B.C. doctor

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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 summer school

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

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

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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Wilbur the pig

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Wilbur plays with dogs.
Photo by Wayne Leidenfrost/The Province

Wilbur the pig
Adapted from The Province by Nila Gopaul
Level 1

Listen to “Wilbur the pig” – Level 1
Reading by Nila Gopaul

Wilbur has a good life now.
He lives at a dog day care
in Vancouver.
The day care is called
Canine Adventure Den.

His owner, Kirsty MacGregor,
found Wilbur on the Internet.
Wilbur lived in Edmonton, Alberta.
He was sick, small and weak.
Wilbur weighed only eight kilograms (kg).

Kirsty “fell in love” with Wilbur.
She wanted to keep him.
Her husband said,
“‘Don’t do it!'”

Kirsty took Wilbur home.
Today he weighs 34 kg.

Pig 2

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