In Our Words

Our Canada - - Contents - Gary Ge­orge, gary_ ge­[email protected] rd. com

With so many win­ters un­der our col­lec­tive belts, why is it that we al­ways seem sur­prised when the snow ac­tu­ally be­gins to fly? With Fe­bru­ary upon us, that ini­tial sur­prise has by now given way to the cer­tainty that win­ter is re­ally here. Like many of you, I’m of the be­lief that win­ter is best en­joyed, not merely en­dured. And that, in a nut­shell, is what this is­sue is all about.

For starters, how about that cute lit­tle dude on our cover? Frisky ot­ters are just one ex­am­ple of the amaz­ing wildlife re­sid­ing year-round in Prince Al­bert Na­tional Park in Saskatchewan. Duane Lar­son, who lives nearby, shows us the park he has come to know and love, start­ing on page 8.

And then there’s Veronika Cen­cen of Ot­tawa, who vol­un­teered last Fe­bru­ary to host STEM work- shops (Sci­ence, Tech­nol­ogy, Engi­neer­ing and Math­e­mat­ics) in Inuit com­mu­ni­ties in Canada’s Far North. Talk about em­brac­ing win­ter—and a good cause. Veronika’s story is on page 16.

Win­ter too is a time when many of us hit the gym to tackle a New Year’s res­o­lu­tion, cash in on a gift voucher or ac­tu­ally get in bet­ter shape. Nichelle Laus of Toronto can re­late to the lat­ter item. As you’ll see in Show­case (page 38), Nichelle is a former po­lice­woman and cur­rent mother of four who parleyed her peo­ple skills and pas­sion for kick-box­ing and body-build­ing into a new ca­reer as gym owner and fit­ness trainer. How cool is that?

Well, not as cool as -81.4°F, the cold­est tem­per­a­ture ever recorded in Canada. Carman Scherlie’s dad was part of the me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal team in Snag, Yukon, when that record was set. See page 42 for all the chill­ing de­tails. En­joy your win­ter, ev­ery­one!

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