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In Memoriam

Margaret Norquay
Margaret Norquay died January 11, 2014 at the age of 93.
She edited Viewpoint many years until 2005 and was
greatly appreciated for her feisty writing on current topics.
She then concentrated on her personal writing.
In 2008, Broad is the Way : Stories from Mayerthorpe
was published. It is a collection of stories from the 1950s
and 1960s when she lived in Alberta.
Items from the Quarterly Publication
Canadian Pensioners Concerned
Ontario Division

March 2014 Vol. 40 Issue 1
Editor: Dorothy Archer
Layout: Margaret (Peggy) Gunhouse
Editorial Board: The Executive
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    AGM June 2nd.  Jane Meadus will speak about Issues in Long-Term Care

Archives

IN THIS ISSUE
  • Margaret Norquay
  • CRA warns of scams
  • Book Review
  • Whither Science?
  • Seniors in Manitoba
  • LHINs
  • Prearranging
         a Funeral
  • Tax after Death
  • Budget Brief
  • Buying an Appliance
  • Board Hilites
  • MARGARET NORQUAY in Memoriam
    Ms. Norquay was Professor of Sociology at Ryerson University and founding director of CJRT-FMís Open College which commenced courses in 1971.
    She continued as director of Open College until 1987. Prior to this she researched, wrote and broadcasted for Take 30, a CBC programme between 1963 and 1967.
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    CHANGES TO DRIVER RENEWALS
    On January 28, 2014, the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) announced starting April 21, 2014, drivers aged 80 and over will no longer have to complete a written knowledge test to renew their driver licence.........
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    CRA WARNS OF SCAMS
    The Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) warns all Canadians to beware of telephone calls, mail, or e-mail that claim to be from the CRA but are not. These are phishing scams that could result in identity thefts.....

    Read more here....
    WHITHER SCIENCE?

    On January 10, 2014, The Fifth Estate presented a program called Silence of the Labs about the cutbacks of federal science institutions and personnel.
    Read more here....
    LIFE LEASE RESOURCE GUIDE

    The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing is launching the Life Lease Resource Guide. The Guide is now available online. The Life Lease Resource Guide provides information about life lease housing,...
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            BOOK REVIEW

    The Oil Man and the Sea: Navigating the Northern Gateway
    By Arno Kopecky Douglas & McIntyre, 2013
    In June 2012, the author, a journalist and travel writer, and his friend, photographer Ilja Herb, left Sidney on Vancouver Island to sail to Kitimat in northern British Columbia. Their purpose was to explore the coast and visit the residents to understand better the implications of tankers carrying bitumen in these waters.
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    Canadian Pensioners Concerned, Ontario Division is grateful for the significant donation from
    Canadian Generic Pharmaceutical Association and for donations made in memory of Margaret Norquay.

    WHERE TO DONATE COMPUTERS IN TORONTO
    Heritage Skills Development Centre (HSDC) requests donations of computers and electronics which are new or gently used and in working condition.....
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    SENIORS IN MANITOBA
    The Manitoba Association of Senior Centres (MASC) is a provincial focal point to facilitate communication, networking and planning among senior centres and raise their profiles. The Association also assists in .....
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    PRESENTATION ABOUT LHINs
    A presentation on The Local Health System Integration Act was made to the Standing Committee on Social Policy, February 2014. .......
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    PRE-ARRANGING A FUNERAL
    Arranging a funeral in advance lessens the load on the executors as well as assuring the arranger will have the type of funeral wanted. It also gives the arranger a chance to investigate and compare options.......
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    TAX IMPLICATIONS AFTER A DEATH
    Here are a few things to keep in mind when dealing with someoneís taxes after they have passed away. File a final return.....must always be filed after a death.:.......
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    PRE-BUDGET BRIEF
    The uncertain economic times that we wrote about in previous Briefs continues. The province is still facing a serious budgetary deficit, largely incurred by the international recession that swept across the developed and developing world.....
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    CAN WE SAVE OUR PLANET?
    Higher temperatures are expected to be accompanied by changing patterns of precipitation frequency and intensity, and a rise in sea level.......
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    COMMENTARY: THE BIONIC SENIOR
    Once upon a time, four men flew south to play a game of golf. They had to pass the security scan and two of them activated the alarm. Their replacement parts were metal: one knee and one hip. It made me wonder if artificial parts survive our cremation. What happens to them? Are they recycled?.......
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    BUYING AN APPLIANCE - Worthwhile Tips
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    BOARD HIGHLIGHTS
    Briefs and Reports
    The Communications and Focus Group Project Report prepared by CPC for the Ontario Seniorsí Secretariat has been accepted. The Project Coordinator, Margot Lettner and Barbara Kilbourn and Christine Mounsteven of CPC Board are scheduled to meet with the Secretariat March 3 for further discussion. Two submissions were made to the provincial government: one about the budget and one about LHINs.

    Communication

  • To Councillors of Metro Toronto regarding the 2014 Operating Budget and expressing the need for resources for the
        Tenant Defence Fund and The Housing Stabilization Fund.
  • To Non-Profit Network regarding the negative impact the proposed new Standards will have for CPC to work effectively.
  • To Hon. Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance re the Technical Advisory Group on Retirement Security and asking that CPC's Briefs be taken into consideration. An update on the status of the recommendations from the Report of the Expert Commission on Pensions, 2008 was requested. Copies to Juanita Dobson, Ontario Seniors' Secretariat (OSS), and Susan Eng, Canadian Association for Retired Persons (CARP).
  • To Olivia Chow, MP, supporting her proposed private members bill to amend the Canada Pension Plan to provide for full retroactive benefits to persons eligible for retirement pension or survivorís pension under the CPP without being bound by the present 11 month limit.
    We get Mail
    Elizabeth Lumley of Toronto writes that she appreciates the useful information and many valuable perspectives in Viewpoint.

  • When things go wrong, go right