CSANews Issue 65


Issue 65 Winter 2007
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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...