CSANews Issue 69


Issue 69 Winter 2008
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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...