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2012 Snowbird Lifestyle Presentations
Posted date : Sep 04, 2012.
2012 Snowbird Lifestyle Presentations - The 2012 Snowbird Lifestyle Presentations are just around the corner, and you're invited!Canada's favourite musical comedy duo, Bowser....   Read more...

FREE Shows - Snowbird Lifestyle Presentations
Posted date : Aug 01, 2012.
Canada's favourite musical comedy duo, Bowser & Blue, is appearing to help us celebrate the freedom of the Snowbird Lifestyle, and joining them will be Cape Breton balladeer Tom Leadbeater and Canada's Ambassador of Good Cheer, Jimmy Flynn. FREE Shows - Snowbird Lifestyle Presentations - Dear Snowbirds,Canada's favourite musical comedy duo, Bowser & Blue, is appearing to help us celebrate the freedom of the Snowbird....   Read more...

2012 Snowbird Event Line-up
Posted date : Jan 09, 2012.
2012 Snowbird Event Line-up - FREE SNOWBIRD EVENTS - OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!Every January, February and March, the CSA keeps in touch with its members through CSA Winter Info....   Read more...

Botswana: Beauty & The Beasts
Posted date : Sep 02, 2011.
BOTSWANA: SNOWBIRDS ON SAFARI Botswana: Beauty & The Beasts - "His rotten-meat breath woke me up," said our guide, Gavin. "The hyena stuck his nose into my mosquito net, but I pretended to sleep, ....   Read more...

Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre Introduces New
Posted date : Sep 02, 2011.
Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre Introduces New - In June 2011, the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre added a new "Bulletins" section on their website to keep Canadians informed about new scams to which they....   Read more...

Canada Border Services Agency Now Tweeting Wait Times
Posted date : Sep 02, 2011.
Canada Border Services Agency Now Tweeting Wait Times - Fed up with long lineups at Canadian border crossings? Get real-time tweets about wait times at 22 different borders at twitter.com/CBSA_BWT. The....   Read more...

The City Different: Santa Fe
Posted date : Sep 02, 2011.
The City Different: Santa Fe - If you ever go to New Mexico, it will itch you for the rest of your life.– Georgia O'KeeffeA combination of altitude, desert and pueblos has pro....   Read more...

Fast Facts - Wine, Beer and Spirits
Posted date : Sep 02, 2011.
Fast Facts - Wine, Beer and Spirits - • The oldest active brewery in America is D.G. Yeungling & Son, which brews beer in Pottsville, Pennsylvania. It was founded in 1829.• In 1989....   Read more...

Old Goats
Posted date : Sep 02, 2011.
Old Goats - A group of Canadians were travelling by tour bus through Holland.As they stopped at a cheese farm, a young guide led them through the process of makin....   Read more...

A Hairy Tale
Posted date : Sep 02, 2011.
A Hairy Tale - Two elderly ladies were discussing the upcoming dance at the country club. "We're supposed to wear something that matches our husband's hair, ....   Read more...

The Secret to a Happy Marriage
Posted date : Sep 02, 2011.
The Secret to a Happy Marriage - An old woman was sipping on a glass of wine, while sitting on the patio with her husband, and said,  "I love you so much, I don't know how I ....   Read more...

Using the Internet For Travel
Posted date : Sep 02, 2011.
Using the Internet For Travel - Whether you're a veteran traveller to the sunny south or a greenhorn making the journey for the first time, the Internet can be your best friend a....   Read more...

Your Winter Vacation - Healthy Planning
Posted date : Sep 02, 2011.
Your Winter Vacation - Healthy Planning - It's that time of year again when many of us are preparing for our winter vacation away from home, most often in the southern states. After al....   Read more...

Insurance Update
Posted date : Sep 02, 2011.
Insurance Update - I love good news!As a person who spends considerable time in the United States, for both business and pleasure, the close of the Canadian doll....   Read more...

On the Road Again - Fay and Barry Young Take the Scenic Route Through Their Golden Years
Posted date : Sep 02, 2011.
On the Road Again - Fay and Barry Young Take the Scenic Route Through Their Golden Years - When it comes to travelling, Fay and Barry Young aren't exactly rookies – the Vancouver couple has travelled extensively throughout their lives.....   Read more...

Tax-Free Savings Accounts: What You Need to Know
Posted date : Sep 02, 2011.
Tax-Free Savings Accounts: What You Need to Know - TFSAs offer Canadians an intriguing way to save for their retirement Tax-Free Savings Accounts (TFSAs for short) aren't exactly new – they ....   Read more...

Opinion With Michael Coren
Posted date : Sep 02, 2011.
Opinion With Michael Coren - Early this July, I accepted an extremely generous offer to host a new prime-time show on Sun News TV. Coren Tonight airs weeknights at 7 p.m.,....   Read more...

Jack Layton 1950-2011
Posted date : Sep 02, 2011.
Jack Layton 1950-2011 - Jack Layton1950 - 2011Jack Layton, the leader of Canada's official opposition, passed away at age 61 after fighting a courageous battle with cance....   Read more...

Meatballs - Spicing Up and Old Favourite
Posted date : Sep 02, 2011.
Meatballs - Spicing Up and Old Favourite - I love to look for ways to please my family and friends at dinner parties, all the while keeping within a reasonable budget. For cocktail-style events....   Read more...

Government Relations Report
Posted date : Sep 02, 2011.
Government Relations Report - In the summer edition of CSANews, I outlined our plan of attack in our fight for a Retired Persons' Visa. Since that last column, CSA officials ha....   Read more...

Canada Clubs
Posted date : Sep 02, 2011.
Canada Clubs - As I have said before, it is always good to be back in Canada!We started off the summer season by attending the CSA board meeting in Toronto, where th....   Read more...

Book Review - Cast of Shadows by Kevin Guilfoile
Posted date : Sep 02, 2011.
Book Review - Cast of Shadows by Kevin Guilfoile - "How far would you go to look into the face of your daughter's murderer?" is the subtitle of Kevin Guilfoile's debut thriller. In Cast of Shad....   Read more...

Credit Card Fees
Posted date : Sep 02, 2011.
Credit Card Fees - Dear Bird Talk,Today, I spoke to a different person at Belk customer service regarding the bill with penalties which I received. This person agreed to....   Read more...

Car Insurance Limits in the USA
Posted date : Sep 02, 2011.
Car Insurance Limits in the USA - Dear Bird Talk,I read with interest the article in Bird Talk regarding car insurance and was petrified that I probably was driving in the U.S. potenti....   Read more...

Problems With Insurance Claims
Posted date : Sep 02, 2011.
Problems With Insurance Claims - Dear Bird Talk,We are 11-year snowbirds to Florida. Last winter, we changed our emergency travel insurance to [name of insurance company omitted]. By ....   Read more...

Airfare Refunds with TD Visa
Posted date : Sep 02, 2011.
Airfare Refunds with TD Visa - Dear Bird Talk,I wish to advise you of a situation that I encountered this past April. My husband had to be flown home to Toronto from Florida by air ....   Read more...

Retired Persons Visa
Posted date : Sep 02, 2011.
Retired Persons Visa - Dear Bird Talk,My summer edition of CSANews just arrived today and I have read it from cover to cover. I believe it was one of the most interesting an....   Read more...

Politics in CSANews
Posted date : Sep 02, 2011.
Politics in CSANews - Dear Bird Talk,We really look forward to our copy of CSANews, and fully understand Ross Quigley's point in the summer 2011 issue. A large part of ....   Read more...

Substantial Presence Test
Posted date : Sep 02, 2011.
Substantial Presence Test - Dear Bird Talk,Re: Substantial presence testDoes anyone know whether day trips to the USA to buy gas, shop or play a round of golf are used in calcula....   Read more...

A Public Thank You to All Medipac Employees
Posted date : Sep 01, 2011.
EXPLORE NEW MEXICO TAX-FREE SAVINGS ACCOUNTS GET READY TO HEAD SOUTH A Public Thank You to All Medipac Employees - Medipac is setting new records in almost every area of our business. For the past two months, everyone has been working long hours and into the ni....   Read more...

Editor's Message
Posted date : Jul 08, 2011.
Tour the Emerald Isle Affordable RVing The Facts About Incontinence Editor's Message - The circle is complete! Over the last few issues, we have received both eloquent and atrocious pleas to stay out of politics, to fire Michael ....   Read more...

How to Mention the Unmentionables to Your Health Care Provider
Posted date : Jul 08, 2011.
How to Mention the Unmentionables to Your Health Care Provider - Are you anxious to talk to your health professional about urinary incontinence, prostate problems, sexual dysfunction, sexually transmitte....   Read more...

10 Tips for Keeping Your Back Healthy
Posted date : Jul 08, 2011.
10 Tips for Keeping Your Back Healthy - Research shows that 80 per cent of Canadians will experience back pain at some point in their lives. When it comes to back pain, prevention is oft....   Read more...

Single Lens Glasses - Fall Prevention
Posted date : Jul 08, 2011.
Single Lens Glasses - Fall Prevention - Multi-focal glasses - bifocals, trifocals and progressives - are good for tasks that require you to adjust your focus from distant to near objects....   Read more...

Safe Medication Use
Posted date : Jul 08, 2011.
Safe Medication Use - • Medication must never be shared. What helps you, may seriously hurt someone else.• Your medication records are kept confidential and are not....   Read more...

...they read our policy, and they know!
Posted date : Jul 08, 2011.
...they read our policy, and they know! - In 2008 (the last available statistics), the U.S. health-care system provided many free medical and hospital services under their Medicare and Med....   Read more...

Troublesome Urinary Problems: Symptoms We Don’t Talk About
Posted date : Jul 08, 2011.
Troublesome Urinary Problems: Symptoms We Don’t Talk About - At my recent annual health checkup, my family doctor asked, along with countless other questions, about my bladder function. How often did....   Read more...

Gerry and Joan Back in Canada
Posted date : Jul 08, 2011.
Gerry and Joan Back in Canada - Like you, we are back in Canada. I am sure that most of you will agree, it is nice to avoid the Canadian winter, but it is always nice to ....   Read more...

Tampered: A Dr. Zol Szabo Medical Mystery
Posted date : Jul 08, 2011.
Tampered: A Dr. Zol Szabo Medical Mystery - It's murder in an upscale retirement mansion. In "Tampered," author Dr. Ross Pennie weaves a tale of page-turning suspense with the real scien....   Read more...

Subtracting Time From Six Months
Posted date : Jul 08, 2011.
Subtracting Time From Six Months - I sit in dismay, having read your response re: subtracting time from six months. You say that a fewer-than-30-day return to Canada cannot be subtr....   Read more...

Special Car Insurance Needed for Snowbirds
Posted date : Jul 08, 2011.
Special Car Insurance Needed for Snowbirds - I have been following up with The Co-operators since the article in the winter magazine. They have been giving confusing information until finally,....   Read more...

Length of Stay
Posted date : Jul 08, 2011.
Length of Stay - I travel to Arizona for six months every winter and also cross the border to shop in the summer months. A friend told me that every border-crossing fo....   Read more...

Are Home Equity Loans a Viable Financial Strategy?
Posted date : Jul 08, 2011.
Are Home Equity Loans a Viable Financial Strategy? - Things To Consider Before You Take Out a Home Equity LoanHave you seen the commercials about "home equity loans" or "reverse mortgages?" You know,....   Read more...

Money-saving Tips: Extending Your RV Travel Dollars
Posted date : Jul 08, 2011.
Money-saving Tips: Extending Your RV Travel Dollars - The latest Campfire Canvass survey of RV owners conducted by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) revealed that 53% intend to use their ....   Read more...

The Price of Canadian Health Care
Posted date : Jul 08, 2011.
The Price of Canadian Health Care - An American, a Scot and a Canadian were in a terrible car accident. They were all brought to the same emergency room, but all three of them di....   Read more...

Looking Good!
Posted date : Jul 08, 2011.
Looking Good! - Three elderly gentlemen were talking about what their grandchildren wouldbe saying about them fifty years from now."I would like my grandchi....   Read more...

Government Report
Posted date : Jul 08, 2011.
Government Report - As I sit down to write my column for the summer edition of CSANews, CSA President Bob Slack and staff are just days away from a five-day visit to ....   Read more...

President's Message
Posted date : Jul 08, 2011.
President's Message - One of the questions I was asked most often this winter was "when can we expect to see the new, 10-year Canadian passport?" As many of you are awa....   Read more...

Opinion With Michael Coren
Posted date : Jul 08, 2011.
Opinion With Michael Coren - In April, my new book, "Why Catholics Are Right" (McClelland & Stewart) was published. I knew that it would be provocative, but I did ....   Read more...

Bulgur
Posted date : Jul 08, 2011.
Bulgur - I've been revelling in the beauty of bulgur of late. Bulgur is unappreciated and underrated and spelled in a variety of ways, such as bulgar&#....   Read more...

Searching for Leprechauns
Posted date : Jul 08, 2011.
Ireland Searching for Leprechauns - Our Ring of Kerry drive continued to Sneem, a village of bright pink, yellow, green and blue homes, restaurants and shops. Flower pots....   Read more...

Fat and Demented
Posted date : May 06, 2011.
Fat and Demented - Studies have suggested that overweight middle-aged persons are more likely to suffer from dementia later in life. The higher the weight, the lowe....   Read more...

A Deadly Combination
Posted date : May 06, 2011.
A Deadly Combination - Certain antibiotics mixed with blood pressure medication cause a severe and dramatic increase in the risk of hypotension. Erythromycin  and Clari....   Read more...

Silent Killers
Posted date : May 06, 2011.
Silent Killers - Difficult diagnoses aren't the only things that can risk your health; some diseases don't have symptoms at all, and are dubbed "silent killers....   Read more...

Over 50 - You're Not Immune to STDs
Posted date : May 06, 2011.
Over 50 - You're Not Immune to STDs - Sexual activity in the over-50 crowd has increased significantly in the last five years as a result of access to erectile dysfunction medication and t....   Read more...

Editor's Message
Posted date : May 06, 2011.
A Better Way To Give Yummy Avocados Helping Your Doctor Help You Editor's Message - My father would have said, "Gee Willikers!"; that was his way of saying "unbelievable." Over a few days in early May, we had both the final ch....   Read more...

Tips to Help Save Your Sight
Posted date : May 06, 2011.
Tips to Help Save Your Sight - (NC)—Every 12 minutes, another Canadian begins to lose his or her sight. This can happen to anyone at any point in their lifetime, bringing ....   Read more...

Golf is Good For Your Joints
Posted date : May 06, 2011.
Golf is Good For Your Joints - (NC)—With another winter season behind us, thousands of golf-starved Canadians are making a beeline for the fairways. But is it possible to play....   Read more...

Search Engines – Not Just For Finding Websites Any More
Posted date : May 06, 2011.
Search Engines – Not Just For Finding Websites Any More - It used to be that you only went to a search engine to find a website. Well, not any more! Now, search engines offer many different features.G....   Read more...

Be Careful With "Donate Low; Claim High" Scams
Posted date : May 06, 2011.
Be Careful With "Donate Low; Claim High" Scams -  collections of artwork, books and other cultural artefacts - may be donated to an eligible charity in return for a donation tax credi....   Read more...

Charitable Donation Limits for Income Tax
Posted date : May 06, 2011.
Charitable Donation Limits for Income Tax - The taxman will only allow you to claim up to 75% of your net income in any one year as a charitable donation, the exception being in the year of ....   Read more...

Healthy Canadians
Posted date : May 06, 2011.
Healthy Canadians - 24% of Canadian adults are obese5.7 million Canadians smoke85% of Canadians visit their doctor regularly14% of Canadians are seniors  ....   Read more...

More Fun Facts About Saskatchewan
Posted date : May 06, 2011.
More Fun Facts About Saskatchewan - Saskatchewan has the greatest  amount of road surface of any Canadian province, with more than 250,000 kilometres (150,000 miles) of ....   Read more...

Surprising Saskatchewan
Posted date : May 06, 2011.
Surprising Saskatchewan Surprising Saskatchewan - "Yawn." That was the response we got from family and friends when we told them we were vacationing in Saskatchewan. "Really?" That was their response ....   Read more...

Gerry and Joan on the Move in Florida
Posted date : May 06, 2011.
Gerry and Joan on the Move in Florida - Like most of you, we travelled south of the border for the winter and, looking at the weather in Ontario, it was a good move. Once in sunn....   Read more...

Homeward Bound!
Posted date : May 06, 2011.
Homeward Bound! - It must be spring! With thoughts streaming to our northward trek, we are now "Homeward Bound."Although early April brought more snow flurries to C....   Read more...

A Horror Story Averted!
Posted date : May 06, 2011.
A Horror Story Averted! - Dear Bird Talk,Ross Quigley's article in the summer 2010 edition of CSANews ('Let me first say that Medipac is fine!') hit the nail on....   Read more...

Re: Papers Please, laws
Posted date : May 06, 2011.
Re: Papers Please, laws - Dear Bird Talk,The Arizona SB 1070-style laws seem to have won the recent election in many states, Florida included. Are you tracking this iss....   Read more...

Prescriptions
Posted date : May 06, 2011.
Prescriptions - Dear Bird Talk,This will be our first time being snowbirds for a couple of months. We are wondering how people deal with their repeat prescription....   Read more...

Changes to Length of Stay
Posted date : May 06, 2011.
Changes to Length of Stay - Dear Bird Talk,We keep hearing from friends that the U.S. is trying to change the length-of-stay time from 182 days to a maximum stay of 120 days ....   Read more...

Difficult Diagnoses
Posted date : May 06, 2011.
Difficult Diagnoses - While nearing the end of my medical education, I recall my sister phoning me one night telling me the story of her infant son who was having a pro....   Read more...

How to Make an Effective Charitable Donation - A Six Step Process to Ensure That You Get the Biggest Bang For Your Charitable Buck
Posted date : May 06, 2011.
How to Make an Effective Charitable Donation - A Six Step Process to Ensure That You Get the Biggest Bang For Your Charitable Buck - Of all the things we do in life, there are few more satisfying than making a charitable gift. Whether it's for a medical cause that needs fund....   Read more...

Amazing Avacados
Posted date : May 06, 2011.
Amazing Avacados - There are three foods that I eat every day - an orange, yogurt and an avocado.The avocado gets a bad rap! That's because it is high in fat... ....   Read more...

Prettier Than Freckles
Posted date : May 06, 2011.
Prettier Than Freckles - An elderly woman and her little grandson, whose face was sprinkled with bright freckles, spent the day at the zoo. Lots of children were waiti....   Read more...

Voice of Experience
Posted date : May 06, 2011.
Voice of Experience - Two men were golfing together one day... a very young man and his grandfather. The young man found himself with a tough shot, with a large pine tr....   Read more...

Love at First Sight - Marilyn and Peter Miller Discover the Real Mexico
Posted date : May 06, 2011.
Love at First Sight - Marilyn and Peter Miller Discover the Real Mexico - When you hear the word "Mexico," what comes to mind? White sand and crashing surf? Palm trees swaying in the wind? Mariachi bands? Drinks with col....   Read more...

Insurance Update
Posted date : May 06, 2011.
Insurance Update - Thank heavens we won't have to listen to any more political ads for a while. They are so filled with misinformation, misquotes and, in som....   Read more...

Government Report
Posted date : May 06, 2011.
Government Report - By the time you read this, Canada's 41st general election will have come to a close and we will know which party will form our new federal gov....   Read more...

President's Message
Posted date : May 06, 2011.
President's Message - Welcome back to Canada.Let me begin by saying that Lois and I had the pleasure of meeting many of you this winter at one of our Extravaganzas or Winte....   Read more...

Special Guest Columnist - Jack Layton
Posted date : May 06, 2011.
Special Guest Columnist - Jack Layton - The retirement years are something to which we should all look forward. It's a time to spend with grandchildren, to take up hobbies we never h....   Read more...

Opinion with Michael Coren
Posted date : May 06, 2011.
Opinion with Michael Coren - When we speak of property rights, personal responsibility and our obligations as well as our rights, we also speak of knowing when the state h....   Read more...

The Twelfth Insight: The Hour of Decision By James Redfield
Posted date : May 06, 2011.
The Twelfth Insight: The Hour of Decision By James Redfield - Do you have that pervasive sense of foreboding - the feeling that the world seems to be spiraling out of control? In his book, The Twelfth Insight....   Read more...

Travels of Gerry & Joan
Posted date : Dec 16, 2010.
Travels of Gerry & Joan - By the time you read this, most of us will be in the sunny south.What a wonderful summer we had in Canada... We hope it will be just as nice in th....   Read more...

Exploring Mexico's Colonial Cities
Posted date : Dec 16, 2010.
Exploring Mexico's Colonial Cities Exploring Mexico's Colonial Cities -  Lively music lured us into the House of Eleven Courtyards in Pátzcuaro, a four-hour drive west of Mexico City. A guitarist and two fiddlers....   Read more...

It's a Small World After All: Why Emerging Markets Demand Some of Your Investment Attention
Posted date : Dec 16, 2010.
It's a Small World After All: Why Emerging Markets Demand Some of Your Investment Attention - You've probably heard talk of the rapid "globalization" of the world economy.  Corporations are becoming increasingly international in scope&....   Read more...

Podcasts
Posted date : Dec 16, 2010.
Podcasts - What is a podcast?A podcast is a computer file, usually audio and sometimes video, which can be listened to on, or downloaded from the Internet.Think ....   Read more...

Letter From the Editor
Posted date : Dec 16, 2010.
Mexico Riding the Rails Emerging Markets Letter From the Editor - Are you there yet? My goodness, if you are one of the lucky people from one of the western provinces, you are sitting in Arizona, Texas or....   Read more...

Auto Insurance Fraud - You Pay For It!
Posted date : Dec 16, 2010.
Auto Insurance Fraud - You Pay For It! - A.C. Thomas of Calgary, Alberta wrote a recent note to us regarding insurance fraud and I think that it is high time that people knew why they are pay....   Read more...

What's Your Hobby?
Posted date : Dec 16, 2010.
What's Your Hobby? - Last summer, as I was busy in my shop attaching the radiator to my 1928 Ford Model A roadster, my neighbour stopped by to "supervise" my resto....   Read more...

President's Message - Issue 77
Posted date : Dec 16, 2010.
President's Message - Issue 77 - As I sit down to write this column, Lois and I have just arrived in Florida. The Canadian dollar is once again flirting with parity and, if th....   Read more...

Kale
Posted date : Dec 16, 2010.
Kale - Bitterness is a taste sensation I enjoy both in food and in wine. Black olives, walnuts, spinach and radicchio are all ingredients I put into salads, ....   Read more...

Wintering in Arizona
Posted date : Dec 16, 2010.
Wintering in Arizona - For many frostbitten Canadians, Ol' Airy Zonie is the place to be during winter!The Grand Canyon State receives this attention because the souther....   Read more...

In Memoriam: Jack Kiuru
Posted date : Dec 06, 2010.
In Memoriam: Jack Kiuru - It is with deep sadness and regret that we must announce the death of our dear friend and colleague Jack Kiuru.     Jack had a long and di....   Read more...

Helping Snowbirds Fight Cancer: A Ray of Hope in the Sunshine State
Posted date : Dec 06, 2010.
Helping Snowbirds Fight Cancer: A Ray of Hope in the Sunshine State - The Cancer Support Community is an ideal environment for snowbirds fighting cancer: welcoming outdoor gardens in the warm Florida sun, gentle fitness ....   Read more...

Riding the Iron Horse to Florida: Travel Writer Dave Hunter Regresses to His Youth
Posted date : Dec 06, 2010.
Riding the Iron Horse to Florida: Travel Writer Dave Hunter Regresses to His Youth - Several years ago, I visited Britain's huge National Railway Museum in York and my heart skipped a beat. For there, among the locomotives and othe....   Read more...

Don't Let the Bedbugs Bite!
Posted date : Dec 06, 2010.
Don't Let the Bedbugs Bite! - Bedbug infestations are becoming more common in North America, particularly in places with higher rates of human traffic, such as hotels and shopping ....   Read more...

Scared of Needles? Pick Your Nose!
Posted date : Dec 06, 2010.
Scared of Needles? Pick Your Nose! - If you dread your annual flu shot because you know that you'll have to deal with a needle, there's a new product on the market that may help y....   Read more...

Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy
Posted date : Dec 06, 2010.
Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy - According to a series of new Canadian-led medical trials, a new implantable device has the potential to help patients with heart failure better than s....   Read more...

H1N1 (2009) Virus Downgraded to Post-pandemic Status
Posted date : Dec 06, 2010.
H1N1 (2009) Virus Downgraded to Post-pandemic Status - As of August 10, 2010, the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared that the H1N1 (2009) virus - or "swine flu" - has moved to the post-pandemic p....   Read more...

Eat More Fish!
Posted date : Dec 06, 2010.
Eat More Fish! - Men who eat dark fish are 57% less likely to develop aggressive prostate cancer than men who eat no fish at all. Omega-3 fatty acids are abundant in f....   Read more...

Sunshine Alone Won’t Provide Enough Vitamin D
Posted date : Dec 06, 2010.
Sunshine Alone Won’t Provide Enough Vitamin D - Your creates vitamin D from exposure to the sun but, as we age, our bodies are less efficient at converting ultraviolet light into vitami....   Read more...

Special Guest Columnist - Michael Coren
Posted date : Dec 06, 2010.
Special Guest Columnist - Michael Coren - It's truly extraordinary how almost every left-of-centre journalist in the country has managed to become an instant expert on the arcane subjects ....   Read more...

The Wife
Posted date : Dec 06, 2010.
The Wife - A woman accompanied her husband to the doctor's office.After his checkup, the doctor called the wife into his office alone. He said, "Your husband....   Read more...

The Frog Prince
Posted date : Dec 06, 2010.
The Frog Prince - A lady was lonely and decided that she needed a pet to keep her company. So off to the  pet shop she went. Forlornly, she searched. Nothing s....   Read more...

Government Relations Report
Posted date : Dec 06, 2010.
Government Relations Report - The United States' 2010 midterm elections are now in the books and the political landscape has shifted significantly. Elections were held for all ....   Read more...

Provincial Picnics at Fort DeSoto
Posted date : Dec 06, 2010.
Provincial Picnics at Fort DeSoto - Dear Bird Talk:For a number of years, we have attended and enjoyed the Prince Edward Island picnic held annually at Fort DeSoto Park in Florida. We un....   Read more...

Credit Cards At U.S. Gas Pumps
Posted date : Dec 06, 2010.
Credit Cards At U.S. Gas Pumps - Dear Bird Talk:Re: Using Credit Cards at Gas PumpsAt one time, I heard that if you are using your credit card at the pump and it asks for a zip code, ....   Read more...

Are You Insured While In Florida For Six Months?
Posted date : Dec 06, 2010.
Are You Insured While In Florida For Six Months? - Dear Bird Talk: ARE YOU INSURED WHILE IN FLORIDA FOR SIX MONTHS?You can imagine my surprise when I walked into the local Co-Operators office to p....   Read more...

Travelling With Pets
Posted date : Dec 06, 2010.
Travelling With Pets - Dear Bird Talk:Re: Travel with petsI found, to my chagrin, that WestJet, the company I prefer to use, will not take an animal between May and October.....   Read more...

Problems With Progress Energy
Posted date : Dec 06, 2010.
Problems With Progress Energy - 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, newspa....   Read more...

CSA Placemats
Posted date : Dec 06, 2010.
CSA Placemats - Dear Mr. Brissenden,Thank you very much for the CSA placemats which I received. I run the Wednesday night cookouts at Redington Towers in Redington Sh....   Read more...

Subtracting Time From My "Six Months"
Posted date : Dec 06, 2010.
Subtracting Time From My "Six Months" - Dear Bird Talk:In issue # 75 under Snowbird Alert, you wrote that spending a week or two at home for the holidays would not be subtracted from the tot....   Read more...

Changes to Length of Stay
Posted date : Dec 06, 2010.
Changes to Length of Stay - Dear Bird Talk:Re: Changes to length of stayWe keep hearing from friends that the U.S. is trying to change the length-of-stay time from 182 days to a ....   Read more...

Peter Gzowski: A Biography
Posted date : Dec 06, 2010.
Peter Gzowski: A Biography - In Peter Gzowski: A Biography, author R.B. Fleming does something very unusual for a Canadian writer. He exposes the quirks and foibles - the dark sid....   Read more...

Letter from the Editor
Posted date : Oct 01, 2010.
Seeking Adventure? Deciphering Dividends What Are You Taking? Letter from the Editor - What a response! You have outdone yourselves, again, and sent in almost 1,500 responses to our Spring CSANews Survey. With the price of po....   Read more...

Florida Seniors
Posted date : Oct 01, 2010.
Florida Seniors - A senior citizen in Florida bought a brand-new Mercedes convertible. He took off down the road, flooring it to 80 mph and enjoying the wind blowing th....   Read more...

Senior Marriage
Posted date : Oct 01, 2010.
Senior Marriage - There were two elderly people living in a Florida mobile home park. He was a widower and she a widow. They had known one another for a number of years....   Read more...

President's Message - Issue 76
Posted date : Oct 01, 2010.
President's Message - Issue 76 - Well here I am writing to you in the fall edition of CSANews... can you believe it? It's certainly been one of the hottest summers in quite a whil....   Read more...

Demystifying the Amazon
Posted date : Oct 01, 2010.
Demystifying the Amazon Demystifying the Amazon - An Amazon cruise is all about shattering misconceptions. Even at the planning stage, the river's size changed our intentions of taking a full-....   Read more...

New Brunswick Election
Posted date : Sep 23, 2010.
New Brunswick Election - Important Information for New Brunswick VotersOn Monday, September 27, 2010 the citizens of New Brunswick will choose their next provincial go....   Read more...

Let's Go RVing!
Posted date : Sep 17, 2010.
Let's Go RVing! - At our core, we are explorers. It's in our bones, our marrow and our guts to venture out and discover. Exploration and adventure are vital to the ....   Read more...

Travels of Gerry and Joan
Posted date : Sep 17, 2010.
Travels of Gerry and Joan - I am sure that most of us enjoyed the hot summer and are now looking forward to a nice, warm winter season in the south (cross our fingers!).One thing....   Read more...

The Undiscovered Superfood
Posted date : Sep 17, 2010.
The Undiscovered Superfood - I eat yogurt every day because it's good for me and I love it; I keep a tub of fat-free, plain yogurt in the refrigerator because I have yet to ma....   Read more...

Vitamins & Supplements: What should I Take?
Posted date : Sep 17, 2010.
Vitamins & Supplements: What should I Take? - There is probably no area of medicine which has provoked more controversy and differing opinions over the years than the recommendations which doctors....   Read more...

The Ins and Outs of Dividend Investing
Posted date : Sep 17, 2010.
The Ins and Outs of Dividend Investing - Looking for income and growth? Look for dividends.Lately, investors have been faced with a difficult choice. On one hand, equity investors hav....   Read more...

Driving and Skin Cancers in Men
Posted date : Sep 17, 2010.
Driving and Skin Cancers in Men - Researchers from Saint Louis University Medical Center reported an alarmingly high incidence of left-sided facial skin cancers in men. They reviewed t....   Read more...

When To Take Your Vitamins
Posted date : Sep 17, 2010.
When To Take Your Vitamins - The best method of taking your vitamins is spaced throughout the day; there is evidence that taking them at specific intervals may help with their abs....   Read more...

Government Relations Report
Posted date : Sep 17, 2010.
Government Relations Report - Summer can often be a challenging time at which to have snowbird issues debated in our national media and by the members of our legislative assemblies....   Read more...

Overtreated: Why Too Much Medicine is Making Us Sicker and Poorer
Posted date : Sep 17, 2010.
Overtreated: Why Too Much Medicine is Making Us Sicker and Poorer - Overtreated is an important book. It's even been described as a "bombshell of a book." In it, award-winning journalist Shannon Brownlee dissec....   Read more...

Special Guest Columnist - Michael Coren
Posted date : Sep 17, 2010.
Special Guest Columnist - Michael Coren - The Liberal party appears to have an intimate love affair with effortless elitism and divided loyalties. Otherwise, it would not insist on repeate....   Read more...

Snowbird Cruise Alert!
Posted date : Sep 17, 2010.
Snowbird Cruise Alert! - We have all read our travel insurance policies, haven't we? Do we really understand what they say?I want to point out the difference between r....   Read more...

Coren Comments
Posted date : Sep 17, 2010.
Coren Comments - Dear Bird Talk,Thank you for printing Michael Coren's column in the summer Issue 75 regarding some Canadians' perception of the United Sta....   Read more...

First Ontario CSA Picnic
Posted date : Sep 17, 2010.
First Ontario CSA Picnic - Dear Bird Talk,It was a bright sunny day on Monday, March 15, 2010 when the first Ontario CSA picnic was held at Fort DeSoto Park, Sit....   Read more...

Rental Fee Correction
Posted date : Sep 17, 2010.
Rental Fee Correction - 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...

Taking Pets Across the Border
Posted date : Sep 17, 2010.
Taking Pets Across the Border - Dear Bird Talk,My wife and I are recently retired; we are seriously considering becoming snowbirds. We are wondering if we can take our pets acros....   Read more...

Valley Fever
Posted date : Sep 17, 2010.
Valley Fever - Dear Bird Talk,I have been a user of this coverage (Medipac) for the past five years during our stays at our home base while in the U.S., Apac....   Read more...

Valley Fever FAQ
Posted date : Sep 15, 2010.
Valley Fever FAQ - Valley Fever is a fungal lung infection caused by coccidiodes organisms. The fungi, found in soil, are stirred into the air and then breathed ....   Read more...

What your doctor thinks
Posted date : Jul 20, 2010.
What your doctor thinks - According to the latest National Physicians Survey (2007), Canadian GPs and specialists list the following as major obstacles to providing care ....   Read more...

Health Factors Contribute to Early Retirement Among Canadians
Posted date : Jul 20, 2010.
Health Factors Contribute to Early Retirement Among Canadians - According to a long-term study, Canadian workers with health problems are more likely to retire before the age of 65, in comparison to those w....   Read more...

Snowbird Trips to Non-U.S. Destinations Growing
Posted date : Jul 20, 2010.
Snowbird trips outside of the U.S. have grown by 109 per cent since 1998. The share of snowbird trips captured by the U.S. fell to 65 per cent in 2009, from 68 per cent in 1998. Snowbird Trips to Non-U.S. Destinations Growing - Snowbird trips outside of the U.S. have grown by 109 per cent since 1998. The share of snowbird trips captured by the U.S. fell to 65 per cent in 2009....   Read more...

Canadian Doctors Retiring Later
Posted date : Jul 20, 2010.
Canadian Doctors Retiring Later - Between 1978 and 2008, the average age of GPs in Canada increased by 5.6 years (to 49.0) and the average age of specialists increased by 3.4 years....   Read more...

Number of Doctors Increasing in Canada
Posted date : Jul 20, 2010.
Number of Doctors Increasing in Canada - Between 2004 and 2008, the number of active physicians in Canada grew from 60,612 to 65,440, representing an 8.0% increase across the ....   Read more...

I Did All of That?!
Posted date : Jul 20, 2010.
I Did All of That?! - After a particularly poor game of golf, a popular club member skipped the clubhouse and started to go home. As he was walking to the parking lot t....   Read more...

Try to Get Some Rest
Posted date : Jul 20, 2010.
Try to Get Some Rest - A man had been driving all night and by morning was still far from his destination. He decided to stop at the next city which he came to and park some....   Read more...

Travels of Gerry and Joan
Posted date : Jul 20, 2010.
Travels of Gerry and Joan - Well! What a change in the weather. Last year, we had a bad summer in Ontario and an equally bad winter in Florida, but WOW! What a great star....   Read more...

Snowbirding "Down Under"
Posted date : Jul 20, 2010.
Snowbirding "Down Under" - When it came time to retire, Brockville, Ontario residents Chris and Liz Butler knew that they wanted to travel. Like most other snowbirds,....   Read more...

Government Relations Report
Posted date : Jul 20, 2010.
Government Relations Report - The new British Columbia 12 per cent harmonized sales tax is scheduled to come into effect on July 1. More than 700,000 British Columbians have si....   Read more...

Cleaning Your Computer
Posted date : Jul 20, 2010.
Cleaning Your Computer - Keeping it simple is the best way to deal with computer cleaning. I would not recommend opening the tower if you are not familiar with the inside comp....   Read more...

Country Doctor
Posted date : Jul 20, 2010.
I was in grade 7 when I read a book about how Dr. Fredrick Banting and Dr. Charles Best discovered insulin and restored the lives of thousands of sick people with diabetes. It was probably the first time that I thought I might like to be a doctor some day. And it was during medical school at Queen’s in the early 60s that I knew I wanted to start my career as a country doctor. Country Doctor - Dr. MacMillan started his career as a country doctor. He then practised family medicine in Peterborough, Ontario, for 15 years before joining ....   Read more...

Should You Take Aspirin During a Suspected Heart Attack?
Posted date : Jul 20, 2010.
Should You Take Aspirin During a Suspected Heart Attack? - Some sources claim that taking an aspirin during a suspected heart attack greatly increases one's chances of survival. According to the Heart and ....   Read more...

What Makes Retirees Really Happy?
Posted date : Jul 20, 2010.
What Makes Retirees Really Happy? - You may or may not be surprised. A recent study shows that strong social ties are the key to a happy retirement; more so than having grandchildren. A ....   Read more...

Moderate Coffee and Tea Consumption
Posted date : Jul 20, 2010.
Moderate Coffee and Tea Consumption - A recent study has shown that moderate coffee and tea consumption reduces the risk of heart disease. The study, led by physicians and researchers ....   Read more...

A Driving Tour of Holland
Posted date : Jul 20, 2010.
A Driving Tour of Holland A Driving Tour of Holland - Holland is a tourism paradox. It's a compact country (only 175 by 295 kilometres in size), but it is so full of things to see and do that it s....   Read more...

Exploding Garlic
Posted date : Jul 20, 2010.
Exploding Garlic - When writing recipes for my columns and cookbooks, I often focus on the use of fresh and quality ingredients. But a recipe's process is just a....   Read more...

Letter from the Editor Issue 75
Posted date : Jul 20, 2010.
Visit Holland Rising Interest Rates Winter Down Under Letter from the Editor Issue 75 - It's a great time to be a Canadian! We seem to have, so far, escaped the plagues infecting the rest of the world. Our currency and financi....   Read more...

Insurance Update
Posted date : Jul 20, 2010.
Insurance Update - Let me first say that Medipac is fine!But the 2009-2010 travel season appears to be a disaster for most other travel health insurers and their various....   Read more...

Superfoods: The Food and Medicine of the Future
Posted date : Jul 20, 2010.
Superfoods: The Food and Medicine of the Future - Superfoods: The Food and Medicine of the FutureBy David Wolfe (North Atlantic Books, $18.95, 341 pages)A new day is dawning on the world of nu....   Read more...

Understanding Interest Rates: What They Are, Why They Matter, and How They Can Affect Your Portfolio
Posted date : Jul 20, 2010.
Understanding Interest Rates: What They Are, Why They Matter, and How They Can Affect Your Portfolio - There's been a lot of talk about interest rates lately. Many economists, analysts and market pundits have commented at length about whether ra....   Read more...

Special Guest Columnist - Michael Coren
Posted date : Jul 20, 2010.
Special Guest Columnist - Michael Coren - All of you who spend time south of the border know that although there is always something about the United States that annoys or even provokes....   Read more...

President's Message - Issue 75
Posted date : Jul 20, 2010.
President's Message - Issue 75 - In the last edition of CSANews, I asked you to contact the office and tell us how you felt about the concept of a "retired person's visa,"....   Read more...

What To Do If You've Been A Victim of Identity Theft
Posted date : Jul 20, 2010.
What To Do If You've Been A Victim of Identity Theft - Canada is one of the safest countries in the world to live and conduct business. Unfortunately crime exists everywhere and fraud can occur. Each year ....   Read more...

Protect Yourself From Fraud While Travelling
Posted date : Jul 20, 2010.
Protect Yourself From Fraud While Travelling - Planning to travel this summer? Whether it is within Canada or abroad, it is important to protect yourself against credit card and debit card ....   Read more...

How Long Can I Visit the U.S.?
Posted date : Jul 20, 2010.
How Long Can I Visit the U.S.? - A Canadian citizen who is granted entry into the United States under a B-2 Visitors Visa may be permitted to remain in the country for six months less....   Read more...

Joint Tenancy With Right of Survivorship
Posted date : Jul 20, 2010.
Joint Tenancy With Right of Survivorship - Dear Bird Talk,Re: Joint tenancy with right of survivorshipMy wife and I purchased a condo in Florida approximately 20 years ago. The deed indicat....   Read more...

Consensus on the Retiree Visa
Posted date : Jul 20, 2010.
Consensus on the Retiree Visa - I support your upcoming lobby for a Canadian retiree visa.Jerry KristjansonOchre River, MBI support a Canadian Snowbird visa.Pat from OntarioI am ....   Read more...

Can I Legally Work in the USA?
Posted date : Jul 20, 2010.
Can I Legally Work in the USA? - Dear Bird Talk,Last January, I purchased a Park Model Trailer in Arizona, where I plan to spend my winters. I own a 4000 psi pressure wash....   Read more...

Canadian Goverment Health Benefits and Form 8840
Posted date : Jul 20, 2010.
Canadian Goverment Health Benefits and Form 8840 - Dear Bird Talk,Regarding the suspension of government health benefits ," how would they know if I was away or home if I don't go to the cl....   Read more...

Canadian Wines and Wineries
Posted date : Jul 20, 2010.
Canadian Wines and Wineries - Dear Bird Talk,As I was reading your magazine from Spring 2010, Issue 74, I came across the Food and Drink section. I was so interested in....   Read more...

Social Security Numbers and US Credit Cards
Posted date : Jul 20, 2010.
Social Security Numbers and US Credit Cards - Dear Bird Talk,Like many snowbirds, I often get asked for my social security number (SSN) for financial purposes, such as applying for cre....   Read more...

Prohibited Food Items and US Customs
Posted date : Jul 20, 2010.
Prohibited Food Items and US Customs - 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 ....   Read more...

Arizona Immigration Laws
Posted date : Jul 20, 2010.
Arizona Immigration Laws - Dear Bird Talk,We were thinking of visiting Arizona. However, their new "anti-illegal" law is very intimidating. What exactly would count as p....   Read more...

How long can we stay in the USA?
Posted date : Jul 20, 2010.
How long can we stay in the USA? - I would like some clarification on how long we can stay in the United States. I live in Ontario. Some people tell me six months, while others say ....   Read more...

2010 CSA Member Survey
Posted date : Jun 09, 2010.
2010 CSA Member Survey - Every couple of years the CSA polls our members to on various lifestyle issues to understand how our membership has been changing over time. Typically....   Read more...

CSANews Spring Issue
Posted date : May 27, 2010.
CSANews Spring Issue - The CSA is happy to inform its members that the latest issue of the CSANews - The Official News Magazine of the Canadian Snowbird Association - is now....   Read more...

CSA President’s Award Honourees
Posted date : May 27, 2010.
CSA President’s Award Honourees - Instituted in 2003, the annual president's award recognizes members who have served the association in an outstanding volunteer capacity there....   Read more...

Symptoms of a Computer Virus
Posted date : May 27, 2010.
Symptoms of a Computer Virus - Here are a few primary indicators that your computer might be infected:Your computer runs more slowly than normal.Your computer stops responding or lo....   Read more...

Computer Virus Facts
Posted date : May 27, 2010.
Computer Virus Facts - Your computer cannot get infected simply by displaying an e-mail message. Nor can even the most virulent virus destroy the electronic circuitry of you....   Read more...

Facts About Nuts
Posted date : May 27, 2010.
Facts About Nuts - Cashew shells are poisonous. The shells contain a substance called urushiol, which causes skin irritation.Ninety per cent of macadamia nuts are gr....   Read more...

Facts About Gold
Posted date : May 27, 2010.
Facts About Gold - The world's largest gold nugget was the "Welcome Stranger," found in Australia in 1869. It weighed 2,283 oz (143 lb.)The world's large....   Read more...

British Columbia's Island Playground
Posted date : May 27, 2010.
British Columbia's Island Playgound By: Barb & Ron Kroll British Columbia's Island Playground - It was hard to believe that Vancouver was only an hour away. We were standing on Galiano Island's Bluffs, 180 metres above Active Pass, th....   Read more...

McGuinty Government Strengthens Democratic Rights for Ontarians Travelling Abroad
Posted date : May 27, 2010.
McGuinty Government Strengthens Democratic Rights for Ontarians Travelling Abroad - In 2002, the Canadian Snowbird Association issued its inaugural edition of The Canadian Travellers Report Card. The report card, as most of yo....   Read more...

Protect Your Identity and Your Computer
Posted date : May 27, 2010.
Protect Your Identity and Your Computer - Many computer users are blissfully unaware of the degree to which virus and malware threaten our computing safety and security. According to published....   Read more...

Special Guest Column - Michael Coren
Posted date : May 27, 2010.
Special Guest Column - Michael Coren - So at long last, health-care reform is achieved in the United States. Or sort of achieved. More than a dozen states are taking legal action an....   Read more...

