Taking Note

  • Pot Availability: As Ontarians can only buy pot online, the rest of Canada tells a different story. The final number of pot outlets that will be ready for Oct. 17 remains hazy, but an estimated 35 per cent of the country’s population is expected to have access to a cannabis outlet within 10 kilometres or less of their home during the fourth quarter of 2018, a recent Statistics Canada study showed. That compares to 90 per cent of Canadians being within 10 kilometres of a liquor store currently, StatCan said.
  • Keep up on the current price of cannabis in many jurisdictions as we adjust to the new normal of government regulating of pot:  http://www.priceofweed.com/prices/Canada.html
  • Canada’s Best Credit Cards: MoneySense Magazine has listed the best cards for various financial or life aims. Click on whichever of the aims you have listed across the top and suggested cards are listed:   https://www.moneysense.ca/spend/credit-cards/canadas-best-rewards-credit-cards-2018/.
  • The United Senior Citizens of Ontario works tirelessly to lobby for many important pieces of legislation or other matters of importance to seniors across the province. The Riverview Club is in Zone 21 and the Club number is 802. For more about the USCO visit the website at https://www.uscont.ca/. Field Reps from the Clubs liaise with the headquarters and currently that position is vacant. If you would like to serve as a Field Rep, please talk to the Club President Gayle McBride Stewart.
  • Mindfulness meditation training lowers biomarkers of stress response in anxiety disorder: Hormonal, inflammatory reactions to stress were reduced after meditation training, in rigorous NIH-sponsored trial
    Mindfulness meditation is an increasingly popular treatment for anxiety, but testing its effectiveness in a convincing way has been difficult. Now a rigorously designed, clinical trial has found objective physiological evidence that mindfulness meditation combats anxiety.
  •  Terry McLeish’s songs available online at: https://soundcloud.com/terrym-2. always get your toes tapping with the content from our own locale.
  • American Retired Navy Admiral William H. McRaven’s speech

    If you have a young person in your life – a young friend or a grandchild, here is an inspirational speech you can watch with them to begin a very interesting conversation about goals and the hardships of growing up. To watch video of Retired Navy Admiral
    William McRaven click on his picture.

  • From National Post, August 2nd, 2017.   How Much Does the Average Canadian Pay Per Year for Public Health Care?      Health care is perhaps Canada’s defining obsession. As a nation, we crow about it and complain about it. We deify Tommy Douglas, rage about wait times, fret over private clinics and fight campaigns on minute points of privatization. But for all the endless studies, Royal Commissions and political bloviating, it can be hard to know how much Canadians actually pay for health care, not as a nation, but as individuals.The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) believes Canada spent approximately $228 billion on health care in 2016. That’s 11.1 per cent of Canada’s entire GDP and $6,299 for every Canadian resident.That per capita rate would put Canada near the high end of what other advanced economies pay. According to the CIHI, in 2014, the last year for which comparable data was available, Canada spent $5,543 per resident, more than the United Kingdom ($4,986) and Australia ($5,187) but less than Sweden ($6,245) and far less than the United States ($11,126).
  • Healthcare Sticker Shock. Dementia is a growing scourge. Already, 564,000 Canadians are living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, according to Anne Swift, First Link Coordinator for the Alzheimer Society of Hamilton and Halton. That amounts to 14.9% of Canadians aged 65 and older; and if nothing changes, the figure will almost double to 937,000 within 15 years. Add in spouses and caregivers and 1.1 million Canadians are affected directly or indirectly by dementia: one in five of those aged 45 or older already are providing some form of care to seniors living with long-term health problems. Read more>
  • The Ceremonial Guard marks Canada Day and Canada 150

Just click on drum.


