CSANews Issue 74


Issue 74 Spring 2010
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Letter from the Editor Issue 74
Posted date : May 27, 2010.
Ontario Snowbirds Can Now Vote! BC Island Playground GERD - Get Treated! Letter from the Editor Issue 74 - Thank heavens that we are Canadian!Most of the world around us seems to have gone mad or bankrupt or both, and I believe that we are just seeing t....   Read more...

Harmonized Sales Tax
Posted date : May 27, 2010.
Harmonized Sales Tax - Dear Bird Talk, I have not seen anything from the snowbird organization commenting on the effect of this tax on seniors?G. WaddenPetawawa,....   Read more...

Declaring Fruit at the Border
Posted date : May 27, 2010.
Declaring Fruit at the Border - Dear Bird Talk,Just a reminder to not have any fruit in the car when crossing the border. If asked about fruit, and one does not declare ....   Read more...

Licence Plate Programs/Canadian Credit Cards/Provincial Travel Insurance
Posted date : May 27, 2010.
Licence Plate Programs/Canadian Credit Cards/Provincial Travel Insurance - Dear Bird Talk,Suggest that you would assist snowbirds in Florida if you could integrate this licence plate program with help in getting ser....   Read more...

American ZIP Code Tip
Posted date : May 27, 2010.
American ZIP Code Tip - Dear Bird Talk, Thanks for the information on the Florida SunPass. When registering online, the system asks for the zip code for both ....   Read more...

Arizona Vehicle Identification Cards
Posted date : May 27, 2010.
Arizona Vehicle Identification Cards - Dear Bird Talk, Thanks for the e-mail with the information as to location and dates for your winter show/gathering in Greater Phoenix. I ....   Read more...

Credit Card ZIP Code Tip
Posted date : May 27, 2010.
Credit Card ZIP Code Tip - Dear Bird Talk,Like many other people, I had the problem of not being able to use my credit card at the gas pumps in Florida because I did not....   Read more...

How long can we stay in the USA?
Posted date : May 27, 2010.
How long can we stay in the USA? - How many months are we allowed to stay in the U.S. coming from Ontario? I have heard six and seven months. Thanks, C. Edmonds Milton....   Read more...

Cross Border Car Purchasing
Posted date : May 27, 2010.
Cross Border Car Purchasing - Since I have a condo in Florida, I wonder if I can buy a car there and use it in Canada as my normal car, without having to make any transfer.....   Read more...

Form 8840
Posted date : May 27, 2010.
Form 8840 - Dear Bird Talk,Re: Form 8840Is this form mandatory or a nice-to-do thing?F. HelminkTerrace Bay, ON ; ....   Read more...

Prescription Drugs For Longer Visits
Posted date : May 27, 2010.
Prescription Drugs For Longer Visits - Dear Bird Talk,Re: the comment submitted by SE Leslie regarding medications over 90 days.I have never had a problem getting 4.5 months of prescrip....   Read more...

Prolonged Stays in the USA/Homeland Security/Income Taxes
Posted date : May 27, 2010.
Prolonged Stays in the USA/Homeland Security/Income Taxes - I am not sure that the advice you gave William in B.C. is correct regarding prolonged stays in the U.S. with respect to consequences from the U.S. gov....   Read more...

Snowbird Extravaganza for "Mature Lifestyles"
Posted date : May 27, 2010.
Snowbird Extravaganza for "Mature Lifestyles" - Dear Bird Talk,Re: Snowbird ExtravaganzaYou are billing it as being for "mature lifestyles." What does that mean? Senior citizens? Or do you mean ....   Read more...

Innacurate Information About Florida License Renewal
Posted date : May 27, 2010.
Innacurate Information About Florida License Renewal - The Snowbird Alert information on page 6 of issue 73 is not accurate. The "renewal" of a Florida driver's license is straightforward. Canadians wh....   Read more...

Bowser and Blue
Posted date : May 27, 2010.
Bowser and Blue - This was our first year to attend the Canadian Snowbird Meeting in Yuma, Arizona.I wanted to let you know just how much we enjoyed it. The informa....   Read more...

Cross Border Estate Inheritance
Posted date : May 27, 2010.
Cross Border Estate Inheritance - A few months ago, my brother passed away. Although his will, drawn up in Ontario, clearly specifies that my husband and I are the benefici....   Read more...

Keep Your Mouth Shut
Posted date : May 27, 2010.
Keep Your Mouth Shut - A police officer pulls over a speeding car. The officer says," I clocked you at 80 miles per hour, sir."The driver says, "Gee, officer....   Read more...

CSA President’s Award Honourees
Posted date : May 27, 2010.
CSA President’s Award Honourees - Instituted in 2003, the annual president's award recognizes members who have served the association in an outstanding volunteer capacity there....   Read more...

How are YOU Feeling?
Posted date : May 27, 2010.
How are YOU Feeling? - Farmer Brown decided that his injuries from the accident were serious enough to take the trucking company which was responsible for the accident to co....   Read more...

Gold and Your Portfolio: Is it Time to Invest in Gold?
Posted date : May 27, 2010.
Gold and Your Portfolio: Is it Time to Invest in Gold? - Throughout history, gold has been a standard of economic value, a ceremonial ornament, an artistic medium and an almost-universal currency....   Read more...

