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More of Our Canada March 2019

More of Our Canada is a companion magazine to Our Canada, the popular reader-written bimonthly published by Reader's Digest. Made available during the six months that Our Canada is not published, MOC is a venue where Canadians gather to share their stories, photos and interests—and pride of family, community and country.

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in your words

What a Welcome Surprise I live in a retirement residence, where we recently received a large number of back issues of Our Canada. Surprise isn’t a strong enough word to express my reaction while reading the My Hometown story “Putting the Art in Hearth” (May 2015) about Portage-du-Fort, Que. The reason for my surprise was that my mother, Agnes Bentley, lived there when the terrible fire of 1914 occurred; she was 14 at the time. Because of the devastation caused by the fire, my grandparents, my mom and her brothers and sisters had to move to North Bay, Ont. Thanks to Bonnie Zimmerling for the interesting update on the tiny village of Portage-du-Fort and thanks to Our Canada for publishing such a well-written magazine about our wonderful country. Joan Wilson, Peterborough A Bit…

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meeting place

KAREN ALLIN Karen lives and works in Mississauga, teaching math and computer programming. She enjoys photography, especially capturing wildlife images. Her favourite spots to snap these photos include a family-owned safari park in southern Ontario called African Lion Safari, the Toronto Zoo and the nearby Rattray Marsh Conservation Area, which is the subject of this issue’s photo essay Deer Tales on page 8. Karen also regularly submits her photos to Our Canada’s monthly Theme Pic Challenge; a couple of them have even been chosen as the cover image on the OC Facebook page. SHIONA MACKENZIE Living in Asia for 17 years afforded Shiona experiences and insights that continue to inform her perspective. She has been employed in the communications field since the 1990s, but followed her passion for music by joining pick-up bands…

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in our words

In the Spirit of Spring With winter’s last hurrah in progress and the first signs of spring on the way, the month of March plays host to a wide variety of activities, pursuits and adventures. And, fittingly enough, so does this issue of More of Our Canada. For Karen Allin of Mississauga, hiking the trails of the local Rattray Marsh Conservation Area, camera in hand, is always a treat, no matter the season. And what’s not to like about an opportunity to enjoy nature without actually leaving the city? Check out some of the amazing images Karen’s captured at the marsh in “Deer Tales” on page 8. Spring is often poetically referred to as a time of renewal. In this issue’s Our Travels department on page 20, Sandy Chinski of Red Deer County,…

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veteran profile

Lieutenant (Ret’d) Born in Moosejaw, Sask., in 1927, Andrew joined the Canadian Army in 1947 at Royal Roads Military College in Victoria. He served in Korea as a gun position officer and as a troop commander working with the infantry’s First Battalion, Royal 22nd Regiment as a forward observation officer: “We were in a dugout, and could see the Chinese in their trenches, doing everyday tasks, just like we would. Cleaning their rifles, eating their rations… sometimes even watching us with their binoculars. They were soldiers like us, and then we would see the artillery that we called in hitting their marks.” Andrew retired in 1977 to take up ranching and the running of a sheep genetics program. Living in a remote area of Alberta, he and his wife also became emergency medical…

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deer tales

I walk through the Rattray Marsh Conservation Area in Mississauga on a daily basis. The marsh is partially bordered by Lake Ontario and Jack Darling Park, and is part of both the Waterfront Trail and the Trans Canada Trail. It is a little “gem of nature” in the middle of the city. The marsh is maintained by Credit Valley Conservation. The main trail is a two-kilometre loop, with a couple of side trails. Although “marsh” is in its name, parts of the trail are a wooden boardwalk and other parts are dirt pathways. In spring it can be muddy, so don’t wear your brand new white running shoes! The trails aren’t maintained in winter and can be icy, but there are enough people who walk through the area, so paths are…

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Cock of the Walk Lenora Jones of Hanna, Alta., writes, “Back in the 1940s, our neighbours, who were farmers, decided not to keep their laying hens over the winter, as the hen house was too cold. When the people buying the chickens arrived, the hens had already roosted for the night. In the ensuing commotion, the rooster was overlooked. The next day, he was spotted in the barn. Whenever my neighbour would go out to milk the cows, the rooster was up on the manger, but as the weeks went by, he became more disoriented and weaker, even though he always shared the ample food and milk with the cats. He seemed to lose strength daily. Needing the warmth, he began roosting on the rumps of the cows or horses. As…