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November 26, 2014




CARP supports bill that will benefit bereaved Canadians
Bill C-247, An Act to expand the mandate of Service Canada


Currently, Canadians must contact multiple federal government departments to notify the government of a death, a process that also often requires multiple forms of documentation for the proof of death. Due to a lack of coordination and communication across government departments, bereaved Canadians are obligated to take unnecessary measures, creating additional stress during an already difficult time in their lives. In some cases, some people have to notify over 30 different departments and programs, such as CPP, OAS/GIS, Social Insurance Number, Passport Canada, GST/HST payments, Veteranís Disability Program, Death Benefit, Elections Canada, Citizenship card, Earning Loss benefit, Canada Child Tax benefit Ė just to name a few. Read more

VIDEO: Justin Trudeau at the CARP AGM
See the full video of Trudeau's Annual General Meeting Speech and Discussion


Justin Trudeau, Leader of the Liberal Party, headlined at CARPís Annual General Meeting in Toronto on October 24, 2014 and hosted a town hall with the leadership of 53 CARP chapters from across the country. Mr. Trudeau announced his position on retirement security - to work with the provinces to increase the CPP and reverse the age eligibility for OAS/GIS back to 65 if elected as prime minister in the upcoming 2015 federal election. In addition, he clarified that the will not touch pension income splitting as prime minister. Watch the VIDEO for his commitments on pensions, healthcare, and other concerns of CARP members. Read more





Navigating Caregiving and Chronic Conditions a Strain on Canadians
New joint CARP/Sheridan Centre for Elder Research survey reveals concrete data and possible solution


For many Canadians, finding their way through the healthcare system is a daunting task. In fact, 81 per cent of Canadians find the system too complicated, and 78 per cent agree that navigating it is a challenge, according to a recent survey commissioned by CARP and the Sheridan Centre for Elder Research, and made possible by Amgen Canada. When asked what presents the biggest challenges to navigating the system, Canadians identified management of chronic disease as the most important challenge Ė not surprising given that three in five Canadians over the age of 20 have at least one chronic condition. They also identified caregiving as a heavy burden, with almost eight out of 10 ranking it as a difficult challenge. With more than 8 million Canadians providing care or assistance to a loved one, the scope of this challenge is immense. Read more

Seniorsí Fight for Retirement Rights Benefits Younger Canadians
An article providing good coverage of CARP's retirement security position


Governments should have learned a number of truths about seniors. They are engaged, have insight and knowledge gained from a lifetime of experiences, and know how to come out swinging when their interests are challenged. Yet, says Susan Eng, CARPís vice-president of advocacy, some politicians seem to have forgotten the lessons of time when it comes to challenging seniors over what they hold dear, particularly retirement income. Writing in the Huffington Post, Eng said there is a move to start a war on seniors, with lines of battle being drawn around issues of so-called generational fairness - and the provision of government income supports to a group of Canadians who, supposedly, donít need them. In a recent conversation with ARIA, Eng challenged such observations and discussed how seniors are mobilizing to not only protect their interests, but also those of younger Canadians. Read more

CARP's Special Retirement Feature in Plans & Trusts Magazine
Susan Eng editorial in November/December issue is available here


What you donít know about pension will hurt you Ė if not now, then later when you canít catch up. Many of the people who will receive a pension have only a vague diea of what it does and what it means to them. Too many people reach late career and realize they should have saved more, an especially stark realization if accompanied by a layoff notice. So hereís a heads-up... Read more

Retirement a Luxury Many canít Afford
Even Canadiansí low expectations about retirement are considered optimistic


Shockingly, one in five Canadians reported that they will never retire. In addition, nearly one-third of those surveyed said they didnít know when theyíd be able to retire. Stagnant wages are coming home to roost. A recent survey also found that over 40 per cent of employers surveyed said their employees are overly optimistic with respect to their assessment of when they will be able to retire. That is rather astonishing, considering the dreary outlook so many Canadians seem to hold about their ability to retire in comfort. Yet even Canadiansí low expectations about retirement are considered optimistic. Read more

An Adult Conversation on Medically Assisted Dying
Full Episode Now Available Online


Canadaís right-to-die movement turned a major corner this year when Quebec passed a law permitting physician-assisted death for some terminally ill patients. Those leading the charge say the rest of the country will soon follow suit. That hasnít stopped the decades-long and passionate YES/NO debate from continuing but we need to move on to how Canadians will address the issues within their own families. Given this new reality, and the potential for more legislation, hosts Libby Znaimer and CARP VP Advocacy Susan Eng explore the latest developments in the right-to-die movement and what families need to know as they grapple with end-of-life decisions with special guests MP Steven Fletcher, PQ MNA Veronique Hivon, The Globe and Mailís Andre Picard and other key public figures who speak for doctors and nurses at the front lines of end-of-life care... Read more




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Justin Trudeau Headlines CARP AGM and Makes Important Announcement
Trudeau Commits to CPP Enhancement


CARP welcomed the federal Leader of the Liberal Party Justin Trudeau to its Annual General Meeting on October 24, 2014, at which Mr. Trudeau announced his position on retirement security to the leadership of 53 CARP chapters from across the country. His speech and Q&A discussion with the chapters were captured on video but the following are the highlights of his speech and responses to CARPís questions. On retirement security, Mr. Trudeau committed to working with the provinces to increase the CPP and reverse the age eligibility of OAS/GIS back to 65 if elected as prime minister in the upcoming 2015 federal election, saying the following... Read more

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CARP Public Health Poll
1. How likely is it that we will experience an Ebola outbreak in Canada?

