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

Request to Host RTO Golf Tournament in September, 2017

(August 14th, 2016) The Retired Teachers Organization has held a September Golf Tournament on an annual basis since 1998. If your Branch would like to organize a September Golf Tournament for RTO members from across the province please complete the application form HERE .
Application forms must be completed no later than October 19th, 2016.
Please submit to: Request to Host RTO Golf Tournament, c/o Toni Maggio, Nova Scotia Teachers Union, 3106 Joseph Howe Drive, Halifax, NS B3L 4L7
You may also email a scanned completed form to , with a copy to: .

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.

sends an attached invitation to all retired counsellors and requests you mention to other retired counsellors in your area news of the 50th Celebration of the Nova Scotia School Counsellors Association The upcoming celebration will take place on Thursday, October 27, 2016 at the Prince George Hotel in Halifax. RSVP by August 30th., 2016 either to OR to

RTO APRIL 2016 Newsletter

The April, 2016 Retired Teacher Newsletter is now available, To view it, simply check here.


(Update - October 9th., 2016) Winter and Spring Newsletter Article Submission Deadlines.
To allow for timely publication of "The Retired Teacher" newsletter, all items for submission must be received by January 18th., 2017 (Winter issue) and April 5th., 2017 (Spring issue).
Submitted items must be sent to to the , prior to these 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

Change in NSTU Contract to Lord Nelson - Delta Halifax

(Update June 13, 2016) Although the Delta Halifax will continue to offer the existing leisure rates to NSTU and RTO members until December 31, 2016, a NSTU Provincial Executive Meeting was held on January 21-23, 2016 at which time the Lord Nelson Hotel was selected (replacing Delta Halifax) as the NSTU primary contract hotel and The Westin Nova Scotian as the NSTU overflow hotel for the NSTU effective from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017.

(Update June 13, 2016) We are pleased to announce Bill Berryman and John Donovan were acclaimed RTO President and Vice President respectively, each for a two year term, at our 2016 AGM.

The NSTU/RTO Deals & Discounts Has Been Updated (+ September 29th., 2016)

Annapolis RTO Branch Website Is Now Available

(RTO-September 2016) Congratulations are extended to the Annapolis Branch of the RTO on the launch of their new website! It was an ambitious project developed with the assistance of local NSCC students. Their website, now operative, can be accessed at annapolis.rto.nstu.ca Note: A direct link to their branch site from here will be available shortly. Recent issues (November 2015 and February 2016) of their Branch Newsletter have been well received and can be still viewed here. Take a moment to view them here. Annapolis Newsletter November 2015 and Annapolis Newsletter February 2016

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 2015-2016 Priorities will be:

1) Patient Centered Health Care

2) Facilitate participation of seniors in Nova Scotia Economic Recovery

3) Developing Age Friendly Communities (Aging In Place)

4) Support for Caregivers

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: Sunday, October 9th., 2016