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August 21, 2014
What your elected representatives have to say to CARP members about Environmental concerns - We invited politicians to comment for this special environmental legacy issue of CARP Action Online. They were asked: “what can older Canadians do to leave a healthier environment to subsequent generations, what is your party/your organization doing to advance this goal?” At press time these are the responses we had received:


 
We are Condemning our Grandkids to an Unliveable World
letter from Elizabeth May - Green Party Leader

Dear CARP members,

“Progress” has always seemed linear and forward-moving. The narrative of our culture has been that each generation’s future will be brighter, healthier, more secure than that of its parents. And it is that which ends with us. The boomers have been enjoying the last of the one-time only blow-out of cheap and abundant energy. We have been consuming at never-before imagined levels of comfort and convenience. We have run up a very large debt on somebody else’s plastic. And that is what we leave behind. Unless, we refuse to slip off this mortal coil condemning our own kids and grand-kids to an unliveable world. Read more

 
Time for Action on the Environment
letter from Megan Leslie - NDP Environment Critic

Megan Leslie NDP Environment Critic Dear CARP Members,

For the first time ever, the House of Commons includes Canadians from across seven decades, meaning that Parliament will truly be a place of intergenerational partnership. This new dynamic in Ottawa means that, with the insight, experience and support of older Canadians, young Canadians now have an opportunity to help set policies and make laws that are forward-looking, particularly with respect to our environment and the race to prevent catastrophic climate change? Read more

 
Liberal Environmental Critic's Letter to CARP
Kirsty Duncan MP Etobicoke North

Dear Members of CARP,

Hello, happy summer, and it is an honour to have the pleasure of writing to you about the environment--one of my key research areas and passions for the last twenty years.

I fundamentally believe in these words of the ‘Declaration of Interdependence’: ‘Our home, planet Earth, is finite...when we compromise the air, the water, the soil and the variety of life, we steal from the endless future to serve the fleeting present. Read more

 
Ontario Minister of Energy's Letter to CARP
Hon. Brad Duguid, , MPP (Scarborough Centre)

Dear CARP Members,

As the election approaches, more Ontarians are beginning to see that there is a lot at stake, particularly when it comes to our energy future.As the Minister of Energy for Ontario, I’ve had the opportunity to travel across this great province to see first hand the positive impact our energy investments have made. Read more

 

 
CPP benefits should be doubled: Study
CARP's UPP proposal continues to gain expert approval


Even though a "Big CPP " was championed by losing parties in the recent election, the idea of almost doubling benefits paid out by the Canada Pension Plan refuses to die. If a new and mandatory national defined benefit [DB] pension plan proposed by retired Finance Department mandarin Keith Horner gets traction, CPP and QPP benefits would jump from 25% to 40% of earnings up to $48,300 and from zero to 25% on a bigger salary base of $96,600. Read more
 
Gap Widens between Rich and Poor
New Conference Board of Canada report shines a spotlight on growing inequity


"The report doesn't mince words," said Susan Eng, vice-president of advocacy for CARP, the Canadian Association of Retired Persons, which is now billed as a national organization for those ages 50 and up. "Anybody trying to tell us that we have no poverty is now going to be standing on one leg." Read more
 
Turning our Money into Green Jobs
does the reality live up the hype?


July 4th was another “green “ jobs creation day in the Ministry of Energy office with a media release announcing another 1017 MW of industrial wind contracts and 27.5 MW of solar contract signings and went on to announce; “These projects will be brought online through the Bruce to Milton reinforcement project, Ontario’s largest transmission project in 20 years.“ The press release stated that this “will provide enough electricity to power more than 280,000 homes.” Read more
 
A deadly disdain for science
In the atmospheric film Silent Hill, a dead mining town is forever shrouded in fog and falling ash, while those unfortunate enough to visit also find themselves forever trapped in an alternate reality, where science and morality have no hold. It's an apt metaphor for Quebec's dying and deadly asbestos industry, as it slowly suffocates in a chrysotile cloud. But even more so, it's an apt metaphor for the federal government's asbestos policy, just the latest example of the Conservatives' embrace of an alternate reality bereft of science and morality. That policy received worldwide condemnation recently, after Canada became the only country in the world to oppose listing chrysotile asbestos under Annex III of the Rotterdam Convention, a multilateral treaty covering the importation of hazardous chemicals. Read more
 


 
If you experience problems completing the survey, please fill it in here.
Environment Poll
How much do you agree we are going through a period of changing climate, including global warming?

