CSANews Issue 73


Issue 73 Fall 2009
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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...