Sweet Home Alabama
Posted date : May 27, 2010.
Sweet Home Alabama - Snowbirds Jon and Carole Kent have wintered in faraway places such as New Zealand and Australia. They spent some time in the Fort Pierce area of Flori....   Read more...

Gold and Your Portfolio: Is it Time to Invest in Gold?
Posted date : May 27, 2010.
Gold and Your Portfolio: Is it Time to Invest in Gold? - Throughout history, gold has been a standard of economic value, a ceremonial ornament, an artistic medium and an almost-universal currency....   Read more...

Uncertainty... Something that Nobody can Predict or Guarantee
Posted date : May 27, 2010.
Uncertainty... Something that Nobody can Predict or Guarantee - I hate uncertainty!I am not sure where they even came up with such a dumb word, yet it is everywhere. In the insurance business, it is a time ....   Read more...

Diabetes: Fact and Fiction
Posted date : May 27, 2010.
Diabetes: Fact and Fiction - If you've just been diagnosed with diabetes, it may be difficult to separate fact from fiction.The American Diabetes Association debunks some ....   Read more...

Common Drugs can Cause or Worsen Memory Problems
Posted date : May 27, 2010.
Common Drugs can Cause or Worsen Memory Problems - Many common drugs can cause or worsen memory problems, confusion and cognitive impairment in older adults, which can be mistaken for dementia&....   Read more...

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) Get Diagnosed - Get Treated
Posted date : May 27, 2010.
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) Get Diagnosed - Get Treated - By far the most common medical condition affecting the gastrointestinal tract in the senior population is GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease). Es....   Read more...

The Power of Nuts
Posted date : May 27, 2010.
The Power of Nuts - I've been exploring more vegetarian dishes and recipes of late in an attempt to reduce my family's intake of flesh. Nuts have become of inte....   Read more...

The Canadian Travellers' Report Card
Posted date : May 27, 2010.
The Canadian Travellers' Report Card - Here is an excerpt from the third edition of the Canadian Travellers' Report Card. To view the full English report with a province by province b....   Read more...

President's Message - Issue 74
Posted date : May 27, 2010.
President's Message - Issue 74 - As many of our Ontario members are aware, Ontario was the only place in North America that failed to permit absentee mail-in balloting in provinci....   Read more...

Government Relations Report
Posted date : May 27, 2010.
Government Relations Report - The third edition of The Canadian Travellers' Report Card was officially released at the Snowbird Extravaganza in Lakeland, Florida this past ....   Read more...

Keep Your Purse & Wallet Safe
Posted date : May 27, 2010.
Keep Your Purse & Wallet Safe - Keep Your Purse & Wallet SafeDon't be a victim of theft! Grocery stores, restaurants and unattended vehicles are just a few of the common ....   Read more...

Update on Shingles Vaccine in Canada
Posted date : May 27, 2010.
Update on Shingles Vaccine in Canada - Last fall, the Canadian government approved the sale in Canada of the new vaccine Zostavax to help prevent shingles (herpes zoster). Although n....   Read more...

A Very Busy Winter In Florida!
Posted date : May 27, 2010.
A Very Busy Winter In Florida! - In the last issue, I started off by saying "What a strange summer it was" in Canada. Well, the winter in Florida had it beat. This was the col....   Read more...

New York: The Novel
Posted date : May 27, 2010.
New York: The Novel - New York: The NovelBy Edward Rutherfurd, Doubleday, $39.95, 860 pagesFor Edward Rutherfurd fans, if you enjoyed Sarum, Russka and ....   Read more...

Letter from the Editor Issue 74
Posted date : May 27, 2010.
Ontario Snowbirds Can Now Vote! BC Island Playground GERD - Get Treated! Letter from the Editor Issue 74 - Thank heavens that we are Canadian!Most of the world around us seems to have gone mad or bankrupt or both, and I believe that we are just seeing t....   Read more...

How are YOU Feeling?
Posted date : May 27, 2010.
How are YOU Feeling? - Farmer Brown decided that his injuries from the accident were serious enough to take the trucking company which was responsible for the accident to co....   Read more...

Keep Your Mouth Shut
Posted date : May 27, 2010.
Keep Your Mouth Shut - A police officer pulls over a speeding car. The officer says," I clocked you at 80 miles per hour, sir."The driver says, "Gee, officer....   Read more...

Cross Border Estate Inheritance
Posted date : May 27, 2010.
Cross Border Estate Inheritance - A few months ago, my brother passed away. Although his will, drawn up in Ontario, clearly specifies that my husband and I are the benefici....   Read more...

Bowser and Blue
Posted date : May 27, 2010.
Bowser and Blue - This was our first year to attend the Canadian Snowbird Meeting in Yuma, Arizona.I wanted to let you know just how much we enjoyed it. The informa....   Read more...

Innacurate Information About Florida License Renewal
Posted date : May 27, 2010.
Innacurate Information About Florida License Renewal - The Snowbird Alert information on page 6 of issue 73 is not accurate. The "renewal" of a Florida driver's license is straightforward. Canadians wh....   Read more...

Snowbird Extravaganza for "Mature Lifestyles"
Posted date : May 27, 2010.
Snowbird Extravaganza for "Mature Lifestyles" - Dear Bird Talk,Re: Snowbird ExtravaganzaYou are billing it as being for "mature lifestyles." What does that mean? Senior citizens? Or do you mean ....   Read more...

Prolonged Stays in the USA/Homeland Security/Income Taxes
Posted date : May 27, 2010.
Prolonged Stays in the USA/Homeland Security/Income Taxes - I am not sure that the advice you gave William in B.C. is correct regarding prolonged stays in the U.S. with respect to consequences from the U.S. gov....   Read more...

Prescription Drugs For Longer Visits
Posted date : May 27, 2010.
Prescription Drugs For Longer Visits - Dear Bird Talk,Re: the comment submitted by SE Leslie regarding medications over 90 days.I have never had a problem getting 4.5 months of prescrip....   Read more...

Form 8840
Posted date : May 27, 2010.
Form 8840 - Dear Bird Talk,Re: Form 8840Is this form mandatory or a nice-to-do thing?F. HelminkTerrace Bay, ON ; ....   Read more...

Cross Border Car Purchasing
Posted date : May 27, 2010.
Cross Border Car Purchasing - Since I have a condo in Florida, I wonder if I can buy a car there and use it in Canada as my normal car, without having to make any transfer.....   Read more...

How long can we stay in the USA?
Posted date : May 27, 2010.
How long can we stay in the USA? - How many months are we allowed to stay in the U.S. coming from Ontario? I have heard six and seven months. Thanks, C. Edmonds Milton....   Read more...

Credit Card ZIP Code Tip
Posted date : May 27, 2010.
Credit Card ZIP Code Tip - Dear Bird Talk,Like many other people, I had the problem of not being able to use my credit card at the gas pumps in Florida because I did not....   Read more...

Arizona Vehicle Identification Cards
Posted date : May 27, 2010.
Arizona Vehicle Identification Cards - Dear Bird Talk, Thanks for the e-mail with the information as to location and dates for your winter show/gathering in Greater Phoenix. I ....   Read more...

American ZIP Code Tip
Posted date : May 27, 2010.
American ZIP Code Tip - Dear Bird Talk, Thanks for the information on the Florida SunPass. When registering online, the system asks for the zip code for both ....   Read more...

Licence Plate Programs/Canadian Credit Cards/Provincial Travel Insurance
Posted date : May 27, 2010.
Licence Plate Programs/Canadian Credit Cards/Provincial Travel Insurance - Dear Bird Talk,Suggest that you would assist snowbirds in Florida if you could integrate this licence plate program with help in getting ser....   Read more...

Declaring Fruit at the Border
Posted date : May 27, 2010.
Declaring Fruit at the Border - Dear Bird Talk,Just a reminder to not have any fruit in the car when crossing the border. If asked about fruit, and one does not declare ....   Read more...

Harmonized Sales Tax
Posted date : May 27, 2010.
Harmonized Sales Tax - Dear Bird Talk, I have not seen anything from the snowbird organization commenting on the effect of this tax on seniors?G. WaddenPetawawa,....   Read more...

Fun and Games Issue 73
Posted date : Dec 12, 2009.
Fun and Games Issue 73 - ; Click the link below to review the answers.....   Read more...

Old Butch
Posted date : Dec 12, 2009.
Old Butch - John was in the fertilized egg business. He had several hundred young layers (hens) called "pullets" and 10 roosters to fertilize the eggs. He kept re....   Read more...

Don't Mess With Seniors!!!
Posted date : Dec 12, 2009.
Don't Mess With Seniors!!! - The Story of "The $2.99 Breakfast Special"We went to breakfast at a restaurant where the 'seniors' special' was two eggs, bacon, hash brow....   Read more...

Centenarians Rule
Posted date : Dec 12, 2009.
Centenarians Rule - The fastest-growing age group in North America is centenarians; persons older than 100 years of age. Eighty-five per cent of centenarians are women. C....   Read more...

Heart & Stroke Prevention is Paying Off
Posted date : Dec 12, 2009.
Heart & Stroke Prevention is Paying Off - The Canadian Medical Association has reported that the number of persons who died from heart attack and stroke between 1994 and 2004 has dropped by 38....   Read more...

Sharpen Your Focus
Posted date : Dec 12, 2009.
Sharpen Your Focus - We all want to improve or eliminate our chances of experiencing significant mental decline as we age. Research from the National Institute on Aging ha....   Read more...

Florida Toll Booths are Quicker and Cheaper
Posted date : Dec 12, 2009.
Florida Toll Booths are Quicker and Cheaper - Snowbirds lined up to pay at Florida's many road-toll booths have watched enviously as the "locals" zip through the fast SunPass commuter lanes wi....   Read more...

Become a computer-wise grandparent
Posted date : Dec 12, 2009.
Become a computer-wise grandparent - The grandchildren have left and the house seems empty, so you go to your computer to write them a message. To your dismay, the computer will n....   Read more...

Olive Oil
Posted date : Dec 12, 2009.
Olive Oil - Olive oil is good for our health. It is the only oil that can be consumed fresh from the fruit. It is high in monounsaturated fatty acids and antioxid....   Read more...

One on One: Favourite Conversations and the Stories Behind Them
Posted date : Dec 12, 2009.
One on One: Favourite Conversations and the Stories Behind Them - One on One is a wonderful journey through the key events and key players of the past 10 years. Our guide is award-winning CBC anchor Peter Mansbridge.....   Read more...

Symptoms you should not ignore
Posted date : Dec 12, 2009.
Symptoms you should not ignore - It is always a sad event when someone develops certain ominous signs or symptoms and does not seek professional assessment in a timely period, con....   Read more...

Top 10 germiest objects to avoid
Posted date : Dec 12, 2009.
Top 10 germiest objects to avoid - Keeping our immune system strong is vital in the fight against flu germs this winter – and so is pinpointing the most likely places those little pat....   Read more...

Cold versus Seasonal flu versus H1N1
Posted date : Dec 12, 2009.
Cold versus Seasonal flu versus H1N1 - Feeling unwell? Unsure if it's "just a cold" or something more severe? Here are some of the differences between symptoms of a common cold and the ....   Read more...

H1N1 Flu and Snowbirds
Posted date : Dec 12, 2009.
H1N1 Flu and Snowbirds - Anyone following the press knows that the information from public health authorities seems to change every few days. Nevertheless, there are some impo....   Read more...

The loonie soars
Posted date : Dec 12, 2009.
The loonie soars - It's been a good year for the loonie. In the midst of a severe global recession, the Canadian dollar has turned in a strong performance, a....   Read more...

Lakeland Florida - Home of Snowbird Extravaganza
Posted date : Dec 12, 2009.
Lakeland Florida By: Dave Hunter Lakeland Florida - Home of Snowbird Extravaganza - Every year in late January, thousands of Canadian and U.S. snowbirds gather at The Lakeland Center in Central Florida to celebrate the two-day Sno....   Read more...

CSA revisits “Retired Persons Visa”
Posted date : Dec 12, 2009.
CSA revisits “Retired Persons Visa” - Several years ago, when Bill McCollum was a United States congressman from the Orlando area (he is now the attorney general for the state of Flo....   Read more...

Special Guest Columnist - Michael Coren
Posted date : Dec 12, 2009.
Special Guest Columnist - Michael Coren - I have to be honest. I was never a particular fan of Barack Obama and I simply couldn't share in the mass euphoria when the man was elected. Of co....   Read more...

Spending the winter in California’s “spa city”
Posted date : Dec 12, 2009.
Spending the winter in California’s “spa city” - For the past 17 years, Dale and Lyn Collett have made Desert Hot Springs, California their home away from home. "My sister and brother-in-law ....   Read more...

Statistically Speaking
Posted date : Dec 12, 2009.
Statistically Speaking - I recently received a handwritten note from my high school math teacher. His name is Frank Milne and he has been missing for 50 years. Well, perha....   Read more...

Government Relations Report Issue 73
Posted date : Dec 12, 2009.
Government Relations Report Issue 73 - As our members from Ontario may be aware, we are heading into the fourth month of a strike at all DriveTest locations throughout the province. Thi....   Read more...

President's Message Issue 73
Posted date : Dec 12, 2009.
President's Message Issue 73 - In the last issue of CSANews, we appealed to our Saskatchewan members for help in convincing the Saskatchewan government to clarify just how long resi....   Read more...

Three months of medication in BC
Posted date : Dec 12, 2009.
Three months of medication in BC - Dear Bird Talk,We have been members of the Canadian Snowbird Association and do enjoy your quarterly magazine. For 20 years, we have been trav....   Read more...

More than the 183 days in the US
Posted date : Dec 12, 2009.
More than the 183 days in the US - Dear Bird Talk,I would like to know how it affects us Canadians if we stay down in the USA for more than the 183 days.William in BC backgr....   Read more...

Texas ID's
Posted date : Dec 12, 2009.
Texas ID's - 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 r....   Read more...

Cuban Cigars
Posted date : Dec 12, 2009.
Cuban Cigars - Dear Bird Talk,We have been members of the CSA for years and you have been very informative, interesting and helpful to us.Thought some members would ....   Read more...

Medipac Staff
Posted date : Dec 12, 2009.
Medipac Staff - Dear Bird Talk,We are writing to express our sincere thanks for the excellent service that we received from Medipac employees. Each person with wh....   Read more...

Home Insurance
Posted date : Dec 12, 2009.
Home Insurance - Dear Bird Talk,Our insurance company requires that the house be checked every two days in order that we are covered. Are there any companies out t....   Read more...

Welcome Back to Canada
Posted date : Dec 12, 2009.
Welcome Back to Canada - Dear Bird Talk,On some occasions when returning home after spending the winter months in Texas, we have been greeted by Canadian customs officers at t....   Read more...

Nobody likes paying taxes. But some taxes are even worse than others.
Posted date : Dec 12, 2009.
Nobody likes paying taxes. But some taxes are even worse than others. - Taxes that force people to pay more for essentials – such as their home heating and hydro bills – are particularly painful.Taxes that drive up the....   Read more...

Hands-free cell phone laws in Canada and the U.S.
Posted date : Dec 12, 2009.
Hands-free cell phone laws in Canada and the U.S. - In Ontario, the new hands-free cell phone law came into effect on October 26, 2009. If you're driving and need to use your cell phone,....   Read more...

Florida and Texas requirements for licences and identification cards
Posted date : Dec 12, 2009.
Florida and Texas requirements for licences and identification cards - As Canada and the U.S. continue to increase the anti-counterfeiting security features of government-issued photo identification cards (such as driver&....   Read more...

Letter from the Editor Issue 73
Posted date : Dec 12, 2009.
10 Symptoms you should not ignore HST Lakeland Letter from the Editor Issue 73 - Things are hopping in our snowbird community. We have a new CSA director in Marianna Pupulin, Medipac Assist has hired a new doctor (that makes fi....   Read more...

Energy Drink Myths
Posted date : Dec 10, 2009.
Energy Drink Myths - If you are feeling sluggish and are considering purchasing an energy drink the next time you are browsing in the convenience store, consider this. The....   Read more...

H1N1 Vaccination Requirement Rumor
Posted date : Dec 09, 2009.
H1N1 Vaccination Requirement Rumor - CBP.gov - 12/08/2009 - U.S. Customs and Border Protection would like to address rumors regarding U.S. entry requirements and the H1N1 virus: Travelers....   Read more...

Ontario Driver's Licence
Posted date : Nov 13, 2009.
Ontario Driver's Licence - As many of you are aware there is a strike at all Drive Test locations throughout the province of Ontario. This strike has halted many services includ....   Read more...

Videos - A Pittance of Time, Terry Kelly
Posted date : Nov 05, 2009.
Videos - A Pittance of Time, Terry Kelly - On November 11, 1999 Terry Kelly was in a Shoppers Drug Mart store in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. At 10:55 AM an announcement came over the store's PA....   Read more...

Get your passport ready for travel
Posted date : Sep 24, 2009.
Get your passport ready for travel - If you will be travelling this fall, don't wait until the last minute to apply for your passport or to renew an existing one. Passports can be....   Read more...

Passport Canada - Mobile Passport Unit
Posted date : Sep 23, 2009.
Passport Canada - Mobile Passport Unit - Passport Canada's Mobile Passport Unit is travelling to every part of Canada. The Mobile Passport Unit makes passport officers available to answer....   Read more...

How to improve the air quality in your home
Posted date : Sep 23, 2009.
How to improve the air quality in your home - How to improve the air quality in your home Do not allow smoking in your home Use potted plants to remove chemical pollutants from the air Open window....   Read more...

How the flu virus spreads
Posted date : Sep 23, 2009.
How the flu virus spreads - Autumn is the right time to plan a prevention strategy for influenza. Indeed, this season is expected to be quite a challenge to our immune systems as....   Read more...

Monastery Life
Posted date : Sep 23, 2009.
Monastery Life - A young monk arrives at the monastery. He is assigned to help the other monks in copying the old canons and laws of the church by hand.He notices, how....   Read more...

Barbershop Politics
Posted date : Sep 22, 2009.
Barbershop Politics - One day, a florist went to a barber for a haircut. After the cut, he asked about his bill, and the barber replied, 'I cannot accep....   Read more...

Fun and Games
Posted date : Sep 22, 2009.
Fun and Games - Click the large image on the left to view the puzzles.Click small image to view the answers. ; backgrou....   Read more...

Computer Maintenance and Safety Tips
Posted date : Sep 22, 2009.
Computer Maintenance and Safety Tips - From the numerous e-mails that I receive on a daily basis, it is apparent that most computer problems are software related. Hardware rarely fails ....   Read more...

Grains: Chicken Cacciatore Recipe
Posted date : Sep 22, 2009.
Grains: Chicken Cacciatore Recipe - My husband and I had dinner at the home of a good friend of mine, Cathy Ruggieri-Davidson, who is originally from southern Italy.  She se....   Read more...

Don Messer - The Man Behind the Music
Posted date : Sep 22, 2009.
Don Messer - The Man Behind the Music - Don Messer - The Man Behind the MusicBy Johanna Bertin(Gooselane, $19.95, 280 pages)Canadians of a certain age will have family memories of Do....   Read more...

Travel Tips for Going South
Posted date : Sep 22, 2009.
Travel Tips for Going South - As many of us prepare for some winter months in the sunny south, it is helpful to review the many considerations, especially relating to our h....   Read more...

Protect Yourself and Others From the H1N1 Flu – “swine flu”
Posted date : Sep 22, 2009.
Protect Yourself and Others From the H1N1 Flu – “swine flu” - All strains of influenza can be dangerous; however, good infection prevention measures can help protect you and others, if this virus begins to spread....   Read more...

Be Wary of High SPF Factors
Posted date : Sep 22, 2009.
Be Wary of High SPF Factors - SPF 80 is not twice as strong as SPF 40. In fact, SPF 40 blocks out 97% of the ultraviolet-B (UVB) radiation and SPF 80 blocks out 99% of UVB radiatio....   Read more...

Eating Out Doesn’t Mean Overeat
Posted date : Sep 22, 2009.
Eating Out Doesn’t Mean Overeat - When you are on the road and have to eat at restaurants, or if you just like to eat out once in a while or like to eat out often, try to maintain your....   Read more...

Cosmetics Are Not Sunscreen
Posted date : Sep 22, 2009.
Cosmetics Are Not Sunscreen - Many lotions, face creams and cosmetics have SPF factors listed in their ingredients. The SPF does offer protection from limited exposure to the harmf....   Read more...

Erectile Dysfunction Alarm
Posted date : Sep 22, 2009.
Erectile Dysfunction Alarm - Erectile dysfunction has been linked to an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes. A recent study conducted by the Mayo Clinic found that men wit....   Read more...

Time to refinance?
Posted date : Sep 22, 2009.
Time to refinance? - Quick questions to ask yourself before refinancing your mortgageAs stormy as the North American housing market has been over the past several months, ....   Read more...

Into the Spirit of Things, St. Augustine, Florida
Posted date : Sep 22, 2009.
St. Augustine, Florida By: Dave Hunter Into the Spirit of Things, St. Augustine, Florida - Halloween Hauntings with Travel Writer Dave HunterI'm sitting in the haunted bedroom of a haunted inn, in St. Augustine, Florida, argu....   Read more...

Special Guet Columnist - Michael Coren
Posted date : Sep 22, 2009.
Special Guet Columnist - Michael Coren - A freelance journalist with four children and a wife who works part time. In other words, for the longest time, the idea of me having any investments ....   Read more...

Wintering in Barbados
Posted date : Sep 22, 2009.
Wintering in Barbados - As a pilot for Air Canada, Brian Caldwell began flying to Barbados in December 1967. Most trips involved remaining overnight. Thus, many of th....   Read more...

Sometimes, You Should Refuse to Wait
Posted date : Sep 22, 2009.
Sometimes, You Should Refuse to Wait - There is not much that is more frustrating than waiting in a doctor's office to have your appointment…you know, your appointment that was booked....   Read more...

Government Relations Report Issue 72
Posted date : Sep 22, 2009.
Government Relations Report Issue 72 - In the summer edition of CSANews, CSA President Don Gardiner announced that work has begun on the next edition of The Canadian Travellers' Report ....   Read more...

President's Message Issue 72
Posted date : Sep 22, 2009.
President's Message Issue 72 - You are now reading the fall edition of CSANews. As difficult as it may be to believe, it won't be long before we embark on our journeys to ou....   Read more...

CSA Fun & Games
Posted date : Sep 22, 2009.
CSA Fun & Games - Dear Bird Talk,While your attempt was to provide humour with your recent issue, someone needs to check the math. Forty million people at one million e....   Read more...

Banking Fees
Posted date : Sep 22, 2009.
Banking Fees - Dear Bird Talk,I have run into banking fees regarding U.S.$ deposits from Canadian banks. Does anyone know of a bank in the Rio Grande Valley whic....   Read more...

Pun Fun, CSA News, summer 2009;
Posted date : Sep 22, 2009.
Pun Fun, CSA News, summer 2009; - Dear Bird Talk,Pun Fun, CSA News, summer 2009; "A dyslexic man walks into a bra."How insensitive a comment. Ignorant also comes to mind. D....   Read more...

Thank you for publishing my letter
Posted date : Sep 22, 2009.
Thank you for publishing my letter - Dear Bird Talk,Thank you for publishing my letter under Bird Talk in the summer 2009 issue of CSANews. I hope it will be of some help to the members.H....   Read more...

Travel Destinations
Posted date : Sep 22, 2009.
Travel Destinations - Dear Bird Talk,Hello, I'm a widower and the kids are all gone and I'm tired of winter. I'm tempted to just load the dog in the tru....   Read more...

Alberta Health & Snowbirds
Posted date : Sep 22, 2009.
Alberta Health & Snowbirds - Dear Bird Talk,Prior to my move to Saskatchewan, I was a resident of Alberta. In September 2008, I called to let Alberta Health know that ....   Read more...

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

Enhanced driver’s licence
Posted date : Sep 22, 2009.
Enhanced driver’s licence - The new enhanced driver's licence (EDL) will get you across the border by land, but not by air. Therefore, if you travel to the U.S. by ca....   Read more...

Check the expiry on your provincial health card
Posted date : Sep 22, 2009.
Check the expiry on your provincial health card - If you reside in Ontario, Québec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland & Labrador or PEI and your health card is due to expir....   Read more...

Check the expiry of your driver’s licence or licence plate sticker
Posted date : Sep 22, 2009.
Check the expiry of your driver’s licence or licence plate sticker - Please note that while you may not have received your renewal notice in the mail, you may be able to walk into a provincial licensing office and r....   Read more...

Letter from the Editor Issue 72
Posted date : Sep 22, 2009.
Get your health together Scary Stuff! St. Augustine Wintering in Barbados Letter from the Editor Issue 72 - The tall ships have left Halifax, Toronto's Canadian National Exhibition is over, the Calgary Stampede is history and Vancouver is experie....   Read more...

Snowbird Lifestyle Presentations - 2009
Posted date : Aug 26, 2009.
Snowbird Lifestyle Presentations - 2009 - Canada's favourite musical comedy duo, Bowser & Blue, is appearing to help us celebrate the freedom of the Snowbird Lifestyle and stay....   Read more...

Passport Facts
Posted date : Jul 21, 2009.
Passport Facts - Number of passport offices in Canada: 33   Average number of passports issued in a year: 1,700,000   Highest nu....   Read more...

PUN FUN
Posted date : Jul 21, 2009.
PUN FUN - Two antennas met on a roof, fell in love and got married. The ceremony wasn't much, but the reception was excellent.A jumper cable walks into a ba....   Read more...

How would you fix the economy?
Posted date : Jul 21, 2009.
How would you fix the economy? - This excerpt was published in both the St. Petersburg Times in Florida and the Desert News in Utah. The author had a rather interesting idea about how....   Read more...

Fun & Games
Posted date : Jul 21, 2009.
Fun & Games - Click the large image on the left to view the puzzles.Click small image to view the answers. ; ....   Read more...

Your Health and Your Computer
Posted date : Jul 21, 2009.
Your Health and Your Computer - Did you know that learning how to work on your computer and navigate the Internet is not the most important part of computing? The fact is,your wo....   Read more...

Healthy Pizza and Wine
Posted date : Jul 21, 2009.
Healthy Pizza and Wine - I love barbecues, and I crave pizza.  So, I like to combine this cooking method and comfort food into one course.  Barbecued pizza c....   Read more...

Fractal Time: The Secret of 2012 and a New World Age
Posted date : Jul 21, 2009.
Fractal Time: The Secret of 2012 and a New World Age - Three years and counting until Dec. 21, 2012, the predicted end of time. Author Gregg Braden reassures us that it's not the end of the world, but ....   Read more...

The difference between heartburn and a heart attack
Posted date : Jul 21, 2009.
The difference between heartburn and a heart attack - Is that pain in your chest heartburn or a heart attack? The symptoms are similar, but the health consequences differ dramatically. If you think that y....   Read more...

Memory loss and aging: what’s normal and what’s not
Posted date : Jul 21, 2009.
Memory loss and aging: what’s normal and what’s not - Some memory loss with aging is completely normal. As we get older, we lose brain cells, a few at a time, and our bodies make less of the chemicals tha....   Read more...

Cardiovascular risk factors linked to Alzheimer’s disease
Posted date : Jul 21, 2009.
Cardiovascular risk factors linked to Alzheimer’s disease - A study in the journal Archives of Neurology found that obesity, high cholesterol and high blood pressure can each double your risk of developing Alzh....   Read more...

Can eating certain foods make us smarter...?
Posted date : Jul 21, 2009.
Can eating certain foods make us smarter...? - According to recent research, yes – certain foods do contribute to memory, alertness and mood. Here are some of the key nutrients that help ....   Read more...

A Good Night’s Sleep
Posted date : Jul 21, 2009.
A Good Night’s Sleep - For many older adults, getting a good night's sleep is one of their major health problems. When younger, we often experienced times when we needed....   Read more...

How to fix a broken retirement
Posted date : Jul 21, 2009.
How to fix a broken retirement - Simple suggestions for getting the financial side of retirement back on trackTo call it a downturn would be an understatement. For retirees, the p....   Read more...

Texas
Posted date : Jul 21, 2009.
Texas By: Gordon Garrison Texas - "IT'S LIKE A WHOLE OTHER COUNTRY"!  That proclamation appears on the cover of the state's maps, accommodation guides and brochures.&n....   Read more...

Special Tribute to Gordon Garrison
Posted date : Jul 21, 2009.
Special Tribute to Gordon Garrison - In MemoriamGordon "Gord" Garrison, contributing travel writer for CSANews magazine, passed away on May 1, 2009 at his winter residence in St. Petersbu....   Read more...

Special Guet Columnist - Michael Coren
Posted date : Jul 21, 2009.
Special Guet Columnist - Michael Coren - It just so happened that in late May, just as Canadians were in a panic about obtaining passports so as to be able to cross the United States' bor....   Read more...

Denise and Russel Belyes
Posted date : Jul 21, 2009.
Denise and Russel Belyes - Texans, being Texans, don't really subscribe to the idea of 'snowbirds'. Folks who spend the winters there are referred to as 'winter ....   Read more...

Pricing Your Policy
Posted date : Jul 21, 2009.
Pricing Your Policy - Every year, during the months of April and May, actuaries, mathematicians and underwriters gather in little rooms in several cities of Can....   Read more...

Government Relations Report Issue 71
Posted date : Jul 21, 2009.
Government Relations Report Issue 71 - Since the last edition of CSANews, there have been provincial elections in both British Columbia and Nova Scotia. In British Columbia,Premier Gordon C....   Read more...

President's Message Issue 71
Posted date : Jul 21, 2009.
President's Message Issue 71 - The new U.S. border requirement for passports or specific identity documents went into effect on June 1, 2009 for all Canadians seeking entry into....   Read more...

Winter Information Meetings - Prize Winner
Posted date : Jul 21, 2009.
Winter Information Meetings - Prize Winner - Dear Mr. Quigley (Medipac Travel Insurance),Thank you very much for the US$500 cheque for the door prize at the Winter Information Meeting in Yuma....   Read more...

I'm Jack Layton's mother
Posted date : Jul 21, 2009.
I'm Jack Layton's mother - Dear Bird Talk,Re: Michael Coren's Guest ColumnI'm Jack Layton's mother – so I have to object to his claiming there are only two intelle....   Read more...

Credit Cards in the US - and the real solution is...ATMs?!
Posted date : Jul 21, 2009.
Credit Cards in the US - and the real solution is...ATMs?! - Dear Bird Talk, I would like to warn CSA members about using ATMs in the USA, based on my personal experience.  In early March, I attempted to wi....   Read more...

Using Credit Cards in the US - and even more...
Posted date : Jul 21, 2009.
Using Credit Cards in the US - and even more... - Dear Bird Talk,We travel to Arizona in the winter and also like to use credit cards at the gas pumps.  It took some time for us to be told of a s....   Read more...

Using Credit Cards in the US - and more...
Posted date : Jul 21, 2009.
Using Credit Cards in the US - and more... - Dear Bird Talk,I read the letter from R.D. Burrows in the spring issue of CSA News. We spend the winter in southern Texas and have experienced the sam....   Read more...

Using Credit Cards in the US - more...
Posted date : Jul 21, 2009.
Using Credit Cards in the US - more... - Dear Bird Talk,Here is another suggestion.  We obtained a Discover credit card in Florida using our winter address, which was completely ....   Read more...

Using Credit Cards in the US
Posted date : Jul 21, 2009.
Using Credit Cards in the US - Dear Bird Talk,I just read in the spring magazine about the problems experienced in Nevada, Arizona and California when using a credit card at service....   Read more...

Don't pay your contractor under the table!
Posted date : Jul 21, 2009.
Don't pay your contractor under the table! - If you're planning on hiring a contractor to do construction, renovation, or repair work on your home, remember that paying "under the table" for ....   Read more...

Validation Tag Theft
Posted date : Jul 21, 2009.
Validation Tag Theft - When we receive the new validation sticker for our licence plate, most of us simply clean off the surface of the previous sticker and put the new one ....   Read more...

Letter from the Editor Issue 71
Posted date : Jul 21, 2009.
Early Bird Travel Insurance Fix your Retirement Eating Healthy Letter from the Editor Issue 71 - It's 100 out there; we are in Florida and it is HOT. Even the ocean, which usually provides a little relief, is extra warm, but you wi....   Read more...

Medipac's Early Bird Extended
Posted date : Jul 19, 2009.
Medipac's Early Bird Extended - Medipac Early Bird has arrived with another special discount for you. Lock in your rates now, and SAVE AN EXTRA 5% on your Medipac Travel Insuranc....   Read more...

Take a Proactive Approach to Avoiding Varicose Veins
Posted date : Apr 30, 2009.
Take a Proactive Approach to Avoiding Varicose Veins - Take a Proactive Approach to Avoiding Varicose Veins You can prevent varicose and spider veins from forming and from growing by taking a few simpl....   Read more...

Non-invasive Prostate Reduction Procedure
Posted date : Apr 30, 2009.
Non-invasive Prostate Reduction Procedure - Non-invasive Prostate Reduction ProcedureAs men age, their prostate grows. Many older men deal with the primary side-effect of an enlarged prostate on....   Read more...

Worried about being forgetful? Forget about it!
Posted date : Apr 30, 2009.
Worried about being forgetful? Forget about it! - Worried about being forgetful? Forget about it!The act of forgetting is a necessary function of the brain that is required in order for it to operat....   Read more...

Canadian Recreational Boaters must have Proof of Competency
Posted date : Apr 30, 2009.
Canadian Recreational Boaters must have Proof of Competency - Canadian recreational boaters must have proof of competencyDeadline to Obtain your Pleasure Craft Operator Card: September 2009After September 15,....   Read more...

Sayng Goodbye to Mother
Posted date : Apr 30, 2009.
Sayng Goodbye to Mother - Saying Goodbye to MotherWe were dressed and ready to go out for the New Year's Eve party. We turned on a nightlight, turned the answering mach....   Read more...

Can you guess them all?
Posted date : Apr 30, 2009.
Can you guess them all? - Click the large image on the left to view the puzzles.Click small image to view the answers. ; backgr....   Read more...

Protect Yourself from Identity Theft
Posted date : Apr 30, 2009.
Protect Yourself from Identity Theft - Protect yourself from identity theftThere's been a lot of talk over the past several years about identity theft: a kind of fraud in which a crook ....   Read more...

Secrets of the Light: Lessons from Heaven
Posted date : Apr 30, 2009.
Secrets of the Light: Lessons from Heaven - Secrets of the Light: Lessons from HeavenBy Dannion Brinkley (Harper One, 203 pages, $23.95)In 1975, Dannion Brinkley, a cocky 25-year....   Read more...

Going Healthy with Comfort
Posted date : Apr 30, 2009.
Going Healthy with Comfort - Going Healthy with ComfortI love pairing wine with family dishes and comfort food recipes. But in my wanting to drop a few pounds (my husband would di....   Read more...

Golf Extends your Life expectancy
Posted date : Apr 30, 2009.
Golf Extends your Life expectancy - Golf extends your life expectancyScientists from Sweden claim that the death rate for golfers is 40% lower than other people from the same sex, ag....   Read more...

Immunization for Adults: Have you had your shots?
Posted date : Apr 30, 2009.
Immunization for Adults: Have you had your shots? - A great deal of attention is paid to children's immunization, but adults also need to protect themselves from certain infectious diseases. Ove....   Read more...

Explore Alberta
Posted date : Apr 30, 2009.
Alberta By: Gordon Garrison Explore Alberta - Alberta is Canada's fourth-largest province, so there is much to see and do. Let's start off by spending a couple of days (or longer) disc....   Read more...

Canadian Politics
Posted date : Apr 30, 2009.
Canadian Politics - I suppose it says a great deal about Canadian politics that the country's two major parties are currently led by genuine intellectuals. What it sa....   Read more...

Marcel and Ernestine Bonneau
Posted date : Apr 30, 2009.
Marcel and Ernestine Bonneau - I'll bet you thought  that all snowbirds fly south for the winter. Not so! Some, in fact quite a few, stay right here in Canada. They....   Read more...

The Winter Travels of Gerry and Joan
Posted date : Apr 30, 2009.
The Winter Travels of Gerry and Joan - What a great winter season we had in Florida! We were invited to attend several Canada Club events and provincial picnics.The provincial picnics are a....   Read more...

Do I Need a Florida Will or Power of Attorney?
Posted date : Apr 30, 2009.
Do I Need a Florida Will or Power of Attorney? - How often the dialogue goes something like this – "We own property in Florida, and have been told that we need a Florida will to deal with that ....   Read more...

Travel Insurance at its Worst, but not through Medipac!
Posted date : Apr 30, 2009.
Travel Insurance at its Worst, but not through Medipac! - The more you travel…the more you know that you need travel insurance. The more you learn about travel insurance…the more you know that you need ....   Read more...

CANDIDATES FOR POSITIONS ON THE CSA BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Posted date : Apr 30, 2009.
CANDIDATES FOR POSITIONS ON THE CSA BOARD OF DIRECTORS - Both the Canadian and American by-laws of the Canadian Snowbird Association Inc. provide that a nominating committee be established by the board of di....   Read more...

Hockey Legend Urges Snowbirds to Join the CSA
Posted date : Apr 30, 2009.
Hockey Legend Urges Snowbirds to Join the CSA - Hockey Legend Urges Snowbirds to Join the CSACanadian Hockey Legend Ron Ellis takes time out of his busy schedule at Snowbird Extravaganza to join the....   Read more...

President’s Award Honourees 2009
Posted date : Apr 30, 2009.
President’s Award Honourees 2009 - President's Award Honourees 2009Instituted in 2003, the association has created an annual president's award – to be presented at the a....   Read more...

Property Taxes in Florida
Posted date : Apr 30, 2009.
Property Taxes in Florida - By the time you read this, you will be back in Canada. How do I know? Well, because that is where we are mailing your magazine. A wise man onc....   Read more...

President’s Message Issue 70
Posted date : Apr 30, 2009.
President’s Message Issue 70 - I would like to welcome everyone back to Canada. As much as we all enjoy escaping the cold, there really is no place like home.It was another busy....   Read more...

Snowbird Lifestyle Presentations
Posted date : Apr 30, 2009.
Snowbird Lifestyle Presentations - Dear Bird Talk,Just a brief comment on the chosen sites for your Lifestyle Presentations. May I suggest that in the future, you might consider....   Read more...

Comments on Bird Talk Previous Editions
Posted date : Apr 30, 2009.
Comments on Bird Talk Previous Editions - 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 follow....   Read more...

Canada Day Celebrations at Horseshoe Cove R.V. Resort
Posted date : Apr 30, 2009.
Canada Day Celebrations at Horseshoe Cove R.V. Resort - Dear bird talk,I could not let this year's Canada Day celebrations, spent here at Horseshoe Cove R.V. Resort, pass without letting you....   Read more...

Banking Overdraft Fees in the U.S.
Posted date : Apr 30, 2009.
Banking Overdraft Fees in the U.S. - Dear Bird Talk,Recently, I decided to remove the money I had remaining in my U.S. Royal Bank chequing account because I was returning to Canad....   Read more...

Driving to Myrtle Beach
Posted date : Apr 30, 2009.
Driving to Myrtle Beach - Dear Bird Talk,Having used Medipac Insurance for the past six years for our trips to Myrtle Beach, I received a complimentary issue of your Wi....   Read more...

Driving Trips in California, Nevada, Arizona
Posted date : Apr 30, 2009.
Driving Trips in California, Nevada, Arizona - Dear Bird Talk,Just a word of caution to those of us who travel to Nevada, Arizona and California and use Shell, Chevron, Valero or Di....   Read more...

Homestead Tax Exemption
Posted date : Apr 30, 2009.
Homestead Tax Exemption - Dear Bird Talk,I am a Florida homeowner. Are Canadians eligible to apply for a Homestead Tax Exemption ($25,000) on their property taxes in Fl....   Read more...

Changes Necessary to RRIF Payments for 2008
Posted date : Apr 30, 2009.
Changes Necessary to RRIF Payments for 2008 - Dear Bird Talk,I have been asked by several senior friends as an original CSA member to write to you of our concern regarding what is happening to....   Read more...

Closer Connection Form 8840: TO FILE OR NOT TO FILE
Posted date : Apr 30, 2009.
Closer Connection Form 8840: TO FILE OR NOT TO FILE - The Canadian Snowbird Association recommends that all snowbirds who consistently spend four (4) months or longer in the United States each year file a....   Read more...

Feeling Insecure about Online Security?
Posted date : Apr 30, 2009.
Feeling Insecure about Online Security? - Whenever you are prompted to provide personal information online, especially credit card or bank account information when making a purchase, t....   Read more...

Don’t Forward “Chain Letter” E-mails!
Posted date : Apr 30, 2009.
Don’t Forward “Chain Letter” E-mails! - Friends and family enjoy forwarding e-mails to us that share messages of hope, remind us of why we are doing well, draw our attention to a sub....   Read more...

You do not have an Enhanced Driver’s Licence!
Posted date : Apr 30, 2009.
You do not have an Enhanced Driver’s Licence! - The following provinces OFFER Enhanced Driver's Licences that will be recognized as a suitable travel document which will allow you to cross the U....   Read more...

Letter from the Editor Issue 70
Posted date : Apr 30, 2009.
Explore Alberta Immunization for Adults Protect Yourself from Identity Theft Letter from the Editor Issue 70 - Happy spring! And I hope that your taxes are filed and your gardens are blooming. The first goldfinches showed up today, along with a cranky,....   Read more...

Senior Dating
Posted date : Dec 23, 2008.
Senior Dating - Dorothy and Edna, two 'older' widows, are talking. Dorothy: 'That nice George Johns on asked me out for a date. I know you went out with him ....   Read more...

There will be no nursing home in my future.
Posted date : Dec 23, 2008.
There will be no nursing home in my future. - When I get old and feeble, I am going to get on a Princess Cruise Ship.The average cost for a nursing home is $200 per day.  I have checked on re....   Read more...

The cutting edge of keeping in touch
Posted date : Dec 23, 2008.
The cutting edge of keeping in touch - Technology is making it easier to stay in contact with friends and family. There's a lot to love about going south for the winter. One of the drawbac....   Read more...

Pierre Berton: A Biography
Posted date : Dec 23, 2008.
Pierre Berton: A Biography - Pierre Berton is a celebrated national icon in Canada, and was probably one of the first modern "Canadian celebrities," back when the term its....   Read more...

Mastery of Holiday Entertaining
Posted date : Dec 23, 2008.
Mastery of Holiday Entertaining - There's mastery to holiday entertaining. You don't have to be extravagant. The key is in mastering the art of getting organized.A few guidelin....   Read more...

The doctor’s office - don’t go alone
Posted date : Dec 23, 2008.
The doctor’s office - don’t go alone - Taking a trusted friend, family member or spouse with you into your doctor's office can improve the overall results of your diagnosis and tr....   Read more...

Benadryl may not be for you
Posted date : Dec 23, 2008.
Benadryl may not be for you - When you are a little older, the side effects of drowsiness and dizziness that are directly related to the ingestion of Benadryl are more pronounc....   Read more...

Link between high blood pressure and lack of potassium
Posted date : Dec 23, 2008.
Link between high blood pressure and lack of potassium - New research shows that the lack of potassium in one's diet is a major risk factor for high blood pressure. Surprisingly, the lack of potassium is....   Read more...

Get your flu shot – Make it a double-double!
Posted date : Dec 23, 2008.
Get your flu shot – Make it a double-double! - It is highly recommended for persons over 50 to receive the flu vaccine.  The fall is the best time to get the shot, because you beat the cur....   Read more...

High Dosage Vision
Posted date : Dec 23, 2008.
High Dosage Vision - The progression of Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) may be reduced by taking high-doses of vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene and zinc.....   Read more...

Eating fish twice per week good for kidneys in those with diabetes
Posted date : Dec 23, 2008.
Eating fish twice per week good for kidneys in those with diabetes - Diabetics may be able to ward off kidney disease by eating fish twice per week, according to a new study. Researchers explain that the unique nutr....   Read more...

High Blood Pressure
Posted date : Dec 23, 2008.
High Blood Pressure - There is no other medical condition that is so pervasive among seniors than hypertension (high blood pressure).It is estimated that 40% of Canadians o....   Read more...

Myrtle Beach
Posted date : Dec 23, 2008.
Myrtle Beach By: Gordon Garrison Myrtle Beach - On our first drive to South Carolina a few years ago, my wife and I were welcomed by a sign which proudly announced that we had arrived at North M....   Read more...

Roads, Walls and Wheels - North England
Posted date : Dec 23, 2008.
Roads, Walls and Wheels - North England Roads, Walls and Wheels - North England - I want to take you on a journey along a very unusual road.  No, it's not an American interstate; in fact, it's made of rutted cobblestone....   Read more...

Florida Condominium Insurance
Posted date : Dec 23, 2008.
Florida Condominium Insurance - New Laws Take Effect January 1, 2009If you are the owner of a condominium unit in the state of Florida, there are some new laws that will affe....   Read more...

Special Guest Columnist - Michael Coren
Posted date : Dec 23, 2008.
Special Guest Columnist - Michael Coren - I think we've all noticed that the air smells sweeter, our hair is thicker and food tastier now that he whose name we speak in hushed tones has be....   Read more...

