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  • Items from the Quarterly Publication Canadian Pensioners Concerned
    SEPTEMBER 2015 Vol. 41 #3
    Editor: Dorothy Archer
    Layout: Margaret Gunhouse
    Editorial Board: The Executive

    Canadian Pensioners Concerned, Inc.
    225 Brunswick Ave. Toronto ON. M5S 2M6
    Phone: 416.964.9223 ext. 240
    Toll-free: 1.800.264.2784
    E-mail: canpension@gmail.com

    Issues of CPC Viewpoint are published March, June, September, and December.
    Submissions are welcome, subject to editing,
    and must be received by the third week of the month prior to publication.

    Articles and AGM ReportsArchives

    Seniors Vote is a collaboration of seniors, retirees, professional and advocacy groups raising common concerns which particularly resonate with older Canadians - financial security in retirement and health care reform. The following details the recommendations for the upcoming federal budget ......
    Read more here....

    With generous donations from former McMaster Chancellor, Suzanne Labarge, the Labarge Optimal Aging Initiative was launched. The McMaster Optimal Aging Portal is a key part of this Initiative. It is a free website service for citizens, clinicians, public health professionals and policymakers ......
    Read more here....

    Canadian Pensioners Concerned (CPC) has a long history of engaging with many groups that share CPC's primary interest in working to improve the lives of older people, as well as others, who face discrimination and dis-advantage in Canada. .......
    Read more here....

    Researchers are attempting to uncover aspects of psychological and physical health that influence our lives on a daily basis.Older adults are under-represented in all research fields, restricting efforts to optimize health policy and practice that could benefit their health. Hence, researchers at York are looking for healthy volunteer participants aged 50 years and over.
    Read more here....


    Most Canadians have come to think very highly of their universal health-care system since it was established nationwide almost 50 years ago. But for all its benefits, it doesn't cover every health-related cost: medications outside hospital, for example, are exempt. Why? ......
    Read more here....

    Every winter my sister and I join other snowbirds flying or driving south to get away from the cold. Just getting there is an adventure. We are seniors who are getting more and more fixed in our ways the older we get. Over nine years we have developed a check list of what to expect and prepare for ......
    Read more here....


    Canada Revenue, Service Canada, The Centre for Equitable Library Access.....
    Read more here....


    When the recent federal election was called, Volunteer Canada invited candidates across the country to imagine their election campaigns with no volunteers- no one to make phone calls, no one to knock on doors, no one to work on election day. I was approached by my local candidate's campaign office to volunteer on election day and was told that it needed 600 volunteers for that day alone.......
    Read more here....

            BOOK REVIEW
    Closing Time : Prohibition, Rum-Runners, and Border Wars
    By Daniel Francis

    This is prohibition in Canada which was quite different from the U.S.A. Like The Victorians, which was reviewed in the last issue of Viewpoint, it is a social history with many illustrations to support the text - distilleries, labels, newspaper articles, ads, cartoons, etc.
    Read more here....

    Bajrangi Bhaijaan
    Directed by Kabir Khan 2015

    Bajrangi Bhaijaan is a striking movie which makes a plea for peace between India and Pakistan. It was released for Eid 2015 and is reputed to be the second highest grossing film of Bollywood to date.The major roles are played by some well-known Indian actors and some very able new ones
    Read more here....

                          WE GET MAIL ....
    Beverly Jean Brunet of Surrey, B.C. commented on the Transportation Facts in the Brief sent to the Mayor of Toronto and reported on in the last issue of Viewpoint. She writes that seniors can have an annual, very inexpensive pass to ride public transportation but only those seniors on very low incomes are eligible. Others can purchase a monthly pass for $52.00. She continues that people who can afford the basics of living pay $72.00 per month for the equivalent of OHIP and get some financial help with medication after a certain percentage of income has been spent on prescriptions. Anne Dubas of Port Credit, Ontario asks that CPC encourage the removal from the Ontario Human Rights Act of the ability of employers to decrease the benefits of those employees over 65 years of age.

    We recommend you read Bob Rae's "What's Happened to Politics" before the election. It is a thoughtful non-partisan book about the current evolution of politics in Canada since the 1970s. It is a clarion call to Canadians to become engaged.

    Worrying won't stop the bad stuff from happening, it just stops you from enjoying the good

    Look around you. Find:
    5 things you can see,
    4 things you can touch,
    3 things you can hear,
    2 things you can smell,
    1 thing you can taste.
    This is called grounding. It can help when it feels like you have lost all control of your surroundings.
    Hot Moms Club

                I AM THANKFUL...
    For the taxes I pay because it means I am employed.
    For the mess to clean after a party because it means I have been surrounded by friends.
    For the clothes that fit a little too snug because it means I have enough to eat.
    For my shadow that watches me work because it means I am out in the sunshine.
    For a lawn that needs mowing, windows that need cleaning and gutters that need fixing because it means I have a home.
    For all the complaining I hear about the government because it means we have freedom of speech.
    For the parking spot I find at the far end of the parking lot because it means I am capable of walking and I have been blessed with transportation.
    For my huge heating bill because it means I am warm.
    For the lady behind me in church who sings off key because it means I can hear.
    For the pile of laundry and ironing because it means I have clothes to wear.
    For weariness and aching muscles at the end of the day because it means I have been capable of working hard.
    For the alarm that goes off in the early morning hour because it means I am alive.

                                 THE "11's"
    211 - For community, social and health service questions in Ontario.
    311- Accessibility to non-emergency city services and information. In Ontario, ailable in Durham Region,
          Greater Sudbury, Halton Region, Ottawa, Peel Region, Toronto, Waterloo Region, Windsor.
    411- For directory assistance for telephone numbers within Canada.
    511 - Information about Ontario highways: road closures, winter road conditions, construction projects.
    911 - For emergency situations - to report a crime in progress or a life-threatening emergency situation.
        .......Ambulance; Fire; Poison; Police.

        One nice thing about egotists - they don't talk about other people.