B.C. Subway opens 400th restaurant


Manager Angela Alvano shows a Subway sandwich.
Photo by Ric Ernst, The Vancouver Sun

B.C. Subway opens 400th restaurant
Adapted from The Vancouver Sun and www.wikipedia.org
by Nila Gopaul, 2013, Level 2

Subway restaurants are successful in B.C.
Recently, the 400th Subway store opened in Vancouver.
The restaurant is near Rogers Arena.
An arena is an indoor sports place.
The Vancouver Canucks hockey team plays there.
It is a good place to put a Subway restaurant.
Many hockey fans are hungry before or after hockey games.
Subway stores are in 104 communities in B.C.
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From housewife to queen: Cindy Lee sells T&T* Supermarkets for $225 Million


Cindy Lee holds a crab at T&T Supermarket.
Photo by Bill Keay, The Vancouver Sun

Adapted from The Vancouver Sun and
T&T Supermarket company website

Level 2
October 2009

Cindy Lee came to Vancouver
from Taiwan in 1972.
She just wanted to have a simple life.
Lee shopped in Chinatown in the rain
with her three children.
Shopping in Chinatown
was not convenient (con-vee-nyint).
There were no shopping carts.
There was no parking and there were no washrooms.

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Chinese-only signs in Richmond


Business signs in Richmond, B.C.
Photo by Richard Lam/The Province

Chinese-only signs in Richmond
The debate
Adapted from The Province by Nila Gopaul
Level 3

Listen to “Chinese-only signs in Richmond”– Level 3
Reading by Nila Gopaul 

The city of Richmond has
a population of 200,000.
The city has a large ethnic Chinese population.
About 50 per cent of residents
are ethnic Chinese.
About 30 per cent are whites.
Eight per cent are South Asians.
Seven per cent are Filipinos.

Since 2013, Richmond has been debating
Chinese-only signage.
Many residents are unhappy
with Chinese-only signs, flyers, posters and ads
on bus shelters, stores and businesses.
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