Time to buy?
Posted date : Dec 23, 2008.
Time to buy? - Downturn in U.S. housing presents tremendous opportunity for snowbirdsCatastrophe. Disaster. Fiasco. Meltdown. Train wreck. Call it what you will—wh....   Read more...

More bang for your buck
Posted date : Dec 23, 2008.
More bang for your buck - How to convert currency without losing your shirtThey say that money makes the world go round. The only problem is, not everyone in the world uses....   Read more...

Snowbird profile : Bill and Donna Scott
Posted date : Dec 23, 2008.
Snowbird profile : Bill and Donna Scott - About a dozen or so years ago, Bill and Donna Scott started looking for a spot to spend a little time away from Ontario's normally unpleasant weat....   Read more...

The Pitfalls of Snowbird Insurance
Posted date : Dec 23, 2008.
The Pitfalls of Snowbird Insurance - As related by Paul Burdette, Lifetime CSA MemberLast year, my wife and I went away as usual to Florida for the winter. When I purchased our in....   Read more...

Government Relations Report
Posted date : Dec 23, 2008.
Government Relations Report - In the last edition of CSANews, I alluded to the fact that a federal election may well be right around the corner. As we all know, that is ind....   Read more...

President’s Message
Posted date : Dec 23, 2008.
President’s Message - Over the last few weeks, some people have been asking me what impact the current global financial crisis is having on snowbird travel. Many of the....   Read more...

Heart Saving Tests
Posted date : Dec 23, 2008.
Heart Saving Tests - Dear Bird Talk,In your CSANews (Fall 2008) magazine, there was on the inside front cover a great article on "Heart Saving Tests" brought by He....   Read more...

Senior Rates on B.C. Ferries
Posted date : Dec 23, 2008.
Senior Rates on B.C. Ferries - Dear Bird Talk,I think you jumped the gun by supporting Stanley Knight over his concern about not getting a senior rate on B.C. Ferries. (BCF). BC....   Read more...

Frequent Flyer Credit Card
Posted date : Dec 23, 2008.
Frequent Flyer Credit Card - Dear Bird Talk,Re: your info in CSANews, would you please tell me how to obtain a frequent flyer credit card. I do have an AIR MILES credit ca....   Read more...

CSA Member Survey
Posted date : Dec 23, 2008.
CSA Member Survey - 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%....   Read more...

Insurance Premium and Heart Conditions
Posted date : Dec 23, 2008.
Insurance Premium and Heart Conditions - Dear Bird Talk,My wife was diagnosed with a "heart block" – a condition that limited blood flow somewhat, and which required the use of a pa....   Read more...

Breast Cancer Treatment
Posted date : Dec 23, 2008.
Breast Cancer Treatment - Dear Bird Talk,Love your magazine and all the information. Re the "breast cancer" article from Mike Pigden – Has no one ever heard of "BRACHYTHE....   Read more...

The Canada Revenue Agency warns Canadians of mail scam
Posted date : Dec 23, 2008.
The Canada Revenue Agency warns Canadians of mail scam - The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is warning taxpayers to beware of a recent scam where some Canadians are receiving a letter fraudulently identified as....   Read more...

Who is that text really coming from?
Posted date : Dec 23, 2008.
Who is that text really coming from? - A woman's handbag was recently stolen, with all of the typical items you would find inside; credit cards, bank cards and a cellular phone. By ....   Read more...

Don’t use your SIN as a substitute for an SSN
Posted date : Dec 23, 2008.
Don’t use your SIN as a substitute for an SSN - For some snowbirds, it is common practice to innocently substitute the first eight digits of their nine digit Canadian Social Insurance Number whe....   Read more...

Letter from the Editor Issue 69
Posted date : Dec 23, 2008.
Mrytle Beach High Blood Pressure Roads, Walls and Wheels - North England Letter from the Editor Issue 69 - Whew! Just in time! The price of gas came down from the stratosphere to the merely exorbitant level of a buck a litre, just in time for the annual....   Read more...

Get your flu shot – Make it a double-double!
Posted date : Sep 19, 2008.
Get your flu shot – Make it a double-double! - It is highly recommended for persons over 50 to receive the flu vaccine.  The fall is the best time to get the shot, because you beat the cur....   Read more...

Fun & Games
Posted date : Sep 19, 2008.
Fun & Games - Click the large image on the left to view the puzzles.Click small image to view the answers. ; #F....   Read more...

Average Canadian
Posted date : Sep 19, 2008.
Average Canadian - A recent study found that the average Canadian walks about 900 miles a year.Another study found that Canadians drink, on average, 22 gallons of beer a....   Read more...

Have fun everyday!
Posted date : Sep 19, 2008.
Have fun everyday! - Working people frequently ask retired people what they do to make their days interesting.Well, for example, the other day I went downtown and went int....   Read more...

The Bathtub Test
Posted date : Sep 19, 2008.
The Bathtub Test - It doesn't hurt to take a hard look at yourself sometimes. This should help you get started...During a visit to a mental asylum, a visitor asked t....   Read more...

Property Taxes
Posted date : Sep 19, 2008.
Property Taxes - Understanding Tax Bill TermsAd Valorem Taxes – These are property taxes based on the property's value. Millage Rate – This is your property tax ra....   Read more...

The cost of fuel
Posted date : Sep 19, 2008.
The cost of fuel - U.S. Regular Conventional Retail Gasoline PricesMonth/Year         Price per GallonOctober 1998     ....   Read more...

The cost of labour.
Posted date : Sep 19, 2008.
The cost of labour. - The cost of labour in the "Snowbird States":State                Minimum WageFlorida&nbs....   Read more...

And the Survey Says...
Posted date : Sep 19, 2008.
And the Survey Says... - AND THE SURVEY SAYS......that our readers represent the best people that you can find in Canada. The number of responses to our survey increased b....   Read more...

Purchasing Travel Health Insurance
Posted date : Sep 19, 2008.
Purchasing Travel Health Insurance - Here are a few questions that you should consider when making a decision to purchase travel health insurance:Will the policy cover you for the entire ....   Read more...

Passports a Must have for Snowbirds!
Posted date : Sep 19, 2008.
Passports a Must have for Snowbirds! - It's a redundant reminder, but we just couldn't help ourselves, since it is the eve of the last snowbird season in which passports will not be....   Read more...

Home Insurance Conditions Revised to Benefit Snowbirds
Posted date : Sep 19, 2008.
Home Insurance Conditions Revised to Benefit Snowbirds - Royal & Sunalliance (RSA) has added an option for snowbirds who leave their homes unattended for extended periods of time during the regular heati....   Read more...

Snowbirds.org - updated to serve you better!
Posted date : Sep 19, 2008.
Snowbirds.org - updated to serve you better! - Since its grand debut in 2000, the official website of the Canadian Snowbird Association has been providing pertinent information to travelling Ca....   Read more...

Loyalist and Layabouts
Posted date : Sep 19, 2008.
Loyalist and Layabouts - Author Stephen Kimber doesn't claim to be a historian, instead, he insists that by training he's a journalist; by inclination, a storytell....   Read more...

Reds Like Cool Weather Too!
Posted date : Sep 19, 2008.
Reds Like Cool Weather Too! - Some wine enthusiasts believe that red-wine grape varieties prefer warm climates.  It is true that certain reds like the heat.  But other va....   Read more...

Government of Ontario funds new cancer drugs
Posted date : Sep 19, 2008.
Government of Ontario funds new cancer drugs - The government of Ontario is investing $50 million in three groundbreaking cancer drugs. The first, Avastin, will receive $30 million in fundi....   Read more...

Increased heart risks for men with low levels of vitamin D
Posted date : Sep 19, 2008.
Increased heart risks for men with low levels of vitamin D - A recent study reveals that men with low levels of vitamin D have a greater risk of having a heart attack. Over a period of 10 years, blood sample....   Read more...

Breakthrough pill for treating prostate cancer
Posted date : Sep 19, 2008.
Breakthrough pill for treating prostate cancer - A breakthrough prostate cancer drug, called abiraterone, may be available for general use by 2011. Researchers at the Royal Marsden Hospital i....   Read more...

Shingles vaccine approved by Health Canada
Posted date : Sep 19, 2008.
Shingles vaccine approved by Health Canada - Health Canada has approved a shingles vaccine for adults 60 years and older. The vaccine, called Zostavax, is manufactured by Merck Frosst Can....   Read more...

Taking Care of your Skin
Posted date : Sep 19, 2008.
Taking Care of your Skin - Taking Care of your SkinWe pay a lot of attention to maintaining good health when it comes to nutrition, heart and lung health, but we often n....   Read more...

The Allure of Oaxaca Mexico
Posted date : Sep 19, 2008.
Oaxaca Mexico By: Alvin Starkman The Allure of Oaxaca Mexico - Oaxaca has two main advantages over other southern destinations for Canadian snowbirds.  First, you can explore one of the most culturally ri....   Read more...

Government Relations Report Issue 68
Posted date : Sep 19, 2008.
Government Relations Report Issue 68 - It has been a busy summer on the political front here at the CSA. In July, I, along with research and communications officer Michael MacKenzie....   Read more...

President's Message Issue 68
Posted date : Sep 19, 2008.
President's Message Issue 68 - I trust that everyone has been enjoying a relaxing summer at home in Canada. With fall right around the corner, it is almost time to start contemp....   Read more...

South Africa
Posted date : Sep 19, 2008.
South Africa - Dear Bird Talk,I immigrated to Canada some 40 years ago from Johannesburg, South Africa and it is with great interest that I read the article ....   Read more...

Traveling with a Pre-Existing Condition
Posted date : Sep 19, 2008.
Traveling with a Pre-Existing Condition - Dear Bird Talk,My wife and I just retired this year and unfortunately shortly afterwards, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was success....   Read more...

BC Ferries
Posted date : Sep 19, 2008.
BC Ferries - Dear Bird Talk,Recently, we travelled to the province of British Columbia to go over to Victoria. When we stopped at the visitor centre in Bri....   Read more...

Newfoundland Jokes
Posted date : Sep 19, 2008.
Newfoundland Jokes - 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 maga....   Read more...

Air Conditioning Costs
Posted date : Sep 19, 2008.
Air Conditioning Costs - Dear Bird Talk,I am paying almost $200 a month hydro for my 1,400 sq. ft in Lakeland; the only thing running is the AC, set at 85. We have....   Read more...

Florida Driver's Licence and Insurance
Posted date : Sep 19, 2008.
Florida Driver's Licence and Insurance - Dear Bird Talk,I read with interest the letters of my snowbird colleagues and would like to offer my experience and opinion.1.) Do we need a Flori....   Read more...

Veteran Rights
Posted date : Sep 19, 2008.
Veteran Rights - Dear Bird Talk,Thank you for reminding old soldiers in the Spring 08 CSANews magazine about exercising rights vis-a-vis retirement benefits, p....   Read more...

Boat Insurance and a Driver's Licence?
Posted date : Sep 19, 2008.
Boat Insurance and a Driver's Licence? - Dear Bird Talk,For your info, I have a story of interest but do not wish to have my name published in the CSANews.A few years ago, I surre....   Read more...

Letter from the Editor Issue 68
Posted date : Sep 19, 2008.
Taking Care of Your Skin The Allure of Oaxaca Mexico And the Survey Says.... Letter from the Editor Issue 68 - This is your chance, again! ; ....   Read more...

Vehicle Registration in Florida
Posted date : Jul 22, 2008.
Vehicle Registration in Florida - 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 req....   Read more...

Car Insurance in the U.S.
Posted date : Jul 22, 2008.
Car Insurance in the U.S. - Dear Bird Talk,I thought this info might be of some interest to other snowbirds who might be contemplating purchasing a car in the U.S. My wife and I ....   Read more...

Florida Driver’s Licence
Posted date : Jul 22, 2008.
Florida Driver’s Licence - 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. Ov....   Read more...

What Does it Really Cost?
Posted date : Jul 22, 2008.
What Does it Really Cost? - Dear Bird Talk,In the spring issue of CSANews, Mr. Quigley, in his article “What Does it Really Cost?,” refers to “slimy lawyers.” apparently,....   Read more...

Things Never Change
Posted date : Jul 22, 2008.
Things Never Change - Gentlemen: 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 ....   Read more...

Windsor/Detroit Border Crossing!
Posted date : Jul 22, 2008.
Windsor/Detroit Border Crossing! - Making reference to your reply to the letter in issue 66 of CSANews re: Florida Driver’s Licence, I would like to tell you about our experience and,....   Read more...

Update on Florida Snowbirds’ Tax Crisis - CSANews, Spring 2008
Posted date : Jul 22, 2008.
Update on Florida Snowbirds’ Tax Crisis - CSANews, Spring 2008 - Kudos to Peter Benedek for his article about Florida’s outrageous property tax system. He gave us all a real perspective of snowbirds continually be....   Read more...

The Cruellest Month by Louise Penny
Posted date : Jul 22, 2008.
The Cruellest Month by Louise Penny - If you haven't yet visited the exquisite little village of Three Pines in the Eastern Townships of Quebec, you're in for a treat. The Cruellest Month ....   Read more...

Pairing Potato Salad with Wine
Posted date : Jul 22, 2008.
Pairing Potato Salad with Wine - The potato salad is no doubt the most convenient and easiest side dish to make to accompany barbecued seafood, poultry, pork and beef. Wine-lo....   Read more...

Government Relations Report Issue 67
Posted date : Jul 22, 2008.
Government Relations Report Issue 67 - As you have no doubt already read in the President’s Report, CSA president Don Gardiner and research and communications officer Michael MacKenzie we....   Read more...

Fun & Games
Posted date : Jul 22, 2008.
Fun & Games - Click the large image on the left to view the puzzles.Click small image to view the answers.....   Read more...

Perspectives On Golf
Posted date : Jul 22, 2008.
Perspectives On Golf - Golf can best be defined as an endless series of tragedies obscured by the occasional miracle, followed by a good bottle of beer.Golf! You hit dow....   Read more...

My Advice – Buy Medipac Early Bird
Posted date : Jul 22, 2008.
My Advice – Buy Medipac Early Bird - It's time to put on my insurance hat – it's Early Bird insurance time and most of our readers will have already received their insurance packages. B....   Read more...

Letter from the Editor Issue 67
Posted date : Jul 22, 2008.
South Africa Colorectal Cancer Medipac Early Bird Letter from the Editor Issue 67 - The year 1956 was a great year! My first real car was a 1956 Jaguar XK140 (an MCDHC, for those who know about these things) at the enormous cost o....   Read more...

Newfie Campers
Posted date : Jul 22, 2008.
Newfie Campers - Two Newfoundlanders went on a camping trip. After a good meal and a bottle of wine, they lay down in their tent for the night and went to sleep.So....   Read more...

Canadian Snowbird Travel Trends
Posted date : Jul 22, 2008.
Canadian Snowbird Travel Trends - Canadians older than 55 who spent 90 days or longer outside of Canada:    2003            ....   Read more...

The Cost of Fuel
Posted date : Jul 22, 2008.
The Cost of Fuel - Click the image to view the schedule highlighting the cost of fuel during different eras in American history.....   Read more...

U.S. Automobile Imports
Posted date : Jul 22, 2008.
U.S. Automobile Imports - U.S. Automobile ImportsVehicles imported from the U.S. to Canada in 2007:            189,738Vehicles imported ....   Read more...

Canadian Visits to Snowbird States
Posted date : Jul 22, 2008.
Canadian Visits to Snowbird States - Click the image to view the chart of Canadian visits to Snowbird States.....   Read more...

www.HealthyCanadians.ca
Posted date : Jul 22, 2008.
www.HealthyCanadians.ca - Part of Canada’s Food and Consumer Safety Action PlanThe government of Canada has launched a website aimed at providing Canadians with access to the....   Read more...

The Importance of Fibre
Posted date : Jul 22, 2008.
The Importance of Fibre - It is common knowledge that fibre is good for your digestive system and that increased fibre intake reduces your risk of heart disease, diabetes, obes....   Read more...

Women Should Replace Knees Sooner Than Men!
Posted date : Jul 22, 2008.
Women Should Replace Knees Sooner Than Men! - Women often have a higher pain threshold than men. So, the longer they wait to undergo knee replacement surgery, the more likely they are to h....   Read more...

Vertebral Fracture Relief
Posted date : Jul 22, 2008.
Vertebral Fracture Relief - Osteoporosis often leads to vertebral fractures and chronic pain. If you have been unsuccessful at managing the pain with medication and strength-buil....   Read more...

Colorectal Cancer: Tests That May Save Your Life
Posted date : Jul 22, 2008.
Colorectal Cancer: Tests That May Save Your Life - As I proceed with the unpleasant "preparation" for my colonoscopy exam this week, I am reminded of how important this cancer-screening test is and....   Read more...

South Africa
Posted date : Jul 22, 2008.
South Africa By: Gordon Garrison South Africa - What wonderful experiences await you in this "World in One Country"! South Africa has more diversity than one's imagination could ever dream up. the s....   Read more...

Reg and Eileen Baker
Posted date : Jul 22, 2008.
Reg and Eileen Baker - It seems to be a long way to go for a 'snowbird migration.' However, Reg and Eileen Baker have followed the sun to South Africa for the past 13 years.....   Read more...

President's Message Issue 67
Posted date : Jul 22, 2008.
President's Message Issue 67 - As most of you are aware, the right of Canadians to travel freely without losing their health coverage or residency status is of paramount importa....   Read more...

Check Your Expiry Date
Posted date : Jul 22, 2008.
Check Your Expiry Date - If your driver's licence and/or vehicle sticker is due to expire while you are away this winter, you may be able to renew them early at a local mo....   Read more...

Get Your Passport Ready to Travel
Posted date : Jul 22, 2008.
Get Your Passport Ready to Travel - If you will be travelling this fall, don’t wait until the last minute to apply for your passport or to renew an existing one. Passports can be renew....   Read more...

Medipac Early Bird Travel Insurance Special
Posted date : May 24, 2008.
Medipac Early Bird Travel Insurance Special - Medipac Travel Insurance is happy to declare that the early bird travel insurance season is now open!All purchases of the Medipac Travel Insurance Pla....   Read more...

2008 CSA Member Survey
Posted date : May 24, 2008.
2008 CSA Member Survey - The 2008 CSA Member Survey is now available online at www.snowbirds.org.Click the link below to open the online survey in a new browser. The questio....   Read more...

Canadian Travel Patterns
Posted date : May 24, 2008.
Canadian Travel Patterns - Canadian Travel Patterns - Winter 2007/2008    Total outbound Canadian pleasure trips: 5 million - a 17% increase overall. These p....   Read more...

The High Cost of Health Care
Posted date : May 24, 2008.
The High Cost of Health Care - The Big Picture - 2007Canada's Health-Care Spending for 2007     $160 Billion Public-Sector Spending for 2007      ....   Read more...

Two-for-One Special!
Posted date : May 24, 2008.
Two-for-One Special! - A study involving 3,000 married couples found that when one spouse made a healthy lifestyle change, the other was substantially more likely to do the ....   Read more...

Four Habits = 14 Years!
Posted date : May 24, 2008.
Four Habits = 14 Years! - People who don't smoke, are physically active, drink alcohol in moderation and eat at least five servings of fruits or vegetables a day live 14 years ....   Read more...

The Card
Posted date : May 24, 2008.
The Card - A very cocky Oklahoma Department of Highways employee stopped at a farm to talk to an old farmer. He told the farmer, "I need to inspect your farm for....   Read more...

Who Am I?
Posted date : May 24, 2008.
Who Am I? - Your best friend or greatest enemy, I am your greatest companion. I am your greatest helper or your heaviest burden. I will push you onwards or drag y....   Read more...

Jane Boleyn by Julia Fox
Posted date : May 24, 2008.
Jane Boleyn by Julia Fox - It seems that these days, we are inundated by Tudors; movies, books, and an upcoming television series, "The Tudors." The Boleyn girls have become as ....   Read more...

www.Dietitians.ca
Posted date : May 24, 2008.
www.Dietitians.ca - Once upon a time, no cared what they ate or how often they exercised. Trans-fat, empty calories and sedentary lifestyles went virtually unnoticed ....   Read more...

Hormone Replacement Therapy
Posted date : May 24, 2008.
Hormone Replacement Therapy - The heart attack risk associated with HRT, which has been prevalent in medical journals and even in this humble magazine, may have been misdiagnosed a....   Read more...

Mini-Strokes Need to be Treated
Posted date : May 24, 2008.
Mini-Strokes Need to be Treated - Mini-strokes lead to a major stroke within one week, in one out of 20 people, and should be treated as a medical emergency, British doctors recently r....   Read more...

Vaccinations
Posted date : May 24, 2008.
Vaccinations - Influenza - Every year Pneumonia - At least once,starting at age 65Tetanus/diphtheria - Every 10 years after age 64, one booster should include whoopi....   Read more...

Trip to the Doctor
Posted date : May 24, 2008.
Trip to the Doctor - Bring a list of medical concerns with you to your appointment, to discuss with your doctor.Bring a list of the medications, vitamins and other supplem....   Read more...

Planking Secrets
Posted date : May 24, 2008.
Planking Secrets - For several years now, I've loved to barbecue cedar-planked salmon.  Cedar-planked salmon offers delicious smoky flavours that harmonize ....   Read more...

Healthy Eating for Seniors
Posted date : May 24, 2008.
Healthy Eating for Seniors - At a recent Winter Information meeting, a CSA member asked me what the latest advice was regarding healthy eating for seniors, claiming that he had be....   Read more...

Quebec City
Posted date : May 24, 2008.
Quebec City By: Gordon Garrison Quebec City - It is my firm belief that here in North America, the closest feeling to being in Europe can be found in Quebec City. And 2008 is surely the best year ....   Read more...

Birding for Beginners
Posted date : May 24, 2008.
Birding for Beginners - One of the best things about seasonal migrations is being able to take in the best of the great outdoors year-round. Snowbirds' return north coincides....   Read more...

Peter Appleyard – Canadian Jazz Vibraphonist
Posted date : May 24, 2008.
Peter Appleyard – Canadian Jazz Vibraphonist - I caught up with this world-famous exponent of the vibraphones at Florida's Busch Gardens. Peter Appleyard was a featured guest soloist with a very fi....   Read more...

The Deadly Realities of the U.S. Health-Care System
Posted date : May 24, 2008.
The Deadly Realities of the U.S. Health-Care System - In Cuba, the cost of an asthma puffer is five cents! In the U.S. health-care system, it costs $110.00! Michael Moore's movie "Sicko" is very entertain....   Read more...

Snowbirds’ Florida Tax Crisis
Posted date : May 24, 2008.
Snowbirds’ Florida Tax Crisis - Last summer, you read here about how Florida's property tax system was rigged against snowbirds. You'll recall that the Save-Our-Homes Amendment (SOH)....   Read more...

Government Relations Report Issue 66
Posted date : May 24, 2008.
Government Relations Report Issue 66 - I am honoured and pleased to have been elected as first vice-president and chair of the Government Relations Committee. I am looking forward to writin....   Read more...

President's Message Issue 66
Posted date : May 24, 2008.
President's Message Issue 66 - It is both an honour and a privilege to have been elected president of the Canadian Snowbird Association. For more than 15 years, the association has ....   Read more...

British Pensioners
Posted date : May 24, 2008.
British Pensioners - Hello Bird Talk!One of your members has suggested that many other "snowbirds" would be extremely interested to learn about a pension that is available....   Read more...

Rules of the “Ontario Drug Plan”
Posted date : May 24, 2008.
Rules of the “Ontario Drug Plan” - Dear Bird Talk,In view of the problems which I recently experienced when attempting to obtain prescription medicine from my pharmacist before leaving ....   Read more...

Non-Residents Driver’s Licence
Posted date : May 24, 2008.
Non-Residents Driver’s Licence - Dear Bird Talk,At the Detroit border crossing on Oct. 26, 2007, we were unfortunate to get a very officious U.S. border agent by the name of Sanchez. ....   Read more...

Florida Tax Crisis
Posted date : May 24, 2008.
Florida Tax Crisis - Dear Bird Talk,Just read the Bird Talk letter from David Dillon in CSANews Issue 65. He is quite correct in what he says in his letter about spending ....   Read more...

Strong Dollar, High Premiums?
Posted date : May 24, 2008.
Strong Dollar, High Premiums? - Dear Bird Talk:I was interested in reading your Editor's Message in the winter issue of CSANews (issue 65). There is no doubt that the Canadian dollar....   Read more...

Save the CBC Orchestra
Posted date : May 24, 2008.
Save the CBC Orchestra - The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's recent decision to reprogram the format of CBC Radio 2 has led to the decision to disband the now 70-year-old ....   Read more...

Veterans Affairs Canada Benefits
Posted date : May 24, 2008.
Veterans Affairs Canada Benefits - Feeling the pinch of restrictions onyour pension or retirement benefits? If you are a veteran, you may be eligible for certain benefits through Vetera....   Read more...

Cellphone Fraud
Posted date : May 24, 2008.
Cellphone Fraud - In recent years, cellular phone security has improved remarkably. Yet there are still instances in which cellphones and cellphone usage can become the....   Read more...

Letter from the Editor Issue 66
Posted date : May 24, 2008.
Birding for Beginners Peter Appleyard Eating Healthy for Seniors Letter from the Editor Issue 66 - For 10 years now, the pundits have been saying that snowbird travel was growing due to the "baby boomer" effect. We have politely disagreed with t....   Read more...

8840 – TO FILE OR NOT TO FILE
Posted date : May 23, 2008.
8840 – TO FILE OR NOT TO FILE - If you have been spending an extensive amount of time in the United States over the last few years, it is imperative that you take the Substantial....   Read more...

Common Crimes
Posted date : May 22, 2008.
Common Crimes - In 2006, the most frequent criminal code offence in Canada was theft of $5,000 and under, which was based on a population rate of 1,888 per 100,000. B....   Read more...

Canadians & RRSPs
Posted date : May 22, 2008.
Canadians & RRSPs - In 2006, the number of tax filers contributing to RRSPs, as well as the amount contributed, increased for the third consecutive year.Nearly 6.2 millio....   Read more...

Some Canadian Statistics…
Posted date : May 22, 2008.
Some Canadian Statistics… - In 2006:27% of households in Canada composted, as opposed to 23% in 1994.Close to six in 10 households used compact fluorescent bulbs.Close to three o....   Read more...

Why, why, why….?
Posted date : May 22, 2008.
Why, why, why….? - Why do banks charge a fee on "insufficient funds" when they know that there is not enough?Why doesn't glue stick to the bottle?If people evolved from ....   Read more...

So You Think You Know Everything?
Posted date : May 22, 2008.
So You Think You Know Everything? - "Stewardesses" is the longest word typed with only the left hand.And "lollipop" is the longest word typed with only your right hand. No word in the En....   Read more...

George Carlin on AGE
Posted date : May 22, 2008.
George Carlin on AGE - Do you realize that the only time in our lives when we like to get old is when we're kids? If you're less than 10 years old, you're so excited about a....   Read more...

An Australian definition of a Canadian
Posted date : May 22, 2008.
An Australian definition of a Canadian - You probably missed it in the local news, but there was a report that someone in Pakistan had advertised in a newspaper the offer of a reward to anyon....   Read more...

Give Your Old Slides and Photos a Make-Over: Digitize Them!
Posted date : May 22, 2008.
Give Your Old Slides and Photos a Make-Over: Digitize Them! - It’s time to do something productive with the old shoe box collecting dust in the bottom of your closet. You know – the one containing the 529 sli....   Read more...

Spook Country
Posted date : May 22, 2008.
Spook Country - William Gibson is an acclaimed Canadian science fiction novelist who is credited with actually inventing the terms "cyberspace" and "cyberpunk" in the....   Read more...

Nuts and Seeds OK for Diverticulosis?
Posted date : May 22, 2008.
Nuts and Seeds OK for Diverticulosis? - Nuts and seeds OK for diverticulosis? Apparently so, according to a study conducted by the University of Washington. The study, which began in 1986, f....   Read more...

Arm Yourself with Info to Fight Breast Cancer Recurrence
Posted date : May 22, 2008.
Arm Yourself with Info to Fight Breast Cancer Recurrence - A recent study has found that women recovering from breast cancer treatment are not informed of the risk of cancer recurrence. The Canadian Breast Can....   Read more...

Don’t Ignore Your Dental Health
Posted date : May 22, 2008.
Don’t Ignore Your Dental Health - For many seniors, dental health often becomes a secondary concern when one is faced with more pressing health issues. However, ignoring your teeth and....   Read more...

What Causes EasyBruising?
Posted date : May 22, 2008.
What Causes EasyBruising? - Easy and frequent bruising is very common in older adults, especially women. Many people find ominous-looking bruises on their arms and legs, but cann....   Read more...

Which Cold Remedies Really Work?
Posted date : May 22, 2008.
Which Cold Remedies Really Work? - In its Nutrition Action Newsletter, the Centre for Science in the Public Interest takes a closer look at the effectiveness of popular cold remedies. A....   Read more...

Gazpacho
Posted date : May 22, 2008.
Gazpacho - The holiday season has passed, and it's time to get back into shape – more veggies, fewer carbohydrates and less fat. If you're hang....   Read more...

Busch Gardens and SeaWorld
Posted date : May 22, 2008.
Busch Gardens and SeaWorld - Long-known for creating one-of-a-kind adventures and interactive experiences with the natural world, central Florida's Worlds of Discovery parks – B....   Read more...

Accidents: Causes and Prevention
Posted date : May 22, 2008.
Accidents: Causes and Prevention - Having spent 25 years as an Ontario coroner and 15 years involved in insurance claims by travelling Canadians who suffer from accidents, I am acutely ....   Read more...

Costa Rica
Posted date : May 22, 2008.
Costa Rica By: Gordon Garrison Costa Rica - When the very first set of European adventurers laid eyes upon this area off Central America, they wrote that this is indeed a very "rich coast." They....   Read more...

Eleanor Isbister
Posted date : May 22, 2008.
Eleanor Isbister - We often tend to think of 'snowbirds' in the plural. However, not all who enjoy the warmth of sunnier climes have mates. We decided to look for a snow....   Read more...

Your Property Assessment and Right to a Review
Posted date : May 22, 2008.
Your Property Assessment and Right to a Review - As snowbirds head south during the winter months, I would like to remind those who own property in British Columbia that the deadline for filing a com....   Read more...

Florida Taxation and Budget Reform Commission
Posted date : May 22, 2008.
Florida Taxation and Budget Reform Commission - When Jeb Bush was governor of the state of Florida, he appointed a commission to review the property tax situation and make a report to the legislatur....   Read more...

The Amazing Canadian Dollar
Posted date : May 22, 2008.
The Amazing Canadian Dollar - The banks came very, very close to running out of money – U.S. money, that is. U.S. dollars were in very short supply in Canada for a few short days....   Read more...

A Tribute to Gerry Brissenden
Posted date : May 22, 2008.
A Tribute to Gerry Brissenden - Hands down, Gerry Brissenden is one of the hardest-working directors that the Canadian Snowbird Association has ever had. It was no surprise that he w....   Read more...

Government Relations Report Issue 65
Posted date : May 22, 2008.
Government Relations Report Issue 65 - Since the Fall 2007 issue of CSANews, elections have taken place in Ontario, Saskatchewan, Newfoundland and Labrador and the Northwest Territories. Th....   Read more...

President's Message Issue 65
Posted date : May 22, 2008.
President's Message Issue 65 - As you know, I am now coming to the end of my second term as president of this great association. It has been four very busy years in which I have had....   Read more...

Medical Coverage for Retired Civil Servants
Posted date : May 22, 2008.
Medical Coverage for Retired Civil Servants - Dear Bird Talk,I would like to take this opportunity to speak to the letter from R.W. McClure in the summer issue of CSANews regarding the medical cov....   Read more...

Right of Survivorship
Posted date : May 22, 2008.
Right of Survivorship - Dear Bird Talk,Perhaps you think that when a couple has a joint bank account with right of survivorship that no changes will be made after the death o....   Read more...

Property Taxes in Arizona
Posted date : May 22, 2008.
Property Taxes in Arizona - Dear Bird TalkRe: Florida Tax SituationMy wife and I have been CSA members for several years and we have been fortunate to spend a couple of months in....   Read more...

Florida Tax Crisis
Posted date : May 22, 2008.
Florida Tax Crisis - Dear Bird Talk,Re: Letter from Warren Davis Re: Florida Tax Crisis – CSANews Fall 2007Is Governor Charlie Crist really listening? Will his legislati....   Read more...

Florida State Tax Discrimination – The Final Word
Posted date : May 22, 2008.
Florida State Tax Discrimination – The Final Word - Dear Bird Talk,Florida State Tax Discrimination – The Final WordThe printing of the letter from the Office of Citizens Services and your own introdu....   Read more...

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

Enhanced Driver’s Licences at the Border
Posted date : May 22, 2008.
Enhanced Driver’s Licences at the Border - In an effort to reduce wait times at Canada-U.S. border crossings, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff announced that enhanced Canadian drive....   Read more...

New Scammers After Credit Cards
Posted date : May 22, 2008.
New Scammers After Credit Cards - Here is yet another credit card scam to add to the seemingly endless number of existing scams. Be aware of callers claiming to represent the Security ....   Read more...

Canadian Credit Cards at US Gas Pumps
Posted date : May 22, 2008.
Canadian Credit Cards at US Gas Pumps - Snowbirds may encounter problems when using their credit cards at some U.S. gas pumps. Certain gas stations have implemented a zip code validation for....   Read more...

Letter from the Editor Issue 65
Posted date : May 22, 2008.
The Amazing Canadian Dollar Florida Tax Crisis Accidents: Causes and Prevention Letter from the Editor Issue 65 - Here comes Santa Claus...here comes Santa Claus...right down Santa Claus Lane! Loonie and Toonie and all of his reindeer are pulling on the reins. Bel....   Read more...

Body Facts
Posted date : Oct 17, 2007.
Body Facts - Your gives off enough heat in 30 minutes to bring half a gallon of water to a boil.The enamel on your teeth is the hardest substance in your ....   Read more...

Metric Conversion Chart
Posted date : Oct 17, 2007.
Metric Conversion Chart - 1 inch        =    2.54 centimetres 1 foot         =     0.3....   Read more...

Border Crossing
Posted date : Oct 17, 2007.
Border Crossing - Border Crossing85% of all cross-border travel between Canada and the United States is carried out by land or sea.Fewer than 60% of land and sea border....   Read more...

NEXUS
Posted date : Oct 17, 2007.
NEXUS - Six airports in Canada operate NEXUS kiosks:VancouverToronto Montreal Ottawa Halifax CalgaryNEXUS is now offered at the following border crossings:B....   Read more...

How to Call the Police When You're Old
Posted date : Oct 17, 2007.
How to Call the Police When You're Old - George Phillips of Meridian, Mississippi was going up to bed when his wife told him that he'd left the light on in the garden shed, which she could se....   Read more...

Hearing Troubles
Posted date : Oct 17, 2007.
Hearing Troubles - A man feared that his wife wasn't hearing as well as she used to, and thought that she might need a hearing aid. Not quite sure how to approach her, h....   Read more...

Fun & Games Issue 64
Posted date : Oct 17, 2007.
Fun & Games Issue 64 - Click the large image on the left to view the puzzles.Click small image to view the answers.....   Read more...

What a Wonderful World!
Posted date : Oct 17, 2007.
What a Wonderful World! - Would you like to see the wonders of the world from the comfort of your own home? I am not talking about television; I am writing about the wonderful ....   Read more...

The Sleeping Buddha
Posted date : Oct 17, 2007.
The Sleeping Buddha - With the heartbreaking images of grieving families and flag-draped coffins returning from Afghanistan, Canadians have more than an academic interest i....   Read more...

What o do if You Catch the Flu
Posted date : Oct 17, 2007.
What o do if You Catch the Flu - If you do catch a cold or the ‘flu this winter, remember:If you're sick, stay home and rest. Keep your cold or 'flu to yourself.Drink lots of liquid....   Read more...

New treatment for Kidney Cancer
Posted date : Oct 17, 2007.
New treatment for Kidney Cancer - Research shows that percutaneous cryoablation – in which freezing gas is injected into a tumor to kill malignant tissue – is a safe, effective....   Read more...

Be Careful With Those New Glasses!
Posted date : Oct 17, 2007.
Be Careful With Those New Glasses! - If you’ve got a new pair of glasses, be careful – you may be a bit off balance. Researchers observed 616 people over 70 who received either an eye....   Read more...

Prostate Cancer Cure Proves Effective
Posted date : Oct 17, 2007.
Prostate Cancer Cure Proves Effective - Brachytherapy, a minimally invasive procedure where surgeons implant rice-sized, radioactive “seeds” into or close to a tumor, is a promising cure....   Read more...

Super Foods
Posted date : Oct 17, 2007.
Super Foods - When I was a kid, my mom would always repeat, "Eat your spinach. It's good for you." Somehow, my mom knew instinctively that spinach w....   Read more...

Heart Attack: Prevention and Treatment
Posted date : Oct 17, 2007.
Heart Attack: Prevention and Treatment - About one in four Canadians are affected by heart disease and about half of those will develop it after the age of 65. Because coronary artery disease....   Read more...

Switzerland: Somebody Has To Do It
Posted date : Oct 17, 2007.
Switzerland By: Dave Hunter Switzerland: Somebody Has To Do It - Autumn has not always been my favourite time of the year. I've never been much of a fan of winter and the "r" months meant that short days and frosty ....   Read more...

Lake Chapala Mexico
Posted date : Oct 17, 2007.
Lake Chapala Mexico Lake Chapala Mexico - Thousands of Canadians have abandoned their former winter snowbird destinations and are now happily living from one to 12 months of each year on the N....   Read more...

Mucho Bueno!
Posted date : Oct 17, 2007.
Mucho Bueno! - Mexico is home to about 700,000 U.S. and Canadian citizens who have decided to exchange hectic cities, frigid temperatures and high living costs for a....   Read more...

Sustainability: “Skill vs. Luck”
Posted date : Oct 17, 2007.
Sustainability: “Skill vs. Luck” - A few months ago, I was discussing last year’s equity returns with a good friend of mine and he mentioned that his advisor did quite well, having re....   Read more...

Medipac Just Added a Plus!
Posted date : Oct 17, 2007.
Medipac Just Added a Plus! - Some Plans Deal With Negatives. Medipac Just Added a Plus!Your has two primary engines – your heart, to circulate life-giving blood to your ent....   Read more...

Excellent Customer Service
Posted date : Oct 17, 2007.
Excellent Customer Service - Dear Bird Talk, I have been talking with Sonia, who was a great pleasure to deal with. She sets a high standard for her colleagues. Because of her I w....   Read more...

Medications Crossing the Border
Posted date : Oct 17, 2007.
Medications Crossing the Border - Dear Bird Talk, I thought that you would be interested in printing the enclosed information and, by finding out whether other seniors have experienced....   Read more...

Thanks Medipac!
Posted date : Oct 17, 2007.
Thanks Medipac! - Dear Bird Talk, Enclosed is our Early Bird Application for our upcoming winter season in Florida.I just wanted to enclose with the application our hea....   Read more...

Mobile Home Parks
Posted date : Oct 17, 2007.
Mobile Home Parks - Dear Bird Talk,With reference to Arthur Duncan’s query regarding info for mobile home parks in Arizona, he should write for a list to the Arizona Wi....   Read more...

Shinglers
Posted date : Oct 17, 2007.
Shinglers - Dear Bird Talk,...And now, on a more serious note, the Feature Story on "Infections" in the recent CSANews was interesting – particularly the piece ....   Read more...

Property Taxes
Posted date : Oct 17, 2007.
Property Taxes - Dear Bird Talk,I have just read Peter Benedek's column and, being a property-owning snowbird who keeps up to date with such issues, I am well aware of....   Read more...

Simplified Passport Renewal Process
Posted date : Oct 17, 2007.
Simplified Passport Renewal Process - Since August 15, 2007, it is easier to renew your Canadian passport. Through the simplified passport renewal process, qualified applicants no longer h....   Read more...

Border Crossing
Posted date : Oct 17, 2007.
Border Crossing - The U.S. government will require Canadian citizens to carry government-issued photo identification (such as a driver’s licence), plus proof of citiz....   Read more...

Warning! Dangerous Intra-hospital Infection Risk
Posted date : Oct 17, 2007.
Warning! Dangerous Intra-hospital Infection Risk - Clostridium difficile is the most common cause of infectious diarrhea in hospitalized patients in the industrialized world. It is commonly found in ho....   Read more...

Government Relations Report Issue 64
Posted date : Oct 17, 2007.
Government Relations Report Issue 64 - October is shaping up to be a busy month on the Canadian political scene. Voters in Ontario, Newfoundland and Labrador and the Northwest Territories w....   Read more...

President's Message Issue 64
Posted date : Oct 17, 2007.
President's Message Issue 64 - As the fall season approaches, we start to think about the winter cold and begin to prepare for our journey to warmer climes. Before we leave, however....   Read more...

Letter from the Editor Issue 64
Posted date : Oct 17, 2007.
Living in Lake Chapala Heart Attach - Prevention and Treatment Dave Hunter Makes His Way through Switzerland Letter from the Editor Issue 64 - Patricia, Chris, Paula and I are just leaving Newfoundland – reluctantly. This was my first trip to Newfoundland and we will all, definitely, be goi....   Read more...

NEXUS
Posted date : Aug 07, 2007.
NEXUS - This “pre-screened” fast-track, border-crossing program is currently offered at the following airports:Vancouver International Airport Toronto Pea....   Read more...

Planning to Travel to Mexico from Canada?
Posted date : Aug 07, 2007.
Planning to Travel to Mexico from Canada? - Although the government of Canada recommends that Canadians travelling to any destination outside of Canada carry a valid passport, it is not mandator....   Read more...

Allergies Indoors?
Posted date : Aug 07, 2007.
Allergies Indoors? - If you find that staying inside isn’t offering you the relief from your allergies that you would expect, you may want to check your house plants. Al....   Read more...

By the Numbers
Posted date : Aug 07, 2007.
By the Numbers - Banking or debit cards are the ultimate in convenience. More than 34 million banking cards are in circulation among an adult population of 25 million.....   Read more...

Word Watch
Posted date : Aug 07, 2007.
Word Watch - Half-back – A new nickname for snowbirds who chose Florida as their original retirement destination, but have subsequently retreated back to Georgia....   Read more...

Disorder in the Courts
Posted date : Aug 07, 2007.
Disorder in the Courts - From a book called “Disorder in the American Courts,” which includes stories of things people actually said in court, word for word, taken down an....   Read more...

Swept Away…
Posted date : Aug 07, 2007.
Swept Away… - Two brooms were hanging in the closet and after a while, they got to know each other so well that they decided to get married.One broom was, of course....   Read more...

Celibacy
Posted date : Aug 07, 2007.
Celibacy - Celibacy can be a choice in life, or a condition imposed by circumstances.While attending a marriage encounter weekend, Walter and his wife Ann listen....   Read more...

Fun & Games Issue 63
Posted date : Aug 07, 2007.
Fun & Games Issue 63 - Can you guess them all?These "Outside the Box" puzzles will definately tease your brain!From: OutsidetheBox.comAnswers in Pic 2....   Read more...

MedlinePlus
Posted date : Aug 07, 2007.
MedlinePlus - Recently, I was introduced to a website called MedlinePlus.  At first glance, it appeared a little daunting.  It's big!  It is an Ameri....   Read more...

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah
Posted date : Aug 07, 2007.
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah - A Long Way Gone is a gritty, beautifully written book about the civil war in Sierra Leone, and the children who are forced to fight it.Ishmael Beah co....   Read more...

Top 10 Tips to a Better Brain
Posted date : Aug 07, 2007.
Top 10 Tips to a Better Brain - Scientists say that mental decline as we age appears to be largely due to altered connections among brain cells. The synapses, or the electrical curre....   Read more...

Vaccinate this!
Posted date : Aug 07, 2007.
Vaccinate this! - You may have been vigilant about getting your annual flu shot, but there are several other vaccinations recommended by the Centers for Disease Control....   Read more...

Stroke Survivor’s Long-term Improvements
Posted date : Aug 07, 2007.
Stroke Survivor’s Long-term Improvements - Stroke survivors who have damaged the area of the brain that controls “executive function” may find that antidepressants have a long-term positive....   Read more...

Waltzing Helps Weak Hearts
Posted date : Aug 07, 2007.
Waltzing Helps Weak Hearts - Typical exercise on a treadmill or stationary bicycle for men and women with stable chronic heart failure can be improved upon by substituting a 21-mi....   Read more...

Work it out!
Posted date : Aug 07, 2007.
Work it out! - Recent studies have shown that several small workouts throughout the day are more effective at reducing blood pressure than one extended exercise sess....   Read more...

Nuts for your Heart
Posted date : Aug 07, 2007.
Nuts for your Heart - One or two handfuls of pistachio nuts a day can help reduce blood levels of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL) by up to 11%. Don't just add the....   Read more...