Sweet Home Alabama
Posted date : May 27, 2010.
Sweet Home Alabama - Snowbirds Jon and Carole Kent have wintered in faraway places such as New Zealand and Australia. They spent some time in the Fort Pierce area of Flori....   Read more...

New York: The Novel
Posted date : May 27, 2010.
New York: The Novel - New York: The NovelBy Edward Rutherfurd, Doubleday, $39.95, 860 pagesFor Edward Rutherfurd fans, if you enjoyed Sarum, Russka and ....   Read more...

Facts About Gold
Posted date : May 27, 2010.
Facts About Gold - The world's largest gold nugget was the "Welcome Stranger," found in Australia in 1869. It weighed 2,283 oz (143 lb.)The world's large....   Read more...

Facts About Nuts
Posted date : May 27, 2010.
Facts About Nuts - Cashew shells are poisonous. The shells contain a substance called urushiol, which causes skin irritation.Ninety per cent of macadamia nuts are gr....   Read more...

Computer Virus Facts
Posted date : May 27, 2010.
Computer Virus Facts - Your computer cannot get infected simply by displaying an e-mail message. Nor can even the most virulent virus destroy the electronic circuitry of you....   Read more...

Symptoms of a Computer Virus
Posted date : May 27, 2010.
Symptoms of a Computer Virus - Here are a few primary indicators that your computer might be infected:Your computer runs more slowly than normal.Your computer stops responding or lo....   Read more...

A Very Busy Winter In Florida!
Posted date : May 27, 2010.
A Very Busy Winter In Florida! - In the last issue, I started off by saying "What a strange summer it was" in Canada. Well, the winter in Florida had it beat. This was the col....   Read more...

Update on Shingles Vaccine in Canada
Posted date : May 27, 2010.
Update on Shingles Vaccine in Canada - Last fall, the Canadian government approved the sale in Canada of the new vaccine Zostavax to help prevent shingles (herpes zoster). Although n....   Read more...

Common Drugs can Cause or Worsen Memory Problems
Posted date : May 27, 2010.
Common Drugs can Cause or Worsen Memory Problems - Many common drugs can cause or worsen memory problems, confusion and cognitive impairment in older adults, which can be mistaken for dementia&....   Read more...

Diabetes: Fact and Fiction
Posted date : May 27, 2010.
Diabetes: Fact and Fiction - If you've just been diagnosed with diabetes, it may be difficult to separate fact from fiction.The American Diabetes Association debunks some ....   Read more...

Keep Your Purse & Wallet Safe
Posted date : May 27, 2010.
Keep Your Purse & Wallet Safe - Keep Your Purse & Wallet SafeDon't be a victim of theft! Grocery stores, restaurants and unattended vehicles are just a few of the common ....   Read more...

Government Relations Report
Posted date : May 27, 2010.
Government Relations Report - The third edition of The Canadian Travellers' Report Card was officially released at the Snowbird Extravaganza in Lakeland, Florida this past ....   Read more...

CSANews Spring Issue
Posted date : May 27, 2010.
CSANews Spring Issue - The CSA is happy to inform its members that the latest issue of the CSANews - The Official News Magazine of the Canadian Snowbird Association - is now....   Read more...

President's Message - Issue 74
Posted date : May 27, 2010.
President's Message - Issue 74 - As many of our Ontario members are aware, Ontario was the only place in North America that failed to permit absentee mail-in balloting in provinci....   Read more...

The Canadian Travellers' Report Card
Posted date : May 27, 2010.
The Canadian Travellers' Report Card - Here is an excerpt from the third edition of the Canadian Travellers' Report Card. To view the full English report with a province by province b....   Read more...

The Power of Nuts
Posted date : May 27, 2010.
The Power of Nuts - I've been exploring more vegetarian dishes and recipes of late in an attempt to reduce my family's intake of flesh. Nuts have become of inte....   Read more...

Protect Your Identity and Your Computer
Posted date : May 27, 2010.
Protect Your Identity and Your Computer - Many computer users are blissfully unaware of the degree to which virus and malware threaten our computing safety and security. According to published....   Read more...

McGuinty Government Strengthens Democratic Rights for Ontarians Travelling Abroad
Posted date : May 27, 2010.
McGuinty Government Strengthens Democratic Rights for Ontarians Travelling Abroad - In 2002, the Canadian Snowbird Association issued its inaugural edition of The Canadian Travellers Report Card. The report card, as most of yo....   Read more...

British Columbia's Island Playground
Posted date : May 27, 2010.
British Columbia's Island Playgound By: Barb & Ron Kroll British Columbia's Island Playground - It was hard to believe that Vancouver was only an hour away. We were standing on Galiano Island's Bluffs, 180 metres above Active Pass, th....   Read more...

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) Get Diagnosed - Get Treated
Posted date : May 27, 2010.
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) Get Diagnosed - Get Treated - By far the most common medical condition affecting the gastrointestinal tract in the senior population is GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease). Es....   Read more...

Uncertainty... Something that Nobody can Predict or Guarantee
Posted date : May 27, 2010.
Uncertainty... Something that Nobody can Predict or Guarantee - I hate uncertainty!I am not sure where they even came up with such a dumb word, yet it is everywhere. In the insurance business, it is a time ....   Read more...

Special Guest Column - Michael Coren
Posted date : May 27, 2010.
Special Guest Column - Michael Coren - So at long last, health-care reform is achieved in the United States. Or sort of achieved. More than a dozen states are taking legal action an....   Read more...