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Committees

District 3 - Current Events

2017 Fall Senate - Resolutions Passed

Bill 21- An Act to Regulate Retirement Homes

Health & Wind Turbines  (Political Advocacy)

A Misuse of Public Funds  (Political Advocacy)

"Wind Turbines in Algoma"   --  Visit SOAR (Save Ontario’s Algoma Region)

RTO/ERO Provincial Report on CETA

Responses to CETA from the Prime Minister and Provincial Premiers

(Canada & EU Free Trade)

RTO/ERO Report for the Telephone Committee

Happy New Year to everyone and their families.  Thank you to all the callers, a special

welcome to new caller, Toni Nanne-Little.  Thank you also to Donna Rahn for helping

out this month.   Please remember to let me know if phone numbers or emails change!!

We thank these new members along with the rest of the Committee,

Geraldine Yeo    Ruby Buck      Monika Marshall Marilyn Rouleau       Carmen Charsley Sandy Fulcher Mary Coulas     Brenda Wilson           Leone Hamilton Delmer Weber Loretta McKay      Sandra Gordon Janet Morris      Ida MacKinnon Diane Marshall Marg and Bob Cole        Ann Blake Carol McFarlane Kathryn Greening  Carol Kirkland-Boissineau Merrilyn Webb Marilyn Patterson  Rita Wagner            Moyra  O’Pallie Rose-Marie Valade  Jean Kniahnicki    Joan Smith Maureen Gooderham     Mirian Birkinshaw  Bernice Whalen Blair Sterling           Laurian   Montgomery   Judith Pratt Jean Campbell     Mary Eaton    Marny Pollard Carol Rossetto    Alice Ward    Linda MacDonald Linda  Iiola        

Thank you to all our callers!

A special thank you to Rita Rawn for taking care of the list for

Bruce Mines.

Remember, if you can’t make a meeting, please call Carmelina

ASAP to cancel!

Carmelina Spry,

Telephone Committee Chair

Telephone Committee
Report of the Political Advocacy Committee to the Fall 2017 Senate Since Spring Senate, members of the Political Advocacy Committee (PAC) have continued to research and monitor a variety of issues which concern or potentially impact RTO/ERO members and other seniors. Issues on the watch list include: Elder Abuse Ontario Canadian Medical Association Age friendly communities Hydro rates CCAC Auto Insurance Levels of care (in assisted living environments) Auto insurance was reviewed at PAC’s March meeting and, at that time, it was decided to assign it lower priority. However, an RTO/ERO member contacted the Provincial Office, expressing deep concern that Ontario auto insurance rates are needlessly inflated due to alleged questionable activities on the part of insurance providers and solicitors who specialize in accident claims. The member cited a column in the Toronto Star, authored by Martin Regg Cohn, alluding to the questionable activities. The matter was referred to PAC and the Committee decided, at its September meeting, to request that the Provincial Executive contact the Minister responsible for regulating automobile insurance to request information and learn what action, if any, the Government is taking to provide insurance relief to Ontario motorists. PAC Workshop The Provincial Political Advocacy Committee considers that its raison d’etre is to support local PACs in their work on behalf of RTO/ERO members and older adults in general. With this philosophy top of mind, on September 17-18, 2017, PAC held its latest District Political Advocacy Workshop, focussing on age-friendly communities and outreach with politicians. The keynote speaker, on Sunday evening, was Dr. John Puxty, Associate Professor and Chair of the Division of Geriatric Medicine in the Department of Medicine at Queen’s University.  He is also co-Director of the Centre for Studies in Aging and Health at Providence Care as well as the Clinical Lead for the Southeast Ontario Clinical Service Roadmap for Restorative Care, Co-Chair of the Executive of the Seniors Health Knowledge Network and Chair of the Ontario Network of RGPs. Dr. Puxty spoke of the challenges, successes and multiple strategies for moving our various communities, both urban and rural, along the age-friendly continuum. Workshop participants demonstrated, with the extensive variety of their questions following the presentation, how well-received were Dr. Puxty’s remarks. On Monday morning, Alexandra (Alex) Graham, Community Development Coordinator, City of Brantford, and Lucy Marco, President, Grand River Council on Aging, spoke about successful Age-Friendly Communities with which they have personal experience. Alex spoke about the process of making Brantford, a medium- sized provincial city, age-friendly, while Lucy described the journey of Brant County, a rural area contiguous to Brantford. Alex’s and Lucy’s presentations ably reinforced what the gathering had learned the previous evening from Dr. Puxty and were enthusiastically received by the delegates. Also on Monday morning, carousel sessions were held, focussing on on three topics: Elder Abuse, led by Rochella Vassell, Elder Abuse Ontario Working with Politicians, Steve Peters, Former MPP RTO/ERO Advocacy, Martha Foster, President RTO/ERO Our tri-fold pamphlet “Standing up for Seniors” has been very well received at the District level. The attractive, reader-friendly document was originally designed to present to politicians in order for them to receive something they could read quickly and get a basic understanding of RTO/ERO. However, the pamphlet has had very positive feedback from District executives and, in addition to its original intent, is becoming a very useful recruiting tool and advertisement for RTO/ERO. On September 25, The Political Advocacy Committee joined the Provincial Executive and senior staff in hosting, in conjunction with International Seniors’ Day, our first Vibrant Voices Advocacy event, at Queen’s Park. At the Legislature, RTO/ERO participants attended Question Period, followed by a luncheon, sponsored by our organization, with MPPs, all 103 of whom were invited. The purpose of the event was to have face-to-face contact with our provincial political leaders, to raise the awareness of our organization with politicians from all political parties, and to outline our interest and concern with regard to seven key issues: -  Age-Friendly Communities -  Bill C-27 – Amending the Pension Benefits Standards Act -  Bill 33 – Amending the Long-Term Care Homes Act -  Elder Abuse -  Geriatric Training -  Pharmacare -  Water Obviously, some of the issues straddle Provincial and Federal jurisdiction, but Provincial and Federal Ministers do have joint meetings as well as other communication. PAC would like to note that the seven issues were originally brought to the Committee’s attention by members from the Districts. PAC has created a series of seven fact sheets, outlining the above issues, to help District PAC representatives and Presidents in their discussions with their political representatives. Each issue sheet also provides suggested questions that local PAC representatives might pose to their MPs, MPPs or MLAs when they visit with them. It is hoped that, with a Provincial election on the horizon, that the sheets will be most useful to our District representatives. Cost of Electricity The Government has stated that, as a result of the new rate policy that began on July 1, 2017, the average monthly bill will drop by approximately $41 this year to $121. This would include the 8% HST rebate on electricity bills that took effect back in January 2017. The changes also provide some relief to rural and remote residents and some support for low-income households. The plan has been criticised as short-term gain for long-term pain because, according to the critics, it simply adds interest to Hydro debt, somewhat like borrowing more on one’s mortgage. The Government does not deny that his is the case but argues that Ontario pays lower “mortgage” payments as a result and that over time, as the economy grows, the trade-off will be worthwhile. Political Advocacy Resource Document The updated, condensed, version, of the Political Advocacy Resource document was included in the District Political Advocacy Workshop package. The document will be made available for all District executives on the RTO/ERO website. PAC will continue to perform its role as an RTO/ERO sensor for identifying issues of concern to our members and to be a conduit for RTO/EROs function as a trusted voice for elders.  Committee Members: Paul Brazeau     District 43, Nipissing Wayne Grosvenor     District 41, Elgin Louise Guerin     District 44, Région du Ciel Bleu   Sharon Jones           District 5, Cochrane & Temiskaming Denis Monnin          District 27, Ottawa-Carleton Linda Taberner     District 28, Region of Durham Mary Valtellini     District 23, North York David Kendall           First Vice President, Executive Liaison to PAC
© RTO / ERO District 3 Legal Notice       Human Rights Statement  

