The November issue is out!


The front page of the print edition of The Westcoast Reader,
November 2014

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Read the story “Lost ship found”.

Listen to Listen to the story – Level 1
Reading by Jessica Heafey

(There are three videos on the next page.)

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Oppenheimer Park’s tent city goes


Oppenheimer Park’s tent city
(Photo: Kim Stallknecht/The Vancouver Sun)

Adapted from The Province and The Vancouver Sun by Nila Gopaul
Level 2

Tent city
About 150 campers are living
in Vancouver’s Oppenheimer Park.
The park is in the Downtown Eastside (DTES).
The campers have been there since July 15.
They have no home.
They have no place to go.

Tent city goes
On October 15, 2014, tent city will go.
The city has ordered the campers to leave.
But they have nowhere to go, they say.

There are places to stay, the city says.
They are called shelters.
Some people say the shelters
are not safe. They are not comfortable.
People have to sleep
on the floor.

Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson
promised to end homelessness by 2015.
Today there are about 550 people
with no home.

One person called tent city
“an eyesore” (very ugly to look at).

Another person says tent city
is a good way to show people
the homeless problem.

One woman asks,
“259 agencies that help the DTES
and not any of these 259 can give help?”

Some people say,
“Shame on the city, shame on the government.”