The December issue of The Westcoast Reader newspaper is out!!

December is a month of festivities. In this issue of the newspaper you will find our annual calendar on the middle pages with dates for holidays and events coming up in 2017. You’ll also find articles on driving in the winter and the outcome of the American election for president.



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Remembrance Day

Canadian soldieirs returning from Vimy Ridge Photo courtesy of the Vimy Ridge Foundation, colourized by Canadian Colour Canadian War Museum George Metcalf ARchival Collection 19920085-295

Canadian soldiers returning from Vimy Ridge
Photo courtesy of the Vimy Ridge Foundation, colourized by Canadian Colour
Canadian War Museum George Metcalf Archival Collection 19920085-295

Lest we forget

November 11     Remembrance Day

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November 11 is Remembrance Day in Canada. On this day we honour Canadians who fought and died in wars. Many communities have special events and parades on Remembrance Day.

Watch this Remembrance Day ad from the Government of Canada

Red poppies

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow ... Photo by Pixabay

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow …
Photo by Pixabay

Sixty thousand Canadians died in World War I. Many were buried in Flanders fields in Belgium. Red poppies grow on the graves in the fields. Red poppies are the symbol of Remembrance Day. People donate to help veterans by buying poppies from veterans on the street.

Canadian Lieutenant Colonel John McRae wrote a famous poem about war and the poppies called In Flanders Fields.


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 Reading by: Patty Bossort



Learn more about the poem, In Flanders Fields, and the man who wrote it.

Watch this video, The Poppy Story from Poppy Scotland Education.

Watch this video, The Tower of London Poppies in England. 88,246 bright red ceramic poppies are planted at the Tower of London. Each poppy represents a soldier who died in the First World War.

Look at these resources for teachers and educators provided by the Vimy Foundation about the upcoming centennial of Vimy Ridge in their Vimy 100 in the Classroom.

Contest for young Canadians aged 14 – 17. Vimy Pilgrimage Award. 

2017 is the 100th anniversary of the Battle at Vimy Ridge. 

Learn more about The Battle at Vimy Ridge.

Story reprinted from The Westcoast Reader newspaper,  September / October 2016

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We hope you will enjoy these photos of summer activities in British Columbia.


Spend time on the beach

Spend time with friends

Have a coffee with friends

Have a picnic

Listen to music outdoors

Don't forget to wear your sunglasses

Take a quiet moment in the sun

Try out a kayak

Enjoy the summer flowers

Eat fresh vegetables

Go for a hike

Get out on the water

Go camping

Have a barbeque

Go for a walk in the woods

Go fishing

Enjoy the sun at the beach

Find things in the creek

Play in the fields

Spend time with friends

Enjoy the sunset