2019 RTO Annual General Meeting

(RTO-February 19th., 2019) The RTO 2019 Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held at the NSTU Building on Thursday May 16th., 2019 at 9:30 AM.
The RTO AGM Dinner will be held at Brightwood Golf and Country Club, School Street, Dartmouth on Wednesday, May 15th., 2019 at 7:00 PM.
Busses will be available for transportation from the Future Inns at 6:00 PM to Brightwood and back at 9:00 PM.
Accommodations: A block of rooms in the name of the NSTU Retired Teachers Organization (RTO) has been reserved at the Future Inns (Bayers Lake) for delegates requiring accommodation. The room rate is $109.00 plus tax. Please call the hotel at 1-902-443-4333 or 1-800-565-0700 prior to May 1st., 2019 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.
Registration: Please complete the registration form available here , on the RTO website, rto.nstu.ca, 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.

Click on the above image to view the full Winter 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

2019 RTO Annual General Meeting Resolutions

Note: In accordance with the RTO Constitution, Resolutions to be presented at the 2019 AGM can be found here. These resolutions will presented at the RTO AGM in Halifax, May 16th, 2019, for debate and approval.


Wellness 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.

(Update:April 16th., 2019): Secretary/Treasurer and Member at Large Positions

The following members have been elected by acclamation for the 2019-2021 term::

Peter Lewis RTO Treasurer.
Eileen Coady RTO Secretary. .
Marlene Boyd Member-at-Large in the Strait Region,
Judy Knowlton Member-at-Large in the Halifax Metro Region .
Jim Harpell Member-at-Large in the Chignecto-Central Region..
Two members of the Yarmouth-Argyle Branch submitted applications and the Branch elected Brian Noble to be the Member-at-In the South West Shore Region..

Note: At the April 2019 Executive meeting, Bev Roy was selected by the Executive Committee to fill the recently vacant Member-at-Large position for the Valley Region until the next Annual General Meeting.

A sincere thank you is extended to each for his/her willingness to serve our RTO members. .

(Update:April 16th., 2019): Committee Applications Invited

The RTO invites applications from those members who would like to be considered for service on one of the five RTO provincial committees. These committees normally meet four times each year in Halifax. A description of the responsibilities of each committee is spelled out on the application form.

A copy of the Committee Application can be obtained HERE.

The application deadline is June 15, 2019.

Jim Kavanaugh
Chair, Nominating Committee


NSTU/RTO Deals & Discounts

Be sure to check for the latest NSTU/RTO Deals & Discounts (March 2019) 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 Winter 2019 Newsletter

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


Update - November 18th., 2018
2018 -2019 Newsletter Article Submission Deadlines.
To allow for timely publication of "The Retired Teacher" newsletter,
all items for submission must be received by
April 20, 2019 (Spring Issue)
Submitted items must be sent to the , prior to this 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)
2017-2018 Priorities Update

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.

1) Patient Centered Health Care

2) Monitor the recommendations of SHIFT: Nova Scotia’s Action Plan for An Aging Population

3) Financial and Pension Security in Retirement

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

5) 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: April 9th., 2019