It’s the same but different for Canadian snowbirds in U.S.

Americans and Canadians share a lot of similarities, but the differences can often be glaring, from guns to Cheezies

People marvel sometimes how the offspring of the same parents, raised in the same house in roughly the same time period, can be so different. What about countries? What about Canadians and Americans? We share the same parents, considering that we all mostly emerged from native and imported stock with early immigration primarily from Britain […] Read more

Prairie land conservancy provides alternative

Retiring farmers have many reasons for not wanting to sell their land, and there are alternatives, says Duane Guina, executive director of Farmland Legacies, a registered, non-profit charity, which holds agricultural land in trust and promotes sustainable values. “Some don’t like the direction that agriculture is going in,” Guina says. He says issues some retiring […] Read more

Handing off the farm to an outsider

Al Boyko and Helene Tremblay-Boyko got an early start on their unique retirement plan because they knew they were in uncharted territory. There were no models, at least in Saskatchewan, for the way they wanted to pass on their farm. The couple have three daughters. None of them want to farm and they live in […] Read more

Read your health insurance policy before you travel

Joe and Suzanne Lefebvre of Ontario bought a travel health policy in October 2010 specifically for an Alaskan cruise they would take the following May. On the fourth day of the cruise, Joe, who was 80 at the time, had to be hospitalized in Fairbanks with pneumonia. Complications set in and he spent 15 days […] Read more

A story of two happy snowbirds

Clayton and Marjorie Markusson have been flying south for 17 years. They spend about four months in Texas and the remainder at their home on Fishing Lake, about 19 kilometres from Foam Lake, Sask. The first time they travelled to the United States for the winter, they went with another couple. They later bought a […] Read more

Couple make plans for life after farming

Bill and Gale Stonehouse have spent a lot of time lately planning an auction sale. It’s a big step. They’ve been farming since they were teenagers. Bill was 17 and Gale 18 when they married in 1970 and made their home on the Cut Knife, Sask.-area homestead that his grandfather had established in 1912 and […] Read more

Tax breaks come with rules

Taxes are an important element of estate planning. When it comes to taxes farmers do get some breaks, from both federal and provincial governments, says David Metzger, senior principal at KPMG in Abbotsford, B.C. However, he adds that producers must be aware of certain rules regarding eligibility for those breaks. Some taxes vary between provinces. […] Read more

How to survive the big split

Although about 40 percent of Canadian marriages end in divorce, no one goes into marriage planning for that particular plot twist. Nobody wakes up one morning and says, “It’s Tuesday; I think I’ll get a divorce.” Nevertheless, divorce happens. It will have an emotional and financial impact and, if you’re a farmer, it will include […] Read more

Farmers learn to embrace new careers after retirement

A few decades ago, the word “retire” meant to go away, to retreat or withdraw as in battle, or simply to go to bed, as in: “It’s been a long day and I’m exhausted. I think I’ll retire.” This is retirement as we know it today: “The action or fact of leaving one’s job and […] Read more