  • Saying the Wrong Things – We Have ALL Done It – so here is a great guide to saying the right things in a tough situation:  “How not to say the wrong thing” , from the Los Angeles Times.
  • If you need some light reading to enjoy in your beach chair this summer you are in luck! Riverview Club Member Heather Campbell’s books will fill the bill: http://www.hfcamp.com/books.html.
  • Silver Chain Challenge Stats. In the month of June the two counties of Lanark and Renfrew have a friendly challenge aimed at getting people outside and moving – on foot or on bike. Check out the final stats – impressive results. With a much smaller population the Township of Whitewater Region handily beat larger centres like Petawawa, Pembroke and Renfrew. Congratulations! Sign up now so you are ready for next year.
  • What is Pickleball?    The better question is When is Pickleball?  Now open play for all ages and skill levels – our only aim is to have fun and exercise.  Mondays from 9 – 11 a.m. and Wednesdays from 7 – 9 p.m. Fee $5.00.  Played on a painted court with net on the rink pad of the Westmeath Recreation Centre. This game borrows a little of ping-pong, tennis and badminton. More details on the game by clicking on rackets.
  • It only takes one man and one idea.
    Click poster for details.

    When Riverview Club Member Mike Wendorf had the idea to spotlight the scenic beauty of the Westmeath Peninsula with the inaugural WDRA Canada150 Tour de Whitewater he didn’t know whether it would succeed. Boy did it succeed!!  By Saturday, July 8th, 302 cyclists had registered – all ages and all levels. Mike and his team of volunteers are sure that going forward, the second weekend of July will be reserved for many more Tours.  That is how a community is built. Thank you Mike.


  • Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more. Find it at: https://archive.org/index.php.The home page lists the sheer magnitude of this endeavour to archive EVERYTHING that has been digitized and on the web. The numbers are HUGE:  web-pages – 279B items; texts -11M items; movies – 2.9M items; audio -3.1M items; tv -1.3M items; software – 153K items; image – 1.3M items; etree -171K items; collection -235K items. Yes you read that correctly – those are M for millions and that B is billions. The Canadian Collection alone has 

    555,126 items!

    This library allows the internet to have a past.  Pour a coffee and prepare –   because once you start looking through these massive collections you will be “gone” for a while.

This non-profit, now based in San Francisco, is now in discussions to move the operation to Canada. Why?  The ongoing worries about President-elect Donald Trump making the American political environment more adverse to  openness and truth is real. The Internet Archive allows users to search and find the true original of a speech or a video or a published blog or article or television coverage.  Welcome to Canada, we say. Truth is still in fashion here.

  • To attend a Leonard Cohen concert was a privilege. We have lost so much more than an elderly man in a black suit and fedora – a class act – with a baritone aged like the finest wine. In an interview in September of this year, with writer and fan Brian D. Johnson of Maclean’s Magazine, Leonard Cohen described his situation  with his usual droll precision: “A little too weak to get out there and boogie, and a little too healthy to die”.

With his passing, we turn to his old songs with prophetic lines for these uncertain times like “I’ve seen the future, brother, it is murder / Things are going to slide, slide in all directions.”  Or from 1992’s anthem: “There is a crack in everything / That’s how the light gets in.”

Then there is his most often covered, his 1984 “Hallelujah”, which writer Michel Barclay says is not a tale of triumph or eroticism or sweetness. In fact, “it’s a cold and broken Hallelujah”, one from a narrator who says “all I ever learned from love is how to shoot at someone who outdrew you.” Not a victory march but an act of submission. The complexity of life built into the lyrics.

“There’s a blaze of light in every word 

it doesn’t matter which you heard,

the holy or the broken Hallelujah.”

His were lyrics for adults. Some of his lines about longing and death in his masterful “A Thousand Kisses Deep” could make a grown man or woman cry:

…I’m still working with the wine

Still dancing check to check.

The band is playing “Auld Lang Syne”

The heart will not retreat…

Speaking on death Cohen was quoted: “If one is to express the inevitable defeat that awaits us all, it must be done within the strict confines of dignity and beauty”.  Words of genius and humility. Goodbye Leonard.

  • On September 13th, 2016, two members of the Riverview Club joined host Marion Eidsness on her weekly radio program “Seniors in Our Communities” on Valley Heritage Radio.   CLICK GREEN HAT to listen to their conversation.  vhrheaderlogoPhil Cottrell and Paul Stewart spoke to Marion about their experience as new retirees in the Westmeath-Beachburg-LaPasse area of Whitewater Region and they covered a wide range of topics. Note that you do not need to join Dropbox to listen – simply click “no thanks” and then start the audio file.
  • Baby Boomer is a term referring to a person who was born between 1946 and 1964. We make up 20% of the population. baby-boomer-health-1Baby boomers have a significant impact on the economy, and as a result, baby boomers are often the focus of marketing campaigns and business plans. The oldest Canadian boomers started to reach retirement age in 2011. In the coming years, boomers will accelerate population aging in Canada. By 2031, all baby boomers will have reached 65, and the proportion of seniors could reach 23%

The dramatic greying of Canada’s population will reshape the economy, stifle growth and force governments to provide for a growing number of seniors with a shrinking pool of taxpayers “. from The boomer shift;  Boom, Bust and Economic Headaches, the Globe and Mail, November 8, 2015.

