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Newsletter Vol. #81 Thats How I See It!

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I am going golfing, several times in the next two weeks on a tropical island, so you can eat your heart out or wish me well. I have included some golf humour in this Newsletter so you can be more positive about my good fortune.

David Letterman's Top Ten Reasons Why Golf Is Better Than Sex...

#10... A below par performance is considered damn good.
#9... You can stop in the middle and have a cheeseburger and a couple of beers.
#8... It's much easier to find the sweet spot.
#7... Foursomes are encouraged.
#6... You can still make money doing it as a senior.
#5... Three times a day is possible.
#4... Your partner doesn't hire a lawyer if you play with someone else.
#3... If you live in Florida , you can do it almost every day.
#2... You don't have to cuddle with your partner when you're finished -
And the NUMBER ONE reason why golf is better than sex.....
#1... When your equipment gets old you can replace it!

Isn't that a new putter? Yep.
What happened to your old one? It couldn't swim.

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This is the postal code of the hamlet of Ulukhaktok, located on the west coast of Victoria Island, in the Northwest Territories. Victoria Island is the eighth largest island in the world, larger than a Great Britain and twice as big as Newfoundland or Cuba. 12 of the world's 50 largest islands are in Canada.


                Only in Canada
It is interesting to note that the federal government of Canada allows:

A monthly pension $1890.00 to a simple refugee, plus $580.00 in social aid.

A grand total of $2470.00 monthly
Times 12 months= 29,920.00 annual income

By comparison, the Old Age Pension of a senior citizen who has contributed to the development of our Beautiful Big Country during 40 or 50 years, cannot receive more than:

Amount/month $1012.00 in Old Age Pension and Guaranteed Income Supplement
Times 12 months= $12,144.00 annual income
A difference of $16776.00 per year

Perhaps our senior citizens should ask for the Status Of Refugees instead of applying for Old Age Pension.

Let us send this message to as many Canadians as possible, and maybe the allowance of refugee could be reduced to $1012.00, and that of our Canadian pensioners (who actually deserve it) raised to $2470.00 per month.


Editor Wayne says check the addition:     $2,470. x 12 = $29,640., not $28,920., for a difference of $17,496., not $16,776.!

Have you read the poster, what is your response? This is mine!

I am  confused: is this "Only in Canada" poster to be a knock at the government for allowing immigrants into the country and helping them for a short while to get their "feet on the ground", or is it a "poor us" ploy to point out how poorly we treat our seniors? You see, I am a senior and don't feel poorly treated or begrudge immigrants getting a helping hand to get them started in this, their new country.

I think the person who created this poster was going for a bit of a shock response and missed a few significant points (probably on purpose).

Let's understand something (my perspective of course). For the most part, seniors don't need as much money as families with children who are starting out with absolutely nothing! In my mind you're comparing apples and oranges when it comes to the finances of a senior (man and wife) and a family with several children who have arrived here in Canada with only the clothes on their backs.

It is true that many seniors have contributed to the development of our country over the last 50 years. Speaking for myself, I am glad to have been able to do it, glad to have had the opportunity to have a job, safely raise my children, and take advantage of whatever our free democratic country had to offer. I am told/read that our immigrant families coming to our country never had such opportunities that we have had living in Canada the last 50 years. When the poster states, seniors "deserve better", I ask, "better than what?"

We Canadians have had the opportunity to work, make a living, to "better ourselves" and not live in fear. It is true, however, that the playing field for some Canadians has not always been level-For people with mental illness, physical disabilities, illness, those impacted by prejudice and poverty, it has been more difficult for them to "better themselves". I think it's wonderful that in Canada the government involves itself and helps those who can't help themselves. But most of us have been truly blessed with the opportunities that being a Canadian citizen has allowed. I feel that some of those "deserve better" senior citizens don't deserve better because they have squandered and underutilized the advantages and opportunities of being a Canadian. They haven't "contributed to the development of our beautiful big country" during the last 40 or 50 years, but in Canada they get the same payout as those who have contributed. So be it! That is the Canadian way.

Let's take care of all of our citizens- old ones and new ones, but let's not say one deserves more than the other. Let's say that at different stages in the life of a family, support needs to be different. People need more financial help when they are young and just starting out, and less later on. Most Canadians are loyal, hard working and certainly have taken advantage of the opportunities offered to them by living in the free democratic society that is Canada. So, let's pass on our good fortune (of being a Canadian) and welcome the next generation of Canadians (immigrants) instead of pitting the old against the new.

What do you think?

Sealed Bid Auction

Mark Humphrey, a local artist, who has been displaying his art at the Falafel restaurant since late June, will be taking down his works within the next couple of weeks. Before he completes the takedown, he is having a Sealed Bid Auction of all his works on the restaurant walls. What this means is you will be able to make a bid on his artwork on a form available at the restaurant. If you are the highest bidder you will have delivered to you a Mark Humphrey Original piece of art. Original art, at a reasonable price, before the world discovers his talent. You will not only be purchasing a potentially a valuable investment, but will also be assisting Mark to launch his art career.

The Falafel restaurant is located at 1101 Corydon Avenue and is open from 7 AM until 9 PM. I encourage you to drop by, enjoy the food and/ or put in a bid for an original piece of art. Bidding starts Saturday, Nov. 4.

Canvas prints and Posters of Mark's art are also available at set prices (not part of the auction).

I know I have used this joke before, but it is so damn cute.

Two women were playing golf. One teed off and watched in horror as her ball headed directly towards a foursome of men playing the next hole. The ball hit one of the men. He immediately clasped his hands together at his groin, fell to the ground and proceeded to roll around in agony. The woman rushed down to the man, and immediately began to apologize. "Please allow me to help. I'm a physical therapist and I know I could relieve your pain if you'd allow me", she told him. "Oh, no, I'll be all right. I'll be fine in a few minutes," the man replied. He was in obvious agony, lying in the fetal position, still clasping his hands at his groin. At her persistence, however, he finally allowed her to help. She gently took his hands away and laid them to the side loosening his pants and put her hands inside. She administered tender and artful massage for several long moments and he asked, "How does that feel?" He replied, "It feels great, but I still think my thumb's broken."

Next three weeks the Newsletter will not be available-something about a wedding in Grand Cayman.

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