“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

It certainly feels like we’re returning to our pre-COVID lives, over two years into the pandemic, and hopefully restrictions are behind us and we can learn to live with Coronavirus.

I was hesitant to mention the pandemic again in my Publisher’s Note, but felt it must be acknowledged because the publishing industry is just now being drastically affected by the pandemic. After two years of uncertainty and pivoting, there is now a worldwide paper shortage, with availability and costs fluctuating constantly. It is an extremely challenging time to be in the printing industry, however we are always adaptable and, after losing our printer of 11 years due to the paper shortage, we remain committed to printing this publication, and I thank our advertisers, readers and writers for understanding and supporting us through these uncertain times.

We have a fantastic issue, packed full of local content that I am proud to publish. We have an update with former Cool Kid Jaylynn Wolfe, who founded the Ribbon Skirt Project, which connects Indigenous youth to their culture. Christina Wahi explains how it’s time to move on from Body Positivity and learn to love and respect our bodies for what they are. Local photographer Lana Hunter provides tips for taking great family photos that you’ll cherish forever. We also learn about the difference between eyesight and vision with Dr. Kristen Robinson, while Sarah Milne, of the Grey Bruce Health Unit, provides ways to stay sunwise this summer.

As always, I hope you’ll enjoy and share this magazine with your family and friends, and continue to interact with us on Facebook.

I hope everyone has a chance to truly enjoy this summer, to be thankful for all we have, and embrace the time we can again spend with loved ones, and at all the fun events that are returning to our communities.



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