Bernice Gordon, a crossword pioneer

Bernice Gordon, a crossword pioneer
(January 11, 1914 – January 29, 2015)
Adapted from The Vancouver Sun by Nila Gopaul

Bernice Gordon loved to make crossword puzzles.
Her first crossword was published in 1952.
It was published in a U.S. newspaper, The New York Times.
For over 60 years, Bernice made
one crossword puzzle each day.
Her crosswords went into
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B.C. doctor


Julio Montaner is an HIV/AIDS expert.
Photo by Mark van Manen/The Vancouver Sun

B.C. doctor
Adapted from The Vancouver Sun by Nila Gopaul

 Listen to “B.C. Doctor” – Level 1
Reading by Jessica Heafey

Julio* Montaner was born
in Argentina in 1956.
He came to B.C.
to study in the 1980s.
* Say – hoo-lee-oh

He worked at St. Paul’s Hospital.
There, Julio met his wife.
So he stayed in Canada.
And he became a doctor.
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A healthy start to school


Keira Thompson, left, and Stephanie Hai, are 10 years old.
Photo by Ric Ernst/The Province

A healthy start to school
Adapted from The Province by Nila Gopaul
Illustrations by Nola Johnston
Level one
September 2014

Listen to “A healthy start to summer school” – Level 1
Reading by Nila Gopaul

Kiera Thompson and Stephanie Hai
are 10 years old.
They joined a cooking class
last summer.
They learned to make healthy foods,
such as sushi.

Back to school
Everyone is busy.
Parents are working.
Many students are in summer school.
It takes time to eat well.
It takes time to plan good meals.
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