CSANews Issue 75


Issue 75 Summer 2010
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Letter from the Editor Issue 75
Posted date : Jul 20, 2010.
Visit Holland Rising Interest Rates Winter Down Under Letter from the Editor Issue 75 - It's a great time to be a Canadian! We seem to have, so far, escaped the plagues infecting the rest of the world. Our currency and financi....   Read more...

How long can we stay in the USA?
Posted date : Jul 20, 2010.
How long can we stay in the USA? - I would like some clarification on how long we can stay in the United States. I live in Ontario. Some people tell me six months, while others say ....   Read more...

Cleaning Your Computer
Posted date : Jul 20, 2010.
Cleaning Your Computer - Keeping it simple is the best way to deal with computer cleaning. I would not recommend opening the tower if you are not familiar with the inside comp....   Read more...

What To Do If You've Been A Victim of Identity Theft
Posted date : Jul 20, 2010.
What To Do If You've Been A Victim of Identity Theft - Canada is one of the safest countries in the world to live and conduct business. Unfortunately crime exists everywhere and fraud can occur. Each year ....   Read more...

Superfoods: The Food and Medicine of the Future
Posted date : Jul 20, 2010.
Superfoods: The Food and Medicine of the Future - Superfoods: The Food and Medicine of the FutureBy David Wolfe (North Atlantic Books, $18.95, 341 pages)A new day is dawning on the world of nu....   Read more...

Insurance Update
Posted date : Jul 20, 2010.
Insurance Update - Let me first say that Medipac is fine!But the 2009-2010 travel season appears to be a disaster for most other travel health insurers and their various....   Read more...

Arizona Immigration Laws
Posted date : Jul 20, 2010.
Arizona Immigration Laws - Dear Bird Talk,We were thinking of visiting Arizona. However, their new "anti-illegal" law is very intimidating. What exactly would count as p....   Read more...

Prohibited Food Items and US Customs
Posted date : Jul 20, 2010.
Prohibited Food Items and US Customs - Dear Bird Talk,Before we call out the Panic Police regarding this issue, I'd like to pass on some information. Every year before we leave ....   Read more...

A Driving Tour of Holland
Posted date : Jul 20, 2010.
A Driving Tour of Holland A Driving Tour of Holland - Holland is a tourism paradox. It's a compact country (only 175 by 295 kilometres in size), but it is so full of things to see and do that it s....   Read more...

What your doctor thinks
Posted date : Jul 20, 2010.
What your doctor thinks - According to the latest National Physicians Survey (2007), Canadian GPs and specialists list the following as major obstacles to providing care ....   Read more...

Exploding Garlic
Posted date : Jul 20, 2010.
Exploding Garlic - When writing recipes for my columns and cookbooks, I often focus on the use of fresh and quality ingredients. But a recipe's process is just a....   Read more...

Government Relations Report
Posted date : Jul 20, 2010.
Government Relations Report - The new British Columbia 12 per cent harmonized sales tax is scheduled to come into effect on July 1. More than 700,000 British Columbians have si....   Read more...

Snowbirding "Down Under"
Posted date : Jul 20, 2010.
Snowbirding "Down Under" - When it came time to retire, Brockville, Ontario residents Chris and Liz Butler knew that they wanted to travel. Like most other snowbirds,....   Read more...

Travels of Gerry and Joan
Posted date : Jul 20, 2010.
Travels of Gerry and Joan - Well! What a change in the weather. Last year, we had a bad summer in Ontario and an equally bad winter in Florida, but WOW! What a great star....   Read more...

Try to Get Some Rest
Posted date : Jul 20, 2010.
Try to Get Some Rest - A man had been driving all night and by morning was still far from his destination. He decided to stop at the next city which he came to and park some....   Read more...

I Did All of That?!
Posted date : Jul 20, 2010.
I Did All of That?! - After a particularly poor game of golf, a popular club member skipped the clubhouse and started to go home. As he was walking to the parking lot t....   Read more...

Number of Doctors Increasing in Canada
Posted date : Jul 20, 2010.
Number of Doctors Increasing in Canada - Between 2004 and 2008, the number of active physicians in Canada grew from 60,612 to 65,440, representing an 8.0% increase across the ....   Read more...

Canadian Doctors Retiring Later
Posted date : Jul 20, 2010.
Canadian Doctors Retiring Later - Between 1978 and 2008, the average age of GPs in Canada increased by 5.6 years (to 49.0) and the average age of specialists increased by 3.4 years....   Read more...

Snowbird Trips to Non-U.S. Destinations Growing
Posted date : Jul 20, 2010.
Snowbird trips outside of the U.S. have grown by 109 per cent since 1998. The share of snowbird trips captured by the U.S. fell to 65 per cent in 2009, from 68 per cent in 1998. Snowbird Trips to Non-U.S. Destinations Growing - Snowbird trips outside of the U.S. have grown by 109 per cent since 1998. The share of snowbird trips captured by the U.S. fell to 65 per cent in 2009....   Read more...

