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

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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

Metal Piggy Bank

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

Posted in Advocacy, CARP in the News, News, Your Finances

Retiring with roommates: The merits of shared living as you age

The Golden Girls

The idea of four older, single women sharing a house together was enough to develop a TV series that ran for years and earned critical acclaim. The Golden Girls was a comedy, but retiring with roommates could be a reality for more and more Canadians. A modern-day Golden Girls (or Guys)–type setup has numerous benefits: sharing a domicile allows for people to look out … Read more

Posted in Advocacy, Barrie, Your Finances

CMA, CARP challenge candidates to adopt National Seniors Care Strategy


  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   CMA, CARP challenge candidates to adopt National Seniors Care Strategy Open letter to federal by-election candidates   Ottawa, Toronto (June 27, 2014) — A majority of the candidates but only two of the three major parties in Monday’s federal by-elections have committed to a National Seniors Care Strategy in response to the CMA-CARP Challenge. The Canadian … Read more

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

corrigan op-ed may 10 2009

  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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CARP Complying with New Anti-Spam Legislation


“Spam” also known as junk email or unsolicited bulk email (UBE), are nearly identical electronic messages sent to numerous recipients by email. Clicking on links in spam email may send users to fraudulent web sites or sites that are hosting viruses. The Government of Canada has instituted new anti-spam legislation (CASL) that requires companies and organizations that communicate using email messages, to obtain explicit permission from the recipient in … Read more

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CMA, CARP challenge candidates to adopt National Seniors Strategy


      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Open letter to federal by-election candidates Ottawa, Toronto (June 16, 2014) —The Canadian Medical Association and CARP have come together to issue a challenge today to all candidates in the four June 30 federal by-elections to endorse or reject specific elements of a pan-Canadian seniors care strategy. The Seniors Care Challenge asks the candidates if 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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