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Reader's Digest Canada July/August 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

1 min
home together

While no one is safe from a pandemic, not everyone faces the same danger. This became abundantly clear over the past year to elderly Canadians living in long-term care or retirement homes. More than two-thirds of our country’s total COVID-19 deaths have been in nursing homes. Throughout the pandemic, our seniors have fared worse than those in any other wealthy country, according to a spring report by the Canadian Institute for Health Information. The problems at Canadian facilities predate the pandemic. Experts blame a combination of underfunding, a shortage of personal support workers, criminally negligent management and woefully inadequate government oversight. Many of our long-term care and retirement homes are so poorly run, it’s a wonder anyone would want to live in them. Seniors and their families are demanding change. Some organizations…

1 min

CHELSEA CHARLES Illustrator, Brampton, Ont. “To Do or Not To Do” A graduate of Ontario’s Sheridan College, Charles has contributed to The Globe and Mail, Los Angeles Times, This Magazine, Canada’s History and ESPN. Her work often features vibrant colours and references to nature. Charles creates her illustrations through a combination of digital and traditional mediums such as pencil and ink. Check out her latest work on page 86. ROBERT LIWANAG Writer, Toronto “TV Club” Associate editor Liwanag joined Reader’s Digest Canada in 2016. He often writes stories for the magazine about entertainment, travel and health. A graduate of the Ryerson School of Journalism, Liwanag has also contributed to the Financial Post and Ryerson University Magazine. Don’t miss his roundup of the best shows to stream this summer on page 104. SAMANTHA RIDEOUT Writer, Montreal “News From the World of…

2 min

OUT OF PRINT Recently my daughter was rooting through our attic and found the very first issue of Reader’s Digest Canada, from February 1948. I work in the health care field as a nurse, so my favourite story in the issue was “The Father of Modern Brain Surgery” by Richard Match. It’s not every day you find a complete magazine from before you or your parents were born! — STEPHANIE BOOTH, Milverton, Ont. WINDOW TO THE WORLD I started reading Reader’s Digest very early on in life, and by the time I was in my teens, my Word Power score was clocking 90 per cent. I remember impatiently waiting for each issue to arrive at our home, nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas in India. I was instantly transported to the far corners…

3 min
you’re hired!

DAVE AND HANNAH Cree were among the thousands of people who fled their homes during the 2013 Calgary flood. When they returned, a dozen strangers pitched in to help them pick through the wreckage and salvage what they could. While the Crees, who both worked in marketing, were grateful for the help, they recognized that not everyone was so fortunate. What about the 1,200 people who remained in emergency shelters, not to mention the rest of the city’s homeless population? The question stuck, and the duo began brainstorming ways to use their business and marketing expertise for social good. They already knew who they most wanted to help. Across Canada, people who are homeless face many barriers to employment, particularly a lack of training and experience. Research has repeatedly shown that,…

4 min
the healing power of horses

FRANCE In many hospitals across the world, therapy dogs are used to comfort the sick. The Calais Hospital in northern France has a more unusual helper: Peyo, a 15-year-old chestnut stallion who had been a professional dressage horse. According to his trainer, Hassen Bouchakour, Peyo has always gravitated to people with physical or mental illnesses. “It’s visceral,” Bouchakour says. “He needs to go and cling on to the specific person he has chosen.” In 2016, after Bouchakour retired Peyo from dressage, he started bringing him to the hospital—they now visit twice a month. Peyo clops from room to room visiting patients, many of whom find it comforting to pet him and have him watch over them. Children ride through the hospital’s halls on his back, and Peyo stays with palliative patients right…

3 min
why do people fall for conspiracy theories?

Not that long ago, conspiracies were for wing nuts in tinfoil hats. Now they’re everywhere. What happened? We’ve definitely seen them gain a lot of momentum in the last few years—the last year, in particular, with COVID-19 and the divisive political climate in the United States. Conspiratorial thinking becomes more popular during times of strife and instability. People are scared and they’re looking for explanations. What’s the distinction between a conspiracy theory and healthy skepticism? Broadly speaking, a conspiracy theory is a belief that explains an event or a set of circumstances as the result of a secret plot, usually by a powerful organization. In the case of QAnon, it’s the belief that there’s a secret cabal of Satanist pedophiles running a global child sex-trafficking ring and plotting against Donald Trump. It’s healthy to…