© District 3 RTO/ERO           Legal Notice Human Rights Statement 
Welcome Welcome to The Retired Teachers of Ontario, District 3!  District 3 is one of 48 districts that make up  RTO-ERO.
Already a Member? Enjoy exploring the District 3 Website! To access your RTO/ERO Membership Centre, on the provincial website, Click HERE! Interested in teaching after retirement?   Click HERE!
District 3 Algoma  1,137 Members ... and growing! ------------------------------------------------------ Tuesday January 23, 2018 Health Benefits Stephen Wong, RTO Phone Committee by Carmelina Spry, 705-942-3916

Please don’t be a Meeting “No Show”!  If

you’ve committed to attend a meeting but are

unable to attend, please contact Carmelina! 

No shows cost District 3 $$$$$!

Phone Committee Contacts Wawa - Linda Ilola 705-856-7286 Echo Bay - Jean Campbell  705-248-1612 Echo Bay - Mary Eaton 705-248-2021 Desbarats - Marny Pollard 705-782-6931 Hilton B., Richards Landing - Alice Ward 705-246-2392 Thessalon - Linda MacDonald 705-842-2946  Elliot Lake - Carol Rossetto  705-848-2983 Iron Bridge - Laurian Montgomery 705-843-2138 Algoma M, Blind R - Blair Sterling 705-356-7072 Bruce Mines - Rita Rawn Thank you callers!!! If there is someone willing to help the telephone committee, please contact Carmelina!
NOTICE:  If you have an address/contact info change, it is YOUR responsibility to contact PROVINCIAL so that you don’t miss out on Newsletters, meeting reminder calls, etc.       This is provincially mandated!
Welcome NEW District 3 Members-----Allen Bell…..Veronica Bornyi…..Cathy Haley…..Debbie King…..Maria La Tassa…..Colette Levesque…..Jill McCaig…..Kim McConnell…..Carol Robertson…..George Turyk
U.S. Travel Advisory!!! Do YOU regularly travel to the U.S. for long stays?  (”Snowbird?”) Are you / or should you be keeping a log of border trips? There are new US/Canada Travel rules AND a way to Extend Your Stay Limit by TWO more months! Click for details. Share with your friends.
2018 COLA increase = 1.6%
Check out the new “Our Past” page!  RTO/ERO years, as seen through the eyes of Past Presidents John Fleming, Moyra O’Paille and Bill Purnis
New General Meeting Milegage Rates
Batchewana - $30 St.Joe's        - $30 Bruce Mines - $30 Thessalon    - $40
Iron Bridge - $40 Blind River - $45 Elliot Lake  - $60 Spanish     - $70

Welcome

Join Us!

Since 1968, The Retired Teachers of Ontario/Les enseignantes et enseignants retraités de l’Ontario

(RTO/ERO) has provided excellent programs and services for teachers, school and board administrators,

educational support staff and college and university faculty in retirement.

A bilingual and voluntary organization, RTO/ERO offers numerous benefits to members, including:

     • pension protection

     • health care coverage

     • a Long Term Care Plan

     • advocacy on social, political and economic issues

     • group travel programs

     • community involvement

     • regular communication from both Provincial and District levels

RTO/ERO provides a strong and active voice for a membership of over 70,000 members. Members range in

age from 51 to 100 plus and include 4,000+ associate members, most of whom receive spousal pension as

widows or widowers of retired Ontario teachers.

                    RTO/ERO Membership Video                       RTO/ERO Membership Info & Application Form

Retirement Guide for staff retiring from an Ontario District School Board

Download Membership & Health Benefits Brochures!

TIME TO

CLEAN OUT

THE RECEIPT

FILE …

All claims for  items

or services covered

in the RTO/ERO

Group Benefits  program (eg. eye glasses, chiropractor)

must be submitted to Johnson Insurance no later than the

end of the calendar year following the year in which the

expenses incurred.  For example, all claims incurred in

2016 must be submitted by December 31, 2017.

