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July-August 2014 • Volume 12, Issue 4


Features 12 Thompson in Bloom


Thompson residents are making an impact with the Communities in Bloom program. Penny Byer

18 Eye Catchers of the North

Do you know the stories behind the North’s most famous monuments? Discover them here. Morley G. Naylor

26 5 Tips for a Healthier Summer

Make this summer your best yet with these five helpful tips. Shannon Smadella

28 Summer Fun Guide


There’s plenty to do on the long days of summer in northern Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Libby Stoker-Lavelle

32 Potash: Prairie Gold

Deep below the Blairmore shales, you’ll find Saskatchewan’s prairie gold. Jim Parres

38 Cheating Death on Mikanagan


A harrowing true story of brotherhood, loss and survival on Mikanagan Lake. Richard Billy

48 Walking With Our Sisters

How a commemorative exhibit is touching hearts across the country. Libby Stoker-Lavelle

In Every Issue 4 Editor’s Note 5 Contributors 6 Calendar of Events

What’s coming up in July & August

7 In a Nutshell

Highlights from the North

17 Poetry Corner 35 A Good Taste

Healthy Hot-weather Treats

53 Wildlife: Robins 54 Q&A: Meet Blogger Brandy Reid • • @cottagenorth

ON THE COVER This pair of vamps, or moccasin tops, is one of 1,763 pairs created for Walking With Our Sisters. "600+ Sisters" refers to the number of missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada, which was believed to be 600, but is now estimated at 1,181. The artist, Carla Hemlock, is a member of the beading group Mohawk Women from Kahnawake.


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