Very likely

Somewhat likely

Not very likely

Not at all likely

DONíT KNOW

2. How well prepared is Canadaís public health system for an outbreak of Ebola?

Very well prepared

Somewhat well prepared

Not very well prepared

Not at all well prepared

DONíT KNOW

3. What is the best public health measure to employ to prevent an outbreak of Ebola in Canada?

Quarantine everyone who arrives from West Africa

Medical screening at customs/borders/airports

Ban direct flights from West Africa

Develop a vaccine/treatment

Monitor situation and advise public based on the evidence

Public education and self-monitoring

More study

Something else

DONíT KNOW

4. How likely is it that we will experience a large scale flu epidemic in Canada?

Very likely

Somewhat likely

Not very likely

Not at all likely

DONíT KNOW

5. How well prepared is Canadaís public health system for a large scale flu epidemic?

Very well prepared

Somewhat well prepared

Not very well prepared

Not at all well prepared

DONíT KNOW

6. What is the best public health measure to employ to prevent a large scale flu epidemic in Canada?

Mass vaccination

Quarantine those with the flu

More education on vaccination

Avoid going out in public

Washing hands/using sterilizer

Something else

DONíT KNOW

7. Which would be more serious public health crisis, an Ebola outbreak or a large scale flu epidemic?

Ebola outbreak

Large scale flu epidemic

DONíT KNOW

8. Did you get a flu shot last year for flu season?

Yes

No

9. Will you get a flu shot for this flu season?

Yes

No

DONíT KNOW

10. If you plan to get a flu shot, or have already had one, where will you get it or did you get it?

Doctorís office from doctor

Doctorís office from nurse/other

Pharmacy, from pharmacist

Walk-in clinic

Somewhere else

DONíT PLAN TO GET FLU SHOT

DONíT KNOW

11. Do you agree or disagree it is your responsibility to get a flu vaccination to prevent spreading the flu to others?

Agree strongly

Agree

Disagree

Disagree strongly

DONíT KNOW

12. What is the main reason some people do not get flu shots?

Fear of vaccines

Misinformation about vaccines

Think vaccines are ineffective

Vaccine is based on last yearís flu, not this yearís

Donít get sick/donít go out

Too busy

Not convenient/too far from doctor/pharmacy

Never occurred to them

Something else

DONíT KNOW

13. Do you agree or disagree any of these reasons listed above are a justification for not getting a flu vaccination?

Agree strongly

Agree

Disagree

Disagree strongly

DONíT KNOW

14. Do you agree or disagree that those who campaign against vaccination are misinformed and constitute a threat to public health?

Agree strongly

Agree

Disagree

Disagree strongly

DONíT KNOW

15. Do you agree or disagree flu vaccinations should be mandatory for all health care workers?

Agree strongly

Agree

Disagree

Disagree strongly

DONíT KNOW

16. Flu vaccinations have fewer negative side effects these days because of fewer impurities in the adjuvant. Should flu vaccinations be mandated by law, and for whom?

Should be mandated for the weak or seriously ill

Should be mandated for seniors and children

Should be mandated for health care workers

Should be mandated for everyone

Should not be mandated

DONíT KNOW

17. Seniors benefit less from flu vaccinations than others because they canít produce antibodies as well. This means they rely on others not getting sick to prevent getting sick themselves. Should flu vaccinations be mandated by law, and for whom?

Should be mandated for the weak or seriously ill

Should be mandated for seniors and children

Should be mandated for health care workers

Should be mandated for everyone

Should not be mandated

DONíT KNOW

18. Which of the following would you use to describe your attitude to vaccination?

Vaccination is one of the most important tools of public health

Vaccination is a good idea, but isnít for everybody

Vaccination may or may not be beneficial

Vaccination is useless

Vaccination can cause autism/epilepsy/disease/harm

OTHER

DONíT KNOW

19. Is vaccination a public duty or a personal decision?

Public duty

Personal decision

SOMETHING ELSE

DONíT KNOW

20. Many vaccines are free or publicly subsidized. Were you aware of this?

Yes

No

21. What standards should be applied in deciding whether new vaccines should be covered by the health system?

Rigourous scientific testing

Proven to be best/only one on market

All vaccines should be covered

Only for the most contagious disease (flu, polio, chicken pox, etc.)