Healthy Hors d’Oeuvres and Matching Wines
Posted date : Aug 07, 2007.
Healthy Hors d’Oeuvres and Matching Wines - Hors d'oeuvres are an important element in entertaining, creating the mood, pace and style of the evening ahead. These tiny bites can be s....   Read more...

Southern Gardening in the North
Posted date : Aug 07, 2007.
Southern Gardening in the North - I spend many days on the road as a travel writer gathering new material for my “Interstate-75” and “Florida” books…and so it probably comes ....   Read more...

Infections: Prevention and Current Treatments
Posted date : Aug 07, 2007.
Infections: Prevention and Current Treatments - Last week, my new grandson had to be admitted to the hospital with a serious infection. He’s only four weeks old and was premature – still under s....   Read more...

Discover Ontario
Posted date : Aug 07, 2007.
Discover Ontario by: Gordon Garrison Discover Ontario - When our friends from Denmark wrote to tell us of their plans to visit us last September, we were delighted. Another chance to show off our country, w....   Read more...

Why Do You Head South?
Posted date : Aug 07, 2007.
Why Do You Head South? - "For the warmth", Marilyn exclaimed."For the WARMTH"! Don was even more emphatic when I asked the Peels why they travelled to Florida every winter. Ma....   Read more...

The CSA Placemat…Building Bridges for Canadians
Posted date : Aug 07, 2007.
The CSA Placemat…Building Bridges for Canadians - Sometimes it’s the little things that you do, that get the most attention.We have been supplying CSA/Medipac placemats for the last eight years, to ....   Read more...

Snowbirds' Florida Tax Crisis
Posted date : Aug 07, 2007.
Snowbirds' Florida Tax Crisis - Peter Benedek (RetirementAction.com). It's been called loony, outrageous, two-tier, discriminatory, confiscatory and worse. The bottom line is that Fl....   Read more...

Your Claim and What the Government Paid
Posted date : Aug 07, 2007.
Your Claim and What the Government Paid - Do you have any idea how many idiots (oops, sorry, I meant to say people) hop on a plane and take a quick vacation to Disneyland, drop in to Las Vegas....   Read more...

Absentee Mail-in Ballots by 2011
Posted date : Aug 07, 2007.
Absentee Mail-in Ballots by 2011 - Ontario snowbirds won't be able to send an absentee mail-in ballot for this fall's Oct. 10 election. But a Conservative member of the Ontario legislat....   Read more...

AGM Notice Issue 63
Posted date : Aug 07, 2007.
AGM Notice Issue 63 - CANADIAN SNOWBIRD ASSOCIATION INC.(A corporation without share capital under part II of The Canada Business Corporations Act)CANADIAN SNOWBIRD ASSOCIA....   Read more...

Government Relations Report Issue 63
Posted date : Aug 07, 2007.
Government Relations Report Issue 63 - One of the greatest challenges of government advocacy work is that governments are always changing. Since last June alone, we have new premiers in Alb....   Read more...

President's Message Issue 63
Posted date : Aug 07, 2007.
President's Message Issue 63 - Joan and I love to get away during the cold winter months and enjoy the warmer climate in the southern states. It is, however, always great to return ....   Read more...

Rental Car Insurance Coverage
Posted date : Aug 07, 2007.
Rental Car Insurance Coverage - Dear Bird Talk, We are two of 2,000 in Westwind R.V. Park and many more thousands in 30 other parks in Yuma. We are now aware of a special insurance p....   Read more...

Federal Superannuates Insurance Coverage
Posted date : Aug 07, 2007.
Federal Superannuates Insurance Coverage - Dear Bird Talk,It is my understanding from information in a letter to "Bird Talk" included in the latest issue of CSANews, that retired federa....   Read more...

Snowbird Destinations other than Florida
Posted date : Aug 07, 2007.
Snowbird Destinations other than Florida - Dear Bird Talk,We have been Florida snowbirds for the past 10 years but are becoming weary and more and more wary of the general attitude of the Flori....   Read more...

Canadian Involvement in the Second World War
Posted date : Aug 07, 2007.
Canadian Involvement in the Second World War - 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,....   Read more...

Best Cell Phone Plan
Posted date : Aug 07, 2007.
Best Cell Phone Plan - 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 dete....   Read more...

Consumer Protection
Posted date : Aug 07, 2007.
Consumer Protection - Home RenovationsRenovations don’t automatically add to the value of your home. Don’t be talked into unnecessary renovations. Don’t be pressured ....   Read more...

Letter from the Editor Issue 63
Posted date : Aug 07, 2007.
Southern Gardening in the North Discover Ontario Healthy Hors d'Oeuvres and Matching Wines Letter from the Editor Issue 63 - Twenty-five bucks is a lot of money for a piece of paper! But when it is a CSA membership card, you and your spouse bought some of the best insurance ....   Read more...

Fun & Games Issue 62
Posted date : Jun 06, 2007.
Fun & Games Issue 62 - Can you guess them all?These "Outside the Box" puzzles will definately tease your brain!From: OutsidetheBox.comAnswers in Pic 2....   Read more...

Yukon
Posted date : Jun 06, 2007.
The Yukon Dawson City by: Gordon Garrison Yukon - THE YUKON"...Some say God was tired when he made it;Some say it's a fine land to shun.Maybe; but there's some as would trade itFor no land on earth ....   Read more...

CSA President's Award
Posted date : Jun 06, 2007.
CSA President's Award - CSA President's AwardThe president and board of directors is pleased to announce the recipients of this year's CSA PRESIDENT'S AWARD.Instituted in 200....   Read more...

An Insurance Story
Posted date : Jun 06, 2007.
An Insurance Story - Dear Bird Talk, One of my vices is writing LONG letters, but I will try to keep this short if I can!My husband and I have been members of CSA for many....   Read more...

CSANews Article: Vision and Hearing
Posted date : Jun 06, 2007.
CSANews Article: Vision and Hearing - Dear Bird Talk,I received your winter 2006 issue and enjoyed the articles and information it contained. Being in the eye-care business I was especiall....   Read more...

CSANews Article: Drive to Bermuda
Posted date : Jun 06, 2007.
CSANews Article: Drive to Bermuda - Dear Bird Talk,It was such a pleasure reading "Drive to Bermuda" (in winter issue) CSANews. My late husband and I spent wonderful 3 week holidays ther....   Read more...

Florida Homesteaders Exemption
Posted date : Jun 06, 2007.
Florida Homesteaders Exemption - Dear Bird Talk:I'm one of the many snowbirds that own a small one-bedroom condo (600 sq. ft.) in Pinellas County, Treasure Island Florida. In the year....   Read more...

EBay and Paypal Payments
Posted date : Jun 06, 2007.
EBay and Paypal Payments - 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 Canad....   Read more...

Entrance Fee at Extravaganza
Posted date : Jun 06, 2007.
Entrance Fee at Extravaganza - Dear Bird Talk,We think there should be a charge for non-members at the Extravaganzas. We went to the one in Lakeland. There were so many people we co....   Read more...

GHIP Reimbursement
Posted date : Jun 06, 2007.
GHIP Reimbursement - Dear Bird Talk,I know you have received many letters regarding out-of-country medical expenses submitted to OHIP, but I thought your readers might be ....   Read more...

The Three Bears – The Real Story
Posted date : Jun 06, 2007.
The Three Bears – The Real Story - A far more accurate account of the events of that fateful morning...Baby Bear goes downstairs, sits in his small chair at the table, and he looks into....   Read more...

Moral: Old men can still think fast!
Posted date : Jun 06, 2007.
Moral: Old men can still think fast! - The old farmer had a large pond in the back, fixed up nicely with picnic tables, a barbecue pit, horseshoe courts, and some apple and peach trees. The....   Read more...

A Senior Moment
Posted date : Jun 06, 2007.
A Senior Moment - A very self-important college freshman attending a recent football game, took it upon himself to explain to a senior citizen sitting next to him why i....   Read more...

The Investment is Mutual
Posted date : Jun 06, 2007.
The Investment is Mutual - Three academics from the Harvard Business School studied 50,000 mutual funds in 18 countries. They found that the average cost of management expenses ....   Read more...

Word Watch
Posted date : Jun 06, 2007.
Word Watch - To keep us all up to date on the evolution of the English language, here are a few of the NEW WORDS to enter the newest edition of the Concise Oxford ....   Read more...

Weeds don’t read the paper
Posted date : Jun 06, 2007.
Weeds don’t read the paper - Once you have planted your garden, try placing wet newspapers around the stems of your foliage before you cover it with mulch. Weeds have been known t....   Read more...

Make mosquitoes bounce!
Posted date : Jun 06, 2007.
Make mosquitoes bounce! - Try placing a dryer sheet in your pocket when walking on a nature trail or working outdoors. It has been reported that this may act as a suitable mosq....   Read more...

Coffee – Not just a wake-up call
Posted date : Jun 06, 2007.
Coffee – Not just a wake-up call - A relatively loose study of more than 12,000 people between the ages of 45 and 64 over a 10-year period revealed that persons who drank 32 oz of coffe....   Read more...

Exercise More?
Posted date : Jun 06, 2007.
Exercise More? - It has been recommended time and again that we should exercise for at least 30 minutes a day in order to stay healthy. A recent study organized by the....   Read more...

You Ought to be in Pictures!
Posted date : Jun 06, 2007.
You Ought to be in Pictures! - One of the most precious items which a family has is its photographs. Our family tends to keep our pictorial history in those neat little envelopes fr....   Read more...

Wine Pairing
Posted date : Jun 06, 2007.
Wine Pairing - Grilling and WineThe beginning of spring is heralded by the return of the robin, the blooming of the forsythia and the uncovering and cleaning of ....   Read more...

Lisey’s Story
Posted date : Jun 06, 2007.
Lisey’s Story - To those who are not fans of Stephen King's boogeyman bestsellers, Lisey's Story is something entirely different. It becomes a truly compelling tale o....   Read more...

Oral health is important to your overall health
Posted date : Jun 06, 2007.
Oral health is important to your overall health - (NC)-Research shows there is a relationship between oral disease and other health problems such as diabetes and certain kinds of pneumonia. There may ....   Read more...

Blood Glucose and Cholesterol Measurement Units in U.S.
Posted date : Jun 06, 2007.
Blood Glucose and Cholesterol Measurement Units in U.S. - If you are diabetic or have high cholesterol, and travel to the U.S., you are probably aware that blood glucose readings and lipids in the U.S. are me....   Read more...

Blood Cholesterol - Keeping it Normal
Posted date : Jun 06, 2007.
Blood Cholesterol - Keeping it Normal - Many decades of research have proved that a high level of cholesterol in the blood exposes one to a much higher risk of cardiovascular disease, especi....   Read more...

National Seniors' Council
Posted date : Jun 06, 2007.
National Seniors' Council - OTTAWA – Whether the subjects involve health care, income security and personal safety, or more snowbird-related concerns such as out-of-province em....   Read more...

Dwayne and Catherine Johns
Posted date : Jun 06, 2007.
Dwayne and Catherine Johns - Dwayne Alwyn Johns started life and his career in Canada's Midwest. When he graduated from Brandon Collegiate Institute, he was not yet old enough for....   Read more...

In Memoriam - Don Slinger
Posted date : Jun 06, 2007.
In Memoriam - Don Slinger - CSANews regrets to announce the passing of Donald Slinger. DONALD VINCENT SLINGERFebruary 14, 1922 – March 18, 2007Don was born in Guelph, Ontario. ....   Read more...

From the Desk of Don Slinger Issue 62
Posted date : Jun 06, 2007.
From the Desk of Don Slinger Issue 62 - Hi Folks!It's great to report that Beth and I attended the recent Snowbird Extravaganza and CSA Annual General Meeting in Lakeland, Florida. It seems ....   Read more...

CSA Meets with Minister of Health
Posted date : Jun 06, 2007.
CSA Meets with Minister of Health - On November 29, 2006, CSA president Gerry Brissenden met with the Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Health, and the Honourable John Baird, in Ottaw....   Read more...

Government Relations Report Issue 62
Posted date : Jun 06, 2007.
Government Relations Report Issue 62 - I am happy to report that there has been a significant development in one of our most important areas of ongoing government advocacy.As many of you ar....   Read more...

President's Message Issue 62
Posted date : Jun 06, 2007.
President's Message Issue 62 - I have now begun my final year as president of our association. It started off with plenty of travel and many meetings.One part of those travels that ....   Read more...

8840 – To File or Not to File
Posted date : Jun 06, 2007.
8840 – To File or Not to File - If you have been spending an extensive amount of time in the United States over the last few years, it is imperative that you take the Substantial Pre....   Read more...

Signs Your Identity Has Been Stolen
Posted date : Jun 06, 2007.
Signs Your Identity Has Been Stolen - Bills and statements don't arrive when they're supposed to - they may have been stolen from the mailbox or someone has changed the mailing address.You....   Read more...

Letter from the Editor Issue 62
Posted date : Jun 06, 2007.
CSA Break - Through The Yukon Blood Cholesterol Letter from the Editor Issue 62 - It's almost overwhelming! We fought, and cajoled, and begged the Liberal federal government for almost 15 years to listen to CSA's needs. They refused....   Read more...

Canada's Leading Exports to Florida 2005
Posted date : Jun 01, 2007.
Canada's Leading Exports to Florida 2005 - Canada 's Leading Exports to Florida 2005 - in millions of U.S. Dollars 1. Softwood lumber - $233 2. Medicine, in dosage $211 3. Petroleum & ....   Read more...

Word Watch
Posted date : Jun 01, 2007.
Word Watch - "Tweeniors" As the crossover from adulthood to life as a senior blurs ever more, a new term has been coined for people who are between the ages of 55....   Read more...

The Dead Horse Theory
Posted date : Jun 01, 2007.
The Dead Horse Theory - The tribal wisdom of the Dakota Indians, passed on from generation to generation, says, “When you discover that you are riding a dead horse, the bes....   Read more...

The Bathtub Test
Posted date : Jun 01, 2007.
The Bathtub Test - It doesn't hurt to take a hard look at yourself sometimes...this should help you get started... During a visit to a mental asylum, a visitor asked ....   Read more...

Fun & Games Issue 61
Posted date : Jun 01, 2007.
Fun & Games Issue 61 - Can you guess them all? These "Outside the Box" puzzles will definitely tease your brain! Click on the images to see the puzzles. Answers from F....   Read more...

Shadow People
Posted date : Jun 01, 2007.
Shadow People - Shadow People is an important new expose of history’s most notorious secret societies. In this book, master storyteller John Lawrence Reynolds revea....   Read more...

Online Resources for Snowbirds - WebMD
Posted date : Jun 01, 2007.
Online Resources for Snowbirds - WebMD - Many people use the Internet for immediate practical purposes - finding a phone number, directions, quick answers to questions that have been dogging ....   Read more...

Vitamin D Prevents Disabilities
Posted date : Jun 01, 2007.
Vitamin D Prevents Disabilities - Dutch researchers have found that persons over the age of 65 with low blood levels of Vitamin D were three times more likely to end up in a nursing ho....   Read more...

Your Skin's Best Protection Against UVA
Posted date : Jun 01, 2007.
Your Skin's Best Protection Against UVA - Sunscreen containing Mexoryl, also known as ecamsule, provides the best available protection against UVA rays, which penetrate the skin deeper than UV....   Read more...

Eat Fish & Quit Smoking!
Posted date : Jun 01, 2007.
Eat Fish & Quit Smoking! - It has been reported that 75% of adults over the age of 75 will be affected by age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Two recent studies published in....   Read more...

Help Your Eyes to See Better
Posted date : Jun 01, 2007.
Help Your Eyes to See Better - Sometimes, having corrective glasses or contact lenses is not enough to combat low-vision problems. This eye condition occurs when it becomes increasi....   Read more...

Ken and Elsie Forbes
Posted date : Jun 01, 2007.
Ken and Elsie Forbes - Ken and Elsie Forbes Ken Forbes and his wife, Elsie, are what you could call typical Canadians. They raised a family of three – two girls and a boy....   Read more...

Our 58th Wedding Anniversary
Posted date : Jun 01, 2007.
Our 58th Wedding Anniversary - Hi Folks! Back in August, Beth and I celebrated our 58th wedding anniversary by participating in a three-day mystery tour. The only information we ....   Read more...

A Message to All Volunteers
Posted date : Jun 01, 2007.
A Message to All Volunteers - A Message to All Volunteers You are the glue that helps us stay together and without your help, it would be diffi cult, if not impossible, to hold ....   Read more...

Insurance Update Issue 61
Posted date : Jun 01, 2007.
Insurance Update Issue 61 - At the recent Canadian Snowbird Association board meeting, Roland Bélanger, the CSA’s Quebec Director, passed me a piece of history. It was a mid-1....   Read more...

Health Care Ad Campaign in BC
Posted date : Jun 01, 2007.
Health Care Ad Campaign in BC - Dear Bird Talk, Re: Health Care Ad Campaign in British Columbia We are short of doctors. We are short of hospital beds. We need more MRIs. We need....   Read more...

Federal Superannuates Travel Insurance
Posted date : Jun 01, 2007.
Federal Superannuates Travel Insurance - Dear Bird Talk, I enjoy very much reading CSANews as I find it offers new perspectives for senior Canadians. In April 2006 retired federal publi....   Read more...

Canada Club! Interested?
Posted date : Jun 01, 2007.
Canada Club! Interested? - Dear Bird Talk, I would like to hear from anyone snowbirding in the Sarasota FL area. I would like to start up a Canadian Club. If you are interest....   Read more...

Money Transfer Issue in the US
Posted date : Jun 01, 2007.
Money Transfer Issue in the US - Dear Bird Talk, Please check the following information and alert our fellow Snowbirds of the following problems. I have been trying to transfer ....   Read more...

Importing a Car from the US
Posted date : Jun 01, 2007.
Importing a Car from the US - 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 h....   Read more...

Passport Required
Posted date : Jun 01, 2007.
Passport Required - Effective January 23, 2007, all persons (including U.S. citizens and Canadian citizens) travelling by air will require a valid passport to enter and r....   Read more...

EPCA-2 Test for Prostate Cancer
Posted date : Jun 01, 2007.
EPCA-2 Test for Prostate Cancer - The last issue of CSANews described a new test used to detect prostate cancer earlier and more efficiently than the PSA test. Unfortunately, the test ....   Read more...

B.C. Property Assessment Appeals Deadline
Posted date : Jun 01, 2007.
B.C. Property Assessment Appeals Deadline - B.C. Property Assessment Appeals Dead line is January 31, 2007Rick Thorpe, British Columbia's Minister Responsible for the British Columbia Assessment....   Read more...

Letter from the Editor Issue 61
Posted date : Jun 01, 2007.
Meet Dr. Beach Drive To Bermuda? See Me, Hear Me Letter from the Editor Issue 61 - Merry Christmas! There! I have said it!Happy Hanukkah! There! I have said that, too! Eid Saeed! You should look this one up!Happy Lohri! Light my fir....   Read more...

Supporting Canada’s Pensioners and Seniors
Posted date : Jun 01, 2007.
Supporting Canada’s Pensioners and Seniors - Canadian pensioners and seniors have spent a lifetime building this great country of ours. With selfless determination and dedication they established....   Read more...

Vision & Hearing Problems of Older Adults
Posted date : Jun 01, 2007.
Vision & Hearing Problems of Older Adults - Although various eye and ear disorders affect persons of all ages, there are certain conditions that are of particular prevalence as we age. As infant....   Read more...

Drive to Bermuda with Dave
Posted date : Jun 01, 2007.
Drive to Bermuda with Dave By Dave Hunter Dave and Kathy Hunter take another unusual trip. Drive to Bermuda with Dave - It may surprise my I-75 readers to learn that Kathy and I love Bermuda. The U.S. expressways and Florida are where we work; Bermuda is where we go to ....   Read more...

Dr. Beach
Posted date : Jun 01, 2007.
Dr. Beach Geomorphology: I turned to a coastal geomorphologist to find out what it meant. By Dr Gordon Garrison Dr. Beach - GEOMORPHOLOGY.You can be forgiven if you do not know the meaning of the word. I turned to a coastal geomorphologist to find out what it meant. Dr. Ste....   Read more...

AGM Notice Issue 61
Posted date : Jun 01, 2007.
AGM Notice Issue 61 - CANADIAN SNOWBIRD ASSOCIATION INC. (A corporation without share capital under part II of The Canada Business Corporations Act) CANADIAN SNOWBIRD A....   Read more...

Government Report Issue 61
Posted date : Jun 01, 2007.
Government Report Issue 61 - Well, we have arrived once again at the beginning of another snowbird travel season. We had a very busy autumn on the government relations front and t....   Read more...

President's Message Issue 61
Posted date : Jun 01, 2007.
President's Message Issue 61 - Wow! What a busy fall season it has been. Our travels started off with the CSA board of directors’ meeting in Victoria, British Columbia. It was ....   Read more...

All about GOLD
Posted date : May 30, 2007.
All about GOLD - It is recorded that only 88,000 tons of gold have been taken from the earth since recorded history. The number of gold nuggets being found in the wo....   Read more...

Alligator Safety
Posted date : May 30, 2007.
Alligator Safety - Over the decades, humans and alligators have begun to live closer and closer together. And as a result, we’re not quite as scary to them as we once ....   Read more...

Beer, Fishing, Sex & Golf
Posted date : May 30, 2007.
Beer, Fishing, Sex & Golf - Beer, Fishing, Sex & Golf A man was walking down the street when he was accosted by a particularly dirty and shabby-looking homeless man who asked hi....   Read more...

Canadian Health Care
Posted date : May 30, 2007.
Canadian Health Care - Two patients limp into two different Canadian medical clinics with the same complaint. Both have trouble walking and appear to require a hip replaceme....   Read more...

Fun & Games Issue 60
Posted date : May 30, 2007.
Fun & Games Issue 60 - Answers 1. Small fortune 2. one-sided 3. Right side up 4. Half decent....   Read more...

Fatal Greed
Posted date : May 30, 2007.
Fatal Greed - Fatal Greed is a political thriller that starts with a contamination accident in suburban Toronto and continues with a complex, violent coverup involv....   Read more...

Mind Your Manners When Sending E-mails
Posted date : May 30, 2007.
Mind Your Manners When Sending E-mails - Now that e-mail messaging is the most dominant form of communication, it has been necessary for people to establish a set of informal online rules, of....   Read more...

Prostate Cancer: Know Your Options
Posted date : May 30, 2007.
Prostate Cancer: Know Your Options - In Canada, prostate cancer is the most-often diagnosed cancer in men; approximately one in seven will be diagnosed during their lifetime. Fortunately ....   Read more...

A Lemon a Day Keeps the Doctor Away
Posted date : May 30, 2007.
A Lemon a Day Keeps the Doctor Away - Did you know that drinking a few glasses of lemonade each day can prevent the formation of kidney stones? Citrate (citric acid) is a natural inhibitor....   Read more...

High Cholesterol Silent but potentially deadly
Posted date : May 30, 2007.
High Cholesterol Silent but potentially deadly - High cholesterol can be an especially dangerous ailment, as it usually does not manifest itself in typical symptoms. This is why it is so important to....   Read more...

Don't read this with a grain of salt!
Posted date : May 30, 2007.
Don't read this with a grain of salt! - We all know that excess sodium intake can lead to high blood pressure. However, sodium is an essential nutrient and cannot be eliminated completely. T....   Read more...

Pension Benefits
Posted date : May 30, 2007.
Pension Benefits - Hi Folks! If you have been a regular reader of this column, you will recall my comments about the pension plan that I and 2,300 other former employ....   Read more...

Insurance Update Issue 60
Posted date : May 30, 2007.
Insurance Update Issue 60 - I met Mr. Kitt in the parking lot this morning, at about 7:30 a.m. He had left Manitoulin Island at about midnight on the previous night and, after a ....   Read more...

Snowbird Survey 2006
Posted date : May 30, 2007.
Snowbird Survey 2006 - The results are in! And we must say – Canadians, or rather Canadian Snowbirds, are a true symbol of democracy and a shining example of how Canadi....   Read more...

When to Call
Posted date : May 30, 2007.
When to Call - Dear Bird Talk, I am concerned about Medipac travel insurance. The policy on page 2 states as follows: “You or someone on Your behalf (if you a....   Read more...

Health Care System
Posted date : May 30, 2007.
Health Care System - Dear Bird Talk, The article in your magazine, #59 By Dr. Bob MacMillan was interesting and while the author seems to have a handle on the medical sy....   Read more...

Florida Property Taxes
Posted date : May 30, 2007.
Florida Property Taxes - Dear Bird Talk: I’m a Canadian snowbird that owns a condo in the Broward County (Pompano Beach) in Florida. My property taxes, and those of other....   Read more...

Enhanced security measures for air travel: Be prepared
Posted date : May 30, 2007.
Enhanced security measures for air travel: Be prepared - Enhanced security measures for air travel normally result in checkpoint delays. You can help to minimize the inspection time by ensuring that you do n....   Read more...

Proposed change to US -VISIT
Posted date : May 30, 2007.
Proposed change to US -VISIT - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has recently announced a proposed rule change to the photographing and digital finger-scanning procedures of ....   Read more...

New prostate cancer EPCA
Posted date : May 30, 2007.
New prostate cancer EPCA - Recent studies show that a new cancer antigen-2 (EPCA-2) blood test may be more effective in detecting prostate cancer than the currently used prostat....   Read more...

Osteoarthritis
Posted date : May 30, 2007.
Osteoarthritis - Although there are many forms of arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and gouty arthritis (each of which requires very specific medical tr....   Read more...

Snowbird Interview with Jack Layton
Posted date : May 30, 2007.
Snowbird Interview with Jack Layton - "Different rules for snowbirds‘ridiculous’ and‘not right" says Jack Layton The issue of health care for Canadians who happen to be snowbirds ....   Read more...

Roanoke, Virginia
Posted date : May 30, 2007.
Roanoke, Virginia - Roanoke is that unique type of town in which you can explore and imagine yourself living at the same time. In addition to its cozy atmosphere, this Vi....   Read more...

Mackinac Island
Posted date : May 30, 2007.
Mackinac Island - Have you ever wondered what it would be like to step into a machine and travel magically back to an earlier time? You would have to choose your era ve....   Read more...

AGM Notice Issue 60
Posted date : May 30, 2007.
AGM Notice Issue 60 - CANADIAN SNOWBIRD ASSOCIATION INC. (A corporation without share capital under part II of The Canada Business Corporations Act) CANADIAN SNOWBIRD ....   Read more...

Government Relations Report Issue 60
Posted date : May 30, 2007.
Government Relations Report Issue 60 - A common political misconception is that when federal, provincial and territorial legislatures adjourn for the summer, not much happens on the politic....   Read more...

President's Message Issue 60
Posted date : May 30, 2007.
President's Message Issue 60 - I hope that everyone has been having a great summer; the weather in Ontario is just perfect. In between the many government meetings which we have bee....   Read more...

Letter from the Editor Issue 60
Posted date : May 30, 2007.
Snowbird Side-trips Osteoarthritis Treatment A Leader Speaks Letter from the Editor Issue 60 - The Age of the Snowbird" is upon us. It is our time. After almost 15 years of lobbying and letter writing and meetings with politicians, including one....   Read more...

Loons...
Posted date : May 28, 2007.
Loons... - Loons are reported to be among the oldest groups of birds still living today; their origin is thought to have been more than 50 million years ago. Lo....   Read more...

Kids and Animals: Keep them Both Safe
Posted date : May 28, 2007.
Kids and Animals: Keep them Both Safe - Nothing is quite as precious as watching the bond between children and animals. However, some animals don't take too kindly to having their space inva....   Read more...

The Apron
Posted date : May 28, 2007.
The Apron - I don't think our kids know what an apron is. The principal use of Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath but, along with that, it ser....   Read more...

Perspective
Posted date : May 28, 2007.
Perspective - One day, the father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the country with the express purpose of showing him how poor people live. Th....   Read more...

Fun and Games Issue 59
Posted date : May 28, 2007.
Fun and Games Issue 59 - Can you guess them all? Answers from Fun & Games. 1. Spot check 2. Over-the-counter medicine 3. Icy roads 4. Tornado 5. West ....   Read more...

Fodor's Guide to The Da Vinci Code
Posted date : May 28, 2007.
Fodor's Guide to The Da Vinci Code - First there was The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown's runaway best seller, a publishing phenomenon; then, the court case in which Brown was finally acquitted....   Read more...

Tips for Shopping on eBay
Posted date : May 28, 2007.
Tips for Shopping on eBay - If you have Internet access, you've probably visited the eBay website at one time or another. eBay is the largest online auction site in the world, al....   Read more...

Most Healthy People do not have Heart Problems
Posted date : May 28, 2007.
Most Healthy People do not have Heart Problems - We've all heard of the guy who ran in marathons and never smoked a day in his life succumbing to a massive heart attack. However, research shows that ....   Read more...

What Causes Easy Bruising?
Posted date : May 28, 2007.
What Causes Easy Bruising? - Easy and frequent bruising is very common in older adults, especially women. Many people find ominous-looking bruises on their arms and legs, but cann....   Read more...

Be Kind to Your Knees
Posted date : May 28, 2007.
Be Kind to Your Knees - Knee problems seem to be a common occurrence among older adults. This is because older adults are remaining more active as they age, thereby putting m....   Read more...

From the Desk of Don Slinger Issue 59
Posted date : May 28, 2007.
From the Desk of Don Slinger Issue 59 - Hi Folks! As background information to the following experiences of a friend, who was an only child, I should tell you that I am one of eight child....   Read more...

Rates DOWN!... Benefits UP!
Posted date : May 28, 2007.
Rates DOWN!... Benefits UP! - It's about time! Over the past two years, as our Canadian dollar has strengthened, Medipac has warily been passing on rate reductions to our best clie....   Read more...

Travelling Through the American Southwest & Mexico
Posted date : May 28, 2007.
Travelling Through the American Southwest & Mexico - Q. What enticed you to spend your winters in the South? A. The lack of snow and the warmer weather. Alberta winters can be long, cold and dreary. Ski....   Read more...

Beware of SPIM
Posted date : May 28, 2007.
Beware of SPIM - Now that we are well trained in the art of avoiding spam in our e-mail accounts, we should also now be wary of Instant Messages from unknown users whe....   Read more...

Drive Safely
Posted date : May 28, 2007.
Drive Safely - Nearly 80 per cent of all automobile accidents involve driver inattention, according to a major report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Admini....   Read more...

Currency Exchange and Transfer
Posted date : May 28, 2007.
Currency Exchange and Transfer - Dear Bird Talk, I am writing with respect to the Bird Talk on p. 7 of the latest CSANews Spring 2006, Issue 58, about a cash in dispute with an Ame....   Read more...

Foreign Bank Drafts
Posted date : May 28, 2007.
Foreign Bank Drafts - Dear Bird Talk, Re: Mr. Gardner's Experience with Bank of America I was very surprised to read Mr. Gardner's letter in the recent issue, since w....   Read more...

Keep Your Receipts
Posted date : May 28, 2007.
Keep Your Receipts - Dear Bird Talk, In February, a friend drove me to Orlando and then flew down to drive me home at the end of the month. I booked our accommodations ....   Read more...

Thanks Medipac!
Posted date : May 28, 2007.
Thanks Medipac! - Dear Bird Talk, I am 85 years old and have taken health insurance every year going south for the past 15 years. I often wondered what would happen ....   Read more...

Driver's License
Posted date : May 28, 2007.
Driver's License - 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 b....   Read more...

Pro-Rate Clause
Posted date : May 28, 2007.
Pro-Rate Clause - Dear Bird Talk: Re: the "Pro-Rate Clause" I am compelled to write regarding the "angry letter" received by an "unhappy client". Who did she thin....   Read more...

Tunisia
Posted date : May 28, 2007.
Tunisia - Until I visited Tunisia, Carthage, that page of history, that vague vestige of the past was associated in my mind with a man known as Hannibal, and an....   Read more...

Acces to Good Medical Care -at Home and Away
Posted date : May 28, 2007.
Acces to Good Medical Care -at Home and Away - Last week, when my ear plugged up for several days and my own physician was not available, I decided to go to a walk-in clinic for service. After a fe....   Read more...

Florida Power of Attorney
Posted date : May 28, 2007.
Florida Power of Attorney - In a previous article regarding wills in Florida, I had indicated that it was not necessary to have a separate will (or a Florida will) to dispose of ....   Read more...

Government Relations Report Issue 59
Posted date : May 28, 2007.
Government Relations Report Issue 59 - As most of you are aware, the CSA is heavily involved in lobbying our federal, provincial and territorial governments right here at home. That is i....   Read more...

President's Message Issue 59
Posted date : May 28, 2007.
President's Message Issue 59 - Once again, it is time to report what your association has been doing on behalf of you as well as all travelling Canadians. In the last issue of CSANe....   Read more...

Letter from the Editor Issue 59
Posted date : May 28, 2007.
Access to Good Medical Care Tunisia Snowbird Interview Letter from the Editor Issue 59 - Is it just my imagination, or has it really become a little easier to cross the U. S. - Canada border? I flew to California last week to pick up a car....   Read more...

Use it or Lose it?
Posted date : May 27, 2007.
Use it or Lose it? - Most household products seem to last forever. For the most part, we don’t normally find mold or slime growing in a bottle of Windex. This makes it t....   Read more...

Mechanics
Posted date : May 27, 2007.
Mechanics - A mechanic was removing a cylinder head from the motor of a Harley motorcycle when he spotted a well-known heart surgeon in his shop. The surgeon w....   Read more...

Room 302
Posted date : May 27, 2007.
Room 302 - Anyone who has ever been in a hospital or had a loved one in the hospital will enjoy this: A woman called a local hospital. “Hello. Could you con....   Read more...

Fun and Games Issue 58
Posted date : May 27, 2007.
Fun and Games Issue 58 - Can you guess them all? Answers from Fun&games 1. Twenty-four seven 2. Three Hundred Dollars in Traveller’s Cheques 3. I overslept by half a....   Read more...

Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt
Posted date : May 27, 2007.
Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt - After more than 2,000 years, the name of Jesus of Nazareth continues to stir conflict. Recently, Mel Gibson produced a controversial movie about his d....   Read more...

Aspirin Therapy: Women can Benefit, too
Posted date : May 27, 2007.
Aspirin Therapy: Women can Benefit, too - Women can reduce the risk of stroke by taking low-dose aspirin. This information comes from the Women`s Health Study, which recently concluded that wo....   Read more...

Don't Let Loneliness Break Your Heart
Posted date : May 27, 2007.
Don't Let Loneliness Break Your Heart - Recent studies have shown that people who are lonely have higher blood pressure than those who are not lonely. Unwanted isolation is just as dangerous....   Read more...

The Folded Napkin
Posted date : May 27, 2007.
The Folded Napkin - Hi Folks, I hope everyone wintered well, whether you were down south, up north or in the warmth of your domain. The following story crossed my d....   Read more...

Pro-Rate - Another $Million Reasons to Buy Medipac
Posted date : May 27, 2007.
Pro-Rate - Another $Million Reasons to Buy Medipac - We recently received one angry letter. The words were unfit to print but the message was clear, we had a very unhappy client. In a nutshell, this w....   Read more...

Reflection on Silver Lake
Posted date : May 27, 2007.
Reflection on Silver Lake - Dear Bird Talk, I have enclosed a picture of the group of Canadians that winter in Avon Park, Florida. We had a wonderful pot luck dinner, using....   Read more...

Warning! Unjust Bank Charges
Posted date : May 27, 2007.
Warning! Unjust Bank Charges - Dear Sirs: I recently had a disturbing banking experience with Bank of America in Fort Myers, Florida. A normal deposit of $4,000.00 USD from my lo....   Read more...

Prostate Cancer Awareness
Posted date : May 27, 2007.
Prostate Cancer Awareness - Dear Bird Talk, Today I am writing as a self-appointed poster boy for prostate cancer awareness, to male snowbirds across Canada. Many of your r....   Read more...

Travellers' Cheques
Posted date : May 27, 2007.
Travellers' Cheques - Dear Bird Talk: I wonder how many Snowbirds who have bank accounts in Florida realize that the tellers are NOT responsible for cheques??? I have a ....   Read more...

Passport Deadline Imminent
Posted date : May 27, 2007.
Passport Deadline Imminent - Despite extensive lobbying by Governors of American Border States, the Canadian Border Services Agency and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, it appears....   Read more...

To File or not to File
Posted date : May 27, 2007.
To File or not to File - If you have been spending an extensive amount of time in the United States over the last few years, it is imperative that you take the Substantial Pre....   Read more...

The Homestead Act
Posted date : May 27, 2007.
The Homestead Act - Good public policy should recognize and reinforce the Canadian value of home ownership. A home is the biggest single investment most Canadians make, o....   Read more...

Dr. Bob's Top 10 List for Healthy Living
Posted date : May 27, 2007.
Dr. Bob's Top 10 List for Healthy Living - The following article summarizes the presentation given at the Snowbird Extravaganzas and CSA Winter Information Meetings held throughout the southern....   Read more...

The Wired Snowbird III: Laptop Shopping Tips
Posted date : May 27, 2007.
The Wired Snowbird III: Laptop Shopping Tips - Snowbirds travel light. As you pack for another season in the sun, you’re grateful that you’ve learned the fine art of portability. But what about....   Read more...

Newfoundland and Labrador
Posted date : May 27, 2007.
Newfoundland and Labrador - Around 60 years ago, the term“Newfie Screech” came into our vernacular. It seems that during the Second World War, a lot of our enlisted personnel....   Read more...

Government Relations Report Issue 58
Posted date : May 27, 2007.
Government Relations Report Issue 58 - In 2002, the association released The Canadian Travellers’ Report Card, a national evaluation of federal, provincial and territorial government poli....   Read more...

President's Message Issue 58
Posted date : May 27, 2007.
President's Message Issue 58 - Well, here I am again, putting pen to paper, or should I say putting fingers to the computer. The office staff has reminded me that my report for the ....   Read more...

Letter from the Editor Issue 58
Posted date : May 27, 2007.
Newfoundland and Labrador The Wired Snowbird III: Laptop Shopping Tips Dr. Bob's Top 10 list for Healthy Aging Letter from the Editor Issue 58 - One day I would like to stand where our cover person is standing – alone, or even better, with someone to share it – at the very edge of another n....   Read more...

Redesigned US Currency - $10
Posted date : May 25, 2007.
Redesigned US Currency - $10 - Following the 2003 and 2004 redesigns of the $20 and $50 notes, the U.S. government has recently introduced the new $10 note, which will appear early ....   Read more...

Wash Those Hands
Posted date : May 25, 2007.
Wash Those Hands - A disturbing study conducted by the American Society of Microbiology finds that one-third of people passing through major U.S. airports don't wash the....   Read more...

Food for Thought
Posted date : May 25, 2007.
Food for Thought - 1. Match the flavours and intensity of the wine with the strongest flavour on the plate. 2. When in doubt, use s sparkling, because sparkling goes ....   Read more...

The way children see things
Posted date : May 25, 2007.
The way children see things - Honesty My son Zachary, 4, came screaming out of the bathroom to tell me he'd dropped his toothbrush in the toilet. So I fished it out and threw it i....   Read more...

Headlines from the year 2029!
Posted date : May 25, 2007.
Headlines from the year 2029! - Ozone created by electric cars now killing millions in the seventh-largest country in the world, Mexifornia, formerly known as California. BABY CON....   Read more...

Fun and Games Issue 57
Posted date : May 25, 2007.
Fun and Games Issue 57 - Dementia Below are four (4) questions and a bonus question. You have to answer them instantly. You can't take your time. Answer all of them imme....   Read more...

You CAN Vote – Even if You're Away.
Posted date : May 25, 2007.
You CAN Vote – Even if You're Away. - The federal election is fast approaching. For those of you already down south, don't think that you can't vote because you're not in Canada. This is n....   Read more...

Beethoven's Mask
Posted date : May 25, 2007.
Beethoven's Mask - George Jonas's brilliant memoir, Beethoven's Mask, is more a dazzling kaleidoscope of the period between 1935 and 2001 than a formal chronological aut....   Read more...

New Developments in the Treatment of Alzheimer's
Posted date : May 25, 2007.
New Developments in the Treatment of Alzheimer's - There has been a recent glimmer of hope in the treatment of Alzheimer's, a debilitating brain disease that affects millions of people worldwide. Scien....   Read more...

Should We Be Worried About Bird Flu?
Posted date : May 25, 2007.
Should We Be Worried About Bird Flu? - There's absolutely no need for us to panic about avian influenza – for now. Currently, avian influenza, known as "bird flu," is a highly species-spe....   Read more...

Protect Your Feet
Posted date : May 25, 2007.
Protect Your Feet - Protect Your Feet from the Sun. Your feet are just as susceptible to skin cancer as any other part of your . According to the American College ....   Read more...

Vaccines
Posted date : May 25, 2007.
Vaccines - Vaccine helps prevent pneumonia and meningitis. We have said it before...but if you protect yourself with a flu shot, you should think about gettin....   Read more...

Helena and Vic Mageau
Posted date : May 25, 2007.
Helena and Vic Mageau - Q: Where do you spend your winters in the south? A: We spend our winters in Yuma, Arizona at a gated park named Country Roads Resort. It has 1,250 lo....   Read more...

From the Desk of Don Slinger Issue 57
Posted date : May 25, 2007.
From the Desk of Don Slinger Issue 57 - Hi Folks! Being retired and with time on my hands, I have lots of opportunities to keep in touch with world events. Here is one of the most rec....   Read more...

Wills and Such in Florida
Posted date : May 25, 2007.
Wills and Such in Florida - A question often arises as to whether persons owning property in Florida need to have a separate will to cover that property in the event of their dem....   Read more...

The Aussies Know How to Do It!
Posted date : May 25, 2007.
The Aussies Know How to Do It! - Wow! What a year 2005 was for tropical storms, hurricanes and tornadoes in the southern United States, and yes, even in some of Canada's provinces. Hu....   Read more...

In Memoriam
Posted date : May 25, 2007.
In Memoriam - William "Bill" C. Leeder, 70, of Auburndale, Florida, died on Monday, October 10, 2005 at his residence. Many Canadian snowbirds knew Bill well from t....   Read more...

I Love Prince Edward Island
Posted date : May 25, 2007.
I Love Prince Edward Island - Christmas is imminent; a federal election is looming; CSA's Special Government Report is going to press; and P.E.I. has quietly made a dramatic change....   Read more...

Medipac Hits the Target!
Posted date : May 25, 2007.
Medipac Hits the Target! - At the beginning of the Medipac Early Bird Insurance campaign, it was pledged that $5.00 would be contributed to the Heart & Stroke Foundation for eve....   Read more...

Sign Your Cheques
Posted date : May 25, 2007.
Sign Your Cheques - Dear Bird Talk, The mail is in so I am now reading everything, cover to cover, with great interest in the CSANews Fall Issue 56. Donna Wilson's tip....   Read more...

Medical Conditions - Know Them of All
Posted date : May 25, 2007.
Medical Conditions - Know Them of All - Dear Bird Talk, This is in response to the member who wrote a letter in the summer edition regarding an Insurance Company that had a clause in its ....   Read more...

Lifestyle Presentation - Peterborough
Posted date : May 25, 2007.
Lifestyle Presentation - Peterborough - Dear Bird Talk, We are CSA members and attended Peterborough's first CSA presentation on September 22nd. This was absolutely the best CSA extravaga....   Read more...

Lifestyle Presentation - Halifax
Posted date : May 25, 2007.
Lifestyle Presentation - Halifax - Dear Bird Talk, Thank you for bringing the Lifestyle Presentation to Halifax. We enjoyed it so much. You have a lot of talent. So nice to see Gordi....   Read more...

Part-time Employment in the US
Posted date : May 25, 2007.
Part-time Employment in the US - Dear Bird Talk, Here are some facts about my current circumstance. I am the president of our co-op condo association. I have also volunteered to ho....   Read more...

Sneaky Scams: Be aware!
Posted date : May 25, 2007.
Sneaky Scams: Be aware! - Here are just a few more illegal schemes to be aware of, whether you're online, on the telephone, or at your front door. Reloading Also known as "....   Read more...

Florida's New Self-Defence Law
Posted date : May 25, 2007.
Florida's New Self-Defence Law - On October 1, 2005, the state of Florida passed a legislation that will allow people to justly "meet force with force" if they are threatened or attac....   Read more...

Letter from the Editor Issue 57
Posted date : May 25, 2007.
America's Great Southwest Power to Prevent and Control Diabetes Louisiana Rebirth Letter from the Editor Issue 57 - A light dusting of snow is covering the world on this beautiful sunny Canadian day. A striking cardinal sits high in a tree watching over his mate as ....   Read more...

Government Relations Report Issue 57
Posted date : May 25, 2007.
Government Relations Report Issue 57 - The fall is always a busy political season in Canada. With the federal and provincial legislatures back in session from coast to coast, there is no be....   Read more...

2008 CSA BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Posted date : May 25, 2007.
2008 CSA BOARD OF DIRECTORS - On January 18, 2006, the Canadian Snowbird Association will inaugurate its Board of Directors for the 2006 - 2008 term of office. The ceremony will ta....   Read more...

