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April, 2022 e-Newsletter

Spring has sprung according to the 2022 calendar --- but Mother Nature needs to work a little harder to fulfill the traditional attributes we associate with the arrival of spring!   We need to feel the warmth of the sun, see our lawns grow and flowers bloom.  Spring is the season for new beginnings....

April will be a busy month for many.  There are many special events to be observed: Ramadan, Passover, Easter and Earth Day.   Income Tax is to be calculated as it is due on April 30th (all payments) or by May 2nd!  The hockey season is winding down--Go Leafs!, and so is the basketball season--Go Raptors! The baseball season is just starting--Go Blue Jays! How about our Canadian soccer team qualifying for the World Cup? Our final Community Project presentation: Wildlife Babies and Backyard Biodiversity will be held on April 6th.  Our Pole Walkers met outdoors last month to kick off a return to group activities and will continue to meet this month. (see below)

Stay tuned for more information about the resumption of District 23 activities and new protocols.  Enjoy a full launch of Spring activities--new beginnings.

Photo courtesy of Wendy Quinn.

e-devices  Interest Group (ZM)


Convener Vern Paige
Use your personal technology for maximum benefit with minimum frustration. Make each day easier, more enjoyable, safer.
We meet alternate Fridays at 10:30 am, join a few minutes early (after 10:15 am) to check your connection and chat.

The next meeting is Friday April 1, 2022.(no meeting April 15 for Easter). We will send the Zoom link in the morning of each meeting.
The second meeting is Friday April 29, 2022.

E-mail Vern at: for information or to suggest a topic for the next meeting. Note that some or all of each meeting might be recorded by the host and made available for viewing later.



WILDLIFE Babies and Backyard Biodiversity
Tuesday, April 6 at 10:00 a.m.
Convener: Cheryl Paige

Register for the final event for our Community Project this year. To register, copy and paste the URL below into your browser.


Tuesday, April 19, 2022
10:00 a.m.
Convener: Kathy Shorney
Two weeks ago we held our first pole walking session with a group
of committed walkers. We will be holding sessions over the next three months--these events are outlined in STONY Bridges on p. 35.  I hope you have managed walking in your neighbourhood or possibly in some of the city parks and trails over the extended lockdown.

Earl Bales Park--Upper Level
Enter off Bathurst  Street and park in the lot near the Community Centre.

We are always looking for new members to join

Wednesday, April 20,  2022

 Have-a-Java continues to meet on the third Wednesday of each month. The session will run from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. 
Contact Convener Elizabeth Clarke to register at:

Contact Liz at least 3 days before the event to request your Zoom link.  Come and share some time with colleagues, old friends and new members.
Please RSVP by Monday, April 18th, 2022 
Please include your name and your email address when you register. We will use that address to send you the link to join the Zoom meeting.
These are the remaining dates:  May 18, 2022, June 15, 2022


Thursday, April 21, 2022

The Needlework Group continues to meet, via Zoom, on the 3rd Thursday of the month, at 10:00 a.m.  We enjoy getting together and sharing our various projects and ideas.  Members continue to broaden their skills through the use of You Tube.  We are always open to assisting various groups, however we can.  Now we are beginning to plan for face to face meetings in the Fall and preparing for raffles at our Champagne Breakfast. 

Please RSVP by Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Contact Joan Bourne to register: or Margaret Schumann: if you are interested in joining the group.
Please include your name and your email address when you register. We will use that address to inform you of the link needed to join the Zoom meeting.

New members are always welcome.  Come along and give us the benefit of your interests!


April 24th - 30th, 2022

Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve…. You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”
                                                                      ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

Thank you all for the volunteer work you do for District 23, RTOERO and other paths you take in your lives.  You are needed and those you have aided are most grateful!


Wednesday, April 27th, 2022

Please RSVP by Monday, April 25, 2022

Our North York District 23 Book Club continues to be a popular and successful initiative and easily lends itself to the virtual ZOOM format.   Everyone is welcome to attend and we are always looking for new members! 

April's book is: Forgiveness by Mark Sakamoto.  The book 
tells the tale of his grandparents during World War II: a heart rending story.

Contact Sylvia Skippen to register.  
Please include your name and your email address when you register. We will use that address to inform you of the link to join the Zoom meeting!


(Courtesy of RTOERO Communications)

Make tax time more manageable in retirement

Each year, RTOERO works with financial experts to prepare a tax tips publication for members ( While the resource isn’t a replacement for personalized advice from your accountant or tax advisor, it provides:
  • background information on different tax topics
  • points to consider for the current tax year
  • ideas for future planning
Reviewing updates to tax legislation, like what’s covered in RTOERO’s tax tips publication, is one way to help make tax time more manageable. Here are more suggestions:
  • Keep track of your expenses through the year – You might consider keeping a spreadsheet with things like medical expenses, renovation costs and public transit costs since they could be eligible for a tax credit.
  • Save your receipts in a single place – Your organization will be useful each year, but also if you’re ever audited.
  • Consider setting up your charitable giving as recurring monthly gifts – When you give to charities as a monthly donor, you’ll receive one tax receipt for each charity you donate to covering all of your donations for the year.
  • Know your income thresholds – Make sure you’re aware if there’s a maximum number of days you’re able to work without impacting your pension.
  • Consider adjusting your deductions – You can adjust the amount of tax taken from retirement income sources to prevent a large bill at tax time.
These tips are adapted from RTOERO’s blog post:



There’s an Ontario provincial election this June—RTOERO, is inviting the main political parties to share where they stand on RTOERO’s key advocacy issues. Mark your calendar and reserve your spots for three important town hall events this spring: 


Seniors strategy town hall with Ontario political leaders

April 14 - 1 to 3 p.m.




Geriatric healthcare town hall with Ontario political leaders

April 21 - 1 to 3 p.m.




Environmental stewardship town hall with Ontario political leaders

April 27 - 1 to 3 p.m.


For more information please visit the Vibrant Voices website to learn about the importance of Advocacy and the three Key Issues:

  • National Seniors Strategy
  • Geriatric healthcare
  • Environmental Stewardship
Link: (Copy and paste)
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