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I will send a letter, forthwith, to Shoppers telling them that they have incorrect data on their Life Brand personal thermometers.

 

This incorrect data will not be tolerated....oh wait.....the Feds are giving me $300.00 due to COVID 19 so perhaps I will just buy more accurate temp tools.🤣

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10 minutes ago, Kip Powick said:

I will send a letter, forthwith, to Shoppers telling them that they have incorrect data on their Life Brand personal thermometers.

 

This incorrect data will not be tolerated....oh wait.....the Feds are giving me $300.00 due to COVID 19 so perhaps I will just buy more accurate temp tools.🤣

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31 minutes ago, Kip Powick said:

 

 

This incorrect data will not be tolerated....oh wait.....the Feds are giving me $300.00 due to COVID 19 so perhaps I will just buy more accurate temp tools.🤣

 

The feds won't be giving you $300, that's for folks on OAS not OAP, and I'm going to go out on a limb and suggest you wouldn't qualify for OAS.

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4 minutes ago, mo32a said:

The feds won't be giving you $300, that's for folks on OAS not OAP, and I'm going to go out on a limb and suggest you wouldn't qualify for OAS.

Wrong:

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Watch you don't fall.....😉 There is no OAP but there is OAS and my T-4A slips have it printed on them (OAS = Old Age Security)

One does get OAS at 65 but depending upon one's income a portion of it is "clawed back".

The $300.00 is tax free

 

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1 hour ago, conehead said:

It is.

How much could you receive

The amount of your Old Age Security (OAS) pension will be determined by how long you have lived in Canada after the age of 18.

Consult the table of Old Age Security payment amounts for current benefit rates.

OAS benefits are adjusted quarterly (in January, April, July and October) if there are increases in the cost of living as measured by the Consumer Price Index.

Note: As the Consumer Price Index did not exceed the level of the previous quarter, OAS benefit amounts remain unchanged for the April to June 2020 quarter.

If you have a low income, you may be eligible to also receive the Guaranteed Income Supplement.

The amount of your OAS pension will be determined by how long you have lived in Canada after the age of 18.

How the Old Age Security pension is calculated

Full pension

You may qualify for a full OAS pension in 1 of 2 ways:

  1. you resided in Canada for at least 40 years after turning 18; or
  2. you were born on or before July 1, 1952, and
    • on July 1, 1977, you resided in Canada, or
    • after turning 18, you resided in Canada for a period of time prior to, but not on July 1, 1977, or
    • on July 1, 1977, you possessed a valid Canadian immigration visa

In addition, you must have resided in Canada continuously for the 10 years immediately before the approval of your OAS pension. If you were absent from Canada during that 10-year period, you may still qualify for a full pension if:

  • you resided in Canada for at least 1 year immediately before the approval of your OAS pension, and
  • you had periods of prior residence in Canada that were equal to at least 3 times the period of absence during the 10-year period (3 years of residence for every year of absence). For example, an absence of 2 years between the ages of 60 and 62 could be offset by 6 years of residence in Canada after age 18 and before age 55.

Partial pension

If you do not qualify for the full OAS pension, and do not want to wait until you do, you may qualify for a partial OAS pension.

A partial OAS pension is calculated at the rate of 1/40th of the full OAS pension for each complete year of residence in Canada after age 18.

The minimum period of residence in Canada you need to qualify for a partial OAS pension is 10 years after your 18th birthday (as long as you reside in Canada when you receive your OAS pension). For example, if you resided in Canada for 10 years after your 18th birthday, you may qualify to receive 10/40ths or one-quarter of the full OAS pension.

Note: Once your partial OAS pension has been approved, it will not increase with additional years of residence in Canada.

Old Age Security pension and Guaranteed Income Supplement amounts - April to June 2020
Your situation Maximum monthly payment amount Maximum annual income to receive a benefit
Old Age Security (OAS) pension
Regardless of your marital status $613.53 $128,137 (individual income)Footnote1

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Old Age Security pension recovery tax

If your net world income exceeds the threshold amount ($75,910 for 2018), you have to repay part or your entire OAS pension. Part or your entire OAS pension is reduced as a monthly recovery tax.

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41 minutes ago, conehead said:

Old Age Security pension recovery tax

If your net world income exceeds the threshold amount ($75,910 for 2018), you have to repay part or your entire OAS pension. Part or your entire OAS pension is reduced as a monthly recovery tax.

You left out the most important part:

Old Age Security pension recovery tax

If your net world income exceeds the threshold amount ($75,910 for 2018), you have to repay part or your entire OAS pension. Part or your entire OAS pension is reduced as a monthly recovery tax.

