How to prepare for the start of school during a pandemic

Photo courtesy of Wix. Preparing for the start of the school year is chaotic enough, let alone having to face the uncertainties that COVID-19 poses. At the time of publishing, the Alberta Government has announced that K-12 schools will have a blend of in-person and online learning opportunities for students returning within the next week. Depending on the programs a student is enrolled in, parents can either opt-in to send their kids to school or learn from home. Since there's so much information being thrown at parents about what they should and should not be doing, we thought it would be beneficial to compile some tips and tricks that have been released by local and international health ex

Closing Ceremonies for Pie in the FESA Fundraiser

Photo courtesy of Getty Images Event Wrap-up For many, 2020 has been a different year to say the least. For the Further Education Society of Alberta, it’s no different. It was back in April when we first announced our Pie in the FESA fundraiser. Little did we know at the time that the single idea of wanting to see the FESA Board Members pied in the face would blossom into a very successful, exciting, unique, messy, and fun fundraising opportunity! We also didn’t realize we would be doing all of this during a global health crisis. Tomorrow, August 25th will be the last day to make donations that will be matched up to 50% by Shaw Birdies for Kids presented by AltaLink. If you haven’t picked wh

How to Recognize and Protect Yourself from Scams

Unfortunately, scam artists target any and everyone. There's no secret tip or cloak of invisibility to avoid being targeted, but through developing your essential and financial literacy skills you can steer clear of falling victim. This post will outline some easy ways that you can protect yourself from having money or your identity stolen through fraudulent tactics. Staying up-to-date on current scams On a daily basis, scammers are coming up with new and creative ways to steal money and information from other people. Scam artists will try to incorporate more technology and trusted sources into their ploys to try and catch you off guard. The first step in developing your knowledge of scams i

FESA's President and Vice-President face-off in the ultimate pie bake off

Illustration by Kraig Brachman and Mariah Wilson In less than three weeks, we'll reach the end of our successful "Pie in the FESA" fundraiser that, to date, has brought in over $7,000. In just five months, FESA's fearless Board Members have been able to overcome the hurdles posed by COVID-19 to raise money for a cause that's near and dear to their hearts — accessible literacy and educational programs. Even though the three Board Members with the highest amount of money raised will get a pie in the face, it's made for a fun and competitive environment. Our top two fundraisers are neck and neck at the moment and wanted to move their friendly competition over to a pie bakeoff. Donna Rapp, FESA'

The Lowdown on the New Face Coverings Bylaw in Calgary

Illustration by Kraig Brachman Due to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases in Calgary, the local government introduced a new bylaw on August 1 that requires Calgarians to wear a face covering if they use public transit and ridesharing services, enter an indoor business or use a city facility (like recreation centres or City Hall). While there are some exceptions to this rule, most people are not off the hook. For people who refuse to wear a face covering, they'll be fined $50 and will not be allowed to enter the facility that they are trying to until they put on a face covering. But, if you, a family member or a dependent meets one the following requirements, then a face covering is not requir

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