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FREE Shows - Snowbird Lifestyle Presentations
Posted date : Aug 01, 2012.
Canada's favourite musical comedy duo, Bowser & Blue, is appearing to help us celebrate the freedom of the Snowbird Lifestyle, and joining them will be Cape Breton balladeer Tom Leadbeater and Canada's Ambassador of Good Cheer, Jimmy Flynn. FREE Shows - Snowbird Lifestyle Presentations - Dear Snowbirds,Canada's favourite musical comedy duo, Bowser & Blue, is appearing to help us celebrate the freedom of the Snowbird....   Read more...

Canada Border Services Agency Now Tweeting Wait Times
Posted date : Sep 02, 2011.
Canada Border Services Agency Now Tweeting Wait Times - Fed up with long lineups at Canadian border crossings? Get real-time tweets about wait times at 22 different borders at twitter.com/CBSA_BWT. The....   Read more...

Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre Introduces New
Posted date : Sep 02, 2011.
Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre Introduces New - In June 2011, the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre added a new "Bulletins" section on their website to keep Canadians informed about new scams to which they....   Read more...

Safe Medication Use
Posted date : Jul 08, 2011.
Safe Medication Use - • Medication must never be shared. What helps you, may seriously hurt someone else.• Your medication records are kept confidential and are not....   Read more...

Single Lens Glasses - Fall Prevention
Posted date : Jul 08, 2011.
Single Lens Glasses - Fall Prevention - Multi-focal glasses - bifocals, trifocals and progressives - are good for tasks that require you to adjust your focus from distant to near objects....   Read more...

Over 50 - You're Not Immune to STDs
Posted date : May 06, 2011.
Over 50 - You're Not Immune to STDs - Sexual activity in the over-50 crowd has increased significantly in the last five years as a result of access to erectile dysfunction medication and t....   Read more...

A Deadly Combination
Posted date : May 06, 2011.
A Deadly Combination - Certain antibiotics mixed with blood pressure medication cause a severe and dramatic increase in the risk of hypotension. Erythromycin  and Clari....   Read more...

Fat and Demented
Posted date : May 06, 2011.
Fat and Demented - Studies have suggested that overweight middle-aged persons are more likely to suffer from dementia later in life. The higher the weight, the lowe....   Read more...

In Memoriam: Jack Kiuru
Posted date : Dec 06, 2010.
In Memoriam: Jack Kiuru - It is with deep sadness and regret that we must announce the death of our dear friend and colleague Jack Kiuru.     Jack had a long and di....   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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Check the expiry of your driver’s licence or licence plate sticker
Posted date : Sep 22, 2009.
Check the expiry of your driver’s licence or licence plate sticker - Please note that while you may not have received your renewal notice in the mail, you may be able to walk into a provincial licensing office and r....   Read more...

Check the expiry on your provincial health card
Posted date : Sep 22, 2009.
Check the expiry on your provincial health card - If you reside in Ontario, Québec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland & Labrador or PEI and your health card is due to expir....   Read more...

Enhanced driver’s licence
Posted date : Sep 22, 2009.
Enhanced driver’s licence - The new enhanced driver's licence (EDL) will get you across the border by land, but not by air. Therefore, if you travel to the U.S. by ca....   Read more...

Get your passport ready for travel
Posted date : Sep 24, 2009.
Get your passport ready for travel - If you will be travelling this fall, don't wait until the last minute to apply for your passport or to renew an existing one. Passports can be....   Read more...

Videos - A Pittance of Time, Terry Kelly
Posted date : Nov 05, 2009.
Videos - A Pittance of Time, Terry Kelly - On November 11, 1999 Terry Kelly was in a Shoppers Drug Mart store in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. At 10:55 AM an announcement came over the store's PA....   Read more...

Ontario Driver's Licence
Posted date : Nov 13, 2009.
Ontario Driver's Licence - As many of you are aware there is a strike at all Drive Test locations throughout the province of Ontario. This strike has halted many services includ....   Read more...

Snowbird Lifestyle Presentations - 2009
Posted date : Aug 26, 2009.
Snowbird Lifestyle Presentations - 2009 - Canada's favourite musical comedy duo, Bowser & Blue, is appearing to help us celebrate the freedom of the Snowbird Lifestyle and stay....   Read more...

