2019 Annual Nova Scotia Teachers Pension Plan Report

The 2019 Nova Scotia Teachers Pension Plan (NSTPP) Annual Report is now available for viewing online on the Teachers’ Pension Plan website under NSTPP Members Publications.

The Nova Scotia Teachers Union (NSTU) and the Province have selected John Rogers as the new Chair of Teachers’ Pension Plan Trustee Inc. (TPPTI), the trusteeship that manages the Nova Scotia Teachers’ Pension Plan (TPP). His appointment is effective July 1, 2020.The NSTU and the Province thank ourgoing Chair, John Carter, for his major contributions and dedication over the last ten years.

NSTU/RTO Deals & Discounts

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

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►Details of the RTO donation can be viewed HERE.

If you would care to donate or find more information on Feed Nova Scotia visit their website at: FEED NOVA SCOTIA


To allow for timely publication of "The Retired Teacher" newsletter, all items for submission for the Fall, 2020 issue must be received by November 15th., 2020

Submitted items must be sent to the , prior to this date.



Below are sources and the latest updates on Covid-19.
► The Nova Scotia Health and Wellness site
, with information pertaining to the Covid-19 Coronavirus, can be accessed HERE.

HEALTH/WELLNESS March 23, 2020

The Province of Nova Scotia State of Emergency

► A Provincial State of Emergency order is now valid until noon onSunday NOVEMBER 1st.. A list (not inclusive) closures of orders follows below.


>i> Note: Existing public health directives around social distancing and social gatherings remain in place.

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

Frequently updated FEDERAL INFORMATION
and links to sources for information is available at
Coronavirus Information - Canada


April is Advance Care Planning Month

Advance Care Planning provides you an opportunity, to promote conversations about your wishes and values for your future health care.
While we are excited to share news surrounding ACP Day, we must first acknowledge the challenges that we are facing with the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19). As the WHO-declared pandemic, COVID-19 progresses, this is a very concerning time for many people with serious conditions and palliative care needs, as well as their families, friends and communities.
For many, COVID19 has provided an opportunity to reflect on their health and what they would want should they become seriously ill.

Advance Care Planning or ACP is a process that helps people prepare for future health care decisions and to choose decision makers in the event they are unable to speak for themselves.

The RTO has been partnering with the Nova Scotia Hospice Palliative Care Association to help people and their families prepare for a serious illness through advance care planning education.
Retired teachers have delivered presentations and workshops in communities throughout the province. The goal is to help Nova Scotians receive health care that is appropriate for their condition and aligns with their values, wishes and beliefs.

Research tells us that those who participate in advance care planning are better satisfied with their care, require fewer aggressive interventions, place less of a strain on caregivers and are more likely to take advantage of hospice resources or die at home.
Tools and resources to help begin can be found at: http://nshpca.ca/advanced-care-planning/

You can follow the NSHPCA on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/nshospicepalliativecare/ 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 alyson.hillier53.com

The Nova Scotia Health and Wellness site, with information pertaining to the Covid-19 Coronavirus, can be accessed HERE.


Johnson Inc has CLOSED their branches to walk-in traffic effective March 17th., 2020.
Johnson operations and claims teams will continue to be available by phone to support RTO members. To keep RTO members informed they update through their website www.johnson.ca/coronavirus

Nova Scotia Pension Services

Out of concern for the health of our members, retirees and our team members, we have decided to minimize in-person contact within our office, effective Monday March 16, 2020. Effective Monday, NS Pension Services Corporation will be closed to anyone who does not have a prescheduled appointment with us.Specifically, unplanned drop-in visits from our members and retirees are suspended until further notice. We continue to welcome contact by phone or email. You may contact us by calling the following numbers, between 8 am and 5 pm AST: 1-800-774-5070 (toll free in NS), 1-902-424-5070 (long distance), or 902-424-5070 (local).
You may also email us at pensionsinfo@nspension.ca ; and check out our website https://www.novascotiapension.ca/

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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

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 2020 Newsletter

The WINTER 2020 Retired Teacher Newsletter is now available, To view it, simply check here.

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).

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Last Updated: October 20th., 2020