The December issue is out!

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The front page – December 2014

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Adapted from The Vancouver Sun by Nila Gopaul
Special thanks to Quest Food Exchange

Quest helps
Level 1

Eddy Morten is blind. He cannot see.
He is also deaf. He cannot hear.

Eddy works at Quest.
Quest is the first food store in Canada
to have braille signs.

Braille
Braille is a way of reading and writing by touch.
A person touches raised dots.
At Quest, blind shoppers can shop easily.

A machine
There is a machine. It talks.
Shoppers hear the price.
They hear the name of the food.

One blind man said,
“I am 42 years old. I never knew there were yellow peppers.”

Listen to the story – Level 1
Reading by Jessica Heafey

Quest Food Exchange links
Facebook
Learn more Quest.

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Christmas train and market are now open

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View from Christmas Train at Stanley Park
Photo by jan zeschky/CC, Flickr

The Christmas Train (or “Bright Nights”)
opens on November 27, 2014.

Take a break and enjoy yourself this weekend.
There are millions of lights at Stanley Park.
You can ride the train or just walk around.
Click here for hours and costs.

Christmas market decorations Photo by Rebecca Bollwitt /CC, Flickr

Christmas decorations at the Christmas Market
Photo by Rebecca Bollwitt/CC, Flickr


The Vancouver Christmas Market
opened on November 22, 2014.

Over 50 vendors – food and gifts, live music and fun activities for children
Click here for the address, dates and costs

Pretzels as decorations and food Photo by

Pretzels as decorations 
Photo by Rebecca Bollwitt/CC, Flickr

Send us information about Christmas markets and events in your town or city.
We will post them here and on Facebook and Twitter.

Seven-year-old wants to help

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Joshua Smith has helped homeless people for two years. He is seven years old.
Photo by Wayne Leidenfrost/The Vancouver Sun

Adapted from The Vancouver Sun by Nila Gopaul

Joshua Smith is only seven years old.
But he plans to feed over 500 homeless people
this Christmas Eve.
Joshua and his mother, Traci Smith, have helped
feed homeless people for two years.

“He’s an average kid,” says his mother.
“He’s bratty. He’s sassy.
Doesn’t want to do his homework.”
He’s no different than any other child.
But something changed Joshua.
Something affected him. Continue reading