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South Okanagan article summer 2017 edition
Posted date : Sep 11, 2017.
Being from the Okanagan, I was delighted to read your article about the South Okanagan. However, I was disappointed....   Read more...

Lack of diversity in CSANews
Posted date : Sep 11, 2017.
My wife and I enjoy the information and articles found in your magazine. However, I keep being disappointed....   Read more...

IRS Form 8840
Posted date : Sep 11, 2017.
I submit the IRS Form 8840 annually, but do not receive any confirmation from the IRS..   Read more...

Overstaying 182 days in the U.S.
Posted date : Sep 11, 2017.
Can anyone comment on what happens if you overstay your 182 days in the U.S.? I understand that the IRS can consider you taxable on worldwide income, but do they contact you?   Read more...

Filling out Form 8840
Posted date : Jun 15, 2017.
We are snowbirds who have been filling out the Form 8840 yearly. We understand that the B2 visa allows us ? as visitors ? to stay in the U.S. for up to six months in a 12-month period.   Read more...

Wonder…
Posted date : Sep 28, 2016.
Years ago, I participated in the observance of a total eclipse of the sun near Estevan SK with astronomy friends and telescopes. No one present could verbally contain their incredible feelings of wonder.   Read more...

Camper Van in Both U.S. and Canada
Posted date : Sep 28, 2016.
My question: do I have to import it into Canada when it spends about six months in each country (as do I).   Read more...

Canadian Pledge
Posted date : Jul 15, 2016.
At our park, the residents often repeat their pledge of allegiance and were in the habit of holding a minute's silence to recognize Canadians.   Read more...

No spare tire in rental car
Posted date : Sep 29, 2015.
We rented a car in Colorado and had a slow leak in a tire; we found there was no spare, only a blow-up kit with a sealer included.   Read more...

CSA President Award Honourees recognize group effort for fundraiser
Posted date : Jul 17, 2015.
Our names are Pat and Brian Irving and we are writing about an item in the spring 2015 Issue 94, under “CSA President’s Award Honourees” page 46, beside our photo that recognizes the terrific honour bestowed on us, which states; “Pat and Brian Irving held a charity fundraiser.”   Read more...

American waiver needed to enter U.S.?
Posted date : Jul 17, 2015.
I read your article about the gentleman who was stopped at Newark because of an old DUI for which he had a Canadian pardon. The offence was from 32 years earlier, but he would require an American waiver.   Read more...

Filing 8840 for first time; can’t remember dates
Posted date : Jul 17, 2015.
We are filling out the form 8840 for the first time and do not remember the exact dates for the last three years.   Read more...

For potential eight-month stay in U.S., will IRS still restrict to 183 days?
Posted date : Jul 17, 2015.
I understand that the eight-month option is before congress again, but I was told by someone that it will only apply to immigration and not to IRS.   Read more...

Absence from U.S. for more than 31 days; using those days for U.S. cruise
Posted date : Jul 17, 2015.
We are planning on going to Mexico next Jan. leaving from the U.S. We will be there for 31 days.   Read more...

Days in Mexico not part of 182-day U.S. limit
Posted date : Jun 16, 2015.
I am spending five months in Florida each year and wish to take a two-week vacation in Mexico. Is this deducted from my 182-day limit?   Read more...

Monitoring of advertisers in CSANews
Posted date : Jun 16, 2015.
In your last newsletter, there was an ad for the Canadian company called "Roam." Does CSA endorse this cell phone company?   Read more...

Blog contains false info about days allowed in the U.S.
Posted date : Jun 16, 2015.
I just read a blog that indicated that CSA says that we can stay for 183 days + 30 days if we own property and are over 55. Is this correct?   Read more...

Days in U.S. and Form 8840 specifications
Posted date : Jun 16, 2015.
If I wish to stay in the U.S. for 150 days every year, am I allowed to do that?   Read more...

