The Westcoast Reader newspaper – October

The front page of the October Westcoast Reader.

The October WCR newspaper has articles about a new judge, tea at the Empress, farmers’ markets, tuition fees for ABE and ELL programs, astronauts, MLAs,  and more …….

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The next issue of The Westcoast Reader newspaper will be delivered to subscribers the first week in November.  Subscribe now to be sure you get your copy on time. The winners of the Canada 150 photo contest will be announced in the November issue.

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How will you remember Canada’s 150th birthday? Enter this WCR photo contest.

What did you do to celebrate?
                                                              Photo: Pixabay

On July 1, 2017, the country of Canada was 150 years old.

Send us your favourite photo of you celebrating in Canada.

  1. Write a caption (one or two short sentences) about the photo.
  2. Please answer these questions and send the answers with your photo.
    What is your name?
    What is your phone number?
    May we print this photo in The Westcoast Reader or post it on   www.thewestcoastreader.com? Answer yes or no.
  3. Email your entry to wcr@decoda.ca.

Three winners will be chosen. The winning photos and captions will be published in the November issue of The Westcoast Reader. All acceptable entries will be posted on our website.

BC Day is August 7

BC Day is on Monday, August 7.
On this public holiday,
British Columbians relax with family and friends.
Many people travel on this long weekend
or camp and enjoy nature.

According to the United Nations,
“BC is the best place in the world to learn, live and play.”

A few facts about B.C.

1. Aboriginal people have lived in the area now known as BC
for more than 10,000 years.

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A dance at a Pow Wow in West Vancouver, BC
Photo by Nila Gopaul

2. A bill to begin a BC Day was first introduced in Parliament in 1974.

Flag of British Columbia.svgBC’s Provincial flag/Photo – Public Domain

3. British Columbia is between the ocean and mountains.
The four wavy white and three wavy blue lines on the BC flag
symbolize the Rocky Mountains and the Pacific Ocean.

The sun rises in the east and sets in the west.
BC is Canada’s westernmost province.
On the flag, the sun is setting.

The Union Flag on top reflects BC’s British heritage.
The crown in the centre symbolizes the Canadian Royal Family.

4. BC’s provincial mammal is the Spirit Bear.
Click here to read The Westcoast Reader story on the Spirit Bear.

5. BC’s provincial flower is the Dogwood.
The dogwood is on the front page of The Westcoast Reader newspaper.

A dogwood flower Photo by Bruce McKay/CC, Flickr

The dogwood is a flower native to BC.
Photo by Bruce McKay/CC, Flickr

6. The longest river in B.C. is the Fraser. It is 1,399 kilometres long.

Lillooet townsite and the Fraser river Photo by Colin J. McMechan/CC, Flickr

Lillooet townsite and the Fraser River
Photo by Colin J. McMechan/CC, Flickr

7. BC is about 10 percent of Canada’s land surface.

8. Only 30 countries in the world are bigger than BC.

9. Many movies are made in BC.
BC is North America’s fourth-largest film and television production centre.

Click here to read many more facts about B.C.

Originally written by Nila Gopaul and posted summer 2015.

Updated for 2017 by Patty Bossort.