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discussed the amount of time for which we are allowed
to be absent from our province and still retain our health
care. We stated that we are Canadians and, as such,
should be allowed to travel anywhere in our great coun-
try and still be covered. This is something which every
member should discuss with his or her local member of
I can assure you that every director will be working hard
during the summer months to protect the rights of all
travelling Canadians.
Have a safe and healthy summer and we hope to see you
all in the winter season.
Gerry and Joan
Gerry Brissenden
CSA Past President
Once again, it is nice to be back in Canada. We always enjoy our
winters in the United States, but it is always good to be back
As you saw in the last issue of
, Joan and I were very
busy with Canada Club meetings and mailing out the placemats.
I received some very nice e-mails and letters from people who
used the placemats. They prove to be great for both our Canadian
members and their American friends. Order yours early for next
season and, if you would like one of our directors to attend and
give a brief presentation at your event, just call the office at
1-800-265-3200 giving us the date, location and time.
Once back in Canada, we started to attend political events; our
first was a fish fry put on as a fundraiser by our local MP Bruce
Stanton. This was followed up by the spring Board of Directors
meeting in Toronto. At this meeting, the directors and spouses
were brought up to date about the “Retiree Visa.” This will allow
Canadians to spend up to 240 days in the U.S. Now I know that
many of you will not want to spend that amount of time but,
should you need to spend a few days cross-border shopping
after being away for the winter, or if for some reason you wish to
extend your U.S. stay for a few days, this option will be available
for you. Some people like to go on a cruise during the summer
In May, Joan and I attended the Ontario Provincial Police
Veterans’ Association annual general meeting in Sudbury. I am a
lifetime member of the OPPVA and always attend their meetings.
We have a table on which to display the CSA magazines and I
always get an opportunity to speak about the CSA at the AGM.
During our time in Sudbury, we took the opportunity to go down
into one of the mines; this is something which everyone should
experience…it is amazing to see how they have progressed with
safety over the years.
Next, it was a meeting with MPP Laurie Scott in Lindsay, Ontario,
followed by a meeting at Queen’s Park with MPP John O’Toole;
at these two meetings, I was accompanied by one of our new
directors, Karen Huestis. During the meetings, we discussed the
Canada Health Act and the fact that the Ontario government
was failing to obey the portability section of the act. We also
Travels of Gerry and Joan
The phone number for placemat orders is
Oh, say can you see
by the dawn's early light
what so proudly we hailed at the
twilight's last gleaming?
whose broad stripes and bright stars
thru the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched were
so gallantly streaming?
and the rocket's red glare,
the bombs bursting in air,
gave proof thru the night that our
flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled
banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and
the home of the brave?
O canada!
Our home and native land!
true patriot love
in all thy sons command.
with glowing hearts
we see thee rise,
the true North
strong and free!
from far and wide,
O canada,
we stand on guard for thee.
god keep our land
glorious and free!
O canada,
we stand on guard for thee.
O canada,
we stand on guard for thee.
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