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  • Clean Air a Priority
  • President's message
  • Seniors in Nunavut
  • Project for Newcomers
  • Law Commission of Ont
  • Foreign Income Tax
  • The GDP?
  • Call for Nominations
  • Board Highlights
  • Book Reviews
  • Film Review
       *Support Assist Card
       *CETA
       *Caregivers and Medication
       *Tax Measures - Disabilities
  • Items from the Quarterly Publication Canadian Pensioners Concerned
    December 2014 Vol. 40 Issue 4
    Editor: Dorothy Archer
    Layout: Margaret Gunhouse
    Editorial Board: The Executive

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    CLEAN AIR IS A PRIORITY
    Coal is bad for our health and the health of our environment. Burning coal for electricity creates air pollution, and these emissions are known to cause chronic lung and heart disease, exacerbate asthma, and even cause premature death. ......
    Read more here....

    THE FINAL INSPECTION

    The soldier stood and faced God,
    Which must always come to pass
    He hoped his shoes were shining,
    Just as brightly as his brass.

    "Step forward now, you soldier,
    How shall I deal with you?
    Have you always turned the other cheek?
    To My Church have you been true?"

    The soldier squared his shoulders and said:
    "No, Lord, I guess I ain't.
    Because those of us who carry guns,
    Can't always be a saint.

    I've had to work most Sundays,
    And at times my talk was tough.
    And sometimes I've been violent,
    Because the world is awfully rough.

    But, I never took a penny,
    That wasn't mine to keep.
    Though I worked a lot of overtime,
    When the bills got just too steep.

    And I never passed a cry for help,
    Though at times I shook with fear.
    And sometimes, God, forgive me,
    I've wept unmanly tears.

    I know I don't deserve a place,
    Among the people here.
    They never wanted me around,
    Except to calm their fears.

    If you've a place for me here, Lord,
    It needn't be so grand.
    I never expected or had too much,
    But if you don't, I'll understand."

    There was a silence all around the throne,
    Where the saints had often trod.
    As the soldier waited quietly,
    For the judgment of his God.

    "Step forward now, you soldier,
    You've borne your burdens well.
    Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
    You've done your time in Hell."

    Author Unknown

    MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

    2014 brought changes in the political landscape. In June, Ontario elected a new Premier, Kathleen Wynne, the province's first female leader. In November, municipalities throughout the province held elections for mayor and for city councillors. In October of 2015 a federal election is scheduled.........
    Read more here....

    SENIORS IN NUNAVUT
    Nunavut joined millions around the world in celebrating the United Nations International Day of Older Persons on October 1, 2014. A coalition of Nunavut organizations came together to bring the idea of a day to celebrate everything elders have done for our young territory to fruition.....
    Read more here....




    A PROJECT TO SUPPORT NEWCOMERS
    My wife and I met Sohail and Fatima and their children after volunteering with "Khedmaat New Horizons for Seniors." This federally supported program looks for opportunities for seniors to play a positive role in the community. Each year there is a new theme. This year's was to help recent immigrants improve their facility with English and accommodate to Canadian culture.......

    Read more here....

    LAW COMMISSION OF ONTARIO PROJECT

    The Law Commission of Ontario (LCO) is examining and making recommendations for laws in Ontario related to legal capacity, decision-making and guardianship. This area of law affects what happens when people need assistance in making important decisions such as powers of attorney and guardians......
    Read more here....



    FOREIGN INCOME TAX
    In June 2013, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) issued a revised version of Form T1135, Foreign Income Ver-fication Statement, which must be used for tax years ending after June 30, 2013. The form now requires more detailed information, including the names of specific foreign institutions and countries where offshore assets are located, the foreign income earned on those assets, and the maximum cost amount of those assets during the year.....
    Read more here....


    THE GDP? WHAT IS IT?

    The GDP is the value in dollars of the total final output of goods and services produced within the borders of a nation within a given period, usually a year. It does not include the values of goods and services produced by its firms in foreign countries.....
    Read more here....



    CALL FOR NOMINATIONS - Woodsworth Award

    The Award honours the memory of Jean Woodsworth for her lifetime commitment and action on social issues and her feistiness in overcoming social barriers....
    Read more here....



    BOARD HIGHLIGHTS

    Directors, Highlights, Correspondence.....
    Read more here....



            TWO BOOK REVIEWS

    The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America
    by Thomas King Doubleday, 2012 Also an eBook
    In a conversational tone and with a wry sense of humour, Thomas King makes the reader aware that "when we look at Native-non-Native relations, there is no great difference between the past and the present.
    Femme Fatale : Love, Lies, and the Unknown Life of Mata Hari
    By Pat Shipman Harper Collins, 2007
    Most people know three things about Mata Hari: she was Dutch, she was an exotic dancer, and she was a spy. Stories of her abound, such as, she stood naked before the firing squad.
    Read more here....

    FILM REVIEW

    The Judge
    Directed by David Dobbin, 2014

    The film The Judge is an interesting mix of courtroom drama and family dynamics. Hank Palmer (Robert Downey, Jr.), a hot shot Los Angeles lawyer, returns home after an absence of several years for the funeral of his mother......


    Age is important only if you're cheese

     
    SUPPORT PERSON ASSISTANCE CARD

    A support person accompanying a person with a disability is not required to pay a fare when travelling on the TTC. Customers with disabilities who travel with a support person on the TTC must apply for a TTC Support Person Assistance Card to be eligible for this fare exemption. A support person is someone who assists the card holder with communication, mobility, personal care/medical needs or with access to goods, service or facilities. The card allows one person at different times. There is no charge for the card.

    The application for the card is available on the TTC website or by phone at 416-393-3030. A regulated authorized health care professional must certify that the applicant has a temporary or permanent disability and requires a support person. The card will need to be renewed every three years on the card holder's birthday. Temporary cards are available for temporary disabilities.

    From the TTC website, https://www.ttc.ca
    CETA

    Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement
    CPC continues to be concerned about this agreement with the European Union.
    Especially the impact on health care costs due to the potential pharmaceutical agreements on patent protection.
    CAREGIVERS AND MEDICATION
    Helpful Articles Online

    Safe Medicines for Seniors prepared by Canadian Pharmacists Association at:
    http://www.pharmacists.ca/ cphaca/assets/File/ educationpractice-resources/HomeCareCaregiver GuideEN.pdf

    Medication Safety and Alzheimer's prepared by the Alzheimer's Association at:
    http://www.alz.org/care/ dementia-medication-drug-safety.asp

    Drug Dispensing and the Caregiver, by Dr. M. Simon in Today's Caregivers at:
    http://www.caregiver.com/ channels/medication/articles/ drug_dispensing_and_ caregiver.htm

    From a flyer distributed by the Caring Voice Network
    TAX MEASURES FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

    To help persons with disabilities or the people who support them, find important information about tax measures that may apply to them, the Canada Revenue Agency produced a new video called Tax Measures for Persons with Disabilities. This video covers several topics, including the disability tax credit, the disability amount, medical expenses, and the registered disability savings plan. It also covers credits that may be available to people who support someone with a disability. For more information on tax measures for persons with disabilities, go to www.cra.gc.ca/disability.
    From an e-mail sent by the Canada Revenue Agency dated July 15, 2014