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Susan Eng

Advocate, Commentator

Susan Eng is a Toronto lawyer and former Executive Vice President of the Canadian Association of Retired Persons. During her 8-year tenure as head of advocacy, Susan led CARP to shape the public discourse and secure legislative change on key issues such as pension reform, investor protection, mandatory retirement, workplace age discrimination, home care and seniors’ poverty. Increasingly, CARP had become a trusted source of public policy input at all levels of government and in the media. In 2012, Susan was named one of the The Hill Times’ Top 100 Lobbyists.

Susan was the Chair of the Metropolitan Toronto Police Services Board from 1991-1995 where she advanced issues of public accountability, police use of force, anti-racism and fiscal responsibility and initiated groundbreaking policy and organizational changes while under intense media scrutiny.

Community service has been a long term commitment. Susan successfully campaigned, along with other redress groups across the country, for a Parliamentary apology and redress for 62 years of legislated racism under the Head Tax and Exclusion Acts. 2016 is the 10th Anniversary of the Parliamentary apology.

Susan served on the Board of Directors of the Urban Alliance on Race Relations. She was on the executive of the Chinese Canadian National Council. She was a founder of the Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care, a world renowned care centre providing culturally appropriate care for Chinese, South Asian, Japanese and Filipino seniors.

Susan has served on the boards of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association and the YWCA of Greater Toronto. She was named a YWCA’s Woman of Distinction. She served three successive terms on the Governing Council of the University of Toronto and received the Arbour Award for her voluntary service to the University.

Susan was awarded the Law Society Medal in 2015 for outstanding service in the profession.
Historic CPP Expansion Agreement Is Something To

Historic CPP Expansion Agreement Is Something To Celebrate

Savour the moment: This is the first public pension reform in a generation and will go a long way to improving retirement security for today's workforce, 11 million of whom have no workplace pension plan to help them save. Younger voters, given credit for the Trudeau election win, might not have known it at the time but this is for them!
06/21/2016 09:34 EDT
Canadians Need A Better Public Pension Plan Not Empty

Canadians Need A Better Public Pension Plan Not Empty Promises

The Trudeau government's first budget offered hope but little change on increasing the CPP in our lifetime. After extolling the virtues of the Canada Pension Plan, we're told that the finance ministers talked about enhancing the CPP last December and set a goal of making a collective decision before the end of 2016.
05/20/2016 11:46 EDT
Canadians Want A Good Life To The Very

Canadians Want A Good Life To The Very End

Underlying the pressure and support for the right to assisted dying is the fear that people with debilitating and painful conditions will suffer a bad death. Many would try palliative care first, but they want the final option if it doesn't work for them.
05/17/2016 03:57 EDT
A Step-By-Step Guide To Increasing The CPP In Our

A Step-By-Step Guide To Increasing The CPP In Our Lifetime

Canadian Pension Plan legislation requires three years' notice to implement any change - even a good one. So even if the provinces were able to pause from elbowing each other for federal attention long enough to agree on a CPP increase this year, no change in contribution rates would take effect until 2019.
10/27/2015 08:35 EDT
Here Are The Promises To Seniors Our New Government Must

Here Are The Promises To Seniors Our New Government Must Keep

There are many more election promises that will improve the quality of life for all Canadians as we age -- this election has been an embarrassment of riches in that sense. Many, like pharmacare or restarting the Health Accords, will take some time to work out so it's important to start the consultation and planning process right away.
10/27/2015 08:35 EDT
Federal Parties Are Fighting to Secure the Senior

Federal Parties Are Fighting to Secure the Senior Vote

What do seniors want? What will seniors get? Who gets the seniors' vote? Now that "everybody knows" that seniors are Canada's most committed voters -- peaking at 75 per cent turnout when the general turnout was 61 per cent in 2011, politicians of all stripes are pitching for their vote.
10/15/2015 05:06 EDT
Thanks for the Long Line-Ups at the Advance

Thanks for the Long Line-Ups at the Advance Polls

Did you vote? Did you watch the game? Did you have a good Thanksgiving dinner? In that order. More than any other holiday, this weekend crossed all the lines -- whether cultural, religious, political interest or sports fanaticism.
10/13/2015 05:18 EDT
Take Advantage of the Long Campaign by Getting

Take Advantage of the Long Campaign by Getting Informed

A longer campaign is a boon to self-professed policy nerds because there's more time to get into complex issues like healthcare or labour markets. But for average voters to figure out which party would suit their needs best, they have to dig through the headlines.
10/09/2015 05:27 EDT
Top 10 Reasons Not To Start a War With

