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The Land of the Strong and Free

By Silvana Sangiuliano in Places, Events, & History

It was a journey that left her wanting more. Liberty set out to learn all she could about her country—the land, the gift, her birthplace—Canada. The year 2017 marked the 150th anniversary of Confederation. Canada became a nation in 1867 when the Dominion of Canada was formed consisting of four provinces: Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, […]


Oh, Canada

By David Turner in Places, Events, & History

In anticipation of Canada’s 150th birthday it seems every news and entertainment outlet has been compiling lists identifying contributions and outlining specific entities that make us unique. Reading through this media maze moved me to share a few of my own Canadian-flavoured observations. Tim Hortons. Although now owned by Florida-based Burger-King, in turn owned by […]


Horse Racing 250

By Willa Wick in Places, Events, & History

Move over Canada 150, there’s someone older than you.  Not to throw a wet blanket on the 150 celebrations, but there’s another faction of Canadian history that’s been on the go for exactly 100 years longer.  Unless you’re an equine fancier or are involved with racing in any capacity, you wouldn’t have been aware that […]


Sugar & Spice: The Canadian Way

By Glynis M. Belec in Sugar & Spice

1967. I had just emigrated to Canada with my family. My poor mom. Four kids, a dog, a Singer sewing machine in a heavy wooden case—that for some reason, Mom had decided would be ‘carry-on’ luggage—crate loads of furniture and suitcases for everyone. She was a brave soul sailing on the Empress of England ocean […]


Rod’s Ramblings on the Beaver

By Rodney Martin in Rod's Ramblings

I know that among those who own property that features a creek or other such lowland, there is often little love for our national symbol, the beaver, but let’s pay due respect. Here is a rodent—a mere rodent—that might waddle up to the rim of a flood plain, survey it gamely, and conclude that the […]


Quadriplegic writer for The Rural Route passes away

By Jennifer Bowman in People

It is with deep sadness that we say goodbye to one of our beloved writing contributors following his death on June 2. Howard Savage, just four months shy of his 70th birthday, became quadriplegic 30 years ago. Despite the difficulties that posed to being a writer, he found great joy in writing for The Rural […]


In Honour of…

By Jennifer Bowman in Editorial

In many ways July and August are the heart of the year, filled with the fullness of life. But while life is bursting with joy and fullness for some, there are always those who are struggling in the bleakness of winter. This month we lost one of our beloved writers, Howard Savage. The news hit […]


Good Grief People

By Lynne Turner in Book Reviews

A book launch for “Good Grief People,” an anthology by several area writers and one from British Columbia designed to  “ease the sting of death by recognizing and respecting the individuality of grief and the reality of hope,” was held at Aboyne this spring with all of the authors in attendance. Alan Anderson flew in […]


How to Maintain Strong Muscles and Joints

By Philip Legge in Health & Fitness

There are primarily two areas to a person’s physical fitness and health development. One is cardiovascular training and the other is strength training. Cardiovascular training, which would include walking, jogging, cycling, and rowing, etc. is mainly benefitting the heart muscle, the lungs and the blood delivery system through the arteries, veins and capillaries. A person’s […]