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Dear Bird Talk,
This is the e-mail I sent to the Flag Expert and his
answer to me. I was questioning the combination
Canadian and American flag. I think your readers
will find this interesting.
“I am a Canadian who lives in Florida for the
winter. Some Canadians in our park are flying
flags that are one flag with both the American and
Canadian flags printed on them. Is this practice
followed in proper etiquette? What is suggested?
What flags should we have outdoors, if any? I truly
appreciate your help in this matter. Thank you.”
Christine Sherlock
Reply: We are aware of the combination Canadian/
United States “flag”; we would not recommend
displaying it. We would suggest that you proudly
display both the United States and Canadian
national flags from two separate flagpoles. Thank
you for your patriotic concern.
Michael D. Buss
Deputy Director, A/C&Y Division
Dear Bird Talk,
I read with interest the Bird Talk in Summer 2013
issue of
; in particular, page 9. I receive
acknowledgement for my annual filings (of Form
8840) by making sure my filing is done with an AR
“Advice of Receipt Registered International”which
I purchase at my local Canada Post office here in
Penticton. I trust this helps other snowbirds.
Rick Thorpe, Director Western Canada, CSA
Penticton, BC
Ed.: An excellent way to file your 8840.
Dear Bird Talk,
I am a member of the PSHCP and encountered
the same problem as Wayne Hays, Barry’s Bay
ON, regarding acquiring a six-month supply of
medicine versus three months.
Solution – I called my medical benefits provider
and explained my needs. I also asked them how
they expected me to acquire sufficient medicine
to see me through a six-month stay in the U.S., as
shipping drugs cross-border was illegal?
There was no argument and the solution was
Call ahead (they suggested a 30-day lead before
departure) and they would remove the computer
stop, thus allowing my pharmacist to fill my
doctor’s subscription authorizing a six-month
supply. Hope this helps others!
Tom Byrne
Fernie, BC
Ed.: Another excellent solution to the “drug” problem.
This is very common – because the computer says
so…we can’t do that. Tom found someone to “fix”
the computer.
Dear Bird Talk,
I am writing with reference to Mr. Dawe’s letter
regarding Aspirin and NSAIDs in CSA’s summer
2013 edition. Mr. Dawe states that he “could not
find any product that contained ASA” in Florida,
and all the Aspirin products that he did find “all
contained NSAIDs.”
is not an ingredient or a drug added
to Aspirin;
rather, it is a classification of a large
group of drugs, of which Aspirin is one. NSAIDs
(non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) decrease
pain and inflammation, but a major side-effect is
the decreasing of normal clotting factors in the
Ibuprofen, Naproxen, Aspirin and Meloxicam are
all NSAIDs, just to name a few. Aspirin (C9H8O4)
with the chemical name acetylsalicylic acid (or
ASA) was first distributed in pill form in 1900
by the Bayer Company of Germany. The drug
originated from the bark of the white willow tree
and was used to relieve pain and reduce fever.
One of Aspirin’s side-effects is anticoagulation
(thinning of the blood) or an anti-platelet agent.
The difficulty encountered by Mr. Dawe appears
to be that the American Bayer Company lists
Aspirin as its active ingredient…with NSAID in
brackets to indicate that the product belongs to
that classification of drugs, as is law in the U.S. In
Canada, drug companies selling Aspirin list ASA or
acetylsalicylic acid as the active ingredient with no
reference to NSAIDs
I spoke with the American Bayer Company in
Pennsylvania and explained the confusion. I
was told that the company would look into the
labelling of its Aspirin container and, possibly,
add ASA as its active ingredient. Both American
and Canadian low-dose Aspirin products contain
81 mg of ASA (also known as Aspirin), plus many
other inactive ingredients which give the pill its
composition and enteric coating.
I hope this clarification helps CSA readers
understand Mr. Dawe’s concern about buying
Aspirin in the U.S.
Ultimately, I agree with the editorial note that,
to be safe, take Canadian medications in their
original containers with you when you travel.
Kathleen Hagerman, RN (Retired)
Ed.: We had dozens of comments frommembers
with great information and suggestions. We chose
to print this one because Kathleen went directly to
the Bayer Company in hopes of eliminating any
confusion for our members.
Dear Bird Talk,
In the summer edition, there was some confusion
about NSAIDs in pills. NSAID stands for non-
steroidal anti-inflammatory drug. NSAID is used
as an adjective that helps to describe a drug; it is
not something that can be added or taken away.
The three main groups of NSAIDs are aspirin,
ibuprofen and naproxen, which are sold over the
counter in most countries. Aspirin is an NSAID.
“Aspirin” is acetylsalicylic acid – buy that as a
house brand, whether or not it says aspirin, and
you’ll be fine. If you need Motrin, Nurofen, Advil or
Nuprin, remember these are based on Ibuprofen –
I just look for generic Ibuprofen, sometimes at the
dollar stores as well as for house brands in drug
stores. Naproxen is another NSAID that is the basis
for a number of brand-name pain pills that may
be available as low-cost generics.
By the way, if you would like a cost-effective
antihistamine similar to Chlor-Tripolon for
allergies, try Novo-Pheniram (Chlorpheniramine
Maleate DIN 00021288); ask for it behind the
counter at a pharmacist in Canada. It’s about 10
cents a pill and half of one may work for you as it
does for me.
Murray Charlton
Burlington, ON
Ed.: The key point in this discussion is that Aspirin
acetylsalicylic acid and 81 mg of this is the same,
but in a generic or non-Bayer name form. The
antihistamine suggestion is interesting, but I would
check with my doctor before trying it to make sure
that it does not interfere with other medication
which you may be taking.
Dear Bird Talk,
Each of the provincial health plans, even the
“generous ones,” threaten their citizens with
cancellation of their provincial health-care plan
should they dare absent themselves from the
province for longer than some bureaucratically
set period of time. I suggest that such a draconian
punishment for temporarily abandoning one’s
province of residence for some number of days
effectively abrogates Canada’s Constitution Act
of 1982, Part I, paragraph 6 (1) which states: Every
citizen of Canada has the right to enter, remain in
and leave Canada. While many of our rights under
the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms are
subject to exclusions and restrictions, this is one
right that stands alone, unfettered and unlimited
– except by provincial bureaucracy which seeks to
limit it to an enumerated period of days.
Has anyone ever launched a constitutional
challenge to the provincial regulations? It seems
to me that most snowbirds find the potential loss
of their health-care policy such a fearsome threat
that they are effectively denied that fundamental
mobility right that is theirs under the Constitution.
Perhaps the CSA should augment its lobbying
efforts with a constitutional challenge in the
federal court.
Les L. Petry
Ed.: The CSA has extensively reviewed these issues
and we have been given the opinion that, even
should we win in the Supreme Court of Canada,
the provinces would not necessarily comply. This