Salute to Salmon (Oct 3 – 26)

Spawning salmon return to the Adams River. Photo: Nila Gopaul

Spawning salmon return to the Adams River.
Photo: Nila Gopaul

Adapted from CBC News by Nila Gopaul

Celebrate the salmon run in October

The 
salmon run is the time
when salmon return to the rivers and lakes
to spawn (lay eggs).
Salmon swim.
Why do we call it a “run”, you ask?
A run means a route or a journey,
especially on a regular basis.
The biggest salmon runs are every four years (2010, 2014, 2018, etc.).

Most Pacific salmon (chinook, chum, coho, pink and sockeye)
are born in fresh water.
Then they migrate to oceans.
As adults, they live in salt water.

Later, they return to the lakes and rivers
where they were born.
The salmon return to spawn.
After they spawn, they die.
A salmon’s life begins and ends
in lakes and rivers.

2014  is a big year for the salmon run.
There are many places to watch the sockeye salmon run.
These salmon swim up the Fraser River.
Fisheries and Oceans Canada says about 23 million sockeye
will return to spawn this year.

The best places to spot the salmon run along the Fraser River.
Watch a video and see a map here. 

1) The Steveston docks and Garry Point Park, Richmond

2) Ladner Harbour Park, Ladner

3) Westminster Quay, New Westminster

4) Island 22 Regional Park, Chilliwack

5) Peg Leg Bar, Chilliwack

6) Adams River at Shuswap Lake

On mobile?
Click here for a map of these six recommended salmon run viewing spots

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October is Foster Family Month

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Chris Tait lived in 30 different foster homes. Photo: Jenelle Schneider / The Vancouver Sun

Adapted from The Province by Nila Gopaul

October is Foster Family Month in B.C.
Foster care is a way to give a family life
to children and teens
who cannot live with their own 
parents.

There are about 3,200 foster parents in B.C.
They care for 5,900 children and teens in B.C.
Many of these parents are reaching retirement age.
So B.C. needs more foster parents, says Stephanie Cadieux,
the Minister of Children and Family Development.

Becoming a foster parent
Foster parents can come from any cultural, social and ethnic background.
If you are 19 years or older,
you can apply to become a foster parent.
The ministry will check your background and
check your references. It will also do a criminal record check.
The process takes about three months.

Read the story about Chris Tait. He is a success story.

For information on becoming a foster parent, visit www.mcf.gov.bc.ca/foster or call the Foster Line toll-free at 1-800-663-9999.

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Raise-a-Reader Campaign

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Vancouver Canucks alumnus Kirk McLean and fans in downtown Vancouver Photograph by Kim Stallknecht/The Vancouver Sun

Vancouver Canucks alumnus Kirk McLean and fans in downtown Vancouver
Photograph by Kim Stallknecht/The Vancouver Sun

The Vancouver Sun’s Raise-a-Reader campaign has started again!
On Wednesday, September 24,
The Westcoast Reader and many volunteers,
such as the Vancouver Canucks hockey team,
will look for donations to help to raise funds for illiteracy in B.C.

Since 1997, The Vancouver Sun has raised $7.5 million.
All the money raised goes to the Canucks Family Education Centre,
the Vancouver Public Library Foundation and Decoda Literacy Solutions.

If you see a volunteer, please support this great campaign.

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