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.

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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.

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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.

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