You must pay the recovery tax if:

  • your annual net world income is more than $75,910 (for 2018, in Canadian dollars); and
  • you live in a country where the non-resident tax on Canadian pensions is 25% or more.
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5 minutes ago, conehead said:

That is not the most important part. The point is, OAS is income tested.

Your point should read "some OAS is income tested" Never will / have reached any level of clawback because our household income is not ever close to the level and of course we reside in Canada.  We do however have a certain % of  income tax charged so at the end of the year we quite often get some small amount of money back rather than having to pay any income tax.

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So, I might have missed it but haven't seen it addressed in any of the releases - can it be assumed that the $300 payment is not subject to the same prorated reduction based on income as is the OAS pension? IOW, everybody gets it including Gerry Schwartz and the rest of the age qualified one-percenters? It's the very least a prudent, debt laden government could do - all for one and one for all in a pandemic.
 

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3 hours ago, Airband said:

So, I might have missed it but haven't seen it addressed in any of the releases - can it be assumed that the $300 payment is not subject to the same prorated reduction based on income as is the OAS pension? IOW, everybody gets it including Gerry Schwartz and the rest of the age qualified one-percenters? It's the very least a prudent, debt laden government could do - all for one and one for all in a pandemic.
 

The $300.00 is  tax free and  has nothing to do with filing income tax as an addition to your income ......however ...if you donate it all to a charity of your choice I would assume it can be a deduction ???

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7 hours ago, Kip Powick said:

The $300.00 is  tax free and  has nothing to do with filing income tax as an addition to your income ......

Yes, I'm aware of and don't disupte anything about the info you've just relayed nor do I have any issues with the intent of the program or its cost.
My concerns lie more with the blanket nature of the distribution of the funds assigned to it. I don't think it is unreasonable to believe that seniors in the lower income strata have felt the cost of Covid-19 mitigation measures more acutely than those with considerably higher incomes. I would have preferred to see higher payments to those with lower incomes and reduced or no payments to high or ultra-high income individuals. The 'Top-Up' proposal uses OAS status as the basic qualifier to receive payments. The OAS pension program already has a throttle mechanism to reduce/eliminate payments to those above certain income levels. The point I was trying to make in my initial comment was to use that same criteria to stream the 'Covid' payments.

 

7 hours ago, Kip Powick said:

however ...if you donate it all to a charity of your choice I would assume it can be a deduction ???

I think so.

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47 minutes ago, Airband said:

I think so

I understand where you are coming from and I would agree,however, administratively it is probably easier  for the Feds to just use  all OAS recipients as target recipients.

Anyhow, should I see the funds I will be donating it  to TMH as they want to purchase a dialysis machine. Patients here have to drive to Kingston and that is a big pain for all of them.

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Air Canada CleanCare+ Programs Debuts Today

News from TravelPulse Canada – link to story

JIM BYERS  MAY 14, 2020

Sam Elfassy, Air Canada Sam Elfassy, Air Canada

A new era in Canadian aviation begins today.

Air Canada’s CleanCare+ program starts on May 15 as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. And AC officials hope it builds confidence in the travelling public.

TravelPulse Canada had a one-on-one chat with Air Canada VP Safety Sam Elfassy on Thursday, chatting about Air Canada’s leadership on the issue and the future of travel given the global coronavirus crisis.

The new program is designed to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 through such measures as mandatory pre-flight customer temperature checks. required health questionnaires, seat assignment policies to allow for more personal space in Economy Class on all flights until June 30, 2020, and by providing all customers with care kits for hand cleaning and hygiene.

“Until we have a vaccine there are only a certain number of things we can actually do to reduce the rate of transmission,” Elfassy said. “All of us recognize that in the absence of a single measure which can achieve a high level of risk reduction, the alternative is that you have to use a combination of different approaches.

“Unfortunately it’s a combination of sometimes intrusive and sometimes burdensome measures that can create a travel experience that’s far, far removed from normal operations.”

All Air Canada PAX will receive masks, gloves, disinfectant wipes and bottled water on flights starting May 15. Meals will only be pre-packaged affairs. Workers will wipe down all surfaces with disinfectant wipes and electrostatic sprayers will be deployed on planes to ensure the ultimate in cleanliness.

Elfassy said Air Canada takes part in a number of high-profile, international forums, including the International Air Transport Association’s medical advisory group.

“We have a tremendous amount of expertise around the table.”

Elfassy said the moves Air Canada is taking are essential to preserving the health and safety of customers, employees and the communities AC serves. But they’re also expensive, and not sustainable for a prolonged period of time.

“We’re acting on this quickly and aggressively in many ways. We were the first ones (to implement (these types of programs) on many fronts.”