Details  on page 8 of the 2017-19 Insurance Plans

Booklet...

President’s Report on Governance Click to learn more!
new! Elliot Lake’s Roundabout Exceptional Puppeteers awarded $4,000 Project Service to Others         Click for more…
ATTENTION The 2018 AGM will be on a Wednesday!
RTO/ERO discusses top advocacy issues for seniors with MPPs at Queen’s Park
Attention all RTO/ERO Members: In organizing the history of District 3, Algoma, for the RTO/ERO 50th Anniversary, I would appreciate your assistance. Do you remember any significant events, successful projects, special people? Please drop me a line at kgreening@shaw.ca with your memories. I think District 3, Algoma has a wonderful ongoing history of volunteerism. Please share your story. Although all submissions will be placed in our archives, RTO/ERO has asked for a 800-1000 word summary which will be shared at our Birthday Party in April.
Ontario’s Action Plan for Seniors
Are you 60 years of age or older? Earning an university degree has never been more affordable! Algoma University is pleased to offer senior students free tuition. It’s never too late to learn. Click Logo.
President’s Report Fifty years ago RTO/ERO was a concept, a dream. Today we are at a reality in which we find ourselves at a turning point in the history of our organization. Our present circumstances and indeed our future outlook is one that brings with it unprecedented challenges. We should begin this journey where we need to project ourselves to be recognized as a spokesperson for seniors. Canada needs a seniors’ strategy. This is why RTO/ERO has developed several political advocacy priorities recently. The advocacy campaign highlights areas concern and interest to RTO/ERO members that will be highlighted in the upcoming elections during the next two years. Pharmacare – Canada is the only country with universal health care that does not also provide universal drug coverage. While establishing a pharmacare system would cost approximately $4 billion, the government would save an estimated $11 billion a year.  It would also cut costs to individuals; lead to a healthier population; and reduce the burden on other medical treatments.   Elder Abuse – This is a widespread yet mostly hidden problem. Any situation that limits or controls the rights and freedoms of an older adult is a form of elder abuse. This includes physical abuse, but also psychological /emotional (threatening, isolating, removing decision-making) as well as financial abuse and neglect. Geriatric Training – Over the next two decades the number of Canadians aged 65 plus will double. Those 85 and over will quadruple. A key factor that supports healthy aging is the availability of appropriate health, social and community providers, with the knowledge to care for older Canadians. Canada is falling behind in preparing its health and social care professionals to meet the needs of aging Canadians. For virtually all these professionals there is no mandatory and post graduate training managing the issues related to caring for older adults.  Age-Friendly Communities – Policies, practices and planning that make communities age- friendly benefits us all. Such communities optimizes opportunities for health, participation and security, to enhance quality of life as people age.   Long-Term Care Homes – We support Bill 33 which if passed, would mandate at least four hours a day of nursing and personal support services per resident (averaged across the resident). Residents of long-term care homes need and deserve a minimum standard of care. As stated by Martha Foster, president of RTO/ERO, “Whether we are in our 50s or centenarians, RTO/ERO members and other seniors want to live healthy, active lives full of meaningful connections. Rich Prophet President RTO/ERO District 3 First Vice President RTO/ERO
Here is a document often requested by members. It contains general useful information and lists documents your spouse/family member should know the location of -- power of attorney, will, birth certificate, social insurance number, bank accounts, health card, and so many more.   Click on the document to learn more…
Christmas Social 2017 Pictures!
View, Download, Save, etc the booklet and see the changes for 2018 Check out the FAQs regarding your Health Plan Coverage…
Spread the word to your working friends or family!  RTO/ERO is holding an open enrolment period for its insurance plans for retirees in the broader education community from Dec. 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018.
For Details
OPEN  ENROLMENT WINDOW!
© RTO / ERO District 3 Legal Notice       Human Rights Statement  
Welcome Welcome to The Retired Teachers of Ontario, District 3!  District 3 is one of 48 districts that make up  RTO-ERO.

