Of Interest to Snowbirds

Summer 2001 CSANews Issue 39  |  Posted date : Mar 09, 2007.Back to list

A quick glance at info and news of interest to snowbirds

ARE YOU ON THE INTERNET
  • Thirteen million Canadians used the Internet in 2000 (53 per cent), up from 1994's rate of 18 per cent
  • Internet users were generally wealthier and better educated than those who didn't log on
  • The gender gap is growing smaller ­ 50 per cent of women and 53 per cent of men surfed the Net in 2000
  • Alberta & B.C. have the highest average usage at 61 per cent
  • Forty-four to 48 per cent of people used the Internet in Newfoundland, New Brunswick, Quebec and Manitoba
ARE YOU SATISFIED
The Legar Marketing Group asked the question: Are you satisfied with the Canadian health-care system? The survey indicated that 56.6% of Canadians are satisfied.
  • Alberta - 68.2%
  • Ontario - 64.3%
  • Manitoba & Saskatchewan -61.7%
  • Atlantic Provinces - 53.6%
  • British Columbia - 46.6%
  • Quebec - 44.9%
(Perhaps they should talk to snowbirds.)

AT THE BORDER:
Over the past number of years, trade between Canada and the United States has increased at an average rate of 13 per cent per year. Every day, $1,200,000,000.00 of goods are moved between Canada and the U.S. Why would they ever worry about a few snowbirds?

CANADA TRUST MASTER CARD BITES THE DUST
With the Canada Trust/TD Bank merger, one of the last credit cards with any travel medical insurance is gone. It is really a non-event for most snowbirds, as Canada Trust credit card coverage had already been restricted to those under 65 in 1998. The Bank of Nova Scotia cancelled medical and trip cancellation coverage on their Scotia Gold visa card for those 65 and older effective March 1, 2001.

THE CANADIAN DOLLAR DILEMMA
Snowbirds have been ravaged by the antics of the Canadian dollar over the past several years. TD economics has published a detailed paper on the loonie called, appropriately, "The Penny Drops." If you are interested in the "what," "why" and "how" that have dramatically affected our lifestyle, this information is available on their Web site www.td.com/economics