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OAS benefits denied: Immigrants told to produce residency proofs
After 40 years as a registered nurse, Yvonne Gardner never thought she'd have to beg to get her federal pension benefits.
In the latest twist, she was asked for copies of plane tickets for all of her travels in and out of Canada since moving here from England in 1975 -- a mission impossible -- as proof she has lived here the minimum 10 years required to qualify.
Deprived of the pension she was counting on, Gardner, a native of Suffolk, England, is 10 months behind in rent on her one-bedroom downtown apartment and faces eviction.
She's not alone in these struggles.