September 3, 2014

It’s time to make seniors care a national priority
CARP and CMA to host parallel roundtable at Premier’s meeting in Charlottetown

Ottawa, Toronto (Aug. 25, 2014) – The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) and the Canadian Association of Retired Persons (CARP) will co-host a seniors care roundtable on Aug. 28 in Charlottetown as a parallel event to the Council of Federation meeting. Ministers, MPs and the Mayor of Charlottetown have been invited to the roundtable and the event is open to the public and media. CARP and the CMA’s seniors care roundtable discussion will help shape a national seniors strategy. The two organizations are working together to make a national seniors strategy a key priority in the upcoming federal election. Read more

Interest groups eye budget surplus in summer submissions
Upcoming election provides leverage

Mr. Oliver said the government will focus on “reducing taxes to individuals” and “look at individual areas where prudent spending will be appropriate” with what could be more than $9-billion in surplus to play with in 2015, including a $3-billion security cushion... Seniors advocacy group CARP’s submission calls for the creation of a universal pension plan, restoring traditional Old Age Security (OAS) eligibility, developing employment strategy for seniors, and lifting seniors out of poverty, while the Canadian Medical Association called for a national seniors strategy. Read more

CARP and the Canadian Medical Association Respond to Canada Post’s proposals
Postal service solution for Canadians with disabilities leaves much to be desired

Amidst the growing chorus of complaints asserting that Canada Post’s elimination of door-to-door service leaves Canadians with mobility hindrances in an untenable position, the postal service recently announced that it has created a compromise. The solution they have proposed would require Canadians with disabilities that prevent them from accessing community mailboxes to answer questionnaires and questions about their medical history, consider giving “a friend” their mailbox key as well as provide a doctor’s note that can attest to their disability or illness. Read more

Susan Eng on Zoomer Radio
Medically assisted suicide as well as a preview of upcoming discussions and events

Canada’s doctors say they’re grappling with the challenges of meeting the needs of patients at end of life. The quality of end of life care was the focus of a conversation this morning as the annual meeting of the Canadian Medical Association continues in Ottawa. CARP VP of advocacy Susan Eng was in the meeting and told AM 740/Classical 96.3FM News, there was unanimous support for better access to palliative care. Read more

Membership Take on the Premiers Conference in PEI
The CARP Poll Report

CARP members think the most useful outcome of the upcoming First Ministers conference in PEI would be the kind of national standards for health care previously imposed by the national Health Care Accord, coupled with a comprehensive national seniors health care strategy that includes dementia care, home care and end-of-life issues. CARP members see a role for the federal government, not only in setting national health care standards, but in overall management, goal-setting, and funding of the health care file, and regret the fact the government has stepped away from the table. Read more

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CARP in Ottawa, Advocating for Seniors Care
CMA General Council – Physicians’ Changing Views on End-of-Life Care

CARP attended the Canadian Medical Association’s annual General Council meeting in Ottawa that gathered physicians from across the country on August 17th-18th. End-of-life care was one the featured topics at the General Council, providing an in-depth discussion that revealed the changing perspectives of physicians across Canada. Although the CMA’s policy states that Canadian physicians should not participate in euthanasia or assisted suicide, two-thirds of the physician delegates agreed that CMA’s policy should be revised when a live poll was taken place at the meeting. Read more

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CARP Municipal Poll
1. Do you live in an urban or rural environment?

Major metropolis (1 million +)

City (50,000 to 1 million)

Town (10,000 to 50,000)

Small town/rural (less than 10,000)

2. Municipalities fall under the responsibility of the province, which sets most financial and governance regulations. Do you agree or disagree that municipalities should be given more power to raise revenues and govern themselves?

Agree strongly



Disagree strongly


3. Do you agree or disagree the the largest cities in Canada, Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal, should be treated differently from other towns and cities, and be given special status as “city states” with their own governance similar to provinces?

Agree strongly



Disagree strongly


4. What is the most important responsibility a large city should have under its own authority?

Taxation powers

Revenue raising (fees/charges/tolls) powers

Mayor/councilor recall powers

Land use/zoning powers


Public health/hospitals/clinics

Law enforcement




5. Do you agree or disagree Canadian cities have enough tools to deal with conflict of interest and criminal behaviour by elected municipal officials?

Agree strongly



Disagree strongly


6. Do you agree or disagree Toronto, as the fourth largest city in North America, or the Greater Toronto Area, should be governed separately from the province of Ontario?

