Auld Acquaintances by Peggy Oldfield
May – August, 2019

It seems to me that it's only a few days ago I was finishing up the last Auld Acquaintances column, but the reality is that another three months have slipped by! That of course means the time has come to share your news once again and I am very grateful for all the e-mails and phone calls that make it possible to do so.  Here we go.....

The name change for the CBC 20 Year Association is still a work in progress but it is hoped that an official announcement will be made in the near future.  The Association Secretary (yours truly) has held off sending out membership cards to those who have paid their dues this year so that the new card our members receive will reflect the change in name, so thank you to all those who have renewed membership for your patience!  As the work for this update continues behind the scenes, the Association continues to plan and carry our events to bring our colleagues together
  in various social settings.  Monthly bowling at Grandview Lanes in Vancouver continues to be
  popular with a dedicated group and Bill Murray has been diligently creative with advertising
  promotion in the event notices. On June 5, participants were Elizabeth Bishop, Neil & Lynn
  Gillon, Maurice Moses, Bill Murray, Peggy Oldfield
and Michael Taylor-Noonan. Two
  regular games are played each month and the third game is bowling Bingo where each team's
  goal is to cross off a score on the game card in every turn – the winning team to be the one
  who crosses off the entire card first or has the most eliminations by time-out.  Bill Murray
  creates the Bingo game card and in June his artwork was for a "Happy Father's Day".  With
  Canada Day kicking off the month of July, the celebration was held over for bowling on July 10
  when red was the predominant clothing colour for those who took part and Bill's artwork for the
  Bingo card was Canadian icons including our flag, a moose, a beaver, a mounted RCMP officer
  and the CBC logo.  The bowlers that day were Elizabeth Bishop, Betty Carscadden,
  Serafine Crawley, Neil & Lynn Gillon, Alex Kerr, Anne Mathisen, Ron & Diane Mahy, Rod
  & Lori Mundy, Bill Murray, Peggy Oldfield
and Michael Taylor-Noonan.  In terms of game
  scores, Neil Gillon won the day with a game that saw him get four strikes in a row and a tenth
  frame tally of 260!  The rest of us were insanely jealous.  Tradition is that all who can spare the
Neil Gillon's terrific terrific gam.        .time following the games adjourn to St. Augustine's Pub a block away from the bowling alley for a leisurely lunch and on this occasion all but Bill Murray were able to go.  Lunch also proved a chance for our group to wish one of the pub waitresses who has looked after us so wonderfully for a long time, a fond goodbye as she leaves for an extended stay in Australia.  We couldn't let Angie go without asking her to pose for a photo with us and she happily obliged and has promised to stay in touch.

L-R: Lori Mundy, Alex Kerr, Betty Carscadden, Ron Mahy, Diane Mahy, Elizabeth Bishop, our waitress Angie, Peggy Oldfield, Lynn Gillon, Neil Gillon, Anne Mathisen, Serafine Crawley, Michael Taylor-Noonan and Rod Mundy.

  The next bowling date was August 7th and Bill cleverly used photos
  of bowling pins and the bowling alley for the Bingo card along with a
  couple of fun photo additions – one from his own wedding day on
  August 4 for the "4" frame score and one of CBC colleagues
  walking the picket line for a "strike" frame score.  Because Bill had
  also celebrated a birthday just days before we bowled, Peggy
brought cupcakes and mini cinnamon buns as a belated
  celebration for all to share.The
  bowlers were Elizabeth
  Bishop, Serafine Crawley,
  Neil & Lynn Gillon, Ron &
  Diane Mahy, Anne Mathisen,
  Bill Murray, Peggy Oldfield

  and Michael Taylor-NoonanSerafine Crawley and Bill Murray sample the treats celebrating Bill's              Bill added fun to the day by
                         birthday during bowling on August 7th.                            announcing that there was a
                                                                               "secret score" for the end of
                                                                               the first game and a prize to go with it.  Ron Mahy was the winner,
taking home a box of Turtles' chocolates!  Elizabeth, Serafine, Neil, Lynn, Ron, Diane, Anne, Peggy and Michael
continued to the pub for lunch and were joined there by Joe Holman for another great afternoon of good food, 
beverage and conversation.

  On July 21st , a perfect Summer day enriched the annual CBC 20
  Year Association Garden Party hosted by Jim & Sharie Nelson at
  their lovely home in Delta.  Heaven knows how much time Jim and
  Sharie devote to their garden but their flowers, not to mention fruit
  and veggie crops, are spectacular in both size and profusion.  In
  addition to hosting the event, special thanks go to Jim and Sharie
  this year for taking on the added work of shopping for the food and
  handling all of the prep!  They did an amazing job and the dining
  room table groaned with the abundant choices of hot and cold
  dishes.  Peggy Oldfield continued the tradition of making Glady
  Jackson's Layered Dip served with tortilla chips and trays of
  devilled eggs which used to be Angela Nash's specialty.

  A special thank you also to Rod & Lori Mundy who added several
  desserts to the "menu".  Joe Holman did a stellar job of selling
  50/50 tickets and Michael Ho assisted by picking the winning ticket
  which sent Catherine Morrin home with a prize of $82.00 (an equal 
                       Garden Party hosts, Sharie & Jim Nelson                                                sum going to the CBC 20 Year Association coffers).

