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Reader's Digest Canada January/February 2021

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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Readers Digest Canada
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12 Issues

in this issue

1 min
the price is right

The pandemic has delivered a wallop of uncertainty to all of our lives, but we do know two things. First, Anita Anand, the minister of public services and procurement, has one of the most critical jobs in government right now: preordering $1 billion worth of vaccines from five pharma companies. That’s a tough job made tougher by the fact that none of them have been shown to be safe or effective. As Danielle Groen explains in “Our Best Shot” (page 92), the global effort to develop a vaccine includes dozens of Canadian scientists working around the clock. Once a vaccine is approved, the next big hurdle is how to manufacture and distribute enough for 7.8 billion people. The second thing we know for sure is that the pandemic’s impact on the economy…

1 min

ERICA NGAO Writer, Toronto “Minority Report” Whether she’s reporting on social justice or the latest fashion trends, RD assistant digital editor Ngao likes to explore the pivotal issues shaping our world. Her writing has been published in ELLE Canada, The Walrus and This Magazine. Read Ngao’s story about Elimin8hate, a new online reporting platform for victims of anti-Asian racism in Canada, on page 8. TANYA GOEHRING Photographer, Vancouver “Minority Report” Goehring has received numerous industry accolades, including the Photography Awards from Applied Arts, for which she was featured on that publication’s 2014 cover. Her work, which highlights environmental portraiture and character-driven stories, has been published in GRAY, BCBusiness and Western Living magazine. Check out her photo on page 8. ALIYA GHARE Illustrator, Toronto “Dancing Queen” A graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design University, Ghare’s work ranges from children’s…

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OPTIMIST AT HEART I just finished reading “After the Earthquake” (November 2020) and greatly enjoyed the story of the surgeon, Dr. Andrew Furey. I’ve been to Haiti myself at least a dozen times with a charity that helps repair homes—Dr. Furey is spot-on when he writes about the resiliency of the Haitian people. Over the last 25 years, there have been many improvements in the country. I’m hopeful for their future. — JOY CASARIN, St. George, Ont. A BEAUTIFUL FRIENDSHIP “Horse of a Different Colour” (October 2020) is one of the most heartwarming stories I’ve ever read. It’s so refreshing to hear about an animal that doesn’t deal with abuse. Writer Pam Houston’s devotion to her horse, Roany, and her care for him during his last moments have touched me forever. — ANNA PENNEY, St.…

3 min
minority report

IN THE EARLY months of the pandemic, Barbara Lee was more afraid of racism than she was of COVID-19. In March, the 53-year-old Vancouver filmmaker learned that a white man had yelled racially charged remarks at a 92-year-old Asian man in a local convenience store. The attacker then dragged the older man outside and pushed him to the ground, where he hit his head. Police later laid assault charges. During a family outing a month later, an older white woman angrily approached Lee’s own 12-year-old daughter and, speaking of the virus, asked her, “Well, where do you think it came from?” Such incidents have become all-too common since COVID-19 first emerged in Wuhan, China. Politicians and media outlets around the world have repeatedly used racist language such as “kung flu” and…

1 min
life’s like that

DIY Masterpieces The Getty Museum in Los Angeles challenged people to re-create famous works of art with things lying around their homes. Here are two of our favourites. — SADANDUSELESS.COM Ouch! Good luck robbing my house. My home security system is Legos on the floor. — @MOMMAJESSIEC Meal Plan I’m not really hungry, so I’m just gonna have an apple and enough pasta to fuel a track team. — @ALYSSALIMP Sad after the funeral of a friend, my wife and I ducked into a Chinese restaurant for a little pick-me-up. The feel-good session ended when I read the fortune in my cookie: “You will soon be reunited with a good friend.” — STANLEY HEERBOTH Why don’t toasters have a window so you can see how toasted your bread is? — @JONATHANHIMPLE Bad Timing Honestly, my worst purchase of 2020 was a 2020 planner. — @LAURENROSAAA Out…

3 min
how can i thrive in isolation?

The pandemic has forced us to scale down our social lives and even isolate for long periods of time. How does this affect our mental health? Part of the way we feel valued is through social interaction. Spending time with others—whether it’s going for a walk with a neighbour, visiting with grandkids or interacting with our colleagues—provides us with positive feedback that is good for our overall state of mind and self-esteem. When we don’t have that, it becomes a lot easier to feel down. Does that explain why anxiety and depression rates are way up since last March? There’s a lot of anxiety that comes simply from facing a mysterious and potentially fatal virus. Isolation is also a factor. For everyone, and especially for people already vulnerable to anxiety and depression, spending…