If covered in other jurisdictions, cover here

If itís very costly

All vaccines covered for those under a certain income limit

VACCINES DONíT NEED TO BE FREE/WORTH PAYING FOR

OTHER/DONíT KNOW

22. Do you know if you are up to date on your adult vaccines, including booster shots?

Yes

No

DONíT KNOW

23. Have you ever had a case of shingles?

Yes

No

24. Are you aware there is a vaccine for shingles?

Yes

No

25. Have you been vaccinated for shingles?

Yes

No

26. Apart from the flu shot, do you know or remember what vaccines you have received and when?

Yes

No

27. If a federal election were held tomorrow, which partyís candidate would you support?

Conservative

Liberal

NDP

Green Party

Bloc Quebecois

OTHER

UNDECIDED

28. Where do you live?

Newfoundland

Nova Scotia

PEI

New Brunswick

Quebec

Ontario

Manitoba

Saskatchewan

Alberta

BC/Territories

29. What is your gender?

Male

Female

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Giving Thanks on Rememberance Day 2014
A Very Important Day Indeed


A red flood spreads out before us as we emerge from a door in a wall. Ceramic poppies bleed from the Weeping Window in the bastion wall on the other side, rise in a wave over the causeway, filling the 10-hectare moat of the Tower of London... Read more

Conference Board of Canada Releases New Findings
Perspectives of Employers and Employees on Pensions and Retirement Readiness


Susan Eng spoke on a panel at the Conference Board of Canadaís conference, Benefits and Disability Management, on October 20, 2014 to discuss the Conference Board of Canadaís results from their national survey of employers and employees on their perspectives and experiences with pensions and retirement readiness. The results of the conference boardís study showed that many Canadians are concerned that they have not saved enough for retirement and that many plan to delay their retirement and continue to work part-time. According to the Conference Board of Canadaís survey results, 60% said that they have not saved enough for retirement and 60% of those aged 65+ said that they will continue to work past their official retirement date. Read more

Ontario Update on Caregiver Leaves of Absence and Paramedics Community Care
New policies include recommendations made in CARP's One-Patient Policy Paper


In addition to the caregiver leave announcement, on October 14 it was stated that paramedics will begin offering more community care to improve continuity of care. The initiative supports some of CARPís One Patient recommendations for a comprehensive access to home care and multi-disciplinary health professionals team that can improve cost effectiveness and health outcomes. As part of the programs, paramedics will be applying their skills and training to improve access to care in the community for patients with chronic conditions, especially seniors. Ontario is investing $6 million to expand and develop 30 community paramedicine programs that will support participating paramedics in working with Health Links and other teams of health professionals to provide more care to patients in the community. Read more

Designing Dollars
The Middle-Aged Guide to Growing Up


In the late 90s, I worked on a project researching the design for the next generation of banknotes to succeed the Birds of Canada series (my favourite of those was the Snowy Owl, or Harfang de Neige, on the $50). They were due to be released in 2001, We were to go and talk to all the communities in Canada, and my job was, as usual, to go talk to the hardest to reach. My itinerary included First Nations reserves, communities north of the Arctic Circle and new Canadians in the cities where they land. I put in a lot of travel that year. The new series of notes was to be called Canadian Journeys, and had to highlight Canadian arts and heritage... Read more

Choices in the Face of Decreasing Mobility
Architect used his professional skills to adapt his environment to his new reality


It all began 64 years ago. I was 23 years old, picking cucumbers on a kibbutz in Israel. I remembered nothing of that July morning until I regained consciousness in a hospital, emerging from a hallucinatory week of spiking temperatures. I was weak, disoriented and surrounded by doctors questioning my double vision and inability to walk. The verdict was polio. I had the misfortune to acquire the virus two years before Dr. Salk chose to perfect his vaccine. Fortunately, despite his untimely lapse, I recovered almost completely, and was able to lead a full life, play tennis, lumber along a jogging track and practice successfully as an architect. But polio, being cheated of a victim, hadnít forgotten me; about 40 years later, when I thought that I was safely free of the disease, my legs began to weaken. During the next two decades I progressed from a cane to a walker to a wheel chair. Read more

Introducing Carolís Corner!
Carol Libman's new Regular Column, in this Issue: Spring Forward, Fall Back


On November 2nd, we turned our clocks back one hour. At least most of us in North America did, although not all. In Canada a chunk of Saskatchewan doesnít bother with Daylight Saving Time, nor do a couple of spots in BC, Nunavut, Quebec and Ontario. Farm animals, were they given the opportunity to express their views, would totally ignore the change, their internal clock being much more reliable. So, why go to all that trouble when weíll only have to move them forward in the spring next year? Read more





The CARP Poll: PRPPs, RRSPs, the ORPP and the CPP
The CARP Membership Poll Report


Only about one half of members are familiar with PRPPs and few agree they are a good solution to Canadaís pension problem or that they would enroll (or would have enrolled) in a PRPP. There is wide agreement the ORPP is an effective solution for the pension problem and, while DC and DB plans are seen to be comparable to the ORPP for substitution purposes, the PRPP is not. On the other hand, they are seen to be just another group savings vehicle like an RRSP. Read more

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