CSANews Issue 51


Issue 51 Summer 2004
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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...