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Read On: Celebrate Canada Day 2020 on July 1st

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Message for Canada. Trout Lake. Photo by Sophia Han

BY SOPHIA HAN

What is Canada Day? ***

Canada Day is celebrated on July 1, which is the anniversary of the founding of Canada’s original constitution in 1867.

In the past, cities around Vancouver have celebrated the day with fireworks. This year, it is important to maintain social distancing rules while celebrating the occasion.

The Government of Canada and the city of Surrey have websites with information to help you celebrate the occasion virtually.

Celebrate virtually **

The Government of Canada has a website where you can download pages for children to colour. You can also watch video performances by Canadian artists.

Canadian Heritage activity packs
https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/campaigns/canada-day/celebration-kit.html
https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/campaigns/canada-day.html

Canadian Heritage YouTube channel
The city of Surrey also has a website.
https://www.surrey.ca/canadaday/node/1

The city of Surrey is asking people who are residents of Surrey and the Lower Mainland to send videos of themselves wishing Canada a happy birthday or singing Canada’s national anthem.
https://www.surrey.ca/canadaday/submit-your-video-win

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Celebrate Canada Day with a picnic *

In the Renfrew-Collingwood neighbourhood, there are many outdoor places where you can celebrate Canada Day with a picnic.

Everyone should bring their own food and keep 2 metres apart. Don’t forget to bring sunscreen and hand sanitizer!

Renfrew Ravine Park and Renfrew Community Park are nearby parks where you can enjoy a picnic and feel close to nature. Central Park, Trout Lake Park and Deer Lake Park are large parks that are also close by.

If you want to picnic and enjoy a good view of the city, you should go to Queen Elizabeth Park. From this park, you can see Vancouver. If you want to enjoy a good view of the sunset, you should go to English Bay or Jericho Beach. Lighthouse Park is in West Vancouver but it is also a beautiful place to share a meal and enjoy the sunset.

There are many ways to celebrate Canada Day. You can stay safe while enjoying the local scenery.
Happy Canada Day!

Vocabulary

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Anniversary – the date when an event took place in a previous year
Founding – the beginning

Original – the first

Constitution – a set of rules that guide how a country should be run
Maintain – to keep doing

Social distancing – rules to help prevent the spread of the Covid-19 disease

Occasion – special event

Virtually – something you do using a computer

Download – to move or copy a file from a computer

Performances – shows

Residents – someone who lives in a place

Lower Mainland – the city of Vancouver and the areas around Vancouver

Anthem – a song that celebrates a country

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Celebrate – to do something special for an important event

Picnic – a meal you enjoy outdoors

Apart – not close together

Sunscreen – something to prevent sunburn

Hand sanitizer – something you put on to kill germs

Nearby – not far

Close by – not far

View – things you can see from a place

Local – things or places that are nearby

Scenery – things you can see around a place

Word Search

https://thewordsearch.com/puzzle/1251020/celebrate-canada-day/

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Read On: How to focus in an unfocused world

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BY TONY WANLESS

Distraction, or the inability to focus for more than very short times, has become common in the high speed, technological world of today.

Today, we are bombarded by so much mental stimulation, we find it very difficult to concentrate on anything for very long.

There are noises and other attention-robbing distractions everywhere. Music, traffic, conversations and especially smart phones, which everyone now seems to be constantly holding to their ears, eyes or mouths, routinely rattle our focus.

Today, a growing number of us are becoming worried about what seems to be our loss of attention. With all this stimulation to our brains, our ability to concentrate has been reduced to a few seconds or minutes.

The medical term for this problem is Ego Depletion. But we likely call it something like mental fuzziness or tiredness. Some people may even worry that their brains are damaged.

But there are strategies to counter this problem. Many are old and existed long before technology was everywhere and overwhelmed our thinking processes. But they are now being revived to helping us cope with this new world.

No doubt we will eventually learn how to adapt to this new world. But until then, we might want to think about using the old techniques.

These include:
1. Writing things down so we can refer to them later.
2. Using To-Do and other lists.
3. Doing tasks in bite-sized pieces.
4. Taking many time-outs when learning or working.
5. Focusing on chunks of information instead of a steady stream.
6. Switching to other tasks, which allows the mind to rest.
7. Napping, meditating and other quieting actions.
8. And, of course, using your phone less.

Definitions

bombard: attack (a place or person) continuously with bombs, shells or other missiles.
routinely: as part of a regular procedure rather than for a special reason.
depletion: reduction in the number or quantity of something.
cope: deal effectively with something difficult.


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Read On: There is something in the spring air

Read On Word Search April 2019 – There is something in the spring air

BY TONY WANLESS

When spring arrives, bringing with it better weather and renewed spirits, many of us find our moods lifting. We feel more cheerful, energetic and friendly.

We notice that spending so much time in our houses or apartments during the rainy and cold winter has left us thinking they look a bit worn, shabby or dirty.

So we decide a good scrubbing will help renew the place.

We also start thinking that maybe our lives could also use a good cleaning of a sort.

We believe we should spend more time enjoying and less complaining. Maybe we should get out there and have a little fun. Maybe we should be better human beings.

We think these thoughts because spring is a time of renewal.

In spring, birds that disappeared during the colder months suddenly sing again outside our windows. Thoughts that were gloomy are now more positive and joyful.

For most of us, spring signals a time to start a new life, or change an old one.

So we sort through our closets or lockers for our warmer weather clothes. Sometimes we find them old and inappropriate and decide to buy new ones to celebrate the new feeling.

We also start sorting through our mental closets because we believe that, maybe, our minds also need awakening after dark and cold months.

Signals that winter is over and brighter times are beginning to appear leave us with more bounce in our steps, our heads held a little higher, and a belief that this is the way it will be from now on.

This mental and physical spring cleaning can also revive old plans and desires – for different ways of living or the renewal of plans that had been tucked away in our minds because they seemed too difficult.

Now they seem more possible.

Similarly, we start thinking about reviving relationships with other people that may have withered during the long period of solitude.

Like the flowers, we also look forward to renewing.

Definitions

mood: a temporary state of mind or feeling
shabby: in poor condition through long or hard use or lack of care
sort: to put in a certain place or rank according to kind, class or nature
wither: to lose vitality, force or freshness
renew: to make like new; restore to freshness, vigour or perfection

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