Validation Tag Theft
Posted date : Jul 21, 2009.
Validation Tag Theft - When we receive the new validation sticker for our licence plate, most of us simply clean off the surface of the previous sticker and put the new one ....   Read more...

Don't pay your contractor under the table!
Posted date : Jul 21, 2009.
Don't pay your contractor under the table! - If you're planning on hiring a contractor to do construction, renovation, or repair work on your home, remember that paying "under the table" for ....   Read more...

You do not have an Enhanced Driver’s Licence!
Posted date : Apr 30, 2009.
You do not have an Enhanced Driver’s Licence! - The following provinces OFFER Enhanced Driver's Licences that will be recognized as a suitable travel document which will allow you to cross the U....   Read more...

Don’t Forward “Chain Letter” E-mails!
Posted date : Apr 30, 2009.
Don’t Forward “Chain Letter” E-mails! - Friends and family enjoy forwarding e-mails to us that share messages of hope, remind us of why we are doing well, draw our attention to a sub....   Read more...

Feeling Insecure about Online Security?
Posted date : Apr 30, 2009.
Feeling Insecure about Online Security? - Whenever you are prompted to provide personal information online, especially credit card or bank account information when making a purchase, t....   Read more...

Closer Connection Form 8840: TO FILE OR NOT TO FILE
Posted date : Apr 30, 2009.
Closer Connection Form 8840: TO FILE OR NOT TO FILE - The Canadian Snowbird Association recommends that all snowbirds who consistently spend four (4) months or longer in the United States each year file a....   Read more...

Medipac's Early Bird Extended
Posted date : Jul 19, 2009.
Medipac's Early Bird Extended - Medipac Early Bird has arrived with another special discount for you. Lock in your rates now, and SAVE AN EXTRA 5% on your Medipac Travel Insuranc....   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...

Home Insurance Conditions Revised to Benefit Snowbirds
Posted date : Sep 19, 2008.
Home Insurance Conditions Revised to Benefit Snowbirds - Royal & Sunalliance (RSA) has added an option for snowbirds who leave their homes unattended for extended periods of time during the regular heati....   Read more...

Passports a Must have for Snowbirds!
Posted date : Sep 19, 2008.
Passports a Must have for Snowbirds! - It's a redundant reminder, but we just couldn't help ourselves, since it is the eve of the last snowbird season in which passports will not be....   Read more...

Purchasing Travel Health Insurance
Posted date : Sep 19, 2008.
Purchasing Travel Health Insurance - Here are a few questions that you should consider when making a decision to purchase travel health insurance:Will the policy cover you for the entire ....   Read more...

Get your flu shot – Make it a double-double!
Posted date : Sep 19, 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...

Get Your Passport Ready to Travel
Posted date : Jul 22, 2008.
Get Your Passport Ready to Travel - If you will be travelling this fall, don’t wait until the last minute to apply for your passport or to renew an existing one. Passports can be renew....   Read more...

Check Your Expiry Date
Posted date : Jul 22, 2008.
Check Your Expiry Date - If your driver's licence and/or vehicle sticker is due to expire while you are away this winter, you may be able to renew them early at a local mo....   Read more...

8840 – TO FILE OR NOT TO FILE
Posted date : May 23, 2008.
8840 – TO FILE OR NOT TO FILE - If you have been spending an extensive amount of time in the United States over the last few years, it is imperative that you take the Substantial....   Read more...

Cellphone Fraud
Posted date : May 24, 2008.
Cellphone Fraud - In recent years, cellular phone security has improved remarkably. Yet there are still instances in which cellphones and cellphone usage can become the....   Read more...

Veterans Affairs Canada Benefits
Posted date : May 24, 2008.
Veterans Affairs Canada Benefits - Feeling the pinch of restrictions onyour pension or retirement benefits? If you are a veteran, you may be eligible for certain benefits through Vetera....   Read more...

Save the CBC Orchestra
Posted date : May 24, 2008.
Save the CBC Orchestra - The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's recent decision to reprogram the format of CBC Radio 2 has led to the decision to disband the now 70-year-old ....   Read more...

Medipac Early Bird Travel Insurance Special
Posted date : May 24, 2008.
Medipac Early Bird Travel Insurance Special - Medipac Travel Insurance is happy to declare that the early bird travel insurance season is now open!All purchases of the Medipac Travel Insurance Pla....   Read more...