  Chris Cutress, Eleanor Taylor-Noonan, Phyllis Wildox Keating 
    and Sheryl Smale make some choices from the variety of foods offered.

  Attending the party this year along with our hosts
  Jim & Sharie Nelson, were Eric Anderson, Rhonda
  Burnside, Chris Cutress, Michael Ho, Joe
  Holman, Brian Keating & Phyllis Wilcox
  Keating, Anne Mathisen, Steve & Catherine
  Morrin,  Ralph Motohashi, Rod & Lori Mundy,
  Bob Nixon & Mia Petersen, Mike & Peggy
  Oldfield, Ron Taylor & Sheryl Smale,
  Michael & Eleanor Taylor-Noonan, Volkmar
  Richter, Karen Tankard, Michael Varga, 
  Lawrence Wright & Naomi Bradley, Ray &
  Jean-Marie Yates.

The company also enjoyed having Jim & Sharie's two cats - brothers just eight months old – put in an appearance throughout the day.  Tablet and Marvin were quite comfortable in the crowd and for the most part ignored us totally!

Host Jim Nelson and CBC 20 Year Association President Joe Holman address the crowd in Jim & Sharie's back yard.

  Precisely one month later, on August 21st,
  colleagues gathered for the annual CBC 20
  Year Association picnic at Burnaby Central Railway
  in Confederation Park, organized by our Association
  President and railway volunteer Joe Holman.  The
  venue is closed to the general public on the day of
  our event, so the entire facility including its gigantic
  barbecue and non-stop miniature train rides are ours
  to enjoy!  It was a good time for all despite the
  downpour that refused to stop (a forecast to the
  contrary notwithstanding).

  An attendance of 60 had been expected and we did
  lose some due to the rain, but approximately 40
  adults and children still braved the wet to ride the
                                          The rain didn't stop the fun of miniature train rides!                                                        miniature trains and use the barbecue.  The Burnaby
                                                                                                       Central Railway volunteers were absolutely amazing in doing everything possible to make it a fun day despite the weather and they succeeded beyond belief.  They made sure that the potluck food tables, a display table for the CBC 20 Year Association photo albums, and the barbecue, were all well under cover, as was the picnic table area.  Umbrellas were available to anyone wanting one – large ones for walking around the park and smaller clear plastic ones for those riding the trains.  They may not have kept everyone totally dry but they sure helped!  Along with friends and family members, those who came included Eric Anderson, Susan Baxter, Serafine Crawley, Lorna Haeber, Hugh & Jacky Henderson, Joe Holman, Bruce Johnston, Ralph Motohashi, Bill Murray, Jim Nelson, Mike & Peggy Oldfield, Ron Petrescue, Peter Schell and Ron Taylor.  Three tables were laden with contributions to the potluck foods (thank you everyone!) and the barbecue was kept busy                   Busy chefs at the barbecue.  Ron Petrescue at right taking a break from taking photos.
throughout the event.  The day drew to a close a couple of hours earlier than previous picnics there but everyone seemed to leave smiling despite being somewhat drenched.

A year ago, Zafira Nanji and her family, including her father, attended the picnic at Burnaby Central Railway.  Zafira's Dad loves trains of any size and type and had a delightful afternoon there.  In the past few months his health has taken a bad turn and he has suddenly and unexpectedly been diagnosed with Alzheimer's and Dementia.  He's currently in 6n, 623 at Royal Columbia Hospital, 330 E. Columbia Street in New Westminster and Zafira says visitors to chat with him about anything from trains to politics, would be very welcome. If you have the time to visit and brighten his day, just ask for Shiraz Nanji in 6n, 623 at the hospital and please sign your name on his calendar so that Zafira and he will know you were there.

  Congratulations and a big round of applause are extended to Jeff Groberman who
  was inducted as a Pioneer in the B.C. Entertainment Hall of Fame this summer. In
  addition to Jeff, four others were inducted as Pioneers this year, including actress
  Anna Hagan and actor Terrance Kelly. The honour is awarded those "who have
  left an indelible mark on BC's entertainment landscape".  Jeff Groberman's name
  is synonymous with CBC Vancouver's long-running show on both radio and
  television, Dr. Bundolo's Pandemonium Medicine Show as both writer and
  Producer.  Also from the Vancouver studios, he produced  The Paul Anka Show
  for the CBC Network before forming his own company, Prime Time Creative
  Services, and producing shows for CBC, CTV, Global and the Knowledge Network 
                                   Jeff Groberman                                      where he produced the Dotto on Data and Dotto Tech series hosted by Steve
    Photo courtesy B.C. Entertainment Hall of Fame           Dotto. Today Jeff is a travel writer.  His adventures, laced with a generous dollop of humour, are published in newspapers around the world and shared on his own blog at  .  Congratulations also to Therese Champagne who was nominated for a Jessie Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role – Small Theatre.  The honour was in recognition of her performance in the play Precious Little produced by star star theatre and presented at the Cultch in the Dramatic Work Series as part of the Fringe Festival.  After retiring from CBC Radio-Canada, Therese made the decision to start acting again and says, "I am really enjoying being back on stage and in front of the camera".  Therese is currently in Edmonton performing in the second season of the web series Abigaelle et le Date Coaching in which she will play the role of Paule,Abigaelle's Mom.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Therese Champagne

Happy congratulations also go out to Dorean & Jack Binns on the occasion of their 65th wedding anniversary on August 14 and to Eric & Louise Anderson who celebrated their 30th on August 26.  I know you will all join me too in offering congratulations to Maurice Moses who has been nominated A Special Volunteer by Jewish Seniors Alliance in recognition of "A life in song and performance".  The official nomination announcement adds that, "Maurice has produced TV shows and shared his talent with the Jewish Community for the past 50 years".   Maurice and two other nominees will be honoured at a dinner on September 19th at Beth Israel Synagogue in Vancouver.

