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What does Easter mean?

The origin of the word easter isn’t certain. The Venerable Bede, an eighth-century monk, and scholar suggested that the word may have come from the Anglo-Saxon Eeostre or Eastre – a Teutonic goddess of spring and fertility. Recent scholars haven’t been able to find any reference to the goddess Bede mentioned and consider the theory discredited. 

Another possibility is the Norse eostur, eastur, or ostara, which meant “the season of the growing sun” or  “the season of new birth.” The word east comes from the same roots. In this case, easter would be linked to the changing of the season.

A more recent and complex explanation comes from the Christian background of Easter rather than the pagan. The early Latin

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Spring Equinox

In 2021, the spring equinox occurs on Saturday, March 20. This event marks the astronomical first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. In the Northern Hemisphere, the March equinox (aka spring equinox or vernal equinox) occurs when the Sun crosses the equator line, heading north. This event marks the start of spring in the northern half of the globe. After this date, the Northern Hemisphere begins to be tilted more toward the Sun, resulting in increasing daylight hours and warming temperatures. The word equinox comes from the Latin words for “equal night”—aequus (equal) and nox (night). On the equinox, the length of day and night is nearly equal in all parts of the…
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Albert Net Migration to BC

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ATB Economics | March 19, 2021

Alberta has lost residents to other parts of Canada for the third quarter in a row. Almost 1,300 more people moved out of Alberta for other provinces or territories in the fourth quarter of 2020 than moved in.

On an annual basis, Alberta lost 2,152 residents to other parts of Canada in 2020.

From 2010 to 2014, Alberta gained 120,488 residents from other parts of Canada.

The arrow has reversed direction since then with a net loss of 23,147 residents to the rest of Canada from 2015 to 2020.

Alberta lost the most

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Happy St. Patrick's Day

St Patrick's Day is a global celebration of Irish culture on or around March 17.  It particularly remembers St Patrick, one of Ireland's patron saints, who ministered Christianity in Ireland during the fifth century. St Patrick's Day is celebrated in countries with people of Irish descent.  Patrick's Dayis celebrated on March 17 because that is the day Saint Patrick himself died.

 Leprechauns are actually one reason you're supposed to wear green on StPatrick's Day—or risk getting pinched! The tradition is tied to folklore that says wearing green makes you invisible to leprechauns, which like to pinch anyone they can see.

Although St Patrick's Day is a religious holiday in the Catholic calendar, it may come as a

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ATB Economics | March 10, 2021

Policy Interest Rate Stays Put: Bank of Canada


The Bank of Canada announced* this morning it is keeping its trendsetting policy interest at 0.25 per cent.

The Bank also announced its quantitative easing program will continue at its current pace of at least $4 billion per week.

Despite signs of economic recovery, the Bank’s “Governing Council judges that the recovery continues to require extraordinary monetary policy support.”

Today’s announcement maintains the stance taken by the Bank in

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