Canadian Credit Cards at US Gas Pumps
Posted date : May 22, 2008.
Canadian Credit Cards at US Gas Pumps - Snowbirds may encounter problems when using their credit cards at some U.S. gas pumps. Certain gas stations have implemented a zip code validation for....   Read more...

New Scammers After Credit Cards
Posted date : May 22, 2008.
New Scammers After Credit Cards - Here is yet another credit card scam to add to the seemingly endless number of existing scams. Be aware of callers claiming to represent the Security ....   Read more...

Enhanced Driver’s Licences at the Border
Posted date : May 22, 2008.
Enhanced Driver’s Licences at the Border - In an effort to reduce wait times at Canada-U.S. border crossings, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff announced that enhanced Canadian drive....   Read more...

Warning! Dangerous Intra-hospital Infection Risk
Posted date : Oct 17, 2007.
Warning! Dangerous Intra-hospital Infection Risk - Clostridium difficile is the most common cause of infectious diarrhea in hospitalized patients in the industrialized world. It is commonly found in ho....   Read more...

Border Crossing
Posted date : Oct 17, 2007.
Border Crossing - The U.S. government will require Canadian citizens to carry government-issued photo identification (such as a driver’s licence), plus proof of citiz....   Read more...

Simplified Passport Renewal Process
Posted date : Oct 17, 2007.
Simplified Passport Renewal Process - Since August 15, 2007, it is easier to renew your Canadian passport. Through the simplified passport renewal process, qualified applicants no longer h....   Read more...

Consumer Protection
Posted date : Aug 07, 2007.
Consumer Protection - Home RenovationsRenovations don’t automatically add to the value of your home. Don’t be talked into unnecessary renovations. Don’t be pressured ....   Read more...

8840 – To File or Not to File
Posted date : Jun 06, 2007.
8840 – To File or Not to File - If you have been spending an extensive amount of time in the United States over the last few years, it is imperative that you take the Substantial Pre....   Read more...

Signs Your Identity Has Been Stolen
Posted date : Jun 06, 2007.
Signs Your Identity Has Been Stolen - Bills and statements don't arrive when they're supposed to - they may have been stolen from the mailbox or someone has changed the mailing address.You....   Read more...

B.C. Property Assessment Appeals Deadline
Posted date : Jun 01, 2007.
B.C. Property Assessment Appeals Deadline - B.C. Property Assessment Appeals Dead line is January 31, 2007Rick Thorpe, British Columbia's Minister Responsible for the British Columbia Assessment....   Read more...

EPCA-2 Test for Prostate Cancer
Posted date : Jun 01, 2007.
EPCA-2 Test for Prostate Cancer - The last issue of CSANews described a new test used to detect prostate cancer earlier and more efficiently than the PSA test. Unfortunately, the test ....   Read more...

Passport Required
Posted date : Jun 01, 2007.
Passport Required - Effective January 23, 2007, all persons (including U.S. citizens and Canadian citizens) travelling by air will require a valid passport to enter and r....   Read more...

E-mail Fraud Alert
Posted date : Dec 20, 2006.
E-mail Fraud Alert - E-mail Fraud AlertSome Canadians are receiving e-mails fraudulently identified as coming from the Department of Finance Canada that promise a tax refu....   Read more...

New prostate cancer EPCA
Posted date : May 30, 2007.
New prostate cancer EPCA - Recent studies show that a new cancer antigen-2 (EPCA-2) blood test may be more effective in detecting prostate cancer than the currently used prostat....   Read more...

Proposed change to US -VISIT
Posted date : May 30, 2007.
Proposed change to US -VISIT - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has recently announced a proposed rule change to the photographing and digital finger-scanning procedures of ....   Read more...

Enhanced security measures for air travel: Be prepared
Posted date : May 30, 2007.
Enhanced security measures for air travel: Be prepared - Enhanced security measures for air travel normally result in checkpoint delays. You can help to minimize the inspection time by ensuring that you do n....   Read more...

Drive Safely
Posted date : May 28, 2007.
Drive Safely - Nearly 80 per cent of all automobile accidents involve driver inattention, according to a major report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Admini....   Read more...