Now to other news.  On July 27th,
Anne Mathisen hosted a party at family 
                                                       Maurice Moses                                                       property in Crescent Beach in
                              Photo courteswy Jewish Seniors Alliance                                  celebration of her 75th birthday the
next day and the 40th anniversary of her homecoming following a shipwreck rescue. Back in 1979, Anne was on a motor-sailboat with six others going from Japan to
Hawaii when about 450 miles northwest of Midway Island there was a fire which they were unable to extinguish.  The seven abandoned the boat into two life rafts and a rubber dinghy (lashed together) and drifted for eight days and nights before spotting
a boat at the beginning of the ninth evening and putting up flares.  Anne says that,
"By a great stroke of luck it was a Russian whaling boat with men actually looking at the water for whales and they saw the flares and rescued us."  The group spent five nights and four days with the Russian crew until they were taken to a restricted U.S. naval base three miles off Midway Island and the Americans sent out a boat for them.  They spent one night on Midway Island then then were on the refular flight next                                  Anne Mathisen at her July 27th party.    morning to Hickham Airforce Base in Honolulu.  Anne flew home and arrived the day before her 35th birthday. At her double celebration this year, Anne's guests included CBC friends and bowling colleagues Elizabeth Bishop, Serafine Crawley, Neil & Lynn Gillon, Richard & Heather Hankin, Ron & Diane Mahy, Maurice Moses, Mike & Peggy Oldfield, Sharon Spruston and Michael & Eleanor Taylor-Noonan.  Anne's family surprised her during the party with a performance of Abba's "Dancing Queen" to her complete delight and that of all the guests!  Belated Happy Birthday wishes also to Sheila Rosen whose family arranged a barbecue celebration at Spanish Banks on August 5th to mark her 80th year.

Mar Sulaika Ochs is proud to announce her new website   In addition to her extensive experience as a Producer, Researcher and Author, Mar offers her skills as a tutor of English both to ESL students and to anyone needing training in how to get the story within onto the written page.  Check out her site for complete details and contact information.

Mar Sulaika Ochs

Congratulations and a high five to Lorna Haeber who reported on her Facebook
page on August 27th that,  "They say 'golf can best be described as
an endless series of tragedies obscured by the occasional miracle.' .... Got my first birdie."  For those who are not golf aficionados, sports journalist and golf expert Brent Kelley posted the following definition
of a birdie on the liveaboutdotcom website (updated May 24, 2019): 
" 'Birdie' is one of the basic scoring terms used by golfers and it
means a score of 1-under par on any individual golf hole. Par, remember, is the expected number of strokes it should take an expert golfer to complete a hole. Every hole on a golf course is given a par rating, those ratings usually being either par-3, par-4 or par-5. That means that an expert golfer should need three strokes, four strokes
and five strokes, respectively, to play those holes. So a birdie is a
very good score on a hole, one that mid-handicappers don't see often and high handicappers rarely see. For recreational golfers, making a birdie is a thing to celebrate."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Lorna Haeber celebrates her triumph on the golf course !

  Former CBC Vancouver News Reporter Larry Rose appeared
  recently on CTV's News to talk about the 75th anniversary of the
  liberation of Paris in 1944.

   Larry is now a published historian and has written two books on 
   World War Two:  Mobilize – Why Canada Was Unprepared for the 
   Second World War
and Ten Decisions – Canada's Best, Worst
   and Most Far-Reaching Decisions of the Second World War

   Apart from working for CBC Vancouver, Larry also taught for
   four years at BCIT and later worked for CTV, Global and The 
   Canadian Press.  He currently resides in Toronto.

  Larry Rose.  Photo courtesy

Ray Wittrock continues the long road to recovery following the accident which has left him partially paralyzed and he is now a resident at Fleetwood CareLife in Surrey.   Company continues to be the best tonic for Ray, or alternatively, cards and letters will continue to bolster his spirits.  To visit or write to Ray, the address is Mr. Ray Wittrock, Room 262, Fleetwood CareLife, 8265 – 159th Street, Surrey, B.C. V4N 5T5.  The residence is located at 83rd Avenue and 159th Street.  Parking (limited) is free.  Transit available nearby. The general phone number for the residence is 604-598-7200 and it has open visiting hours 24 hours per day. On the home front, Ray's wife Heather is seeking help to rebuild their sundeck.  If you know how to properly construct a deck or can recommend anyone, please advise this writer and I will put you in touch with Heather Wittrock.

