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Reader's Digest Canada

Reader's Digest Canada October 2019

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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canada’s new health crisis

“It feels like smoking a pack of cigarettes a day.” That’s how my friend Heidi described the effects of breathing the air during wildfire season in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley, where she lives. For the past two summers, the region has been socked in by a smoky cloud for weeks on end. That has put a damper on tourism and taken its toll on the local population. And across the country, people are feeling the effects of the more than 8,000 wildfires we now endure every year. Most Canadians agree that our environment is a top priority. We prize our natural world for the experiences it offers us and for the riches it holds. There may be disagreement about how best to safeguard our environment, but what can’t be debated is this:…

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reader's digest

PUBLISHED BY THE READER’S DIGEST MAGAZINES CANADA LIMITED, MONTREAL, CANADA Christopher Dornan CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD Dominique Ritter EDITOR-IN-CHIEF EXECUTIVE EDITOR Stéphanie Verge EXECUTIVE EDITOR, DIGITAL Brett Walther SENIOR EDITOR Micah Toub associate editor Megan Jones SSISTANT EDITOR, DIGITAL Robert Liwanag CONTRIBUTING EDITORS Susan Nerberg, Samantha Rideout INTERN Erika Morris PROOFREADERS Imogen Brian, Katie Moore SENIOR RESEARCHER Lucy Uprichard RESEARCHERS Martha Beach, Matthew Halliday, Tessa Liem, Nicole Schmidt, Leslie Sponder, Mehanaz Yakub COPY EDITORS Chad Fraser, Amy Harkness, Richard Johnson ART DIRECTOR John Montgomery ASSOCIATE ART DIRECTOR Danielle Sayer GRAPHIC DESIGNER Pierre Loranger CONTENT OPERATIONS MANAGER Lisa Pigeon CIRCULATION DIRECTOR Edward Birkett CONTRIBUTORS: Mark Abley, Roger Aziz, Lisa Bendall, Linda Besner, Derek Bowman, Robert Carter, Chris Chapman, Lesley Crewe, Marcel Danesi, Erin Davis, Deshi Deng, Gloria Dickie, Thomas Fricke, Christina Gonzalez, Danielle Groen, Clayton Hanmer, Susan Camilleri Konar, Chelsea Laskowski, Peter Muggeridge, Robert Nelson, Christina Palassio, Paul Paquet, Kara…

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CHELSEA LASKOWSKI Writer, Saskatoon “Raccoon Rescue” Chelsea Laskowski likes stories that pull at readers’ heartstrings. What she enjoyed most about working on this piece was learning about the selflessness of animal rescuers. Laskowski finds baby raccoons incredibly cute but, as she discovered when they climbed on her, their claws make them capable of serious damage. Read her work on page 14. DESHI DENG Illustrator, Toronto “Your Outer Layer” Deshi Deng’s health is important to her, so she makes sure to exercise, eat well and take supplements. Skin reflects what goes on inside your body and this story reminded her to listen to what her skin is saying about her well-being. Deng makes sure not to irritate her skin by keeping her skincare routine simple, along with her other healthy habits. See her illustration on page 24. ERIKA MORRIS Intern,…

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letter of the month

A New Mourning In “Grieving India” (March 2019), someone was finally able to express their loss in words that allowed me to feel comforted by—instead of guilty about—all the pain I have gone through since the loss of both of my children. My son went missing from a ranch in British Columbia in 2013, and my daughter died 10 months later. The author writes, “The truth is that our society has embraced a death-denying culture that renders many in mourning powerless.” Thank you for empowering me to be the person I have become by drowning out the criticism of those who tell me to move on or get over it. — ELIZABETH FABER, Vancouver WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU! Have some thoughts about one of our stories? Send us your letters! Reader’s Digest…

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dry spell

WE’LL LET YOU IN ON A LITTLE SECRET: IF YOU’RE EXPERIENCING VAGINAL DRYNESS, YOU’RE NOT ALONE. A COMMON CONCERN It’s completely normal to encounter vaginal dryness at some point in your life, particularly when approaching or going through menopause. In fact, it’s incredibly common. As many as 47% of menopausal women experience vaginal dryness. WHO, WHAT, WHY Vaginal dryness is usually connected to the decline of the female hormone estrogen, which can be triggered by childbirth, breastfeeding and, most commonly, menopause. About half of postmenopausal women will experience genitourinary syndrome of menopause (GSM), which is a grouping of symptoms affecting the genitals and bladder and includes external dryness and irritation, as well as poor vaginal lubrication during sex. Other causes of vaginal dryness include certain medications, stress, cancer treatment or diabetes. ALL THE UNCOMFORTABLE DETAILS You may…

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raccoon rescue

THE EVIDENCE IS all over Hayley Hesseln’s living room: a throw pillow featuring the faces of three smiling specimens; a nutcracker on the mantelpiece complete with whiskers and masked eyes. Hesseln, 52, doesn’t buy all these items for herself—each one was gifted her after she earned the nickname “The Raccoon Lady” in 2013. That’s when she established what is now Saskatchewan’s only raccoon-exclusive wildlife rehabilitation operation. Hesseln doesn’t have a specific attachment to the raccoons—she likes all mammals. Mostly, she’s fascinated by how orphaned animals come to trust humans and find comfort in them. For the past two decades, when she’s not teaching environmental agriculture and resource economics at the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Agriculture and Bioresources, Hesseln has worked with wildlife and abandoned animals, from rehoming orphaned rats to…