Agree strongly

Agree

Disagree

Disagree strongly

DON’T KNOW

How much do you agree climate change is a man-made phenomenon?

Agree strongly

Agree

Disagree

Disagree strongly

DON’T KNOW

Do you believe it is possible for us to alter our behaviour in time to avert lasting environmental damage?

Yes, very possible

Yes, possible

Yes, barely possible

No, not really possible

No, not possible at all

DON’T BELIEVE CLIMATE CHANGE MANMADE

DON’T BELIEVE IN CLIMATE CHANGE

DON’T KNOW

What do you think is the most important environmental issue facing us as a country?

Pollution

Global warming

Oil sands

Clean water

Tornadoes/extreme weather

Sustainable growth

Peak oil

Flooding/drought

OTHER

DON’T KNOW

Do you go out of your way to buy environmentally friendly products?

All the time

Most of the time

Some of the time

Rarely

Never

Do you go out of your way to buy environmentally friendly products even when they are more expensive than the regular products you buy?

All the time

Most of the time

Some of the time

Rarely

Never

Which of the following best fits your description of energy prices today?

Much too high, no one can afford to pay

Somewhat too high, poor can’t pay

About right

Somewhat too low, don’t cover true cost of energy

Much too low, we need to limit energy use

DON’T KNOW

Is it better to keep energy prices artificially low now to spare the economic impact, or adjust prices upwards now to spare the greater economic impact in the future?

Keep prices low now, adjust in future

Prices are right now, don’t need adjusting

Adjust prices now

DON’T KNOW

Cap and Trade describes a plan whereby every industry is allowed to emit so much greenhouse gas, and those who emit more than this must buy permits to do so from those who emit less than this. This creates an incentive to limit emissions. How much do you agree with this plan?

Agree strongly

Agree

Disagree

Disagree strongly

DON’T KNOW

Carbon Tax describes a plan whereby all industries are taxed on the amount of greenhouse gases they emit. This also creates incentives to limit emissions. How much do you agree with this plan?

Agree strongly

Agree

Disagree

Disagree strongly

DON’T KNOW

In Europe, manufacturers are responsible for their products throughout their lifecycle, from purchase to disposal. How much do you agree with this?

Agree strongly

Agree

Disagree

Disagree strongly

DON’T KNOW

How much do you agree that through your individual actions you can have a significant positive effect on the environment?

Agree strongly

Agree

Disagree

Disagree strongly

DON’T KNOW

Which of the following technologies do you believe can be the most harmful to humans?

Cell phones

High tension wires

RFID water and gas meters (“Smart Meters”)

Genetically modified foods

WiFi

Wind turbines

Solar panel arrays

NONE OF THESE

DON’T KNOW

Do you think the potential riches promised by the Oil Sands in Fort McMurray outweigh the environmental damage caused by extracting the oil?

Secure petroleum resource most important, environmental impact secondary

Both are equally important and need to be reconciled

Environmental damage far too great for the limited benefit

OTHER

DON’T KNOW

Are you willing to make material sacrifices to your lifestyle now in order to ensure future generations have a sustainable world to live in?

Very willing

Somewhat willing

Not very willing

Not at all willing

NO NEED TO SACRIFICE

DON’T KNOW

Some scientists say we have passed the point of “Peak Oil”, that is, the point at which proven and as yet unfound oil reserves will decrease in coming years, spelling the eventual end of the world’s oil supply. How much do you agree with this theory?

