A few months after he “retired” following decades of running his own businesses, David Frank decided he wanted to go back to work. Keen on keeping busy, he was 76 when he landed a job at Home Depot.
Frank is one of thousands of seniors across Canada who has traded gardening gloves for pay stubs in retirement.
Whether it’s working in a doctor’s office, a department store or a gourmet grocery, so-called encore careers combine continued income with personal fulfillment. Employers, meanwhile, increasingly recognize qualities that older workers can bring to a company: skills, knowledge, maturity, punctuality, reliability, dedication and pride in a job well-done among them.

untitledOlder Canadians are increasingly participating in the labour force, according to the National Seniors Council, and the share of workers aged 55 and above has risen over the past decade. About 36.5 per cent of Canadians 55 years and over are engaged in the work force.
Among all employed Canadians in 2009, one in six was an older worker, up from one out of 10 in 2000. By 2036, the proportion of the labour force that will be 55 and over is projected to be 18.7 per cent, compared to 16 per cent in 2009.
Higher education levels, better health and longer life expectancies are some of the factors contributing to the rise in workforce participation. But others include inadequate retirement income and high debt levels.
According to a 2008 Statistics Canada survey of older workers, the primary reasons cited for returning to work post-retirement included social interaction and/or having something to do, job satisfaction, and financial need.
The National Seniors Council has found that workers no longer view retirement as a fixed point in time but rather as a gradual period of transition from working full time to exploring other options.
Hospital food in now Chinese!

imagesSt. Joseph’s Hospital in Vancouver is introducing a  menu that is all Chinese and includes items like fried rice, barbecued pork, bok choy and black bean fish, according to Global News.
(The majority of the east Vancouver hospital’s long-term patients are Chinese, so the hospital worked with Sodexo, its food-service provider, to develop the menu.)

imagesCA653C5GCelebrity Kristin Cavallari revealed on the weekend that she and hubby Jay Cutler are “doing all the necessary things to get pregnant!”
(Ya got 3 guesses what that is, kids! NO, NO, you dirty minded little so and so …………………………, THIS is why!))
Here’s the latest trend  among the rich and famous! “Some women are tracking their own fertility using their smartphones. A number of fertility apps are designed to help couples conceive.”
The late Winston Churchill has been named king of the witty put-down. (He’s not late folks, he ain’t coming!)

untitledThe legendary Prime Minister topped a poll for the funniest insults doled out by musicians, actors, politicians and other public figures.
You probably heard the story by now kids, but one day Churchill was approached by a prim and proper old dowager who said to him: “You sir………. are drunk!”
Churchill’s famous “I may be drunk, Miss, but in the morning I will be sober ………..,. and you will still be ugly”, clinched top spot.
(His other retort of “Tell him I can only deal with one shit at a time,” on being disturbed in his toilet after a call from the Lord Privy Seal saw Churchill bag another entry in the top 10.)

Speaking of put-downs, Canada’s own Conrad Black is no slouch either! If there’s one thing the former media baron is known for, besides his prison stint, it’s his ability to craft an insult.
Here are 8 of his best—some long, some short, all angry:
imagesCAFAUCLQ1. “You’re a priggish, gullible, British fool who takes seriously this ghastly American justice system that any sane English person knows is an outrage.”
To BBC interviewer Jeremy Paxman, 2012
2. “If your jumped-up little twerp of a bishop thinks I’m not a very good Catholic, I think he’s a prime candidate for exorcism.”
—Calgary Herald, 2000, in reference to Bishop Fred Henry
3. “History’s wealthiest useful idiot (in political matters) . . . the apotheosis of that unique American phenomenon, the very rich know-it-all.”
On Warren Buffett, 2012
4. “You would indeed be transgressing your expressed wish not to be a bore.”
To David Barclay, in 2003, about his desire to invest in the Telegraph newspaper
5. “You are spectacularly unqualified.”
—To his replacement on the Hollinger board, Gordon Paris, 2003
6. “Your proletarian posturing on behalf of those threatening to strike the Sun-Times and your base ingratitude are very tiresome.”
To film critic Roger Ebert, 2007
7. “A familiar and somewhat pitiful figure who has hovered and festered for some years on the fringes of Canadian government and fiction writing.”
—On John Ralston Saul, 1988
8. “Stop being a jackass.”
To Sky TV interviewer Adam Boulton, 2012
Source: Perspective research Department and the Naked News staff!

Folks, here is another case of conspiracy theorists causing trouble…………….., these people are no different than the anti-fluoride crowd we talked about the other day!

imagesCAIUO3T0Opponents of the development of a type of genetically modified (GM) rice enriched with vitamin A are “wicked”, the British environment secretary has said.
In an interview with the Independent, Owen Paterson said they could be condemning millions of people in the developing world to a premature death. He backed a letter from international scientists calling for the rapid development of “golden rice”.
People in the developed usually world get enough vitamin A from their diet by eating foods like cheese, yoghurts and eggs.
But deficiency is a common problem in developing countries, and is estimated to affect between 140 million and 250 million children under the age of five.
Vitamin A is needed for healthy skin and eyes and to help strengthen the immune system so that the body can fight infections. Deficiency can lead to blindness, illness and death.
(Supplements are available and the World Health Organisation advocates routine administration of vitamin A in countries where deficiency is a problem.)

Just how far out of touch are the “Tea-Baggers” down in the States, you ask?
Put it this way kids!
untitledAmericans are really pissed about the government shutdown, and the overwhelming majority put the blame right where it belongs……… the “Teabaggers,” and the Far Right!
BUT, since these people live in their own little world, they  claim –> TEA-BAGGERS INNING SHUTDOWN SHOWDOWN!
WHY? You ask!
Because they said so!
A Malaysian court has ruled that non-Muslims cannot use the word Allah to refer to God, even in their own faiths, overturning a 2009 lower court ruling.
The appeals court said the term Allah must be exclusive to Islam or it could cause public disorder.
Some Malaysians believe the governing Malay-Muslim party is using the case to boost its Islamic credentials among voters, the BBC’s Jennifer Pak reports from outside the court in Putrajaya.
Malay Muslims make up almost two-thirds of the country’s population, but there are large Hindu and Christian communities.