Beware of SPIM
Posted date : May 28, 2007.
Beware of SPIM - Now that we are well trained in the art of avoiding spam in our e-mail accounts, we should also now be wary of Instant Messages from unknown users whe....   Read more...

Debit and Credit Card Skimming
Posted date : Jul 14, 2006.
Debit and Credit Card Skimming - On July 13, 2006, the manager of the Rainbow Esso Gas Station, located at 2688 Dundas Street West, Mississauga, discovered a new s....   Read more...

To File or not to File
Posted date : May 27, 2007.
To File or not to File - If you have been spending an extensive amount of time in the United States over the last few years, it is imperative that you take the Substantial Pre....   Read more...

Passport Deadline Imminent
Posted date : May 27, 2007.
Passport Deadline Imminent - Despite extensive lobbying by Governors of American Border States, the Canadian Border Services Agency and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, it appears....   Read more...

Florida's New Self-Defence Law
Posted date : May 25, 2007.
Florida's New Self-Defence Law - On October 1, 2005, the state of Florida passed a legislation that will allow people to justly "meet force with force" if they are threatened or attac....   Read more...

Sneaky Scams: Be aware!
Posted date : May 25, 2007.
Sneaky Scams: Be aware! - Here are just a few more illegal schemes to be aware of, whether you're online, on the telephone, or at your front door. Reloading Also known as "....   Read more...

Medipac Hits the Target!
Posted date : May 25, 2007.
Medipac Hits the Target! - At the beginning of the Medipac Early Bird Insurance campaign, it was pledged that $5.00 would be contributed to the Heart & Stroke Foundation for eve....   Read more...

US-Visit Update
Posted date : May 23, 2007.
US-Visit Update - Canadian citizens, with proof of Canadian citizenship, can travel to the U.S. for a maximum of 182 days (6 months) each year. With a few exceptions, C....   Read more...

Personal Importation of Beef Not Permitted
Posted date : May 23, 2007.
Personal Importation of Beef Not Permitted - On July 18, 2005, Canadian/U.S. borders resumed commercial beef importation. Live Canadian cattle under 30 months of age is again permitted entry into....   Read more...

Get it in writing!
Posted date : May 23, 2007.
Get it in writing! - A recent study conducted by psychologists at the University of Washington found that persons in their mid 60's and older were easily swayed and were m....   Read more...

Tips to Avoid Identity Theft
Posted date : May 20, 2007.
Tips to Avoid Identity Theft - 1. The next time you order cheques, have only your initials (instead of first name) and last name put on them. If someone takes your cheque book, the....   Read more...

Indoor Air Quality
Posted date : May 20, 2007.
Indoor Air Quality - Is the air quality inside your home up to snuff? Floors, carpets and upholstery can be major sources of bacteria, mould spores and allergies. You m....   Read more...

Stop Them Dead in Their Tracks
Posted date : May 20, 2007.
Stop Them Dead in Their Tracks - If your wallet is stolen or missing, call the national credit reporting organizations immediately to place a fraud alert on your name and Social Insur....   Read more...

U.S. Banking Information Scam
Posted date : May 20, 2007.
U.S. Banking Information Scam - This latest scam involves the misuse of the W8-BEN form (Certificate of Foreign Status of Beneficial Owner for United States Tax Withholding). The W8-....   Read more...

Are You Aware of ALL Your Medical Conditions?
Posted date : May 20, 2007.
Are You Aware of ALL Your Medical Conditions? - CANADIAN SNOWBIRDS BE AWARE AWARE is the key word in my story and will come up again several times. It all started in September of 2004 when my ....   Read more...

W8-BEN SCAM Targeting Canadian Snowbirds
Posted date : Jun 29, 2005.
The CSA wishes to inform its members of a newly discovered "SCAM" targeting Canadian snowbirds. This SCAM involves the use of a bogus W8-BEN form - Certificate of Foreign Status of Beneficial Owner for United States Tax Withholding. W8-BEN SCAM Targeting Canadian Snowbirds - U.S. BANKING INFORMATION SCAMW8-BEN – Certificate of Foreign Status of Beneficial Owner for United States Tax WithholdingThe Canadian Snowbird Assoc....   Read more...

Passports for Canadians
Posted date : May 17, 2007.
Passports for Canadians - Phase 1 – by December 31, 2005 (this year) – U.S. citizens, Canadian citizens, and citizens of Bermuda entering the U.S. by air or sea FROM THE CA....   Read more...

