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AULD ACQUAINTANCES, SEPT TO NOV

Auld Acquaintances by Peggy Oldfield
 September to November, 2019

 

We’re well into Autumn and Winter is sneaking up on us!  Time to share news of the past few months and wish you all a very happy holiday season through the weeks ahead.

In the last column I reported that the CBC 20 Year Association name change was a work in progress.  The job has been completed and the name is now officially The CBC/SRC Association, BC Chapter!  Board members are excited about the advantages of the new name which clarifies the elimination of length of service as a requirement for becoming a member and reflects the inclusion of all who work for CBC in any capacity in both English and French Services.   It is hoped that the membership will expand and that more people engaged at CBC today as well as those who have moved on in their career or retired from it, will be enticed to join and enjoy the benefits of maintaining the connection with their CBC colleagues through social gatherings and other communication.  The annual (April 1 to March 31) dues are a very reasonable $15.00 so if you want to keep in touch with your colleagues and support the work of The CBC/SRC Association, BC Chapter, please contact this writer (https://goo.gl/QNvaxu or leave a phone message at the Association’s voice-mail line, 604-662-6409) for details on how to make your payment (cheque, cash or Interac).

 October 2nd bowling at Grandview Lanes.  Rod Mundy in fine form on the lane. 
In the background at left are Betty Carscadden Neil Gillon, Lynn Gillon, Lori Mundy, Peggy Oldfield and Alex Kerr.

Still operating under the previous “CBC 20 Year Association” title, 5-pin bowling at Grandview Lanes continues to be a fun outing for a group of dedicated participants.  On September 4, Betty Carscadden, Neil & Lynn Gillon, Alex Kerr, Ron & Diane Mahy, Anne Mathisen, Bill Murray, Peggy Oldfield and Michael Taylor-Noonan turned out and a pub lunch was enjoyed afterwards at St. Augustine’s..  On October 2nd, the group consisted of Neil & Lynn Gillon Ron & Diane Mahy, Rod & Lori Mundy, Bill Murray and Peggy Oldfield, and on November 6 the bowlers were Elizabeth Bishop, Neil & Lynn Gillon, Lillian Hanson, Diane Mahy, Bill Murray, Peggy Oldfield and Michael Taylor-Noonan plus a friend of Michael’s .who came along for the fun – and enjoyed it too!  An appointment prevented Maurice Moses from taking part in bowling (and he came prepared, wearing his socks emblazoned with bowling pins!) but he arrived at the bowling alley in time to cheer on the players in their Bingo Bowling Game and then joined everyone for lunch at St. Augustine’s Pub. A big thank you goes to Bill Murray.....all those clever and funny photos and stories you see in the e-mail notice of the upcoming bowling date are thanks to Bill’s great imagination and research.

 

 November 6th bowling.  Obviously having a great time!  L-R in the foreground:  Michael Taylor-Noonan, Ron Mahy (partially hidden), Lynn Gillon and Robin (Michael’s guest).  Standing behind them L-R:  Neil Gillon, Bill Murray and Diane Mahy.

Regrettably the Fall Luncheon at Beefeater’s Seaside Bar & Grill near the Nanaimo Ferry Terminal didn’t happen this year but the Association certainly hopes to reinstate it in 2020.  The planets did align in time to schedule the annual pub lunch at the Tap & Barrel next to Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver and that happy event took place on November 13th.  The sun was shining and public transit, particularly the SeaBus, currently in escalating job action over union contract negotiations, all co-operated to run smoothly without delays.  Great food and beverages in a private section of the pub were enjoyed by the 28 people who turned  out – Agnes Arychuk, Jack & Dorean Binns, Elizabeth Bishop, Rick Cluff, Joe Cranswick, Chris Cutress, Jacquie Fitzgerald, Neil & Lynn Gillon, Joe Holman, Gary Johnson, John Kennedy, Lori Konorti, Stan Langtry, Ron & Diane Mahy, Ken Mitchell, Mike & Peggy Oldfield, Bob Paley, Audrey Service, Michael Taylor-Noonan, Michael Varga, Glenn Weston, John Weston, Kirk Williams and Lawrence Wright   - with laughter and chatter abounding throughout the afternoon. Next up is the annual Christmas party at the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club on December 4th.

