This story was originally published in the January/February 2013 issue of Bedford Magazine.

am back—and so is Bedford Magazine! You may remember that I was editor of Bedford Magazine from November 2010 to December 2011. I moved on to work on some other titles within the Advocate Printing family but now, happily, some changes have brought me back to Bedford Magazine. We’ve retooled the magazine to complement Halifax Magazine. Halifax Magazine looks at the people, places, events and stories that make our city so interesting. Bedford Magazine will have the same look and feel as Halifax Magazine, but focus on Bedford-specific stories. We’re looking at those issues most affecting Bedford, new and old businesses that are making a mark in the community and the people living and working in Bedford who make the community what it is.

You will definitely have noticed our new glossy look, too. We think it’s a shiny new way to start 2013.

All of these changes mean we’d love to connect more often with the community. Readers are on the front line of news and ideas, so when you hear of interesting events, people or businesses in Bedford, drop us a line.

In our first issue of 2013, we learn about CrossFit Exertion in Bedford, an evidence-based fitness program based in Bedford that really gets it members working up a sweat. Its program is an intense way to keep that get-fit resolution on track. I understand this program is quite “addictive” and the results astonishing.

Also, we look at the Bedford waterfront and plans for its development as well as the opposition to those projects. This is a story we plan on following as news occurs. This particular piece is an introduction to the waterfront projects and the players involved, including those opposed to such development on the waterfront.

This year, Bedford Players celebrates its 30th of producing high-quality amateur theatre that includes dedicated and talented individuals from Bedford and beyond. If you’ve ever been to one of their productions, you will surely recognize the names of some of the cast we interviewed.

We also have some tips for some of the best shopping places in your neighbourhood and where to find those post-holiday deals (feel free to send your own nominations).

I look forward to working with you all again. Send questions, comments and story ideas to

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