Our Canada - - In Our Words - Home Fires Burn­ing Gary Ge­orge, gary_ ge­orge@ rd. com

I al­ways look for­ward to our “fall is­sue” be­cause it gives us a chance to re­ally shine the spot­light on Canada’s men and women in uni­form. On the pages to fol­low, you’ll come across sev­eral Re­mem­brance-themed sto­ries, in­clud­ing “Let­ter Home” submitted by Sgt. Caitlin Yacucha, who shared her ex­pe­ri­ences in Afghanistan with young stu­dents upon her re­turn to Canada (page 40). Equally com­pelling is “Cree Code Talk­ers” by Shirley An­der­son, who de­scribes her un­cle’s role in de­vel­op­ing a se­cret code based on the Cree lan­guage that helped thwart en­emy at­tempts to in­ter­cept vi­tal WWII com­mu­ni­ca­tions (page 52).

We’re also tak­ing the op­por­tu­nity to cel­e­brate the beauty and re­sult­ing joy that au­tumn in Canada brings our way. Our cover photo by Rick By­wa­ter of Mid­land, Ont., sets the stage nicely, and the trib­ute to the glory of fall penned by his wife Lorna in My Home­town brings the mes­sage home (page 28).

And what bet­ter time to high­light wor­thy ef­forts be­ing made to pre­serve na­ture? “Con­serv­ing Canada’s Wild Species” by Rob Rainer looks at the scope of the chal­lenge and of­fers a ray of hope (page 24).

Fi­nally, with fires still burn­ing in Bri­tish Columbia as this is­sue goes to press, we thought if fit­ting to show­case some of the won­ders and his­tory of Canada’s west­ern-most prov­ince. “Chilcotin: Canada’s Last Fron­tier” by Cindy Phillips and Gor­don Baron, who are among those bat­tling wild­fires, ex­plores the re­gion be­tween the Fraser River and the Coast Moun­tains (page 8), while the Our Trav­els story by Dou­glas Noblet on page 20 takes you along on a month-long road trip through in­cred­i­ble scenery.

Happy au­tumn, ev­ery­one!

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