 Tap & Barrel Pub on November 13th.  From the foreground: John Kennedy, Zawrence Wright, Diand & Ron Mahy,
Ken Mitchell, Stan Langtry and Peggy Oldfield.

 

Jacquie Fitzgerald, Kirk Williams and Rick Cluff at the Tap & Barrel on November 13th.

  Congratulations and happy wishes to TV Sports Director Ron Forsythe
  who retired from CBC after 39 years on August 31, 2019.  This is not
  to say that Ron is going to put his feet up and become a man of
  leisure, though.  He will simply be selective about the projects he
  chooses to undertake in the next phase of his career. Good wishes
  for a wonderful future go also to Michael Tymchuk who has just
  retired after three decades as a
  Reporter and Producer with CBC
  Radio in Victoria.  Congratulatory
  wishes go also to Neil & Mary
 
Trainer who became second-time
  grandparents on October 3rd
  with the birth of Lake Manning
  Thompson in Penticton, B.C.  Lake
  is a little sister for her 1 ½ year old
                           Ron Forsythe                                brother Woods and a new bundle of joy for Neil & Mary’s daughter Erin Trainer and son-in-law Eric Thompson.   Neil and Mary note that Erin and Erick are avid outdoors people who love to go hiking and camping and they’ve reflected that passion in their children’s names.  Manning Park                     Michael Tymchuk             is one of their favourite places to go.  Neil adds, “Mary and I do a lot of baby sitting.  We enjoy the two grand kids.”

     

       Erin Trainer and Erick Thompson with their children Lake and Woods.  
           

  Mary Trainer with grandchildren Lake and Woods.
                                                                                                                                                                              

Best wishes to Ray Waines who took a fall in September which took him to hospital with a broken hip.  He was discharged from hospital on September 20th and at that point was already able to walk a short distance and climb three or four stairs!  Thankfully Ray has since been making a great recovery.  

On Sunday, September 15th the friends that call themselves “Blue Mooners” rendezvoused at the Sylvia Hotel in Vancouver and vowed to do it more frequently than once per year!  Rhonda Burnside, Lindsay Forsberg, Cindy Leaney, Ramona Mar, Peggy Oldfield and Chris Paton spent several hours enjoying the company over lunch in the cozy dining room
of the hotel overlooking English Bay.

The Southern Interior Chapter of the CBC Pensioners’ National Association (British Columbia and Yukon Region) hosted its annual Fall Luncheon on                                     Ray Waines                   October 3rd at Guisachan House Restaurant in Guisachan Heritage
Park, Kelowna. Enjoying the beautiful venue were Trevor Evans, David French, Jackie Gladman, Judi Grindlay, Rick & Bev  Inglis, Brian & Marilyn Lawrence, Christina Low, Robert MacDonald, Bob Nicholson, Ted & Alice North, John & Marlene Pendlebury, Rod & Lorrie Schrader, Neil Trainer and Ray & Ingrid Waines plus Jim Nelson and Michael Varga who made the journey from the Lower Mainland.  Neil Trainer's wife Mary had babysitting duties that day with grandson Woods as daughter Erin had given birth to their new little granddaughter Lake on the morning of the luncheon!

Oct 3rd Southern Interior Chapter Fall Luncheon in Kolowna.  Trevor Evans in the foreground.

