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New to Canada? Learn about taxes and benefits

If you’re a newcomer to Canada, you have to do your taxes if you want to receive certain benefits and credits, if you want to get a refund, or if you think you may owe taxes.

Everything you need to know about doing your taxes is available at the “taxes” section on Here, you can find out about getting your social insurance number, completing a tax return, applying for benefits and credits, contacting the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) if you need help, and you can get international tax information.

Students: here’s what you need to know this tax season

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) wants to help you at tax time. There are tax credits and deductions you can claim on your return, and benefit and credit payments you could get when you do your taxes. Even if you have little or no income, you should still do your taxes to get the benefit payments you’re entitled to.

Here are the top tax credits and deductions that students often overlook:

1. Tuition tax credit

2. Education and textbook amounts

3. Interest paid on your student loans

4. Public transit amount

Visit for more info.

The Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation Centre – April Events

Apr. 19, 6 pm: International Dinner with Mogul Restaurant

Apr. 20, 2:30-4:30 pm or Apr. 21, 10:30-12:30 pm: Young Scientist: Earth Day

Apr. 21, 1-4 pm: Corsage and Boutonniere Class

Apr. 21, 10 am – 3 pm: Town of Portugal Cove-St. Phillips Environment Fair

Apr. 22, 12-4:30 pm: The Fluvarium Earth Day Fair

Apr. 25, 10-11 am: Little Explorers

Apr. 25, 3:30 pm: Afterschool Movie

Apr. 26, 7 pm: Dinner and a Movie

For more information on any of these events, please email

St. Theresa’s Prayer Group

Meets every Thursday evening from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. at St. Theresa’s Parish Office upstairs in the St. Clement’s room. Contact Sheila at 745-9297.

Habitat for Humanity ReStore

Are you renovating? Is your home or business overstocked? Don’t know what to do with that great chair you don’t use anymore?

The ReStore wants it! The Habitat for Humanity ReStore is always looking for new and used goods. Habitat for Humanity accepts donations of quality new and used building materials, furniture, appliances and other goods from individuals and businesses and sells them at the ReStore.

Open to the general public, 9am-5pm (except Sundays).

Habitat for Humanity ReStore is located at 6 Robin Hood Bay Road. Call 753-2721 or visit

Seniors Walking Group

Cowan Heights United Church offers a Seniors Walking Group in the Bonnie Kelly Auditorium. Looking to go for a walk, but find it too cold or slippery? Takes place weekly on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:30-11:30 AM.

Fish Luncheon

Wesley United Church will hold a fish luncheon on Friday, April 20th, at 12:30 pm. Cod, salmon, dessert and coffee or tea will be served. Tickets can be purchased by calling Pheobe at 726-1689, Joan at 368-0434 or the church office at 579-3682.

Church of the Good Shepherd (Mount Pearl)

The Church of the Good Shepherd (111 Richard Nolan Drive in Mount Pearl) will be hosting the annual Italian Night on April 20th at 6:00 pm. Dinner includes three-course meal with tea and coffee. Call the church office at 747-1022 to get your tickets. Take-out meals will also be available.

Astronomy Day

April 21 marks International Astronomy Day around the world. Shopping malls, museums and libraries will play host to various astronomy clubs and groups. They will be setting up display tables, telescopes and possibly inflatable planetariums to celebrate the oldest of the allied sciences. This will also allow people to ask many questions about the night sky.

This will also be a great opportunity to look at the sun (safely), the moon and Venus by day through a telescope and attend public star parties at night, starting at sunset (weather permitting).

For a list of possible events, please refer to the social media page of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada close to your area –

Doing your taxes online has never been so easy!

Getting started on your 2017 taxes? We can help you to complete and file your income tax and benefit return online, every step of the way.

Visit for details on preparing your 2017 income tax and benefit return.

National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week

April 22–28 is National Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness Week.

For more information on tissue and organ donation, please contact a donation coordinator at 777-6600 or toll free 1-877-640-1110.