While visiting the West Coast from the Ontario Region to attend the CBC Pensioners' National Association AGM in Victoria in May, Isobel & John Dixon (John is currently Vice-President and Chapter Liaison, Ontario Region) were able to spend a bit of time in Vancouver and shared the news that they spent a lovely day with Dick France.   The trio enjoyed lunch at The Flying Beaver Bar and Grill on the Fraser River while watching float planes taking off one after the other and then made a stop at the Red Rock Casino for a bit of added fun.  While in Vancouver, John & Isobel managed to squeeze in a visit to a White Spot restaurant - a Vancouver institution since first founded by Nat Bailey in 1928.  In Victoria they fitted in a city tour as well as a visit to Butchart Gardens which they described as "amazing".  Prior to their meetings and sightseeing on Vancouver Island and mainland, John & Isobel had some relaxation aboard a cruise from Vancouver to Alaska which they found most interesting.  They expressed kudos to the BC Ferries Connector bus service, reporting that it was excellent - meeting them at the ship, taking care of luggage, and transporting them directly to Victoria and again on the return trip to the airport. Other colleagues have also been heading off in all directions near and far.  Check out Travel Trips on at to read about and enjoy wonderful photos from Chris Paton and Bruce McKay on their six-day photo-taking trip through the Rockies and Neil & Lynn Gillon's trip to Cornwall, England.  In Travel Trips you'll find Jeff Groberman's latest stories (see also Globetrotting with Jeff at ) with photos on dealing with the medical system in My Unexpected Summer Trip and the trials of selling his boat in Why I Have That Sinking Feeling – Going Down with the Ship.

 Ed & Anne Bignell enjoyed their third cruise within nine months when they traveled in May/June around the U.K., Ireland, Guernsey and France. Ed reported that there was a very special reason for this particular trip  - a presentation to the local Navy branch in his hometown of Greenock, Scotland in memory of a boyhood friend with whom Ed had been a Navy cadet back in the late 1940s. While there, he and Anne loved wandering the streets of their birthplace. The U.K. was a popular destination in June – Ray & Jacquie Fitzgerald were there from June 5 to 18; Catherine & Steve Morrin were in Ireland for two weeks from June 7th  and Kelly & Alan Waterman were there at the same time.  On June 15th, Catherine & Steve arrived at Kilkenny Castle, rounded the first corner inside its walls and ran into Alan & Kelly! You couldn't plan that if you tried!!! They didn't have long to chat as Catherine & Steve had to catch up to their tour group with Emerald Isle Tours which had departed from and was returning to Dublin (tour dates were June 9 to 15). Alan & Kelly were there as part of a journalism conference in Galway.

                                                            Kilkenny Castle, Ireland                                                                              Catherine Morrin and Alan Waterman at Kilkenny Castle

Cam & Christine Cathcart spent part of July in the Arctic to visit family and attend a family reunion in Inuvik.  They drove to Tuktoyuktut too, to dip their toes in the Beaufort Sea while basking in the
midnight sun!    Also in July, Serafine Crawley
went on a tour of Haida Gwai where she reports seeing an incredible array of wildlife, Ron Taylor
and his wife Sheryl Smale holidayed in Scotland,
and Paddy Moore and family were in Drumheller, Alberta searching for dinosaurs.  August saw
Sharon Spruston driving from Vancouver to Prince George and then on to Edmonton for family visits.  Precious time with them added to beautiful scenery and spotting abundant wildlife enroute added up to a delightful trip. Just back home a few days and she                   Nathan Enns & Kate Wells pose against the backdrop of the city of Bath.
was off again to spend time with family on Vancouver Island which was again a wonderful trip.  Nathan Enns & Kate Wells meanwhile departed the Island in August for a holiday that began in England's beautiful Cotsworlds.  Nathan retired in May and Kate says they are both happy to say, "This is the life!".

The CBC Pensioners' National Association newsletters from across the country have happily shared excerpts from their publications, First, thank you to Bob Forrow, Monique Nenson and Joanne Skidmore for the items from the July 1, 2019 issue of The Transmitter newsletter (Alberta, Saskatchewan and Northwest Territories Region):

Gem in the Yucatan
Marcel Bolen, CBC PNA, Regina, SK

Photo: Courtesy of Marcel Bolen, CBC PNA, Regina, SK
Marcel Bolen and his wife Kathy returned to a favourite spot in Mexico this past winter.

Friend and former colleague Mitch Allard had been talking about Puerto Morelos for years. Mitch knew the then owners of the Alma Libre Bookstore, Rob and Joanne. He had gone to SAIT (Broadcasting) in Calgary with them in the 80's. After some convincing from Mitch, we decided to see what all the hype was about. My wife Kathy and I spent 10 days there in the winter of 2014 and fell in love with the place. So in the winter of 2018 we spent three weeks there and this past winter, four weeks.