Criminal charge from the past prohibits entry into U.S.
Posted date : Jun 16, 2015.
A pardon is no good. You need a waiver from the U.S. Consulate.   Read more...

Is the 30-day rule being enforced?
Posted date : Jun 16, 2015.
At a CSA presentation, we were told that we must be home for at least 30 days before returning to the U.S.   Read more...

Will cruise count as being in the U.S.?
Posted date : Jun 16, 2015.
As we won't have been out of the U.S. for 30 days, will all of the days count as being in the U.S. for B2 purposes?   Read more...

Shipping a car
Posted date : Jun 16, 2015.
While trying to arrange shipment of a second vehicle to Florida, I discovered the murky world of auto shippers.   Read more...

Bringing furnishings Back into Canada
Posted date : Jun 16, 2015.
We have owned a home in Florida for six years and are considering selling it. Can we just bring our furnishings back to Canada?   Read more...

Exit date given by U.S. CBP officer
Posted date : Jun 16, 2015.
I have been given an exit date of March 8, 2015, even though it is far fewer than 182 days for my stay in the U.S. The agent would not tell me why.   Read more...

Registering, plating and insuring a car in Florida
Posted date : Jun 16, 2015.
We have left our car in Florida. We use it when we go back down for the winter. I am considering having it re-registered in Florida, obtaining a Florida licence plate and getting Florida insurance on it. How difficult is this?   Read more...

Trouble at the local Florida licensing office
Posted date : Jan 09, 2015.
I was told "you did not turn in your licence plate when you cancelled your insurance, therefore you must pay a fine of US$150 in order to renew.   Read more...

Driving a US registered vehicle in Canada
Posted date : Oct 14, 2014.
I would like to inquire about being able to drive one of these U.S. vehicles back to Ottawa, Canada.   Read more...

Displaying Flags
Posted date : Oct 10, 2013.
Some Canadians in our park are flying flags that are one flag with both the American and Canadian flags printed on them. Is this practice followed in proper etiquette?   Read more...

Cross Border Marriages
Posted date : Jul 29, 2013.
I have been a subscriber for a long time and have not seen any articles or letters inquiring about the technicalities of marrying an American. We all enjoy our winters in the U.S. and sometimes, romance happens. I am one of the lucky ones and am contemplating marriage in the future. As a Canadian marrying an American, what advice can you offer? Your help and information would be greatly appreciated.   Read more...

Marrying an American
Posted date : May 01, 2013.
What kind of "rights" or "provisions" does one of the unmarried partners, have, should the Canadian fall ill in his/her own country or vice versa, for the other partner to stay with said partner in either Canada or the U.S. for the duration of care?   Read more...

Answers for New Snowbirds
Posted date : Jan 10, 2013.
Should I get a U.S. Visa and bank account? How do I find locations popular for Canadian snowbirds?   Read more...

"The calculus of er charges" - An Investigative article by steve lopez
Posted date : Jul 05, 2012.
la times april 1 page a2, investigative article by steve lopez, "the calculus of er charges" had some points of interest to us snowbirds. One that caught my attention was er billings...   Read more...

Problems with trying to sell "double-wides" in florida
Posted date : May 05, 2012.
One of the major problems with trying to sell "double-wides" in florida is the monthly rental on the leased property. A safer investment is to purchase a unit in a park where you also own the land on which the unit sits. You then pay only association fees to the park.   Read more...

Problems in importing a car
Posted date : May 05, 2012.
We purchased a used car here in California and are planning on driving it back to BC this year. Wondering if we will have any problems crossing the border... There will be import fees and HST as well as duty if the car was manufactured outside of the NAFTA zone (Canada, U.S. and Mexico).   Read more...

Reading issues of CSANews and get quite a bit of valuable information
Posted date : May 05, 2012.
I am neither right wing or left wing and prefer to be the bird in-between, as in snowbird, and don’t mind entertaining all points of view with an open mind.   Read more...

