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Reader's Digest Canada October 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
R 45,70
R 228,97
12 Issues

in this issue

1 min
pillow talk

I know what keeps me up at night. Or rather, who does: our four-year-old stirs like clockwork at 1 a.m., climbs into our bed, kicks us while he dozes, then springs up at dawn, fresh and ready to go. It’s a tough cycle to break, and it leaves us jealous of his energy and not a little dazed. On average, people spend a third of their lives asleep, yet so many of us are terrible at it. And no wonder, with blue light from electronic devices, ambient noise, poor diet and physiological conditions like sleep apnea getting in the way. Add pandemic stress to that list. Since 2020, pharmacists have reported a spike in prescriptions for sleep aids. We’re losing sleep because of economic upheaval, separation from friends and family, and the…

1 min

SARAH LISS Writer, Toronto “The New Birds and Bees” Liss is an award-winning writer and editor whose work has appeared in The Globe and Mail, Maclean’s, Chatelaine and New York. She is the author of Army of Lovers, a biography of the late artist and activist Will Munro, which was published by Coach House Books in 2013. She’s currently working on several books for children. Check out her story on page 8. DOMINIQUE LAFOND Photographer, Montreal “Murder, She Wrote” Lafond is known for her intimate portraiture and culinary photography. Her work, which often utilizes natural light, has appeared in Bon Appétit, Travel + Leisure, enRoute, T: The New York Times Style Magazine and Nouveau Projet, and she has also collaborated on more than a dozen cookbooks. Don’t miss her photo of bestselling mystery writer Louise Penny on…

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COMMON SYMPTOMS “Dementia Warning Signs” (June 2021) is an excellent feature. I wish I had read something like this when my mother was diagnosed with this condition. She experienced all 13 signs at some point after she turned 80. It started with her personality changing and progressed to her seeing things and fearing that people wanted to harm her. She passed away at age 94.—JOAN HANNAH, Markham BEFUDDLED OVER FIDDLES The line “what the fiddle is to Newfoundlanders…” in “40 (Mostly) Hidden Canadian Gems” (July/August 2021) is completely ignorant of the province’s music and culture. While we do have our share of fiddlers, the diatonic-button accordion is the province’s predominant instrument. It would appear the author confused Newfoundland and Cape Breton Island, where the fiddle is perhaps more prominent.—B. D. RENDELL, Miramichi, N.B. WHAT’S…

3 min
the new birds and bees

ASK ANY ADOLESCENT and they’ll tell you: even at its best, conventional sex ed is the worst. Candice Lys, a 38-year-old public health advocate in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, jokes that she’s still haunted by a birth video screened during an awkward Grade 8 health class. It’s one reason why she wanted to provide youth with thoughtful, accurate information about their bodies. That’s an even greater challenge in the North, where distances between small, tight-knit communities create obstacles to accessing health services like STI testing and birth control. Chlamydia is seven times more prevalent among youth between 15 and 24 years old in the Northwest Territories compared to the rest of the country, and for every 1,000 young women aged 15 to 19, there are 103.7 pregnancies, which is nearly three times the…

3 min
good news five reasons to smile

CHANGING LIVES, ONE PLATE AT A TIME BRAZIL Every bite counts in Brazil’s favelas, sprawling shantytowns on the outskirts of major cities. The country has one of the highest COVID-19 death tolls, and severe unemployment has led to 19 million Brazilians experiencing chronic hunger over the past year. But for David Hertz, food is more than sustenance. It’s a social-bonding tool, an $8-trillion global industry and, through his non-profit, Gastromotiva, a way to empower the world’s poorest citizens. Gastromotiva provides free courses in restaurant cooking, kitchen-assistant training and food entrepreneurship, all with a focus on nutrition. Students apply online, and after they finish the program, they not only find jobs, but often start their own restaurants and soup kitchens. What’s more, through 65 grassroots “solidarity kitchens,” many based out of the homes of…

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lessons from a basketball star

Adolfo Damian Berdun isn’t just any kids’ basketball coach. The captain of Argentina’s national wheelchair basketball team and MVP of his Italian Cup–winning team, Unipolsai Briantea84 Cantù, taught four classes of elementary-school kids this past spring as part of a project called “At School I Learn to Play Without Limits,” a five-week sports and inclusion course run by Polisportiva Veranese, a local athletic association. But when Berdun rolled onto the court in front of a wide-eyed group of Grade 2 students, he made it clear they weren’t there to talk about his missing leg—they were there to play basketball. Deprived of team sports for almost a full school year during the pandemic, the kids immediately launched into dribbling and shooting drills. For Berdun, who has visited many schools to talk about…