Summer sun safety


Two women chat and enjoy the sun.
Photo by: Dana/CC, Flickr

Summer sun safety
Story adapted from HealthLink BC by Patti-Lea Ryan
Edited by Nila Gopaul
Level 2

It is fun to sit or play in the sun.
But, too much sun can be harmful.
We can get sunburned on cloudy days, too.
Too much heat can lead to health problems.
People can get stroke, heat exhaustion,
skin cancer, or eye disease. Continue reading

Baby owl rescued


A baby owl was rescued from the Little Bobtail Lake wildfire in B.C.
Photo courtesy of B.C. Wildfire Management Branch

Baby owl rescued from forest fire
Adapted from by Nancy Carson
Level 1

Listen to “Baby owl rescued from forest fire”– Level 1
Reading by Jessica Heafey

A very large fire in B.C.
is now controlled.
The cool, wet weather
helped the firefighters.

The Little Bobtail Lake fire
started around May 9, 2015.
The fire was south of Prince George, B.C.
The fire burned 25 square kilometres of forest. Continue reading

Canada Day July 1st quiz and events

These ladies are celebrating Canada Day. Photo by Jenelle Schneider/The Vancouver Sun

These ladies are celebrating Canada Day.
Photo by Jenelle Schneider/The Vancouver Sun


A political map of Canada Photo: Beth77/CC,Flickr

Happy Canada Day from The Westcoast Reader!
Canada Day is on July 1.
Do you know these facts about Canada?
Try the quiz below.

Do you know Canada well enough
to pass the Canadian Citizenship Test?
Try it. Click here.

Here are some events you can enjoy in Metro Vancouver:

Canada Day Kickoff Concert – Abbotsford Centre

Canadian country music stars, Emerson Drive, will launch the Fraser Valley’s Canada Day festivities. With country local country stars Aaron Pritchett, King & Cash and Beamer Wigley. Abbotsford Centre, 33800 King Rd. June 30, 6 p.m. $15-$49,

Bear Creek Park Canada Day – Surrey, Bear Creek Park

Celebrate Canada Day on the Canadian-themed Bear Creek Park train and enjoy other fun activities including arts and crafts, music, mini golf and more. Bear Creek Park, 13750 88th Ave., Surrey 10 a.m.-8 p.m. 604-501-1232,

Canada Day – Vancouver, Canada Place

Celebrate Canada’s 148th birthday with a parade (7 p.m.), live music and dance performances with popular acts including Hannah Georgas, interactive activity zones featuring food carts and a circus show, plus an evening fireworks show at 10:30 p.m. Free, 604-665-9000,

7th Annual Canada Day Parade – Vancouver, Georgia and Broughton

Enjoy festive floats, bands, community groups and more at this annual parade. Starts at the corner of Georgia and Broughton at 7 p.m.

Canada Day – Vancouver, Granville Island

Enjoy a full day of entertainment, music, spectacle, food, activity and more, with most of the events free of charge. 10 a.m.-midnight
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