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4 months ago

It pays to get a second opinion

Royce Shook · I had an interesting experience at our local Canadian Tire store. For those who are not familiar with Canadian Tire, they are a chain of Tire stores across Canada. To describe them as a Tire store does not do them justice. Think of a tire store, an automotive shop, a hardware sto ...

4 months ago

Promoting the labour force participation Of older Canadians

Royce Shook · In 2018 the government published a report on the labour force participation of older Canadians. It was relatively upbeat, and it saw a world where there would not be widespread labour shortages over the next 5 to ten years. Then the Pandemic hit in 2020 and we are still feeling t ...

4 months ago

Four big retirement risks

Royce Shook · My brother did not have a pension plan when he was working. He was self-employed, so he created his own plan. When he was developing his plan, he realized that there were five major risks in planning for retirement: · Longevity risk — the risk he will outlive his money · Market r ...

7 months ago

Seniors get a raise in Canada but it is age based.

Royce Shook · An increase · to the Old Age Security pension for seniors aged 75 years and older was given to seniors in Canada a while back which I think is unfair to all those younger seniors between the ages of 65 and 75. We received our first increase last month and I must admit every incre ...

7 months ago

When you live in the second largest country in the world...

Renée 🐝 Cormier · FYI, the province of Ontario covers more than 1000 sq kilometres and has 250,000 lakes. It's not even the most beautiful province in Canada.

7 months ago

5 Ways to Relax and Have Fun in Canada

Joyce Knox · As one of the most stunning countries with unique side attractions, Canada offers countless activities and one-of-a-kind experiences for tourists. People tend to spend their free time and holidays in various ways. Some do so by participating in recreational activities; others are ...

9 months ago

Ageism is alive and well in Canada thanks to neoliberal thinking

Royce Shook · In Canada in the 1980s-early 1990s, a subtle change started to take place in society as neoliberalism’s creeping ideological rhetoric entered the public domain. The mantra of “individual (or personal) responsibility” and “choice” could be found over and over again in everything f ...

10 months ago

Life expectancy in the age of COVID

Royce Shook · A friend of mine who is just turning 70 just finished treatment for cancer talked about the fact that he had many friends who were younger than him who had died. I did some checking to see if his anecdotal experiences were part of a general trend. I always thought we were living ...

11 months ago

Are Canadians prepared for retirement? Short answer is yes

Royce Shook · Fidelity’s 2021 Retirement Report suggests that COVID has had a major impact on how Canadians prepare for retirement. Shifts in global culture have affected both pre-and post-retirement respondents brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic according to data collected in 2021. Twenty ...

1 year ago

Why worry?

Royce Shook · Alfred ENeuman' from Mad magazine used to say · “What, me worry?”, and there are many things to worry about today, but a recent survey by Pollara, a Canadian public opinion and market research firm, found that there were three main life events that Canadians worry about the most ...

1 year ago

Some Good News

Royce Shook · Some good news that we may have overlooked because of the Pandemic · In 2021 Defined Pension funds came through the pandemic in surprisingly good health, with solvency funding levels at new highs thanks to rebounding equity markets and high long-term bond yields. · The pandemic h ...

1 year ago

Canadians need a good laugh today.

Renée 🐝 Cormier ·

1 year ago


Jim Murray ·

1 year ago

Cramming for retirement

Royce Shook · Failing to plan is planning to fail.” As cliché as it sounds, it’s a piece of advice that too many people are failing to act on especially when it comes to retirement. I speak from personal experience. I retired before I was ready and even though I had more than five years left b ...

1 year ago

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Jim Murray ·

1 year ago

What older Canadians have said about the use of cannabis:

Royce Shook ·  In the workshops we give on Health and Wellness to seniors in Canada, (because of ZOOM we are giving workshops in Edmonton, and Ottawa, not just in BC) many participants have asked us about the use of medical cannabis. So, about a month ago, I did some searching and came up with ...

1 year ago

Post from Jim Murray

Jim Murray · THE ELECTION NOBODY WANTS · The Canadian government has just called a snap election, and I can understand why. They know that the Conservatives don't really have their shit together, and the NDP is not as popular as it needs to be to win a majority. The general consensus among Ca ...

1 year ago

Residential School issue in Canada

Royce Shook · I received an email from my friend George about the Residential School issues that we as Canadians have not yet faced or dealt with in any substantial manner. There are those who don't want to face the reality of what we as a nation did and they are spreading misinformation via s ...

1 year ago

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Jim Murray ·

2 years ago

What to do?

Royce Shook · For those of us in Canada, there is a great deal of uncertainty about what we can do when we are vaccinated. In the U.S. the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released guidelines on March 8 for fully vaccinated individuals, saying they can safely meet indoors ...

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