Yes, Toronto should be a province

Yes, the GTA should be a province

Yes, Toronto should be separate, but not a province

Yes, GTA should be separate, but not a province

No, Toronto should be de-amalgamated back into 6 cities

No, things should stay as they are


7. Did you vote in the last municipal election and will you vote in the coming municipal election in your town or city?

Yes, voted last time and yes, will vote next time

Yes, voted last time, don’t know if I will vote this time

Yes, voted last time, will not vote this time

No, didn’t vote last time but will vote this time

No, didn’t vote last time, don’t know if I will vote this time

No, didn’t vote last time and will not vote this time

8. Which level of politics has the most influence on your life?






9. Why do you think people are not more engaged in municipal politics?

Poor quality candidates

Same people run every time

Issues aren’t important

My vote doesn’t count

Decisions made to suit developers, not citizens

No new ideas/nothing ever changes

Federal/provincial politics more important


10. Which of the following would prompt you to vote for the municipal politician who promised it?

Road tolls

Downtown congestion charge

Term limits for mayor and councilors

No closed-door council meetings

Seniors affairs champion with real powers

Discounted/free parking for seniors

Discounted/free transit for seniors

More affordable housing for seniors

Public health services at home for shut-ins


11. Do you believe in a strong mayor system, under which the mayor makes most decisions after consulting with councilors, or the strong council system under which the mayor is just another vote among many?

Strong mayor system

Strong council system


12. Do you agree or disagree all towns, cities and municipalities should have provisions for recall of councilors or mayors in cases of egregious wrong-doing?

Agree strongly



Disagree strongly


13. If there were a new power of recall for egregious behaviour by mayors/councillors, who should exercise it?

Voters at next election

Mid-term referendum

Unanimous vote in council

Majority vote of council

There should be no power of recall


14. Which of the following do you think is the most promising way to raise revenues for infrastructure and city-building?

Road tolls

Downtown congestion charge

Parking surcharge

Property tax increase

Sell/privatize services

Sell/privatize real estate

User fees for libraries/parks/pools/etc

Advertising on municipal property/schools/parks

Demand funding from other levels of government


15. Do you agree or disagree municipalities are equipped and funded well enough to cope with services downloaded by the provincial and federal governments?

Agree strongly



Disagree strongly


16. What is the best way to help municipalities meet the needs of citizens and seniors who depend on services provided locally which may be underfunded?

Allow municipalities power to set fees, raise revenues

New fees/tolls/charges

Amalgamate more municipalities for efficiencies of scale

Direct federal/provincial funding for municipalities

Share of gas tax

Municipal Income Tax [credit against federal/provincial income tax]

Municipal Bonds with tax free interest


17. If a federal election were held tomorrow, which party’s candidate would you support?




Green Party

Bloc Quebecois



18. Where do you live?


Nova Scotia


New Brunswick







19. What is your gender?



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Bush League
The Middle-Aged Guide to Growing Up

I’m a Boomer and when I was born, I first lived at Heart Lake in Brampton, deep in the bush outside of Toronto, at the end of a long rutted road. Of course, Brampton is a jam-packed urban community now, with a big city mayor and big city scandals, but the bush is never far away in this country, where we snuggle up to the southern border and leave most of the land to the moose. I’ve had a lot of interesting jobs, but among the most awe-inspiring and scenic ones were in the bush; as a prospector, a timber cruiser and a surveyor. I’ve crossed the Divide at dawn in a helicopter, seen the sun rise over the snowfields to the strains of Bach on the earphones, I’ve walked forest floor that none but wildlife have walked, not even First Nations people. I’ve snowshoed through the trackless northern forest, talking to the Whisky Jacks and eating lunch on a stump in the snow. Read more

A Timely National Dialogue about End-of-Life Care
New Report Precis

The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) has published the results of a national dialogue process designed to provide both the public and the medical profession with a societal perspective on end-of-life care. In collaboration with Macleans Magazine, the CMA held town halls and an online dialogue which assembled key observations that will guide the profession in the future and serve as input to the quickly-evolving public policy process around this vital issue. The dialogue process addressed three main issues: advance care directives, palliative care, and euthanasia and physician-assisted dying. Read more

Canadian Anti-Fraud Measures too Fragmented
New Report by the Canadian Foundation for Advancement of Investor Rights

A new report released by FAIR, outlined a series of recommendations to remedy the current issues with the Canadian system put in place to prevent investor fraud. The report says that Canada lacks a formal strategy to adequately protect the public against investment fraud and that the system we have put in place is too fractured to be optimally effective. It would seem that CARP and FAIR are in agreement on this point. In our proposals requesting the creation of a National Securities Regulator and Enforcement Agency we have often raised these very same issues. Read more

How a national drug plan can boost the Canadian economy
Among OECD countries Canadians are paying some of the highest costs per capita for prescription drugs and 10% of us can't afford our prescriptions

According to the recently released study, A Roadmap to a Rational Pharmacare Policy in Canada, commissioned by the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU) there are two main reasons why prescription drug costs are so expensive in Canada. First, we have a fragmented system with multiple public and private drug plans. In a fragmented system, attempts to reduce costs normally result in shifting the cost somewhere else in the system... Read more

Profile: The Power of Snow
Teepa Snow is the horse whisperer of dementia, she has created training that takes caregivers where they actually need to go

“This is not my home,” she might blurt, bending over and staring hard at a person in the front row. “Why did you bring me here?” she shouts. She pauses, looks away, looks back and fires off: “I hate you!” Her “show don’t tell” approach to communicating information about dementia is visceral and effective. The person in the audience who is the “target” of her encounter is often visibly unsettled and the interaction sets up a learning opportunity. Snow is a dementia education and care specialist from North Carolina whose teaching style has won her fervent admirers in the caregiver community in North America. Read more

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