Selling our Florida home - What we have to do?
Posted date : Dec 02, 2011.
It is our understanding that there is some tax agreement between Canada and the U.S. that allows us to be taxed here and not there. Is that true?. When a Canadian sells real estate in the U.S., 10% of the sale price has to be sent to the IRS upon completion of the sale.   Read more...

Maintenance and repair of your own house in Arizona
Posted date : Dec 02, 2011.
As a Canadian, can you make maintenance and repair in and around your own house in Arizona? Yes, and you can help your neighbour, too.   Read more...

Substantial Presence Test
Posted date : Sep 02, 2011.
Dear Bird Talk, Re: Substantial presence test Does anyone know whether day trips to the USA to buy gas, shop or play a round of golf are used in calculating the substantial presence test? Eric Zukowsky Delta, BC   Read more...

Credit Cards At U.S. Gas Pumps
Posted date : Dec 06, 2010.
Dear Bird Talk: Re: Using Credit Cards at Gas Pumps At one time, I heard that if you are using your credit card at the pump and it asks for a zip code, you know of a solution. I heard it was the three numbers in the postal code followed by two zeros. Just wondering if this is the way, or if it is the opposite of that.   Read more...

Problems With Progress Energy
Posted date : Dec 06, 2010.
Dear Bird Talk; As we prepare for our travels to the sunny south, I usually make all of the calls in preparation; i.e. calls to phone, electric, newspaper, etc. I have not encountered any problems other than long waits, pressing numbers one to six, four or five times until I reach a person.   Read more...

Rental Fee Correction
Posted date : Sep 17, 2010.
Dear Bird Talk, With regards to your story in the summer issue Re: Chris & Liz Butler, I think that you meant the rental fee was AU$600-700..   Read more...

Can I Legally Work in the USA?
Posted date : Jul 20, 2010.
Dear Bird Talk, Last January, I purchased a Park Model Trailer in Arizona, where I plan to spend my winters.   Read more...

Prohibited Food Items and US Customs
Posted date : Jul 20, 2010.
Dear Bird Talk, Before we call out the Panic Police regarding this issue, I'd like to pass on some information. Every year before we leave for our winter vacation, I check the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol website for prohibited food items, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture website regarding which pet food ingredients are prohibited.   Read more...

Innacurate Information About Florida License Renewal
Posted date : May 27, 2010.
The Snowbird Alert information on page 6 of issue 73 is not accurate. The "renewal" of a Florida driver’s license is straightforward. Canadians who already have a license are grandfathered and with the exception that it is now $48/year; can renew yearly. The new rules referred to in the article are applicable to new applicants not holding a current license. I just went through the procedure today, Jan 25/10. No change from last year.   Read more...

Snowbird Extravaganza for "Mature Lifestyles"
Posted date : May 27, 2010.
Re: Snowbird Extravaganza You are billing it as being for "mature lifestyles." What does that mean? Senior citizens? Or do you mean mature audiences – as in filthy language? I'm bringing my 84-year-old mom. We are both Christians and would be offended by anything for 'mature audiences'. Please explain.   Read more...

Arizona Vehicle Identification Cards
Posted date : May 27, 2010.
Thanks for the e-mail with the information as to location and dates for your winter show/gathering in Greater Phoenix. I have attended in past years, and intend to do so again this year. You may want to consider adding the state of Arizona Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to the exhibitors for your show in Arizona. The state of Arizona Department of Motor Vehicles has available, AT NO CHARGE (if age 65 or over) an Arizona identification card with your picture on it. You simply have to go into a DMV office, present your passport, and they will issue the card - good for six months...   Read more...

American ZIP Code Tip
Posted date : May 27, 2010.
Thanks for the information on the Florida SunPass. When registering online, the system asks for the zip code for both the home address and the credit card mailing address. It does not accept Canadian six-character postal codes so to override this, just enter the three numeric characters of your postal code followed by 99. It works. (My postal code is "V7E 3X9", so I enter "73999.") This also works at all gas pumps that ask for your credit card "zip code."   Read more...

