CSANews Issue 66


Issue 66 Spring 2008
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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...