Egan: $300 pension perk you do not want. Will charity have its second?

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Through the week of July 6, the federal authorities started sending an additional $300 to roughly 6.7 million Canadians eligible or already drawing Outdated Age Safety.

“No Canadian ought to have to decide on between placing meals on the desk, filling their prescriptions, or paying their payments,” the prime minister’s workplace mentioned.

For a lot of 65 and over, it did go away this selection, nevertheless: what to do with 300 bucks you didn’t ask for, don’t really want, and aren’t certain what to do with.

“Over-helping” could be the state’s nice sin throughout this COVID-19 disaster, one our kids’s kids will nonetheless be doing penance for, lengthy after the authors of a $343-billion deficit have left the constructing.

In a metropolis like Ottawa, with its abundance of already well-pensioned employees, the sudden handout did present a possibility: Might the cash merely be donated to a worthy individual or initiative, or collectively snowballed into some nice trigger?