Licence Plate Programs/Canadian Credit Cards/Provincial Travel Insurance
Posted date : May 27, 2010.
Suggest that you would assist snowbirds in Florida if you could integrate this licence plate program with help in getting service stations to stop refusing to accept Canadians with credit cards with only five characters in their zip codes.   Read more...

Texas ID's
Posted date : Dec 12, 2009.
Dear Bird Talk, We were told by a few agencies in Texas to apply for an ID card. However, on trying this morning to apply, we have found out that the requirements to qualify for this card have changed.   Read more...

Pun Fun, CSA News, summer 2009;
Posted date : Sep 22, 2009.
Dear Bird Talk, How insensitive a comment. Ignorant also comes to mind. Dyslexia is not funny or punny! Sick, insensitive!   Read more...

Renew your license!
Posted date : Sep 22, 2009.
Dear Bird Talk, Imagine our surprise when my wife was stopped and ticketed for driving without a licence - $400 plus.   Read more...

Comments on Bird Talk Previous Editions
Posted date : Apr 30, 2009.
Dear Bird Talk, I read with interest two letters in Bird Talk Fall 2008 Edition. The first by Stanley Knight. My comments on his story are as follows.   Read more...

CSA Member Survey
Posted date : Dec 23, 2008.
Dear Bird Talk, Re: the article 'And the survey says’ by J. Ross Quigley. In this article, Mr Quigley states the following statistics. Quote: 80% are married, 3.5% are living common law and, just so you know, 0.65% live an alternate lifestyle. Unquote.   Read more...

Newfoundland Jokes
Posted date : Sep 19, 2008.
Dear Bird Talk, I want you to know right from the start that I take offence to the word “Newfie.” If I ever read another Newfie joke in this magazine again, I will no longer be a CSA member.   Read more...

Vehicle Registration in Florida
Posted date : Jul 22, 2008.
Dear Bird Talk, I reference the advice given to John & Debbie Chalmers in the spring 08 issue in the bird talk section. You stated that Florida requires an individual to have a Florida driver’s licence number in order to register a motor vehicle in their system. This has not been my experience.   Read more...

Florida Driver’s Licence
Posted date : Jul 22, 2008.
Dear Bird Talk, It was with some surprise that I read your article about needing a Florida driver’s licence in order to register a car in Florida. Over the years, I have purchased three cars in Florida and registered them with my B.C. driver’s licence and nobody ever told me I needed a Florida driver’s licence.   Read more...

What Does it Really Cost?
Posted date : Jul 22, 2008.
Dear Bird Talk, In the spring issue of CSANews, Mr. Quigley, in his article “What Does it Really Cost?,” refers to “slimy lawyers.” apparently, to Mr Q., any lawyer who tries to collect money owed to a client is slimy, whereas health insurers who will use every trick in the book to avoid paying claims are fine, upright and non-slimy.   Read more...

Things Never Change
Posted date : Jul 22, 2008.
It’s really a shame that fuel economy means so little to automobile manufacturers, when so many people are conscious of how much their own cars are giving in mpg. I personally think they should spend a little more time on economy instead of on 0-60 speeds, top speeds, power that is useless, and bulk that eats up gas.   Read more...

Visa Questions at the Border
Posted date : May 22, 2008.
Dear Bird Talk, Neighbours from Kelowna recently arrived in Hemet, California and e-mailed to say that the customs officer asked a new question:   Read more...

Canadian Involvement in the Second World War
Posted date : Aug 07, 2007.
Dear Bird Talk, When reading the article regarding the “death of four Canadian soldiers” included in the “from the desk of the late Don Slinger,” I felt moved to write a comment regarding the Canadian involvement in the Second World War.   Read more...