Please don’t be a Meeting “No Show”!  If

you’ve committed to attend a meeting but are

unable to attend, please contact Carmelina! 

No shows cost District 3 $$$$$!

Phone Committee Contacts Wawa - Linda Ilola 705-856-7286 Echo Bay - Nancy Chantigny 705-248-2077 Echo Bay - Bettyanne Plaskett 705-248-1219 Desbarats - Marny Pollard 705-782-6931 Hilton B., Richards Landing - Alice Ward 705-246-2392 Thessalon - Linda MacDonald 705-842-2946  Elliot Lake - Carol Rossetto  705-848-2983 Iron Bridge - Laurian Montgomery 705-843-2138 Algoma M, Blind R - Blair Sterling 705-356-7072 Bruce Mines -  Rita Rawn Thank you callers!!!  If there is someone willing to help the telephone committee, please contact Carmelina!
Already a Member? Enjoy exploring the District 3 Website!
NOTICE:  If you have an address/contact info change, it is YOUR responsibility to contact PROVINCIAL so that you don’t miss out on Newsletters, meeting reminder calls, etc.  This is provincially mandated!
Welcome NEW District 3 Members-----Allen Bell…..Veronica Bornyi…..Cathy Haley…..Debbie King…..Maria La Tassa…..Colette Levesque…..Jill McCaig…..Kim McConnell…..Carol Robertson…..George Turyk
District 3 Algoma  1,137 Members ... and growing! ------------------------------------------------------ Tuesday January 23, 2018 Health Benefits Stephen Wong, RTO 2018 COLA increase = 1.6% U.S. Travel Advisory!!!  •	Do YOU regularly travel to the U.S. for long stays?  ”Snowbird?” •	Are you / or should you be keeping a log of border trips?  There are new US/Canada Travel rules AND a way to  Extend Your Stay Limit by TWO more months! Click for details. Share with your friends.
HIS - BENEFIT STATEMENT In mid-February, members of the Health Plan should have received a letter from the RTO/ERO Group Benefits Program outlining coverage, premiums and usage over 2015. If you did NOT receive this letter, contact the Benefits program about premiums @ 1-877-406-9007 or with questions about claims @1-800-638-4735. REMINDER The total premium paid, as well as the difference between your  total claim and the total amount paid may be eligible to be used on your INCOME TAX return as a medical expense.
New General Meeting Milegage Rates
Batchewana - $30 St.Joe's        - $30 Bruce Mines - $30 Thessalon    - $40
Iron Bridge - $40 Blind River - $45 Elliot Lake  - $60 Spanish      - $70

Welcome

Join Us!

Since 1968, The Retired Teachers of Ontario/Les enseignantes et enseignants

retraités de l’Ontario (RTO/ERO) has provided excellent programs and services for

teachers, school and board administrators, educational support staff and college

and university faculty in retirement.

A bilingual and voluntary organization, RTO/ERO offers numerous benefits to

members, including:

     • pension protection

     • health care coverage

     • a Long Term Care Plan

     • advocacy on social, political and economic issues

     • group travel programs

     • community involvement

     • regular communication from both Provincial and District levels

RTO/ERO provides a strong and active voice for a membership of over 70,000

members. Members range in age from 51 to 100 plus and include 4,000+ associate

members, most of whom receive spousal pension as widows or widowers of retired

Ontario teachers.

                    RTO/ERO Membership Video

                    RTO/ERO Membership Info and Application Form

Provincial Membership Centre

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan

Retirement Guide for staff retiring from an Ontario District School Board

Download Membership & Health Benefits Brochures!
President’s Report on Governance Click to learn more!
new!
Elliot Lake’s Roundabout Exceptional Puppeteers awarded $4,000 - Project Service to Others! Click for more…

TIME TO CLEAN OUT THE

RECEIPT FILE …

All claims for  items or services

covered in the RTO/ERO Group

Benefits  program (eg. eye glasses,

chiropractor) must be submitted to Johnson Insurance no later than the

end of the calendar year following the year in which the expenses

incurred. 

