ZOOMER Magazine


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AS ONTARIANS WERE preparing to go to the polls on June 2 to decide whether to give Premier Doug Ford a second term, CARP’s chief policy officer, Bill VanGorder, was hearing the usual complaints from members. (CARP is a seniors advocacy organizati­on affiliated with ZoomerMedi­a.) “They’re fed up,” he says. “They feel sidelined during most elections because parties routinely fail to address their issues.” For their platform in this election, he’s introducin­g “The CARP 5,” a clear, concise list of priorities that includes: funding better home care; fixing long-term care; cutting wait times for health-care services; making COVID-19, shingles, pneumonia and flu vaccines more accessible; and funding fitness for seniors. VanGorder hopes that by simplifyin­g the message, politician­s will pay more heed to this powerful voing bloc and “our priorities will become a dominant force during elections.”

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