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Greely Pathfinders awarded prestigious Canada Cord Emma Jackson

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Let us begin with some remarkable facts: • When Canada introduced old age security in 1951, the average life expectancy was 69 and eligibility was 70, meaning that the average person did not collect OAS at all. Today, eligibility is 65 and life expectancy is 82, meaning that the average person gets 17 years of OAS. • In 1975, there were seven taxpayers for every senior. Right now, there are four. In 20 years, there will be two taxpayers for every senior. • As we project forward, life expectancy is growing by 47 days per year. By 2031, life expectancy will be about 84 years old, which means that under the current rules they will collect OAS for almost two decades. Put together, these facts mean that in two decades the number of people on OAS will double, the cost will triple and the number of taxpayers supporting each retiree will fall by half. By consequence, OAS will rise from 15¢ of each dollar the federal government spends to 25¢. The Macdonald-Laurier Institute calculated, “...by 2040 Canada would face a $67 billion deficit (in today’s dollars) based on current policies and demographic change”. Think of OAS as a glass of water. Retirees can only drink out of the cup in benefits what taxpayers pour into it in taxes. If seniors drink out faster than taxpayers pour in, then someone goes thirsty. We can look to Greece and Portugal where government debts are rated at junk status to see the consequences of drinking from the cup of profligacy.

We reject that failed model and choose the Canadian way instead. Our plan is to gradually raise the age of eligibility to 67 years old. This change will moderate the cost increases and protect the integrity of OAS. The move comes into force in 2023, so anyone currently over the age of 54 will not notice any difference. This decision will make the system more affordable, so that it is protected for generations to come. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

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Pierre Poilievre , MP for Nepean Carleton

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Manotick EMC - Thursday, May 24, 2012

Emma Jackson

Osgoode Ward Doug Thompson helped Pathfinder leader Jenn Downing award Canada Cords to six Greely Pathfinders on Monday, May 14. The Canada Cords involve many hours of community service, leadership programs, first aid training and citizenship activities. The cords are the first in several years that have been awarded in Greely. quake. Their local and environmental components have come from community cleanups and recycling programs. Other components of the Canada Cord award include

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Protecting Our Old Age Security System Our people are getting older and living longer. What does this mean to our Old Age Security (OAS) system and what should we do about it?

EMC news – Six young women in Greely were awarded the highest honour they can achieve in the Pathfinder program through Girl Guides of Canada last week. At an award ceremony on Monday, May 14 the teens received bright red Canada Cords, representing hours upon hours of community service, badge work and leadership. “This is not something that’s just given away for showing up,” said Pathfinder leader Jenn Downing, who has led the expanding group for two years. To receive the Canada Cord, a Pathfinder must complete 20 badges in nine different subject areas, lead three camps or events, and complete a service component with community service carried out locally, internationally and for the environment. The Greely Pathfinders completed their international component through a trip to Honduras where they donated sports equipment to an orphanage. They have also been working on milk bag mats for victims of the Haiti earth-

Pathfinders citizenship award, which encourages girls to be model citizens. All of these items are completed over the three-year Pathfinders course. Downing said the Greely group has been growing since she took over the unit two years ago. “I started doing bigger trips and pushed the girls to do stuff, and they started bringing their friends. It’s more of a girl-led program,” she said. Her commitment to the girls was that they could take on some of the more adventurous activities and trips as long as they worked toward their Canada Cords. She said this is the first time in several years that Greely girls have received the honour. “A lot of girls and leaders haven’t been dedicated enough to do it,” Downing said. Osgoode Coun. Doug Thompson presented the cords. He said the blossoming guiding program in Greely from Sparks to Rangers is “tremendous.” “I think it speaks well for Greely and the area,” he said. Greely’s Sparks, Brownies, Guides and Rangers joined the Pathfinders at the Greely Community Centre for the award ceremony, where many girls graduated to the next level of the program. Fourteen Sparks advanced to Brownies, and 15 Brownies advanced to Guides. Nine Guides advanced to Pathfinders. Two 1st Greely Brownies, Rachel Johnstone and Robyn Millar, also received a special award for completing all of the badges in the Brownies curriculum over their two year course. First Greely Brownie Robyn Fitch was also honoured for being a “badge maniac,” after completing nearly everything in one year.

Manotick EMC  

May 24, 2012

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