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As sum­mer’s swel­ter gives way to au­tumn’s ar­rival, the month of Septem­ber seems to me a per­fect time to sit back and take stock of the many joys in life. The com­pan­ion­ship, loy­alty and af­fec­tion of a fam­ily pet would be one source of joy on my list. I’m sure that Kelsy Gi­bos and her hus­band Travis would agree with that sen­ti­ment. Kelsy’s mov­ing story about the ad­ven­tur­ous but all-too-short life of their dog Trout ap­pears on page 58.

And there’s some­thing truly spe­cial about a mother and her adult son be­ing able to en­joy an amaz­ing out­door ad­ven­ture to­gether—es­pe­cially when the mom in ques­tion is 25 years older than any of the other par­tic­i­pants. Ku­dos to He­len Har­wood, who had a whale of a time on va­ca­tion with her son Paul. He­len’s Our Trav­els story is pre­sented on page 20—and a photo from their big out­ing ap­pears on this is­sue’s cover.

And what greater joy is there than es­tab­lish­ing a new home in a new land, af­ter liv­ing through the strug­gles of up­root­ing your fam­ily and real­iz­ing the dream of build­ing a bet­ter life in Canada? Read two in­spir­ing sto­ries from fam­i­lies who did pre­cisely that, be­gin­ning on page 28.

The un­ex­pected and the un­ex­plained can also be a source of joy, if not down­right amaze­ment. And this is what men­tal­ist Bobby Motta strives to in­still in au­di­ence mem­bers dur­ing his per­for­mances. Bobby shares his magic touch with us in Show­case, on page 42.

And just imag­ine the joy of win­ning our Share Your Canada photo con­test—your last chance to en­ter is on Septem­ber 5!

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