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Encore: An Exclusive Interview With Brian Mulroney

This article was originally published on July 5, 2017.

Welcome to Encore, brought to you by BoomersPlus! On this weekly show, hosted by Costas Halavrezos, we examine the world of the baby boomers through a variety of exciting avenues. We are joined each week by an expert guest to discuss their field and how it relates to the audience of the boomers.

The election of Donald Trump in the United States and his intention to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement has suddenly brought Canada’s former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney back into the national conversation. As a friend of President Trump, and an architect of both the original Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement and NAFTA, Mr. Mulroney has been advising the Trudeau government on how to approach any renegotiation. At the same time, his voice is being heard on such subjects as the growing concern over Russia’s military threat and Canada’s place in NATO.



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ENCORE: What You Need To Know About Medical Marijuana

Welcome to ENCORE, brought to you by BoomersPlus. This weekly interview show focuses on the boomer community and the topics surrounding them. Each episode, host Costas Halavrezos is joined by an expert guest for an engaging and intellectual conversation on topics ranging from health care, to career plans, to news of the day. The show is presented by BoomersPlus, a service which matches employers with experienced professionals.

The legalization of recreational marijuana has received a good deal of attention since it was announced, but a good deal of Canadians are more focused on the medicinal use of the drug. Using marijuana to treat pain and other ailments is not a new idea, but with access to it becoming much easier, many people are becoming more curious as to what it might offer to their conditions– especially within the boomer community. How effective is it as a pain relief method? What methods can I use for taking the drug? What are the side effects? These are just some of the questions Canadians have about medical marijuana use and Dr. David Lussier has the answers. Dr. Lussier specializes in research of chronic pain at the Geriatric Institute of the University of Montreal. He joins us for an in depth look at the many questions surrounding marijuana for medical use, and the possible benefits it was for the aging mind.



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ENCORE: Canada’s Boomers Are Over-Housed

Welcome to ENCORE, brought to you by Boomersplus.com. This weekly interview show focuses on the boomer community and the topics surrounding them. Each episode, host Costas Halavrezos is joined by an expert guest for an engaging and intellectual conversation on topics ranging from health care, to career plans, to news of the day. The show is presented by BoomersPlus, a service which matches employers with experienced professionals.

So many baby boomers, too many bedrooms. That’s the unusual housing problem many Canadians are dealing with now. The technical term is “over-housed”, referring to those people who are living in homes that exceed their needs. While others try to find affordable homes for their young families, boomers are trying to find ways to fill their empty homes. Our guest today is Paul Smetanin, President of the Canadian Centre for Economic Analysis. He says that in Ontario alone there are more than 5 million bedrooms and spare rooms going unused. He joins us to discuss some of the reasons for how this issue became so severe and what can be done to alleviate the problem.



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ENCORE: The Laughs Keep Coming With Neil Aitchison

Welcome to ENCORE, brought to you by Boomersplus.com. This weekly interview show focuses on the boomer community and the topics surrounding them. Each episode, host Costas Halavrezos is joined by an expert guest for an engaging and intellectual conversation on topics ranging from health care, to career plans, to news of the day. The show is presented by BoomersPlus, a service which matches employers with experienced professionals.

Much is said about Canada’s unique legacy of nurturing great comedic minds. However, our funniest men and women don’t always find the need to head to Hollywood or join Saturday Night Live, some of them are perfectly content to stay right at home and making their fellow Canadians laugh. Such is the case with Neil Aitchison, who has had a long career as Kitchner-Waterloo’s favourite funnyman. He is an actor, public speaker, emcee and is perhaps best known as lovable Mountie Constable Archibald F. Inkster. He is also the frequent host of annual Mayor’s Dinners, a beloved community event in Kitchner. He joins us to discuss his long history of making people laugh and the power of comedy.



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ENCORE: Fulfilling Your Dream Getaway With Merit Travel

Welcome to ENCORE, brought to you by Boomersplus.com. This weekly interview show focuses on the boomer community and the topics surrounding them. Each episode, host Costas Halavrezos is joined by an expert guest for an engaging and intellectual conversation on topics ranging from health care, to career plans, to news of the day. The show is presented by BoomersPlus, a service which matches employers with experienced professionals.

As the boomer generation ages, their thirst for adventure seems to intensify. Older groups are some of the most frequent travelers and their travel trends indicate their desire to explore new and exciting opportunities, specifically through luxury international travel. Our guest today is Lori Copeland, Director of Product and Cruise Development with Merit Travel. Her focus is on those luxury vacations that seem to be attracting more and more boomer travelers. She joins us today to discuss how her organization helps to shape the ideal vacation to meet the desires of any traveler.