  Puerto Morelos, once a sleepy fishing village, is
  situated about 20 minutes south of Cancun, Mexico.
  It is a town of about 9000 inhabitants.  Due to its
  proximity to a protected mangrove, there are no
  resorts near the town though there are many
  boutique hotels as well as condominiums for
  accommodation.  We've rented a condo for the
  duration of our visits as we like the idea of being
  able to cook our own meals and to be able to have 
                                                                                                      family and friends come stay with us during our stay

  There is a new grocery store conveniently located right in town. We find the cost of 
  groceries in Puerto Morelos considerably less expensive than here in Regina. We
  love to frequent the local fish market where you can purchase fresh fish that's come
  in off the boats.  There is a market where you can buy a large selection of locally
  grown fruits and vegetables. If you're craving fresh baking, watch for the white car
  driving around town selling fresh bread and pastries out of its hatchback. If cooking
  isn't your thing, the town boasts dozens of excellent restaurants and bars.

  There is some great snorkelling immediately off of the beautiful white sand beaches
  but for the ultimate experience, the Great Mesoamerican Reef is just 600 metres
  offshore. For a modest $20 US you can go out on one of the many snorkel boats
  for a couple of hours.

On January 29th, we were fortunate to have a visit
from retirees Mitch Allard, Hartland Jessome and his wife Linda as well as CBC Edmonton reporter Josée St.-Onge. It was wonderful to catch up with all of them.

During our visits to Puerto Morelos we've had the pleasure of encountering many Reginans as well as Canadians from Brandon to Thunder Bay to Ottawa
and many from La Belle Province. A lot of eastern Canadians love that part of Mexico because of the relatively short flight times, and it's also very popular with Americans. Some are experiencing Puerto Morelos for the first time while others are on                                                                           Photo: Marcel Bolen, CBC PNA, Regina, SK  
their 6th visit there and some are staying as long             L-R: Kathy Bolen, Hartland Jessome, Josee St-Onge, Linda Jessome, Marcel Bolen,
as 4 months.                                                                                                                                                                               Mitch Allard.

Meet the new rep for EAP

The Employee Assistance Program is a gem and like all gems, it needs polishing every once in a while so that one can appreciate its beauty. That's what Julia Sargeaunt of Edmonton did during her mandate as the representative of the CBC Pensioners National Association on the Board of Directors for EAP.

Julia did excellent work but has decided that after long service, someone else should
carry the torch. So at the May meeting of the PNA's Board of Directors, Donald Langis from New Brunswick was mandated to continue the good work.

Donald brings with him his skills as a teacher at the high school level for several years
after which he opted for journalism. He holds two master's degrees and a certificate from the Poynter Institute for Media Studies in St. Petersburg, Florida. He began as a reporter with the French provincial newspaper L'Évangéline where he became Managing Editor before moving on to Radio-Canada Acadie where he eventually served several years as News Director for the French network in the Atlantic provinces. Where else except in the Atlantic Provinces can you find a production centre responsible for four, yes four, provincial elections? Donald brings to his new position his experience with the local EAP committee, in news and in management. He is presently serving his third mandate as President of the Moncton Chapter of the PNA.

Tokyo Radiation Decision

After retiring from CBC Edmonton, John Hanlon joined NHK World-TV in Tokyo, Japan. In a previous
issue of The Transmitter John described his experiences during Japan's massive earthquake on March 11, 2011. Below is his account of coping with the nuclear power plant disaster that followed.

  A scary thing about exposure to radiation is not actually being able to see it.
  The first radiation reached Tokyo soon after the earthquake sent a 43-foot
  high tsunami crashing into a nuclear power plant about two hours away from
  Tokyo. Immediately the fireworks began, as explosions and meltdowns sent
  radiation spewing into the air. For anyone nearby, the most serious risks
  were cancer or leukemia. So my wife and I had to make a crucial decision:   
  whether to stay in Tokyo, or flee.
              Photo: Courtesy of CBC's Amber Hildebrandt
John Hanlon at NHK in Tokyo during the earthquake crisis of March 2011. 

The trouble was events were happening so fast we could hardly think. Radiation levels in
Tokyo shot up—enough for scores of non-Japanese residents to rush to safer locations such as Osaka, Hong Kong and even Canada. My anxiety spiked with each news story about more setbacks at the nuclear plant and the evacuation of thousands of nearby residents. Adding to the turmoil were the quake's aftershocks that shook our apartment and workplace almost every day.

My wife told me she would stay in Tokyo. She's Japanese, and though it might be hard
for us westerners to understand, no Japanese, my wife included, would ever abandon fellow countrymen at a time like this. I tried to talk her out of it, but she was unwavering. So I stayed too.

We remained mostly indoors—only leaving home to travel to work or shop for food. Grocery stores sometimes ran out of bottled water, and in the crisis' early days some food shelves were bare. My work provided no distraction as I was always writing and narrating updates about the evolving crisis. I couldn't stop checking an online site that reported on radiation levels, and always they were higher than normal. The stress was wearing us down. When would this crisis end? And how would it end?

Well, not as suddenly and dramatically as it began. Like an ebbing tide, the danger gradually faded after about three
weeks. There had been no reports of cancer; those who fled Tokyo returned; and life returned to normal. But I relearned
the often overlooked and brutal lesson that life is random.
Even though we think we can impose order on our lives,
stuff happens. It springs upon you by surprise, and often
it is pitiless. We never know if things will end tragically, or
whether we'll pull through. After Japan's triple catastrophe
— earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster—more than
15 thousand people perished; and millions of others pulled through.                        Photo: Courtesy of CBC's Amber Hildebrandt      
                                                                                                                          Japanese people left prayer plaques at Tokyo's Meiji Shrine.

