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Reader's Digest Canada May 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".

Country:
Canada
Language:
English
Publisher:
Readers Digest Canada
Frequency:
Monthly
R 45,70
R 228,97
12 Issues

in this issue

1 min
don’t pick up the phone

It was the call I’d been dreading: my mom, sounding exasperated, telling me how her computer had stopped working ever since someone from Microsoft tech support phoned and offered to check that her system was up to date. “Did you give him your credit card number, too?” I asked, not wanting to hear the answer. “He did mention something about a fee, but we never got around to that.” “That’s good,” I said. “You know he wasn’t from Microsoft, right, Mom?” “Are you sure? How do you know?” I didn’t know—but who does? And that’s how they get us. As writer Emily Landau explains in this month’s cover story, “How to Outsmart a Scammer” (page 28), it’s getting harder to avoid unsolicited callers, people claiming to be your friend on social media, online retailers offering too-good-to-be-true…

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1 min
contributors

LUC RINALDI Writer, Toronto “House Calls” Rinaldi’s stories have appeared in Maclean’s, Toronto Life and The Walrus. As a former editor of Pivot Magazine, he has won several awards for his business writing. A frequent music reviewer for publications like Maisonneuve, he recently recorded his own album, which will be released later this year under the artist name Longtime Listener. Read his story on page 18. DELPHINE MEIER Illustrator, Montreal “House Calls” Born and raised in Switzerland, Meier’s illustrations are characterized by simple geometric shapes and a punchy colour palette. She has received several industry accolades, including a 2018 Grafika Award. Her work was also featured in Couleurs Essentielles, a pandemic project of vibrant illustrations on the streets of Montreal. Find her work on page 18. YASIN OSMAN Illustrator, Toronto “As Kids See It” Osman is an award-winning photographer and cartoonist…

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2 min
letters

ALL THAT JAZZ I related to “Old School” by Rebecca Philps (December 2020). I’d always wanted to play the music I listened to when I was a teenager—Lighthouse, Chicago and Herb Alpert, among others—and started taking trumpet lessons at the age of 64. Plus, I’d read that playing a musical instrument is linked with a lower risk of developing dementia. I’ve been playing for three years now thanks to New Horizons, an international non-profit that provides programs for adults wanting to learn a new instrument. — JEFFREY BRICKS, Toronto SENTIMENTAL ITEMS I’ve been reading Reader’s Digest Canada since I was about eight years old. I remember being at our family cottage as a child, selecting an issue from the shelf, tucking into my sleeping bag and digging in. The magazines had been bought by…

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3 min
good brew

WHEN HE WAS 16 years old, Jon Ruby tried alcohol for the first time. “All the voices in my head that said I wasn’t good enough went away,” says Ruby, who is now 47. Soon he was drinking regularly and experimenting with drugs. At 22, he began to abuse cocaine and eventually spent time in jail. Within a decade he was homeless, and estranged from his family and friends. “I was emotionally and spiritually bankrupt,” he says. While living in a shelter, things started to go right: he found Alcoholics Anonymous and, eventually, his faith. By 2006, Ruby was sober. He began working in a rehabilitation centre, feeling that it was his turn to help other people struggling with addiction. Through his eight years at the centre, he learned that, even after…

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3 min
good news

A SECOND LIFE FOR CHOPSTICKS CANADA There are approximately 600 sushi restaurants in Vancouver, arguably making it the sushi capital of North America. Before the pandemic, over 100,000 chopsticks and other wooden utensils were used once and thrown out every day, according to a 2018 study by Metro Vancouver. In 2016, Felix Böck, then a 27-year-old studying sustainable construction materials at the University of British Columbia, was sitting in a sushi restaurant when he realized he was holding an underused resource in his own hand. Thus ChopValue was born. Böck’s start-up recycles used wooden chopsticks and transforms them into premium household objects, from cheeseboards to bookshelves. The company makes about 30 such items, as well as other custom projects, with each employing a varying number of chopsticks (a charcuterie board, for example, uses…

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1 min
bangladesh’s anti-cyberbullying activist

Cyberbullying is ubiquitous—one out of every three young people in 30 countries have reported experiencing it. And, given the anonymity the Internet affords its perpetrators, it is arguably even more pernicious than traditional forms of abuse and harassment. In Narail District, Bangladesh, 17-year-old Sadat Rahman heard about a 15-year-old girl who died by suicide after being cyberbullied. In October 2019, moved by her story, Rahman and his then five-member team built Cyber Teens, a mobile app that allows young people to disclose abuse safely and confidentially. Within a year, over 1,000 teenagers in Narail District had used the app and, thanks to both police and family intervention, more than 250 complaints had been resolved and eight criminals apprehended. Last November, Rahman won the International Children’s Peace Prize. “The fight against cyberbullying is like…

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