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National Seniors Day, 1st October

Just this week StatsCan announced that the number of Canadians older than 65 was more than the number of Canadians under 15.  There were 5,780,900 Canadians 65 and older (16.1% of the population) compared to 5,749,400 who were under 15 years old (16%).

The results of the last census in 2011 showed that Toronto had a population of 2,615,060, 14.4% of whom were over 65.

There was a CARP Flag Raising ceremony at City Hall today to  celebrate the contributions of older adults across Canada.  CARP, formerly the Canadian Association of Retired Persons, is a national, non-partisan, non-profit organization that concerns itself with issues that affect the older members of our communities.  Membership is no longer restricted to those over 50 years old; the societal challenges posed by aging populations are a concern to people of all ages.

below: CARP president Moses Znaimer and a woman (my apologies for not knowing who it is) listen to a speech by Toronto city councillor Pam McConnell prior to raising the flag.

CARP (Canadian Association of Retired Persons) is in the foreground. Pam McConnell, a Toronto City councillor, is giving a speech. To the right of them, the CARP flag is ready to be raised on a flag pole.

The blue flag of CARP (Canadian Association of Retired Persons) flies in front of Toronto city hall during the official flag raising ceremony.

The blue flag of CARP (Canadian Association of Retired Persons) flies in front of Toronto city hall. It has an orange coloured carp fish on it with CARP underneath in block white capital letters. There is a red maple leaf in the center of the A

Population by age group in Canada, as of 1 July 2015.  All numbers from Statscan.
The largest group are those between the ages of 50 and 54

population chart of all age groups in Canada as of July 2015

A full report, prepared by the city, of the population of Toronto in 2011 and how it compares to that of 2006 is also available.


On Saturday afternoon there was a small rally under the trees of Queens Park.  It was attended by a number of Toronto federal NDP candidates and it was about repealing bill C-51.   C-51 has been called the Anti-Terrorism Bill although it’s full name is:  “An Act to enact the Security of Canada Information Sharing Act and the Secure Air Travel Act, to amend the Criminal Code, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service Act and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and to make related and consequential amendments to other Acts.”

It was passed in June of this year by the Conservative government with support of the Liberals.  The NDP and Green party have been against this bill since the beginning.  Part of the NDP platform for the present federal election is the promise to repeal Bill C-51 if they are form the next government.

A group of NDP candidates from the GTA including Andrew Cash, Peggy Nash, Akil Sadikali, and Jennifer Hollett,are standing together. Olivia Chow is addressing the small crowd that has come to the rally to repeal Bill C 51. One of the candidates is holding a Tom Mulcair sign.

A woman reporter is talking to another woman at a protest rally. The woman being interviewed is holding a sign that says Thought Police, looks like you've had too much to think

Some people at a protest rally. Two young men are holding signs. One sign says Dump Harper Scrap CSIS. The other sign says People's needs not corporate greed.

Two women are holding up signs protesting Bill C 51.

A statue of the Canadian poet Al Purdy sitting in a park. A girl looking at a smartphone is standing by its feet.