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Reader's Digest Canada

Reader's Digest Canada May 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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more than skin deep

Six years ago, I met the journalist Desmond Cole for a coffee that took a surprise turn. At the time, I worked at Toronto Life magazine, and I wanted him to write for us about racial profiling and carding—the controversial practice by police in many cities of stopping black men on the street, often without cause, and demanding to see ID. Then he mentioned that he’d personally been stopped some 50 times. I was stunned. That, I said—write about that! The resulting story, “The Skin I’m In,” described his frustration, shame and anger at being carded, of seeing every police officer as a potential threat, of women crossing the street at his approach, of always feeling judged. It prompted a city-wide reckoning about racist policies and coincided with the rise of…

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VANESSA MILNE Writer, Toronto “Boost Your Brainpower” Milne is one of Canada’s leading journalists on the health beat. She has edited health stories at the Toronto Star, was a writer for Healthy Debate and has written articles on issues like physician-assisted death, food sensitivities and fertility for publications such as Today’s Parent, The Globe and Mail and Chatelaine. Read her tips for a healthier brain on page 30. KAILEE MANDEL Photographer, Toronto “Planting the Seed” Mandel first started taking photos as a way to bond with her mother, a wildlife photographer. Today she shoots a range of subjects, including pets, food and travel, as well as portrait photography. Mandel’s work has appeared in publications like Canadian Geographic, The Globe and Mail and Foodism. Find her photo of the founders of Thrive for Good on page 10. RACHEL WADA Illustrator,…

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TRAVEL COMPANION Before an upcoming trip, I always hoard copies of RD to bring along. The articles remind me of home, and I love “Word Power”—I’m in constant competition with my husband as to who has the superior mind. I am happy to report that I’ve won five out of five times so far on our current vacation in Mexico. Thanks for entertaining us around the globe and for reinforcing to my husband that I am, indeed, the smarter one. —BRENDA HELM, Warman, Sask. RAIN OR SHINE I appreciated your article on former Mississauga, Ont., mayor Hazel McCallion (“Force of Nature,” October 2019). I once attended a city planning conference where she gave a talk. After the session, a number of the attendees decided to go to a restaurant, but it was raining. People…

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planting the seed

DALE BOLTON WAS driving to his home in suburban Toronto when he heard the statistic that changed his life. It was 2004 and the gregarious pastor was listening to a lecture about a crisis that was sweeping Africa. According to the speaker, there were over 34 million orphans on the continent. “I almost ran into a tree,” says Bolton. The number was staggering—the sheer volume of human suffering unimaginable. He couldn’t stop thinking about it. At the time, Bolton wasn’t looking for a new project. He and his wife, Linda, had spent the previous 20 years founding three different churches in Ontario. “I was 51. My dad retired at 53,” says Bolton. He was building a sailboat in their garage, dreaming about the Caribbean. “But this thing would not leave me…

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life’s like that

Canine Con — THE NEW YORK TIMES ARCHIVES, shared on Twitter by deputy editor Tina Jordan When I was a child, I thought the “adult drink” was coffee. When I became a teenager, I thought the “adult drink” was beer. As an adult, I’ve realized the “adult drink” is, in fact … water. — @ANNABRANDBERG Page-Turner No one is as glued to any piece of reading material as a parent counting down the songs in the program for a school concert. — @COPYMAMA Going Bananas I just yelled “Get it together!” at a banana that was both still green and rotting brown. —ZOE WHITTALL, writer Gmail: Someone has signed into your account! Me: Yeah, that was me. Gmail: No, it was on another device! Me: Yeah, that was my tablet. Gmail: Someone stole your tablet?! Me: What? No! Gmail: Call the police! — @ARFMEASURES It Took Me 11 Minutes to…

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how can i avoid deadly viruses?

Germs are top of mind right now, thanks to the emergence of the new coronavirus. How can we avoid exposing ourselves to it, or similarly dangerous diseases? People want to hear there’s something they can do to take extra precautions, but the way you can protect yourself from things like coronavirus—now technically called COVID-19—is the same way that you already should be protecting yourself from regular flu bugs and other pathogens: wash your hands frequently and avoid contact with surfaces that are touched by a lot of people, such as doorknobs, handles and elevator buttons. In your own home, you can make sure to clean and disinfect high-use surfaces, which are generally in the bathroom and the kitchen. Understandably, there has been a lot of attention paid to the coronavirus, but keep in…