Crowchild Trail Short Term Upgrades Complete

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The City of Calgary announced that all major upgrades involved in the short-term improvements phase of the Crowchild Trail Upgrades project are now complete. This project has been ongoing since Fall of 2017 and have recently just finished. Although there are still some finishing touches being completed, the new lanes are officially open. Some of the completed short term upgrades …

Calgary Police Services: Safer Vehicles Initiative

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Calgary Police Services have started their Safer Vehicles Initiative, meaning they will be ensuring all vehicles meet safety standards and comply with the Traffic Safety Act. They will also be focusing on nuisance equipment violations such as insufficient mufflers and unnecessary noise from vehicles. Police officers will be checking several things to ensure your vehicle is safe, such as: – …

Government of Canada: Support for Seniors impacted by COVID-19

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On September 3, 2020, the Honourable Deb Schulte, Minister of Seniors, and Iqra Khalid, Member of Parliament for Mississauga—Erin Mills, announced over 1,000 new projects delivered by community organizations across the country to support seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic. These projects are funded through an investment of $20 million in funding through the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP). These …

Calgary Transit – Schedule Changes

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Calgary Transit updates their bus routes and schedules four times a year. The changes made have considered many factors including feedback from customers and drivers, ridership levels and changing traffic patterns. This year, the COVID-19 pandemic has also had major impacts on how to plan the Fall 2020 routes and schedules. The service changes will come into effect on Monday, August …

Government of Canada: Support for a Safe Return to School

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The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announced on August 26, 2020 that there will be up to $2 billion in support for provinces and territories through the Safe Return to Class Fund. This will provide funding to local school boards to ensure the safety of students and staff members throughout the school year. For example, the Fund will help provinces and …

Back to School Backpack Program

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The Salvation Army is helping out children this upcoming school year by providing backpacks to those who need it. The backpack program aims to give each child in need a new backpack filled with grade-appropriate school supplies. This year, the Salvation Army will be offering the backpacks through 4 locations across the city, in a drive-through, contactless process. Visit www.salvationarmycalgary.org to …

Calgary Board of Education Expanded Mandatory Mask Use

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Calgary’s public school board has expanded mandatory mask use outside of the province’s recommendation and will require students in kindergarten through Grade 3 to also wear face coverings. Christopher Usih, chief superintendent of schools for the Calgary Board of Education (CBE) sent out a letter on August 14, 2020 stating the following: For the 2020-21 school year, the CBE will …

Alberta expanding asymptomatic testing at pharmacies

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After a successful pilot of a limited number of community pharmacies in Calgary and Edmonton offer asymptomatic coronavirus testing, the Province of Alberta has announced that the program would be expanded to any pharmacy that wants to participate. Pharmacies that would like to offer the testing will need to abide by strict protocols, as well as have specialized skills to …

New Masking Rules in Alberta Schools

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The Government of Alberta has announced on August 4, 2020 announced that masks will be mandatory for Gr. 4-12 students and all teachers and staff when physical distancing isn’t possible. Wearing a mask will be mandatory for: Students in grades 4 – 12 in common areas (such as hallways or buses) All teachers and school staff where physical distancing cannot …

Passport services in Canada resuming

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The Government of Canada announced that they will resume some passport services in Canada. Starting on July 31, 2020, Canadians can apply for a passport by mail. If you have an immediate need for a passport or are travelling in less than 30 days with proof of travel, you can request for an in-person appointment. If you do not have …