  JP McConnell travelled from his home in France to the
  U.S. in September for his daughter’s wedding in
  California and slotted in a side trip to Vancouver. 
  Bill Nevison, who lives in Palm Desert,Caifornia, was
  planning to be in the city at the same time and
  arranged for a reunion with JP’s former CBC
  colleagues. Pat Bell, Paul Hartley, Brian Keating,
  Karin Larsen, Peter Layton, Greg Shannon,
  Neil Trainer
and Michael Varga on September 6th. 
  JP traversed the greatest distance but Neil Trainer
  drove to the coast from Summerland in BC’s 
  Jp McConnell greets Michael Varga, Paul Hartley and Pat Bell.                Southern Interior and Paul Hartley crossed the water from Parksville to participate.  They all met at the Tap & Barrel Pub in the Olympic Village at False Creek and several hours passed swiftly with life updates and stories swapped.

 

Sept. 6th at the Tap & Barrel Pub, False Creek. 
L-R:  Greg Shannon, Neil Trainer, Brian Keating, Paul Hartley, Michael Varga, JP McConnell, Bill Nevison, Peter Layton and Karin Larsen.
Pat Bell had left before the photo was captured.

  On September 19th, a special honour was paid Maurice Moses by the
  Jewish Senior Alliance in recognition of the outstanding lengthy services
  he has contributed to the community at large. Maurice’s daughter
  Melissa and his younger brother Ruben were in attendance with him for
  this special evening. The President of the Alliance gave an account of
  Maurice’s life, noting that he inherited his rich tenor voice from his
  father who was a celebrated Rabbi/Cantor in Bangalore, India (where
  Maurice was born).  In 1954, Maurice arrived in Vancouver, proceeded
  to study voice and found work with the Accounting Department at CBC. 
  In time he made the decision to pursue a career with the Corporation
  and pursue his singing as a hobby rather than following in his father’s
  footsteps to become a Cantor.  He retired as a Unit Production Manager
  after 33 years with the Corporation, having worked on such prestigious
  television productions as Leo & Me (noting that Maurice continues to
  be in touch with Michael J. Fox whose acting debut was as the lead in
  that series), Beachcombers, The Paul Anka Show, and the Gala Expo
  ’86 Opening
.  In tandem with his working career, Maurice’s love of
  singing continued to grow and from first joining the Beth Israel
  Choir, he has added his voice to those at The Louis Brier Home,   Maurice Moses on the evening of the Jewish                 Temple Shalom, Beth Tikva and Beth Hamidrash in the Jewish  
  Senior Alliance recognition.                                    community and to numerous choirs including JCC, Shiron, 
                                                                              Vancouver Jewish Men’s Choir, Kol Simcha Choir, and most 
recently PAL’s Chorus at Vancouver’s Performing Arts Lodge. He also appeared in a number of shows with Theatre Under The Stars. For the past ten years, he has appeared as a singer and dancer with Showtime, performing in the community and at seniors’ residences throughout the Lower Mainland.  Maurice has always felt very strongly that seniors should not be ignored but rather should be respected for their life long contributions to the community.  One way of doing this is to entertain them and aside from the Showtime performances he participates in, Maurice collaborated with former CBC Television Producer Tony Gilbert in mounting the weekly Let’s Sing Again series with Host Louise Rose and sixty singers, originating from Victoria, B.C.. for five years from 1995 to 1999. The successful series continued for a number of years after Maurice’s involvement came to an end. Maurice has always maintained that his greatest reward is the appreciation of the community and the honour given him by the Jewish Senior Alliance “was awesome”.  At the conclusion of the speeches, Maurice was asked to sing and he chose Let’s Sing Again from the Vision TV series, the words of which are: 

Let's sing again There's music in your heart
But you must do your part
Let's sing again
I'm happy when somebody sings to me
A simple melody Let's sing again
Without  a song to sing what is there to cling to
Life wouldn't mean a thing
Without someone to sing to
Tho' now and then the world may seem so blue
A song will see you thru'
Let's sing again.”

