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Lois and I have arrived

in Florida just

a little ahead of the first snowstorm to

hit the East Coast and we are looking

forward to spending a warmwinter with

family and friends.

Speaking of friends, we had the good

fortune of meeting many of you dur-

ing our fall round of Snowbird Lifestyle

Presentations. This year, we began our

tour in St. John’s, Newfoundland. We

then headed to Halifax, Nova Scotia,

Summerside, P.E.I. and Moncton, New

Brunswick. Next up was a stop in

Montreal, Quebec before finishing the

tour in Ontario with stops in Nepean,

Richmond Hill and Lindsay. I’m happy

to report that we signed up many new

members and I would like to thank all

of the volunteers who came out to help

us put on these productions. Thanks

to all of you, the membership of the

Canadian Snowbird Association con-

tinues to grow; it’s an exciting time for

the association.

Many of you have already asked me

what the results of the recent midterm

election in the United States mean for

our retiree visa initiative. At this point,

we do not expect the JOLT Act to pass

before the new Congress is sworn in, in

January of 2015. As you may recall, the

JOLT Act has already been passed by the

United States Senate as it was included

in the controversial immigration reform

legislation of 2013.

The JOLT Act (as it exists on the House

side) is a bipartisan, stand-alone bill with

166 co-sponsors divided almost evenly

between Democrats and Republicans.

One of the biggest obstacles on the

House side was a lack of will to deal with

anything that addressed comprehen-

sive immigration reform and that would

certainly include many of the provisions

in the senate bill of which our visa was

a part.

Now that many of the more con-

troversial proposals found in the

original senate immigration reform bill

have been passed by President Obama’s

recent Executive Order, we suspect

that there will be an opportunity for

the JOLT Act to be reintroduced in the

Senate, either as a stand-alone bill or

as part of a less controversial package

of visa reforms. Again, it is important to

remember that, unlike comprehensive

immigration reform, the JOLT Act enjoys

strong bipartisan support from both

Democrats and Republicans. With that

level of support, we have no doubt that

it will be reintroduced early in the New

Year. We will be heading to Washington

before the new session of Congress to sit

down with some of the key co-sponsors

(who were all re-elected) to get their

feedback on a planned reintroduction


After recently completing our fall

round of Snowbird Lifestyle Presenta-

tions, it’s hard to believe that it’s almost

time for the winter shows…but they

are right around the corner. This year’s

Florida Snowbird Extravaganza will be

held at the Lakeland Center in Lakeland,

Florida on Tuesday and Wednesday,

January 27 and 28, 2015. Our annual

Winter Texans’ Snowbird Extravaganza

will take place on Monday and Tues-

day, February 2 and 3, 2015 at the

McAllen Convention Center in McAllen,

Texas. Finally, our Canadian Snowbird

Celebration will be held on Tuesday and

Wednesday, February 10 and 11, 2015

at the Mesa Convention Center in Mesa,

Arizona. As always, these shows are

free of charge and continue to include

top-flight Canadian entertainment and

exhibitors from around North America.

They are also always a great opportunity

to catch up with old snowbird friends

and meet new ones.

If you are unable to attend any of

these shows, I would urge you to attend

one of our annual Winter Information

Meetings. These meetings are smaller in

size, but allow more time for the mem-

bers to interact and receive updates on

important snowbird topics of interest

from the CSA board of directors. There

is still plenty of first-rate entertainment

and, again, all of these shows are free

so why not come out and spend an

afternoon with your snowbird friends

and neighbours and catch a great show

while you’re at it?

Our 2015 Winter Information Meeting

tour begins in Lake Havasu City, Arizona

on Friday, February 13, 2015. We then

head to Indio, California on Monday,

February 16 before heading back to

Arizona for shows in Yuma and Casa

Grande on Tuesday, February 17 and

Thursday, February 19.

We conclude our tour in Florida

with stops in Punta Gorda on Monday,

February 23, Largo onTuesday, February

24 and Bonita Springs on Thursday,

February 26. Specific venues and times

can be found elsewhere in this edition

of the magazine.

Have a safe and wonderful

winter in the sun!

Bob Slack

CSA President