Phishing
Posted date : May 17, 2007.
Phishing - Phishing attacks are "look alike" e-mails and fraudulent websites designed to fool recipients into divulging personal financial data, such as credit c....   Read more...

Identify a Stroke in Less than One Minute
Posted date : May 16, 2007.
Identify a Stroke in Less than One Minute - Time is critical in treating stroke victims. If you suspect that someone is having a stroke, ask the person to perform the following three tasks: Sm....   Read more...

Avoid Identify Theft
Posted date : May 16, 2007.
Avoid Identify Theft - Follow these helpful tips to avoid misuse of your personal and financial information: Store financial statements and other personal documents in a sa....   Read more...

2004 Closer Connection Form
Posted date : May 16, 2007.
2004 Closer Connection Form - The 2004 Closer Connection form 8840 is now available on the IRS website, located at www.irs.gov, and a link is provided to the form on the CSA websit....   Read more...

Border Security and the US Presidential Election
Posted date : May 15, 2007.
Border Security and the US Presidential Election - Our American friends go to the polls November 2. Snowbirds should expect heightened security this fall at all U.S. border points. The U.S. Department ....   Read more...

Be Prepared for a Hurricane
Posted date : May 15, 2007.
Be Prepared for a Hurricane - Would you know what to do if a hurricane was coming your way? Being prepared in advance is the best way to reduce the chances of personal injury and m....   Read more...

Protect your Home from Fire
Posted date : May 15, 2007.
Protect your Home from Fire - Did you know that your home is 10 times more likely to have a fire than to be burglarized? Fortunately, you can easily protect your home and family ag....   Read more...

Medipac Clients and Vioxx
Posted date : Sep 24, 2004.
Medipac Clients and Vioxx - Merck &. Co., Inc. announced the voluntary worldwide withdrawal of VIOXX® (rofecoxib), its arthritis and acute pain medication on Sept. 3....   Read more...

Get Your Passport!
Posted date : May 10, 2007.
Get Your Passport! - Although Canadian citizens are not required to show a passport when crossing the border into the U.S., we strongly recommend that you always carry it ....   Read more...

US-VISIT Program
Posted date : May 10, 2007.
US-VISIT Program - Effective September 30, 2004, Canadian Residents who are NOT CITIZENS of Canada will be required to provide an inkless digital fingerprint and pose fo....   Read more...

Medipac Notice to Atlantic Canada Snowbirds
Posted date : May 10, 2007.
Medipac Notice to Atlantic Canada Snowbirds - Travel insurance policy wordings frequently change from year to year, and changes are often significant. We recommend that you read your most current ....   Read more...

Satellite Confusion
Posted date : May 05, 2007.
Satellite Confusion - Many members have asked us if it is legal to use their Canadian satellite system in the U.S., and vice versa. We have been contacting satellite provid....   Read more...

Carbon Monoxide Detectors for the RV and the Boat
Posted date : May 05, 2007.
Carbon Monoxide Detectors for the RV and the Boat - Many home owners have been thoughtful enough to purchase Carbon Monoxide Detectors for the house, but don't forget to protect you and your family when....   Read more...

Pick a Colour...
Posted date : May 05, 2007.
Pick a Colour... - Buying a new car? A recent study showed that silver cars are 50 per cent less likely to be involved in collisions compared to white, blue, red and yel....   Read more...

Make Sure Everyone Buckles Up!
Posted date : May 05, 2007.
Make Sure Everyone Buckles Up! - A recent study conducted by the Journal of American Medicine determined that a vehicle occupant is 20 per cent more likely to die in a crash when anot....   Read more...

Don't Get Burned!
Posted date : May 05, 2007.
Don't Get Burned! - The number of deaths resulting from fires caused by unattended candles has increased over 300 per cent in the last 20 years. This is largely attribute....   Read more...

Changes in the FIRPTA
Posted date : May 02, 2007.
Changes in the FIRPTA - As of November 3, 2003 anyone who purchases property from a foreigner on U.S. soil (i.e. a Canadian who owns U.S. Property) that is valued over $300,0....   Read more...

BC Residency Questions Finally Answered!
Posted date : May 02, 2007.
BC Residency Questions Finally Answered! - As a direct result of the extensive efforts of the CSA, we have finally received a policy letter from the government of British Columbia regarding the....   Read more...

