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Reader's Digest Canada

Reader's Digest Canada January/February 2020

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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in this issue

1 min.
my return to reader’s

I grew up in Welland, Ont. It’s a manufacturing town known for a shipping canal and growing enormous roses in its clay-heavy soil. And it was there that, in the 1930s, my grandfather and his two brothers opened a grocery store. During high school weekends and summer vacation, I would stock shelves with my own two brothers. Every lunch break, I would race around the block to my grandparents’ house to wolf down a sandwich and a glass of iced tea. Then I’d sink into a recliner with the latest issue of Reader’s Digest. My grandparents also subscribed to newsweeklies and more than one recipe magazine, but it was “the Reader’s,” as my grandma called it, that captivated me. I could count on families reuniting with their long-lost golden retrievers, health…

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TANJA TIZIANA Photographer, Toronto “Above and Beyond” Tiziana was thrilled to have the opportunity to shoot Lia Grimanis for this issue. The two last saw each other in 2013, when Tiziana captured Grimanis breaking the world record for the heaviest vehicle pulled 100 feet by a woman. For this piece, Tiziana wanted something more serene—a portrait of Grimanis smiling, with the sun on her face. See how it turned out on page 10. NIKKI ORMEROD Photographer, Toronto “How to Live to 100 and Love It!” Ormerod loves any kind of shoot involving people. For this cover story, she hoped to convey how life is precious and worth celebrating. The story has already prompted her to make some lifestyle changes—since every little bit helps, she’s started jogging up stairs as a simple way to get her heart rate…

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LETTER OF THE MONTH Unstoppable “Force of Nature,” your title for a profile of Hazel McCallion in the October 2019 issue, perfectly characterizes Mississauga’s former mayor. Her capacity for work—15 hours a day when she was in office, and even now she still maintains a similarly packed schedule—is absolutely mind-boggling. It seems almost magical that a 98-year-old can live such a challenging, disciplined and active life. May this hurricane continue to blow for many years to come. —ALBERT DEAN, Mississauga BRAVING THE WATERS I was reading Judith Timson’s article, “I ♥ Aquafit,” in the October 2019 issue when a phrase describing some of the participants stopped me. Timson described certain aquafit attendees as “people who have poignantly decided that despite having serious weight issues, they will join a class and get fit.” Poignantly? To call something…

3 min.
above and beyond

IN 2009, WHEN Kate Smith* was in her final year at the University of Toronto, she seemed like any other high-achieving young woman. The then 21-year-old got good grades, participated in extracurricular activities and planned to go to law school. But below the surface, she was struggling. At 17, Smith had been raped, but wasn’t taken seriously by a friend when she confessed what had happened. “It made me feel as though it was my fault and that I deserved to be mistreated,” she says. As coping day to day became more difficult, she began using drugs and alcohol. Smith managed to graduate, but law school went on the back burner. Then she met a man who introduced her to more addictive drugs and started abusing her. Unable to hold down a…

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breathless but hopeful: overcoming the burdens of ipf

For Peter Newton, 68, a diagnosis of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) was shocking but explained a lot about how he had been feeling. IPF is an incurable lung disease that causes scarring (fibrosis) of the lungs; common symptoms include breathlessness and a chronic cough. Diagnosed with moderate stage IPF in June 2018, like many Canadians with this illness, Peter went undiagnosed for years. ‘With IPF, there are many symptoms that are common to other ailments,” says Peter, “But looking back, my lungs were more likely compromised when I thought it was a fitness issue. There is no doubt, IPF has a low awareness level, I had zero clue about the disease.” Thankfully, a new report titled The Burden of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis in Canada is shedding light on major gaps in access…

2 min.
what financial advisors want you to know

1 In some provinces, “financial advisor” is not a regulated job title. Look for a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) or Registered Financial Planner (RFP) designation, and if they will be handling your investments, choose a reputable Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). 2 If you’re grappling with debt, or sandwiched between dependent children and elderly parents, have a seat. “We recognize that financial planning can take a back burner,” says Vancouver money coach and CFP Sheila Walkington. “But it’s like insurance—get it before you need it.” 3 Using your bank’s in-house financial advisor may be convenient. But while their products might suit your needs, they’re limited. It’s best to ask for a referral from family and friends, and don’t be afraid to interview more than one candidate. 4 One size does not fit all. Look…