It wasn't earthquakes and nuclear disasters that brought an end to my twenty-year stint in
Japan.  In 2015 I reached the ripe old age of 70 and felt it was time to retire. After traveling in Southeast Asia and Europe, my wife and I returned to Edmonton, city of perpetual winter, or so it seems.  So far, neither my wife nor I have symptoms of cancer. Touch wood.

Chapters Roundup

Calgary: The Annual General Meeting was held on April 3 at our usual spot the Kerby Centre (1133-7th Avenue SW) in Calgary. President Ken McCreath was not able to attend so Vice-President Russ Down conducted the meeting. Both the President, Ken McCreath, and the Secretary-Treasurer Eleanor Suddaby, have served in their roles for several years and will continue in those positions. Long serving Vice-President Russ Down retired and Joanne McAdam was elected the new Vice-President. Many thanks, Russ, for your work as V-P over many years. We were pleased to welcome the Regional PNA President Bob Forrow from Edmonton.

Our group also met at the Kerby Centre for lunch on June 12.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Photo: Courtesy Hartland Jessome, CBC PNA, Regina, SK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Joanne McAdam, Vice-president, CBC PNA, Calgary, AB

  Edmonton:  PNA members in Edmonton continue to
  meet for breakfast on the second Tuesday of each
  month at International House of Pancakes (IHOP
  3921 Calgary Trail NW) in Edmonton.

  Mark these dates on your calendar for upcoming
  breakfasts:: July 9, August 13, September 10,
  October 8 November 12 and December 10.

  L-R:  Bob McQuay, Dave Smiley, Jim MacVicar, Bob Forrow
  and David Dawkins.

  Valentine's Day was another occasion to get
  together.  We extended the celebration by
  having our dinner a week later.

Left side of the table: Nancy MacVicar (the Valentine of the evening in her red jacket), Jim MacVicar, Julia Sargeaunt,Tony Nelson.  Across the table: Margaret O'Brien, Sylvia Forrow, Bob Forrow, Royle Harris.

In March, more people came out to the breakfast.

L-R: Bob McQuay, Sylvia Kuziw, Bob Forrow, Jim Gerlock, Dave Smiley, Bruce Cowan, Dave Dawkins, Julia Sargeaunt.

We also enjoyed a Spring Luncheon on June 19 at the Faculty Club at the University of Alberta.

  Saskatoon: On Tuesday, May 7th members of the CBC Pensioners
  Association in Saskatoon had lunch with Bob Forrow from
  Edmonton. He is the President of the Alberta, Saskatchewan
  and Northwest Territories region of the PNA.

  L-R: Bob Forrow, Ellen Armstrong,
  Gary Crippen, Vi Atwell, Ron Gareau,
  Armande Haugen, Nick Denesyn.

  Regina:  The come and go coffee gatherings every first Wednesday
  of the month continue to be well attended. (These gatherings will be
  on hiatus for the summer months (June, July and August).

  The Chapter partnered with the CBC 20 Year Association and
  organized the Spring Fling dinner on May 4th (insert Star Wars
  Pun here) in Regina at Nicky's Cafe. Thank you to Regional
  President Bob Forrow for driving to our dinner from Edmonton.

And for those who used to work at CBC IN MOOSE JAW, SK – you'll be hearing about a reunion planned for Saturday, September 14, 2019 to mark the 50th anniversary of the beginning of an owned and operated CBC TV station in Saskatchewan.

Photo: Courtesy / Courtoisie Hartland Jessome, CBC PNA, Regina, SK

Lutz Walsh, the PNA Regional Vice-President and President of the CBC 20 Year Association in Regina, welcomes members of both groups to the annual Spring Fling dinner.


From Communiqué, the newsletter of the National Capital Region, The CBC Pensioners' National Association, issued Spring 2019:

Work in Retirement!

For most new retirees, a new work role would be the last thing that comes to mind. Travel, hobbies, family, friends, and quiet time are usually a top priority after a long and busy career at CBC. For some though, work can come back into the picture at some point in retirement. Reasons could include enhancing overall social contact, keeping mind and body sharp, extra cash, or just to have some fun and/or explore an interest.

Contrary to what one might think, there is demand for older retired workers. Some of the
benefits to employers of hiring retirees include:

-  More flexible to work varied hours.
-  Extensive past work experience.
-  Proven reliability
-  Enhanced ability to mentor / teach less experienced co-workers.
-  Less focused on future career ambitions which can allow for more consistency within a given role.

So what's out there for retirees? Well, the sky is the limit considering the wealth of experience and knowledge CBC retirees possess. Work in retirement can be found in many different forms:

Volunteering can offer the opportunity to work at something that you really love and on a schedule that works for you. Websites like "VolunteerOttawa"can help you search for volunteer opportunities that suit you.
Part-Time hourly work can be perfect for retirees who want a job that's less career oriented and is confined to a set number of hours each week.
Contracts/Term—Placement firms (i.e. Randstad) can help you find term work that allows you to work part of the year and be free to enjoy other things in the rest of the year.
Starting a Small Business-Maybe those cookies you make that everyone loves can be the basis for a home based business! And being your own boss has its advantages.

