Note: In accordance with the RTO Constitution, Resolutions to be presented at the 2018 AGM can be found here. These resolutions will presented at the RTO AGM in Halifax, May 16th, 2018, for debate and approval.
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.
The deadline for applications for the positions of RTO President and Vice President
was February 28th, 2018. There was one application submitted for each of these positions.
We are pleased to report that Bill Berryman has been re-elected by acclamation to the position of President and Alyson Hillier has been elected by acclamation to the position of Vice President.Both positions are for a two year term.
Our congratulations and thanks are extended to Bill and Alyson for their generous willingness to serve our membership in these positions.
Elections for a Member-at-Large positions are open for nominations in each of the following three regions for the 2018-20 term:
1. Cape Breton-Victoria (Glace Bay District, New Waterford, Sydney and Area, and Northside Branches)
2. South Shore (Lunenburg County, Queens and Shelburne County Branches)
3. Valley (Annapolis, Kings and West Hants Branches)
The application form for a Member-at-Large position is posted on this website HERE and in the Winter ediion of the RTO Newsletter.
Interested candidates must submit a completed application to his/her Branch President by April 1st, 2018
Please check here for more complete details.
The names of the elected Members-at-Large will be announced at the RTO AGM on May 16, 2018.
Jim Kavanaugh: RTO Nominations Chair 2017-2018
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 email@example.com
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:firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, March 23rd., 2018