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McNeil government’s anti-education legislation resulted in a Province wide teacher Strike Friday, February 17th., 2017. On Tuesday, February 21st., Bill 75, imposing a contract on Nova Scotia teachers, passed third and final reading by a vote of 33 to 17, in the Nova Scotia Legislature.

(Update: Bill Berryman, Tuesday, February 21th., 2017)

The Legislature has voted and Bill 75 is now law.
More details will be posted when they become available.

A sincere Thank You to all retirees who were able to be present.

Your participation was appreciated.


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.

Table Officers and Member at Large Positions

The following RTO Table Officer positions are open for the 2017-2019 term.

1. Secretary: 2 year position.
2. Treasurer: 2 year position

An application form for these two positions is posted on this website here and will be in the February RTO Newsletter.
Interested candidates must send a completed application form to the NSTU office c/o RTO Nominating Committee no later than February 28, 2017 These positions will be filled at the RTO/AGM in Halifax on May 25, 2017.

The following Member-at-Large two year positions are open for the 2017-19 term.

1. Strait (Antigonish/Guysborough, Inverness and Richmond Branches)
2. Chignecto-Central (Colchester-East Hants, Cumberland and Pictou Branches)
3. Halifax Metro (Dartmouth, Halifax CPX, Halifax City and Halifax County Branches)
4. South West Shore (AER-Baie Ste Marie, Digby and Yarmouth-Argyle Branches)

The application form for a Member-at-Large position is also posted on this website here and will be in the February RTO Newsletter.
Interested candidates must submit a completed application to his/her Branch President by April 15, 2017.
Please check here for more complete details.

Upcoming NSTU Contract Change: From Lord Nelson to Delta Halifax

(Update January 19, 2017) The Lord Nelson Hotel, (with the Westin as the NSTU/RTO overflow hotel), will continue to be the NSTU primary contract hotels for all RTO meetings.
They will offer their existing “leisure rates” to the RTO membership until June 30, 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 July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018.
The Delta Halifax/Barrington RTO “leisure” rate is $99.00 per day, plus a special parking rate of $9.95 (self parking) until March 31, 2017.
RTO members must show their RTO Membership identification on arrival to obtain these leisure rates.

RTO FEBRUARY 2017 Newsletter

The February, 2017 Retired Teacher Newsletter is now available, To view it, simply check here.


(Update - January 26th., 2017) Spring Newsletter Article Submission Deadline.
To allow for timely publication of "The Retired Teacher" newsletter, all items for submission must be received by April 5th., 2017 (Spring issue).
Submitted items must be sent to to the , prior to this date.

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

RTO Golf Tournament, September, 2017

(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.

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 UPDATE: May 27th, 2016) The 2016 RTO Annual General Meeting was held at the NSTU Building on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 9:30 AM. A report by 2016 RTO Resolutions Committee Chair Bill Berryman, on the disposition of resolutions presented and passed at your 2016 AGM is now available here.

RTO insurance Trustee Board Appointee Issue

(Update June 13, 2016) Since 2009, the RTO has made numerous unsuccessful attempts to convince the NSTU to appoint “one” retired teacher to the NSTU Group Insurance Trustee Board.

This ongoing refusal by the NSTU has been most disheartening to the RTO.

Correspondence related to this issue can be found here.


Note: In accordance with the RTO Constitution, the Report of the 2016 RTO Resolutions Committee can be found here. The report and the resolutions therein will presented at the RTO AGM in Halifax, May 18, 2016, for debate and approval. The 2015 resolutions and their briefs for the AGM are still available here.

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

The NSTU/RTO Deals & Discounts Has Been Updated (+ March 3rd. 10th., 2017)

Request for Teacher Volunteers

The Nova Scotia Heart and Stroke Foundation seeks teacher volunteers from across the province. If you wish to give of your time contact or learn more here.

Seniors Advisory Council of Nova Scotia (Group of IX) Update

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:.


Terms of the July 2nd, 2014 Teachers Pension Plan Agreement are now available here

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.



In accordance with the RTO Constitution, Article 6G, details and notice of Resolutions were presented at the RTO AGM in Halifax, May 29, 2014 and passed at the AGM. The changes are available here.

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Last Updated: Saturday, March 18th., 2017