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Reader's Digest Canada July/August 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".

Readers Digest Canada
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12 Issues

in this issue

1 min
gone to seed

You know it’s extraordinary times when packets of vegetable seeds are a hot commodity. But we’re now all backyard farmers, even if your plot, like mine, is no bigger than a postage stamp. We trade tips over fences on how to avoid overwatering and what bugs are good (almost none!). We take solace in our personal produce section. A few theories explain this sudden spread of green thumb-itis. One is a need to take some control over what, during this terrible year, seems beyond our control—namely, a reliable supply of food. Theory number 2 is that many people have time on their hands and find it therapeutic to work the soil. My favourite explanation is we’ve revived the Victory Garden—the community-run farming efforts that offset rations during the World Wars. The…

1 min

LIAM MOGAN Photographer, Toronto “The New Basics of Healthy Eating” Mogan used to specialize mostly in fashion photography, until a chance assignment took him to a Toronto restaurant and he soon became the “food guy.” His work has since been published in Cottage Life and Maclean’s, and he has won several photography accolades, including two National Magazine Awards. See his photo on page 31. LINDA BESNER Writer, Toronto “Word Power” Besner is both an accomplished poet and a journalist. Poetry allows her to engage with language, while journalism is where she turns to engage with people and their stories. Both her poetry and nonfiction writing have been published in The Atlantic, New York Times Magazine and The Walrus, among other places. Check out her latest work on page 109. BRYAN BORZYKOWSKI Writer, Winnipeg “When the Rainy Day Arrives” A 10-time National…

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SAFE AT HOME I just finished the April 2020 issue of Reader’s Digest. As usual, it was packed with a great variety of stories and funny anecdotes. I found “The 2020 Home Safety Checklist” particularly timely and informative, given that we’re all in the midst of quarantine. I was shocked to learn that there can be mites in bedding, and that candles and air fresheners can worsen the air quality in our homes. I’ll certainly be applying the tips I’ve learned as I spend more time than usual at home. In the March 2020 issue, I caught another piece of writing that’s more timely than you likely intended. This joke: “Spring break is all about family togetherness… meaning we’re all sharing the same disgusting virus.” How chillingly prescient is that! — ANDY KLEMENSOWICZ,…

3 min
in it together

WHEN THE COVID-19pandemic hit in March, 53-year-old Toronto disability support worker Mita Hans worried that her elderly neighbour might have trouble. Hans asked if she could help out. At first, the neighbour was more annoyed than appreciative, curtly telling Hans to stop “scaremongering” her. “I’m not trying to scare you; I care about you,” Hans responded. A few days later, she dropped off groceries and has done so several times since. “She’s my biggest fan now,” Hans says. Hans knew her neighbour wasn’t the only person who’d require an extra hand in the coming weeks, as shelves emptied and the entire country went into lockdown. Along with her 46-year-old friend Valentina Harper, who works in e-commerce, Hans launched a Facebook group called “CaremongersTO.” They imagined the group would connect a few…

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life’s like that

All That Jazz —Financial Times, SHARED ON TWITTER BY @DBROGAN I asked my grandpa why he wrote his cellphone number on the back of the phone. “So if it gets lost, someone can call that number and find me,” he said. — SARAH CROWTHER-MUHUSEEN, Spruce Grove, Alta. Just did my own taxes. So should be in jail by Friday. — @YELLOWBONEMAMA 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 A Fishy Tale When we immigrated to Canada in 1966, one of the first things we wanted to do was visit Niagara Falls, and we especially wanted to see the aquarium on the U.S. side of the border. While preparing for the trip, our friends warned us that at the border we…

3 min
are opioids ever safe?

We hear so much about opioid misuse and abuse, but is there a safe way to use these drugs? Absolutely. We give fentanyl to people in the hospital for things like draining an abscess or if they’ve had their gallbladder out and need to get through the operative pain. It’s safe when controlled. The problem is that doctors were prescribing opioids too liberally as a way to manage long-term pain. After a while, there was no pain—just addiction. Then, when people are no longer able to get what they need legally, or they aren’t getting the same high and require something stronger, they transition to street drugs. When did opioid abuse in Canada go from a problem to a crisis? About six years ago, we started to see the overdose levels spike. At…