Registration for Fluvarium Summer Nature Camps

Registration is now open for The Fluvarium’s Summer and Nature Camps!

The Fluvarium is offering Summer Nature camps designed to capture the interest and the imagination of young campers ages 6-12. Fish on Long Pond, swim at the Aquarena, relax in the forest, and explore nature through engaging and thought-provoking programs.

Group size is 10 campers to one Lead Councillor plus one or two Junior Councillors* (ages 13-19).

Junior Discovery Camp is for campers finishing Kindergarten, Grade 1 and 2. Discovery Camp is for campers just finishing Grades 1, 2, or 3. Adventure Camp is for campers just finishing Grades 3, 4, or 5.

Limited space is available, and some weeks fill fast, so call to register today at The Suncor Energy Fluvarium, 754-3474.

Forms can be found on our website at

Seniors: Ready to do your taxes? Make sure you’re receiving your benefits and credits!

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) wants to make sure that you are receiving the benefits and credits you are eligible for.

Go here or visit for information about seniors programs and services from the CRA.

Grief and Bereavement Information and Support Program

An eight-week information and support program will take place every Monday from March 19 to May 7, 7–9 p.m. The main purpose of this program is to provide information and support to people who are grieving the death of a loved one.

Facilitators: Sister Betty Morrissey, Sister Diane Smyth, Pastor Shawn Bowers

Location: St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital, Room 6140

For information or to register, call Mag Snook at 777-8972 or email

Art Hive at the Library

Art Hives are public spaces for people to gather and make art; to connect and engage with the community. Join us at the following location and time as we create, collaborate, explore, and make connections…


Health Sciences Library, April 24th at 12-130 pm. Call 864-4968 for more information.


Alison Normore Poetry Reading

Alison Normore travelled to sacred sites around the world and embarked on shamanic studies with indigenous wisdom teachers from North and South America, Africa and the Mayalands. “Return to Pangaea” chronicles her journey back to Newfoundland—once near the center of the ancient supercontinent—with passion, intimacy, and courage, offering a compelling account of initiation as a wisdomkeeper in the shamanic traditions. AC Hunter Public Library, April 24th at 7 pm. Call 737-3950 to register with your library card.

Mini-Med School is back!

Interested in learning about health and medicine? Ever wonder what sort of lectures medical students experience as they prepare to be physicians? Now is your chance to expand your knowledge and feel like a medical student for six weeks.

Registration for the 2018 Mini-Med School session is now open. Sessions run from April 4 – May 9 on Wednesday evenings in the Faculty of Medicine’s lecture theatres, St. John’s campus. Participants of all ages – from high school students to seniors – are welcome to attend.

A web conferencing/webinar option is available for anyone who would like to attend but is unable to be in St. John’s during the sessions.

On April 25, Dr. Bruce Hollett will discuss chronic opioids and addiction. At the final session, graduates will receive a certificate of completion.

Visit the Office of Professional Development website for fees and further information.

Couponing at the Library

Known to her friends and family as “The Coupon Queen”, avid coupon collector Tina Crane will show you how to make your money go farther by clipping coupons and finding online deals.

Where: Community Room, A.C. Hunter Library
When: April 26th
Time: 7:00-8:30

Call 737-3950 to register with your library card.

Cowan’s Community Craft Fair

Cowan Heights United Church – “Cowan’s Community Craft Fair”: On April 28th, 10:00 am to 2:30 pm at 141 Frecker Drive. Loads of home-made gifts and goodies, by local artisans and exhibitors. Men’s Club Delicious Luncheon Special will also be available. A great opportunity to shop for a special Mother’s Day gift.

Play to Learn Family Fun Group for Kids with Autism

Play to Learn Family Fun Group for Kids with Autism on April 28 at the AC Hunter Public Library.

Group A (ages 2-5) at 1-2:15 pm

Group B (ages 6-9) at 2:30-4 pm

Call 737-3950 to register.

