The business of time

Vahid Yazdanmehr sells many clocks and watches Photo:  Jason Payne/The Vancouver Sun

Vahid Yazdanmehr sells clocks and watches.
Photo: Jason Payne/The Vancouver Sun

Level 1

Meet Vahid.
Vahid was born in Iran.
He came to Canada 30 years ago.
He sells and fixes clocks and watches.
His business is called It’s About Time.
It’s About Time is in Langley, B.C.

Business has changed.
Vahid says his business has changed.
He worried seven years ago.
Many people started to use
their iPhones to tell time.

But watches are popular again.
Young people are wearing watches,
says Vahid.
And they spend a lot of money.
What is not popular now?
Pocket watches and grandfather clocks.

Vahid also makes clocks.
He has built clocks for cities
in Canada and in the U.S.
It takes about eight to 10 weeks
to make a city clock.
Each city clock sells for $15,000 to $25,000.

Adapted from The Vancouver Sun

A pocket watch Photo:  kitchener.lord/CC FLICKR

A pocket watch
Photo: kitchener.lord/CC FLICKR

A grandfather clock Photo:  Bob Marquart/CC FLICKR

A grandfather clock
Photo: Bob Marquart/CC FLICKR

A city clock Photo:  davebloggs007/CC FLICKR

A city clock
Photo: davebloggs007/CC FLICKR

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The 2014 Commonwealth Games begin

Long distance runners at the Commonwealth Games Photo:  Jimmy Harris/CC, Flickr

Long distance runners at the Commonwealth Games
Photo: Jimmy Harris/CC, Flickr

Level 3
The Commonwealth Games open today in Glasgow, Scotland.
The games are held every four years.
This year, they are held from July 23 to August 3.
It is the first time Scotland has hosted the games.

About 6,500 athletes will complete
in 17 different sports.

Click here for Canadian athletes to watch at the games.

The British Empire
lasted 346 years.

History
The Commonwealth is a group of nations
that were once governed
by the British Empire.
An empire is a group of countries
ruled by one power, such as a queen.
The British Empire lasted
for 346 years, from 1603 to 1949.

The Commonwealth is a group of 53 countries in six continents.
Canada is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations.
The games unite “the Commonwealth family through sport,”
says the Commonwealth Games Federation.

Click here for the CBC TV Schedule of the games.

Did you know?

  • Canada hosted the games in 1930, 1954, 1978 and 1994.
  • The first Commonwealth Games (1930) were held in Hamilton, Canada.
    Hamilton is in the province of  Ontario.
  • In 1994, the games were in Victoria, B.C.
    Canada ranked 2nd; it won 133 medals.
    Australia ranked 1st; it won 184 medals.

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Tough jobs in B.C.

Bronwyn Barter is a paramedic in Nelson, B.C. Photo:  Ric Ernst /The Province

Bronwyn Barter is a paramedic in Nelson, B.C.
Photo: Ric Ernst /The Province

Level 3

Bronwyn Barter is a paramedic in Nelson, B.C.
Paramedics help people in emergency medical situations.
They help people before they get to the hospital.

Paramedics help an injured person. Photo:  Jason Bain/CC, Wikipedia

Paramedics help an injured person.
Photo: Jason Bain/CC, Wikipedia

Bronwyn wanted to be a paramedic at five years old.
At the time, she was with her sister and father.
It was late at night.
They were driving near Chilliwack, B.C.
and saw a car accident.

“That picture has always stayed in my head.”

Two children in the accident were missing.
They were not wearing their seatbelts,
and they went through the windshield.
Bronwyn’s father, an RCMP officer,
stopped the car. It was dark.
He looked for the two children.
Bronwyn and her sister waited quietly.

Bronwyn’s father found the two children.
They were injured.
Carefully, he carried each child to his car.
He put them next to Bronwyn and her sister.
Very soon, the paramedics arrived.
Bronwyn and her sister watched the paramedics
help the two injured children.

Bronwyn remembers.
The paramedics really cared. They were gentle.
They were so helpful.
“That picture has always stayed in my head,” said Bronwyn.
Paramedics have a big responsibility: They save lives.

Six other tough jobs are:

Camp cook – Dorrie Williams has been a camp cook for14 years. Photo:  The Province

Camp cook – Dorrie Williams has been a camp cook for 14 years.
Photo: The Province

Pest controller – David Hargreaves has been a pest controller for 30 years. Photo:  The Province

Pest controller – David Hargreaves has been a pest controller for 30 years.
Photo: The Province

Tree Faller – Jack Miller has one of the most dangerous jobs. Photo:  The Province

Tree faller – Jack Miller has one of the most dangerous jobs in B.C.
Photo: The Province

 

 

Deep-Sea Diver – Orion Foster says he loves his job at the bottom of the sea. Photo:  The Province

Deep-sea diver – Orion Foster says he loves his job at the bottom of the sea.
Photo: The Province

 

 

Diamond driller – Bill McIntyre started diamond drilling 25 years ago. Photo:  The Province

Diamond driller – Bill McIntyre started diamond drilling 25 years ago.
Photo: The Province

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trauma-unit nurse – Giancarla Pasqua works at Vancouver General Hospital. Photo: Ric Ernst/The Province

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Adapted from The Province

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