Agree strongly

Agree

Disagree

Disagree strongl

DON’T KNOW

Some provincial politicians have promised to take the provincial portion of the HST off home heating costs , thereby costing the government millions in lost revenue. How much do you agree with this?

Agree strongly

Agree

Disagree

Disagree strongly

DON’T KNOW

They have also suggested removing the provincial portion of the HST from gasoline, which would also cost the government millions in lost revenue revenue. How much do you agree with this?

Agree strongly

Agree

Disagree

Disagree strongly

DON’T KNOW

IF provincial governments were to take all or part of HST off energy and gasoline, how do you think these lost revenues would best be made up?

Cut waste in government spending

Cut some services

Impose taxes/user fees elsewhere

FUNDING NOT NEEDED, ENVIRONMENT NOT IN DANGER

DON'T KNOW

Which is more important, reducing the high cost of gasoline now to relieve economic stress, or allowing the cost of gasoline to increase to limit emissions, automobile use and encourage transit use?

Lower gas costs now

Neither

Let gas costs increase

DON’T KNOW

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

Conservative

Liberal

NDP

Green Party

Bloc Quebecois

OTHER

UNDECIDED

Where do you live?

Newfoundland

Nova Scotia

PEI

New Brunswick

Quebec

Ontario

Manitoba

Saskatchewan

Alberta

BC/Territories

What is your gender?

Male

Female

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Elder Abuse Poll Report
As many as one tenth of CARP members have suffered elder abuse, most of which is not reported. Members say the answer to elder abuse is greater public awareness and a dedicated Elder Protection Agency. They believe elder abuse is a matter for the police to deal with and not for volunteer organizations. Just fewer than one-in-ten CARP members claim to have suffered elder abuse (7%), a finding which matches that recorded two years ago (9%). This stands in comparison with a Statistics Canada finding that between 4% and 10% of seniors suffer elder abuse. Read more
 


 

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CARP takes on Renewable Energy
by Ross Mayot VP Community Development


During the last federal election a number of issues of importance to Canadians and to CARP’s Advocacy—the economy, health care and pension reform—were prominent talking points for all political parties. But one issue got short shrift—the environment, our energy supply and global warming.

The irony was that the silence on the subject was occurring at a time when gasoline prices were at an all-time high; Canada was getting dubious achievement awards from the international community for its lack of a constructive environmental policy; and concern about the rising costs of electricity bills was a daily topic in households throughout the country. Read more

 
Environment Mini-Poll
Fresh water is a finite resource, like petroleum, and some experts say we face a shortage of clean fresh water by the middle of this century. How concerned are you about this?

Extremely concerned

Very concerned

Concerned

Not very concerned

Not at all concerned

DON’T KNOW

As governments try to reduce coal-fired and gas-fired electricity generating plants to reduce emissions, nuclear power becomes more important because of the lack of emissions. However, nuclear power generation creates radioactive waste which is impossible to destroy and very difficult to store. Which of the following statements best describes your attitude to increasing the use of nuclear power generation?

Nuclear power is cleaner, much preferable to oil or gas

Nuclear power has some advantages, slightly preferable to oil or gas

Nuclear power and oil and gas have similar benefits and problems

Nuclear power is potentially more harmful than oil or gas, use with care

Nuclear power is far more harmful than oil or gas, never use

DON’T KNOW

Scientists have developed genetically modified organisms which have been introduced into grains, vegetables and fish. These genetically modified organisms allow shorter growing times, hardier products and easier shipping. Do you believe the benefits of genetically modified out weigh the possible dangers?

Genetically modified foods are perfectly safe, same as others

Genetically modified foods are probably safe, similar to others

Genetically modified foods are untested, better to avoid

Genetically modified foods are dangerous, should be banned

DON’T KNOW

Canada is the world’s leading producer of Asbestos, which has been proved to be carcinogenic. So far, Canada has obstructed international moves to list Asbestos as a toxic material in order to protect Asbestos production and exports. Which statement best describes your opinion of the government’s position on Asbestos?

