SCAMS – Top 10

These are from the USA but many apply to Canada Top 10 Scams Debt Collection:Most of the complaints under this category involve debt collectors. Consumers tell of receiving calls from harassing collectors who are threatening and will repeatedly call attempting to collect a debt. Other complaints that fall under this category involved credit/debit card fees, pay day loans, credit repair companies and unauthorized use of credit/debit cards. Some of these complaints involved hidden fees and billing disputes as well.Fake Government Officials If you received an email, letter or phone call from a government agency (typically the IRS or FBI or in Canada the CRA) and it instructs you to wire, Western Union or MoneyGram money someplace, or follow a link and enter information - don't believe it!  Neither the Canadian nor the the U.S. government…

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Fourth Jabs Announced by Province

Eligible immunocompromised Albertans 18 and older Eligible immunocompromising conditions include:recipients of chimeric antigen receptor (CAR)-T-cell therapymoderate to severe primary immunodeficiency (for example, DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)Stage 3 or advanced HIV infection and acquired immunodeficiency syndromeimmunosuppressive therapies (for example, anti-B cell therapies, high-dose systemic corticosteroids, alkylating agents, antimetabolites, or tumor-necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors and other biologic agents)transplant recipients, including solid organ and hematopoietic stem cell transplantschronic kidney disease receiving regular dialysisreceiving active cancer treatment (chemotherapy, immunotherapy or targeted therapies), excluding those receiving only hormonal therapy, radiation therapy or surgerytaking certain medications for autoimmune diseases including rituximab, ocrelizumab, ofatumumab and methotrexateWhen to book: Must wait at least 5 months after third doseHow to book: Call 811 or book online (pharmacy or AHS clinic)

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Changes To Transit

From the City of Edmonton Stony Plain Road Shuttle Update - January, 2022 Please be advised of the updated information provided by Edmonton Transit Service, January, 2022 .  “The Stony Plain Road shuttle runs along Stony Plain Road providing service between Unity Square (previously Oliver Square) from 116 Street/104 Avenue and Jasper Place Transit Centre (156 Street).  The shuttle runs seven days a week from 6:30 am - 8:30 pm and is intended to provide basic transit service along this corridor during Valley Line West construction. Transit users can use this shuttle service to access locations along the corridor and can connect to ETS regular routes at  Jasper Place Transit Centre, 142 Street, 124 Street and at Unity Square 116 Street/104 Avenue. “ Regular ETS fares are applicable to the shuttle service  - passes,…

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Telus SCAM written by Dianna Smith-Campbell

Telus IPhone  13 offer scam I was phoned this morning by a person claiming to be from Telus who told me that Telus was going to give me a free IPhone 13.  This young man was quite personable, but when I asked him questions, he seemed to be taken aback. He told me that Telus was giving me the iPhone 13 without any fee attached, and without the standard two year contract attached. This is when I actually started laughing as I asked him more questions. I asked him then if they were giving me the phone for free, and I wasn't required to have a contract attached to it, then why would Telus do that as they weren't getting anything out of the deal.  Even though I knew better, getting the new phone…

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New Memoir Writing Class

This survey is to allow participants to have a voice in how the class is set up. The class is limited to five people, including the instructor to allow for time to share, story tell, and laugh. What you need is pencil and paper or the device you like to write on. The class is virtual, so you'll be seen and see others, and the class can have no more than 5 people including the instructor. This class will require at least 15 minutes of instruction per class. It is designed to help you: Find your unique story and its universal elements,Discover your favourite structure for your story,Uncover the beginning, middle and end of your story. Not necessarily in that order!Write with sensory detail that make your story come to life,Protect yourself and others…

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What to do if you get COVID while vaccinated

As the Omicron variant is spreading very quickly all over the world, it is possible that many fully vaccinated individuals might test positive.  This article from The Washington Post has covered many scenarios in easy to understand language. With omicron, many vaccinated Americans will at some point test positive. Here’s what to do. By Derek Hawkins Derek Hawkins is a reporter covering national and breaking news. By Lindsey Bever Lindsey Bever is a general assignment reporter for The Washington Post, covering national news with an emphasis on health. She was previously a reporter at the Dallas Morning News. The Washington Post; December 22, 2021 With the omicron variant spreading rapidly, the United States is all but certain to see a sharp rise in breakthrough coronavirus infections among vaccinated people. These cases were relatively rare in the pre-omicron days,…

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Fraud: Seniors aren’t the only ones

Nidhi Razdan was all set to travel to Harvard University to start a new job, and a new life, when she received a stunning email. A famous Indian news anchor at the apex of her career, Razdan believed she would soon start teaching at Harvard, a dream ticket out of an almost unbearably toxic media atmosphere in India. She had told the world that she was leaving the news business for America and she had freely shared her most important personal information with her new employer — passport details, medical records, bank account numbers, everything. But when she swiped open her phone in the middle of a January night, she read the following message, from an associate dean at Harvard: “There is no record of, nor any knowledge of, your name or your appointment.”…

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AGEISM: a double-edged sword

Ageism cuts both ways. It hurts the older adult and the younger adult. It's harmful, depressing and dangerous. Ageism is a systemic form of oppression, but unlike other causes of inequity, such as racism, sexism, or ableism, anyone can experience it and if you live long enough everyone will experience it. People do not always take ageism as seriously as other forms of inequity. Comedians who would never make racist jokes, think making derogatory comments about older adults is not only acceptable but also funny. Data from the 2020 National Poll on Healthy Aging found that 82% of older Americans reported experiencing ageism regularly. The survey found that: 65% experienced ageist messages from the media45% experienced interpersonal ageism36% had internalized ageism Some of the ways that people are discriminated against is as follows: refusing…

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