► Until further notice, Canadians returning from travel abroad must comply with a mandatory quarantine. Offenders face a fine of up to $750,000 and a maximum prison term of six months.
► There are to be no social gatherings of more than 5 people
► Public schools will be closed for the weeks of March 23 and March 30
► N.S borders will tighten to travellers and all entry points (land/sea/air) will be closely managed
► Anyone entering the province will be stopped, questioned and told to self-isolate for 14 days. Exemptions include healthy workers in trades and transportations sectors who move goods and people, healthy people going to work, (e.g. health-care workers) and people travelling into the province for essential health services (e.g. chemotherapy treatment)
► All licensed childcare providers are required to close (through 3 April inclusive)
► All drinking establishments, winery and distillery rooms, and craft tap rooms must close
► Dentists can no longer practice dentistry in their offices unless they deem it necessary to perform an emergency dental procedure in the best interest of the patients health
► Personal services like hair salons, barber shops, spas, nail salons ands body art establishments must closse.
► All fitness establishments, like gyms, must close
► Long-term care facilities are closed to all visitors
► Employers cnnot require a doctor's note if an employee must be off work
► No tenant can be evicted because their income has been impacted by COVID-19 (effective for next 3 months)
► University students from Nova Scotia who are living in residences need to go home
► N.S. Health Authority has restricted visitors and suspended all non-urgent appointments and services
► IWK Health Certre has restricted visitors and suspended all non-urgent appointments and services.
► Casinos in Halifax and Sydney are closed; bar owners can no longer operate VLT's
For information on how to self-isolate, visit: How-to-isolate-at-home HERE..
Anyone who has travelled outside of Canada or has been in close contact with someone who has and are experiencing
fever (above 38C) or cough should complete the online questionnaire
to see whether you need to call 811.
The online questionnaire can be found at: 811.novascotia.ca
The Public Health Agency of Canada maintains a list of affected areas:HERE
Frequently updated NOVA SCOTIA information
and links to sources for information is available at novascotia.ca/coronavirus
Frequently updated FEDERAL information
and links to sources for information is available at Coronavirus Information - Canada
Global updates on transmission within countries are available
Johnson Inc.is the administrator for this plan and Medavie Blue Cross is the underwriter
meaning Medavie Blue Cross develops the policy wording as to what the will be covered and what will not.
The Nova Scotia Health and Wellness site, with information pertaining to the Covid-19 Coronavirus, can be accessed HERE.
You may also email us at email@example.com ; and check out our website https://www.novascotiapension.ca/
(RTO-February 28th., 2020) The RTO 2020 Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held at the NSTU Building
on Thursday May 21st., 2020 at 9:30 AM. .
The RTO AGM Dinner will be held at Brightwood Golf and Country Club, School Street, Dartmouth on Wednesday, May 20th., 2020 at 6:30 PM.
Busses will be available for transportation from the Hotel Halifax at 5:30 PM to Brightwood and back at 8:30 PM..
Accommodations: A block of rooms in the name of the Retired Teachers Organization (RTO) has been reserved at the Hotel Halifax (formerly Delta Halifax downtown) for delegates requiring accommodation. The room rate is $99.00 plus tax which includes a hot buffet breakfast and free parking. Please call the hotel at 1-902-425-6700 or 1-888-423-3582 prior to April 20th, 2020 to make reservations and book your room under the RTO block. You will need to show your RTO card at the hotel reception desk.There is no direct-billing, therefore delegates must pay for their room prior to checking out. Those who are eligible will be reimbursed after filling out the RTO expense form. The RTO will reimburse Branch Presidents’ accommodation only for the evening of May 20, 2020.
Registration: Please complete the registration form available HERE , if you plan to attend the RTO AGM Dinner and/or the RTO Annual General Meeting. Entrance to the Annual General Meeting is the front door of the NSTU Building which is wheelchair accessible and close to the elevator. 2020 RTO.
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.
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
Note: In accordance with the RTO Constitution, Resolutions to be presented at the 2020 AGM can be found here. These resolutions will presented at the RTO AGM in Halifax, May 21st., 2020, for debate and approval.
be sure to check out the Wellness Links
on the side bar.
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
► 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:email@example.com.
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).
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: March 28th.,. 2020