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Reader's Digest Canada June 2018

Canada's most read, most trusted magazine.<br><br> Inspiring real-life stories, laugh-out-loud humour, and insightful articles about health, lifestyles, and truly remarkable Canadians, Reader's Digest touches your life and connects you to the world around you -- now that's "life well shared".

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editor’s letter

Pest Control THE FIRST TIME I SAW A TICK, I had no idea what I was looking at. Last summer, while at our cottage north of Montreal, my husband noticed an unusual bump on our dog’s leg. Round and shiny, the nub more closely resembled plastic than it did a living creature. Then we spotted its legs, which were tiny compared to its engorged body, and realized we were dealing with a deer tick—one that had feasted on our dachshund, Lizzie. In truth, I’d been anticipating this moment. As the owner of two dogs and someone who spends a fair amount of time outdoors, I knew I would cross paths with a tick eventually. We carefully removed the pest using tweezers and put it in a zipped plastic bag, following a procedure…

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SARAH BARMAK (Writer, “The Bright Side,” page 56) Home base: Toronto. Previously published in The Walrus and Maclean’s. Cynicism can prevent you from helping others if you believe nothing you do will make a difference. These days, it’s more important than ever to stay energized and fight. The efforts of people who care deeply—even in the face of adversity—are what lead to real change. IAN DOWN (Writer, “That’s Outrageous,” page 104) Home base: Montreal. Previously published in The Concordian and Nuns’ Island Journal. I think we’re drawn to outrageous stories because our day-to-day lives are usually pretty boring. When we read about a strange occurrence happening to other people, we remember that the world is a place full of wonder and possibility. And disruptive turkeys. JONATHAN DYCK (Illustrator, “Caught in a Riptide!” page 42) Home base: Winnipeg. Previously…

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MOMENT OF CLARITY Thank you for Sydney Loney’s health article “State of Confusion” (March 2018) and your corresponding editor’s letter, “Decoding Delirium.” Holy moly, what a revelation. My mother-in-law has been in and out of the hospital a number of times during the past six months, and we are living through exactly what Loney describes. This finally answers our many questions about why my mother’s behaviour has changed and what we should do next. A big thanks for a great story. JEAN-CHARLES HENRY, Baie-Comeau, Que. NO LAUGHING MATTER I just finished reading your Department of Wit, “Keeping the Faith” (April 2018), and was left with feelings of disappointment. I didn’t like that the writer mocked his culture and religion in his responses to his young son’s questions about faith. While some of the writer’s…

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safety measures

THE VENDOR STALLS of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside Street Market are piled high with ’80s action-movie DVDs, parasols, hand-knitted booties and Justice League comics—a trove of treasures for all types. The sprawling social enterprise gives sellers, many of whom are living on low incomes, a chance to earn extra money. It buzzes with the chatter and convivial chaos typical of such places, but in 2016, when the city’s opioid issue became a full-blown crisis, that flurry of activity turned ominous. At the time, community activist Sarah Blyth was working as a manager at the market, which is located in an area that is popular with drug users. She started witnessing more and more overdoses—sometimes up to five a day. (According to a B.C. Coroners Service report, fentanyl-detected deaths increased in Vancouver from…

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life’s like that

ONE DAY IN COLLEGE, our teacher stapled answer sheets to the back of every test by mistake. We were asked to draw a flow chart for the last question. I checked the answer sheet, which simply said “Answers will vary.” I drew my flow chart, tore off the answer sheet and walked to the front podium to turn the test in. I checked to see what everyone else had drawn for their flow charts. They had all written the same thing: “Answers will vary.” reddit.com SON: I got a D in math. ME: That’s really bad. WIFE: You need to stop doing his homework. @SOFARRSOGUD I WORK AS A MECHANIC. My cell-phone was already on the fritz when it fell into a pail of oil at work. I sprayed it with brake cleaner and set it…

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royal watching

Between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding on May 19, a new baby for Prince William and Kate Middleton and the success of The Crown, is the intrigue with royalty at an all-time high? There’s definitely been a revival of interest among younger people, particularly here in Canada. That actually started in 2010 when the Queen visited to celebrate Canada Day. And then, a year later, William and Kate chose our country as their first overseas tour after marriage. What do you make of Marklemania? Why is the newest future royal so popular? We’re definitely seeing her interact with the public in a way reminiscent of Princess Diana. Just as Diana received a lot of attention for crouching down to speak with children and those who are ill, Meghan has been hugging people…