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Retirement: Don’t despair. Prepare.

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David Hawkins is a senior producer at TVOntario. He is also the Vice-President of the TVO GMG Branch.

David Hawkins was a participant at a Weekend Pre-retirement Course in Toronto on Saturday, November 15, 2014. Here is his report.

By DAVID HAWKINS

We’re all going to die. And we’re going to pay taxes to the very end.

Those two certainties don’t disappear when we stop cursing the alarm clock.

We’re all going to die. And we’re going to pay taxes to the very end.

Those two certainties don’t disappear when we stop cursing the alarm clock.

The government’s slice of our pie may shrink some when fixed incomes kicks in. But every sunrise rolls everyone closer to the day we won’t mist the mirror anymore. Continue reading Retirement: Don’t despair. Prepare.

Can a retiree take a vacation? Why not?

 

By JIM WITHERS

Just wrapping up two weeks on P.E.I. where I’ve been pondering this philosophical question: Can retired people ever be said to be “on vacation”?

It’s been a relaxing sojourn at the North Rustico summer home of a couple of Montreal friends, much of it spent stretched out on Muskoka chairs on the deck, reading, and watching the herons patiently fishing and the little lobster boats chugging by.

Winnie and I make it a habit to vacation after Labour Day to avoid the heat, humidity, high-season prices and tourist hordes of summer. Continue reading Can a retiree take a vacation? Why not?

What Are You Doing After Work?

“I went in not knowing if I had enough money to retire, and came out knowing that I had a lot more work to do – and not just on money – before I retire.”

That’s what Canadian Media Guild member Terri Theodore, a news editor with The Canadian Press, says she learned during a recent CMG sponsored pre-retirement course held in Vancouver.

“What Are You Doing After Work?” was developed by the Congress of Union Retirees of Canada (CURC). The course is delivered by instructors who are retired and who can share personal experiences of living life after work. Continue reading What Are You Doing After Work?

Sex After 60 – What am I missing?

Terry Ledrew
Terry Ledrew
By TERRY LEDREW

So, I’m at Dr. Electra’s office.
More to keep on her roster than anything else.
If you live in rural Canada you know that finding a doctor is as hard as finding a lover.
Dr. Electra is a keener. Wants to do all those tests and poking about that I studiously avoid.

My philosophy is, if you drive a ’53 Ford to the garage for a 53Ford01diagnostic, chances are pretty good something needs fixing.
So if its drivable … why bother?
The doctor, who is about the same age as my son, is prodding about. I wince a bit and try to think of England. Continue reading Sex After 60 – What am I missing?

Reflections of a retired journalist reborn as a social-democrat activist

                                            By Gérard Malo

Gérard Malo
Gérard Malo

I have been aware and concerned about democratic and social-justice values ever since I first voted, a very long time ago. It was in the 1966 Québec provincial election. I’ve been defining myself as a “social democrat” since my young-adult years, which saw me canvassing for a then new Québec political party where most progressive people could be found. Of course in 1976, when I became a broadcast journalist, I had to end my involvement in partisan politics. But throughout my 37 working  years, 33 at Radio-Canada, I would dream about getting back into active politics once I retired. Well, the dream finally came true on Aug. 2, 2012, the day after I officially retired from CBC/Radio-Canada. That is when I first joined the New Democratic Party.

Continue reading Reflections of a retired journalist reborn as a social-democrat activist

Meet Jack Wilson

Alberta retiree Jack Wilson is a member of our executive and working committee. Let’s let Jack tell us why he joined the Council.

I have been a member of the Communications Workers of Alberta Local 30400 since I helped organize the Wall to Wall chapter at the daily Red Deer Advocate in 1992. At the time the unit had more than 150 members but has been eroded to about 105.

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Talking About Us

Easing into retirement could be compared to moving to another country.

Matthew Radz has been easing into retirement since he quit working seven years ago after 40 years in the newspaper business. He was an editor and arts writer on half a dozen publications, including The Toronto RadzTelegram, the Montreal Star, Harrowsmith magazine and, since 1980, The Montreal Gazette. Post-retirement passions include nature/urban photography, long 19th-century novels, and he still dabbles in writing. He took time out from his busy retirement life to write this piece.

No visa or passport required, but there is the paperwork and the hundred and one details, to say nothing of the nagging questions. Will I have enough money to live on? – the most pressing and immediate.

Continue reading Talking About Us