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ENCORE: What Does Wealth Mean To You?

Welcome to ENCORE, brought to you by Boomersplus.com. This weekly interview show focuses on the boomer community and the topics surrounding them. Each episode, host Costas Halavrezos is joined by an expert guest for an engaging and intellectual conversation on topics ranging from health care, to career plans, to news of the day. The show is presented by BoomersPlus, a service which matches employers with experienced professionals.

How do you define your assets? When most people think about their assets, they consider it within the financial sphere that we all tend to focus on. The financial industry has put a great deal of emphasis on the importance of person wealth. They help you to ensure you are paying less in taxes and have more money for you and your family. And this is very important to many people, for good reason, as they want to be able to pass on something of value when they are gone. By why must that something just be financial? Our guest today is Jay Paterson, co-founder of Empowered Wealth. His organization helps to refocus people on those forgotten assets of experience, knowledge and stories that can be so valuable to the next generation. He joins us to discuss his organization’s unique approach and how it can change people’s perception of their own wealth.



 

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ENCORE: Entering The Era Of The Boomer Entrepreneur

Welcome to ENCORE, brought to you by Boomersplus.com. This weekly interview show focuses on the boomer community and the topics surrounding them. Each episode, host Costas Halavrezos is joined by an expert guest for an engaging and intellectual conversation on topics ranging from health care, to career plans, to news of the day. The show is presented by BoomersPlus, a service which matches employers with experienced professionals.

The entrepreneurial world is often seen as being populated by the young, creative professionals, however, recent studies have shown that an older generation have made their mark. Boomers are now the fastest growing group of entrepreneurs in the country. Many boomers are eagerly awaiting their retirement so that they can start the business they’ve always dreamed of. Our guest, Wendy Mayhew, has recognized this trend and is helping boomers achieve their entrepreneurial ambitions. She joins us to discuss this surprising trend and what boomers face when choosing this professional path.



 

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ENCORE: Is Canada’s Retirement Income Crisis A Myth?

Welcome to ENCORE, brought to you by Boomersplus.com. This weekly interview show focuses on the boomer community and the topics surrounding them. Each episode, host Costas Halavrezos is joined by an expert guest for an engaging and intellectual conversation on topics ranging from health care, to career plans, to news of the day. The show is presented by BoomersPlus, a service which matches employers with experienced professionals.

Is there a retirement income crisis in Canada? Many people believe the Canada Pension Plan should be expanded and mandatory contribution rates increased. But today’s guest, Philip Cross former Economic Analyst at Statistics Canada,disagrees. Cross says studies show the majority of Canadians are well served by both the pension services and their own actions. He joins us to discuss his views on why there is a perceived problem and how the government’s dealing of it is causing more harm than good.



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ENCORE: How The YWCA Has Changed With The Times

Welcome to ENCORE, brought to you by Boomersplus.com. This weekly interview show focuses on the boomer community and the topics surrounding them. Each episode, host Costas Halavrezos is joined by an expert guest for an engaging and intellectual conversation on topics ranging from health care, to career plans, to news of the day. The show is presented by BoomersPlus, a service which matches employers with experienced professionals.

The YWCA is an organization with a lot of history. For over 160 years they have been working to empower women in their daily life and eliminate the struggles they face based on gender. However, their mission has changed a great deal over the years and it may be quite different than what most people think of the YWCA.

This week’s guest, Maya Roy, was recently named CEO of YWCA Canada. She joins us to discuss how the organizations has changed recently to address more modern problems facing women. Such areas include housing, sexism in the workplace, and elder abuse. Get an updated view of one of the most long-lasting charitable organization.

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ENCORE: The Generational Gap: The Search For “Meaningful Work”

Welcome to ENCORE, brought to you by Boomersplus.com. This weekly interview show focuses on the boomer community and the topics surrounding them. Each episode, host Costas Halavrezos is joined by an expert guest for an engaging and intellectual conversation on topics ranging from health care, to career plans, to news of the day. The show is presented by BoomersPlus, a service which matches employers with experienced professionals.

The younger generations are often criticized for their lack of work ethic in the eyes of the older, more experienced generations. At this time, it’s the millennials who are getting a bad rap. But why is that? Are millennials truly a lazier generation, or do they just have a different approach to career life than boomers?

Our guest is Kelly Weeks recently published her findings on the research in the generational gap in the Harvard Business Journal and shares with us how a search for meaningful work separates the millennials and the boomers.