Bob Markin’s friendship with Maurice has spanned sixty years.  He says, “I first met this wonderful person some 60 years ago...and talk about an instantly-formed friendship, within two minutes of meeting him, he was good-naturedly poking me in the stomach, and our friendship has been continuously rock-solid over-the-years.  He is, unquestionably, one of the kindest, most giving, of persons, always wishing to make everyone's days and lives happier.  In addition to his participations mentioned in the article, Maurice visits those in hospital, often quietly singing them an         Maurice with daughter Melissa who attended the
uplifting song; he's performed in several Theatre-Under-the-Stars                      special evening with her Dad.                   productions; sung in numerous special community events and concerts; led in the singing of anthems at Vancouver Canadians baseball games and at Kitsilano Showboat, etc.  Speaking of the singing of anthems, the following scenario comes to mind - so often, at community events and programs of all sizes, the audience begins singing the anthems, and then suddenly goes quiet as they hear Maurice's beautiful tenor voice and wish to listen to him only.  Its a treat for all.”  Bob is currently on the editorial board of Jewish Senior Alliance’s ‘Senior Line’ magazine, is a writer for ‘The Jewish Independent’ (and served for sixteen years on the editorial staff of its forerunner, the ‘Jewish Western Bulletin’), and wrote the article Wonderful Night of Honours from which I have his permission to reprint the following excerpts:  “How do you say thank you to individuals who strive to better the lives of people in the community?  Jewish Seniors Alliance’s answer is an appreciation dinner, part of its annual general meeting, which comprises a tribute to three conscientious community personalities. …… Evening honouree Maurice Moses, whose tenor singing voice has brought joy to countless individuals and organizations throughout the Jewish and general communities for more than six decades, was introduced by JSA president emeritus Serge Haber.  ‘We’re honouring people who love comminity,” said Haber.  ‘Maurice has helped seniors so very much by enthusiastically and nobly giving his special talent, his outstanding voice to the community, and particularly to seniors.  Your father, George Moses, a celebrated rabbi/cantor in Bangalore, India, would have been most proud of you.  Without question you are most deserving of this honour.’  Moses spoke of the pleasure he receives by entertaining, and especially in doing so for senior citizens, emphasizing that “our precious seniors should not be ignored and they should be entertained and respected for their countless contributions to life in the community.  The only way that I can thank seniors for all they have done is through my singing.  It gives me great satisfaction to see their smiling faces,their faces lighting up when I see them react to a song familiar to them.’

Ralph Motohashi is definitely not tiring of travelling and has just returned from Singapore where he has been for the past several months.  He reports that it’s an area of Southeast Asia he loves, noting that everywhere you can see and feel the history of the British Empire of the past.

With sincere appreciation to Gino Piazza (President) and Executive/Board Members of the Southwestern Ontario Chapter of the CBC Pensioners’ National Association for their permission, following are excerpts from The Good Life newsletter, Fall/Winter 2019 edition:

Our summer BBQ - Good day sunshine! We could not have asked for a better day for our annual BBQ. Just a few clouds here and there to evenly block out the sun, perfect all around. A little over forty were in attendance at this year’s festivity. We were once again very fortunate to have Gabe and Linda Menard open up their new home for us. Although we were not on the water, the surroundings were perfect, as Linda once again made magic in her yard. We all thank you both again and look forward to next year. We were also very fortunate to have the President of the Ontario Region, Gerald Head, attend. This made it very easy for my follow-up speech on our upcoming news and event. … The last item was a reminder of our upcoming Christmas Party that will be held on Saturday, December 7 at the Giovanni Caboto Club. The full breakdown will be covered in our Fall Newsletter. With announcements completed the BBQ was fired up, the conversations continued and the laughter could be heard a block away! On a last note we would like to extend a big thank you to our Executive Chef Patrick Ryan who stepped in at the last moment to assist! 

    James Snively and Jeannette Quenneville                                        

                                   

 

                                                                                                                       Alberta Clark, Linda Menard and Carolyn Head

   

   Matthew and Gordon (Al) Wicket                                                                                    Linda (Majors) Menard and Michael Fitzsimmons

 

Big changes for CBC Windsor, 25 years ago!