Some practical considerations that you may want to think about before embarking into work in retirement are:

Taxes: Your additional work income may lift you into a higher tax bracket so be aware of how additional income will be treated from a tax perspective. Often, it's just a matter of asking the employer to deduct additional tax at source.
Old Age Security Pension Claw back: If you receive OAS and go back to work, check to see if the additional work income might trigger some OAS benefit claw back in your specific situation.
RRSPs: You can contribute a percentage of work income to RRSPs even if you are retired. Also, many employers will match RRSP contributions even for part time workers.
Insurance: Most employees, and even many volunteer organizations provide insurance of various types (accident, travel etc). It's good to get the detail on these and how they relate to your existing insurances in retirement.
Medical Benefits: Many employers provide great medical benefits even for part time
workers. These benefits can include dental coverage and eyeglasses which are not covered by CBC's supplemental health plan. Work plans can also operate in tandem with retiree benefit plans to maximize overall coverage.
Non-Medical Benefits: Fitness memberships, product discounts, education support, are only a few of the non-medical benefits many employers provide. Even some volunteer organizations provide such benefits (i.e. volunteers at Centrepointe Theatre in Ottawa receive theatre show related discounts).

Along with any type of work can come some pressure or stress. Just like in your career at CBC, it's important to pace yourself, and keep a positive outlook. All jobs come with their ups and downs, though being a retiree in the job market does provide a unique opportunity to have a great time working at something you like, on a schedule that still allows for your retirement lifestyle.

Technology Corner How to Find Stuff!!
By Paul Roy

Sometimes it's difficult to find what you are looking for on the internet.  Your search results may not be precise enough, or too precise.  Here's 7 Google search tips to help get you the results you've looking for.

1.  Quotes— To search for an exact phrase, enclose it in quotes. For example: searching: "snow shoes" will eliminate "snow" only and "shoe" only results.

2.  Hyphen— To exclude a term from your search results, put a hyphen in front. For example: searching: mustang –car will eliminate "car" related results from the search with focus more toward "horse" related results.

3.  OR– Put an "OR" between search terms to return results for one or the other—i.e. searching for 'football OR baseball' would return results for either baseball or football.

4.  Putting AND between two terms will return results that contain both items. So searching: "football AND baseball" would return results that include both baseball and football.

5.  Tabs– Click the "+" symbol to open another search page. Having multiple search pages open can help you find your stuff more effectively.

6.  The "Site" term lets you search for content within one particular website. Searching for: LRT will search for "LRT" within the website only.

7.  Use an asterisk as a wildcard character. For example searching "largest * in the world" will return information on all the biggest stuff in the world.


From the Newfoundland & Labrador Region posted on June 25, 2019:

Well, an energetic band of our St. John's crew managed to dodge the windy raindrops that many of you around the province endured yesterday and the SNF gang put in a noble afternoon's toil without trouble before the inclement weather hit Sin City. Yes indeed it was the occasion of another CBC NL Pensioners Association outreach to community, our annual partnership with Ronald McDonald House for the Home for Dinner initiative. As you are aware, volunteer members of our group prepare a hearty meal for family staying at Ron McDon House to be near their kids being treated at the Janeway Children's Hospital. It's a brief but welcome respite for folks to arrive back at nearby RMH and enjoy a good supper presented by our CBC retirees.

We had an awesome team onstage again to represent all of us in this wonderful endeavour – more than the kitchen limit, in fact - with others working before and behind the scenes or eagerly awaiting their call from the wings. It's truly fabulous and abundantly clear that those who participate in the project not only provide wonderful community service but actually find immense fulfillment embarking on this heart-warming adventure. Heck, it's only half a day but look what you have accomplished !

With enormous help from long time organizers Dianne O'Mara and Past President Bill Maher, new Vice-President Judy Squires wrangled the reins this year to organize a seamlessly executed event. Of course, Bill was the first to sign-on again as a volunteer and his successor, NL President Larry O'Brien was quick to jump on the bandwagon ! (Oh Larry ... Larry ... you have big boots to fill ... How can you top "Free Willy the Grand Pooh-Bah" ? Man, get some free contests in gear and give away more incentives to NLers. Perhaps you too will then earn a new moniker, grasshopper ? Ahem.)

So, ya mon, yesterday's community outreach to Ron McDon House was another brilliant success. Huuge ! A real team win. VP Judy and Director-at-Large Kevin Hanlon were expertly and efficiently guided by veteran Chef Gordon Pick, through the wilds of Costco and the mysteries of other foreign supermarket locales, to forage for food and exotic ingredients in anticipation of the gruelling journey ahead. Gord, being a connoisseur of only the finest, left no leaf of lettuce nor peppercorn unturned.

Then it was over to the raggedy kitchen crowd. Wisely, VP Judy deferred to Gordon's mad kitchen skillz but tempered top-chef temperament with a dose of discipline, anointing notorious bossy-stick wielder Dianne O'Mara as co-chief cook ... and bottle washer.

Needless to say, upon arrival to such a sight of formidable taskmasters, the unwashed masses, having filed onsite precisely on time, immediately scrambled to scrub-up, don gloves, and instantaneously fall under the spell and command of their latest head honchos.

