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Reader's Digest Canada

Reader's Digest Canada June 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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everyday heroes

It’s early spring and I’m writing this from home, since our office, like everything else, is closed (not for too long, we hope). We started working on this month’s cover story long before Canadians began falling ill with COVID-19. Then, as streets, malls and arenas emptied out, the U.S. border closed, hand sanitizer became more precious than gold and social distancing became our new normal, stories of bravery and heroism suddenly took on special urgency. They remind us how Canadians stay strong during a crisis. The heroes we celebrate, on page 26, are everyday people from across the country who stopped a crime, saved a life or stood for what’s good and decent. None of them woke up that day expecting to be a hero. Each person—and one super dog!—acted out…

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CINDY BOYCE Photographer, Montreal “Real Canadian Heroes” Boyce fell in love with photography as a kid, when she and her family would flip through their photo albums together. Since then, her work has been published in La Presse and Trois Fois Par Jour. She co-authored Montreal L’hiver, a lifestyle and recipe book that she released last year. Check out her photo of Montrealer Erick Marciano on page 33. MALCOLM JOHNSTON Writer, Toronto “Talk Shop” An editor at Toronto Life, Johnston has contributed stories to Monocle, the National Post and the Globe and Mail. He’s won National Magazine Awards for his profiles of such sports figures as Josh Donaldson and Andre De Grasse. He also guest lectures at journalism schools across Canada. Read his story about the Toronto therapy storefront Hard Feelings on page 8. JULIA MERCANTI Illustrator, Toronto “Bottoms Up!” Mercanti…

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BEST FOOT FORWARD “The Walking Cure” (April 2020) really resonated with me. A few years ago, I struggled with arthritis, high blood pressure and a dour outlook on life. My family talked me into joining them on the Great Walk on Vancouver Island. A walkathon, it requires travelling 63.5 kilometres through mountains in one day. I had to begin training many weeks before the event to get into shape. The daily strolls made such a difference. My blood pressure went down, my mood improved and even my arthritis pain seemed to diminish. Best of all, I was able to finish the walkathon. These days, I’m still walking. —SHARON McGREGOR, Campbell River, B.C. BIG FAN I have subscribed to Reader’s Digest for many years. I’ve never written to the editor before, but I wanted to…

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talk shop

FROM THE STREET, Hard Feelings looks more like an independent bookstore than a mental health centre. Shelves are lined with books on trauma, gender and sexuality, parenting and more. You can buy candles, notebooks, teas and mugs. But past the cheery receptionist wait three rooms reserved for counselling sessions. Kate Scowen opened Hard Feelings in Toronto in 2017. Therapy in Canada can be prohibitively expensive for low income and gig economy workers and anyone else without workplace benefits. Scowen wanted to fill the gap by making a difference, not a profit. Scowen wasn’t new to helping others. Over almost 30 years, she held various jobs assisting marginalized youth, and taught English to community work students at Toronto’s George Brown College. At age 49, after a lifetime of practical experience, she enrolled in…

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life’s like that

“We’ve all been there.” —@ELLE_HUNT First Date: Small talk, getting to know each other. Second Date: I explain why I don’t think outer space is real. There’s no third date, usually. —MARY BETH BARONE, comedian Family Therapy My therapist just referred to her therapist as my grand-therapist, which is a lot to process. —@CORIETJOHNSON Cinematic Experience I thought I liked seeing movies, but it turns out I just like eating candy in a dark room where no one’s allowed to talk to me. —@CARAWEINBERGER Injuries by Age Age 5: I jumped off a swing. Age 21: I jumped off a bar table. Age 38: Sleeping. I hurt myself while I was sleeping. —@ABBYHASISSUES It’s been six months since I joined the gym and no progress. I’m going there in person tomorrow to see what’s really going on. —@_CAKEBAWSE I’m becoming the landlord of my own body by refusing to…

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should we expect more wildfires this summer?

The 2019 fire season in Canada was, relatively speaking, a quiet one—at least in B.C. Might that be a good sign for this year? Unfortunately, no. To make predictions on the coming fire season, forecasters look at things like available fuel (dead wood), snowfall in the winter and how quickly it gets hot in the spring. These factors vary annually, so while it’s true that last year was less dramatic in Canada, that doesn’t mean anything for this summer. However, when it comes to longer-term patterns, if you look at the last 50 years in Canada and around the world, we’re seeing a greater number of fires, and they’re more severe. Mega fires—the ones that burn more than 10,000 hectares—used to be the exception, but that is no longer the case. Why is…