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Our Canada - - News - Re­newed Spir­its Gary Ge­orge, gary_ ge­orge@ rd. com

Spring is a time of re­newal, or so the cliché goes. Well, af­ter be­ing off work for two months this win­ter, re­cov­er­ing from a sports in­jury, that old adage rings par­tic­u­larly true to me right about now. I’m happy to be back—re­cu­per­ated, re-en­er­gized and ready to tackle ev­ery­thing we have lined up for the rest of 2017. Be­fore div­ing right in though, I’d like to pub­licly thank my edi­to­rial col­leagues Maryanne Gal­lagher and Joan Page Mckenna, as well as Our Canada alumni Jo­hanna Dono­van and Sonji Good­man, for keep­ing both Our Canada and More of Our Canada on track while I was side­lined. Great job, ev­ery­one!

Speak­ing of re­newal, this is­sue is chock full of it. The photo es­say by Corneil Byl ( page 8) is a shining ex­am­ple of the lift in spir­its that spring’s ar­rival and na­ture’s reawak­en­ings can have on us.

We’ve also taken this op­por­tu­nity to in­tro­duce a new de­part­ment into the mag­a­zine—birds and Blooms. The new dou­ble-page spread takes wing on page 42 with an en­ter­tain­ing and in­for­ma­tive story about the pop­u­lar Ni­a­gara Es­carp­ment “hawk­watch,” com­ple­mented by a cheery look at cherry blos­soms. If you have sto­ries and photos that you would like us to con­sider for publi­ca­tion within the de­part­ment, please send them along to us at our­ or by reg­u­lar mail.

And, lest we for­get, this April marks the 100th an­niver­sary of the Bat­tle of Vimy Ridge, which is viewed as a key mo­ment in our his­tory, a time when Canada truly came of age as a na­tion on the world stage. See “Vis­it­ing Vimy” on page 20 to get a sense of how im­por­tant it is for us to re­flect on the past as we move for­ward in the spirit of re­newal.

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