Somaya Amiri


Somaya Amiri, from Afghanistan, now lives in Vancouver.
Photo by Dan Toulgoet/The Vancouver Courier

Afghan refugee wins scholarship
Adapted from The Vancouver Courier by Nancy Carson
Level 1
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Listen to “Afghan refugee wiins scholarship– Level 1
Reading by Nila Gopaul

Somaya Amiri is from Afghanistan.
Boys can go to school.
But girls cannot go.

It is 2011. Somaya and her parents
come to Vancouver.
They are refugees.

Somaya knows two words, “hi” and “bye”.
She cannot write English.
But she has a dream.

Somaya’s dream
Somaya starts Grade 9
at Sir Charles Tupper Secondary School.
She loves school.
Every morning, she learns 40 new words.
She practices speaking.
She volunteers.

Good news
Somaya, now 17, applies for a scholarship.
And she wins.

It is February 2015.
Somaya says everyone helped her
to reach her dream.

How will you vote?


Commuters ride the SkyTrain.
Photo by Mark van Manen/The Vancouver Sun

Transit tax – yes or no?
Adapted from The Province by Nila Gopaul
Level 2

Listen to “Transit tax – yes or no?”– Level 3
Reading by Corey Muench

The government says
a 0.5% increase in sales tax
will help improve transit and transportation
in Metro Vancouver.

Elections BC mailed out ballots
between March 16 and March 27.
The ballot asks if you agree with this 0.5% increase in sales tax.

You can vote “yes” or “no”
before May 29, 2015 if:

  • You are a Canadian citizen.
  • You are a resident of B.C.*
  • You live in Metro Vancouver.
  • You are 18 years of age**or older.
  • You are registered to vote in B.C.

How much will the plan cost?
It will cost $7.5 billion.
For you, this means
for every $1,000 you spend
you will pay an extra $5.

* You must have lived in b.c. as a resident
for at least six months on or before May 29, 2015.
** You are 18 on or before May 29, 2015.

Chinese buy B.C. businesses


Sophie Pu and Marco Chi
Photo by Wayne Leidenfrost/The Province

Chinese buy B.C. businesses
Adapted from The Province and
the B.C. Ministry of International Trade by Nila Gopaul
Level 2

Listen to “Chinse buy B.C. businesses”– Level 2
Reading by Nila Gopaul

Marco Chi and Sophie Pu
are husband and wife.
They come from
Guangzhou, China.

The couple wants
to make Squamish their home.
The town is “an amazing place,”
with “very nice people,” they say.

Recently, Chi and Pu bought
The Living Room Restaurant.
Chi and Pu’s friend bought
a gas station in Squamish.
Another friend bought a bakery
in Nanaimo.

Ryan Liebrecht owned
The Living Room Restaurant.
About 12 people wanted to buy it.
All of them are from China.

Since 2010, Chinese investment
in B.C. has changed.
People from China are now
investing in small B.C. towns.
They are buying businesses
dealing with areas such as
technology and food processing.