President’s Message Issue 57
Posted date : May 25, 2007.
President’s Message Issue 57 - Well, here we are again, another snowbird travel season. I hope that all members had a safe and enjoyable trip to their winter destination. We had a g....   Read more...

Louisiana Rebirth: Restoring the SOUL of the U.S.
Posted date : May 25, 2007.
Louisiana Rebirth: Restoring the SOUL of the U.S. - If you're scanning a continental map and considering your next destination, let your eye wander to that intoxicating spot where the Mississippi River ....   Read more...

Diabetes: The Power to Prevent and Control
Posted date : May 25, 2007.
Diabetes: The Power to Prevent and Control - As a public school student in Kingston, Ontario, I recall being given a reading assignment about diabetes. I became totally immersed in the book about....   Read more...

America's Great Southwest
Posted date : May 25, 2007.
America's Great Southwest - The American Southwest encompasses a very large area. There are stories in every corner of this region, one of Mother Nature's true wonderlands. Where....   Read more...

Don't Let Your Dryer Suffer a Burn Out!
Posted date : May 23, 2007.
Don't Let Your Dryer Suffer a Burn Out! - One of our loyal readers wrote in and shared her wisdom in the art of drying clothes. Simply removing the lint from the mesh catcher in your clothes d....   Read more...

Duty Free Shopping
Posted date : May 23, 2007.
Duty Free Shopping - Many travellers are aware of the duty free limits. But few know that you can import more into the U.S. than the exemption amounts permit. You simply h....   Read more...

Drug Costs
Posted date : May 23, 2007.
Drug Costs - Did you ever wonder how much it costs to make that prescription drug? The following is a list of some of the most popular prescription drugs in Nor....   Read more...

A Wonderful Exercise for Mature People
Posted date : May 23, 2007.
A Wonderful Exercise for Mature People - We came across this exercise suggested for older adults, to build muscle strength in the arms and shoulders. It seems so easy, so we thought we would ....   Read more...

Amish Elevator
Posted date : May 23, 2007.
Amish Elevator - An Amish boy and his father were visiting a mall. They were amazed by almost everything they saw, but especially by two shiny, silver walls that could....   Read more...

Fun & Games Issue 56
Posted date : May 23, 2007.
Fun & Games Issue 56 - Can you guess all of them? Answers: 1. All messed up 2. Darken 3. Britain 4. Dog Day Afternoon 5. Upside down 6. What's up Doc? 7. A M....   Read more...

The Dawn of a New Age
Posted date : May 23, 2007.
The Dawn of a New Age - A recent Ipsos-Reid study revealed that Internet usage has finally surpassed the original electronic medium – radio. The study focused on "Internet-....   Read more...

Swing
Posted date : May 23, 2007.
Swing - Swing is a delicious, historical thriller, set in 1940, during the very heart of the big band era, and at a time of troubled peace in the U.S. Autho....   Read more...

Be Gone, Ugly Varicose Veins!
Posted date : May 23, 2007.
Be Gone, Ugly Varicose Veins! - Varicose veins are those unsightly thick and lumpy bluish-green veins that protrude from your legs. It is estimated that 41% of women suffer from abno....   Read more...

How Your Diet Affects Prostate Cancer
Posted date : May 23, 2007.
How Your Diet Affects Prostate Cancer - The bad news is that prostate cancer is the most common cancer among Canadian men, affecting one in seven men during their lifetime. The good news, ho....   Read more...

Heart Disease - Doesn't Discriminate
Posted date : May 23, 2007.
Heart Disease - Doesn't Discriminate - Many people think of heart disease as a male health problem. As a result, women sometimes ignore warning signs of heart disease – often with devasta....   Read more...

Art & Judy Devlin - Drive to Brownsville
Posted date : May 23, 2007.
Art & Judy Devlin - Drive to Brownsville - Q: What enticed you to spend your winters in the south? A: Those cold and dreary winters in the north. We love new adventures and meeting new people.....   Read more...

From the Desk of Don Slinger Issue 56
Posted date : May 23, 2007.
From the Desk of Don Slinger Issue 56 - Hi Folks! My, how time flies. Back in June, Beth and I went to Guelph to celebrate my 55th alumni reunion. A large number of my classmates are no l....   Read more...

Canada Clubs! Issue 56
Posted date : May 23, 2007.
Canada Clubs! Issue 56 - ArizonaCanadian Club of Green ValleyPicnic, 12 noon, Nov. 19, 2005 at Madeira Vista Ramada. Wine & cheese, Jan. 29, 2006, 3 to 5 p.m. at the Canoa....   Read more...

Is It Better Who You Know, Or What You Know?
Posted date : May 23, 2007.
Is It Better Who You Know, Or What You Know? - During a recent chat with several of my American friends who also happen to be retired newsmen, it was brought to my attention that the Canadian media....   Read more...

The Evolution of the Snowbird Market
Posted date : May 23, 2007.
The Evolution of the Snowbird Market - And I thought that the travel health insurance market had finally matured! Wrong! After 25 years in this high risk business (and I love it), I natural....   Read more...

Motel Security
Posted date : May 23, 2007.
Motel Security - Dear Bird Talk, On my drive home from Florida last spring I made it a point to stop overnight, before dark, at a large well-lit center. I was given....   Read more...

Canada News
Posted date : May 23, 2007.
Canada News - 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 so....   Read more...

Blank Cheques
Posted date : May 23, 2007.
Blank Cheques - Dear Bird Talk, I have just finished reading your CSANews summer 2005 issue. I enjoy reading all issues. In regards to "Tips to avoid identity thef....   Read more...

Romanow Commission
Posted date : May 23, 2007.
Romanow Commission - Dear Bird Talk, I appreciate the excellent service my wife and I obtain from our private insurance with Medipac for coverage during our winter sta....   Read more...

Accessible Health Care
Posted date : May 23, 2007.
Accessible Health Care - Dear Sirs, Off the road for a couple of days, saw your message (issue 54), so thought I'd assist you in sending them to a very warm place. It will b....   Read more...

Get it in writing!
Posted date : May 23, 2007.
Get it in writing! - A recent study conducted by psychologists at the University of Washington found that persons in their mid 60's and older were easily swayed and were m....   Read more...

Personal Importation of Beef Not Permitted
Posted date : May 23, 2007.
Personal Importation of Beef Not Permitted - On July 18, 2005, Canadian/U.S. borders resumed commercial beef importation. Live Canadian cattle under 30 months of age is again permitted entry into....   Read more...

US-Visit Update
Posted date : May 23, 2007.
US-Visit Update - Canadian citizens, with proof of Canadian citizenship, can travel to the U.S. for a maximum of 182 days (6 months) each year. With a few exceptions, C....   Read more...

Letter from the Editor Issue 56
Posted date : May 23, 2007.
New Zealand Along Florida's Highways & Byways US-VISIT update Letter from the Editor Issue 56 - The first words of this issue should be from all of us."Congratulations to the nominees for the Canadian Snowbird Association, 2006 – 2008, Board of....   Read more...

Government Relations Report Issue 56
Posted date : May 23, 2007.
Government Relations Report Issue 56 - As you have already read in the president's message, association representatives have been busy attending political functions as well as meeting with ....   Read more...

NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING 2006
Posted date : May 23, 2007.
NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING 2006 - CANADIAN SNOWBIRD ASSOCIATION INC. (A corporation without share capital under part II of The Canada Business Corporations Act) CANADIAN SNOWBIRD ....   Read more...

President's Message Issue 56
Posted date : May 23, 2007.
President's Message Issue 56 - I can't believe the summer has gone by so fast. We have been very busy attending political functions as well as meeting with individual government off....   Read more...

Travel Health and Safety Tips
Posted date : May 23, 2007.
Travel Health and Safety Tips - While the majority of Canadian seniors who travel outside of Canada go to the United States and in particular, the sunbelt states during the winter, t....   Read more...

Along Florida's Highways & Byways
Posted date : May 23, 2007.
Along Florida's Highways & Byways - How well do you know Florida? I've always wanted to write a book about Florida ... to share some of the adventures and special places I've enjoyed ov....   Read more...

New Zealand
Posted date : May 23, 2007.
New Zealand - Kia Ora... That's how you are apt to be greeted in New Zealand. It's a Maori greeting, but almost everyone uses it, regardless of their personal back....   Read more...

Non-Emergency Wait Times
Posted date : May 20, 2007.
Non-Emergency Wait Times - Based on population reporting waiting times for non-emergency surgeries accessed in past 12 months. Analysis excludes non-response ("I don't know", "n....   Read more...

Condiments Can Go Bad, Too!
Posted date : May 20, 2007.
Condiments Can Go Bad, Too! - We all have a bottle of ketchup in our fridge that seems to last forever? But should it? Many people keep condiments around much longer than they shou....   Read more...

Fun Food Facts
Posted date : May 20, 2007.
Fun Food Facts - The can opener was invented 48 years after cans were introduced. Wine is sold in tinted bottles because it spoils when exposed to light. An onion,....   Read more...

The Wise Old Poodle
Posted date : May 20, 2007.
The Wise Old Poodle - A wealthy old lady decides to go on a photo safari in Africa, taking her faithful aged poodle, Duchess, along for the company. One day Duchess starts ....   Read more...

The Perfect Husband
Posted date : May 20, 2007.
The Perfect Husband - Several men are in the locker room of a golf club... A cell phone on a bench rings, and a man engages the hands-free speaker function and begins to....   Read more...

Alannograms
Posted date : May 20, 2007.
Alannograms - Can you guess them all? Answers: 1 Two at a time 2. Amen 3. Enlarge 4. Eating disorder 5. Apparel 6. Alignment Alannograms, in....   Read more...

The Wired Snowbird II: Hotel Connections
Posted date : May 20, 2007.
The Wired Snowbird II: Hotel Connections - The long day's trek is behind you and at last you haul your suitcase into your hotel room, lie back, put your feet up and let the travel tension drain....   Read more...

Days of Victory
Posted date : May 20, 2007.
Days of Victory - On May 8, 1945, Col-Gen. Gustof Jodle, chief of staff of the German army, formally surrendered to the Allied nations at Rheims, France. The signing ce....   Read more...

Mosquito Myths
Posted date : May 20, 2007.
Mosquito Myths - Myth: All mosquitoes carry diseases. Fact: Only certain fresh water mosquitoes (as low as 15 per cent of the species) actually carry viruses which c....   Read more...

Seniors and heat exposure
Posted date : May 20, 2007.
Seniors and heat exposure - Exposure to extreme temperatures can be deadly for seniors, especially in the summer. It's important for seniors, their families and their caregivers ....   Read more...

The Beauty of Telemedicine
Posted date : May 20, 2007.
The Beauty of Telemedicine - Thanks to technology, physicians don't always need to see their patients in order to diagnose medical problems and to recommend treatment. Remote acce....   Read more...

Amazing Deals for Canadians Visiting Virginia
Posted date : May 20, 2007.
Amazing Deals for Canadians Visiting Virginia - During your trip south this summer, fall or winter, be sure to visit Virginia and take advantage of some excellent savings opportunities. The "2005 Lo....   Read more...

Hilton Head Island
Posted date : May 20, 2007.
Hilton Head Island - Why Hilton Head beats the Sun and Shine-ola out of – anywhere else. Among the greatest of America's writers, and the world's, Mark Twain once sai....   Read more...

A Proud Member of the CSA
Posted date : May 20, 2007.
A Proud Member of the CSA - I am a proud member of the Canadian Snowbird Association. Why? I want the freedom to travel where I want and when I wish to go. I want the opportun....   Read more...

From the Desk of Don Slinger Issue 55
Posted date : May 20, 2007.
From the Desk of Don Slinger Issue 55 - Hi Folks! I just finished reading a book authored by Bill Bryson entitled, "A Short History of Nearly Everything." The author is not a scientis....   Read more...

Canada Clubs! Issue 55
Posted date : May 20, 2007.
Canada Clubs! Issue 55 - Do you have a group of Canadians getting together in the United States for a meeting, a lunch or a picnic? If you do, just call 1-877-633-4722. We wil....   Read more...

A New Disaster? Yes, It's FEMA
Posted date : May 20, 2007.
A New Disaster? Yes, It's FEMA - The 2004 hurricane season saw four destructive hurricanes touching land in the United States during a seven-week period in August and September. Three....   Read more...

The Early Bird has Landed...
Posted date : May 20, 2007.
The Early Bird has Landed... - Medipac has been negotiating with Manulife over the past few months and the results of our vigorous discussions have just landed in your mailbox. It i....   Read more...

Competitive Prices
Posted date : May 20, 2007.
Competitive Prices - Dear Bird Talk, I think it is great that the CSA supports the Medipac Insurance program and vice/versa. It is an important membership benefit to a ....   Read more...

Are You Aware of ALL Your Medical Conditions?
Posted date : May 20, 2007.
Are You Aware of ALL Your Medical Conditions? - CANADIAN SNOWBIRDS BE AWARE AWARE is the key word in my story and will come up again several times. It all started in September of 2004 when my ....   Read more...

Ontario Healthcare Facilities
Posted date : May 20, 2007.
Ontario Healthcare Facilities - Dear Bird Talk, I have just spent 2 weeks in one of our Ontario healthcare facilities. I had a really hard time realizing that we are in the 21st c....   Read more...

Two Tier Health Systems
Posted date : May 20, 2007.
Two Tier Health Systems - Dear Bird Talk, I read the letter from a member that included a letter from their physician saying he was quitting practice because he could no lon....   Read more...

U.S. Banking Information Scam
Posted date : May 20, 2007.
U.S. Banking Information Scam - This latest scam involves the misuse of the W8-BEN form (Certificate of Foreign Status of Beneficial Owner for United States Tax Withholding). The W8-....   Read more...

Stop Them Dead in Their Tracks
Posted date : May 20, 2007.
Stop Them Dead in Their Tracks - If your wallet is stolen or missing, call the national credit reporting organizations immediately to place a fraud alert on your name and Social Insur....   Read more...

Indoor Air Quality
Posted date : May 20, 2007.
Indoor Air Quality - Is the air quality inside your home up to snuff? Floors, carpets and upholstery can be major sources of bacteria, mould spores and allergies. You m....   Read more...

Tips to Avoid Identity Theft
Posted date : May 20, 2007.
Tips to Avoid Identity Theft - 1. The next time you order cheques, have only your initials (instead of first name) and last name put on them. If someone takes your cheque book, the....   Read more...

Letter from the Editor Issue 55
Posted date : May 20, 2007.
Portugal Healthy Minds For thy Sake, Tobacco Letter from the Editor Issue 55 - The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada is one of our most important and effective charities. For more than 50 years, the Foundation has worked in c....   Read more...

Government Relations Report Issue 55
Posted date : May 20, 2007.
Government Relations Report Issue 55 - Advocacy—the act of arguing in favour of a cause, idea, or policy—is the raison d'être of the Canadian Snowbird Association. In 1992, our associa....   Read more...

Notice of CSA Annual Meeting 2006
Posted date : May 20, 2007.
Notice of CSA Annual Meeting 2006 - CANADIAN SNOWBIRD ASSOCIATION INC. (A corporation without share capital under part II of The Canada Business Corporations Act) CANADIAN SNOWBIRD ....   Read more...

President's Message Issue 55
Posted date : May 20, 2007.
President's Message Issue 55 - Here we are once again, back in our own wonderful country. As I sit here writing this message the sun is shining, the birds are singing, it is a beaut....   Read more...

Healthy Minds
Posted date : May 20, 2007.
Healthy Minds - Much emphasis is placed on physical well-being and disease prevention, with less attention being paid to the measures which lead to preserving mental ....   Read more...

Gord and Nancy Hopcraft: Drive to Panama City Beach
Posted date : May 20, 2007.
Gord and Nancy Hopcraft: Drive to Panama City Beach - In this and future issues of CSANews, we will go straight to the source and ask snowbirds like you how they came to be, and why they continue to liv....   Read more...

For thy Sake, Tobacco
Posted date : May 20, 2007.
For thy Sake, Tobacco - Those who travel to Cuba will discover the tempting charms that lure more than two million visitors every year – the mysterious realm of pleasures, ....   Read more...

Happy Canada Day!
Posted date : May 20, 2007.
Happy Canada Day! - Canadian Embassy Washington, DC Dear Canadian Snowbird Association Members, I hope you were able to celebrate our great country on Canada Day, ....   Read more...

Portugal
Posted date : May 20, 2007.
Portugal - The Portuguese, it seems, discovered North America long before Canadians and Americans discovered Portugal. As far back as the late 1700s, that countr....   Read more...

Thunderstorms
Posted date : May 17, 2007.
Thunderstorms - The dark colour of clouds in thunderstorms is caused by water accumulation. A lightning stroke can heat the air through which it travels to an incr....   Read more...

Health-Care Spending
Posted date : May 17, 2007.
Health-Care Spending - Total Health-Care Budget in 2003 $121.4 Billion Hospital Spending: $36.4 Billion Other Institutions: $11.6 Billion Drug Spending: $19.6 Billion ....   Read more...

Think a gallon of gas is expensive?
Posted date : May 17, 2007.
Think a gallon of gas is expensive? - Look at what we are paying for other fluids... Diet Snapple: 16 oz $1.29 $10.32/gallon Lipton Ice Tea: 16 oz $1.19 $9.52/gallon Gatorade: 20 oz $1.....   Read more...

Now I lay me down to sleep...
Posted date : May 17, 2007.
Now I lay me down to sleep... - We spend approximately one-third of our life sleeping. People can take "cat naps" with their eyes open and not even know it. If you fall asleep as s....   Read more...

Some comments heard in the year 1957
Posted date : May 17, 2007.
Some comments heard in the year 1957 - "I'll tell you one thing, if things keep going the way they are, it's going to be impossible to buy a weeks groceries for $20.00." "Have you seen t....   Read more...

Personals...
Posted date : May 17, 2007.
Personals... - This ad actually ran in The Atlanta Journal newspaper: SINGLE BLACK FEMALE seeks male companionship, race unimportant. I'm a very good-looking girl....   Read more...

Never Underestimate the Wisdom of your Elders
Posted date : May 17, 2007.
Never Underestimate the Wisdom of your Elders - A farmer goes out one day and buys a brand new stud rooster to copulate with his chickens. The farmer puts the rooster straight in the pen so he can g....   Read more...

Fun and Games Issue 54
Posted date : May 17, 2007.
Fun and Games Issue 54 - Alannograms Can you guess them all? 1. Reincarnate 2. Location 3. Chocolate squares 4. Repeat after me 5. To paraphrase 6. Double or nothing....   Read more...

Strengthen Your Body and Mind
Posted date : May 17, 2007.
Strengthen Your Body and Mind - If you're looking for an invigorating activity this spring, why not try Tai Chi? This ancient Chinese martial art is renowned for its ability to promo....   Read more...

Benefits of Moderate Weight Loss
Posted date : May 17, 2007.
Benefits of Moderate Weight Loss - Moderate weight loss has received increasing attention as a strategy for those who are overweight or obese. And, unlike many weight-loss programs in w....   Read more...

VeriChip: The Human Implantable Computer Chip
Posted date : May 17, 2007.
VeriChip: The Human Implantable Computer Chip - Applied Digital, a Florida-based company, has recently gained FDA approval to market their implantable computer chip in the U.S. The device, called th....   Read more...

Online Anywhere
Posted date : May 17, 2007.
Online Anywhere - Internet on a dish? Yes, it's true. However, that satellite dish you have been using to "steal" Canadian broadcast signals while you are in the south....   Read more...

No Man's Riverw
Posted date : May 17, 2007.
No Man's Riverw - In No Man's River, Farley Mowat, one of Canada's master story-tellers, returns to the Arctic. This is familiar territory for him, and for all of us wh....   Read more...

From the Desk of Don Slinger
Posted date : May 17, 2007.
From the Desk of Don Slinger - Hi Folks! Beth and I attended another very successful Snowbird Extravaganza and CSA Annual Meeting in Lakeland back in January. If you were within ....   Read more...

Honesty is the Best insurance Policy
Posted date : May 17, 2007.
Honesty is the Best insurance Policy - May I first welcome many of you back to Canada from your splendid winter vacation. I must say that you missed a lot in your absence – tons of snow, ....   Read more...

Pityriasis Rubra Pilaris...Have you heard of this before?
Posted date : May 17, 2007.
Pityriasis Rubra Pilaris...Have you heard of this before? - What I'm about to tell you is somewhat personal, but it's so unusual that I wanted to pass it on to you. And for those of you who were (are) wondering....   Read more...

Travel within Canada
Posted date : May 17, 2007.
Travel within Canada - Dear Bird Talk, My wife and I are members of CSA and I have my Travel Emergency Insurance with Medipac for U.S. travel (5 months). We will be in....   Read more...

US Medicare
Posted date : May 17, 2007.
US Medicare - Dear Bird Talk, There has been a drastic increase in Medicare premiums for alien permanent residents (formerly Green Card holders) in the United St....   Read more...

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

Losing Doctors!
Posted date : May 17, 2007.
Losing Doctors! - Dear Mr. Don Slinger, You sound like a man of action, so this letter is coming to you. If that's not your department, I'm sure you will send it to ....   Read more...

A Tribute to Lorne Power
Posted date : May 17, 2007.
A Tribute to Lorne Power - We are saddened to announce the passing of Lorne Power, former Second Vice-President of the Canadian Snowbird Association between 1993 and 1996. He pa....   Read more...

Phishing
Posted date : May 17, 2007.
Phishing - Phishing attacks are "look alike" e-mails and fraudulent websites designed to fool recipients into divulging personal financial data, such as credit c....   Read more...

Passports for Canadians
Posted date : May 17, 2007.
Passports for Canadians - Phase 1 – by December 31, 2005 (this year) – U.S. citizens, Canadian citizens, and citizens of Bermuda entering the U.S. by air or sea FROM THE CA....   Read more...

Letter from the Editor Issue 54
Posted date : May 17, 2007.
Visit Manitoba - Canada at its best Medical Screening The Wired Snowbird Letter from the Editor Issue 54 - What has happened to our CSA issues? During this period of minority government in Canada, we have not even been able to get a simple budget passed to ....   Read more...

CSA Key Members!
Posted date : May 17, 2007.
CSA Key Members! - Current members who recruit five new, paying members to the CSA will be awarded a free, one-year membership and a "KEY MEMBER" pin. Current members....   Read more...

The CSA has broken new ground...again!
Posted date : May 17, 2007.
The CSA has broken new ground...again! - This year, for the first time ever, The Canadian Snowbird Association held a Winter Information Meeting entirely in French. The event was researched, ....   Read more...

Government Relations Report Issue 54
Posted date : May 17, 2007.
Government Relations Report Issue 54 - In the 2005 series of winter events, CSA President Gerry Brissenden made a concerted effort to bring as many political representatives to our gatherin....   Read more...

President’s Message Issue 54
Posted date : May 17, 2007.
President’s Message Issue 54 - Snowbird season has come to its traditional end. As we return to our Canadian homes, let's look back at the accomplishments of the past season. Our sn....   Read more...

Ontario Intends to Close Facilities for the Disabled
Posted date : May 17, 2007.
Ontario Intends to Close Facilities for the Disabled - The Ontario Minister of Community and Social Services has announced plans to close Huronia (Orillia), Rideau (Smiths Falls) and Southwestern (Chatham)....   Read more...

The Wired Snowbird: Travels with my Laptop
Posted date : May 17, 2007.
The Wired Snowbird: Travels with my Laptop - You're thousands of miles from your snow-bound home, basking in the midday rays, when a nagging doubt arises: wasn't there a gas bill due about now ba....   Read more...

Medical Screening
Posted date : May 17, 2007.
Medical Screening - We are all familiar with the advice to have an annual physical examination by our doctor, including certain basic blood tests and a urinalysis. But wh....   Read more...

Visit Manitoba
Posted date : May 17, 2007.
Visit Manitoba - Assiniboine Park A hundred years ago, an ambitious councillor in Manitoba's capital city decided that he wanted to be mayor. In order to promote hi....   Read more...

Safety and Online Shopping
Posted date : May 16, 2007.
Safety and Online Shopping - Online shopping has become the quickest and least stressful way to shop. Unfortunately, this type of shopping has its perils. Before you purchase anyt....   Read more...

Tips to Make Moving Easy
Posted date : May 16, 2007.
Tips to Make Moving Easy - Moving is a tiresome task. Finding a reliable mover, however, can help lift some of the weight from your shoulders – literally! When looking for a m....   Read more...

Things that make me wonder aloud...
Posted date : May 16, 2007.
Things that make me wonder aloud... - 1. If 7-11 is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, why are there locks on the door? 2. Why do they put Braille dots on the keypad of the drive-up ....   Read more...

The Check-up
Posted date : May 16, 2007.
The Check-up - I recently picked a new primary care physician. After two visits and exhaustive lab tests, he said I was doing "fairly well" for my age. A little c....   Read more...

Golf Nut
Posted date : May 16, 2007.
Golf Nut - In my hand I hold a ball...white and dimpled, rather small... Oh, how bland it does appear...this harmless looking little sphere... By its size ....   Read more...

Pundles
Posted date : May 16, 2007.
Pundles - Visualize and sound out the word image to determine the phrase, cliché, or "catch phrase" that is depicted. Adapted from "Pundles", published 19....   Read more...

Television Technology
Posted date : May 16, 2007.
Television Technology - I've lived in Toronto since I was five and, until recently, I have always had a CRT (cathode ray tube) television. My last television was a 32" Sony w....   Read more...

In For a Penny In For a Pound
Posted date : May 16, 2007.
In For a Penny In For a Pound - As a wireless operator, Howard Hewer never became a dashing pilot, the Billy Bishop that he dreamed of becoming when he enlisted in 1940. The adventur....   Read more...

Eat Your Favourite Colour
Posted date : May 16, 2007.
Eat Your Favourite Colour - The appealing, rich colour of some fruits and vegetables may protect you from disease. Studies show that the natural pigments in colourful fruits and ....   Read more...

Tired? Don't Drive!
Posted date : May 16, 2007.
Tired? Don't Drive! - Here's the scenario: You're driving along a monotonous highway. Perhaps you didn't sleep well the night before, or perhaps you just ate a big meal. Ma....   Read more...

Don't Take the Fall, Take Vitamin D Instead
Posted date : May 16, 2007.
Don't Take the Fall, Take Vitamin D Instead - According to a study by the Journal of the American Medical Association, older adults who take vitamin D supplements may substantially reduce their ri....   Read more...

Being followed by Charley, Frances and Jeanne
Posted date : May 16, 2007.
Being followed by Charley, Frances and Jeanne - I have lived in Florida for 27 years, so I have met all kinds of pesky little bugs, insects, lizards, wild boar, gators (not the football kind) and sn....   Read more...

Insurance Update Issue 53
Posted date : May 16, 2007.
Insurance Update Issue 53 - The 2004-2005 snowbird travel season is starting out with the roar of a lion. Medipac has attracted almost 1,000 new clients this year who have primar....   Read more...

From the Desk of Don Slinger Issue 53
Posted date : May 16, 2007.
From the Desk of Don Slinger Issue 53 - Hi Folks! In the fall of 2003, I reported that some 2,000 pensioners in the same plan as mine had been receiving only 50 per cent of the pension en....   Read more...

Don Slinger Column
Posted date : May 16, 2007.
Don Slinger Column - Dear Bird Talk, We are members of the CSA and have always enjoyed your magazine, from humour to serious information. However, I don't think I have ....   Read more...

CSANews Content
Posted date : May 16, 2007.
CSANews Content - Dear Mr. Brissenden, I have been a member for several years because I believe in the goals and have benefited, in many ways, from my CSA membership....   Read more...

Hurricane Pictures
Posted date : May 16, 2007.
Hurricane Pictures - Dear Medipac, My sincere thanks to you and your organization for the excellent pictures of our unit in Florida. We were down 4 weeks ago and made m....   Read more...

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

2004 Closer Connection Form
Posted date : May 16, 2007.
2004 Closer Connection Form - The 2004 Closer Connection form 8840 is now available on the IRS website, located at www.irs.gov, and a link is provided to the form on the CSA websit....   Read more...

Avoid Identify Theft
Posted date : May 16, 2007.
Avoid Identify Theft - Follow these helpful tips to avoid misuse of your personal and financial information: Store financial statements and other personal documents in a sa....   Read more...

Identify a Stroke in Less than One Minute
Posted date : May 16, 2007.
Identify a Stroke in Less than One Minute - Time is critical in treating stroke victims. If you suspect that someone is having a stroke, ask the person to perform the following three tasks: Sm....   Read more...

Letter from the Editor Issue 53
Posted date : May 16, 2007.
Southern Shopping Real Estate Purchases and Sales See what Missouri has to offer! Letter from the Editor Issue 53 - We need more time. Picture this rather simple scene. You are walking down Main Street, filled with an abundance of Thanksgiving turkey, and wearing yo....   Read more...

Notice of CSA Annual Meeting 2005
Posted date : May 16, 2007.
Notice of CSA Annual Meeting 2005 - CANADIAN SNOWBIRD ASSOCIATION ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING CANADIAN SNOWBIRD ASSOCIATION INC. (A corporation without share capital under part II of The ....   Read more...

Government Relations Report Issue 53
Posted date : May 16, 2007.
Government Relations Report Issue 53 - On September 15, 2004, Prime Minister Paul Martin and the first ministers collectively announced the 10-Year Action Plan on Health. To accelerate and ....   Read more...

CSA Renewal Winners
Posted date : May 16, 2007.
CSA Renewal Winners - The Canadian Snowbird Association Staff, Executive and Directors send their best wishes to all snowbirds and pledge their commitment to an enjoyable, ....   Read more...

CSA President Gets Results in Manitoba!
Posted date : May 16, 2007.
CSA President Gets Results in Manitoba! - As a result of the CSA's meeting the Manitoba Government issued the following statement confirming Manitoba's position on residential status as it rel....   Read more...

President's Message Issue 53
Posted date : May 16, 2007.
President's Message Issue 53 - Well here it is again, time to go south for the sunshine. I hope that all of you who do go south for the winter have a safe trip with no problems at t....   Read more...

Real Estate Purchases and Sales in the US
Posted date : May 16, 2007.
Real Estate Purchases and Sales in the US - The ownership of a real estate property in the United States brings several important tax aspects into play. An understanding of these implications en....   Read more...

Missouri
Posted date : May 16, 2007.
Missouri - Our quaint communities boast of Midwestern American charm. Jamesport in northwest Missouri celebrates the quiet Amish lifestyle, while Ste. Genevieve ....   Read more...

Southern Shopping
Posted date : May 16, 2007.
Southern Shopping - Wherever you are in the sunny south, there's always shopping close by. Dave and Kathy Hunter visit some of the local farmers' and produce markets in t....   Read more...

The Best Bargains in Golf
Posted date : May 16, 2007.
The Best Bargains in Golf - Now there is great news for anyone travelling south this year who hopes to include golf in their plans. I'm a lifelong golf addict who has crossed Nor....   Read more...

Eating Well and Keeping Fit
Posted date : May 16, 2007.
Eating Well and Keeping Fit - As much as new medical procedures and pharmaceuticals have done in modern times to improve and prolong our lives, there is increasing scientific proof....   Read more...

Grandparents' Day
Posted date : May 15, 2007.
Grandparents' Day - According to the General Social Survey of 2001, there were 5.7 million grandparents in Canada. Only 2% of women and 1% of men aged 45 and under wer....   Read more...

Fast Facts about House Fires
Posted date : May 15, 2007.
Fast Facts about House Fires - 26% of fires originate in the kitchen; 23% originate in the garage 75% of house fires occur on the ground floor Between 60% and 65% of fire fata....   Read more...

Hurricane Category Ranges
Posted date : May 15, 2007.
Hurricane Category Ranges - Category 1 Winds range from 75 to 95 mph. This type of hurricane causes minor flooding and damage. Category 1 hurricanes are similar to a normal stor....   Read more...

Fright Flight
Posted date : May 15, 2007.
Fright Flight - Passengers on a commuter plane are waiting for the flight to leave. The entrance opens and two men walk up the aisle, dressed in pilot uniforms. Both ....   Read more...

Points to Ponder...
Posted date : May 15, 2007.
Points to Ponder... - Why do they lock gas station bathrooms? Are they afraid someone will clean them? Why do people who know the least know it the loudest? If a ....   Read more...

Weird Town Names and Their Origins
Posted date : May 15, 2007.
Weird Town Names and Their Origins - Hot Coffee, Mississippi Travellers heading for Mobile or Ellisville in the early 1880's would stop by a local inn that was owned by Levi Davis, who a....   Read more...

Pundles
Posted date : May 15, 2007.
Pundles - Visualize and sound out the word image to determine the phrase, cliché, or "catch phrase" that is depicted. Adapted from "Pundles", published 197....   Read more...

Get the Party Started - With Evite Online Invitations!
Posted date : May 15, 2007.
Get the Party Started - With Evite Online Invitations! - Need to send out invitations for an event? Don't bother using costly cards and snail mail. Rather, turn to the Internet to create and send fun and inn....   Read more...

Crime School: Money Laundering
Posted date : May 15, 2007.
Crime School: Money Laundering - In "Crime School: Money Laundering," author Chris Mathers has produced a fascinating, sometimes humorous book that reads like an informative Damon Run....   Read more...

Severe Heart Attacks Don't Always Hurt
Posted date : May 15, 2007.
Severe Heart Attacks Don't Always Hurt - According to a recent study published by Chest journal, heart attacks that are not accompanied by chest pain are deadlier, more apt to be missed, and ....   Read more...

Valley Fever
Posted date : May 15, 2007.
Valley Fever - One of the unique health risks for travellers to the southwestern United States and to parts of Central and South America is the chance of contracting....   Read more...

Bystander CPR Better than Waiting for Paramedics
Posted date : May 15, 2007.
Bystander CPR Better than Waiting for Paramedics - New research shows that bystanders performing CPR or using external defibrillators save as many cardiac arrest victims as trained paramedics. The data....   Read more...

Tarará: What's in a Name?
Posted date : May 15, 2007.
Tarará: What's in a Name? - The name Tarará carries an inherent suggestion of musicality, yet in Latin America, it can refer to very different topics. For instance, in Venezu....   Read more...

From the Desk of Don Slinger Issue 52
Posted date : May 15, 2007.
From the Desk of Don Slinger Issue 52 - Hi Folks! In light of the many perversions and jokes we send to one another for a laugh, this is a little different. This is not intended to be a j....   Read more...

Canada Clubs! Issue 52
Posted date : May 15, 2007.
Canada Clubs! Issue 52 - ArizonaCanadian Club of Green ValleyPicnic, Nov. 20, 2005, 12 noon at Madeira Vista Ramada. Wine & Cheese, Jan. 30, 3-5 p.m., at Canoa Hills Rec C....   Read more...

When Crossing The Border...
Posted date : May 15, 2007.
When Crossing The Border... - By far, the majority of Canadians have very little trouble entering the U.S. Over the years, I have heard lots of stories about how easy it is – and....   Read more...

Protect your Home from Fire
Posted date : May 15, 2007.
Protect your Home from Fire - Did you know that your home is 10 times more likely to have a fire than to be burglarized? Fortunately, you can easily protect your home and family ag....   Read more...

Be Prepared for a Hurricane
Posted date : May 15, 2007.
Be Prepared for a Hurricane - Would you know what to do if a hurricane was coming your way? Being prepared in advance is the best way to reduce the chances of personal injury and m....   Read more...

Border Security and the US Presidential Election
Posted date : May 15, 2007.
Border Security and the US Presidential Election - Our American friends go to the polls November 2. Snowbirds should expect heightened security this fall at all U.S. border points. The U.S. Department ....   Read more...

Medicare and Mobility Rights
Posted date : May 15, 2007.
Medicare and Mobility Rights - Dear Bird Talk, Now that the "new" government is in place, I trust that the CSA will lobby strongly to have the provisions requiring a Canadian to ....   Read more...

Check Your Nuts and Bolts
Posted date : May 15, 2007.
Check Your Nuts and Bolts - Dear Bird Talk, We are members of the CSA and read with interest your publication. One new point of interest to members may be regarding car/van....   Read more...

Health Care Premium
Posted date : May 15, 2007.
Health Care Premium - Dear Bird Talk, I have written to my MPP and voiced my objection to the health care premium recently announced in Ontario and I wanted to pass this....   Read more...

US Social Security Number
Posted date : May 15, 2007.
US Social Security Number - Dear Bird Talk, Our friends got a U.S. Social Security number. When I asked them what the advantages of having a U.S. number were, they simply said....   Read more...

Letter from the Editor Issue 52
Posted date : May 15, 2007.
Hurricane Charley Tantalizing Tales RVing in Mexico Letter from the Editor Issue 52 - The media frenzy is over - Hurricane Charley is history! This disastrous event of Mother Nature led to billions of dollars in damage, approximately 20....   Read more...

President’s Message Issue 52
Posted date : May 15, 2007.
President’s Message Issue 52 - Since the last issue of CSANews, your directors and staff have been very busy. Our British Columbia director, Jim Sherb, attended a two-day seminar in....   Read more...

Travel Health Insurance: Why You Need It?
Posted date : May 15, 2007.
Travel Health Insurance: Why You Need It? - Every senior person who likes to travel south each winter contemplates the necessity of choosing a travel health insurance policy that is affordable a....   Read more...

Golf Hidden Bargins
Posted date : May 15, 2007.
Golf Hidden Bargins - I can't count the number of times I have driven south over the years and unknowingly, along the way, passed by some of golf's greatest values. For ....   Read more...

RVing in Mexico
Posted date : May 15, 2007.
RVing in Mexico - If you're looking for a new destination or a new mode of travel, why not travel to Mexico in an RV? My wife and I have made 9 extensive trips into Mex....   Read more...

Tantalizing Tales from the Sunny South
Posted date : May 15, 2007.
Tantalizing Tales from the Sunny South - KATHY AND I LOVE CHASING UNUSUAL stories when in the South and, over the last 10 years, we've had some intriguing successes. Several years ago, we ....   Read more...

Hurricane Charley
Posted date : May 15, 2007.
Hurricane Charley - The physical damage caused by Hurricane Charley is easy to see. Just look at these images. Soon enough, though, the debris will be removed, houses wil....   Read more...

Good Night, Sleep Tight…
Posted date : May 10, 2007.
Good Night, Sleep Tight… - 2,000,000 – the average number of dust mites in a typical double bed 1/3 of a day – the average amount of time spent in the bedroom each day....   Read more...

West Nile Virus
Posted date : May 10, 2007.
West Nile Virus - 1388 – number of clinical cases of West Nile Virus in Canada in 2003 14 – number of Canadian deaths attributed to West Nile Virus symptoms in 2....   Read more...

Don’t light that in here!
Posted date : May 10, 2007.
Don’t light that in here! - 6,826,855 – approximate number of Canadians who smoke.....   Read more...

Stick it to Ya!
Posted date : May 10, 2007.
Stick it to Ya! - 1/3 of all cases of tetanus are a result of gardening and yard work 10 Years – the time for which a typical tetanus booster lasts 50 and older....   Read more...

A Pain in the Neck
Posted date : May 10, 2007.
A Pain in the Neck - 80% of adults will experience back pain at some point in their lives 90% of adults will recover from back pain without surgery The Cleveland Cl....   Read more...

Fast Facts about Canada and Canadians
Posted date : May 10, 2007.
Fast Facts about Canada and Canadians - Estimated population in January, 2004: 31,752,842 Percentage of Canadians over the age of 55: 23 Percentage of personal expenditure on personal....   Read more...

Illegal Mad Cows?
Posted date : May 10, 2007.
Illegal Mad Cows? - Is it just me or does anyone else find it amazing that our government can track a cow, born in Canada almost three years ago, right to the stall where....   Read more...

Gender Signs
Posted date : May 10, 2007.
Gender Signs - Over the years, my husband and I have usually managed to decode the cute but confusing gender signs sometimes put on restaurants’ restrooms doors (B....   Read more...

Inner Strength
Posted date : May 10, 2007.
Inner Strength - If you can start the day without caffeine or pep pills, If you can be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains, If you can resist complaining and bori....   Read more...

Getting Rid of those Ugly Dust Mites
Posted date : May 10, 2007.
Getting Rid of those Ugly Dust Mites - Wash bedding at least every two weeks, in hot water.Use allergy-proof encasements for your mattresses and pillows. Clean the frame of your bed, thoro....   Read more...

Higher Risk of Food Poisoning for Antacid Eaters
Posted date : May 10, 2007.
Higher Risk of Food Poisoning for Antacid Eaters - If you regularly take antacids, you may be at higher risk for food poisoning, since antacids neutralize the stomach acid you produce. Your stomach aci....   Read more...

Taking cholesterol-lowering drugs? Keep exercising!
Posted date : May 10, 2007.
Taking cholesterol-lowering drugs? Keep exercising! - Your doctor has you on medication to lower your cholesterol, so you can eat what you want and stop exercising, right? ....Wrong! Heart disease is a....   Read more...

Vitamin E and anticoagulants – DON’T DO IT!
Posted date : May 10, 2007.
Vitamin E and anticoagulants – DON’T DO IT! - Although vitamin E is often touted as a miracle vitamin because of its antioxidant qualities and an indication that it may slow down the memory deteri....   Read more...

Finally, a Response From the IRS…You Might Be in for a Big Surprise!
Posted date : May 10, 2007.
Finally, a Response From the IRS…You Might Be in for a Big Surprise! - In my last column, I talked about the validity of filing the U.S. Closer Connection Exception Statement, Form 8840. I told you that I was waiting for ....   Read more...

From the Desk of Don Slinger Issue 51
Posted date : May 10, 2007.
From the Desk of Don Slinger Issue 51 - Hi Folks! In March, while Beth and I were visiting a friend near Kitchener, Ontario, an article in a local paper, Grand River Life caught my eye. I....   Read more...

Happiness is Early Bird
Posted date : May 10, 2007.
Happiness is Early Bird - Well, that might be “pushing the envelope,” as they say. Our phones have already been ringing with requests for Early Bird insurance information. ....   Read more...

Medipac Notice to Atlantic Canada Snowbirds
Posted date : May 10, 2007.
Medipac Notice to Atlantic Canada Snowbirds - Travel insurance policy wordings frequently change from year to year, and changes are often significant. We recommend that you read your most current ....   Read more...

US-VISIT Program
Posted date : May 10, 2007.
US-VISIT Program - Effective September 30, 2004, Canadian Residents who are NOT CITIZENS of Canada will be required to provide an inkless digital fingerprint and pose fo....   Read more...

Get Your Passport!
Posted date : May 10, 2007.
Get Your Passport! - Although Canadian citizens are not required to show a passport when crossing the border into the U.S., we strongly recommend that you always carry it ....   Read more...

Mad About the Bay: Photographs of Georgian Bay
Posted date : May 10, 2007.
Mad About the Bay: Photographs of Georgian Bay - Mad About the Bay is an exquisite book. Photographer/artist William Harris celebrates the very essence of Georgian Bay, the so-called “sixth” and ....   Read more...

Reputable Gas Stations
Posted date : May 10, 2007.
Reputable Gas Stations - Dear Sir or Madam; Coming home to Canada from Florida this spring, I had a bad experience. I stopped for gas as we came along Highway 10, between I....   Read more...

Hospital Bills - Negotiate Them!
Posted date : May 10, 2007.
Hospital Bills - Negotiate Them! - Dear Bird Talk, My husband and I spend winters in Hemet, CA, and both of us have had to have medical attention there, at our own expense. I was ....   Read more...

Distribution of CSANews
Posted date : May 10, 2007.
Distribution of CSANews - Dear Mr. Gerald Brissenden Our best wishes on your appointment as president of CSA. Thank you for dedicating your time and effort to the associatio....   Read more...

Government Relations Report Issue 51
Posted date : May 10, 2007.
Government Relations Report Issue 51 - Health care in Canada has been front and centre in our daily news since the possibility of a spring/summer election was raised earlier in the new year....   Read more...

Executive Director's Report Issue 51
Posted date : May 10, 2007.
Executive Director's Report Issue 51 - While spring and summer are regarded by many people as the "slow" period of the year in which time can be found for cleaning, decorating and gener....   Read more...

President's Message Issue 51
Posted date : May 10, 2007.
President's Message Issue 51 - By the time you receive this issue of CSANews, the federal election will be history. Prior to the election, the association sent letters to the leader....   Read more...

Between Two Seas - Panama Canal Cruise
Posted date : May 10, 2007.
Between Two Seas - Panama Canal Cruise - The thought of covering two seas in a 10-day period was intriguing. Crossing the continent by way of the Panama Canal added to that intrigue. Especial....   Read more...

Travel Insurance Myths - Our Personal Story
Posted date : May 10, 2007.
Travel Insurance Myths - Our Personal Story - We have been travelling to Texas for many years. In all that time, neither of us has ever been really ill. We have been to the doctor a few times, but....   Read more...

Always Find Your Way with GPS
Posted date : May 10, 2007.
Always Find Your Way with GPS - The world is ever-changing with new technologies coming to market to offer new products and services that will make life simpler, more exciting and sa....   Read more...

Prostate Disorder
Posted date : May 10, 2007.
Prostate Disorder - One of the most common disorders afflicting senior male travellers is the development of prostate symptoms, often requiring acute medical care while a....   Read more...

