Note: The 2016 Nova Scotia Teachers Pension Plan (NSTPP) Annual Report is now available to view online on the new Teachers’ Pension Plan
website under NSTPP Members Publications.
The Report provides statistics about the state of your NSTPP and its audited financial statements.
It also includes information on the NSTPP’s 2016 investment performance and its financial status at year-end December 31, 2016.
(Update April 26th., 2017)
In December, 2016, the NSTU Executive selected the Delta Halifax/Barrington (replacing The Lord Nelson Hotel)
as the NSTU/RTO contract hotel, effective from April 1st, 2017 to June 30, 2018.
For information on the Delta Halifax/Barrington RTO “leisure” rate, special parking rate, and furthur details, see the latest Deals and Discounts found on this website.
RTO members must show their RTO Membership identification on arrival to obtain these leisure rates.
(December 14th, 2016) The Retired Teachers Organization
has held a September Golf Tournament, open to all RTO members, on an annual basis since 1998.
Halifax City RTO Branch is host for our September 16th. 2017 RTO Golf Tournament to be held at Granite Springs Golf Club. Details be be available in the coming months.
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.
(Update - September 7th., 2017)
Fall - 2017, Winter - 2018 and Spring - 2018 Newsletter Article Submission Deadlines.
To allow for timely publication of "The Retired Teacher" newsletter, all items for submission must be received by October 5th. 2017 (Fall Issue), February 5th., 2018 (Winter Issue) and April 5th., 2018 (Spring Issue).
Submitted items must be sent to to the RTO Newsletter Editor, prior to these dates.
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
The Seniors Advisory Council of Nova Scotia have announced their 2016-2017 Priorities will be:
1) Patient Centered Health Care
2) Developing Age Friendly Communities (Aging In Place)
3) Support for caregivers
4) Facilitate the participation of seniors in Nova Scotia's Economic Recovery
5) Financial and Pension Security in Retirement
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.
Terms of the July 2nd, 2014 Teachers Pension Plan Agreement are now available here
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: Friday, September 7th., 2017