Best Cell Phone Plan
Posted date : Aug 07, 2007.
Dear Bird Talk, I learn so much from reading our CSA magazine, plus the sharing of information from our snowbirds via Bird Talk. Is there a way to determine the best cell phone plan to use between Canada and the U.S. that avoids the prohibitive roaming fees?   Read more...

EBay and Paypal Payments
Posted date : Jun 06, 2007.
Dear Bird Talk, I am a Canadian spending my winters in Arizona. Last winter I had an eBay account and paid for my purchases through PayPal with a Canadian credit card for delivery to my temporary U.S. address.   Read more...

Importing a Car from the US
Posted date : Jun 01, 2007.
Dear Bird Talk, I read with great interest Ross Quigley’s editorial in your summer 2006 issue of CSANews. Could you possibly relay my comments to him, as well as a few queries I have about his car importing experience?   Read more...

Driver's License
Posted date : May 28, 2007.
Dear Bird Talk, I have just had a rather annoying and stressful situation crop up which I am relating to Bird Talk so that other CSA members will be aware of a situation which, when known, can be controlled by the member.   Read more...

Canada News
Posted date : May 23, 2007.
Hi there, Just a note to say thank you for all the years I have been a member of CSA, and also for receiving care and kindness whenever I needed some medical attention – even regular follow-up calls to check on my well being.   Read more...

Demographics
Posted date : May 17, 2007.
Dear Bird Talk, Reading the winter issue of CSA News, I noted the various efforts on recruiting new members.   Read more...

Don Slinger Column
Posted date : May 16, 2007.
Dear Bird Talk, We are members of the CSA and have always enjoyed your magazine, from humour to serious information.   Read more...

Hurricane Pictures
Posted date : May 16, 2007.
Dear Medipac, My sincere thanks to you and your organization for the excellent pictures of our unit in Florida.   Read more...

Thanks Medipac!
Posted date : May 16, 2007.
Dear Medipac, Thank you very much for mailing pictures of our house in Maple Leaf Estates, Port Charlotte, Florida, taken after the destruction of Hurricane Charley.   Read more...

Check Your Nuts and Bolts
Posted date : May 15, 2007.
Dear Bird Talk, We are members of the CSA and read with interest your publication.   Read more...

Vacation Rentals
Posted date : May 05, 2007.
Dear Bird Talk, As a member of CSA, I was hoping to get some information.   Read more...

Driver's License for Trailers
Posted date : Apr 15, 2007.
Dear Bird Talk, Further to my conversation with Ellen White at the Texas Snowbird Show.   Read more...

Royal Canadian Legion
Posted date : Apr 09, 2007.
Dear Don Slinger, Regarding the gentleman who just received a disability pension through the Royal Canadian Legion.   Read more...

Angels Come in All Shapes and Sizes
Posted date : Apr 09, 2007.
Dear Bird Talk, A wonderful experience happened to us while travelling back north for the summer, we were on I-79 north of Pittsburgh when our car suddenly just quit in the middle of nowhere.   Read more...

Email Machine
Posted date : Mar 09, 2007.
Dear Bird Talk, Last winter while in Panama City Beach, I purchased an e-mail machine.   Read more...

Donate your CSANews
Posted date : Mar 05, 2007.
Dear Bird Talk: I would like to suggest that fellow snowbirds donate their old CSA magazines to hospitals and doctors offices rather than throw them out, as this will help keep fellow snowbirds, seniors and travellers up to date on matters that are so important for their travel outside of Canada.   Read more...

I Have a New Laptop!
Posted date : Mar 04, 2007.
Dear Bird Talk, I am a Lifetime Member of CSA (and) I have a new IBM laptop (my first computer) which I will take to Florida. I am so happy to discover the CSA page, etc.   Read more...

Mail Forward
Posted date : Mar 03, 2007.
Dear Bird Talk, Thank you for the latest CSA Special Report, which arrived recently.   Read more...