SAEN Dinner and Auction

The Salmonid Association of Eastern Newfoundland’s annual dinner and auction will take place at the Holiday Inn on April 28th. Doors open at 6pm; tickets can be obtained by phoning Jim Dinn at 728-2317, Tony McGrath at 631-0795 or the SAEN office at 722-9300 or any board member. MC for the evening is CBC’s Anthony Germain. All are welcome.

Teen Challenge Gala

Who: Teen Challenge NL

What: Spring Gala and Silent Auction – Two female graduates from Labrador will be sharing and the Coastal Sounds Assoc. Aurora Women’s Choir will be performing

When: Thursday, April 29th, doors open 5:45 pm dinner served at 7pm

Where: 120 Gabriel Road, Glendenning Golf Course

Why: Fundraiser in support of the opening of the Atlantic Hope Women’s Centre. A faith based, 12-month residential rehab centre for women over 18 who struggle with addiction. Facility is located on the property of the Old Circle Square Ranch.

Special diet option available. Tickets are available at, or find out more by calling 693-4243.

Birds on the Rock

An overview of why Newfoundland is such a unique and interesting place for birds and birdwatching, along with some tips on how to get started.

Wednesday, May 2nd at 7:00 pm at the AC Hunter Public Library. Call 737-3950 to register.

Botanical Art Exhibition Opening Reception

Botanical Art Society of Newfoundland and Labrador cordially invites you to attend the opening reception of Botanical Art Exhibition “Rooted in Art: Native Plants of Newfoundland and Labrador” on Thursday, May 3rd from 5-7 pm at MUN Botanical Garden, 306 Mount Scio Road. Refreshments will be available.


SeniorsNL – Dinner and Auction

SeniorsNL is having its major fundraiser, the Annual Dinner and Auction on May 4 at the Holiday Inn. There are plenty of live and silent auction items to suit anyone’s budget. To purchase a ticket or book a table, please call 737-2333 or you can purchase online by going to Space is limited.

SeniorsNL Annual Dinner and Auction

SeniorsNL is having its major fundraiser, the Annual Dinner and Auction on May 4 at the Holiday Inn. There are plenty of live and silent auction items to suit anyone’s budget. To purchase a ticket or book a table, please call 737-2333 or you can purchase online by going to Space is limited.

Nominations Open for Senior of the Year

The City of St. John’s is seeking nominations for the annual Senior of the Year Award, to be presented in June.

This award recognizes a senior who is making a difference in the community through leadership, volunteering, helping others, or participating in activities such as music, sport, recreation, or art. If you know a special person (age 60 plus) who deserves recognition, please complete a nomination form.

Further details, criteria and the nomination forms are available on the City’s website under Forms and Applications, Recreation.

The Senior of the Year award is sponsored by Kenny’s Pond Retirement Centre. Nominations close at 4 p.m. on Friday, May 4.

Topsail United Church Flea Market

Topsail United Church annual Spring Flea Market will be held on May 5 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Huge selection of items. All are welcome!

Women’s Provincial Conference

Women’s Provincial Conference, hosted by Hillgate Joys Christian Fellowship, will be taking place on May 11th and 12th at Park Avenue Pentecostal Church in Mount Pearl with a Special Mother’s Day feature on the afternoon of the 12th. Theme: Hearing The Sound! All ladies are welcome for a weekend of awesome praise and worship to our God, preaching of God’s Word and great fellowship over mealtimes. Registration required by May 7th. For full details contact Jean at 364-2219.

Chemo Brain

A generalized presentation for blood cancer patients dealing with life after chemo. Hosted by Melanie McMillan from the Leukaemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada. AC Hunter Public Library, Wednesday, May 9th at 7:00 pm. Call 737-3950 to register with your library card.

