CARP

September 2, 2014


 
CARP calls on government to honour Canada’s pension promise and releases Universal Pension Plan
HALIFAX, Nova Scotia: Canada is not honouring its promise to keep Canadians out of poverty in retirement says CARP which calls for immediate pension reform to help Canadians now at risk as well as to prevent such insecurity for future generations. Read more
 
Canada needs an affordable, accessible Universal Pension Plan
by Susan Eng

Did you know that the 2009 maximum Canada Pension Plan benefit is $10,905? That’s per year. Old Age Security kicks in another $6,203.52 for a total of $17,108.52. Without a workplace pension plan or significant RRSPs, that’s what you’ll be living on in your “golden” years. Read more
 
Seniors' advocates tout CPP replacement
by Ian MacLeod

OTTAWA — Canada's largest seniors' advocacy group has escalated its pension-reform campaign with the release of a paper calling for a new, public retirement savings plan that is "universally accessible, affordable, adequate and sustainable," Read more
 
Two-tier CPP urged
Chris Lambie

The Canada Pension Plan needs a second tier that would either be mandatory or so attractive that people would be foolish not to sign up, says a seniors advocacy group. Read more
 
Susan Eng has solutions to the pension mess on CBC's Maritime Noon
Will you have enough to live on when you retire ? That's the fundamental question facing millions of Canadians - whether they're 64 or 24. Some observers say we're in the midst of a national pension meltdown. Read more
 
Pensions: How much is enough?
by Roger Taylor

The Attention pension reform is getting in the media these days has me wondering: How many seniors are out there scrimping and saving because they’re uncertain about how much money they’ll need to survive in the future? Read more
 
Just say no to forced licensing of old folks
by Kelly McParland

I don't care what the mayor's excuse is, I'm with CARP on this one. Read more
 
Seniors to walk hassle-free from now on
Margaret Guthrie gave "top marks" to Mark Grimes this week after the Etobicoke-Lakeshore councillor took a stroll with her walking group at Humber Bay Park West, where just last month they were allegedly accosted by a city bylaw officer for using the park without a permit. Read more
 
Seniors get walk in park
by SUE-ANN LEVY

City Hall appears to be backing down on a draconian policy that requires organized walking groups to get a permit to stroll through city parks. Read more
 
City is age-friendly, but for senior strollers
by Royson James

Susan Eng is never one to shrink in the face of a challenge. But this is one foe she never anticipated. After battling police chief Bill McCormack and the police brass over civilian oversight and police reforms during the mid-1990s, Eng figured her latest posting would be "a gimmie." Read more
 
A walk to remember for seniors
Margaret Guthrie and Don Foster are part of a walking group who walk through Humber Bay Park for fitness. Recently they were stopped by a park official in West Humber Bay Park and told they needed a permit to use the park. Read more
 
Old age insecurity
Liberal MP Ruby Dhalla has tabled a private members bill that aims to reduce the waiting time for Old Age Security to three years. While private member's bills rarely become law, and even less frequently generate much public interest, this one has sparked an uproar. Read more
 
CARP launches Universal Pension Plan Paper
Read CARP's full position paper backing the Universal Pension Plan proposal Read more
 
Susan Eng meets With Halifax Chapter
Susan Eng, CARP VP of Advocacy was in Nova Scotia this week where she met with the Halifax Chapter to discuss advocacy related matters. Read more
 
Age-Friendly Cities Poll Report
Overall, Canada’s towns and cities are seen to be easy places for older people to live. But affordable housing for seniors is a challenge across the country. Read more
 
If you experience problems completing the survey, please fill it in here.
Election Issue Poll
Recent polls have shown that the Government is within reach of a majority if an election were called today. There could be the right promise that would put them over the top.
1. What ONE issue, if supported by the government, do you think COULD result in them winning a majority in Parliament?

