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Ontario Drives Ahead with ORPP: Refresher and Update

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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

Posted in CPP: Time to Act, Your Finances, Your Rights

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

Posted in Your Finances, Your Health, Your Rights

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

PERFECT STORM

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

Posted in Your Finances, Your Rights

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

Posted in Your Rights

CD Howe Report: mandatory RRIF withdrawals cause people to outlive savings

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  Canadians are increasingly likely to outlive their retirement savings. And mandatory Registered Retirement Income Funds (RRIFs) withdrawals are a significant part of the problem, according to a new report by the CD Howe Institute. Increased longevity and longer retirement means that mandated RRIF withdrawals put people in a position to outlive their savings as they age, threating retirement security … Read more

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The Middle-Aged Guide to Growing Up: Tripping The Light Fantastic

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Editor’s Note: “A. Boomer” is the alias of a CARP member who shares his experiences about growing up and growing old every two weeks in the CARP ActionOnline newsletter.  He is back by popular demand from our readers after publishing his first series, the “The Caregiver’s Diary”.  For newer readers who might be unfamiliar to the Caregiver’s Diary columns, they … Read more

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Need to Know: Your Essential Guide to the Ontario Election

Need to Know: Your Essential Guide to the Ontario Election

The June 12, 2014 Ontario election is an opportunity for voters to choose between competing visions of where Ontario stands and where it should be heading. For older Ontarians, there’s a lot on offer. All three major parties are campaigning for senior votes on platforms that include proposals for improving comprehensive chronic care, homecare access standards, a provincial pension plan, … Read more

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Quebec passes landmark end-of-life-care bill

Quebec passes landmark end-of-life-care bill

Act respecting end-of-life care, Bill 52, allows terminally ill patients to choose death Terminally ill patients in Quebec now have the right to choose to die. The non-partisan Bill 52, also known as an act respecting end-of-life care, passed Thursday afternoon in a free vote at the National Assembly in Quebec City. ‘Dying with dignity means dying with the least … Read more

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