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Helping Your Child Adjust to a New Home and School

Moving to a new home and new school can be upsetting for some children. Helping them to prepare for the move will make the adjustment less stressful.

~ Get them excited about moving. Show them pictures of their new room, and give them ideas of where things can go. If you are painting, let them help choose the colour, and give them some freedom to decorate.

~ Be prepared that the first night sleeping in a new place might end up becoming a sleepless night. Reassure your child that it takes time to get used to a new home.

~ Take a tour of the school. Helping them to become familiar with what the school looks like and how to get to their classroom, the lunch room, etc., will ease any stress

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Canada And The United States

ATB Economics | November 3, 2020

US election day special


It’s election day for our American cousins so The Owl is taking a quick look at some of the economic ties that bind our two countries together.

Given that Alex Trebek is one of Canada’s many exports to the U.S., we thought we’d present the figures à la the game show Jeopardy that Trebek has hosted since 1984 (which pre-dates the Canada-US Free Trade Agreement by four years).

Category: Canada-US Trade
Clue: Canada’s largest export market
Answer (in the form of a question): What is the United States?

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Happy Halloween 

Halloween’s origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in). The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago, mostly in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1.

This day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with human death. Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. On the night of October 31 they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth.

In addition to causing trouble and damaging crops, Celts thought that the presence of

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Alberta Retailers Lost Ground In August

   ATB Economics | October 22, 2020


After three months of growth, seasonally adjusted retail sales in Alberta fell by 1.6 per cent ($111.1 million) in August. Sales were down by 0.6 per cent ($39.7 million) compared to the previous August.

Nationally, sales edged up by 0.4 per cent ($192.1 million) with year-over-year sales up by 3.5 per cent ($1.8 billion).

Alberta was the only province with retail sales in August below where they were 12 months earlier.

Sales in the province over the first eight months of the year were 6.4 per cent lower than over the same period last year, leaving a $3.4

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Happy Thanksgiving!

The first official, annual Thanksgiving in Canada was celebrated on 6 November 1879, though Indigenous peoples in Canada have a history of celebrating the fall harvest that predates the arrival of European settlers. 

The celebration featuring the uniquely North American turkey, squash and pumpkin was introduced to Nova Scotia in the 1750s and became common across Canada by the 1870s. In 1957, Thanksgiving was proclaimed an annual event to occur on the second Monday of October. It is an official statutory holiday in all provinces and territories except Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.


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