CBE radio and CBEF moved from Pelissier Street facilities into new modern studios and off spaces at the CBET building. For the radio employees it meant hot running water in the washrooms, no stairs to climb from offices to studios and ample FREE parking. That was September 1994.

Then in October, local CBC TV returned to the air. The Windsor Experiment came with new equipment, new work methods, a new Union-Management operating agreement and additional jobs – some for previously laid-off employees and some for new hires.

A reunion is being planned to mark the events of 1994. It will be December 6-7. There will be time to swap stories, catch up with former colleagues, watch old videos, tour the current CBC Windsor facilities, etc. Interest has been expressed by some local retirees, current employees and by people who have moved away – some retired and some still working. Those attending the reunion are being invited to attend the Retirees Association annual Christmas Party on December 7, (info on front page).

Members of the Retirees association who wish to attend the Reunion parts of the weekend should send their contact info (phone & email) to the Reunion committee so we can send you Reunion details. Email to CBCWindsorReunion@gmail.com.

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The following excerpts are from the Communique newsletter Fall 2019 issued by the National Capital Region of the CBC Pensioners’ National Association and come with appreciation to the Region’s President, Kerry Adams, and his team:

$$  Seniors’ Discounts!  $$  by Paul Roy

  One of the great things about retirement is having the time to shop for deals.
  In addition to the benefits of shopping during times when others can’t, senior
  discounts can be quite worthwhile. Many such discounts are available to those
  65 years of age and older, and some with age eligibility as low as 50-55.

  Here’s a few senior discounts that you may or may not be aware of:

  Retail: Many retailers offer seniors’ discounts. These are not always
  advertised so make it a point to ask when you shop. Some are location-
  based so may only be available at some retail locations. Bring your proof
  of age in case you are asked to verify.


Transportation: Public transportation passes are typically much cheaper for age 65+ and some city transit lines offer free transit access at certain times for seniors (i.e. in Ottawa, OCTranspo is free for seniors on Wednesdays and Sundays).

Travel: Planning to take a train trip? - Many ground transportation services (bus/rail) will offer seniors’ discounts. Airline discounts tend to be more rare. Hotel and Rental Car discounts can be had particularly during off-season periods.

Banking: Ask your branch about low monthly fee chequing and savings accounts for seniors.

Entertainment: Check out seniors’ days at your local theatre—great prices (Tuesdays at Cineplex in Ottawa). Live shows will sometimes have reduced seniors pricing for specific showings.

Dining: You’ve heard of the “early bird special”? It’s true—many restaurants offer lower prices during non-peak hours.
Cell Plans: Ask your cell phone provider about cell plans tailored to seniors.

School!: Thinking of going back to school? Colleges / Universities have mature student programs you can look into. Some of these are complete fee waivers.

Fitness: Many fitness centres offer seniors pricing. City of Ottawa for example offers seniors pricing on full membership pricing or on individual visits.

 

Technology Corner

Smart Appliances!!

If you’ve been out shopping for appliances lately, you’ve probably noticed a lot of “smart features” appearing with even the most basic appliance models. Typically these smart features are enabled by Bluetooth communication between the appliance and an app installed on your mobile phone, computer, or tablet. Here’s a few interesting samples of features available with commonly used appliances and household items:

 
- Washer / Dryer— Start/Stop wash dry cycles from anywhere in your home and receive alerts when wash cycles begin or end.
- Stove— Control the temperature from anywhere of course, but more advanced stuff is appearing, like integration with digital recipes and providing ingredient measurements (weight) while you cook.
- Refrigerator— Some now have a touch screen interface that can display / edit grocery lists, see inside the fridge without opening it, and provide personalized “to do” lists for each family member. No more fridge magnets needed!
- Dishwasher— Voice Control, sensors that change the wash setting based on the amount of grime detected on dishes, and, the ability to have the washer respond to peak energy savings periods for maximum energy cost efficiency—very cool!
- Blinds— Automated up and down based on detected sunlight and/or time of day. Real James Bond type stuff!
- Hose / Sprinkler— Control your sprinklers remotely, or better yet, schedule their operation based on a predetermined schedule or weather status.
- Lighting— Geofencing technology enables your lighting to activate, deactivate or behave differently based on who is at home or not at home. Also, special lighting “scenes” can be activated as soon as someone arrives home or leaves.
- Toilet— Yep, you read it right! - we now have toilets with features like:
        - Automated touchless flushing.
         -Sensors that provide overflow protection.
         -Sensors that determine the size of flush needed.
         -Toilet Self cleaning features.
         -Automatic nightlight!



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From the Durham Chapter (Ontario), CBC Pensioners’ National Association, my thanks to Barbara Saxberg (President) and the members of her Board for permission to reprint the following excepts from the November 2019 issue of their Chapter newsletter Buzz:

 

FEATURE STORY – THE CHANGING TV TIMES
From VHS to DVD to Blu-Ray to?

By Mike Abate

It absolutely amazes me how much our TV viewing habits have changed over the past 13 years. As this new technology slowly creeps into our lives, we quickly forget how much things have changed.

Since September 1952 when television first came to Canada, never has there been so much choice in terms of what to watch and how to watch it. For many years the standard definition TV format was unchanged. It was all black and white for us until the CBC introduced colour TV on September 1, 1966. When introduced, fewer than 1% of Canadians had a colour TV.

This was all good until the mid ’70s with the advent of VHS and Betamax tape. Consumers were now able to record and playback TV programming. With Sony’s Betamax format battling it out with Panasonic’s VHS, it was Panasonic’s longer record times that won. The only obstacle it seemed was how to change the dreaded flashing 12:00 time on the VCR. Neighbourhoods were teeming with video stores where you could rent a movie for a few dollars. Purchasing a VHS VCR would set you back between $1,000 to $1,400.

Even though the Betamax format had better picture quality, VHS remained the dominant format until DVDs came out in the mid-90s. DVD quality was so much better that many people re-purchased the same movie just to get a better-quality picture (i.e. Star Wars). Oh, and they also had to buy a DVD player which would set them back several hundred dollars. As if that wasn’t enough, the quality of DVDs also changed.

The bad news was that it was very difficult to purchase a DVD machine that would record programming. This is when both Rogers and Bell seized the opportunity to promote their PVRs (Personal Video Recorder). Programming was integrated within the cable box and you didn’t have to worry about the flashing 12:00. This is what I believe finally killed off the VHS format.

I remember going into the video store in October 2006 and seeing something called ‘Blu-Ray’ DVDs. These of course were high definition movies whose format was developed by Sony. The other competing format was Toshiba’s HD-DVD which was dropped after retailers like Best Buy, Walmart and Future Shop decided to stick with the Blue Ray format. The good news is movies and their associated playback machines have come down in price making it affordable for most people.

As the TV technology changes, so does the DVD playback format. Just recently introduced are 4K UHD DVDs which can playback 4K and 8K video. But just like Blu-Ray, you will need a playback machine that will recognize the new format. Costco currently sells various models for under $300, a far cry from the early $1,000 VHS machines!

Currently being developed and still in the prototype stage is the HVD (Holographic Versatile Disc) which can store up to six terabytes of information. This can include data or high definition video. The format is still waiting for approval from the ISO (International Organization for Standardization).

I already own three versions of the complete Star Wars Saga (VHS, DVD, Blu-Ray). I can’t imagine how many more I will own in the next 13 years.

 

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With the holiday season upon us and the end of another year approaching, I would like to close this issue with more thanks than you could know for all the news and photos shared with me throughout the year which make this column possible.  Merry Christmas, everyone!  And all good wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous 2020.  -  I look forward to continuing our connection through the coming year.  - Peggy