Federal GST/HST rebate

Substantial increases to CPP/OAS

Federal guarantee for at-risk pension plans

Tighten refugee rules

Employer-funded federal pension plan guarantee fund

Extend the mission in Afghanistan

Make it easier to qualify for EI

Enact a Universal Pension Plan which includes the self-employed

Some other issue

DON’T WANT A MAJORITY

2. What ONE issue would you most WANT to see the government support?

Federal GST/HST rebate

Substantial increases to CPP/OAS

Federal guarantee for at-risk pension plans

Tighten refugee rules

Employer-funded federal pension plan guarantee fund

Extend the mission in Afghanistan

Make it easier to qualify for EI

Enact a Universal Pension Plan which includes the self-employed

Some other issue

DON’T WANT A MAJORITY

3. How old are you?

Less than 45

45 to 54

55 to 64

65 to 74

75 or older

4. Where do you live?

Atlantic

Quebec

Ontario

Prairies

BC/Territories

5. What is your gender?

Male

Female

6. Are you retired or not?

Retired

Not retired

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CARP Congratulates Mayor Miller and Mark Grimes on resolving the seniors in the park issue
Yesterday it was reported that Margaret Guthrie had given "top marks" to Mark Grimes this week after the Etobicoke-Lakeshore councillor took a stroll with her walking group at Humber Bay Park West, where just last month they were allegedly accosted by a city bylaw officer for using the park without a permit."
It seems the seniors group will no longer be harassed while taking group walks through the park.Read more

 
CARP called on Mayor Miller to ensure seniors were not charged for walking in parks
TORONTO, ON: In a letter to Mayor David Miller today, Susan Eng, Vice President of Advocacy for CARP, called on the Mayor and Toronto City Council to take all necessary measures to ensure that all Toronto residents are welcome to walk in city parks without a licence. Read more
 
David Miller's Response to CARP's call to ensure that seniors were not charged in parks
In a letter addressed to Mayor David Miller October 13th 2009, Susan Eng, Vice President of Advocacy for CARP, called on the Mayor and Toronto City Council to take all necessary measures to ensure that all Toronto residents are welcome to walk in city parks without a licence. This is the Mayor's Response. Read more
 

Previous Issues of CARP Action Online

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September 28th 2009
September 14th 2009
August 31st 2009
August 7, 2009
July 17, 2009
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H1N1 Vaccine Update - Your Provincial Updates
Information on seasonal flu shots and on the H1N1 vaccine is available in every province, by contacting public health or your family physician. It has been stated that people over 65 are generally at greater risk of catching seasonal flu than H1N1, and recommends that people 65 and older and residents of Long Term Care Homes get the season flu shot first. Read more
 
Invasive treatments for neuropathic pain
by Dr Mailis-Gagnon


So far we covered all forms of medicinal and non pharmacological treatments for neuropathic pain. However, there are more treatments that require an “intervention” in the form of needles or surgeries. Read more
 
Nova Scotia Announces New Caregiver Allowance
The Nova Scotia government has just announced that it will give a allowance to low income caregivers. If both she/he and the care recipient qualify, caregivers could receive up to $400 a month.Read more
 
Manitoba’s New Primary Caregiver Tax Credit
The Primary Caregiver Tax Credit is an annual, refundable tax credit that can be claimed by a caregiver who is providing ongoing voluntary care to a family, friend or neighbour. Read more...
 
Canadian Employer wins 2009 AARP International Innovative Employer Award for Age-Friendly Employment Practices
AARP, the U.S.-based non-profit organization representing nearly 40 million older Americans, and CARP—A New Vision of Aging for Canada, today announced the 10 winners of the 2009 AARP International Innovative Employer Award. Read more
 
Age-Friendly Communities Seminar Report – Ottawa, Oct 15, 2009
by Janet Grey, Ottawa Chapter Chair

had the pleasure of attending the Age-Friendly Communities Forum held in Ottawa on October 15th. Representatives from the provincial government and many agencies that support Ottawa seniors were in attendance. Read more
 

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