Wandering can be Deadly: A List of Resources for Caregivers Looking after Dementia Sufferers


Editor’s Note: Following a tragic hit and run accident that took place Wednesday August 6th in the evening, CBC news published the following article urging caregivers to take precautions… A Canadian family is grieving after an 83-year-old woman suffering from Alzheimer’s disease was struck and killed by a vehicle on Highway 400 in the Toronto-area.  The driver has turned himself … Read more

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Recap of CMA-CARP Seniors Care Challenge


Leading up to the June 30, 2014 by-elections, CARP and the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) partnered together on a Seniors Care Challenge. The challenge asked all candidates in the four by-elections, the Ontario ridings of Trinity-Spadina and Scarborough-Agincourt and the Alberta ridings of MacLeod and Fort McMurray-Athabasca, to endorse or reject 12 specific elements of a pan-Canadian seniors strategy. The … Read more

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CARP talks Health Care Transformation with Ontario’s new Deputy Minister of Health

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CARP met with Ontario’s new Deputy Minister of Health, Dr. Bob Bell, on July 25, 2014 and introduced CARP’s advocacy work in health and the need for health care transformation, an area that CARP has increasingly been pushing for. CARP emphasized to the former president of the University Health Network, a network of 4 major hospitals and research centres in … Read more

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Chance to win a copy of the August CARP Book Club pick


The Hundred-Foot Journey is the August CARP Book Club pick! Email for a chance to win 1 of 5 signed copies! The CARP Book Club is reading Richard C. Morais’ the 100 Foot Journey this August! Watch the trailer:   Hard copy or e-reader   Independent Retailers  

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Ontario Drives Ahead with ORPP: Refresher and Update


CARP members will no doubt recall that the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP) was first proposed in the minority Liberal Government’s 2014 Budget tabled May 1st, 2014. The budget was not adopted in May  because the Opposition parties  triggered an election. On June 12th 2014, Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals were re-elected with a majority government and two days later (June 14th) … Read more

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Ontario Budget Underway

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CARP before the Standing Committee to implement Ontario’s Budget On July 21, 2014, CARP presented before the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs at Queen’s Park on Ontario’s budget implementation bill. Susan Eng, VP Advocacy, highlighted the support of our members for the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP) and that our members want to see other provinces follow suit. … Read more

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Shift towards paperless billing and direct deposit will continue to alienate some low-income persons and seniors – can Canada’s new financial literacy leader be of help?

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“Financial Literacy leader focuses on seniors”, published July 6th, 2014 by The Toronto Star and written by Ellen Roseman addresses the many mounting challenges low-income seniors can look forward to in the next two years. As a snowballing  number of large companies move towards paperless billing and Revenue Canada moves to eliminate paper filing – an increasing number of seniors … Read more

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The Advocacy Centre for the Elderly’s Take on the Star’s Antipsychotic Drug Use in LTC Report

The Advocacy Centre for the Elderly’s Take on the Star’s Antipsychotic Drug Use in LTC Report

Editor’s Note: In April 2014, CARP Action online re-published a very important investigative report by the Toronto Star. The report exposed some shocking revelations about the rampant use of powerful antipsychotics in Ontario nursing homes. The Toronto Star’s investigation found that many seniors are being drugged and sedated with medications that are sometimes being used off-label and that have been … Read more

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Low Interest Rates, High RRIF Withdrawals: A Perfect Storm for Retirees


In the name of getting tax money out of us sooner, the Government of Canada continues to force retirees to outlive their savings – pushing the elderly, despite their savings and frugality, onto provincial welfare rolls and out of their homes if savings dry up completely.  A quick look at the the decline in fund balance and the increase in … Read more

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Proud of our Progress

Proud of our Progress

Canada is among a handful of countries around the world to have legalized same-sex marriage. Many same-sex couples chose to make Canada their new home when we finally declared that people could marry who they loved. This week has seen massive celebrations as people from around the world descended on Toronto to celebrate WorldPride 2014. It is an extraordinary moment … Read more

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