Asbestos is legal, Canada should protect our industries

Asbestos is a problem, production should be wound down

Asbestos is dangerous, production and export must stop now

Asbestos is deadly, production and export must stop immediately and an enquiry called

DON’T KNOW

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Caregiver's Diary: Moving My Father
Each funeral he plays, worth a hundred dollars in cash, is a treasure trove of purpose and activity in his life

My recently widowed 87 year old father put his house on the market shortly after my mother died last year, with a vague plan of selling it and moving to a bungalow my youngest sister owned in Niagara, close to most of his children. He doesn’t like real estate agents. He doesn’t like showing the house. He doesn’t like getting out of the house when it’s being shown. He’s not a real estate person. So, he listed the house on MLS for a flat fee, paid a fly-by-night outfit to put up a website and some photos and sat back, confident he would sell the house himself in no time. That was in 2010. Read more
 
Ask the Doctor: Old, tough and in chronic pain
by Dr. Angela Mailis Gagnon


I often see a neighbor of mine who is an older man chopping wood, carrying sizeable boulders, taking care of his large yard (his lawn looks velvety, exactly like the green you would see at a golf club) and clearing his snow. He does use lots of yard equipment (his “toys” as he calls them), but working on his property day in day out, in summer and winter, seems to be what he does best. One Sunday morning while chatting on the front lawn, I couldn't resist asking him how old he was. “I'm a young 76”, he answered with a gracious smile. Read more
 
Sustainability Advocacy for CARP Members
Guest Column
by Fred Winegust


Are CARP members, taking actions which minimize impact on the environment and leave this world a healthier place for our children and grandchildren? Do we know what is happening to our environment and why? Can we balance advocacy for financial security with the need to influence behavior on sustainable living. CARP chapters have the opportunity organize education sessions to understand the issues and form policy around solutions with measureable results. Read more
 
Introducing Tides Canada's Energy Vision for the Future
Support The New Energy Vision for Canada

What might daily life be like for our grandchildren when they reach retirement age? We’ve all heard plenty of doom and gloom tales about the future. But there is another path. Life could be good for our descendants. By about 2050 or so, they could be meeting almost all of their energy needs from wind, water, sun, and the warmth of the earth. Their efficient and comfortable homes could double as clean-energy power plants. “Pain at the pump”could be a distant memory, as this next generation zips around town in clean and quiet electric vehicles. Jobs and opportunities? Abundant. Health and overall quality of life? Unbeatable. Read more
 
Finding Love: A documentary about late life romance & marriage
Share your story and you could be on TV!


What one can do, two can do better. Falling in love late in life can be truly exhilarating . No inhibitions, perhaps a chance to give true romance another shot. It could even prolong your life. If you’ve been struck by CUPID’S ARROW late in life, we want to talk to you. What does it feel like? Are you giddy? Can’t you stop thinking about him/her? Is he/she your soul mate? How do you know? Is this the first time you’ve felt that way? Share your story with us and provide inspiration for others. Read more
 

Let’s Get Real About Elder Abuse in 2011 is a series of special articles exclusive to CARP Action Online. In this issue, we deliver the fourth and fifth installments from this in-depth series. Protect yourself and you loved ones by getting informed.

Tips and Ressources that May Save Your Life
Let’s Get Real About Elder Abuse in 2011 - PART 4


Our elder abuse polled revealed that 25% of CARP Action Online readers know someone who has been abused. This article includes a list of resources for victims of abuse or for people who know someone who has been abused. It also provides resources and tips for someone who suspects that an elder is being abused and wants to help. Read more
 
Speaking and Dealing with Victims of Elder Abuse
Let’s Get Real About Elder Abuse in 2011 - PART 5

Trying to Shed Light on Abuse – Speaking with A Potential Victim There are fewer more delicate situations than suspecting that someone you know is a victim of abuse. And yet there is a moral, and sometimes legal imperative to intervene and to prevent further harm. Before you broach this subject with a family member, a friend or an acquaintance, what follows is a series of techniques used by professionals when attempting to help victims. Read more
 

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