Ask the Pharmacist: How to Keep Your Medications Working for You

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Many Canadians live with multiple chronic illnesses and their medicine cabinets may be filling up as a result. In fact, almost two thirds of those aged 65 and over take five or more prescription drugs from different drug classes. Managing all these medications can be a real challenge and pharmacists can be an important resource to help keep Canadians on … Read more

Posted in Community Development, National, Uncategorized

Budget 2015: Recommendations to the Department of Finance

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Inadequate retirement savings, precarious late-career employment, and poor investor protection combine to make it difficult for many Canadians to achieve and sustain retirement income security.   Nearly 6 percent of seniors still live in poverty, amounting to almost 300,000 people.[i]   One in six single seniors, most of whom are women, lives in poverty. Twelve million working Canadians do not have workplace … Read more

Posted in Your Finances, Your Health, Your Rights

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

Posted in Your Health

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  

Posted in Community, Uncategorized

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

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

Dr. Francis Jean, 1958-2014


The entire staff of CARP was shocked and saddened to learn of the sudden and tragic passing of Dr. Francis Jean, Founder and President of IRIS The Visual Group, CARP’s Recommended eye care provider. “Francis Jean was an exceptional leader; with a big heart and an unwavering passion for life and for helping others, he built IRIS the Visual group … Read more

Posted in National, Uncategorized

CARP at World’s Largest Elvis Festival this weekend


Special guest Priscilla Presley will be in town for the festival, and promoting cool new book, Shades of Elvis By Christopher Ameruoso/Priscilla Presley Join/Renew with CARP at Collingwood Elvis Festival and enter contest to win a an autographed copy of the book.  July 25-27, 2014. Collingwood Ontario is home of the world’s largest Elvis festival. Now in its 20th year, and with over … 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

Posted in Your Finances, Your Rights

Canadians are missing billions, and no one seems to care

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You may be rich—if only you could find those long-lost investments According to the Canadian Press, there could be anywhere from $4 billion to $7 billion in unclaimed assets sitting in accounts right now. The Bank of Canada alone is holding nearly $1 billion from bank accounts and Canada Savings Bonds, but experts estimate unclaimed assets across the country could top … Read more

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