"On deck, O'Brien; Fagan to the sink; Maher and Murphy, man the stove; Start peeling, Bartlett; Woodrow, mash; Hanlon ... uhh ... stand by ...

"Suffice to say it was a rigorous first five minutes.

But then, as if a beautiful songbird had descended upon the pristine stainless steel kitchen ...

Oh ... WAIT ... We can't have a bird in the kitchen. That's ... not on script ...

OK ... So ... Suddenly a whistling noise shrieked drifted gently from the stove area now manned by Bill Maher and Kevin Hanlon (Irene Murphy having been unceremoniously relegated to the lettuce pile). There was frying fat accompaniment and what one might generously describe as the "orchestral" result of a melodic attempt pathetically akin to a movie they watched in childhood like "Bridge Over the River Kwai". It was an ambitious aural effort nevertheless and soon enough others stomped their feet in disgust in musical time until true singers reluctantly joined in to rescue the discord – Irene and Lillian singing soprano, Anne attempting alto, Jimmy tentatively warbling tenor and shaming Larry to provide the bass.

By now, even the ruthless leaders could no longer resist – Dianne threw down her iron apron momentarily to bolster the bass line and finally Gord capitulated enough to augment the sopranos.

It is still not clear exactly what (or how) they were singing ... but in the end all hands certainly baked a splendid scoff !

Kudos and many thanks to this year's CBC NL Pensioners Association Home for Dinner crew who cooked-up mirth and merriment (along with a metric buttload of food) at McDon House on Wednesday:

Team Organizer – Our new Vice-President Judy Squires
Director-at-Large – The inimitable go-to guy Kevin Hanlon
Chief Chef and Maître d' – Señor extraordinaire Gordon Pick
Senior Whip Wielder and Bottle Washer – First Lady Dianne O'Mara
Stove Slave – Past President William ("Free Willy") Maher
Lead Lettuce Muncher – the never-wilting Anne Fagan
Assistant to the Lettuce – the always-nurturing Irene Murphy
Junior Spud Masher – Firm & Stern Jimmy Woodrow
Safety and Security – On-the-Trot Lillian Bartlett
Random Layabout/Cast Extra – New Pres Larry O'Brien
Floor Sweeper – Guess Who ? (for a prize)


From "Buzz" Newsletter, CBC PNA Durham Chapter, Ontario
July 2019 Issue:


Remembrance Day Coffee & Conversation with Author Ted Barris
Mark your calendars – Author and former CBC broadcaster Ted Barris will join us on 8 November 2019 in commemoration of Remembrance Day. Ted is an engaging speaker with a new book coming this fall called, Rush to Danger: Medics in the Line of Fire. In it, Ted tells the stories of medical personnel in combat, including his dad Alex Barris who many of you will recall was a well-known CBC broadcaster himself. Watch for details on this event coming in the Fall Newsletter.


In Health News
Food Poisoning and Older Adults

With the warmer weather upon us and many people eating outdoors, the risk of food-borne illness increases.  According to Health Canada, food poisoning can have serious longer-term problems for older adults. As we age, our immune systems aren't always as effective as we would like in protecting us from food poisoning. Chronic diseases, such as diabetes and kidney disease, can make it even more difficult to fight off infections. Certain types of food can also pose greater risk for older adults because of how they are produced and stored.

What do I need to know when shopping for food?

• buy cold or frozen food at the end of your shopping trip
• check the "best before" date on your food
• check fruits and vegetables to avoid buying items that are bruised or damaged
• avoid spreading bacteria from raw food to ready-to-eat food by: o putting raw food in individual plastic bags (which can be found in the produce section and at some meat counters)
• keeping your raw meat, poultry, fish and seafood away from other food in your grocery cart
• labelling and using the same bag or bin for raw meat, poultry, fish and seafood
• refrigerate or freeze raw meat, poultry, fish and seafood as soon as you get home from the grocery store; perishable food should not be left out for more than: o 1 hour during summer outdoor activities
• 2 hours at room temperature
• wash your reusable grocery bags often, especially if you are carrying raw meat, poultry, fish and seafood

There's an excellent chart of foods to be wary of to help you make good food choices, as well as more information about safe food practices at



  If you're in the Newmarket area this month and you are interested in seeing some
  original Canadian plays, check out the Newmarket National Ten Minute Play
  Festival. It runs from July 22-28 and will showcase 24 original Canadian works
  from playwrights across the country.

  One of Durham Chapter's Directors at Large, Dan
  Karpenchuk, is featured in three of those plays.
  Dan appears in Valse Sentimental, Not Going
and The Last House. This is the festival's
third season and includes a variety of additional "Main Street" attractions such as Festilicious menus in local restaurants, art galleries, street markets, historical walking tours, and other festivities at Riverwalk Commons.

                                                                                                                                                 Dan in a scene from last year's festival.

For more information on the National Ten Minute Play Festival including location, times, and ticket prices, go to .


We'll end this column with a smile from Harry Taylor who sent in this photo of a card he saved many years ago which he believes would have been attached to news item sheets.  Harry said the double entendre always made him chuckle and well it might you too.....

Please keep your news coming; this column only exists with your input!  Thank you
all and until next time in December, kindest regards, Peggy.