Crossing the Border: Leave Your Meat at Home
Posted date : May 02, 2007.
Crossing the Border: Leave Your Meat at Home - We've been getting many calls asking what kind of meat you can take over the border for you trip. Meats, meat products, and animal by-products from ru....   Read more...

Undisclosed Top-Ups
Posted date : Apr 25, 2007.
Undisclosed Top-Ups - Most insurance companies, including Medipac, have a fee to Top-Up other insurance plans which can range from $20 to $50. Some snowbirds attempt to sav....   Read more...

Suspending Medicare Premiums?
Posted date : Apr 25, 2007.
Suspending Medicare Premiums? - It has come to our attention that some snowbirds have attempted, and perhaps succeeded, in suspending their Medicare premiums while they are away, in ....   Read more...

Gadget Alert
Posted date : Apr 25, 2007.
Gadget Alert - The U.S. department of homeland security has added a new directive to security screeners at airports to more employ greater scrutiny with the followin....   Read more...

CIBC Currency Exchange Fees Increase
Posted date : Apr 25, 2007.
CIBC Currency Exchange Fees Increase - The CIBC has announced that users of their credit cards will be assessed a 2.5% administrative fee on all transactions involving foreign currency star....   Read more...

Do Not Call List
Posted date : Apr 20, 2007.
Do Not Call List - Recently the United States government made the Do Not Call Registry available nationally. Once an individual registers their US cellular or home phone....   Read more...

Going Down South - Q & A
Posted date : Apr 20, 2007.
Going Down South - Q & A - Questions about visiting the U.S.? You may be able to find some answers about tax implications, residency status, border wait times, what you can take....   Read more...

Permanent Resident Card for Non-Canadian Citizens
Posted date : Apr 15, 2007.
Permanent Resident Card for Non-Canadian Citizens - Permanent residents of Canada who travel abroad and wish to re-enter Canada must have a valid Permanent Resident Card (PRC). Residents who became afte....   Read more...

Visa Requirements for Canadian Landed Immigrants
Posted date : Apr 15, 2007.
Visa Requirements for Canadian Landed Immigrants - As of March 17, 2003, all landed immigrants and permanent residents of Canada must possess a non-immigrant visa as well as a valid passport to enter t....   Read more...

British Commonwealth and Visas for the US
Posted date : Apr 12, 2007.
British Commonwealth and Visas for the US - Canadian residents who are actually citizens of British Commonwealth countries will likely be required to apply for a visitor's visa for visits to the....   Read more...

Phone Fraud Follow-up
Posted date : Apr 12, 2007.
Phone Fraud Follow-up - In the last issue of CSA News, we informed you of a scam in which you would be asked to call a number to inquire about a sick or deceased relative. Ke....   Read more...

Listen to Your Heart!
Posted date : Apr 12, 2007.
Listen to Your Heart! - A disturbing statistic on heart attacks is that a very high percentage of people ignore the early warning signs and suffer far more severe damage to t....   Read more...

Don't be Fooled by Imitations!
Posted date : Apr 12, 2007.
Don't be Fooled by Imitations! - There have been several organizations attempting to take advantage of our SNOWBIRD name. Please be advised that the CANADIAN SNOWBIRD ASSOCIATION has ....   Read more...

Pack Well...Or It Will Cost You.
Posted date : Apr 09, 2007.
Pack Well...Or It Will Cost You. - Flying to your destination this winter? Beware! Airlines are starting to clamp down on luggage size and weight, according to the Travel Goods Associat....   Read more...

Drive Now, Talk Later!
Posted date : Apr 09, 2007.
Drive Now, Talk Later! - Talking on a cellular phone while driving may be as dangerous ­ perhaps more so ­ than drinking and driving. Researchers at the British Transport Re....   Read more...

Yet Another Phone Scam
Posted date : Apr 09, 2007.
Yet Another Phone Scam - We've already told our members to be aware of people calling to tell you that you've won a prize and giving a phoney number for you to call to collect....   Read more...

Border Guard
Posted date : Apr 06, 2007.
Border Guard - Certain offices of the United States Government have requested that the CSA keep track of border crossing incidents that go a little over the line.If ....   Read more...