Snowbird Survey 2004
Posted date : May 10, 2007.
Snowbird Survey 2004 - CSA members are still the most dedicated and committed people I have ever seen in any organization. Thousands of you took the time to respond to our s....   Read more...

Letter from the Editor Issue 51
Posted date : May 10, 2007.
Snowbird Stats Hints and tips Myth and Reality Letter from the Editor Issue 51 - For several weeks now, we have been looking for Blue Flax. For the uninitiated, Blue Flax is a perennial flower that opens its fragile petals every mo....   Read more...

Top 10 Ports of Entry
Posted date : May 05, 2007.
Top 10 Ports of Entry - 1. Lewiston-Queenston Bridge ­ NY 2. Rainbow Bridge ­ Niagara Falls, NY 3. Whirlpool Rapids ­ Niagara Falls, NY 4. Ambassador Bridge ­ Detroit,....   Read more...

Travelling With a Pet?
Posted date : May 05, 2007.
Travelling With a Pet? - Taking your pet with you to your southern destination? Check out www.pettravel.com for tips on taking your pet across the border. Whether you are driv....   Read more...

Ontario Celebrates Seniors' Month
Posted date : May 05, 2007.
Ontario Celebrates Seniors' Month - June is Seniors' Month in Ontario, and the theme for 2004 is "Active in Body, Mind & Spirit." Seniors are invited to take part in the celebrations ....   Read more...

A Man, a Boy and a Donkey
Posted date : May 05, 2007.
A Man, a Boy and a Donkey - An old man, a boy and a donkey were heading to town. The boy rode on the donkey and the old man walked. As they went along, they passed some people wh....   Read more...

Death & Taxes
Posted date : May 05, 2007.
Death & Taxes - Tax his land, tax his wage, Tax his bed in which he lays. Tax his tractor, tax his mule, Teach him taxes is the rule. Tax his cow, tax his goat, ....   Read more...

In My Own Name: A Memoir
Posted date : May 05, 2007.
In My Own Name: A Memoir - Maureen McTeer's memoir is an intriguing and intimate recounting of a personal, professional and political life, lived on fast forward, by a very priv....   Read more...

Spyware
Posted date : May 05, 2007.
Spyware - With all the things that are good with the Internet, there will always be some accompanying bad (I wanted to say crap, but I think it will be edited o....   Read more...

Chronic Pain: New Solutions to Age Old Problems
Posted date : May 05, 2007.
Chronic Pain: New Solutions to Age Old Problems - Botox injections. Muscle relaxants. Physiotherapy. Chiropractics. From pain-killers and narcotics to acupuncture and deep-muscle Rolfing massage, Cath....   Read more...

Immunization DID YOU KNOW?
Posted date : May 05, 2007.
Immunization DID YOU KNOW? - Diphtheria kills 1 in every 10 persons who get the illness; tetanus kills up to 1 in 5. Measles causes encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) in ....   Read more...

The REAL Active Ingredient
Posted date : May 05, 2007.
The REAL Active Ingredient - Been wanting to try a new back pain medication? There may be an easier way to get the same effect. Quite often, the "special ingredient" which make....   Read more...

Prescriptions, Start Talking!
Posted date : May 05, 2007.
Prescriptions, Start Talking! - Ever have trouble reading your prescriptions? An Illinois company called En-Vision America is developing the ScripTalk System, designed to give the bl....   Read more...

Your Automobile Insurance NIGHTMARE
Posted date : May 05, 2007.
Your Automobile Insurance NIGHTMARE - You bought a nice new car a few years ago and have taken very good care of it. Being a good driver, you have obeyed all the traffic rules and have had....   Read more...

From the Desk of Don Slinger Issue 50
Posted date : May 05, 2007.
From the Desk of Don Slinger Issue 50 - Hi folks! For all you history buffs, I thought I would take this opportunity to broaden your knowledge of some activities and sayings that originat....   Read more...

Don't Get Burned!
Posted date : May 05, 2007.
Don't Get Burned! - The number of deaths resulting from fires caused by unattended candles has increased over 300 per cent in the last 20 years. This is largely attribute....   Read more...

Make Sure Everyone Buckles Up!
Posted date : May 05, 2007.
Make Sure Everyone Buckles Up! - A recent study conducted by the Journal of American Medicine determined that a vehicle occupant is 20 per cent more likely to die in a crash when anot....   Read more...

Pick a Colour...
Posted date : May 05, 2007.
Pick a Colour... - Buying a new car? A recent study showed that silver cars are 50 per cent less likely to be involved in collisions compared to white, blue, red and yel....   Read more...

Carbon Monoxide Detectors for the RV and the Boat
Posted date : May 05, 2007.
Carbon Monoxide Detectors for the RV and the Boat - Many home owners have been thoughtful enough to purchase Carbon Monoxide Detectors for the house, but don't forget to protect you and your family when....   Read more...

Satellite Confusion
Posted date : May 05, 2007.
Satellite Confusion - Many members have asked us if it is legal to use their Canadian satellite system in the U.S., and vice versa. We have been contacting satellite provid....   Read more...

Foreign Investment in Real Property
Posted date : May 05, 2007.
Foreign Investment in Real Property - Dear Bird Talk, In your last publication you published an article entitled "Changes in Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act" and stated that....   Read more...

Vacation Rentals
Posted date : May 05, 2007.
Vacation Rentals - Dear Bird Talk, As a member of CSA, I was hoping to get some information. I would like to rent a condo in south Florida next winter and am wonderi....   Read more...

Letter from the Editor Issue 50
Posted date : May 05, 2007.
Retiree Visa Stillborn TIA and Stroke Canada Clubs! Letter from the Editor Issue 50 - Today is Mother's Day, or at least it was when I sat down to write this Editor's note. My wife, Patricia (a mother, of course) is urging me to get dow....   Read more...

Executive Director's Report Issue 50
Posted date : May 05, 2007.
Executive Director's Report Issue 50 - It is indeed a pleasure for me, as your new executive director, to write this first of many columns for CSANews. With several family members and fr....   Read more...

Government Relations Report Issue 50
Posted date : May 05, 2007.
Government Relations Report Issue 50 - The CSA's government relations committee met in conjunction with the recent Board of Directors' meeting in Orlando, Florida. A number of items were di....   Read more...

President’s Message Issue 50
Posted date : May 05, 2007.
President’s Message Issue 50 - I am proud to have been appointed President of the Canadian Snowbird Association. I look forward to working with the Board of Directors on behalf of y....   Read more...

CSA Update Issue 50
Posted date : May 05, 2007.
CSA Update Issue 50 - The Canadian Snowbird Association would like to take this opportunity to formally announce their President for the 2004 ­ 2006 term, Mr. Gerald Briss....   Read more...

To File or Not to File? 8840
Posted date : May 05, 2007.
To File or Not to File? 8840 - I do not mean to be repetitive BUT... I can't remember how many times I have written about the Closer Connection Exception Statement (Form 8840) fili....   Read more...

TIA and Stroke: What Every Senior Should Know
Posted date : May 05, 2007.
TIA and Stroke: What Every Senior Should Know - Much progress has been made in the past few years in the prevention and treatment of Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA or "mini-stroke") and stroke. Beca....   Read more...

Retiree Visa Still Born - Should We Try Again?
Posted date : May 05, 2007.
Retiree Visa Still Born - Should We Try Again? - Entry into the United States on a long-term basis is currently based upon three concepts ­ family unity, employment creation, or humanitarian grounds....   Read more...

Our Southern Winter Wonderland
Posted date : May 05, 2007.
Our Southern Winter Wonderland - We are so fortunate that we live in a country with cozy homes, central heat and comfortable, airtight cars. Perhaps we take them for granted, but we w....   Read more...

Senior Power
Posted date : May 02, 2007.
Senior Power - Seniors are the fastest growing segment of the Canadian population. Seniors have worked hard for Canada, fought our wars, and contributed immensely to....   Read more...

Fast Facts Issue 49
Posted date : May 02, 2007.
Fast Facts Issue 49 - DEALS FOR CANADIANS VISITING WESTERN U.S. STATES "Buckaroo Bucks" are available once again! Call the Texas Department of Economic Development at 1-80....   Read more...

Winter Break in Laughlin, Nevada
Posted date : May 02, 2007.
Winter Break in Laughlin, Nevada - The second annual "Winter Break" event will take place on January 13 ­ 16, 2004 in Laughlin, NV. Festival events include wine tasting, health and edu....   Read more...

A Frequent Flyer Tale...
Posted date : May 02, 2007.
A Frequent Flyer Tale... - A guy sitting at an airport bar in Atlanta noticed a beautiful woman sitting next to him. He thought to himself, "Wow, she's so gorgeous she must be a....   Read more...

Yet Another Innovative Snowbird
Posted date : May 02, 2007.
Yet Another Innovative Snowbird - A man in Newfoundland calls his son in Calgary two days before Christmas and says, "I hate to ruin your day, but I have to tell you that your mother a....   Read more...

Teacups and Sticky Buns ­ Mom's Story
Posted date : May 02, 2007.
Teacups and Sticky Buns ­ Mom's Story - As book reviewer for the CSA News, I was particularly gratified to hear from Tom Culligan, a member of our CSA family, who sent along a copy of his un....   Read more...

AOL User Fee and How to Get Around Them
Posted date : May 02, 2007.
AOL User Fee and How to Get Around Them - As many services come of age, they evolve their pricing strategies, and you, the customer, begins to see the start of nickel-and-diming practices. Wel....   Read more...

Age-Related Vision Loss
Posted date : May 02, 2007.
Age-Related Vision Loss - Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of blindness in people over 65 and the leading cause of severe vision loss in people over ....   Read more...

Non-invasive Colon Cancer Test
Posted date : May 02, 2007.
Non-invasive Colon Cancer Test - Up until recently, a colonoscopy was the most accurate way to diagnose colon cancer - although also the most invasive and expensive. But Dr. Tedros Be....   Read more...

Another High Blood Pressure Indicator!
Posted date : May 02, 2007.
Another High Blood Pressure Indicator! - Scientists have concluded that memory lapses may be an indication that you have high blood pressure. When your blood pressure is too high, your blo....   Read more...

Go Nuts for Lower Cholesterol
Posted date : May 02, 2007.
Go Nuts for Lower Cholesterol - We're usually told to stay away from nuts due to their high fat content, but you should think twice about cutting them from your diet completely. R....   Read more...

Smokers Warning
Posted date : May 02, 2007.
Smokers Warning - Health care professionals are now using caution when recommending vitamin and mineral supplements that contain beta-carotene to smokers. Two major stu....   Read more...

CSA Board ­ Directors at Large
Posted date : May 02, 2007.
CSA Board ­ Directors at Large - Pic 1: Roland Belanger Quebec/Florida Director-at-large, 2003-2004 Member, CSA Francophone Committee Captain of Marshalls, Honda Classic PGA ....   Read more...

CSA Nomination Slate
Posted date : May 02, 2007.
CSA Nomination Slate - On January 14, 2004, the Canadian Snowbird Association will inaugurate its Board of Directors for the 2004-2006 term of office. The ceremony will take....   Read more...

Nexus Lane
Posted date : May 02, 2007.
Nexus Lane - Dear Bird Talk, Further to my discussions with your office about whether to use the Nexus Lane or not, I have taken your advice and talked to 2 dif....   Read more...

Tax Breaks
Posted date : May 02, 2007.
Tax Breaks - Dear Bird Talk, I read your article about Ontario leading the way for TAX BREAKS FOR SENIORS. In fact BC HAS HAD THE SENIOR PROPERTY TAX BREAK ON E....   Read more...

Political Advertisements
Posted date : May 02, 2007.
Political Advertisements - Dear Bird Talk, I was very surprised to see an ad for the Ontario PC Party on the back page of the Fall issue of CSANews. I don't believe it is in....   Read more...

Crossing the Border: Leave Your Meat at Home
Posted date : May 02, 2007.
Crossing the Border: Leave Your Meat at Home - We've been getting many calls asking what kind of meat you can take over the border for you trip. Meats, meat products, and animal by-products from ru....   Read more...

BC Residency Questions Finally Answered!
Posted date : May 02, 2007.
BC Residency Questions Finally Answered! - As a direct result of the extensive efforts of the CSA, we have finally received a policy letter from the government of British Columbia regarding the....   Read more...

Changes in the FIRPTA
Posted date : May 02, 2007.
Changes in the FIRPTA - As of November 3, 2003 anyone who purchases property from a foreigner on U.S. soil (i.e. a Canadian who owns U.S. Property) that is valued over $300,0....   Read more...

From the Desk of Don Slinger Issue 49
Posted date : May 02, 2007.
From the Desk of Don Slinger Issue 49 - Hi folks! Have you ever taken an extended tour by coach? Until this summer we would have answered no to this question, but Beth and I celebrated ou....   Read more...

Will the Strong Dollar be Influential?
Posted date : May 02, 2007.
Will the Strong Dollar be Influential? - The Canadian dollar is the strongest it has been against the U.S. dollar for many a year and it has many snowbirds looking forward to spending the win....   Read more...

Survey Trends
Posted date : May 02, 2007.
Survey Trends - One thousand three hundred and eighteen snowbirds took the time to complete the eight page survey in our recent CSANews. They ripped it out of the mag....   Read more...

Government Relations Report Issue 49
Posted date : May 02, 2007.
Government Relations Report Issue 49 - For the past six years, it has been my honour to chair the Canadian Snowbird Association's Government Relations Committee. I am extremely proud of our....   Read more...

President's Message Issue 49
Posted date : May 02, 2007.
President's Message Issue 49 - I always laugh when I'm greeted with the phrase "What's new?" For the past two years every single day has brought something new. When I became pre....   Read more...

Letter from the Editor Issue 49
Posted date : May 02, 2007.
Flying Machine Louisiana Andropause Letter from the Editor Issue 49 - Early this morning, as I arrived for work, I was greeted by about thirty Canada Geese who had stopped for a rest on their way South. They were a somew....   Read more...

Andropause: Ironing out the Bumps on Life's Road
Posted date : May 02, 2007.
Andropause: Ironing out the Bumps on Life's Road - While there is much written about female menopause, a similar phenomenon called andropause occurs in many men, and has recently attracted considerable....   Read more...

Louisiana...
Posted date : May 02, 2007.
Louisiana... - We've Got a Great Deal to Celebrate! Louisiana has long been a favourite travel destination for visitors from Canada because of its mild climate, uni....   Read more...

How I Accidentally Flew a Wright Flying Machine
Posted date : May 02, 2007.
How I Accidentally Flew a Wright Flying Machine - Dec. 17, 2003, marks the 100th anniversary of the first powered flight of a heavier-than-air machine, when Orville Wright of Dayton, Ohio, flew the fi....   Read more...

CSA Directors' Tribute
Posted date : May 02, 2007.
CSA Directors' Tribute - At the Annual General Meeting on Jan. 14, 2004, we not only inaugurate a new board of directors, we say good-bye to some who have helped guide the ass....   Read more...

A Tribute to Retiring CSA President Ellen White
Posted date : May 02, 2007.
A Tribute to Retiring CSA President Ellen White - For the past two years, the CSA has been guided by our version of the "Iron Lady." Strong-minded and strong-willed, she has never wavered in her goals....   Read more...

The CSA/Medipac Report on AM 740
Posted date : Apr 25, 2007.
The CSA/Medipac Report on AM 740 - Sunday mornings at 10:50 a.m., join the CSA and Medipac on CHWO AM 740 for the CSA/Medipac Report on Murray Segal's Sunday Showcase. Get updates on wh....   Read more...

Did you Nose?
Posted date : Apr 25, 2007.
Did you Nose? - Your sensitivity to scent is a genetically acquired trait. Women typically have a keener "scents" of smell than men. The average human takes o....   Read more...

New "Colourful" $20 US
Posted date : Apr 25, 2007.
New "Colourful" $20 US - When you see an unusual flash of colour later this year on the U.S. $20 bill, be advised - your eyes are probably not deceiving you. Advances in techn....   Read more...

Movie Maker
Posted date : Apr 25, 2007.
Movie Maker - Television has come a long way in the last 30 years. You now have more stations than you do fingers, a clearer picture, better sound and, to give cred....   Read more...

A Happy Marriage
Posted date : Apr 25, 2007.
A Happy Marriage - There was once a man and woman who had been married for more than 60 years. They had shared everything. They had talked about everything. They kept no....   Read more...

The Path of Time...
Posted date : Apr 25, 2007.
The Path of Time... - Does the statement, "We've always done it that way" ring any bells? The US standard railroad gauge (distance between the rails) is 4 feet, 8.5 inch....   Read more...

Snowbirding in Cuba
Posted date : Apr 25, 2007.
Snowbirding in Cuba - Cuba's most important tourism company - Cubanacán - has developed a comprehensive proposal for your winter stay abroad. Aimed to satisfy Canadian ....   Read more...

The Garden
Posted date : Apr 25, 2007.
The Garden - Freeman Patterson's "The Garden" is a gorgeous book. It's a combination of spiritual but 'unpreachy' essays, accompanied by his trademark, lum....   Read more...

Get Your Flu Shot!
Posted date : Apr 25, 2007.
Get Your Flu Shot! - Each year, influenza kills 36,000 Americans and between 250,000 and 500,000 people worldwide. A recent study published in The New England Journal of M....   Read more...

Hormone Replacement Therapy Hazards
Posted date : Apr 25, 2007.
Hormone Replacement Therapy Hazards - A recent study in the United Kingdom involving over 1 Million women who used progestagen-estrogen or estrogen only Hormone Replacement Therapy determi....   Read more...

Shingles - No Need to Suffer!
Posted date : Apr 25, 2007.
Shingles - No Need to Suffer! - Shingles (herpes zoster) is caused by the chicken pox virus. A person who has had chicken pox, usually as a child, retains the virus which comes out f....   Read more...

Travel Insurance Rates: "It's Just Not Fair"
Posted date : Apr 25, 2007.
Travel Insurance Rates: "It's Just Not Fair" - Dear Bird Talk, Thank you very much for listening to my "It's Just Not Fair" complaint about Medipac rates concerning former Aneurysm patients. I h....   Read more...

Border Crossing with Children
Posted date : Apr 25, 2007.
Border Crossing with Children - Dear Bird Talk, We are planning a short trip across the border to visit with our daughter and her family. We intend to bring along our great-grands....   Read more...

Vehicle Insurance and Licensing
Posted date : Apr 25, 2007.
Vehicle Insurance and Licensing - Dear Bird Talk, I spend four winter months in Florida and am getting tired of the return drive. I'd like to fly and buy a car in Florida to keep th....   Read more...

CSANews: Fun and Games
Posted date : Apr 25, 2007.
CSANews: Fun and Games - Dear Bird Talk; My favourite section of the CSA magazine has always been the Fun & Games page. However, I am disappointed in the summer issue. Two....   Read more...

CIBC Currency Exchange Fees Increase
Posted date : Apr 25, 2007.
CIBC Currency Exchange Fees Increase - The CIBC has announced that users of their credit cards will be assessed a 2.5% administrative fee on all transactions involving foreign currency star....   Read more...

Gadget Alert
Posted date : Apr 25, 2007.
Gadget Alert - The U.S. department of homeland security has added a new directive to security screeners at airports to more employ greater scrutiny with the followin....   Read more...

Suspending Medicare Premiums?
Posted date : Apr 25, 2007.
Suspending Medicare Premiums? - It has come to our attention that some snowbirds have attempted, and perhaps succeeded, in suspending their Medicare premiums while they are away, in ....   Read more...

Undisclosed Top-Ups
Posted date : Apr 25, 2007.
Undisclosed Top-Ups - Most insurance companies, including Medipac, have a fee to Top-Up other insurance plans which can range from $20 to $50. Some snowbirds attempt to sav....   Read more...

Canada Clubs! Issue 48
Posted date : Apr 25, 2007.
Canada Clubs! Issue 48 - Pic 1: American/Canadian Days at Cypress Lakes A really big event that lasts for two days. The folks at this park just north of Lakeland, Florida g....   Read more...

Planning a Can/Am Event, Canada or Provincial Day?
Posted date : Apr 25, 2007.
Planning a Can/Am Event, Canada or Provincial Day? - I'm sure that most of you who are involved in the planning of social events during your stay in the sunbelt are now busy gathering your Canada souveni....   Read more...

From the Desk of Don Slinger Issue 48
Posted date : Apr 25, 2007.
From the Desk of Don Slinger Issue 48 - Hi folks! If you have been keeping up to date with the news over the past year - I don't mean about wars and the strife inflicted because of aggre....   Read more...

Continuing Upheaval in the U.S. Health Care Business
Posted date : Apr 25, 2007.
Continuing Upheaval in the U.S. Health Care Business - Last year was a difficult year in the travel insurance business. A turf war is currently going on between the U.S. hospital groups and what are known ....   Read more...

Government Relations Report Issue 48
Posted date : Apr 25, 2007.
Government Relations Report Issue 48 - As you have read read from Ellen White's president's report, she and our executive director have just returned from a political tour of our provinces ....   Read more...

President's Message Issue 48
Posted date : Apr 25, 2007.
President's Message Issue 48 - This past summer, as we told you in the last newsletter, has been a very active one for the CSA. I strongly believe that the only way in which we can ....   Read more...

Letter from the Editor Issue 48
Posted date : Apr 25, 2007.
Osteoporosis Omega-3 Oils Australia Letter from the Editor Issue 48 - I am buried in your survey responses and Early Bird Insurance applications. And I am happy. Medipac is in the midst of another record year for tra....   Read more...

Australia
Posted date : Apr 25, 2007.
Australia - Australia ... the name itself conjures up images of a world far away, isolated in its existence. However, now more than ever tourists are seeking a 'd....   Read more...

OMEGA-3 Oils
Posted date : Apr 25, 2007.
OMEGA-3 Oils - Just about everything these days is touted as fat free. Take a stroll down the supermarket aisles and count the number of products that brightly claim....   Read more...

Osteoporosis: What You Should Know
Posted date : Apr 25, 2007.
Osteoporosis: What You Should Know - Osteoporosis is one of the major health conditions which afflicts persons over 50, especially women, and its prevalence is increasing. It is estimated....   Read more...

Spam - The Scourge of the Internet
Posted date : Apr 20, 2007.
Spam - The Scourge of the Internet - In the earlier BC (Before Computers) years, "spam" was an off-the-shelf, canned meat of mystery. Hardly anyone I grew up with ate it, or at least admi....   Read more...

Laughter... the Best Medicine!
Posted date : Apr 20, 2007.
Laughter... the Best Medicine! - Laughter... the Best Medicine! How many times have you heard the phrase, "laughter is the best medicine"? Humour therapists are researching the use o....   Read more...

FDA, eh?
Posted date : Apr 20, 2007.
FDA, eh? - Many have heard said of experimental drugs, "it has reached FDA approval"...but the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) is an American outfit. So what ....   Read more...

The Trials of Noah
Posted date : Apr 20, 2007.
The Trials of Noah - The Lord came to Noah in Canada in the year 2003. Earth was wicked and over populated. The Lord instructed Noah to rebuild the Ark and save two of eve....   Read more...

The Joy of Writing
Posted date : Apr 20, 2007.
The Joy of Writing - In Pierre Berton's The Joy of Writing, he has organized a wonderful "guide for writers, disguised as a literary memoir," and has also managed to avoid....   Read more...

Mediterranean Diet
Posted date : Apr 20, 2007.
Mediterranean Diet - Conclusions of a recent study involving 22,000 people over a four-year period revealed that persons who regularly enjoyed a Mediterranean diet lived l....   Read more...

No Such Thing as a Safe Tan
Posted date : Apr 20, 2007.
No Such Thing as a Safe Tan - Tanning bed bulbs produce UVA and UVB radiation, just like the sun. These rays can be responsible for cancerous and non-cancerous melanoma that kills ....   Read more...

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)
Posted date : Apr 20, 2007.
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) - Discussing problems with the prostate gland tend to make men uncomfortable; many doctors attribute this to the fact that it has a role in both sex and....   Read more...

Fedreal Superannuate Surcharge
Posted date : Apr 20, 2007.
Fedreal Superannuate Surcharge - Gentlemen: Re: $40.00 Surcharge With regard to your CSA News article regarding the $40.00 surcharge that Medipac adds to their out-of-province hea....   Read more...

Early Bird Plan Timing
Posted date : Apr 20, 2007.
Early Bird Plan Timing - Dear Bird Talk, We are one of the couples who purchase extra insurance for our winter trip south. The only problem I have is with the Early Bird Pl....   Read more...

Medipac
Posted date : Apr 20, 2007.
Medipac - Dear Mr. Quigley, I do not have any suggestions to improve Medipac. I am quite happy with the way it is working and the service it provides...I am ....   Read more...

Travel Insurance Rates and the US Dollar
Posted date : Apr 20, 2007.
Travel Insurance Rates and the US Dollar - Dear Bird Talk, I hope that the 2003/2004 rates are going to reflect the increase in the Canadian dollar against the US$. Thank you. Leo Audett....   Read more...

Going Down South - Q & A
Posted date : Apr 20, 2007.
Going Down South - Q & A - Questions about visiting the U.S.? You may be able to find some answers about tax implications, residency status, border wait times, what you can take....   Read more...

Do Not Call List
Posted date : Apr 20, 2007.
Do Not Call List - Recently the United States government made the Do Not Call Registry available nationally. Once an individual registers their US cellular or home phone....   Read more...

Getting to Meet You!
Posted date : Apr 20, 2007.
Getting to Meet You! - As always, I thoroughly enjoy meeting my fellow Canadians at the many social events throughout Florida. And all the talk about fewer Canadians winteri....   Read more...

The True Experts Have Spoken
Posted date : Apr 20, 2007.
The True Experts Have Spoken - Medipac has dozens of travel medical experts, working every day, reviewing policy and application language, researching medical conditions, dissecting....   Read more...

A Philosophical Outlook on Life
Posted date : Apr 20, 2007.
A Philosophical Outlook on Life - Hi folks! She is 92 years old, petite, well poised and proud. She is fully dressed each morning by eight o?clock, with her hair fashionably coifed ....   Read more...

Sometimes It Takes a Small Comment
Posted date : Apr 20, 2007.
Sometimes It Takes a Small Comment - Recently, when meeting with members of a comparable association, the Retired Teachers of Ontario, I was told that the CSA, on a national media stage, ....   Read more...

Government Relations Report Issue 47
Posted date : Apr 20, 2007.
Government Relations Report Issue 47 - In the winter edition of CSA News, we included tear-out cards to be mailed to our premiers and prime minister. These detailed our concerns regarding r....   Read more...

President's Message Issue 47
Posted date : Apr 20, 2007.
President's Message Issue 47 - This spring has been very busy! Now that our politicians have had time to "digest" our Canadian Travellers' Report Card, it's time for the real work t....   Read more...

Letter from the Editor Issue 47
Posted date : Apr 20, 2007.
Diabetes Therapy Lives Changed Speaking with "The Experts" Letter from the Editor Issue 47 - Happy Birthday, Canada! Happy Birthday, United States of America! It must be summertime – wonderful fireworks shows, sweltering days in the sun and ....   Read more...

Islet Cell Transplantation
Posted date : Apr 20, 2007.
Islet Cell Transplantation - It is early Friday evening in Toronto and I am speaking with one of the most notable surgeons in Canada, from his office on a sunny Vancouver afternoo....   Read more...

Touched by an Angel
Posted date : Apr 20, 2007.
Touched by an Angel - Has your life ever been touched by an angel? A stranger...someone from outside your family circle who has affected you in such a deep and profound way....   Read more...

Coping with
Posted date : Apr 20, 2007.
Coping with - Clarifying the Role of Hormone Replacement Therapy for Women in Menopause It's miraculous how efficiently the human is designed for the function....   Read more...

Home Remedies
Posted date : Apr 15, 2007.
Home Remedies - Worried about West Nile virus? Here are some home remedies to keep the mosquitoes away: Outdoor-lovers in Louisiana (known for its humidity) use Bo....   Read more...

Go Digital For Pictures
Posted date : Apr 15, 2007.
Go Digital For Pictures - January 2003 was my first foray at Snowbird Extravaganza in Lakeland, Florida. No bias here, but how can anyone not visit this two-day spectacle. Ever....   Read more...

Signs Seen Around the World
Posted date : Apr 15, 2007.
Signs Seen Around the World - At a Budapest zoo: PLEASE DO NOT FEED THE ANIMALS. IF YOU HAVE ANY SUITABLE FOOD, GIVE IT TO THE GUARD ON DUTY Message on a leaflet: IF YOU CAN....   Read more...

Millitary Support
Posted date : Apr 15, 2007.
Millitary Support - The Canadian Government has decided to assist the USA in the war against terrorism: They have agreed to send: 2 of their largest battleships 6,00....   Read more...

Never Underestimate the Intelligence of Women
Posted date : Apr 15, 2007.
Never Underestimate the Intelligence of Women - There was a man who had worked all of his life, had saved every penny and was a real miser when it came to his money. He loved his money more than any....   Read more...

Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)
Posted date : Apr 15, 2007.
Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) - At press time there were 344 "probable and suspected" cases of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in Canada. Of this number, there have been 21 ....   Read more...

Favorite Foods of Health Nutrition Experts
Posted date : Apr 15, 2007.
Favorite Foods of Health Nutrition Experts - What do nutrition experts pack in their lunch bags and put on the dinner table? Mayo Clinic experts share their favorite food picks in the January iss....   Read more...

West Nile Virus
Posted date : Apr 15, 2007.
West Nile Virus - It's mosquito season again! According to Health Canada, last year there were 158 confirmed cases of West Nile virus in Canada resulting in 11 death....   Read more...

The News Broadcasts That Kept Us Tuned In
Posted date : Apr 15, 2007.
The News Broadcasts That Kept Us Tuned In - We Interrupt This Program would be the perfect gift for the news junkie in your life. CBC broadcaster Raj Ahluwalia has produced a wonderful book of c....   Read more...

Bringing Meat Across the Border
Posted date : Apr 15, 2007.
Bringing Meat Across the Border - Dear Bird Talk, We returned to Canada on April 7 after our winter in Arizona, crossing at the Coutts, Alberta/Sweetgrass, Montana border station. W....   Read more...

Snowbird Rule: Trading Stocks from the US
Posted date : Apr 15, 2007.
Snowbird Rule: Trading Stocks from the US - Dear Bird Talk, I'm finding out much to my chagrin, that it is illegal for Value Line, an arm of the RBC and with whom I have my portfolio, to allo....   Read more...

Driver's License for Trailers
Posted date : Apr 15, 2007.
Driver's License for Trailers - Dear Bird Talk, Further to my conversation with Ellen White at the Texas Snowbird Show. As I explained to you at that time, I was informed by m....   Read more...

CSA Appoints Quebec Director
Posted date : Apr 15, 2007.
CSA Appoints Quebec Director - The Canadian Snowbird Association (CSA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Roland Belanger of Gatineau, Quebec to the position of director-at-l....   Read more...

Visa Requirements for Canadian Landed Immigrants
Posted date : Apr 15, 2007.
Visa Requirements for Canadian Landed Immigrants - As of March 17, 2003, all landed immigrants and permanent residents of Canada must possess a non-immigrant visa as well as a valid passport to enter t....   Read more...

Permanent Resident Card for Non-Canadian Citizens
Posted date : Apr 15, 2007.
Permanent Resident Card for Non-Canadian Citizens - Permanent residents of Canada who travel abroad and wish to re-enter Canada must have a valid Permanent Resident Card (PRC). Residents who became afte....   Read more...

From the Desk of Don Slinger Issue 46
Posted date : Apr 15, 2007.
From the Desk of Don Slinger Issue 46 - Hi folks!If you missed Snowbird Extravaganza 2003 ­ held in Lakeland, Florida on Jan 14 and 15 ­ too bad! Here is my synopsis: Superb! There w....   Read more...

It Is Just Not Fair
Posted date : Apr 15, 2007.
It Is Just Not Fair - Insurance, as we all know, is just a game of averages. We each pay our premiums and hope that we will never have to make a claim. In travel insurance ....   Read more...

It is time to get serious!
Posted date : Apr 15, 2007.
It is time to get serious! - During the many social events I visited throughout Florida, I must admit that I was impressed with the positive attitude of most Canadians. Considerin....   Read more...

Executive Director's Report Issue 46
Posted date : Apr 15, 2007.
Executive Director's Report Issue 46 - The CSA was asked to attend the groundbreaking delivery of the Ontario budget this year. Rather than bringing down the budget in the legislature as ha....   Read more...

Government Relations Report Issue 46
Posted date : Apr 15, 2007.
Government Relations Report Issue 46 - In early March, we received some extremely welcome news ­ the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (BCIS), formerly the Immigration and Nat....   Read more...

President's Message Issue 46
Posted date : Apr 15, 2007.
President's Message Issue 46 - Our journey through the sun belt this winter proved to be a most interesting few weeks on the road with our Extravaganza/Winter Information Meeting to....   Read more...

Letter from the Editor Issue 46
Posted date : Apr 15, 2007.
Winter Event Wrap-up Health-Care Funding Benefit Spotlight Letter from the Editor Issue 46 - Welcome Home! Most of our snowbird readers are now in Canada and they returned to Snow (due to global warming, no doubt)! SARS! Iraq and North Korea a....   Read more...

Why the CSA Auto Club is Right for You
Posted date : Apr 15, 2007.
Why the CSA Auto Club is Right for You - ....   Read more...

Health-Care Funding
Posted date : Apr 15, 2007.
Health-Care Funding - Several members and even a Director of the Canadian Snowbird Association have shared their personal experiences with us describing how the provincial ....   Read more...

Did you know...?
Posted date : Apr 12, 2007.
Did you know...? - Sunlight doesn't ripen tomatoes, warmth does. Store tomatoes with stems pointed down and they will stay fresher, longer. Poke a hole in the middle of ....   Read more...

Something to Stop Crying About
Posted date : Apr 12, 2007.
Something to Stop Crying About - Ever wonder why we cry when we cut up onions? Certain enzymes which are released when the onion is chopped react with the moisture in our eyes and cre....   Read more...

Phrase Origins
Posted date : Apr 12, 2007.
Phrase Origins - Baths in the 1500s consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then any other men, t....   Read more...

Hey, That's My Information!
Posted date : Apr 12, 2007.
Hey, That's My Information! - Well...it's that time of year again. Get your credit cards ready for another season of gift buying (my shirt size is 16 x 33). Last year, I wrote abou....   Read more...

Post-Op Blues
Posted date : Apr 12, 2007.
Post-Op Blues - A man who had just undergone a very complicated operation kept complaining about a bump on his head and a terrible headache. Since his operation had b....   Read more...

Senior Firefighters
Posted date : Apr 12, 2007.
Senior Firefighters - One dark night outside a small town, a fire started inside the local chemical plant and before you could snap your fingers, it exploded into flames an....   Read more...

Your Heart's Natural Strength
Posted date : Apr 12, 2007.
Your Heart's Natural Strength - Johns Hopkins researchers have discovered that the human heart naturally works to prevent major heart attacks...they're just trying to figure out how.....   Read more...

High Protein - Low Card Diets
Posted date : Apr 12, 2007.
High Protein - Low Card Diets - Much has been made in the media recently about the effectiveness of high protein, low carbohydrate diets as a weight loss miracle. One such diet is kn....   Read more...

Stroke Symptoms Different between Men and Women
Posted date : Apr 12, 2007.
Stroke Symptoms Different between Men and Women - Think you know the signs of a stroke? According to a recent study, men and women show symptoms differently, resulting in misdiagnosis and delay of the....   Read more...

New Test for Heart Attacks
Posted date : Apr 12, 2007.
New Test for Heart Attacks - A new test has been developed to check patients for inflammation deep within the ­ inflammation which doctors are starting to believe indicates ....   Read more...

Travel Insurance for Non-US Destinations
Posted date : Apr 12, 2007.
Travel Insurance for Non-US Destinations - Dear Bird Talk, I was really pleased to see "Cuba a new option for seniors" which will now permit me to enjoy winter sun, provided I can get travel....   Read more...

Government Can Break the Law with Impunity?
Posted date : Apr 12, 2007.
Government Can Break the Law with Impunity? - Dear Sir, My wife and I winter in Arizona for health reasons, and this past winter I had bronchitis and was treated by a doctor, at a clinic, at a ....   Read more...

PSA Test Should be FREE
Posted date : Apr 12, 2007.
PSA Test Should be FREE - Dear Bird Talk, A number of years ago I had an ileostomy, which has rendered it impossible for me to have a rectal digital prostate exam and my onl....   Read more...

Snowbird Lifestyle Presentations
Posted date : Apr 12, 2007.
Snowbird Lifestyle Presentations - Dear Mrs. White, My wife and I attended the Snowbird Lifestyle Presentation in Kitchener September 23rd. It was the very best presentation yet. ....   Read more...

Continued Membership
Posted date : Apr 12, 2007.
Continued Membership - Dear Ellen White, Thank you for this letter and the Travel Insurance Guide which arrived in today's mail. I do not anticipate any out of provin....   Read more...

A Tribute to Earl Warren
Posted date : Apr 12, 2007.
A Tribute to Earl Warren - We lost a dear friend and long time ally of the CSA recently with the passing of Earl Warren. Earl played a critical role in the evolution of the CSA ....   Read more...

Don't be Fooled by Imitations!
Posted date : Apr 12, 2007.
Don't be Fooled by Imitations! - There have been several organizations attempting to take advantage of our SNOWBIRD name. Please be advised that the CANADIAN SNOWBIRD ASSOCIATION has ....   Read more...

Listen to Your Heart!
Posted date : Apr 12, 2007.
Listen to Your Heart! - A disturbing statistic on heart attacks is that a very high percentage of people ignore the early warning signs and suffer far more severe damage to t....   Read more...

Phone Fraud Follow-up
Posted date : Apr 12, 2007.
Phone Fraud Follow-up - In the last issue of CSA News, we informed you of a scam in which you would be asked to call a number to inquire about a sick or deceased relative. Ke....   Read more...

British Commonwealth and Visas for the US
Posted date : Apr 12, 2007.
British Commonwealth and Visas for the US - Canadian residents who are actually citizens of British Commonwealth countries will likely be required to apply for a visitor's visa for visits to the....   Read more...

Testaments of Honour
Posted date : Apr 12, 2007.
Testaments of Honour - Testaments of Honour is a remarkable tribute to the more than one million Canadian veterans who served this country during the Second World War. As au....   Read more...

From the Desk of Don Slinger Issue 45
Posted date : Apr 12, 2007.
From the Desk of Don Slinger Issue 45 - Hi Folks! How good is your memory? Do you remember what a pain your teacher-assigned memory work was? Let's take a trip back in time together. ....   Read more...

It's Reminder Time!
Posted date : Apr 12, 2007.
It's Reminder Time! - It's that time of year when I like to remind you about certain programs and activities that could be important to you. Let's start by reminding you ab....   Read more...

Roman-Ow! And Portability
Posted date : Apr 12, 2007.
Roman-Ow! And Portability - I have taken my kids to Disneyland, I must travel on business, I have gone to the U.S. to shop for a day and I have taken a week's vacation in another....   Read more...

Government Relations Report Issue 45
Posted date : Apr 12, 2007.
Government Relations Report Issue 45 - After two-and-a-half years of research and hard work, the CSA Travellers' Report Card was released to various levels of government and the media on Oc....   Read more...

President's Message Issue 45
Posted date : Apr 12, 2007.
President's Message Issue 45 - How time flies! It is hard to believe that so much can happen in a few short months. It was in April, while on our way back to Canada, that the story ....   Read more...

Letter from the Editor Issue 45
Posted date : Apr 12, 2007.
Considering Romanow Popular Natural Health Products The Canadian Travellers' Report Card Letter from the Editor Issue 45 - It is probably not very "editor-like," but I want to remember an old friend who recently passed on. John Jeannerret, for over ten years, had been the ....   Read more...

Closer Connection Exception Form
Posted date : Apr 12, 2007.
Closer Connection Exception Form - The IRS form 8840 is required, on an annual basis, by persons who claim that in spite of meeting the 'Substantial Presence Test' as to presence in the....   Read more...

CSA AGM Notice 2003
Posted date : Apr 12, 2007.
CSA AGM Notice 2003 - NOTICE OF PROPOSED BY-LAW AMENDMENTS Article XI of the Bylaws of Canadian Snowbird Association Inc. (A Canadian Corporation), and Article VIII of C....   Read more...

The Canadian Travellers' Report Card 2002
Posted date : Apr 12, 2007.
The Canadian Travellers' Report Card 2002 - As promised, we are pleased to present a second excerpt from The Canadian Travellers' Report Card. On the following pages you may review the detailed ....   Read more...

Popular Natural Health Products
Posted date : Apr 12, 2007.
Popular Natural Health Products - Living in a first world nation, we Canadians enjoy a level of health that is better than most of the world's population. We are vaccinated from birth ....   Read more...

Considering Romanow
Posted date : Apr 12, 2007.
Considering Romanow - Snowbirds won't be the only Canadians thinking about health care costs and availability this winter. Eighteen months ago, Prime Minister Chrétien app....   Read more...

Phrase Origins
Posted date : Apr 09, 2007.
Phrase Origins - In Shakespeare's time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes. When you pulled on the ropes, the mattress tightened, making the bed firmer to ....   Read more...

Stressed Out!?
Posted date : Apr 09, 2007.
Stressed Out!? - The American College of Physicians and Surgeons estimates that as many as 80 percent of visits to doctors' offices are due to stress.Source: Top Healt....   Read more...

Animal Crackers
Posted date : Apr 09, 2007.
Animal Crackers - Bird Talk?Frank's parrot swore like a sailor, he could swear for five minutes straight without repeating himself. Unfortunately, Frank was a quiet, co....   Read more...

Royal Canadian Legion
Posted date : Apr 09, 2007.
Royal Canadian Legion - Dear Don Slinger,Regarding the gentleman who just received a disability pension through the Royal Canadian Legion. The Legion not only carries out gre....   Read more...

Martin Downs Golf & Country
Posted date : Apr 09, 2007.
Martin Downs Golf & Country - Dear Bird Talk,Enclosed please find a photo taken on our "Canada Day" in February at our golf club Martin Downs Golf & Country Club in Palm City F....   Read more...

Percutaneous Vertebroplasty
Posted date : Apr 09, 2007.
Percutaneous Vertebroplasty - Dear Sir,In the winter 2000 issue you had an article under Health & Wellness pertaining to the procedure "percutaneous vertebroplasty" which was a....   Read more...

Angels Come in All Shapes and Sizes
Posted date : Apr 09, 2007.
Angels Come in All Shapes and Sizes - Dear Bird Talk,"Angels come in all shapes and sizes"A wonderful experience happened to us while travelling back north for the summer, we were on I-79 ....   Read more...

Western Shows
Posted date : Apr 09, 2007.
Western Shows - Dear Bird Talk,We were wondering why there are no Snowbird Lifestyle Presentations out in the west? We are new CSA members living in Edmonton, and wou....   Read more...

Randy Brooks
Posted date : Apr 09, 2007.
Randy Brooks - Dear Bird Talk,We attended the CSA program in Kitchener last night, and want to thank you for all the effort that went into presenting the program. We....   Read more...

Yet Another Phone Scam
Posted date : Apr 09, 2007.
Yet Another Phone Scam - We've already told our members to be aware of people calling to tell you that you've won a prize and giving a phoney number for you to call to collect....   Read more...

Drive Now, Talk Later!
Posted date : Apr 09, 2007.
Drive Now, Talk Later! - Talking on a cellular phone while driving may be as dangerous ­ perhaps more so ­ than drinking and driving. Researchers at the British Transport Re....   Read more...

Pack Well...Or It Will Cost You.
Posted date : Apr 09, 2007.
Pack Well...Or It Will Cost You. - Flying to your destination this winter? Beware! Airlines are starting to clamp down on luggage size and weight, according to the Travel Goods Associat....   Read more...

Farley (The Life of Farley Mowat)
Posted date : Apr 09, 2007.
Farley (The Life of Farley Mowat) - Farley Mowat is a genuine Canadian icon. His very life is an ongoing creative work in progress. In his 38 books, Farley has already revealed so much a....   Read more...

Mammograms? Yes!
Posted date : Apr 09, 2007.
Mammograms? Yes! - Mammograms are in the news again, causing confusion and dismay. This time it's a study that concludes there's no evidence that mammograms save lives. ....   Read more...

PSA Test? Yes!
Posted date : Apr 09, 2007.
PSA Test? Yes! - Using data from the Baltimore Longitudinal Study on Aging, Johns Hopkins urologist H. Ballentine Carter, M.D., found that men in their 40s and 50s wit....   Read more...

Want to Find a Couple of Bucks?
Posted date : Apr 09, 2007.
Want to Find a Couple of Bucks? - It is hunting season in some parts of Canada and the U.S. and this winter season as a Canadian Snowbird (whether you're a hunter or not) you will prob....   Read more...

From the Desk of Don Slinger Issue 44
Posted date : Apr 09, 2007.
From the Desk of Don Slinger Issue 44 - Hi Folks! The Ontario Snowbird Lifestyle Presentations have come and gone for another year. The quality of sponsors and entertainment just continues t....   Read more...

