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

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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

Posted in Advocacy, News, Your Rights

CARP members are reading OPEN SECRET this April…are you?

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CARP members are reading OPEN SECRET this April! Thanks to Simon and Schuster, we have access to connect with the author, Deryn Collier, to answer your questions. We hope you will take the opportunity to read the book and send in your questions to Deryn Collier to BookClub@CARP.ca by May 9th. A selection of questions will be featured in an … Read more

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

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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

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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

Posted in Your Rights

Playing for time: Can music stave off dementia?

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At 101, Frank Iacono still plays the violin. The concertmaster for the Providence Civic Orchestra of Senior Citizens in Rhode Island, he particularly enjoys playing polkas and jigs. “It keeps my mind active, and it gives me a lot of pleasure,” Iacono said. The orchestra’s executive director and co-founder, Vito Saritelli, said Iacono is extremely sharp for his age. “Music … Read more

Posted in Your Health

The Middle-Aged Guide to Growing Up: Sleep Tight

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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

Posted in Your Health

Seniors and depression: On a ‘shrinking island’

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Seniors already dealing with health problems, financial constraints and shrinking social circles often confront an accompanying challenge. Depression, as one elderly Victoria sufferer says, is “a hidden disease,” something that seniors are especially loathe to admit. British Columbians 70 and older account for about 12 per cent of suicides in the province, according to statistics from the B.C. Coroners Service. In 2011, … Read more

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

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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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Ask an Expert: seniors should beware syndicated mortgages as a “safe” investment

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Editor’s Note:   This is part of a series outlining practical survival tips for investor protection.  The series is guest-authored by John Hollander and Harold Geller, they are lawyers with Doucet McBride LLP and they specializes in Personal Injury, Financial Loss Recovery and Wills and Estates.  They also authored the articles listed at the bottom of this page.   Like all investors, seniors … Read more

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CARP extends best wishes to Finance Minister Flaherty and appreciation for responsiveness to seniors’ issues: letter

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 19, 2014 Toronto, ON: Best wishes were conveyed on behalf of the 300,000 CARP members nationwide to departing Finance Minister Jim Flaherty and appreciation was expressed in the attached letter for the significant tax changes implemented by Minister Flaherty. During Minister Flaherty’s tenure, important improvements of particular interest to seniors were implemented, notably: increased age exemption … Read more

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