Josefine Hass, Trudy Wieczorek, and Otto Haas Photo courtesy of The Province
Adapted from The Province
Otto Haas was a famous runner in Germany.
He ran 100 metres in 12.5 seconds.
And over 70 years later, he raced again.
Otto, his wife Josefine, and her sister, Trudy, live in Kelowna.
They visited Vancouver in 2009.
In a parking lot, a young thief took Josefine’s purse.
Otto ran after him.
Josefine screamed and screamed.
The thief could not escape.
Otto said, “I am surprised I could run that fast.”
Otto was 90 years old!
Red, a comic by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, Courtesy of Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas
Story adapted from The Vancouver Sun
Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas is a Haida artist.
He was born in Prince Rupert, B.C. in 1954.
But Michael was raised in Haida Gwaii
The old name for Haida Gwaii is Queen Charlotte Islands. (Click here for a map of Haida Gwaii.)
Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas Photo by Glenn Baglo, The Vancouver Sun
Summer is not officially here yet, but the warm weather is inviting us to get out of the house and start having fun. Festivals, shows, concerts, fairs, races and rodeos are all waiting for visitors!
Below, you can check out some of the most interesting things to do in British Columbia for the month of May. There are also many farmer’s markets that are open. Many towns have May Days events, for the Victoria Day long week-end.
If you know of any other exciting events in B.C. that are not on this list, please share them with us in the comment section.
Where: 660 Ocean Park Drive, Tofino
When: May 1st – May 31st
A new National Geographic book names
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden the number one city garden in the world. National Geographic is a very popular and old magazine.
It is famous for its stories and photographs.
B.C.’s Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden beat
other famous city gardens in 2012
in Paris, Hawaii, and New York.
Herons in a tree Photo by Ward Perrin, The Vancouver Sun
A young heron looks for food. Photo by Lez Bazso, The Province
Adapted from the B.C. Ministry of Environment and The Province
Illustrations by Nola Johnston
In BC, people can see Great Blue Herons all year.
Herons live on the coast.
They also live in the southern part of B.C.
The heron is a large bird:
It is taller than many 8-year-old children.
It weighs about the same as a small newborn baby.
Over 5,000 herons live in B.C.
The B.C. government protects these birds.
It also protects their nests and their eggs.
More than 100 heron nests are in Stanley Park in Vancouver.
There is also a heron park in Chilliwack.
Traditional decorative Easter eggs from Romania Photo by: KLMircea (Flickr)
Submission by Ana-Maria Gheorghiu
Not everybody celebrates Easter on the same date.
Western Christians and Eastern Christians follow two different religious calendars.
Western Christians (mainly Catholic and Protestant)
follow the Gregorian calendar,
and Eastern Christians (mainly Orthodox)
follow the Julian calendar.
The countries with the most Christian Orthodox believers are:
Russia, Greece, Romania, Serbia, Ukraine, Cyprus, Georgia, Macedonia,
Bulgaria, Moldova, Montenegro and Belarus.
I am Romanian, and I live in Vancouver, B.C.
Easter is the biggest religious holiday in my home country.