Points to Pon­der

Reader's Digest (Canada) - - Contents - BY CHRISTINA PALASSIO

I be­lieve that the right to die with dig­nity should be a fun­da­men­tal hu­man right. With the sup­port of our laws and our health sys­tem, there must be a bet­ter way to help our loved ones nav­i­gate their fi­nal days, if they choose to write their own end­ing.

Nov­el­ist LAWRENCE HILL, in The Globe and Mail

The fu­ture I yearn for is not one in which we will all be clothed in same­ness, but is one in which we will fi­nally learn to both read and re­spect­fully dis­cuss our dif­fer­ences.

Au­thor DAVID CHARIANDY, in The Globe and Mail

My el­e­men­tary school music teacher is the rea­son I am do­ing any of this. As a child, [I] strug­gled through school. She rec­og­nized some­thing in me and of­fered for me to do the so­los in the choir in­stead of pun­ish­ing me.

Singer JO­CE­LYN ALICE on how she be­came in­ter­ested in song­writ­ing

If you told me when I was a kid that I would get to in­ter­view ev­ery rock star who was on a poster on my wall, I would have lost my mind, but the truth is that most of them have been a dis­ap­point­ment.

ET Canada’s ROZ WE­STON to The Globe and Mail

I have tried and failed three times to get through the turgid mess that is Moby Dick. I think some books be­come clas­sics in spite of them­selves.

Au­thor WILL FER­GU­SON to The Globe and Mail

There are many is­sues here in Ot­tawa that need a young per­son’s per­spec­tive, and what I be­lieve in strongly is that they ac­tu­ally have the an­swers but of­ten aren’t given the sup­port and the plat­form to do it. For­mer NDP MP PAUL DEWAR, speak­ing about his Youth Ac­tion Now ini­tia­tive to CBC News

I have spent the last 26 years work­ing ex­tremely hard to for­get a time that re­ally should have been filled with dreams and per­sonal growth both so­cially and pro­fes­sion­ally.

AMÉLIE-FRÉDÉRIQUE GAGNON, one of sev­eral na­tional team skiers who ac­cused coach Ber­trand Charest of sex­ual as­sault

Baby’s gotta eat. Lib­eral MP KA­RINA GOULD, re­spond­ing to the ques­tion of why she breast­fed her son in the House of Com­mons

I was al­ways in the kitchen. Even in the 1970s when Ital­ian cooking wasn’t trendy and most peo­ple thought it was just spaghetti and meat­balls, I loved and ap­pre­ci­ated Ital­ian cooking.

Chef DAVID ROCCO on the in­flu­ence of fam­ily

Singer SHAWN MENDES, on the mo­menthe re­al­ized his fame, on CBC I came up from the sub­way sta­tion, and there were about 300 peo­ple who all turned their heads and started chas­ing me. It was ter­ri­fy­ing.

When peo­ple feel their eco­nomic fu­ture is in jeop­ardy, when they be­lieve their chil­dren have fewer op­por­tu­ni­ties than they them­selves had in their youth, that’s when peo­ple are vul­ner­a­ble to the dem­a­gogue who scape­goats the out­sider, the other—whether it’s im­mi­grants at home or foreign ac­tors.Min­is­ter of Foreign Af­fairs CHRYS­TIAFREE­LAND, in an ac­cep­tance speech af­ter re­ceiv­ing Foreign Policy’s Diplo­mat of the Year award

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