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More of Our Canada September 2018

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

Sharing and Caring In the February-March issue, you published our Coming to Canada story, “Land of Opportunity.” In doing so, your readers saw once more how difficult it was to escape from the Communist side of Germany even before the infamous Berlin Wall had been built. After the wall was built in 1961, when we were already safely in the West, it was much worse of course and escape meant risking your life. What my husband Helmut and I noticed to our surprise was how different our friends reacted to reading the story. Our German-Canadian friends barely commented on it, whereas our Canadian friends were very interested, asking many questions about circumstances in those years. Helmut and I believe the Germans had more or less similar experiences, especially the ones who…

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meeting place

HELEN REMPEL Born and raised in Carrot River, Sask., Helen lived there for the first 25 years of her life. In 1985 she moved to Portage La Prairie, Man., where she met her husband Terry. They have a teenage son, Nathan, who hopes to become a police officer. Helen owns her own cleaning business, as well as doing part-time stock photography. Her favourite themes to photograph include ranch and farm images, or anything with a rustic feel. Turn to page 8 to see her haunting images of Prairie ghost towns in Before They Fall. Her other hobbies include sewing, singing and taking long walks with her family. SUE COLEMAN Born and educated in England, Sue married a Canadian and immigrated to Canada in 1967 to raise a family. Having received a distinction for…

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in our words

Ten Years and Counting As you might imagine, getting a new issue of Our Canada or More of Our Canada ready for press involves a multitude of tasks. One of my final activities is updating the masthead you see below. This time out, I had the pleasure of changing the Volume and Issue Numbers in the middle column, from Vol.10, No. 6 in the July issue to Volume 11, No. 1 in this one. That might not sound significant, but Vol. 11, No. 1 actually indicates that this is the first issue in what will be our 11th year of publication. With that in mind, I’d like to offer a sincere thank you to everyone who reads, subscribes and/or contributes stories and photos to More of Our Canada. Working together, we’ve…

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veteran profile

Frederick L. Fielding Nova Scotia Highlanders Born on August 8,1920, in Onslow Mountain, N.S., Frederick joined the Canadian Army in 1941 and was subsequently assigned to the Royal Canadian Ordnance Corp. “I went from being the youngest in the Company to the oldest… I saw many of my friends killed, but I would do it all over again. We had to.” Leaving Halifax on the HMCS Cynthia, he did his advanced training in Aldershot, England and was transferred to the North Nova Scotia Highlanders, who were engaged in desperate fighting in Caen, France. Later, he was wounded in Kleve, Germany, but returned to the front soon afterwards. Discharged in 1946, Fred returned to his wife and family in Nova Scotia. He passed away in 2011. To see video interviews, visit Veterans Voices of Canada at…

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before they fall

As far back as I can remember, whenever I‘d spot old houses and barns crumbling by the roadside, I’d wonder about the stories behind them and about the families that had lived there. Ghost towns spark many a person’s interest, but each person’s story and experience is a little different. Not too long ago, my sister Ann asked if I’d like to come to Saskatchewan to do a tour of some old ghost towns and of course I was excited to go. We decided to meet halfway, in Regina, so we could spend some time together and then leave the next morning on our trip—wherever it led us. We had been told by several people what to do and not do while visiting these places, so we were very respectful of our…

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bulletin board

The Crazy Eight Eva Elder of Dryden, Ont., writes, “In 1969, eight girls—Tammy, Angela, Candy, Florence Martha, Joyce, Lorraine and I—all attended Grade 4 in Eagle River Public School in Eagle River, Ont. One day, we decided to get together for a sleepover at my house. For supper, my mom Maria (Oma) served spaghetti and a punch made of ginger ale, orange juice and frozen strawberries. We slept in big feather beds. The next morning, she made us French toast for breakfast. That was the beginning of a tradition that has kept going for the past 49 years with very few exceptions. Over the years, we’ve shared everything growing families go through and continue to do so today. We are spread across our great country, living separate lives but secure in…