In Our Words
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 ourcanada.ca 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.