Let’s Talk: Canadian Dementia Care is in Need of a Paradigm Overhaul


Malcolm Young, AC/DC’s guitarist, is suffering from a form of dementia?  That news was shocking this week, especially given that Young is only 61. Boomers who have been caring for suffering parents have been bracing themselves for a tidal wave of new cases of dementia – but surely it can’t have begun already? Have the floodgates opened? Dementia: The Straight Dope … Read more

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Canadians heading for a retirement income crisis


With too many Canadians heading into retirement without enough savings, the debate now centres on what needs to be done to fix this looming problem. The warning bells have been clear, but they are growing increasingly louder: Canadians are not saving enough for retirement, and they’ve got to do something about it, quickly. “I think there’s a broad consensus that … Read more

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Fair Elections Act: Harper Pressed On Concerns From Seniors, Students

Profit sharing: I'll cast my vote for that!

OTTAWA — Opposition parties leaped to the defence Tuesday of seniors and students who are worried the passage of the Conservatives’ Fair Elections Act would leave them unable to vote in the next federal election due to a lack of adequate identification. NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair asked Prime Minister Stephen Harper if he was concerned by a warning from CARP, … Read more

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CARP Opposes Fair Elections Act, Bill C-23 at Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs


CARP opposed the Fair Elections Act, Bill C-23 at the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs in Ottawa on Monday April 7, 2014. Read our media release on the Fair Elections Act here: VAST MAJORITY OF CARP MEMBERS REJECT FAIR ELECTIONS ACT Susan Eng, the VP of Advocacy for CARP, made the following recommendations on the Fair Elections Act (Bill C-23) to … Read more

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CPP reform good for seniors and economy in long run: Finance Canada Study


Harper cabinet ministers had claimed pension changes could cost thousands of jobs, but that analysis is deeply flawed, economist says OTTAWA – The B.C. government should support efforts to improve Canada Pension Plan benefits in light of federal documents showing that would boost Canada’s economy in the long run, a pension expert said Friday. The Harper government insisted at a … Read more

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Everything you need to know about the Fair Elections Act


Editor’s Note: The Globe and Mail has put together an amazingly thorough and detailed yet straightforward backgrounder on the Fair Elections Act.  It addresses almost everything you need to know to understand the debate on this issue.  CARP will be making a Committee presentation on the Fair Elections Act and we will make this presentation available shortly thereafter.  In the … Read more

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Ontario To Double Seniors Community Grant Program

senior and kids

Editor’s Note:  The Ontario Ministry of Finance issued a press release today to announce their  proposal to double funding to the Seniors Community Grant Program.  The proposed funding would increase the total funding envelope to $1 million  in 2014-15 (it currently stands at $500, 000).  The Seniors Community Grant Program supports initiatives by not-for-profit community groups that help seniors stay … Read more

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The Middle-Aged Guide to Growing Up: Sleep Tight


I’m a Boomer, born right in the middle of the Boom, along with 400,000 other Canadian kids that year, and I’m a pensioner now. I’m also a champion sleeper, and I always have been. I fall asleep in the dentist’s chair (not kidding), I fall asleep the moment I board an aircraft and don’t wake up until they open the … Read more

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Elderly couple demand hospital end ‘illegal detention’

Elderly couple demand hospital end ‘illegal detention’

Douglas and Pamela Allen are asking a court to order their release from Victoria General Hospital An elderly Victoria couple has gone to B.C. Supreme Court to try to take back control of their lives, after they were committed and held in hospital after going there for care. In court documents, the Vancouver Island Health Authority claims Pamela and Douglas … Read more

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On Investor Protection & Overlapping Mandates: Making Something Everyone’s Job Sometimes Makes it No One’s Job

Falling through cracks, snakes and ladders

Earl Jones is also out on Good Behaviour (Just in Time for Fraud Awareness Month) It seems like a good time to pause and reflect on fraud awareness and investor protection this week – after all, March is fraud awareness month.  Some of you may recall Earl Jones, Canada’s very own Bernard Madoff.   This Ponzi-scheming fraudster swindled more than 150 … Read more

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