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

Good works, great re­sults

I wouldn’t be sur­prised if 2017 goes into the record books as the year with the most an­niver­saries of spe­cial in­ter­est to Cana­di­ans—and, as you know, we’ve cel­e­brated many of them right here with you. In this is­sue, we mark two more—the 75th an­niver­sary of the in­fa­mous Dieppe Raid (page 38) and, on this side of the pond, the 70th an­niver­sary of one of Western Canada’s most scenic, his­toric and strate­gi­cally im­por­tant stretches of black­top, the Yel­low­head High­way (page 41).

While hon­our­ing our past is al­ways worth­while, so too is build­ing a bet­ter fu­ture. That’s what Maria Jor­dan Mack­eighan had in mind when she em­barked on her quest to bring the “Chang­ing the Face of Beauty” move­ment into Canada. Maria ad­dresses the is­sue of mak­ing Cana­dian ad­ver­tis­ing more ac­ces­si­ble to and in­clu­sive of “in­di­vid­u­als of all abil­i­ties” in her photo es­say on page 8.

On the topic of noble en­deav­ours, turn to page 21 for “Izzy’s Story” by Shirley O’con­nell, who tells us how a sim­ple act of kind­ness on the part of one Cana­dian sol­dier has brought a lit­tle sun­shine into the lives of more than one mil­lion chil­dren in need around the world.

And have you ever won­dered who re­searches, writes and, in some cases, cor­rects the in­for­ma­tion plaques we see at his­toric sites on our trav­els? In and around the Hamil­ton re­gion, Robert Wil­liamson is the man con­vey­ing his­tory in con­densed form. He shares his love of lo­cal his­tory and his ap­proach to plaque writ­ing in Show­case, on page 28.

A friendly re­minder in clos­ing: With its Septem­ber 5 dead­line loom­ing, now’s the time to get your en­tries in for the Share Your Canada photo con­test!

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