When there's an Ill, there's a Way
Posted date : Apr 06, 2007.
When there's an Ill, there's a Way - Recently there has been a notable increase in the theft of luxury vehicles.Do you think your vehicle is safe because it has an anti-theft device? Thin....   Read more...

Dangerous Air Bags
Posted date : Apr 05, 2007.
Dangerous Air Bags - A recent public warning was issued in Ontario and Quebec on the dangers of REBUILT air bags that were replaced in vehicles in 1998 or later. If you ha....   Read more...

More on Passports
Posted date : Apr 05, 2007.
More on Passports - The crossing of the US border will be subject to much more scrutiny than in the past. The INS has been given funding to hire up to 30,000 new employee....   Read more...

Drug Runners?
Posted date : Apr 05, 2007.
Drug Runners? - Every snowbird, really, falls in to this category and there is a lot of confusion on the part of border guards as to the various regulations. A US ci....   Read more...

Feeling Faint. Possible Stroke or TIA? Sitting Up Is Right!!
Posted date : Apr 05, 2007.
Feeling Faint. Possible Stroke or TIA? Sitting Up Is Right!! - This one really surprised us! Our instinctive reaction with any illness is to have the "patient" lie down and rest to see if it will pass. Wrong!Feeli....   Read more...

Arresting Cardiac Arrest
Posted date : Apr 03, 2007.
Arresting Cardiac Arrest - In the US, the national resuscitation rate of a person suffering a cardiac arrest is a very low 3-5%, primarily because a cardiac defibrillator is not....   Read more...

Herbs and Drugs a Risky Mix
Posted date : Apr 03, 2007.
Herbs and Drugs a Risky Mix - One of the most serious herb-drug complications occurs when warfarin ­ an anticoagulant with a narrow dosage range that is often prescribed to preven....   Read more...

Nitrates and Viagara: Deadly Combination?
Posted date : Apr 03, 2007.
Nitrates and Viagara: Deadly Combination? - A new study confirms that you shouldn't take nitrate medications, such as the heart drug nitroglycerin, in combination with the impotence drug sildena....   Read more...

Quebec Passport Changes
Posted date : Apr 03, 2007.
Quebec Passport Changes - Effective immediately, the province of Quebec will no longer accept birth certificates, issued prior to 1994, as valid proof of identity to obtain a p....   Read more...

Move While You're on the Move
Posted date : Apr 01, 2007.
Move While You're on the Move - Long-distance travelling often means hours sitting in a cramped position. The result can be formation of blood clots in the legs, a condition called d....   Read more...

Phone Crooks
Posted date : Apr 01, 2007.
Phone Crooks - AT&T has recently released a fraud warning for area code (809). Calls to this area code are billable in the same manner as the (900) area code, th....   Read more...

Causeway Collapse in Texas
Posted date : Apr 01, 2007.
Causeway Collapse in Texas - The death toll is now four, after four loaded barges slammed into the state's longest bridge, the Queen Isabella Causeway, early this morning. Three o....   Read more...

Do not press 90#!
Posted date : Mar 09, 2007.
Do not press 90#! - Do NOT press 90# on your home phone. A person identifying himself as an AT&T service technician conducting a test on our telephone line called a f....   Read more...

Health Hazard Alert
Posted date : Mar 08, 2007.
Health Hazard Alert - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency, in April 2001, issued a warning on Autumn Monkshood, a perennial plant that is, or was, available at nurseries in....   Read more...

New Drug Therapies
Posted date : Mar 08, 2007.
New Drug Therapies - Two new drugs have recently become available in Canada that show substantially better results, and far fewer side effects, than traditional treatments....   Read more...

When Enough is Enough
Posted date : Mar 08, 2007.
When Enough is Enough - A University of Miami study recently showed that the risk of heart attack increases fourfold within 1 to 2 hours following a heavy meal. Many doctors,....   Read more...

Email Attacks
Posted date : Mar 08, 2007.
Email Attacks - We have all heard of computer viruses and they can be devastating to the information you have accumulated in your computer. Most viruses are spread th....   Read more...

Cold Medicine Recall
Posted date : Mar 07, 2007.
Cold Medicine Recall - On Monday, Nov. 6, 2000, The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), followed by Health Canada, issued a health advisory warning that phenyl....   Read more...