Three Flipper Dinners – Wesley Church

The Wesley Fall Fair Comittee will be holding three separate Flipper Dinners (with dessert, tea and coffee), on Thursday, May 10th, Thursday, May 24th and Thursday, June 7th, all at 6:00 pm. Eat-in only, there are no take-outs available. Tickets will only be valid on the night for which they are purchased. Call Pheobe Sheppard at 726-1689, Joan Strickland at 368-0434 or the church office at 579-3682.

Geek Out the Library Day

Calling all geeks and nerds, the AC Hunter Public Library is hosting a free day-long event where we celebrate geek culture! Panels, workshops, costume and cosplay parades, comic book, Lego experts and more will be on hand to have fun and celebrate fandom with us! Come and join in on the fun, May 12th from 11-3.

Topsail United Church Flipper Dinner

Topsail United Church annual Flipper Dinner will be held on Monday, May 14 at 6:30 P.M. Take-outs available at 5:30 P.M. To reserve tickets, please call the church office at 834-4567 or Allan Parsons at 834-2442.

20th Annual International Peace Officers’ Memorial Day Service

The 20th Annual International Peace Officers’ Memorial Day Service will be held Wednesday, May 16th at 11:00 a.m. at the St. John’s Seventh-day Adventist Church, 30 Aldershot Street. All are encouraged to join us for this community event to show our support for the uniformed men and women who serve and protect us, and remember those who lost their lives in the line of duty.

This service will also be broadcast live over VOAR. Refreshments will be served downstairs following the service.

Preservation by Encapsulation

Encapsulation is a preservation method used by libraries, museums, and archives for storing and protecting frequently handled paper items, such as posters, maps, and architectural plans. The A.C. Hunter Public Library is pleased to partner with the Museum Association of Newfoundland and Labrador to host this hands-on mini-workshop where participants will learn how to encapsulate an item of their choosing. This is an adults-only program; sharp knives will be involved and materials will be supplied. Wednesday, May 16 at 6:30 pm. A.C. Hunter Public Library 1st floor Community Room. Registration is limited.

Conquer Clutter

Learn tips and tools to declutter and organize your space with April Miller! Wednesday, May 23rd at 7:00 PM at the AC Hunter Public Library. Call 737-3950 to register with your library card.

Adults Read YA, Too

It’s “I Love Young Adult Literature” Month, so to celebrate, we are celebrating all things YA! Join us for this fun and informative program about what makes this category of literature so much fun, bring your favourites, and be ready to chat! AC Hunter Public Library, Thursday, May 24th at 7:00 pm. Call 737-3950 to register.

Coastal Sounds Choir Spring Concert

Coastal Sounds Community Choir will hold their 11th annual Spring Concert on Wednesday, May 30 at 7:30 pm at St. James United Church on Elizabeth Avenue. Special guests will be the Topsail United Church Men’s Choir, with guest musicians, performing gospel selections. For more information or to purchase tickets online, please visit or

Upcoming Deadline: ArtsSmarts

ArtsNL is accepting online applications from schools, school boards, or groups of schools to operate ArtsSmarts projects. ArtsSmarts provides funding to schools to bring professional artists into the classroom to help teachers and students integrate arts activities into non-arts subject areas.

Application deadline: May 31 (for projects starting after September 15, 2018 and completed by June 22, 2019). Visit to apply. A step-by-step walkthrough video is available on ArtsNL’s YouTube channel. Contact ArtsNL with any questions or for details: 726-2212 or toll free 1 (866) 726-2212 (NL only), or visit

Celebrate – Catholic Family Conference (Corner Brook)

Celebrate Catholic Family Conference is a dynamic faith-filled weekend for the whole family. There are separate activities for young children, youth and adults. There will be inspiring talks, music, worship, international speakers, fun and fellowship. Conference theme is ‘Seek ye first the kingdom of God’.

These Conferences have been running for many years in England and have been very successful in promoting the gospel of Jesus Christ, especially among the youth and families. The Conference is open to everyone.

Date: July 14-15

Location: All Hallows’ Parish, Corner Brook, NL

To register or for more info, see the web at, or call Amelia at 388-1048

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