Thanks, Patsy!
Posted date : Apr 09, 2007.
Thanks, Patsy! - I was speaking with Patsy Clyke, Medipac's Vice President of Operations, today, and I was trying to determine what questions were being asked of our s....   Read more...

Government Relations Report Issue 44
Posted date : Apr 09, 2007.
Government Relations Report Issue 44 - The Canadian Travellers' Report Card was a two-year undertaking that, while now drawing to a close in one way, will open doors in another. It has been....   Read more...

President's Message Issue 44
Posted date : Apr 09, 2007.
President's Message Issue 44 - If all goes according to plan, Canada's politicians will be reading copies of The Canadian Travellers' Report Card at the same time as you are reading....   Read more...

Letter from the Editor Issue 44
Posted date : Apr 09, 2007.
Watching the Romanow Commission Canadian Travellers' Report Card Driving South - Make Sure You Get There Safely Letter from the Editor Issue 44 - Well, we're back! Hopefully you will have had time to read our Summer issue which was really delivered in the Fall, as you obviously noticed. This is ....   Read more...

Online News
Posted date : Apr 09, 2007.
Online News - My morning ritual, outside of bathing, shaving (not my legs) and dressing for work, was going through the morning paper to keep current on the daily n....   Read more...

Canadian Travellers' Report Card 2002
Posted date : Apr 09, 2007.
Canadian Travellers' Report Card 2002 - As we are sure you'll agree, some of the marks come as no surprise, and others are very surprising! We would like to thank all of those involved in ou....   Read more...

Watching the Romanow Commission
Posted date : Apr 09, 2007.
Watching the Romanow Commission - "The Medicare House needs remodelling, not demolishing."It's no secret that for many years, Canadians have viewed their national health-care system as....   Read more...

Driving South
Posted date : Apr 09, 2007.
Driving South - Warm fall days, cool October evenings, dew on the early morning grass; as the weather changes, many of us - whether full-time Snowbirds, Winter Texans....   Read more...

Sun Spots
Posted date : Apr 06, 2007.
Sun Spots - One in four "migrating retirees" travel to the state of Florida for relief from the cold winter. In the 1960's the 55 and older state population grew ....   Read more...

Blood Pressure
Posted date : Apr 06, 2007.
Blood Pressure - The lifestyle habits of the average North American are leading us all towards the doctor's office. Data recently published from the Framingham Heart S....   Read more...

Water Tid-Bits
Posted date : Apr 06, 2007.
Water Tid-Bits - The amount of water in your is reduced by just 1%, you'll feel thirsty. A person can live without food for about a month, but only about a week w....   Read more...

It's not the Heat, It's the Humidity!
Posted date : Apr 06, 2007.
It's not the Heat, It's the Humidity! - Why does moisture in the air affect your Temperature?Your cools itself naturally by perspiring water through the pores in your skin and evap....   Read more...

The Car-Jacking
Posted date : Apr 06, 2007.
The Car-Jacking - An elderly Florida lady did her shopping and, upon returning to her car, found four males in the act of leaving with her vehicle. She dropped her shop....   Read more...

Another Busy Day!
Posted date : Apr 06, 2007.
Another Busy Day! - ANOTHER BUSY DAY!I decide to wash the car. I start toward the garage and notice the mail on the table.OK, I'm going to wash the car. But first I'm goi....   Read more...

When there's an Ill, there's a Way
Posted date : Apr 06, 2007.
When there's an Ill, there's a Way - Recently there has been a notable increase in the theft of luxury vehicles.Do you think your vehicle is safe because it has an anti-theft device? Thin....   Read more...

Border Guard
Posted date : Apr 06, 2007.
Border Guard - Certain offices of the United States Government have requested that the CSA keep track of border crossing incidents that go a little over the line.If ....   Read more...

CSANews: Puzzles
Posted date : Apr 06, 2007.
CSANews: Puzzles - Dear Bird Talk, Some time ago, when you started a puzzle page, I wrote you and asked if you or your readers, had a copy of a puzzle "who owns the tige....   Read more...

AGM
Posted date : Apr 06, 2007.
AGM - Committee chair, I have been a snowbird member since its inception and believe it to be a great organization for the snowbird population. I would howe....   Read more...

Aging with Grace
Posted date : Apr 06, 2007.
Aging with Grace - Aging with Grace is a unique book on many levels. It reveals ground-breaking, hard science research into Alzheimer's disease, the ultimate drawback to....   Read more...

How a Search Engine Works 101
Posted date : Apr 06, 2007.
How a Search Engine Works 101 - I wish it were easy to search for things on the Web - someone would simply point a finger and exclaim ... there. Next to e-mail, searching the Web is ....   Read more...

Snacking Linked to Lower Cholesterol
Posted date : Apr 06, 2007.
Snacking Linked to Lower Cholesterol - Eating several small meals a day as opposed to eating two or three large meals can play a pivotal role in your 's Cholesterol levels.What you eat ....   Read more...

Mixing Medicine
Posted date : Apr 06, 2007.
Mixing Medicine - The ingestion of ibuprofen, the pharmaceutical found in common painkillers such as AdvilTM and MotrinTM, appears to counter the health benefits of tak....   Read more...

West Nile Virus
Posted date : Apr 06, 2007.
West Nile Virus - The United States Center for Disease Control estimates that there will be 1000 human infections of the West Nile virus this year resulting in approxim....   Read more...

Have you heard this before?
Posted date : Apr 06, 2007.
Have you heard this before? - I'm sure that, on many occasions, you've heard it said that "Canadian snowbirds are very conservative" (notice I didn't say cheap) when it comes to sp....   Read more...

From the Desk of Don Slinger Issue 43
Posted date : Apr 06, 2007.
From the Desk of Don Slinger Issue 43 - Remember that refrain from many years ago? Well, back on May 10 ­12, 2002, an energetic committee from Guelph organized a 100th anniversary party for....   Read more...

The Snowbird Annual Plan
Posted date : Apr 06, 2007.
The Snowbird Annual Plan - We all know that snowbirds are special people. They are more active, more curious, more adventurous, friendlier and they certainly travel more than mo....   Read more...

Executive Director's Report Issue 43
Posted date : Apr 06, 2007.
Executive Director's Report Issue 43 - Life around CSA's head office has been extremely busy this past spring and summer. With the CSA presentations for submission before the Romanow Commis....   Read more...

President's Message Issue 43
Posted date : Apr 06, 2007.
President's Message Issue 43 - In addition to a gavel, I think that the CSA should provide a pair of roller skates to every new director of the association. As a "snowbird," or "win....   Read more...

Letter from the Editor Issue 43
Posted date : Apr 06, 2007.
Acupuncture - Ancient Alternative to Modern Medicine RV Parks - Despite Appearances there is a Difference Staying In Touch - A CSA Online Success Story Letter from the Editor Issue 43 - We have all watched in frustration, over the past number of years, as the Provincial Governments have slowly eroded our Canadian medical care system a....   Read more...

CSA AGM Notice 2003
Posted date : Apr 06, 2007.
CSA AGM Notice 2003 - CANADIAN SNOWBIRD ASSOCIATION INC.(A Corporation without Share Capital under Part II of THECANADA BUSINESS CORPORATIONS ACT)andCANADIAN SNOWBIRD ASSOC....   Read more...

Why Don't They Do Something About It?
Posted date : Apr 06, 2007.
Why Don't They Do Something About It? - How many times have you heard that said? And who are 'they' anyway?Usually 'they' refers to people in authority or with actual or perceived influence,....   Read more...

Staying In Touch
Posted date : Apr 06, 2007.
Staying In Touch - "Of course you can do it," I told my mother who, at age 82, was very doubtful that the computer would become her friend. Every year, my husband and I ....   Read more...

RV Park Style
Posted date : Apr 06, 2007.
RV Park Style - That is a question many snowbirds and RV park residents are asking in light of Florida's newest legislative changes. And, it's one that Florida legisl....   Read more...

Government Relations Report Issue 43
Posted date : Apr 06, 2007.
Government Relations Report Issue 43 - There's never really a "restful" time for members of the CSA board of directors. When we're in our winter homes, we are quite busy with our Annual Gen....   Read more...

Acupuncture
Posted date : Apr 06, 2007.
Acupuncture - The Chinese healing art of acupuncture is a system of a number of medical treatments that are thousands of years old. Some authorities maintain that a....   Read more...

History of Words
Posted date : Apr 05, 2007.
History of Words - In Scotland, a new game was invented. It was entitled Gentlemen Only Ladies Forbidden...and thus the word GOLF entered into the English language. In S....   Read more...

Did you know...?
Posted date : Apr 05, 2007.
Did you know...? - More than 50% of the people in the world have never made or received a telephone call.People say "Bless You" when you sneeze because when you sneeze y....   Read more...

Rose's Favorite Food
Posted date : Apr 05, 2007.
Rose's Favorite Food - Want your roses to be happy and well nourished? Try burying an old brown banana at the base of your rose bush. Throughout the season, place peels on t....   Read more...

Slugs and Snails
Posted date : Apr 05, 2007.
Slugs and Snails - Are these pesky creepy crawlers infiltrating your garden?Try these "home made" methods for keeping the population down.Wood Ashes! Snails and Slugs ha....   Read more...

Flower Power
Posted date : Apr 05, 2007.
Flower Power - In order to extend the life of cut flowers, try adding Listerine mouthwash to the water. The ratio should be about 2 ounces of mouthwash to 1 gallon o....   Read more...

Mosquito Season
Posted date : Apr 05, 2007.
Mosquito Season - Want to keep the mosquito population down this year? Even more important than ever with the presence of the "west nile virus". Add Olive oil to stagna....   Read more...

Love is...?
Posted date : Apr 05, 2007.
Love is...? - From the mouths of babes...A group of professional people posed this question to a group of 4 to 8 year olds, "What does love mean?" The answers they ....   Read more...

Vacation Planning
Posted date : Apr 05, 2007.
Vacation Planning - A couple was relating their vacation experience to a friend."It sounds as if you had a great time in Florida," the friend observed."But didn't you tel....   Read more...

Doctor's Office
Posted date : Apr 05, 2007.
Doctor's Office - A doctor met a patient in the hall. Wanting to know if the patient was on his way to therapy, the doctor asked, "Are you coming or going?"The patient ....   Read more...

On the Road
Posted date : Apr 05, 2007.
On the Road - I left Florida heading toward the Canadian border, when I decided to stop at a comfort station. The first stall was occupied, so I went to the second ....   Read more...

Fraud Safety Precaution
Posted date : Apr 05, 2007.
Fraud Safety Precaution - Dear Bird Talk,A SAFETY PRECAUTIONPlace the contents of your wallet on a photocopy machine, do both sides of each licence, credit card, etc. You will ....   Read more...

Coming Back Across the Border, AGRRR!
Posted date : Apr 05, 2007.
Coming Back Across the Border, AGRRR! - Dear Bird Talk,Up to now, we have been reluctant to join your group, preferring to stay on the sidelines, but our recent return to Canada has forced a....   Read more...

Your Favourite Volunteers
Posted date : Apr 05, 2007.
Your Favourite Volunteers - Dear Bird Talk, Thank you, CSA members and non-members from Canada and Florida, who recently voted us "Your Favourite Volunteers."When Medipac invited....   Read more...

Feeling Faint. Possible Stroke or TIA? Sitting Up Is Right!!
Posted date : Apr 05, 2007.
Feeling Faint. Possible Stroke or TIA? Sitting Up Is Right!! - This one really surprised us! Our instinctive reaction with any illness is to have the "patient" lie down and rest to see if it will pass. Wrong!Feeli....   Read more...

Drug Runners?
Posted date : Apr 05, 2007.
Drug Runners? - Every snowbird, really, falls in to this category and there is a lot of confusion on the part of border guards as to the various regulations. A US ci....   Read more...

More on Passports
Posted date : Apr 05, 2007.
More on Passports - The crossing of the US border will be subject to much more scrutiny than in the past. The INS has been given funding to hire up to 30,000 new employee....   Read more...

Dangerous Air Bags
Posted date : Apr 05, 2007.
Dangerous Air Bags - A recent public warning was issued in Ontario and Quebec on the dangers of REBUILT air bags that were replaced in vehicles in 1998 or later. If you ha....   Read more...

Weight Loss: At What Price?
Posted date : Apr 05, 2007.
Weight Loss: At What Price? - The Mayo Clinic Health Letter recently reported that approximately 60 million Americans use over-the-counter herbal supplements. But, despite their po....   Read more...

Glucosamine Improves Ostearthritis Symptoms
Posted date : Apr 05, 2007.
Glucosamine Improves Ostearthritis Symptoms - A recent study tested 212 patients suffering from osteoarthritis, over a three-year period, to determine the effects of ingesting a glucosamine supple....   Read more...

New Parkinson's Medication Available
Posted date : Apr 05, 2007.
New Parkinson's Medication Available - Comtan, a medication for the treatment of Parkinson's disease, is now available in Canada. Ask your doctor if it may be beneficial for you.....   Read more...

Tea: It's Good For Yor Heart
Posted date : Apr 05, 2007.
Tea: It's Good For Yor Heart - A recent study published in the American Heart Association's Journal reported that tea consumption was linked to lower death rates for Heart Attack su....   Read more...

The Web: That's Entertainment!
Posted date : Apr 05, 2007.
The Web: That's Entertainment! - We have all surfed from site to site and viewed countless pages of information that we have used. Have we tried using our computers as a new platform ....   Read more...

The Royal Book of Lists
Posted date : Apr 05, 2007.
The Royal Book of Lists - For that monarchist on your gift list, here is the perfect book to commemorate the Golden Jubilee year of Queen Elizabeth II. The Royal Book of Lists ....   Read more...

Canada Clubs! Issue 42
Posted date : Apr 05, 2007.
Canada Clubs! Issue 42 - If a picture says a thousand words, I have already exceeded my quota for this issue of the CSA News. That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed my visits a....   Read more...

From the Desk of Don Slinger Issue 42
Posted date : Apr 05, 2007.
From the Desk of Don Slinger Issue 42 - Common Sense lived a long life, but died of a heart attack on the brink of the millennium. No one really knows how old he was, since his birth records....   Read more...

Executive Director's Report Issue 42
Posted date : Apr 05, 2007.
Executive Director's Report Issue 42 - One of the most important pieces of work that the CSA will ever do to represent its constituency began in early April this year, and was the direct re....   Read more...

Government Relations Report Issue 42
Posted date : Apr 05, 2007.
Government Relations Report Issue 42 - It's good to be back ­ as much as we all enjoy escaping the cold, there is no place like home. I hope you all had a safe and healthy winter. As you a....   Read more...

The Real Insurance Expert?� Our Client
Posted date : Apr 05, 2007.
The Real Insurance Expert?� Our Client - In our July 2001 issue of CSANews, our annual survey asked you to give us comments and suggestions to improve the Medipac Travel Insurance Program. Ou....   Read more...

President's Message Issue 42
Posted date : Apr 05, 2007.
President's Message Issue 42 - Members of the Canadian Snowbird Association, I can think of no better way to start my first president's report than with a heartfelt thank you. I am ....   Read more...

Letter from the Editor Issue 42
Posted date : Apr 05, 2007.
Life after Work: Changing careers after Retirement President's Award: CSA Members Honoured Letter from the Editor Issue 42 - From the CSA's humble beginnings in Lakeland, Florida in March of 1992, an exciting decade of action followed. Hard work, along with the dedication of....   Read more...

Closer Connection Exception Form
Posted date : Apr 05, 2007.
Closer Connection Exception Form - The I.R.S. Form 8840 is required, on an annual basis, by persons who claim that, in spite of meeting the "Substantial Presence Test" regarding time sp....   Read more...

CSA AGM 2002
Posted date : Apr 05, 2007.
CSA AGM 2002 - The Old Order Changeth... On January 30, 2002, the Canadian Snowbird Association held its 10th annual meeting in Lakeland, Florida. President Bob Jack....   Read more...

You can make a difference
Posted date : Apr 05, 2007.
You can make a difference - In the fall 2001 issue of CSA News, editor Ross Quigley noted that the outpouring of kindness, selflessness and caring following the events of Sept. 1....   Read more...

Your Vehicle and Summer Travel
Posted date : Apr 05, 2007.
Your Vehicle and Summer Travel - Summer travel season will soon be upon us. Many will take advantage of the warmer weather and good road conditions and embark on another fun-filled ho....   Read more...

CSA's 10th Anniversary
Posted date : Apr 05, 2007.
CSA's 10th Anniversary - CANADIAN SNOWBIRD ASSOCIATIONA Decade of Action1992: 1,055 Canadians meet to discuss and formulate the establishment of a grassroots association repre....   Read more...

President's Awards
Posted date : Apr 05, 2007.
President's Awards - Throughout the years, the Canadian Snowbird Association has been fortunate to work with a team of volunteers who have given unselfishly of their time ....   Read more...

Revitalizing After Retirement
Posted date : Apr 05, 2007.
Revitalizing After Retirement - What do you really want now that you've retired? Is it the chance to fulfil your travel dreams? Is it time to volunteer for causes that you're passion....   Read more...

New Area Codes for Mexico
Posted date : Apr 03, 2007.
New Area Codes for Mexico - For those of you who travel to, or winter in Mexico, as of November 17, 2001 they have changed all of their telephone area codes.For information about....   Read more...

Did You Know...?
Posted date : Apr 03, 2007.
Did You Know...? - In the 1940s, the FCC assigned television's Channel 1 to mobile services (two-way radios in taxicabs, for instance), but did not renumber the other ch....   Read more...

Texas Deals
Posted date : Apr 03, 2007.
Texas Deals - The Texas department of economic development has once again put out their publication "Buckaroo Bucks," which provides Texas-sized savings for Canadia....   Read more...

Inter-State Updates
Posted date : Apr 03, 2007.
Inter-State Updates - General Advisory: any major bridge or tunnel on your route to the south may, from time to time, be subject to traffic control by the National Guard, f....   Read more...

The Two Dollar Tryst
Posted date : Apr 03, 2007.
The Two Dollar Tryst - An older couple dropped into a doctor's office and asked him if he could watch then make love. The doctor was somewhat puzzled but agreed to watch. Af....   Read more...

A Brief Histroy in Medicine
Posted date : Apr 03, 2007.
A Brief Histroy in Medicine - The practice of medicine has dramatically evolved over the years. These are the treatments for a common earache that have been recommended by "practit....   Read more...

Just a Thought...Or Six
Posted date : Apr 03, 2007.
Just a Thought...Or Six - A truly happy snowbird is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.Living on Earth is expensive, but it does include a free trip around the sun.Birth....   Read more...

Believe It or Not
Posted date : Apr 03, 2007.
Believe It or Not - The following transcript was found on the Internet of an alleged conversation between a US naval ship and the Canadian authorities off Newfoundland in....   Read more...

Water Wars
Posted date : Apr 03, 2007.
Water Wars - The big conglomerates are fighting tooth and nail to sell you their brand of water. We thought it might be helpful to review some of our previous comm....   Read more...

Better Sleep Habits
Posted date : Apr 03, 2007.
Better Sleep Habits - No matter the cause of insomnia, sleepless nights often lead to poor "sleep hygiene". In some cases, simple changes in your daily and nightly habits m....   Read more...

Exercise: The Confidence Builder
Posted date : Apr 03, 2007.
Exercise: The Confidence Builder - In a new study, older adults who exercised three times a week not only became more fit, they perceived themselves as stronger and more attractive, and....   Read more...

Know What You're Taking!
Posted date : Apr 03, 2007.
Know What You're Taking! - Have you ever left your doctor's office with a prescription and not known why it was given to you?Too often, the focus of the appointment is on the co....   Read more...

Bermuda: A style All Its Own
Posted date : Apr 03, 2007.
Bermuda: A style All Its Own - Bermuda is the epitome of a luxury retirement destination. The island holds all the excitement and seduction of a Caribbean island and combines it wit....   Read more...

CANPASS Clarification
Posted date : Apr 03, 2007.
CANPASS Clarification - Paul Jenkins, CSA's vice-president, advised us that there has been some misunderstanding of the CANPASS program.CANPASS is a photo identification card....   Read more...

Spain Canada Club!?
Posted date : Apr 03, 2007.
Spain Canada Club!? - Dear Bird Talk,Thank you for your recent article on Barcelona! My wife and I are transatlantic snowbirds and hibernate in Spain. Our nest is in Oliva ....   Read more...

Standard General Election Date
Posted date : Apr 03, 2007.
Standard General Election Date - Dear Bird Talk,Am I missing something here, or are you and some CSA members spending too much time in the United States and thus losing touch with our....   Read more...

Auto Insurance: How Much is Enough?
Posted date : Apr 03, 2007.
Auto Insurance: How Much is Enough? - Dear Bird Talk,When renewing my automobile insurance, the agent recommended that anyone travelling south should carry five million dollars of liabilit....   Read more...

Quebec Passport Changes
Posted date : Apr 03, 2007.
Quebec Passport Changes - Effective immediately, the province of Quebec will no longer accept birth certificates, issued prior to 1994, as valid proof of identity to obtain a p....   Read more...

Nitrates and Viagara: Deadly Combination?
Posted date : Apr 03, 2007.
Nitrates and Viagara: Deadly Combination? - A new study confirms that you shouldn't take nitrate medications, such as the heart drug nitroglycerin, in combination with the impotence drug sildena....   Read more...

Herbs and Drugs a Risky Mix
Posted date : Apr 03, 2007.
Herbs and Drugs a Risky Mix - One of the most serious herb-drug complications occurs when warfarin ­ an anticoagulant with a narrow dosage range that is often prescribed to preven....   Read more...

Arresting Cardiac Arrest
Posted date : Apr 03, 2007.
Arresting Cardiac Arrest - In the US, the national resuscitation rate of a person suffering a cardiac arrest is a very low 3-5%, primarily because a cardiac defibrillator is not....   Read more...

Fotheringham's Fictionary of Facts & Follies
Posted date : Apr 03, 2007.
Fotheringham's Fictionary of Facts & Follies - In these days of anthrax anxiety, post-terrorist trauma and hyper-jingoistic patriotism, we are all in dire need of a subversive chuckle. Just in time....   Read more...

Do CEOs Live Longer than You Do?
Posted date : Apr 03, 2007.
Do CEOs Live Longer than You Do? - Despite their stress and hectic lifestyles, CEOs of corporations are known to live longer than the general population. This is thought to be due to th....   Read more...

Shopping Online for Gifts!
Posted date : Apr 03, 2007.
Shopping Online for Gifts! - By the time you read this column, I will have finished my Christmas shopping and already decorated our home to celebrate the year's most important hol....   Read more...

Car Service You Can Trust
Posted date : Apr 03, 2007.
Car Service You Can Trust - Does the thought of getting your car repaired make you cringe, because you're never really satisfied with the quality of repair service?If so, you're ....   Read more...

Hedging the Dollar
Posted date : Apr 03, 2007.
Hedging the Dollar - Things have changed financially for Canadian snowbirds as at no time we have ever seen in the past. The Canadian dollar hit a record historical low ag....   Read more...

From the Desk of Don Slinger Issue 41
Posted date : Apr 03, 2007.
From the Desk of Don Slinger Issue 41 - Hi Folks!If there was ever a more appropriate time to publish the following poem, I can't think of one. With Armistice Day just past and September 11t....   Read more...

90% of Snowbirds Not Intimidated by Terrorism
Posted date : Apr 03, 2007.
90% of Snowbirds Not Intimidated by Terrorism - I am impressed with the courage of Canadian Snowbirds! According to a survey conducted in late September and early October of U.S. winter travellers, ....   Read more...

Executive Director's Report
Posted date : Apr 03, 2007.
Executive Director's Report - This past fall, both the U.S. and Canadian media constantly and strongly queried us as to whether snowbirds still planned to head south following ....   Read more...

Government Relations Report Issue 41
Posted date : Apr 03, 2007.
Government Relations Report Issue 41 - On November 8, 2001, a delegation from the Canadian Snowbird Association was invited to attend and present at the Standing Senate Committee on Social ....   Read more...

Pre-ex Clauses Look the Same: But They're NOT!
Posted date : Apr 03, 2007.
Pre-ex Clauses Look the Same: But They're NOT! - "I am annoyed at Mr. Quigley's defense of Medipac Travel Insurance each year. Prior to our trip each year I check rates and Medipac are never, repeat ....   Read more...

President’s Message Issue 41
Posted date : Apr 03, 2007.
President’s Message Issue 41 - What a ride it's been!!This is going into my 10th year on the CSA board of directors and, for the past four years, I have had the honour of being pres....   Read more...

Letter from the Editor Issue 41
Posted date : Apr 03, 2007.
Bob Jackson Tribute Dear Mr. Romanow Delta Flight 15 Letter from the Editor Issue 41 - I still remember my first experience with a "summer" Christmas ­ what a strange feeling. The whole family was in Florida, basking in the hot sun, and....   Read more...

CSA AGM Notice 2002
Posted date : Apr 03, 2007.
CSA AGM Notice 2002 - CANADIAN SNOWBIRD ASSOCIATION ANNUAL GENERAL MEETINGCANADIAN SNOWBIRD ASSOCIATION INC.(A Corporation without Share Capital under Part II of THE CANADA....   Read more...

CSA Board - Directors at Large
Posted date : Apr 03, 2007.
CSA Board - Directors at Large - On January 30, 2002, the Canadian Snowbird Association's acclaimed nominated slate will be inaugurated as its Board of Directors for the 2002-2004. Th....   Read more...

Introducing Your New CSA Board of Directors
Posted date : Apr 03, 2007.
Introducing Your New CSA Board of Directors - On January 30, 2002, the Canadian Snowbird Association's acclaimed nominated slate will be inaugurated as its Board of Directors for the 2002-2004. Th....   Read more...

Farewell to our Retiring Board Members
Posted date : Apr 03, 2007.
Farewell to our Retiring Board Members - With the upcoming inauguration of the new Board of Directors, we must sadly bid farewell to some visionaries who helped make the CSA what it is today.....   Read more...

Delta Airlines ­Flight 15
Posted date : Apr 03, 2007.
Delta Airlines ­Flight 15 - This is a moving first-hand account of a Delta airlines flight attendant on board Delta Flight 15, which was diverted to Gander, Newfoundland on Septe....   Read more...

Counting Alligator Teeth
Posted date : Apr 03, 2007.
Counting Alligator Teeth - Did you know that two out of five Florida swamp alligators have bad breath? They do...and I should know since I've been surrounded by them and within ....   Read more...

An Open Letter to Commissioner Roy Romanow
Posted date : Apr 03, 2007.
An Open Letter to Commissioner Roy Romanow - On April 4, 2001, Prime Minister Jean Chretien and Health Minister Allan Rock announced the Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada. Within ....   Read more...

Bob Jackson: A President's President
Posted date : Apr 03, 2007.
Bob Jackson: A President's President - If ever there was a person to live by the words honesty and integrity, that man is Bob Jackson.On January 30, 2002, the Canadian Snowbird Association ....   Read more...

Jump Start Your Heart
Posted date : Apr 01, 2007.
Jump Start Your Heart - The American Heart Association reports that the national resuscitation rate from a heart attack is only 2 to 5 percent ­ in large part because defibr....   Read more...

Compare Apples to Oranges
Posted date : Apr 01, 2007.
Compare Apples to Oranges - Orange juice has 50 times more vitamin C, 170 % more folic acid, and 1 and a half times more potassium than apple juice.....   Read more...

Poultry Poison
Posted date : Apr 01, 2007.
Poultry Poison - More than half of the poultry in Canada is contaminated by Salmonella bacteria ­ which can cause diarrhea, vomiting, fever, and sometimes death! A re....   Read more...

Cutting Back on the Cutting Board Germs
Posted date : Apr 01, 2007.
Cutting Back on the Cutting Board Germs - ROCHESTER, MINN. ­ A few common-sense, cutting-board rules can reduce the risk of contaminating the foods you prepare and eat, according to the Augus....   Read more...

Did You Know...?
Posted date : Apr 01, 2007.
Did You Know...? - There are no words in the dictionary that rhyme with orange, purple, and month.The only word in the English language that has four sets of double lett....   Read more...

Judgement Day
Posted date : Apr 01, 2007.
Judgement Day - A father, a lawyer and an HMO (Health Maintenance Organization) President all died and went to the pearly gates to receive their judgment."So," Saint ....   Read more...

Puzzled Parrot
Posted date : Apr 01, 2007.
Puzzled Parrot - A magician worked on a cruise ship in the Caribbean. The audience was different each week, so this allowed the magician to do the same tricks over and....   Read more...

NASA Oop!
Posted date : Apr 01, 2007.
NASA Oop! - When NASA first started sending up astronauts, they quickly discovered that ballpoint pens would not work in zero gravity. To overcome this obstacle, ....   Read more...

Fun and Games Issue 40
Posted date : Apr 01, 2007.
Fun and Games Issue 40 - Can you solve these puzzles? Each conveys a well-known saying, person, place or thing.Answers   1. Ace in the hole   2. Step broth....   Read more...

Barcelona: Built on Beauty
Posted date : Apr 01, 2007.
Barcelona: Built on Beauty - Spain is legendary throughout history for its beautiful and passionate Flamenco dancers, matadors, Latin lovers and its incredible countryside, which ....   Read more...

Advanced tickets
Posted date : Apr 01, 2007.
Advanced tickets - Dear Bird Talk,I just had to write to express my deep disappointment with the C.S.A.Every year we look forward to attending the Snowbird Extravaganza ....   Read more...

Standard Election Dates
Posted date : Apr 01, 2007.
Standard Election Dates - Dear Bird Talk,Your Spring Issue 38 makes reference to voting problems experienced by our CSA members in November 2000.I have a degree of understandin....   Read more...

CSANews: Fast Facts
Posted date : Apr 01, 2007.
CSANews: Fast Facts - Dear Bird Talk,The item: "Canada Trust MasterCard (travel medical insurance) Bites The Dust," based on the information I have, is only partly true. Th....   Read more...

Causeway Collapse in Texas
Posted date : Apr 01, 2007.
Causeway Collapse in Texas - The death toll is now four, after four loaded barges slammed into the state's longest bridge, the Queen Isabella Causeway, early this morning. Three o....   Read more...

Phone Crooks
Posted date : Apr 01, 2007.
Phone Crooks - AT&T has recently released a fraud warning for area code (809). Calls to this area code are billable in the same manner as the (900) area code, th....   Read more...

Move While You're on the Move
Posted date : Apr 01, 2007.
Move While You're on the Move - Long-distance travelling often means hours sitting in a cramped position. The result can be formation of blood clots in the legs, a condition called d....   Read more...

A Little Knowledge Can Be A Dangerous Thing!!!
Posted date : Apr 01, 2007.
A Little Knowledge Can Be A Dangerous Thing!!! - I've been working in the computer industry for 20 years and have seen, and been a part of, the introduction of mini-computers, personal computers and ....   Read more...

Star Wars Technology Can Add Years to Your Life
Posted date : Apr 01, 2007.
Star Wars Technology Can Add Years to Your Life - When I was in medical school 20 years ago, I was taught that patients came to see their physician once they felt sick. Patients would go to the doctor....   Read more...

Beyond Coping -Widows Reinventing their Lives
Posted date : Apr 01, 2007.
Beyond Coping -Widows Reinventing their Lives - Beyond Coping is more than a good read, and it's not just for widows. Neither the editors nor the 20 remarkable women who shared their experiences are....   Read more...

Bearing Up in Bad Times
Posted date : Apr 01, 2007.
Bearing Up in Bad Times - No one could have anticipated the $5 trillion U.S+ drop in equity markets, the massive drop in interest rates and GIC returns, and the horror of the b....   Read more...

Care Care
Posted date : Apr 01, 2007.
Care Care - The purchase of a car is one of the major purchases you make in your life. It may not be a living thing, but if you want to ensure it a long life, you....   Read more...

Canada Clubs! Issue 40
Posted date : Apr 01, 2007.
Canada Clubs! Issue 40 - Canadian Society of St. Petersburg: Pic 1It was a beautiful day for a picnic at Fort DeSoto Park in St. Petersburg, FL last March and these gals took ....   Read more...

CSANews Visits With...
Posted date : Apr 01, 2007.
CSANews Visits With... - Last winter was a busy one! I spent a lot of time visiting various social events throughout Florida on behalf of the CSA and Medipac International. It....   Read more...

From the Desk of Don Slinger Issue 40
Posted date : Apr 01, 2007.
From the Desk of Don Slinger Issue 40 - HI FOLKS!Beth and I hope that the especially hot summer didn't cause anyone of our gang too much discomfort.We had a pleasant surprise this summer whe....   Read more...

Executive Director's Report Issue 40
Posted date : Apr 01, 2007.
Executive Director's Report Issue 40 - Last month, I attended a very insightful three-day international conference on Technology and Aging, the first of its kind. You may ask why was I repr....   Read more...

Your Rates are Too High!
Posted date : Apr 01, 2007.
Your Rates are Too High! - We have received several letters from people who received Medipac's Travel Insurance Package and they all had a similar, and all too familiar, complai....   Read more...

Government Relations Report Issue 40
Posted date : Apr 01, 2007.
Government Relations Report Issue 40 - We have already met with provincial ministers in Ontario and have meetings confirmed for Manitoba. We are rescheduling our meeting in Prince Edward Is....   Read more...

President’s Message Issue 40
Posted date : Apr 01, 2007.
President’s Message Issue 40 - Tuesday, September 11, 2001 was a sombre and painful wake-up call for us all. For those of us who are able to remember the chilling war years, Tuesday....   Read more...

Letter from the Editor Issue 40
Posted date : Apr 01, 2007.
The New Border A Legend "Earl Warren" Elder Abuse Letter from the Editor Issue 40 - Sometimes, an event occurs that has the potential to change our entire world. The unbelievable destruction we witnessed on September 11 is now part of....   Read more...

Elder Abuse
Posted date : Apr 01, 2007.
Elder Abuse - When Dr. Elizabeth Podnieks, a Toronto nurse educator, first began taking her students into hospitals, she realized that older people were not being t....   Read more...

Broadcast Legend: Celebrating 50 Years on Radio
Posted date : Apr 01, 2007.
Broadcast Legend: Celebrating 50 Years on Radio - Sitting around the dining-room table in his compact Toronto bungalow, veteran broadcaster Earl Warren suddenly surprises me with a secret wish. If he ....   Read more...

Stop and Smell the Roses
Posted date : Apr 01, 2007.
Stop and Smell the Roses - The view was breathtaking! Below us lay a luxurious forest, rolling fields, a sparkling river, and so many colours that an artist's palette pales in c....   Read more...

Preparing for This Year's Border Crossing
Posted date : Apr 01, 2007.
Preparing for This Year's Border Crossing - At the time of this update, the turmoil in the U.S. is still painfully fresh and there has been much discussion about our shared border. As many of yo....   Read more...

In Memoriam: Derek Morrison
Posted date : Mar 09, 2007.
In Memoriam: Derek Morrison - Medipac International and the Canadian Snowbird Association lost a close friend and colleague last month. We are sad to share the sombre news with rea....   Read more...

Of Interest to Snowbirds
Posted date : Mar 09, 2007.
Of Interest to Snowbirds - A quick glance at info and news of interest to snowbirdsARE YOU ON THE INTERNETThirteen million Canadians used the Internet in 2000 (53 per cent), up ....   Read more...

Why you need Adobe Acrobat Reader.
Posted date : Mar 09, 2007.
Why you need Adobe Acrobat Reader. - There is no doubt that if you are an Internet user, you have come across a need for Acrobat Reader to view information you have downloaded. The Reader....   Read more...

Fun and Games Issue 39
Posted date : Mar 09, 2007.
Fun and Games Issue 39 - Can you solve these puzzles? Each conveys a well-known saying, person, place or thing. Some puzzles on this page have been adapted from Challen....   Read more...

Delivery Service
Posted date : Mar 09, 2007.
Delivery Service - One day, a cat dies of natural causes and goes to heaven. Greeting him the Lord says, "You've lived a good life. If there is any way I can make your s....   Read more...

Fast Gas
Posted date : Mar 09, 2007.
Fast Gas - Two gas company servicemen, a senior training supervisor and a young trainee, were out checking meters in a suburban neighbourhood. They parked their ....   Read more...

Fit to Be Tied ­Ontario's Murderous Past
Posted date : Mar 09, 2007.
Fit to Be Tied ­Ontario's Murderous Past - Contrary to popular opinion, Canadian history need not be boring! Two pithy collections of tales about our past have recently been released, and they ....   Read more...

Beware of OHIP Coverage when Travelling
Posted date : Mar 09, 2007.
Beware of OHIP Coverage when Travelling - Dear Bird Talk:I hope you will consider alerting other snowbirds to a terrible experience we had down south this winter.My friend was not feeling well....   Read more...

Telephone Bills
Posted date : Mar 09, 2007.
Telephone Bills - Dear Bird Talk:I owe you a big thank you. Two years ago, AT&T was my long-distance server in Florida. They advertised 7cents a minute, and I was c....   Read more...

Email Machine
Posted date : Mar 09, 2007.
Email Machine - Dear Bird Talk,Last winter while in Panama City Beach, I purchased an e-mail machine. This machine is for sending and receiving e-mails only. I found ....   Read more...

CSA AGM Notice 2002
Posted date : Mar 09, 2007.
CSA AGM Notice 2002 - CANADIAN SNOWBIRD ASSOCIATION INC.(A Corporation without Share Capital under Part II ofTHE CANADA BUSINESS CORPORATIONS ACT)andCANADIAN SNOWBIRD ASSOC....   Read more...

Good News Update: Jack Perry
Posted date : Mar 09, 2007.
Good News Update: Jack Perry - We are thrilled to report that past president Jack Parry is on the road to recovery following his recent bout with prostate cancer. After extensive tr....   Read more...

Do not press 90#!
Posted date : Mar 09, 2007.
Do not press 90#! - Do NOT press 90# on your home phone. A person identifying himself as an AT&T service technician conducting a test on our telephone line called a f....   Read more...

From the Desk of Don Slinger Issue 30
Posted date : Mar 09, 2007.
From the Desk of Don Slinger Issue 30 - HI FOLKS!A history lesson is about to unfold. We can entitle it "You Never Know Who Might Need You Today."His name was Fleming and he was a poor Scott....   Read more...

Bear Proofing Your Future
Posted date : Mar 09, 2007.
Bear Proofing Your Future - Over the years, we have heard all the cliches about investment strategy, such as asset allocation, diversification, buy & hold, etc.We now know th....   Read more...

Executive Director's Report Issue 39
Posted date : Mar 09, 2007.
Executive Director's Report Issue 39 - The lazy hot days of late summer may be here, but your CSA board and staff are very busy working on various projects that will strengthen our associat....   Read more...

You Are Far Too Nice!
Posted date : Mar 09, 2007.
You Are Far Too Nice! - When you called this toll-free number 1-877-633-4722, to order the CSA table placemats for that pot-luck dinner, picnic, Canada Day, sports tournament....   Read more...

Your Thoughts and Questions Answered
Posted date : Mar 09, 2007.
Your Thoughts and Questions Answered - I recently received a very thoughtful letter from a retired actuary who had worked for many years in the Canadian insurance industry. He made several ....   Read more...

President’s Message Issue 39
Posted date : Mar 09, 2007.
President’s Message Issue 39 - It has always been a strong belief of mine, that those who volunteer their time to further or enhance the work of any cause should be recognized. The ....   Read more...

Letter from the Editor Issue 39
Posted date : Mar 09, 2007.
Simpler Border Crossing? Adventures on the High Seas Who We Really Are: The Survey Says... Letter from the Editor Issue 39 - Where has our summer gone? The days seem to just slip by so quickly and effortlessly. I managed to play one game of golf, read one book, went to the c....   Read more...

Introducing Places to Retire Inc.
Posted date : Mar 09, 2007.
Introducing Places to Retire Inc. - Places to Retire Inc. has emerged as a retirement destination expert. Led by Karen Schellinck, the president and CEO, the company has grown from stren....   Read more...

And the Survey Says...2001
Posted date : Mar 09, 2007.
And the Survey Says...2001 - Amazing! CSA members are the most dedicated and committed people we have ever seen in any organization. Thousands of you took the time to respond to o....   Read more...

CSA Board - Directors at Large
Posted date : Mar 09, 2007.
CSA Board - Directors at Large - Pic 1:Jacques André GrattonQuebec/FloridaPresident, Alphonse Gratton IncPresident, A.G. ConstructionLong-time (30-year) snowbirdActive member, St. Ma....   Read more...

Nominated Slate for 2002-2004 Board of Directors
Posted date : Mar 09, 2007.
Nominated Slate for 2002-2004 Board of Directors - The following candidates have been selected by the CSA Nominating Committee as the individuals recommended to form CSA's next board of directors.Pic 1....   Read more...

Adventure on the high seas!
Posted date : Mar 09, 2007.
Adventure on the high seas! - Have you ever had a desire to do something . . . a desire that was so strong you knew that if you ever achieved it, it would touch you for the rest of....   Read more...

Border Relief?
Posted date : Mar 09, 2007.
Border Relief? - Hope comes in the form of an announcement that a joint study group will look at how to open the borders and create more of a North American community.....   Read more...

Government Relations Report Issue 39
Posted date : Mar 09, 2007.
Government Relations Report Issue 39 - Travellers Bill of RightsOn May 31, 2001, the Canadian Snowbird Association had a truly groundbreaking day. Key representatives of our association met....   Read more...

Closer Connection Exception Form
Posted date : Mar 08, 2007.
Closer Connection Exception Form - The IRS form 8840 is required, on an annual basis, by persons who claim that, in spite of meeting the "Substantial Presence Test" as to presence in th....   Read more...

Bug Off!
Posted date : Mar 08, 2007.
Bug Off! - With the warm summer months fast approaching, so are the summer bugs. When the bugs start to really bug you, here are a few tips to keep them away:To ....   Read more...

Pot Bellies
Posted date : Mar 08, 2007.
Pot Bellies - According to the Mayo Clinic's Women's Health Source abdominal exercises will do nothing to flatten your stomach. Those "crunches" that we see adverti....   Read more...

Health Care Costs
Posted date : Mar 08, 2007.
Health Care Costs - Osteoporosis, a disease which affects 1.4 million Canadians, primarily women over the age of 50, is the cause of approximately 100,000 bone fractures ....   Read more...

Walking: More than Just Exercise
Posted date : Mar 08, 2007.
Walking: More than Just Exercise - We all know that walking is good exercise and helps to burn off those extra calories but there are lots of other health benefits, as well. It has long....   Read more...

Medical Screening - It's Common Sense
Posted date : Mar 08, 2007.
Medical Screening - It's Common Sense - It just makes sense. Medical sense, Cost sense, Peace of Mind sense and Common sense. It is pretty obvious that if your doctor can find an illness or ....   Read more...

Instant Messenger - More than just e-mail!
Posted date : Mar 08, 2007.
Instant Messenger - More than just e-mail! - If you've ever waited hours or days for someone to respond to e-mail messages, you might benefit from using an Instant Messenger (IM). An IM is a prog....   Read more...

The Encyclopaedia of Health and Aging
Posted date : Mar 08, 2007.
The Encyclopaedia of Health and Aging - To those of us of a certain age, parenthood was accompanied by a well-worn copy of Dr. Spock, with corners turned down at "Infant Crying," "Teething" ....   Read more...

This Was Sent to Me By...Oh, What's Her Name...
Posted date : Mar 08, 2007.
This Was Sent to Me By...Oh, What's Her Name... - Two ladies were sitting on a park bench in Miami enjoying the sunshine. They had been good friends for many years and both always looked forward to th....   Read more...

I am a Senior Citizen
Posted date : Mar 08, 2007.
I am a Senior Citizen - I am the life of the party, even when it lasts until 8:00 p.m. I am very good at opening child-proof caps with a hammer.I am usually interested in goi....   Read more...

Jokes
Posted date : Mar 08, 2007.
Jokes - What is the longest word in the dictionary?Smiles, there is a mile between the first and last letter.What word has the most letters?Post office or mai....   Read more...

CSA Annual General Meeting 2001
Posted date : Mar 08, 2007.
CSA Annual General Meeting 2001 - It was an historic occasion for the Canadian Snowbird Association. The Annual General Meeting (AGM), held during Extravaganza 2001 in Lakeland, Florid....   Read more...

Elections Canada
Posted date : Mar 08, 2007.
Elections Canada - Dear Bird Talk:Thank you for the wonderful show and meeting in Yuma, AZ. We get great joy in being updated on home after being away from our homeland ....   Read more...

Elections Canada
Posted date : Mar 08, 2007.
Elections Canada - Dear Bird Talk,As a snowbird going to Florida for five months each year we felt discriminated against in the federal election.We were in Florida when ....   Read more...

PSA Test
Posted date : Mar 08, 2007.
PSA Test - Dear Bird Talk:I have just received via snail mail the winter issue of CSA News. The article on Prostate Specific Antigen Test (PSA) is, in my opinion....   Read more...

Email Attacks
Posted date : Mar 08, 2007.
Email Attacks - We have all heard of computer viruses and they can be devastating to the information you have accumulated in your computer. Most viruses are spread th....   Read more...