For example, all claims incurred in 2016 must be submitted by

December 31, 2017.

Details on page 8 of the 2017-19 Insurance Plans Booklet...

ATTENTION The 2018 AGM will be on a Wednesday!
RTO/ERO discusses top advocacy issues for seniors with MPPs at Queen’s Park
Attention all RTO/ERO Members: In organizing the history of District 3, Algoma, for the RTO/ERO 50th Anniversary, I would appreciate your assistance. Do you remember any significant events, successful projects, special people? Please drop me a line at kgreening@shaw.ca with your memories. I think District 3, Algoma has a wonderful ongoing history of volunteerism. Please share your story. Although all submissions will be placed in our archives, RTO/ERO has asked for a 800-1000 word summary which will be shared at our Birthday Party in April.
Ontario’s Action Plan for Seniors
Are you 60 years of age or older? Earning an university degree has never been more affordable! Algoma University is pleased to offer senior students free tuition. It’s never too late to learn. Click Logo.
President’s Report Fifty years ago RTO/ERO was a concept, a dream. Today we are at a reality in which we find ourselves at a turning point in the history of our organization. Our present circumstances and indeed our future outlook is one that brings with it unprecedented challenges. We should begin this journey where we need to project ourselves to be recognized as a spokesperson for seniors. Canada needs a seniors’ strategy. This is why RTO/ERO has developed several political advocacy priorities recently. The advocacy campaign highlights areas concern and interest to RTO/ERO members that will be highlighted in the upcoming elections during the next two years. Pharmacare – Canada is the only country with universal health care that does not also provide universal drug coverage. While establishing a pharmacare system would cost approximately $4 billion, the government would save an estimated $11 billion a year.  It would also cut costs to individuals; lead to a healthier population; and reduce the burden on other medical treatments.   Elder Abuse – This is a widespread yet mostly hidden problem. Any situation that limits or controls the rights and freedoms of an older adult is a form of elder abuse. This includes physical abuse, but also psychological /emotional (threatening, isolating, removing decision-making) as well as financial abuse and neglect. Geriatric Training – Over the next two decades the number of Canadians aged 65 plus will double. Those 85 and over will quadruple. A key factor that supports healthy aging is the availability of appropriate health, social and community providers, with the knowledge to care for older Canadians. Canada is falling behind in preparing its health and social care professionals to meet the needs of aging Canadians. For virtually all these professionals there is no mandatory and post graduate training managing the issues related to caring for older adults.  Age-Friendly Communities – Policies, practices and planning that make communities age-friendly benefits us all. Such communities optimizes opportunities for health, participation and security, to enhance quality of life as people age.   Long-Term Care Homes – We support Bill 33 which if passed, would mandate at least four hours a day of nursing and personal support services per resident (averaged across the resident). Residents of long-term care homes need and deserve a minimum standard of care. As stated by Martha Foster, president of RTO/ERO, “Whether we are in our 50s or centenarians, RTO/ERO members and other seniors want to live healthy, active lives full of meaningful connections. Rich Prophet President RTO/ERO District 3 First Vice President RTO/ERO
Here is a document often requested by members. It contains general useful information and lists documents your spouse/family member should know the location of -- power of attorney, will, birth certificate, social insurance number, bank accounts, health card, and so many more.   Click on the document to learn more…
Check out the new “Our Past” page!  RTO/ERO years, as seen through the eyes of Past Presidents John Fleming, Moyra O’Paille and Bill Purnis
Christmas Social 2017 Pictures!
View, Download, Save, etc the booklet and see the changes for 2018 Check out the FAQs regarding your Health Plan Coverage…
For Details
Spread the word to your working friends or family!  RTO/ERO is holding an open enrolment period for its insurance plans for retirees in the broader education community from Dec. 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018.
OPEN  ENROLMENT WINDOW!