Affordable Housing in Calgary

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Everyone deserves a safe and stable place to call home, but not everyone can afford one. Making sure people of all income levels has access to safe and stable housing will help create inclusive communities make Calgary a great place to live and work Calgary has more than 60 affordable housing partners working to provide safe and stable homes to …

Words that are Both Nouns and Verbs

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Some words take on double duty by serving as more than just one part of speech. In today’s “English Learning Tips for Newcomers”, let’s take a look at words that are both nouns and verbs! Nouns vs. Verbs Noun: a word that represents a person, place, thing or idea. Verb: a word that presents an action, state or occurrence. Words …

Trans Affirming Network by Skipping Stone

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Depending on which country or region you moved to Canada from, the concept of gender diversity may or may not exist. Gender Identity vs. Sex Gender identity is a person’s internal sense of whether they’re male or female, both, or neither, and it’s not visible to others. Gender identity and sex are two different things. Sex was assigned to someone …

English as a Second Language Reading Strategies

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In last week’s article, Extensive Reading Activities, we mentioned skimming and scanning.In today’s “English Learning Tips”, let’s explore a few more ESL reading strategies that may help you improve your reading skills, gain confidence and continue reading independently long term. Previewing Before diving into the reading materials, preview the content and prepare yourself. Previewing is essential for you to get …

Outdoor Community Food Bank at Vista Heights Opening Sep 18

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The Love with Humanity Association, in collaboration with the Crossroads Community Association, will open up a Free Community Outdoor Food Bank tomorrow! This food bank will be open 24/7 and is an addition to their First Multicultural Public Outdoor Library. Would you like to join the opening ceremony and celebrate this great initiative? Everyone is welcome! Location: Vista Heights at …

More Federal Support for Youth Employment

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The COVID-19 pandemic has had a tremendous impact on Canada’s youth, affecting their summer jobs, internships and graduation plans. In addition to the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB), the Canadian government has recently announced up to $11.6 million for a project run by Simon Fraser University. The project will provide paid research and skill development opportunities to more than 1,400 …

September – World Alzheimer’s Month

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In 2002, Alberta released its first dementia strategy. Since then, the provincial government has broadened its focus to address the changing needs of people living with dementia and their caregivers. In 2017, Alberta released the Alberta Dementia Strategy and Action Plan. The plan, available online, was developed in partnership with people living with dementia, caregivers and families, Alberta Health Services, …

16 Projects Receiving Mental Health and Addiction Funding

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The City of Calgary has recently announced that 16 fast pilot projects received a combined $589,259 through the Change Can’t Wait! Program. These projects aim to find new and better ways to help Calgarians struggling with mental illness and addiction. Mental health and addiction issues impact almost everyone in Calgary either directly or indirectly. The COVID-19 pandemic has had an …

Extensive Reading Activities

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Extensive reading is an important approach to language learning that is often overlooked as a classroom activity. In today’s “English Learning Tips”, let’s take a look at what extensive reading is, its benefits, and reading activities you can try by yourself. What is extensive reading? Extensive reading is when you: read enjoyable and level-appropriate materials develop general reading skills by …

World Suicide Prevention Day September 10

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September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day. According to statistics, about 4,000 people die by suicide in Canada each year. In Alberta, suicide is consistently a leading cause of death among those ages 30-69. Certain groups in Alberta are disproportionately affected by suicide, including people with mental illness or addiction socio-economically disadvantaged people Indigenous communities men and boys members of …