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Reader's Digest Canada April 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".

Readers Digest Canada
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12 Issues

in this issue

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the good in everyone

They say bad news arrives in threes. But what about good news? Starting on page 14 of this issue, we’re introducing a new regular item: a series of stories that we’re calling Good News. The timing feels right. With the year Canada just had, we could all use some proof that people still care for strangers, that we’re making progress to prevent environmental catastrophes, that some new technologies are actually improving our daily lives—and that hope isn’t a lost cause. This month, we were cheered up by stories of libraries that thrive once they cancel late fees, of the surprising factors behind the decline of commercial whaling, of how Britain is now discovering that green energy is more affordable than carbons, and of a Muslim community in France banding together to…

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STACEY MAY FOWLES Writer, Toronto “A Bunny Called Easter” Fowles is an award-winning journalist, essayist and author of four books. She has contributed to the National Post, Elle Canada, Toronto Life and The Walrus. Her most recent book, Baseball Life Advice: Loving the Game That Saved Me, became a national bestseller and was included in The Globe and Mail’s “100 Best Books of 2017.” Check out her story on page 74. NICOLE XU Illustrator, Portland, Oregon “Are We Still Friends?” Born in Shanghai and raised in Vancouver, Xu is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. Her illustrations have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post and Hazlitt. Xu’s debut picture book, All of a Sudden and Forever: Help and Healing After the Oklahoma City Bombing, was published last year. See her latest…

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FAMILY AFFAIR “Black Watch, Advance!” (September 2020) really hit home. My uncle, Peter Munro, was in the Black Watch and is buried with other fallen soldiers in the Bretteville-sur-Laize cemetery in France. He lied about his birthdate when he enlisted in 1939 at the age of 18, and was 23 years old when he died. Thank you for shining a light on this little-known battle in Normandy. — DON MUNRO, West Kelowna, B.C. LIFELONG READER When I was growing up in Hong Kong, I discovered the Chinese edition of Reader’s Digest at my friend’s house. When I later moved to Ontario in 1974, I continued subscribing—to the Canadian version. I’m 72 years old now and still find your magazine a joy to read. It helped me improve my English very quickly! — KATIE CHEN, Oakville,…

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table stakes

EMMA CARDARELLI’S first restaurant job was in the kitchen of a lodge in the Rockies. The year was 2000, and she was 22 years old. Although she quickly decided that she loved being a cook, she wasn’t a fan of everything else that came with working in a restaurant: earning less than minimum wage, having to choose between showing up sick or losing your job, and the rampant misogyny and bullying. She wasn’t alone. One 2014 report found that 90 per cent of female restaurant employees had experienced sexual harassment on the job. Cardarelli is warm, friendly and unsentimental about the challenges she’s faced in her career. Even as she rose through the ranks at renowned restaurants in London and Montreal, she had to endure sexual innuendo and rebuff advances from…

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life’s like that

— @DOCTOROBVIOUS Travel Plans My husband purchased a world map, gave me a dart and said, “Throw this, and wherever it lands, that’s where I’m taking you when the pandemic ends.” It turns out that we’re spending two weeks behind the fridge. — SUZIE VINNICK, musician Sometimes when I ask my boyfriend to take a photo of me, he does this completely insane thing and takes exactly one photo. — GINNY HOGAN, comedian Retail Therapy Me: I’m sad and directionless. My brain: Buy stuff. Me: No! Listen, I need a purpose. My brain: Did you say a purchase? — @PANT_LEG One thing no one ever talks about: how much time you debate whether you should keep a cardboard box because it’s, like, a really good box. — @MADAMEANTHRO Them: What inspires you to get out of bed every day? Me: My bladder, mostly. — @LHLODDER Homebody It’s going…

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an end to commercial whaling

ICELAND Humans have hunted whales for thousands of years, with the animal’s meat, blubber and baleen a source of food, oil and construction material. In 1986, with some species on the brink of extinction, the International Whaling Commission issued a moratorium on commercial whaling. Iceland, Norway and Japan, citing scientific research needs, never stopped. In 2020, for the second year in a row, Iceland’s two remaining whaling companies decided to skip the summer hunt, with one of them, IP-Utgerd, announcing that it was stopping the practice forever. The companies’ reasons for ditching whaling are largely economic. In 2017, the Icelandic government expanded one existing whale sanctuary and added another, forcing whalers to travel farther offshore in search of their catch. Consumer demand for whale meat in Iceland, meanwhile, has steadily declined. The…