When Enough is Enough
Posted date : Mar 08, 2007.
When Enough is Enough - A University of Miami study recently showed that the risk of heart attack increases fourfold within 1 to 2 hours following a heavy meal. Many doctors,....   Read more...

New Drug Therapies
Posted date : Mar 08, 2007.
New Drug Therapies - Two new drugs have recently become available in Canada that show substantially better results, and far fewer side effects, than traditional treatments....   Read more...

Health Hazard Alert
Posted date : Mar 08, 2007.
Health Hazard Alert - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency, in April 2001, issued a warning on Autumn Monkshood, a perennial plant that is, or was, available at nurseries in....   Read more...

From the Desk of Don Slinger Issue 38
Posted date : Mar 08, 2007.
From the Desk of Don Slinger Issue 38 - HI FOLKS!Well, our seventh Snowbird Extravaganza has come and gone. If you winter in Florida and you missed the show ­ too bad. Our new location and ....   Read more...

Executive Director's Report Issue 38
Posted date : Mar 08, 2007.
Executive Director's Report Issue 38 - Many members will miss the familiar and friendly voices of Elizabeth Duguay and Jean Thomson. Jean and Elizabeth worked very hard for you over the yea....   Read more...

The Evolution of Personal Finance Risk Management and Tax Efficiency
Posted date : Mar 08, 2007.
The Evolution of Personal Finance Risk Management and Tax Efficiency - In this current "bear market" environment, the primary concern for most retired Canadians should be the preservation of their capital and the maintena....   Read more...

You could have fooled me!
Posted date : Mar 08, 2007.
You could have fooled me! - There might be fewer of you Canadian snowbirds spending the winter in the sun belt, but boy, oh boy, are you active! So you could have fooled me--beca....   Read more...

Government Relations Report Issue 38
Posted date : Mar 08, 2007.
Government Relations Report Issue 38 - This past winter has been exceptionally busy for the entire CSA board of directors ­ and the government relations committee is still working overtime....   Read more...

Early Bird Issues
Posted date : Mar 08, 2007.
Early Bird Issues - Insurance companies hate to set premium rates without ALL the claims information from the previous year, and the year before, and the year before that....   Read more...

President's Message Issue 38
Posted date : Mar 08, 2007.
President's Message Issue 38 - It has been a very eventful winter for the Canadian Snowbird Association and I'm very proud of all that we've accomplished.In addition to the Snowbird....   Read more...

Letter from the Editor Issue 38
Posted date : Mar 08, 2007.
Member Survey The Real Mexico Snowbird Lifestyle Profile Letter from the Editor Issue 38 - "I love it when a plan comes together." This often-repeated statement comes from an old weekly TV series called "The A-Team." It was about a bunch of ....   Read more...

The Real Mexico
Posted date : Mar 08, 2007.
The Real Mexico - When you cross the ocean to visit the lands of Europe, Asia or Africa, there are expectations of a foreign language, different customs and strange foo....   Read more...

Perfect Models for the Snowbird Lifestyle: My Parents
Posted date : Mar 08, 2007.
Perfect Models for the Snowbird Lifestyle: My Parents - Until recently, my parents, Reg and Olive Hunter, wintered in Texas . . . or, to be more precise, just outside Harlingen at an RV park, about an hour ....   Read more...

Health & Lifestyle Options that May Improve Your Life
Posted date : Mar 07, 2007.
Health & Lifestyle Options that May Improve Your Life - We hope you enjoy our special feature Health Pulse a special section supported and researched by some of Canada's leading pharmaceutical manufacturers....   Read more...

Eggs!
Posted date : Mar 07, 2007.
Eggs! - Can't remember if an egg is fresh or hard-boiled? Just spin the egg. If it wobbles, it's raw. If it spins easily, it's hard-boiled. A fresh egg will s....   Read more...

Texas Tidbits
Posted date : Mar 07, 2007.
Texas Tidbits - This may come as no surprise to our Winter Texans, but did you know that the state dish of Texas is chili? According to Texas' Web site, President Lyn....   Read more...

Diet and Dental Care
Posted date : Mar 07, 2007.
Diet and Dental Care - There are some foods you'd never expect to cause tooth decay...it's not just the sweet stuff that you've warned your kids about. The bacteria in your ....   Read more...

Discount Booklets
Posted date : Mar 07, 2007.
Discount Booklets - Arizona Canadian Cactus Days Discount Program booklet, offering discounts on everything from accommodations, tours, restaurants, etc. Coupons (printed....   Read more...

'Tis the Season To Go Shopping
Posted date : Mar 07, 2007.
'Tis the Season To Go Shopping - Last Christmas, I placed an order online for some gifts for my kids, with an Internet book retailer who shall remain nameless and, in spite of assuran....   Read more...

The Merger, How Organized Crime is Taking Over Canada and the World
Posted date : Mar 07, 2007.
The Merger, How Organized Crime is Taking Over Canada and the World - The Merger is an engrossing, authoritative book, documenting how Canada along with the rest of the world, is falling prey to a new sophisticated brand....   Read more...

The Cost of Health Care...
Posted date : Mar 07, 2007.
The Cost of Health Care... - A man brought a very limp dog into the veterinary clinic. As he lay the dog on the table, the doctor pulled out his stethoscope, placing the receptor ....   Read more...

10% Withholding Tax on Property Sales
Posted date : Mar 07, 2007.
10% Withholding Tax on Property Sales - Dear Bird Talk;RE: Bird Talk Follow-Up on the Florida 10% withholding tax on property sales.In reference to the letter from R.A. Jobber in Issue 35, w....   Read more...

Winter Texans' Snowbird Extravaganza
Posted date : Mar 07, 2007.
Winter Texans' Snowbird Extravaganza - Dear Bird Talk: We are all aware that the letter "C" (as in C.S.A) stands for "CANADIAN", and as such I would like to comment on the remarks appearing....   Read more...

Cold Medicine Recall
Posted date : Mar 07, 2007.
Cold Medicine Recall - On Monday, Nov. 6, 2000, The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), followed by Health Canada, issued a health advisory warning that phenyl....   Read more...

From the Desk of Don Slinger Issue 37
Posted date : Mar 07, 2007.
From the Desk of Don Slinger Issue 37 - I am writing this column in the first week of November, while Beth is busy packing for our winter months in Florida.I can recall that we came to an ag....   Read more...

Executive Director's Report Issue 37
Posted date : Mar 07, 2007.
Executive Director's Report Issue 37 - Being associated with the Canadian Snowbird Association (CSA) for the past eight years, and having had the opportunity to serve as a board member, the....   Read more...

The New Tax World and the Retired Canadian
Posted date : Mar 07, 2007.
The New Tax World and the Retired Canadian - Federal and provincial budgets in 2000 have shown a dramatic turnaround in surpluses and tax reductions. For the retired Canadian, the implications fo....   Read more...

Placemats are Back!
Posted date : Mar 07, 2007.
Placemats are Back! - Last year, we provided a whopping 143,000 dinner-table placemats to Canadians and to our American friends wintering in the Sunbelt, and I'm happy to r....   Read more...

Government Relations Report Issue 37
Posted date : Mar 07, 2007.
Government Relations Report Issue 37 - Your CSA Government Relations Committee has been busy over the last few months, and we are happy to report some real progress for our efforts.CSA TRAV....   Read more...

A Little "Thank You" to Our Wonderful Staff
Posted date : Mar 07, 2007.
A Little "Thank You" to Our Wonderful Staff - In our last issue, I mentioned the many letters we receive, and I want to take a little time to give credit where credit is due. It is physically impo....   Read more...

President's Message Issue 37
Posted date : Mar 07, 2007.
President's Message Issue 37 - When an artist completes a painting or a sculpture, he or she has the luxury of taking a step back to appreciate the work that has gone into the makin....   Read more...

CSA AGM Notice 2001
Posted date : Mar 07, 2007.
CSA AGM Notice 2001 - NOTICE OF PROPOSED BY-LAW AMENDMENTSArticle XI of the Bylaws of Canadian Snowbird Association Inc. (A Canadian Corporation), and Article VIII of Canad....   Read more...

The PSA Controversy
Posted date : Mar 07, 2007.
The PSA Controversy - In Canada, using the PSA test as a screening tool is surrounded by controversy. Of our 10 provinces, only Manitoba and Nova Scotia absorb the cost of ....   Read more...

Medical Breakthrough for Severe Back Pain
Posted date : Mar 07, 2007.
Medical Breakthrough for Severe Back Pain - In 1998 a study was done on approximately 200 people with severe back pain which, in many cases, prevented them from doing the normal things in life w....   Read more...

Letter from the Editor Issue 37
Posted date : Mar 07, 2007.
PSA Test Controversy Annual General Meeting Medical Breakthroughs Letter from the Editor Issue 37 - Well, our millennium year is coming to a close. Y2K is simply a footnote in our history and the Internet has taken over our world, as we know it. What....   Read more...

Fast Facts Issue 36
Posted date : Mar 06, 2007.
Fast Facts Issue 36 - You can find information on just about anything on the Internet. The following is just a sample of what can be found when you use a search engine and ....   Read more...

A Word about "Word"
Posted date : Mar 06, 2007.
A Word about "Word" - Here in the CSA offices, we get many calls from members asking for help with the operation and use of their PCs. Unfortunately, we aren't really equip....   Read more...

Stockwell Day: His Life and Politics
Posted date : Mar 06, 2007.
Stockwell Day: His Life and Politics - All across Canada, the latest political buzz is about Stockwell Day, the former Alberta treasurer who has emerged as leader of the Canadian Alliance P....   Read more...

Grins and Giggles Issue 36
Posted date : Mar 06, 2007.
Grins and Giggles Issue 36 - Here are a couple of gems that were e-mailed to us. If you see anything funny coming across your computer screen, be sure to send it (if at all possib....   Read more...

Migraine Headaches: A New Long-term Treatment
Posted date : Mar 06, 2007.
Migraine Headaches: A New Long-term Treatment - People living with migraine headaches know how truly devastating this condition can be. The ominous feeling of the attack coming is a scary reminder o....   Read more...

Jerry Waterall...the CSA's Secret Weapon
Posted date : Mar 06, 2007.
Jerry Waterall...the CSA's Secret Weapon - For those growing up in Minto, New Brunswick, earning their livelihood through coal mining, lumbering and farming was a fact of everyday life. It wasn....   Read more...

Thank You Medipac
Posted date : Mar 06, 2007.
Thank You Medipac - Dear Sir:For the past 16 years I have spent my winter in Florida, and last year 1999-2000, I was covered with your insurance carrier (Medipac Travel M....   Read more...

Work at Home, Make a Million...Not a Chance
Posted date : Mar 06, 2007.
Work at Home, Make a Million...Not a Chance - You've seen the ads offering great sums of money for you to work from home...how legitimate are they?Many are scams targeting those who can least affo....   Read more...

Hotel Security
Posted date : Mar 06, 2007.
Hotel Security - As you prepare to head south, you'll undoubtedly be staying in a hotel for a night or two. Here are some general hotel safety tips to ensure a pleasur....   Read more...

Travel Scams
Posted date : Mar 06, 2007.
Travel Scams - Services that require payment "up front" have, unfortunately, become a haven for unscrupulous individuals. The travel industry is one that seems to be....   Read more...

A philosophical look at The Present
Posted date : Mar 06, 2007.
A philosophical look at The Present - Hi Folks!I magine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls. You name them Work, Family, Health, Friends and Spirit and you are keeping....   Read more...

Securities Rules Change to Benefit Snowbirds
Posted date : Mar 06, 2007.
Securities Rules Change to Benefit Snowbirds - Under existing U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rules, it has been technically illegal for Canadian snowbirds in the U.S. to issue trading and ....   Read more...

Wow, Where Did Summer Go?
Posted date : Mar 06, 2007.
Wow, Where Did Summer Go? - Canadian Club of Ocala: Pic 1The Canadian Club of Ocala (Florida) invited me to their January Luncheon. Here are some of the active members. L to R, B....   Read more...

Insurance Update Issue 36
Posted date : Mar 06, 2007.
Insurance Update Issue 36 - We get literally thousands of requests for information at Medipac, on every aspect of Travel Insurance. After all the dust settles and all the informa....   Read more...

President’s Message Issue 36
Posted date : Mar 06, 2007.
President’s Message Issue 36 - I have had the pleasure over the years of speaking with thousands of you at all of our Extravaganzas and Winter Meetings, and I'd like to take this op....   Read more...

Letter from the Editor Issue 36
Posted date : Mar 06, 2007.
CSA Grass Roots Campaign Crossing the U.S. Border Migraine Headache Treatments Letter from the Editor Issue 36 - Awarm welcome to Barry Lavalley who has written one of our feature "Lifestyle" articles this issue and, of course, we always turn to Dave Hunter, the ....   Read more...

The Border "Mind Game"
Posted date : Mar 06, 2007.
The Border "Mind Game" - As you drive towards the U.S. border, does your heart beat a little faster? Do your palms become sweaty? Are you beginning to feel anxious? If so, it'....   Read more...

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Retirement
Posted date : Mar 06, 2007.
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Retirement - Lifestyle and Retirement Planning speaker Barry LaValley is a 40-something aging baby boomer caught in the struggle between remembering the Beatles an....   Read more...

CSA Grass Roots Advocacy Campaign
Posted date : Mar 06, 2007.
CSA Grass Roots Campaign Crossing the U.S. Border Migraine Headache Treatments CSA Grass Roots Advocacy Campaign - BackgroundAs discussed in the last issue of CSA NEWS, we are requesting a "call to action" by the CSA membership to directly contact your local and fe....   Read more...

Dinnertime Distress
Posted date : Mar 05, 2007.
Dinnertime Distress - When you're tired of your usual cookbook fare and you're ready to check out the ultimate recipe index, surf on over to http://soar.berkeley.edu/recipe....   Read more...

Going to Mexico?
Posted date : Mar 05, 2007.
Going to Mexico? - In a recent issue, we outlined a new "Vehicle Deposit" of up to $800.00, which was going to be charged at the border when crossing into Mexico. The id....   Read more...

Leisure Time
Posted date : Mar 05, 2007.
Leisure Time - Seniors generally have more leisure time than those in younger age groups. In 1992, people aged 65 and over had an average of 7.7 hours of free time e....   Read more...

Did you know...?
Posted date : Mar 05, 2007.
Did you know...? - The largest kidney stone weighed in at an astounding 1.36 kilograms? There is only one US coin that shows the profile of a president facing to the rig....   Read more...

Texas Visitors
Posted date : Mar 05, 2007.
Texas Visitors - Canada is the second-largest source of international visitors to Texas and Mexico. Within Canada, the majority of visitors to Texas in 1999 originated....   Read more...

Virtual Common Sense
Posted date : Mar 05, 2007.
Virtual Common Sense - Have you ever had a conversation with someone and felt that something just wasn't on the level? Sometimes you can't put your finger on it...but you kn....   Read more...

Guinness "swan song" soars
Posted date : Mar 05, 2007.
Guinness "swan song" soars - With the recent death of Sir Alex Guinness the title of his autobiography becomes sadly prescient. He describes A Positively Final Appearance as his "....   Read more...

And from the Mouths of Babes...
Posted date : Mar 05, 2007.
And from the Mouths of Babes... - "Never trust a dog to watch your food." Patrick, age 10"When your dad is mad and asks you, 'Do I look stupid?' don't answer." Hannah, age 9"Stay away ....   Read more...

10 Words That Ought to Be in the Dictionary
Posted date : Mar 05, 2007.
10 Words That Ought to Be in the Dictionary - AQUADEXTROUS (ak wa deks'trus) adj. Possessing the ability to turn the bathtub faucet on and off with your toes. CARPERPETUATION (kar'pur pet u a shun....   Read more...

Doctor Visits: Be Prepared!
Posted date : Mar 05, 2007.
Doctor Visits: Be Prepared! - How many times have you walked out of your doctor's office...without getting the answers you went in for? You're not alone ­ it happens to everyone, ....   Read more...

My Aching Feet
Posted date : Mar 05, 2007.
My Aching Feet - If you're as young as you feel, are your feet making you feel old before your time? Aching feet can put a damper on any festive occasion ­ ask anyone....   Read more...

ATM Safety
Posted date : Mar 05, 2007.
ATM Safety - You're in a large mall using an automatic teller machine. How secure are you, really? If you approach the machine and then start fishing in your purse....   Read more...

Just Sign on the Bottom Line!
Posted date : Mar 05, 2007.
Just Sign on the Bottom Line! - Have you ever felt rushed into signing on the dotted line for some home improvement work? If you have, you're not alone. Each year, unscrupulous con a....   Read more...

Common Sense
Posted date : Mar 05, 2007.
Common Sense - We've all heard it ­ An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Sometimes (and quite often), that ounce of prevention comes in the form of ever....   Read more...

8840 Form
Posted date : Mar 05, 2007.
8840 Form - Dear Birdtalk, In our Park in Mesa, Arizona, there are several Canadians who do not complete form 8840, the "Closer Connection Exception Statement for....   Read more...

Donate your CSANews
Posted date : Mar 05, 2007.
Donate your CSANews - 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 ou....   Read more...

Speed Traps
Posted date : Mar 05, 2007.
Speed Traps - Dear Bird Talk:Thank you for your warning of speed traps in Florida.You may want to advise your readers that the province of New Brunswick has embarke....   Read more...

Selling Property in the US
Posted date : Mar 05, 2007.
Selling Property in the US - Dear Birdtalk, Do you have information regarding taxes (both U.S. & Canadian) when a Canadian sells a condo in Florida? Also, I heard there is a t....   Read more...

Chaos!
Posted date : Mar 05, 2007.
Chaos! - Canada's medicare system is under stress! More than $4 billion dollars have been cut from the provincial transfers to the provinces, and these monies ....   Read more...

A New Financial Paradigm of the Age of Prosperity
Posted date : Mar 05, 2007.
A New Financial Paradigm of the Age of Prosperity - From June, and continuing throughout summer 2000 until Thanksgiving, the CSA, in conjunction with its financial sponsor, Dundee Wealth Management, is ....   Read more...

What happened to Canada News?
Posted date : Mar 05, 2007.
What happened to Canada News? - This is a question that I've been asked many times since "The Weekly Newspaper Keeping Canadians In the Sunbelt Informed" stopped publishing last Febr....   Read more...

Government Relations Report Issue 35
Posted date : Mar 05, 2007.
Government Relations Report Issue 35 - Whew! Section 110 Amended!Since our last issue of the CSA NEWS, your CSA Government Relations Committee has been actively pursuing a number of advocac....   Read more...

President's Message Issue 35
Posted date : Mar 05, 2007.
President's Message Issue 35 - For many of us across the country, it's been a decidedly wet summer...but it's a summer at home in Canada to which nothing can compare! While the weat....   Read more...

The Snowbird Border Crossing Kit
Posted date : Mar 05, 2007.
The Snowbird Border Crossing Kit - Entering the United States is rarely a problem for snowbirds who are Canadian citizens. Yet, being aggressively questioned by a United States Immigrat....   Read more...

New Hope for Parkinson Sufferers
Posted date : Mar 05, 2007.
New Hope for Parkinson Sufferers - New hope is on the horizon. The University of Toronto has targeted Parkinson's Disease research as a top academic priority. With the generous support ....   Read more...

CSA AGM Report 2000
Posted date : Mar 05, 2007.
CSA AGM Report 2000 - The Canadian Snowbird Association reached another milestone when the annual general meeting was held on the second day of the Extravaganza in Tampa, F....   Read more...

CSA on the web, eh!
Posted date : Mar 05, 2007.
CSA on the web, eh! - With the passing of the torch from the old millennium to the new, all the predictions of calamity, destruction and catastrophes did not come to pass, ....   Read more...

My how time changes things!
Posted date : Mar 05, 2007.
My how time changes things! - My how time changes things!Over the years, I've watched an evolution in our snowbird community. Three distinct groups of retirees have emerged, each a....   Read more...

Letter from the Editor Issue 35
Posted date : Mar 05, 2007.
CSA on the Web! CSA Annual General Meeting New hope for Parkinson's Patients Letter from the Editor Issue 35 - We're late! Our spring issue just did not get together in time for a reasonable publication date, and we've decided to put out three issues of CSA New....   Read more...

Groaners
Posted date : Mar 04, 2007.
Groaners - Evidence has been found that William Tell and his family were avid bowlers. However, all league records were unfortunately destroyed in an alpine land....   Read more...

Speed Traps
Posted date : Mar 04, 2007.
Speed Traps - A recent article in the National Post has warned motorists to avoid the north Florida towns of Lawtey and Waldo. According to the Post, "Waldo...gathe....   Read more...

Checking the Cheque
Posted date : Mar 04, 2007.
Checking the Cheque - One particularly onerous scam against seniors preys on those suffering from memory loss. Once choosing his or her "mark," the con artist will call the....   Read more...

68 Cents US
Posted date : Mar 04, 2007.
68 Cents US - Dear Bird Talk, Ref: Fall 99, Issue 33, page 22.Dave Hunter says the Canadian dollar is valued between 65 and 68 cents U.S. - that surely is the value....   Read more...

CSANews Arrival Time
Posted date : Mar 04, 2007.
CSANews Arrival Time - Dear Bird Talk,The Fall 1999, Issue 33, was received yesterday, October 28, 1999. We winter in Arizona leaving at the beginning of November as most sn....   Read more...

CSA Website Accessibility
Posted date : Mar 04, 2007.
CSA Website Accessibility - Dear Bird Talk,As members of CSA, we object to the fact that we are apparently unable to access your (our) Web site at AOL since we don't subscribe to....   Read more...

I Have a New Laptop!
Posted date : Mar 04, 2007.
I Have a New Laptop! - 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....   Read more...

Savings in Arizona
Posted date : Mar 04, 2007.
Savings in Arizona - Dear Bird Talk, We hope you pass these savings along to our fellow snowbirds.For those planning to winter in Arizona, may we suggest you visit our par....   Read more...

Leap Years
Posted date : Mar 04, 2007.
Leap Years - If you thought that every four years automatically meant a leap year, you're only partially right. Usually, the rule of thumb is that if a year is div....   Read more...

The Perils of Polly
Posted date : Mar 04, 2007.
The Perils of Polly - We recently received a letter from a member who had encountered problems while trying to cross into the U.S. with his pet parrot. Crossing with a bird....   Read more...

Fire Safety
Posted date : Mar 04, 2007.
Fire Safety - Smoke is like an anesthetic. Rather than awakening you, it will put you into a deeper sleep. Most fire deaths occur at night and are due to smoke inha....   Read more...

CSA Currency Exchange
Posted date : Mar 04, 2007.
CSA Currency Exchange - The CSA Currency Exchange Program can make a one-time transfer in a lump sum. Many members know that they can make regular monthly transfers, but a si....   Read more...

Dollars and Sense Issu 34
Posted date : Mar 04, 2007.
Dollars and Sense Issu 34 - We started the 1999 CSA seminar season in May, knowing full well that after out-of-country health care issues, taxation, retirement income, and estate....   Read more...

From the Desk of Don Slinger Issue 34
Posted date : Mar 04, 2007.
From the Desk of Don Slinger Issue 34 - Hi Folks! Lest we forget. A simple three-word phrase repeated by many but understood by few. What better time for a veteran of the Second World War to....   Read more...

Sorry, but you need a Green Card!
Posted date : Mar 04, 2007.
Sorry, but you need a Green Card! - My previous column about my working at Walt Disney World last summer generated quite a few phone calls about the legality of a Canadian snowbird worki....   Read more...

Government Relations Report Issue 34
Posted date : Mar 04, 2007.
Government Relations Report Issue 34 - Retiree Visa Update On December 7, 1999 CSA President Bob Jackson and CSA general counsel Wallace J.D. Weylie will be in Washington D.C. to meet with ....   Read more...

Executive Director's Report Issue 34
Posted date : Mar 04, 2007.
Executive Director's Report Issue 34 - I have just returned from Florida after attending a two-day CSA Executive Meeting. Your CSA Executive did the final year-end review of last year's bud....   Read more...

More on Pre-Existing Conditions
Posted date : Mar 04, 2007.
More on Pre-Existing Conditions - We now realize that medical questions are asked on an insurance application to determine your eligibility for a policy and the price you must pay. The....   Read more...

President's Message Issue 34
Posted date : Mar 04, 2007.
President's Message Issue 34 - As we settle in for our winter in warmer climates, the CSA is gearing up for a very busy winter. For your executive and directors, our winters are far....   Read more...

Salute to Vienna
Posted date : Mar 04, 2007.
Salute to Vienna - Since 1939, Vienna's annual "Neujahrskonzert" has heralded the New Year with a celebration of Strauss waltzes, marches and polkas, performed by the Vi....   Read more...

Florida, Texas and Arizona
Posted date : Mar 04, 2007.
Florida, Texas and Arizona - You've been enjoying the warm weather at your winter destination of choice, but do you really know all it has to offer? Are you an adventurer or a cre....   Read more...

Millenium
Posted date : Mar 04, 2007.
Millenium - At midnight on December 31, 1999, we will become part of a worldwide fraternity. Though membership will number in the billions, we are the ones who wi....   Read more...

Letter from the Editor Issue 34
Posted date : Mar 04, 2007.
A Century in Review Another View of the Sun Belt Branson Hosts Canada Feast Letter from the Editor Issue 34 - In the blink of an eye, the Christmas holiday season will be past and we will enter a new millennium. The crackpots will be predicting the end of the ....   Read more...

Travelling On Line
Posted date : Mar 03, 2007.
Travelling On Line - This year, when making your list of 'Things to do before I leave,' be sure to include 'Set up Computer.' As with many things, a little advance prepara....   Read more...

Real T-Shirts
Posted date : Mar 03, 2007.
Real T-Shirts - If you see some memorable T-shirts on your journeys, send us the slogans and we'll print them.At My Age, I've Seen It All, Done It All, Heard It All......   Read more...

Then and Now
Posted date : Mar 03, 2007.
Then and Now - Then: Long hairNow: Longing for hairThen: A kegNow: An EKGThen: Moving to California because it's coolNow: Moving to California because it's hotThen: ....   Read more...

Unscrupulous Telemarketers
Posted date : Mar 03, 2007.
Unscrupulous Telemarketers - If you suspect that unscrupulous telemarketers are targeting a relative or friend, watch for the following signs:A marked increase in the amount of ....   Read more...

Phony Phone Messages
Posted date : Mar 03, 2007.
Phony Phone Messages - We all (hopefully) know that when we call a 1-900 number, our telephone company will charge us on our phone bill, usually on a per-minute basis. Charg....   Read more...

Canada Post
Posted date : Mar 03, 2007.
Canada Post - CSA member J. Winterburn ran into an interesting predicament last winter with Canada Post. When his insurance company sent a registered letter to Mr. ....   Read more...

Mail Forward
Posted date : Mar 03, 2007.
Mail Forward - Dear Bird Talk,Thank you for the latest CSA Special Report, which arrived recently. Having been visitors to Florida on a regular basis, each winter si....   Read more...

Money Orders
Posted date : Mar 03, 2007.
Money Orders - Dear Bird Talk,Re: Summer 1999 issue, page 11.I also had the same problems as Kenneth Ramsay. A teller in St. Pete's, Florida told me, a Canadian mone....   Read more...

Read Your Policy
Posted date : Mar 03, 2007.
Read Your Policy - Dear Bird Talk,I appreciate the opportunity to alert your readers to the unfortunate experience I encountered with an insurance company named Pure Ins....   Read more...

Rate Category
Posted date : Mar 03, 2007.
Rate Category - Dear Bird Talk,I have been a member of CSA for many years and have been insured by Medipac without claim.There is one facet of my dealings with Medipa....   Read more...

Y2K and the Traveller
Posted date : Mar 03, 2007.
Y2K and the Traveller - The Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade has published a booklet titled, Journey in Y2K: Advice for Canadians Travelling Abroad. This....   Read more...

Making Your Home Safer
Posted date : Mar 03, 2007.
Making Your Home Safer - The Home Adaptations for Seniors Independence Program is affording seniors greater mobility with grants of up to $2,500 for home adaptations. You can ....   Read more...

Executive Director's Report Issue 33
Posted date : Mar 03, 2007.
Executive Director's Report Issue 33 - The Canadian Snowbird Association Board of Directors held their fall meeting in Toronto in late September. All directors attended, with the exception ....   Read more...

Simplify Your Financial Life
Posted date : Mar 03, 2007.
Simplify Your Financial Life - To enjoy a happier and more enjoyable financial life in retirement, it seems that an old adage needs to be followed: Less is more! As we get older, we....   Read more...

Boredom – It's for Real!
Posted date : Mar 03, 2007.
Boredom – It's for Real! - I bet most of you out there have been bored with your lifestyle at least one or more times during your retirement. And I'll also bet that you were abl....   Read more...

Government Relations Report Issue 33
Posted date : Mar 03, 2007.
Government Relations Report Issue 33 - The CSA Goes to Washington On January 6, 1999, the Retiree Visa Act of 1999 was referred to the U.S. Committee of the Judiciary and subsequently refer....   Read more...

The Dreaded Pre-Existing Condition Clause
Posted date : Mar 03, 2007.
The Dreaded Pre-Existing Condition Clause - I want to start off by telling you that the pre-existing clause is, normally, a wonderful thing!! What your insurer is telling you is that they WILL c....   Read more...

President's Message Issue 33
Posted date : Mar 03, 2007.
President's Message Issue 33 - Time to Hit the Trails Well, we're packing up again. It feels like the summers fly by faster each year there's so much to do once we get home, that it....   Read more...

The Wonderful World of Water
Posted date : Mar 03, 2007.
The Wonderful World of Water - You've heard it a thousand times: drink eight glasses of water a day. Even though this is just an estimated amount for most people, you don't do it. Y....   Read more...

From the Desk of Don Slinger Issue 33
Posted date : Mar 03, 2007.
From the Desk of Don Slinger Issue 33 - Hi FolksIt's that time of year again, to put the final touches to your travelling plans. Having enjoyed the snowbird lifestyle for a number of years n....   Read more...

Snowbird Survival Guide
Posted date : Mar 03, 2007.
Snowbird Survival Guide - SURVIVING THE U.S. DOLLAR In another time, the Canadian dollar was worth a lot of money . . . $1.05 U.S. We loved it; Canadians would head off to the ....   Read more...

Canada Clubs! Issue 33
Posted date : Mar 03, 2007.
Canada Clubs! Issue 33 - NAME - EVENT - LOCATION - CONTACT/TITLE - U.S. PHONE Barefoot Bay Canadian ClubPot lucks/meetings Barefoot Bay,FL Roger Desjardin (561) 664-9706 ....   Read more...

Letter from the Editor Issue 33
Posted date : Mar 03, 2007.
Take the Guesswork Out of Traveling South! Letter from the Editor Issue 33 - Happy Thanksgiving! It has just occurred to me that many snowbirds have the rare pleasure of celebrating Thanksgiving Day twice, once in Canada and on....   Read more...

AOL Announces Huge Price Reduction
Posted date : Mar 03, 2007.
AOL Announces Huge Price Reduction - Great news for all AOL Canada members. AOL Canada has announced that, as of December 16, 1999 the unlimited use charge will be dropped to $22.95CAD pe....   Read more...

Hurricane Wilma Travel Advisory
Posted date : Mar 02, 2007.
Hurricane Wilma Travel Advisory - Hurricane Wilma is now a Category 4 storm, which only two days ago was the most intense Atlantic hurricane ever recorded packing sustained winds up to....   Read more...

Board of Directors Nominees to the Canadian Snowbird Association
Posted date : Mar 02, 2007.
Board of Directors Nominees to the Canadian Snowbird Association - The following are brief resumes of the members put forward by the Nominating Committee for the positions of Officers and Directors at Large of the Boa....   Read more...

A God in Ruins
Posted date : Mar 02, 2007.
A God in Ruins - A God in Ruins By Leon Uris (Harper Collins, 483 pages, $38.00) The year is 2008 - the presidential race is neck and neck - between a brilliant, ru....   Read more...

Developments in Parkinson's Disease Research
Posted date : Mar 02, 2007.
Developments in Parkinson's Disease Research - Research is an integral part of progress in any health-related program. The Movement Disorder and Functional Neurosurgery Programs at the University o....   Read more...

Radio Online
Posted date : Mar 02, 2007.
Radio Online - The use of e-mail has certainly changed the way we all function in the world, increasing both the speed and frequency of communications. For many of u....   Read more...

Mexico - Hotel Hacienda El Contadero
Posted date : Mar 02, 2007.
Mexico - Hotel Hacienda El Contadero - Patricia and I and our 10-year-old son, Sam, recently returned from the "real" Mexico, and I didn't even know it existed. My previous experiences of M....   Read more...

Government Insurance Benefits
Posted date : Mar 02, 2007.
Government Insurance Benefits - Dear Bird Talk, Every time we receive CSA News, we make it a point to read all the interesting articles from cover to cover and we wish to thank yo....   Read more...

Help a Friend
Posted date : Mar 02, 2007.
Help a Friend - Dear Bird Talk, It is my pleasure to submit for membership, Mr. & Mrs. Fred Konkin, whose application form is attached. Mr. Konkin is the retired C....   Read more...

Donate your CSANews
Posted date : Mar 02, 2007.
Donate your CSANews - Dear Bird Talk, I would like to suggest that fellow snowbirds donate their old CSA magazines to hospitals and doctors' offices, rather than throw t....   Read more...

LOVELACE AUTO SERVICE
Posted date : Mar 02, 2007.
LOVELACE AUTO SERVICE - Dear Bird Talk, On April 13/99, as we were returning home from Florida, we had a medical emergency while stopped at the CITGO gas station, LOVELACE....   Read more...

Great Association and Events
Posted date : Mar 02, 2007.
Great Association and Events - Dear Bird Talk, Please find enclosed our cheque for $15.00 for our membership for 1999-2000 term. We attended the Canadian Extravaganza in Palm S....   Read more...

Telephoning Home
Posted date : Mar 02, 2007.
Telephoning Home - Canada Direct, offered by the Stentor Alliance of Canadian telephone companies, provides travellers with toll-free and hassle-free access to the Canad....   Read more...

Snowbird Currency Exchange Program
Posted date : Mar 02, 2007.
Snowbird Currency Exchange Program - The CSA Currency Exchange program is one of our most popular benefits, and therefore requires a great deal of manpower to administer. Any changes to y....   Read more...

Xenical Now Available in Canada
Posted date : Mar 02, 2007.
Xenical Now Available in Canada - Xenical, an obesity-fighting drug has been approved by Health Canada, and is now available to the public. Taken three times per day in conjunction....   Read more...

Snowbird Precautions
Posted date : Mar 02, 2007.
Snowbird Precautions - Here are some wise words of caution from the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade: Given uncertain weather conditions (such as the....   Read more...

Travellers' Cheque Catch-22
Posted date : Mar 02, 2007.
Travellers' Cheque Catch-22 - CSA member Kenneth Ramsay wrote to warn fellow members about a sea of red tape he fell into after a recent holiday. While on vacation in Green Valle....   Read more...

I'M IMPRESSED
Posted date : Mar 02, 2007.
I'M IMPRESSED - It has been one year since I joined the team at Medipac, and I'm pleased to say that I'm impressed with their tenacity towards serving the Canadian Sn....   Read more...

From the Desk of Don Slinger Issue 32
Posted date : Mar 02, 2007.
From the Desk of Don Slinger Issue 32 - Last fall, I was asked by the Ontario Minister of Consumer and Commercial Relations to serve on the Board of the Travel Industry Council of Ontario (T....   Read more...

Dundee and the CSA
Posted date : Mar 02, 2007.
Dundee and the CSA - For those of you interested in financial planning issues (and these days, who isn't?), you'll be pleased to know that the CSA has renewed its alliance....   Read more...

Government Relations Report
Posted date : Mar 02, 2007.
Government Relations Report - As chairman of the Government Relations Committee, I find it heartening to hear about the number of calls that we have received regarding the CSA Spec....   Read more...

President's message
Posted date : Mar 02, 2007.
President's message - Another summer has come...and is passing very quickly. It's hard to imagine that in just a few weeks, many of us will begin packing for our winter awa....   Read more...

Letter from the Editor Issue 32
Posted date : Mar 02, 2007.
CSA Hits a hole-In-One! Golf program New Zealand: A Snowbird Destination? Medipac Answers Your Travel Insurance Questions Letter from the Editor Issue 32 - As we approach the end of the dog days of summer, I tend to reflect upon the happenings of the last few months. Canada saw three provincial electi....   Read more...

Out-of-Country Travel Medical Insurance: Most Common Misinterpretations
Posted date : Mar 02, 2007.
Out-of-Country Travel Medical Insurance: Most Common Misinterpretations - It still surprises us when people say that Medipac won't cover their pre-existing condition. The truth is, that we are one of the companies that will,....   Read more...

New Zealand
Posted date : Mar 02, 2007.
New Zealand - When we published a Bird Talk letter extolling the virtues of wintering in New Zealand, we had no idea how great the response would be. New Zealand's ....   Read more...

Boom Bust & Echo 2000
Posted date : Mar 01, 2007.
Boom Bust & Echo 2000 - "Demography is the study of human population." Boom Bust & Echo was the publishing phenomenon that made the understanding of demographics accessible t....   Read more...

PSA: The Prostate Test
Posted date : Mar 01, 2007.
PSA: The Prostate Test - Prostatic Specific Antigen (PSA) is a protein produced by the prostate gland. The use of PSA, which is measured with a blood test, has "taken off" in ....   Read more...

Anonymous Email
Posted date : Mar 01, 2007.
Anonymous Email - Many of us have now experienced the wealth of information that is available on the Internet. Unfortunately, if you spend any time online, or have an e....   Read more...

Hollywood Squares
Posted date : Mar 01, 2007.
Hollywood Squares - Hollywood Squares The following appeared on the Medipac cafeteria bulletin board ­ we're not quite sure where the list originated! Peter Marshal....   Read more...

"Old Folks!"
Posted date : Mar 01, 2007.
"Old Folks!" - Dear Bird Talk, As Lifetime Members, Holly and I would like to thank you very much for the crests, booklets and pins that we received recently. Bot....   Read more...

Medical Evacuation
Posted date : Mar 01, 2007.
Medical Evacuation - Dear Bird Talk, I feel the following letter would be helpful to all snowbirds if it were printed in the CSA News. It might keep them from making th....   Read more...

New Zealand
Posted date : Mar 01, 2007.
New Zealand - Dear Bird Talk, I have just returned from New Zealand where I spent a second winter in that country. Hence, I would like to start a Canadian chapte....   Read more...

Cigarettes at Extravaganza '99
Posted date : Mar 01, 2007.
Cigarettes at Extravaganza '99 - Dear Bird Talk, We have been members of CSA for the past seven years and also use some of the services. We are generally in agreement and apprecia....   Read more...

Most Live at Home
Posted date : Mar 01, 2007.
Most Live at Home - The vast majority of seniors live at home. In fact, in 1996, 93% of all people aged 65 and older lived in a private household. Fifty eight per cent of....   Read more...

Volunteer Work
Posted date : Mar 01, 2007.
Volunteer Work - An estimated 23% of Canadian seniors contribute some time each week as unpaid volunteers. Many other seniors look after children. In 1995, just under ....   Read more...

New Drugs Offer Hope for Osteoarthritis
Posted date : Mar 01, 2007.
New Drugs Offer Hope for Osteoarthritis - Osteoarthritis sufferers now have four new drugs that promise pain relief for patients with this affliction: Vioxx, Celebrex, Hyalgan and Synvisc. Acc....   Read more...

Call in the Substitutes
Posted date : Mar 01, 2007.
Call in the Substitutes - Adopting a more healthful diet may mean trading in some of your favourite foods and ingredients for lower-fat versions. Once you get started, substitu....   Read more...

Executive Director's Report Issue 31
Posted date : Mar 01, 2007.
Executive Director's Report Issue 31 - Most of you are aware that the United Nations has declared 1999 as International Year of Older Persons [IYOP]. All over the world, people in local....   Read more...

On the road again!
Posted date : Mar 01, 2007.
On the road again! - I was invited to many Snowbird events this winter and I thoroughly enjoyed every one of them. As I mentioned earlier, it's amazing how much enthusiasm....   Read more...

Snowbird Extravaganza 1999!
Posted date : Mar 01, 2007.
Snowbird Extravaganza 1999! - Hi folks! Congratulations to all the folks who made this event even better than last year's. We had a trailer-load of service and product displays,....   Read more...

SEGREGATED MUTUAL FUNDS: Are They Too Good to be True?
Posted date : Mar 01, 2007.
SEGREGATED MUTUAL FUNDS: Are They Too Good to be True? - Would you like the benefit of the higher returns of American, Western European and Canadian blue chip equity mutual funds without a risk to your capit....   Read more...

Government Relations Report
Posted date : Mar 01, 2007.
Government Relations Report - Throughout the past year, the CSA has left no stone unturned in our attempts to promote and enhance the independence of members. We have been diligent....   Read more...

Government Insurance Benefits... An Oxymoron?
Posted date : Mar 01, 2007.
Government Insurance Benefits... An Oxymoron? - Government Insurance Benefits ­ the word oxymoron comes to mind, like jumbo shrimp, postal service and border-crossing assistance. There are still pe....   Read more...

A Great Beginning to 1999
Posted date : Mar 01, 2007.
A Great Beginning to 1999 - The Canadian Snowbird Association ­ and all of our members ­ is certainly enjoying a historic start to 1999. We have received tremendous news from t....   Read more...

Letter from the Editor Issue 31
Posted date : Mar 01, 2007.
CSA in Full Bloom! Letter from the Editor Issue 31 - Spring is in full bloom! People are sailing in Vancouver and Victoria, Toronto's boardwalk and University Avenue are a continuous parade of young peop....   Read more...

U of T's Jack Clark Chair
Posted date : Mar 01, 2007.
U of T's Jack Clark Chair - U of T's Faculty of Medicine's Centre for Research in Neurodegenerative Diseases (CRND) is a world leader in Parkinson's Disease research. Typically, ....   Read more...

Customs Preclearance
Posted date : Mar 01, 2007.
Customs Preclearance - Federal legislation designed to give U.S. officers at Canadian airports wider search and detention powers is too sweeping and needs to be tempered, im....   Read more...

1999 Annual General Meeting
Posted date : Mar 01, 2007.
1999 Annual General Meeting - A beautiful Florida morning in January brought out a large number of faithful Canadian Snowbird Association members to the seventh Annual General Meet....   Read more...

Elder Abuse and Neglect
Posted date : Mar 01, 2007.
Elder Abuse and Neglect - Until the 1980s, many of us felt that it could not happen in our families, on our street or in our community. With the assistance of professional and ....   Read more...

Automobile Returns
Posted date : Mar 01, 2007.
Automobile Returns - Many snowbirds use "driving service" companies to deliver their car to and from their winter destination. If they have an accident, YOUR insurance mus....   Read more...

Home Safety
Posted date : Mar 01, 2007.
Home Safety - The Internet provides a wealth of information ­ including some important home safety tips. Special thanks to Vicki Kirby, R.N., Community Educatio....   Read more...

Grapefruit Alert
Posted date : Mar 01, 2007.
Grapefruit Alert - CSA members Joan and Russ Stapleton wrote to advise us of an important health notice in the Kings Health Centre Health Digest. Those who drink grap....   Read more...

Hello, Hello?
Posted date : Mar 01, 2007.
Hello, Hello? - Pacemaker patients should be careful the next time they come in contact with a cellular phone. Sometimes, the pacemaker will mistake the signal coming....   Read more...

Ontario Delivers for CSA!
Posted date : Mar 01, 2007.
Ontario Delivers for CSA! - On Friday, January 22, 1999 at Snowbird Extravaganza, Ontario Premier Mike Harris responded to years of lobbying efforts by the Canadian Snowbird Asso....   Read more...

E-mail Fraud Alert
Posted date : Dec 20, 2006.
E-mail Fraud Alert - E-mail Fraud AlertSome Canadians are receiving e-mails fraudulently identified as coming from the Department of Finance Canada that promise a tax refu....   Read more...

Debit and Credit Card Skimming
Posted date : Jul 14, 2006.
Debit and Credit Card Skimming - On July 13, 2006, the manager of the Rainbow Esso Gas Station, located at 2688 Dundas Street West, Mississauga, discovered a new s....   Read more...

W8-BEN SCAM Targeting Canadian Snowbirds
Posted date : Jun 29, 2005.
The CSA wishes to inform its members of a newly discovered "SCAM" targeting Canadian snowbirds. This SCAM involves the use of a bogus W8-BEN form - Certificate of Foreign Status of Beneficial Owner for United States Tax Withholding. W8-BEN SCAM Targeting Canadian Snowbirds - U.S. BANKING INFORMATION SCAMW8-BEN – Certificate of Foreign Status of Beneficial Owner for United States Tax WithholdingThe Canadian Snowbird Assoc....   Read more...

Medipac Clients and Vioxx
Posted date : Sep 24, 2004.
Medipac Clients and Vioxx - Merck &. Co., Inc. announced the voluntary worldwide withdrawal of VIOXX® (rofecoxib), its arthritis and acute pain medication on Sept. 3....   Read more...