Top 10 Reasons Not To Start a War With Seniors

Much is made of health care costs for the frail elderly. But the healthcare spending curve by age group is actually U-shaped with equally significant amounts spent for childbirth and early childhood problems. So is one okay and the other to be disparaged? Does it need to be said that we were all once born and will all eventually get really old if we're lucky?
09/25/2014 12:31 EDT
Canadian Healthcare Needs to Tackle

Canadian Healthcare Needs to Tackle Dementia

News that Spirit of the West vocalist, John Mann, has early onset Alzheimer's is the latest in a series of wake up calls that Canada needs to get ready for a burgeoning incidence of dementia as the population ages. The percentage of people afflicted may not be increasing but the sheer size of the boomer generation reaching the vulnerable age bands is a challenge that Canada's healthcare system has yet to meet. It is already on the minds of many: three-quarters of CARP members polled were touched by dementia, and most (81 per cent) think Canada is not prepared for it as boomers age.
09/08/2014 05:13 EDT
Top 10 Dumb Things People Say About

Top 10 Dumb Things People Say About Pensions

Canadians are certainly living longer, healthier lives but not everyone. Twenty four percent of seniors have multiple chronic conditions and take on average 5 different prescription meds. Older workers who lost their jobs in the late 1990s had three times as much difficulty getting new ones as their younger counterparts and they either got jobs within the first two years or not at all.
02/22/2014 01:26 EST
Retirees, Don't Wait Around for Government To Fix the Pension

Retirees, Don't Wait Around for Government To Fix the Pension Crisis

Any solution must address the chronic under-saving that threatens to reduce the standard of living for a significant percentage of people earning from $30,000 to $100,000 once the pay cheques stop -- whether by choice or not. The people who should be using existing savings vehicles like RRSPs are not.
02/15/2014 08:14 EST
CPP Increase Opponents Sound

CPP Increase Opponents Sound Hysterical

The employer groups that vehemently oppose CPP hikes mostly don't offer any pension support for their employees. And their arguments are increasingly hysterical. They are still calling any CPP increase a "job killer" and managed to convince the junior minister of Finance to parrot their talking points.
12/13/2013 05:36 EST
Senior Discounts Mean More Than $2

Senior Discounts Mean More Than $2 Shampoo

Some banks have decided to eliminate their cost-free seniors' accounts. Of the different marketing messages they could have used, TD went with casting boomer-seniors as a well-off group no longer needing the low-cost services. But that misses the point. People who don't need the low-cost account for themselves still want to make sure that they are available to those who need them.
11/29/2013 07:55 EST
Younger Canadians Will Suffer the Most From This Failing

Younger Canadians Will Suffer the Most From This Failing System

The solutions are to either improve government transfers or to improve access to viable retirement savings vehicles. So what has Canada done? The opposite. In the name of more sustainable government budgets, the eligibility age for OAS has been raised from 65 to 67 leaving those who cannot hang on for the extra two years without a safety net.
11/28/2013 08:24 EST
Why CPP Matters: Deconstructing Pension

Why CPP Matters: Deconstructing Pension Reform

Canadians are not using RRSPs enough, and those that do are in the higher income brackets. The people who need help saving for retirement are those earning under $100,000 -- i.e. most Canadians. So the goal is to ensure that any change has broad effect and target the reasons why people are not saving.
11/22/2013 05:12 EST
Omnibus Budget Bill Would Go Down Smoother in

Omnibus Budget Bill Would Go Down Smoother in Pieces

On Monday, May 14, parliament will vote on whether to give it second reading and send it to committee. Despite vociferous opposition calls for splitting the current 400-page bill to deal separately with issues, Conservative House Leader Peter Van Loan flatly refused, saying that the government wants its economic program passed quickly.
05/11/2012 07:24 EDT
An Alternative Vision for Taking Care of Gram and

An Alternative Vision for Taking Care of Gram and Grandpa

The real importance of the Health Accords, which the Government has dodged responsibility for, was not to keep the provinces happy but to keep Canadians healthy. National cooperation, with or without the feds as the uber-paymaster and shot-caller, is needed to produce the political spine to get this done.
02/09/2012 07:47 EST
Hands Off OAS: Pension Changes Make Canadians Work Poorer, Not

Hands Off OAS: Pension Changes Make Canadians Work Poorer, Not Longer

Raising the OAS age will target those least capable of doing without it. Rest assured, no one is going to quit working just because they will now get about $600 a month. But this will be very meaningful for those now living on less since access to Guaranteed Income Supplement is tied to receiving Old Age Security.
02/03/2012 06:16 EST