Travel Scams
Posted date : Mar 06, 2007.
Travel Scams - Services that require payment "up front" have, unfortunately, become a haven for unscrupulous individuals. The travel industry is one that seems to be....   Read more...

Hotel Security
Posted date : Mar 06, 2007.
Hotel Security - As you prepare to head south, you'll undoubtedly be staying in a hotel for a night or two. Here are some general hotel safety tips to ensure a pleasur....   Read more...

Work at Home, Make a Million...Not a Chance
Posted date : Mar 06, 2007.
Work at Home, Make a Million...Not a Chance - You've seen the ads offering great sums of money for you to work from home...how legitimate are they?Many are scams targeting those who can least affo....   Read more...

Common Sense
Posted date : Mar 05, 2007.
Common Sense - We've all heard it ­ An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Sometimes (and quite often), that ounce of prevention comes in the form of ever....   Read more...

Just Sign on the Bottom Line!
Posted date : Mar 05, 2007.
Just Sign on the Bottom Line! - Have you ever felt rushed into signing on the dotted line for some home improvement work? If you have, you're not alone. Each year, unscrupulous con a....   Read more...

ATM Safety
Posted date : Mar 05, 2007.
ATM Safety - You're in a large mall using an automatic teller machine. How secure are you, really? If you approach the machine and then start fishing in your purse....   Read more...

My Aching Feet
Posted date : Mar 05, 2007.
My Aching Feet - If you're as young as you feel, are your feet making you feel old before your time? Aching feet can put a damper on any festive occasion ­ ask anyone....   Read more...

Checking the Cheque
Posted date : Mar 04, 2007.
Checking the Cheque - One particularly onerous scam against seniors preys on those suffering from memory loss. Once choosing his or her "mark," the con artist will call the....   Read more...

Speed Traps
Posted date : Mar 04, 2007.
Speed Traps - A recent article in the National Post has warned motorists to avoid the north Florida towns of Lawtey and Waldo. According to the Post, "Waldo...gathe....   Read more...

Canada Post
Posted date : Mar 03, 2007.
Canada Post - CSA member J. Winterburn ran into an interesting predicament last winter with Canada Post. When his insurance company sent a registered letter to Mr. ....   Read more...

Phony Phone Messages
Posted date : Mar 03, 2007.
Phony Phone Messages - We all (hopefully) know that when we call a 1-900 number, our telephone company will charge us on our phone bill, usually on a per-minute basis. Charg....   Read more...

Unscrupulous Telemarketers
Posted date : Mar 03, 2007.
Unscrupulous Telemarketers - If you suspect that unscrupulous telemarketers are targeting a relative or friend, watch for the following signs:A marked increase in the amount of ....   Read more...

Travellers' Cheque Catch-22
Posted date : Mar 02, 2007.
Travellers' Cheque Catch-22 - CSA member Kenneth Ramsay wrote to warn fellow members about a sea of red tape he fell into after a recent holiday. While on vacation in Green Valle....   Read more...

Snowbird Precautions
Posted date : Mar 02, 2007.
Snowbird Precautions - Here are some wise words of caution from the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade: Given uncertain weather conditions (such as the....   Read more...

Hurricane Wilma Travel Advisory
Posted date : Mar 02, 2007.
Hurricane Wilma Travel Advisory - Hurricane Wilma is now a Category 4 storm, which only two days ago was the most intense Atlantic hurricane ever recorded packing sustained winds up to....   Read more...

Hello, Hello?
Posted date : Mar 01, 2007.
Hello, Hello? - Pacemaker patients should be careful the next time they come in contact with a cellular phone. Sometimes, the pacemaker will mistake the signal coming....   Read more...

Grapefruit Alert
Posted date : Mar 01, 2007.
Grapefruit Alert - CSA members Joan and Russ Stapleton wrote to advise us of an important health notice in the Kings Health Centre Health Digest. Those who drink grap....   Read more...

Home Safety
Posted date : Mar 01, 2007.
Home Safety - The Internet provides a wealth of information ­ including some important home safety tips. Special thanks to Vicki Kirby, R.N., Community Educatio....   Read more...

Automobile Returns
Posted date : Mar 01, 2007.
Automobile Returns - Many snowbirds use "driving service" companies to deliver their car to and from their winter destination. If they have an accident, YOUR insurance mus....   Read more...