  • More than just brightening up your day, sharing a good laugh can actually improve your health. The sound of laughter draws people together in ways that trigger healthy physical and emotional changes in the body. Laughter can reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, strengthen your immune system, and diminish pain. A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after. Laughter boosts the immune system. Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease.
  • Fifty-Five-Plus Magazine is distributed free of charge is urban areas but we can access it online as well each month. Everyone should read the magazine article on transitioning when things in our lives change.
  • Welcome to Our Little Slice of Heaven. Across the province, many Seniors Clubs areexperiencing declining numbers and some are at the crisis point of no longer having sustainable numbers of members. The Riverview Club is currently growing with new members joining. Why?  We are a retirement destination of sorts with the Westmeath Peninsula’s shoreline attracting relocating retirees. Causes for this? Fabulous scenery, clean water and air, affordable prices for waterfront land or available housing stock.  What else? Friendly people, a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities, located within two hours travel time to a large centre, and did we mention the friendly welcoming people? Actually, maybe the Riverview Club should be listed as an agent for growth in this township.
  • The risks of joint accounts.  While joint accounts can help seniors to get banking assistance, spouses to share expenses, and loved ones to inherit funds outside the estate through survivorship, they come with serious risks that should be considered before a joint account is created.

Both account holders have equal rights to access joint accounts. Either party can drain the account of its funds — regardless of who deposited the funds in the first place. For example, in Baker v. Bourque, Margaret Baker, an elderly widow, acted on the advice of her financial advisor and decided to add her adopted daughter Shirley to her bank accounts for convenience. Further, she transferred ownership of her house to Shirley, but retained a life interest so she could continue to live there for the rest of her life. Later, while Mrs. Baker was in the hospital, Shirley withdrew over $110,000 from her accounts. Mrs. Baker was then denied access to her home. She was left with her personal belongings and $4. In her failing health, Mrs. Baker had to seek recourse through the court system.

In addition, joint accounts may be subject to claims from the other party’s creditors or divorce proceedings. Further, joint accounts are often the matter of family fights and bitter estate litigation.   – from Your Finance: Joint Bank Account.

  • How does a wrinkle form? Over time, the dermis loses both collagen and elastin, so skin gets thinner and has trouble getting enough moisture to the epidermis. The fat in the subcutaneous layer that gives skin a plump appearance also begins to disappear, the epidermis starts to sag, and wrinkles form.
  • Don’t leave money on the table!   Arriving at the wrinkly side of 55+ has some benefits. Here are a couple of websites listing Savings and Discounts: http://www.save.ca/community/are-you-taking-advantage-of-these-seniors-discounts/  and  http://www.senioryears.com/canadiandeals.html. If you know other discounts please let us know and we will post them.
  • Do you travel south every winter? The Canadian Snowbird Association’s website is chock-a-block full of useful information. Check it out: http://www.snowbirds.org/home.Canadian snowbirds: Rules you need to know, by the CBC has more interesting information on extended stays.
  • There are only 3 industrialized countries in the world that do not have Phamacare. They are Mexico, USA and Canada. However seniors in Ontario do have coverage for drugs.
  • It is also time to start thinking about the Flu.All seniors should be getting their Flu Shot. There is a stronger version of the Flu Shot called High Dose Fluzone that has not been funded by the Government yet for seniors but the USCO is working on this. This higher strength version provides much greater protection from getting the Flu and also lessens the complications if you have the Flu. Ask your doctor about this. It is also recommended for many seniors that you have a Pneumonia Shot– maybe check into this also. You don’t want to be sick this winter.” – from October 2016 “The Voice” President’s Letter, United Seniors Citizens of Ontario. For more on influenza vaccine: http://immunize.ca/en/events/influenza-imm-campaign.aspx