MiWAY promises to be the better way to get to the wine store.
MiWAY promises to be the better way to get to the mall or the wine store.

Mississauga City Councillor Carolyn Parrish was positioned to win the hearts and votes of thousands of Mississauga seniors and Boomers who are soon-to-be-seniors this past week by introducing a one dollar transit fare for seniors. But the motion was held over to a later date. I’m surprised our ninety-four-year-old ex-Mayor Hurricane Hazel didn’t come up with that one but she would probably have been attacked by her critics for conflict of interest.

Imagine life for Mississauga Boomers if this deal goes through. There’s a bus stop at the end of my street that goes direct to Sherway Gardens. When I’m in my eighties and can no longer pass my drivers’ test, I’ll still be able to get my retail fix and have plenty of coin left over for a Timmie’s steeped tea in the food court. And the liquor store is right across the road from the mall so I’ll be able to load up on wine all in one trip.

Compare the estimated cost of owning and operating a car (based on CAA calculations) with taking a return trip on MiWAY (Mississauga Transit) every single day of the week.

Cost Per Year Cost Per Month
Automobile $12,000.00 $1,000.00
MiWay $730.00 $60.00
Savings $11,270.00 $940.00

 That leaves me with enough cash leftover to spend on any number of fun old lady things, such as:

  • Pay rent/mortgage/operating costs on my condo
  • Buy real meat instead of cat food for protein in my diet
  • Treat my gal pals to a comp’d meal during our free trip to the casino
  • New orthotics for my biker boots
  • Tickets to Paul McCartney’s concert tour celebrating his 100th birthday
  • Indulge in Mary Macleod’s melt-in-your-mouth ridiculously expensive chocolate chunk or pecan shortbreads more than once a year
  • Those nifty incontinence pads specially designed for thongs.
  • Dining out when it’s not even the “early bird special”
  • Wine with a cork instead of in a box
  • Medicinal weed for my arthritis
Another round, Timmie please.
Another round, Timmie please.

The possibilities are mind-blowing. And combine that with all the hundreds of dollars I’m saving every year by using my Mississauga library card to download books instead of purchasing them, I’m practically rolling in dough. Which means I could also afford real dough like maple donuts with my Timmie’s steeped tea. In fact I could even buy a round of tea for all my Boomer Broad pals. Does life get any better?

One dollar bus rides are just the beginning. If we push a bit, we could probably get a card from the Mayor on our birthday thanking us for all those years of paying taxes and encouraging us to live longer to keep paying taxes. We’ll probably all still have part-time jobs or hopefully some incoming-bearing investments until we die so we’ll never get any relief from the tax man. Just call it government’s way of saying “thank you”. All aboard!

Lynda Davis

As an early Baby Boomer, born in 1947, it seems to me that as we approach our retirement years, Boomers have gone from being the energy driving our nation to slowly becoming invisible. We risk losing our identity as society remains stubbornly youth-centric. And the irony is that Gen Xers and Ys are not the majority; we are. BOOMERBROADcast is my platform for being the voice of Baby Boomers, women in particular. We've generated a lot of changes over the decades but there's still a long way to go. After a 40-year career in the corporate world, I've taken up expressing the observations and concerns of our generation. Instead of pounding the pavement in my bellbottoms with a cardboard sign, I'm pounding my laptop (I learned to type on a manual typewriter and old habits die hard). If you have issues or concerns you would like voiced or have comments on what I've voiced, I'd love to hear from you. We started breaking the rules in the sixties and now that we're in our sixties it's no time to become complacent. Hope you'll stay tuned and if you like BOOMERBROADcast, share it with your friends. Let's rock n' roll! If you would like to be notified whenever I publish a new posting, click on the little blue box in the lower right of your screen that says +Follow→ Lynda Davis

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Great transit idea for Mississauga….. Oakville currently has free transit on Monday’s for Seniors.

  2. Good points. I adore Hazel and know that she always had all of the people in Mississauga in mind with her policies. That said, your run down on savings is an interesting one. I’m a native born Mississaugian, now living in Collingwood, and do love following your updates.

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