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Month: October 2014

Trans-Canada dog

Adapted from The Vancouver Sun and The Province by Nila Gopaul Level 2 Pollux the dog escaped through an open gate in 2010. Her owners were heartbroken. Pollux left Montreal and travelled 4,500 km to Kamloops, B.C. Pollux made new friends in Kamloops. “She was really well-behaved,” said one family. The dog had a microchip…

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Halloween costumes … for your dog

This Halloween, man’s best friend, the dog, can dress up, too. Once there were four costumes for pets. Now there are over 20 costumes.

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Fall Festival of Chocolate

Daily from October 15, 2014 to November 10, 2014 Learn about events all over Metro Vancouver, including cooking classes, click here. The story of chocolate   Level 3 Adapted from The Vancouver Sun by Nila Gopaul Chocolate comes from the beans of a cacao* fruit tree. The cacao bean is the seed of the fruit. (say: ka-kow)…

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Elephants know the voices of their enemies

Level 3 Adapted from The Vancouver Sun by Nancy Carson Can you recognize different languages? Do you say, “Oh, that sounds like Spanish,” or “That sounds like French.” Can you do it when you do not understand the words? Elephants can! Listen to the story Elephants know the voices of their enemies. Reading by Nila Gopaul-Level 3 Read…

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Get to know BC: rain

Did you know? The Canadian record for the most rain on a single day was set on October 6, 1967: 489 millimetres fell in Ucluelet, BC that day! In BC, we love to talk about the weather, especially about the rain. Each region in BC has its own climate patterns. So many rainy days can…

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Why can’t girls play baseball?

A girl from Vancouver becomes part of history. Adapted from The Province by Nancy Carson Level 2 South Vancouver’s Little League baseball team was in the U.S. for two weeks this summer. The team won the Canadian championships in Quebec, in early August. So, they won the chance to go to the Little League World Series. The series…

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LSS: Getting help with abuse – Part 1

Submitted by Nate Prosser, Legal Services Society (LSS), Edited by Nila Gopaul • Illustrations by Danette Byatt Getting help with abuse – Part 1/6 WCR and LSS co-publish a series offering readers information about their legal rights in Canada. Sally and Marsha are friends. One day they meet. They sit and talk. Then Sally talks about…

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Monkey business: A monkey selfie starts a fight

Adapted from CBCnews by Nancy Carson Level 1 Everyone knows what a selfie is. It is a photo you take of yourself. Teenagers take many selfies. President Obama and the Pope took selfies. Some animals take selfies – if they can touch a camera. A nature photographer David Slater takes photographs. He photographs life in…

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Salute to Salmon (Oct 3 – 26)

Adapted from CBC News by Nila Gopaul Celebrate the salmon run in October The salmon run is the time when salmon return to the rivers and lakes to spawn (lay eggs). Salmon swim. Why do we call it a “run”, you ask? A run means a route or a journey, especially on a regular basis. The biggest salmon…

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October is Foster Family Month

Adapted from The Province by Nila Gopaul October is Foster Family Month in B.C. Foster care is a way to give a family life to children and teens who cannot live with their own parents. There are about 3,200 foster parents in B.C. They care for 5,900 children and teens in B.C. Many of these parents are reaching…

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