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I am aware that I am very old now; but I am also aware that I have never been so young as I am now, in spirit, since I was fourteen and entertained Jim Wolf with the wasps. I am only able to perceive that I am old by a mental process; I am altogether unable to feel old in spirit. It is a pity, too, for my lapses from gravity must surely often be a reproach to me. When I am in the company of very young people I always feel that I am one of them, and they probably privately resent it.
– Mark Twain

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Upgrade on track for aging IT system handling old-age benefits, minister says

Canada’s seniors minister says work to update the computer system handling old-age security payments to a new platform is on track to be done by the end of the year.

Deb Schulte says the $175-million upgrade will help modernize technology that dates from half a century ago.

The work won’t be considered complete until after a “stabilization” period in which officials will test the new platform to ensure there are no digital snags, Schulte says.

She also says the government will invest what is required to renovate systems that send out billions in benefits for seniors and to improve service.

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