mean to “sweep something under the rug”? To hide or ignore something embarrassing, unpleasant, illegal, damaging or wrong. What’s the origin of “sweeping something under the rug”? The origin is quite self-explanatory. You sweep dust under the rug, so …

One-Time Critical Worker Benefit

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More Albertans in social services and the private sector who provided critical services to Albertans will receive a one-time Critical Worker Benefit. The Critical Worker Benefit is a joint federal-provincial program with $465 million available to recognize the hard work of critical workers during the pandemic. To be eligible for the benefit, employees must have worked a minimum of 300 …