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Three Cheers for Canada!

For the fourth year in a row, Canada has been ranked the top country to live in based on quality of life. The 2019 Best Countries Report says our winning score is based on health care, public education, safety and a solid job market. So let’s send up three cheers for our fantastic country on this, it’s 152nd birthday!

We may agree with these great bits about Canada, but I believe there are so many more great reasons to be Canadian! I love our changing seasons and beautiful landscapes, I love the diversity of people and places across our large nation, I love that we encourage and support our youth to be whatever they’d like to be regardless of gender, race, identity or belief. I love maple syrup on my pancakes, a tea from Tim Hortons, and sharing a nibble of poutine with friends.

Eh! Our July issue is full of great ways to enjoy Canada right in your own backyard. If you’re already hearing the chant of “what should I do?” from your school-agers, head to our Events listing on page 5. We’re so proud of this popular page (or view it online at www.themomandcaregiver.com/events) which features family-friendly events throughout our area, many of which are free!

We also get 20 local places of interest from two local kids who were born and raised in the London area (KidZone, page __). They’ll share their favourite hangouts for a summer day like Labatt Park and Thames Valley Golf Course.

Looking to get active in the summer sun this month? Don’t miss Dr. Bhayana’s Glorious Sun on page __ featuring sun safety tips for newborns to adults. Or get inspired by our Registered Dietician’s easy rundown of ways to get moving this month (page __). You’ll find me playing in the park with a furry friend, and maybe even having a water balloon fight with my son.

One more thing you certainly won’t want to miss this month is our 15th annual Captured Moments photo contest! It runs July 1st -31st so get snapping great shots of your little one, and find details on how to enter at www.themomandcaregiver.com.

Get out there and love this country – show Canada it’s appreciated by hiking its trails, swimming its lakes, savouring its food and loving its people. Happy Canada Day and happy summer from all of us here!

Sabina Manji, a lifelong Londoner, is an irrepressible entrepreneur, mother of a wonderful son, and also a committed volunteer.


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