In in APT news story this week, a writer asked Edmonton's former mayors how they feel about the city's future. Despite concerns over the post-pandemic economy and addressing social ills, all expressed optimism about the resilience of residents and how they come together in times of need.
In the Bright Side this week, those are the stories that stand out--ones of resilience in tough times. Surviving cancer is definitely one of those stories. And though COVID-19 numbers are troubling in Alberta right now, more people are lining up at mass vaccination centres in Edmonton and Calgary, or booking appointments at pharmacies around the province. That helps each individual avoid getting COVID-19, which in turn helps prevent the spread to others. There's a determination to get through this troubling time and face new challenges on the other side.
When you need respite, do you turn to the garden? Getting your hands dirty, growing your own vegetables or flowers--the boom in gardening is partly a response to the pandemic, and it's a positive one that can nourish us, body and soul. See that crocus coming back year after year, no matter what the winter has thrown at it? Resilience is there too.
Have a wonderful week Alberta! And always keep a look out for the bright side of life.
Lucy Haines, APT editor