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The plight of low income hardworking seniors

Published on March 27, 2015 By johnastapleton

This is the year that I become a senior citizen for the first and only time. I wrote a blog when I turned 60 for an online newspaper called ‘The Mark’ on what it means to turn age 60 when you are poor[1]. I spent the next four years on a self-motivated project called ‘Retiring […]

No piece of cake! Linda Chamberlain applies for the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS)

Published on May 16, 2014 By johnastapleton

I am supposed to know about retiring on a low income.  That includes obtaining the Guaranteed Income Supplement for people who turn age 65.I am supporting the Old Age Security application of a woman named Linda Chamberlain. She turns 65 on July 3, 2014. This will be in some ways a dress rehearsal for my […]

A story of two poor seniors: Linda and Doris are the highest taxed people in Ontario

Published on January 21, 2014 By johnastapleton

A woman I am helping by the name of Linda Chamberlain[1] will be turning 65 in July 2014. I am helping her fill out her Old Age Security (OAS), Canada Pension Plan (CPP) and Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) applications. She has given me permission to talk about her situation. Her income will go from about […]

Land of the 33 foot tall seniors

Published on March 4, 2013 By johnastapleton

Can a blog create a ‘thought balloon infographic’? On the 17th slide of Frank Graves’ slide show on the 2011 federal election called The 41st Election: A Polling Retrospective Implications for Methodology and Democracy, the author notes the following fact: “Age is crucial with non-voters (those under 25 are six times more likely to not […]

How do we begin a dialogue about inequality with conservative Canadians?

Published on December 18, 2012 By johnastapleton

As someone who spent a career in social welfare, I have often been a sounding board for conservative acquaintances, particularly those who are advanced in years. “I say, let them starve,” one of my relatives declared to me at a family dinner. What he meant by that is: “Why don’t these people behave? Why don’t […]

Talking to seniors about working poverty

Published on June 1, 2012 By johnastapleton

I recently co-authored a paper on Working Poverty in the Toronto Region with some colleagues at Statistics Canada. I also  have a PowerPoint presentation that I take on the road. I have presented to Annual General Meetings, think tanks, universities, groups of advocates, municipalities, special government panels, and to the public at large. One of […]

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