There are various sources for the latest updates on Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV).
Frequently updated Federal information
and links to sources for information is available at Novel Coronavirus Information - Canada

General details on Protection. Travel, Symptoms and Treatment are available HERE.

Global updates on transmission within countries are available

President/Vice-President and Member at Large Positions

The following RTO Table Officer positions are open for the 2020-2022 term.
President ☆ 2-year position
Vice-President ☆ 2-year position

These positions will be filled at the RTO AGM in Halifax on May 21, 2020.
Interested candidates must send a completed application form to:
Nominating Committee Chair, , no later than February 28, 2020
In addition to inclusion in the Fall issue of the RTO newsletter, the application form for these two positions is also posted HERE
or under Documents on the RTO website at rto.nstu.ca.

Member-at-Large positions are open for nomination in the following three regions for the 2020-2022 term.

Cape Breton-Victoria (Glace Bay District, New Waterford, Sydney and Area, and Northside-Victoria Branches) ☆ 2 year position.

South Shore (Lunenburg County, Queens, and Shelburne County Branches) ☆ 2 year position.

Valley (Annapolis, Kings, and West Hants Branches)☆ 2 year position.

The application form for a Member-at-Large position is posted on this website HERE
This information will also appear in the Winter edition of the RTO Newsletter.
Interested candidates must submit a completed application to his/her Branch President by April 1, 2020.
Please check HERE for more complete details. The names of the elected Members-at-Large will be announced at the RTO AGM on May 21, 2020. : RTO Nominations Chair.

2018 Annual Nova Scotia Teachers Pension Plan Report

Note: The 2018 Nova Scotia Teachers Pension Plan (NSTPP) Annual Report is available to view online on the Teachers’ Pension Plan website under NSTPP Members Publications.
The 2018 Report provides you with interesting statistics about the state of your NSTPP and its audited financial statements.
It also includes information on the NSTPP’s 2018 investment performance and its financial status at year-end December 31, 2018.

Click on the above image to view the full FALL 2019 RTO Newsletter!



One of the four priorities which emanated from the ACER-CART AGM, in June 2017,

was to investigate and develop strategies to produce resources

for retired teachers and seniors to counter elder abuse.

As Chair of the ACER-CART Political Advocacy Committee I was tasked to respond to this priority.
I spent considerable time researching the issue and produced a position paper for the ACER-CART Executive Committee.
The Committee thought the information was so urgent and timely that it was decided to provide the information in a document entitled "Elder Abuse " in English and French and presented it to ACER-CART delegates at the June 2018 AGM
An information brochure is available here to view, in English OR French.
Bill Berryman - ACER-CART President


a dynamic process of change and growth and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life.

If you have questions regarding your health and well being
be sure to check out the Wellness Links
on the side bar.

NEW: October, 2019 RTO Wellness Symposium images

are now available HERE


NSTU/RTO Deals & Discounts

Be sure to check for the latest NSTU/RTO Deals & Discounts (JANUARY 2020) HERE
or on the side bar.

Declaration of Agreement
Concerning a National Health Care Strategy for Seniors

During the Canadian Association of Retired Teachers (ACER-CART) Annual General Meeting at the Canadian Teachers Federation Building in Ottawa on June 3-4, 2016 the following resolution was approved by delegates from the thirteen organizations:
That ACER-CART recommend to its member organizations that they endorse the Declaration of Agreement concerning a National Health Care Strategy for Seniors.
This document was then debated at the RTO Executive meeting on August 9, 2016 and the following motion was approved unanimously:
That the RTO endorse the Declaration of Agreement concerning a National Health Care Strategy for Seniors.
Click below, to view details of the Declaration of Agreement and the endorsements received to August 17, 2016, as approved by the RTO:
(English Version) , Declaration of Agreement concerning a National Health Care Strategy for Seniors
or (French Version), Une Déclaration D'accord National sur les Soins de Santé pour les Aînés

