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  • President's Message:
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  • Community Justice At Work
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  • Senior Crime Stoppers
  • More Scams
  • Ageism
  • From the Editor
  • Book Review
  • Film Review
  • Items from the Quarterly Publication Canadian Pensioners Concerned
    DECEMBER 2015 Vol. 41 #4
    Editor: Dorothy Archer
    Layout: Margaret Gunhouse
    Editorial Board: The Executive


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    PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE: LOOKING AT THE END
    January 25 2016, Canadian Pensioners Concerned (CPC) will be asking its members for approval of a resolution from its Board of Directors to dissolve the organization. After several years of discussion, weighing options, consideration for our organization’s future, the decision was made to end CPC at the November 23rd Board meeting. .......
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    COMMUNITY JUSTICE AT WORK

    In December 1997 a fire broke out on the back porch of The Hub, a used-clothing centre and unofficial gathering place on the main street of Almonte, Ontario in Lanark County. The blaze spread quickly, destroying the premises and killing the young couple who lived above the store. Two local teenagers were found responsible and subsequently became subject to the legal system: arrest, trial, prison or juvenile detention. ......
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    ADDING LIFE TO DAYS
    There are many issues we can choose to support, many causes we can champion, either because our family or friends have been affected or because it resonates with our personal values. Ironically, the one issue every human shares is one that is most difficult, not only as a topic for conversation but also to attract support and funding. We all will be either caregivers or need caregivers in our lifetime .......
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    SENIOR CRIME STOPPERS
    It is estimated that by the year 2021, there will be as many senior citizens in Ontario as there are youth. The dramatic growth of our seniors population is unparalleled at any previous time in our history. Increasingly, our seniors are more frequently victims of crime.
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    MORE SCAMS

    Be vigilant of any communication by telephone or e-mail that involves your finances. Phone the institution before making any commitments if you think the call might be legitimate. Here are some of the recent scams.......
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    AGEISM: MEET THE CHALLENGE
    The courts recognize rights claims challenging racism, sexism, homophobia while seemingly reluctant to challenge ageism. The legal justification is that they are acting in the best humanity.......
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    FROM THE EDITOR

    ln 2005, the volunteer job I was working on ended and I told Sylvia Hall I now had time to do some volunteer work for CPC. I envisaged stuffing envelopes or licking stamps. lt turned out that Margaret Norquay was anxious for extra time to work on her personal writing and I was persuaded to take over the editing of Viewpoint from her......
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            TWO BOOK REVIEWS

    Aging Safely in Your Home
    By Yvonne Poulin and Gordon Morrison
    Aging is about change to your physical, social, emotional, mental and spiritual reality. “If you, or the senior you are concerned about, are unable to or unwilling to make the changes required to age safely, then it is time to move to a more suitable living situation.” That said, this book is about being able to change with the times and stay in your home.

    Being Mortal : Medicine and What Matters in the End
    By Atul Gawande Doubleday, 2014. Also an eBook
    Dr. Gawande notes that as people age, they interact with fewer people. They focus on being rather than doing and on the present rather than the future. Their perspective shifts to enjoying and appreciating the pleasures and relationships of everyday life rather than achieving or having or getting. Read more here....

    FILM REVIEW

    Room
    Directed by Lenny Abrahamson 2015


    The film, Room, received the People’s Choice Award at last summer’s TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival). It is based on the 2010 novel of the same name written by Emma Donoghue who also wrote the screenplay. It is ably directed by Lenny Abrahamson. Most of the action takes place in an 11x11 foot room inhabited by Ma and Jack.....