Health Factors Contribute to Early Retirement Among Canadians
Posted date : Jul 20, 2010.
Health Factors Contribute to Early Retirement Among Canadians - According to a long-term study, Canadian workers with health problems are more likely to retire before the age of 65, in comparison to those w....   Read more...

Social Security Numbers and US Credit Cards
Posted date : Jul 20, 2010.
Social Security Numbers and US Credit Cards - Dear Bird Talk,Like many snowbirds, I often get asked for my social security number (SSN) for financial purposes, such as applying for cre....   Read more...

Canadian Wines and Wineries
Posted date : Jul 20, 2010.
Canadian Wines and Wineries - Dear Bird Talk,As I was reading your magazine from Spring 2010, Issue 74, I came across the Food and Drink section. I was so interested in....   Read more...

Canadian Goverment Health Benefits and Form 8840
Posted date : Jul 20, 2010.
Canadian Goverment Health Benefits and Form 8840 - Dear Bird Talk,Regarding the suspension of government health benefits ," how would they know if I was away or home if I don't go to the cl....   Read more...

Can I Legally Work in the USA?
Posted date : Jul 20, 2010.
Can I Legally Work in the USA? - Dear Bird Talk,Last January, I purchased a Park Model Trailer in Arizona, where I plan to spend my winters. I own a 4000 psi pressure wash....   Read more...

Consensus on the Retiree Visa
Posted date : Jul 20, 2010.
Consensus on the Retiree Visa - I support your upcoming lobby for a Canadian retiree visa.Jerry KristjansonOchre River, MBI support a Canadian Snowbird visa.Pat from OntarioI am ....   Read more...

Joint Tenancy With Right of Survivorship
Posted date : Jul 20, 2010.
Joint Tenancy With Right of Survivorship - Dear Bird Talk,Re: Joint tenancy with right of survivorshipMy wife and I purchased a condo in Florida approximately 20 years ago. The deed indicat....   Read more...

How Long Can I Visit the U.S.?
Posted date : Jul 20, 2010.
How Long Can I Visit the U.S.? - A Canadian citizen who is granted entry into the United States under a B-2 Visitors Visa may be permitted to remain in the country for six months less....   Read more...

Protect Yourself From Fraud While Travelling
Posted date : Jul 20, 2010.
Protect Yourself From Fraud While Travelling - Planning to travel this summer? Whether it is within Canada or abroad, it is important to protect yourself against credit card and debit card ....   Read more...

President's Message - Issue 75
Posted date : Jul 20, 2010.
President's Message - Issue 75 - In the last edition of CSANews, I asked you to contact the office and tell us how you felt about the concept of a "retired person's visa,"....   Read more...

Special Guest Columnist - Michael Coren
Posted date : Jul 20, 2010.
Special Guest Columnist - Michael Coren - All of you who spend time south of the border know that although there is always something about the United States that annoys or even provokes....   Read more...

Understanding Interest Rates: What They Are, Why They Matter, and How They Can Affect Your Portfolio
Posted date : Jul 20, 2010.
Understanding Interest Rates: What They Are, Why They Matter, and How They Can Affect Your Portfolio - There's been a lot of talk about interest rates lately. Many economists, analysts and market pundits have commented at length about whether ra....   Read more...

Moderate Coffee and Tea Consumption
Posted date : Jul 20, 2010.
Moderate Coffee and Tea Consumption - A recent study has shown that moderate coffee and tea consumption reduces the risk of heart disease. The study, led by physicians and researchers ....   Read more...

What Makes Retirees Really Happy?
Posted date : Jul 20, 2010.
What Makes Retirees Really Happy? - You may or may not be surprised. A recent study shows that strong social ties are the key to a happy retirement; more so than having grandchildren. A ....   Read more...

Should You Take Aspirin During a Suspected Heart Attack?
Posted date : Jul 20, 2010.
Should You Take Aspirin During a Suspected Heart Attack? - Some sources claim that taking an aspirin during a suspected heart attack greatly increases one's chances of survival. According to the Heart and ....   Read more...

Country Doctor
Posted date : Jul 20, 2010.
I was in grade 7 when I read a book about how Dr. Fredrick Banting and Dr. Charles Best discovered insulin and restored the lives of thousands of sick people with diabetes. It was probably the first time that I thought I might like to be a doctor some day. And it was during medical school at Queen’s in the early 60s that I knew I wanted to start my career as a country doctor. Country Doctor - Dr. MacMillan started his career as a country doctor. He then practised family medicine in Peterborough, Ontario, for 15 years before joining ....   Read more...

New Brunswick Election
Posted date : Sep 23, 2010.
New Brunswick Election - Important Information for New Brunswick VotersOn Monday, September 27, 2010 the citizens of New Brunswick will choose their next provincial go....   Read more...