ACER-CART Recommends McMasters Optimal Aging Portal

Newspapers and the Internet cover lots of stories about health care for the aging Canadian, but the emphasis is usually on drama (dramatic findings from a new study, dramatic events with no mention of related scientific research), with less emphasis on substance.
Readers are left to wonder which information to trust.
At the recent June board meeting, The Canadian Association of Retired Teachers (ACER-CART) unanimously passed a resolution to support the McMaster University Optimal Aging Portal as part of a platform for the development of a National Seniors Strategy.
The Portal features quality scientific evidence about healthy aging information that can help Canadians remain healthy, active and engaged as long as possible, and to manage their health conditions.
The Portal evaluates health research and resources, telling users whether free health resources on the Internet and in newspaper stories are based on scientific research, are reliable, and are worthy of note.
The articles are written in consumer-friendly language.
Users can register for free at: McMasters Optimal Aging Portal and gain easy access to search the full content of the Portal. To keep up to-date with new research and receive lists of new content recently added to the Portal, users can opt in to receive Email alerts about how to stay healthy, active and engaged as they grow older. Users can also follow@Mac_AgingNews or the Portal on Facebook for news and evidence about optimal aging.

RTO FALL 2019 Newsletter

The FALL 2019 Retired Teacher Newsletter is now available, To view it, simply check here.


September 18th., 2019
2019 -2020 Newsletter Article Submission Deadlines.
To allow for timely publication of "The Retired Teacher" newsletter,
all items for submission must be received by
January 15th., 2020 (Winter Issue)
April 15th., 2020 (Spring Issue)
Submitted items must be sent to the , prior to these dates.

April is Advance Care Planning Month

Advance Care Planning: a process of reflection and communication.  It is a time for you to reflect on your values and wishes, and let others know what kind of health and personal care you would want in the future. if you become incapable of consenting to or refusing treatment or other care. Speak Up is a national program which promotes and advocates starting the conversation, making decisions and thinking about how we take care of each other.
For more information on Advance Care Planning you can contact  Advance Care Planning or The Nova Scotia Hospice Palliative Care Association
 The Retired Teachers Organization and the Nova Scotia Hospice Palliative Care Association are  jointly providing leadership for the planning to our membership and community.
 If your RTO Branch is interested in conducting an Advance Care Planning Workshop, please  contact your Branch President or Alyson Hillier at hillieac@gmail.com

Seniors Advisory Council of Nova Scotia (Group of IX)
2019-2020 Priorities

The Seniors Advisory Council of Nova Scotia will advocate for seniors in this province
for measurable improvements in the following priorities
by being informed and influencing the decision makers in various government departments
responsible to carry out the actions of the priority.

► Patient Centered Health Care

► Support the Continued Implementation of SHIFT: Nova Scotia’s Action Plan for an Aging Population

►Financial and Pension Security in Retirement

► Facilitate the Participation of Seniors in Nova Scotia’s Economic Recovery

► Support for Caregivers

Note: The work of the Seniors Advisory Council will be facilitated via communication and reporting mechanisms to and from its membership and government.
More details are available here. If you have any questions please contact Bill Berryman at 902-633-2211 or by e-mail at:.

MEDOC® Insurer

Medavie Blue Cross is your MEDOC® provider The NSTU Group Insurance Trustees announced that effective September 1st., 2014, Medavie Blue Cross was now your MEDOC® provider for the Travel Insurance and Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance.. Additional information is available here. (However, if you have questions about the programs, you must call Johnson Inc. 902-453-9543 (Local) or 1-800-453-9543 (toll-free).

Coverage Extended for Out of Province Travel/Pharmacy Refills

Out of Province Travel/Pharmacy Changes:
Since August 1st, 2014, Nova Scotian can travel out of the province for a total of seven months per year without losing their MSI coverage.
- Anyone who uses provincial Pharmacare programs will also be able to get up to three 90-day refills of their medications before they leave.
- Vacationers planning a long trip will have to let MSI know in advance of their absence to ensure you are covered. Call toll-free 1-800-563-8880
- For further details, please check here.

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Last Updated: February 3rd., 2020