Elfassy said he can’t reveal the costs of the plan, “but you can assume that it’s absolutely significant. Still, that’s the cost of doing business in a public health emergency.”

Folks who’ve been following the news have probably heard the term “herd immunity.” Elfassy said he’s using the phrase “herd confidence.”

“Just like travellers were loathe to step onto an aircraft after 9-11 until they were sure that the security of that aircraft wasn’t compromised… they won’t travel unless they’re sure there’s no virus on board as a general premise.

“We will do everything we can, despite the financial carnage we’re undertaking. I speak to my friends. They say, ‘This is great, Sam.’ I know when I get on board, you have done what you committed to do.”

Elfassy said there’s a great deal of published data about in-flight transmission that shows that, in fact, there is a low rate of in-flight transmission of COVID-19.

“The reasons… are not fully known but they could encompass a combination of lack of face to face contact, you have the physical barriers provided by seats, you have the characteristic of cabin flow, and the fact you now have individuals who are all wearing face coverings. One could argue whether it’s necessary to have that physical distancing on board an aircraft, but we’re drawing on our current understanding of how COVID-19 is transmitted and the risks” involved.

“As approved risk mitigation methods become available, and our ability to understand this improves, less burdensome and more effective measures” may be brought in, he said.

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Air Canada to ask workers to reduce hours, take leave or retire: Union memo

Published Friday, May 15, 2020 5:42PM EDT
 

MONTREAL -- The union representing Air Canada flight attendants says the airline is set to ask employees to work less -- or not at all -- as concerns over job security buffet the airline industry.

An internal bulletin to members from the Canadian Union of Public Employees says Air Canada will ask workers to slash their schedules, go on leave for up to two years or resign with travel privileges.

The bulletin, sent out Thursday night and obtained by The Canadian Press, says CUPE is in discussions with Air Canada over continuing the federal wage subsidy, which the airline has not committed to maintain past June 6.

 

Air Canada says it expects to be "considerably smaller for some time," resulting in significant reductions to the workforce. The airline did not respond directly to questions about whether it would drop the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy, which Ottawa recently extended through August, or if layoffs were imminent.

ir Canada announced five weeks ago it would rehire 16,500 laid-off employees -- including 6,800 flight attendants -- via the subsidy program, which covers 75 per cent of a worker's normal hourly wages or up to $847 per week.

The vast majority of rehired Air Canada employees have stayed at home under the subsidy as more than 200 planes remain grounded amid the collapse of global travel triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic.

While Air Canada is not contributing to most worker wages, the airline has continued to put money toward pensions and benefits, a continuous cash drain at a company that lost more than $1 billion last quarter.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 15, 2020.

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Air Canada to Cut About 20,000 Jobs Amid Covid-19, BNN Says

Fri May 15, 2020 - Bloomberg
By Melissa Cheok

Air Canada will cut at least 20,000 jobs, or about half its workforce, amid the Covid-19 pandemic, BNN Bloomberg reported.

The job cuts will be effective June 7 and could affect as many as 22,800 workers, according to an internal company email seen by BNN. The downsizing will reduce the airline’s workforce by 50% to 60%, the report said.

Canada’s biggest airline had earlier predicted a large reduction in staff numbers as it expected the impact of the coronavirus pandemic to last at least three years. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his administration was looking carefully at how it could support sectors affected by the virus outbreak, including airlines.

 

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Air Canada adds A220 Toronto – Vancouver service in June 2020

News from Routes Online – link to story

By Jim Liu | Posted 18 May 2020

c-grov-1.jpg?w=1024 Air Canada Airbus 220-300

Air Canada in June 2020 is adding 5th daily service on Toronto – Vancouver route, including the addition of Airbus A220-300 aircraft. The A220-300 will operate as AC111/122 service. Additional changes to planned operation remains likely.

AC107 YYZ0700 – 0854YVR 333 D
AC103 YYZ0805 – 0950YVR 789 D
AC111 YYZ1245 – 1448YVR 223 D
AC123 YYZ1800 – 2100YVR 321 D
AC125 YYZ1930 – 2115YVR 788 D

AC106 YVR0800 – 1528YYZ 321 D
AC108 YVR0900 – 1620YYZ 788 D
AC116 YVR1330 – 2055YYZ 333 D
AC118 YVR1430 – 2150YYZ 789 D
AC122 YVR1645 – 0018+1YYZ 223 D

AC111/122 operates with A319 on Day 1 from 16JUN20. The A220 briefly operated this route on selected dates in late-April 2020.

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10 minutes ago, Cargoagent said:

Layoff Mitigation email sent out this am to all non-pilot or non-management employees. I don’t see many employees taking advantage of it though. It isn’t much of an incentive. 

What is the offer?

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