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What do the Harper Conservatives have against seniors?

You would think that they would love us as a group -- not for our grey hair, but for our votes. In elections, Conservative parties usually gain the plurality of votes from seniors. I make no claim for greater wisdom on the part of the elderly but I would note that we do vote with the highest participation rate of any age group.

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Sweat and tears made Chilean Habitat experience very special

Over the years I had been involved in numerous one-day volunteer projects in the Ottawa area but I knew that there was something beyond that, especially since my retirement left me the time to get involved.

For me, it was Habitat for Humanity and a foreign land. It helped that the foreign land was in the southern hemisphere and I was also able to exchange minus-20 temperatures for plus-20 temperatures or, as I experienced, 20 days of blue skies and temperatures that ranged from 30 to 42 degrees.

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How safe is your pension?

Many retirees have found out that the pension they earned over decades of contributions to plans turned out to be less secure than they had assumed. In cases of bankruptcy such as Nortel, this has been a harsh reality for some seniors. Those who had participated in defined contribution plans found their dreams undermined when the stock market tanked in 2008. Even those in large pension plans such as the Ontario Teachers Pension Plan and Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS) have been faced not only with increased contribution rates but also stories of huge shortfalls in the pension fund.

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The importance of unions: Founding the Congress of Union Retirees of Canada

At the recent Convention of the Congress of Union Retirees of Canada, delegates heard Ed Broadbent speak on "Equality and the Importance of Unions," and we wanted to find out what their unions had meant to them. This column is the third in a series of columns based on interviews carried out at the convention by Angus Ricker.

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A letter carrier's lament: We all lose if postal services are cut

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It is the week before Christmas and it is -20 degrees with a wind chill of -30. The sidewalks are crowded with snow. This Christmas will be the last time that a grandmother can receive a card from her grandchild at her door. Next year even if her grandchild is willing to pay more than one dollar to have it "delivered," the card will never reach grandma's doorstep. How will she ever get it?

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The importance of unions: Lessons from the auto industry

At the recent Convention of the Congress of Union Retirees of Canada, delegates heard Ed Broadbent speak on "Equality and the Importance of Unions," and we wanted to find out what their unions had meant to them. This column is the second in a series of columns based on interviews carried out at the convention by Angus Ricker.

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The importance of unions: Retired hospital workers on the role of unions in their lives

At the recent Convention of the Congress of Union Retirees of Canada, delegates heard Ed Broadbent speak on "Equality and the Importance of Unions," and we wanted to find out what their unions had meant to them. This column is the first of a series based on interviews at the convention.

Joyce Kerr and Mary Riddell are both retired hospital employees from the Greater Toronto area and members of the Service Employees International Union Retirees Committee. They both knew from personal experience the difference that having a union made in their lives.

CURC's 11th Constitutional Convention

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 (All day) - Friday, October 25, 2013 (All day)

Location

Ottawa, ON
Canada
45° 25' 17.508" N, 75° 41' 49.8948" W

The nation’s capital will host delegates to CURC’s Eleventh Constitutional Convention Oct. 22-25. Check this page regularly for convention documents, photos and reports.

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Labour Day 2013: Remembering the past and building for the future

Another Labour Day has passed. Parents of young children know it as the day to get kids ready for school. Those without young kids may think of it as the last holiday of summer. But for retirees this year it was a time to reflect on what they achieved together, achievements now under attack at every turn.

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