Committees

District 3 - Current Events

2017 Fall Senate - Resolutions Passed

Bill 21- An Act to Regulate Retirement Homes

Health & Wind Turbines  (Political Advocacy)

A Misuse of Public Funds  (Political Advocacy)

"Wind Turbines in Algoma"   --  Visit SOAR (Save Ontario’s Algoma

Region)

RTO/ERO Provincial Report on CETA

Responses to CETA from the Prime Minister and Provincial Premiers

(Canada & EU Free Trade)

Telephone Committee
Our Telephone Team is indispensible!

RTO/ERO Report for the Telephone Committee

Happy New Year to everyone and their families.  Thank you to all the callers, a

special welcome to new caller, Toni Nanne-Little.  Thank you also to Donna Rahn

for helping out this month.   Please remember to let me know if phone numbers or

emails change!!

We thank these new members along with the rest of the Committee, 

Geraldine Yeo   

Ruby Buck     

Monika Marshall  

Marilyn Rouleau      

Carmen Charsley

Sandy Fulcher     

Mary Coulas    

Brenda Wilson          

Leone Hamilton   

Delmer Weber

Loretta McKay     

Sandra Gordon          

Janet Morris     

Ida MacKinnon

Diane Marshall        Marg and Bob Cole       

Ann Blake

Carol McFarlane 

Kathryn Greening   Merrilyn Webb   

Marilyn Patterson

Rita Wagner         

Moyra  O’Pallie        Rose-Marie Valade 

Jean Kniahnicki

Joan Smith    

Mirian Birkinshaw   Bernice Whalen    

Blair Sterling

Jean Campbell    

Mary Eaton 

      

Marny Pollard  

Carol Rossetto   

Alice Ward   

Linda MacDonald   

Linda  Iiola     

Judith Pratt

Carol Kirkland-Boissineau

    

Laurian Montgomery

Maureen Gooderham

Thank you to all our callers!

A special thank you to Rita Rawn for taking care of the list for Bruce

Mines.

Remember, if you can’t make a meeting, please call Carmelina ASAP to

cancel!

Carmelina Spry,

Telephone Committee Chair

Report of the Political Advocacy Committee to the Fall 2017 Senate Since Spring Senate, members of the Political Advocacy Committee (PAC) have continued to research and monitor a variety of issues which concern or potentially impact RTO/ERO members and other seniors. Issues on the watch list include: Elder Abuse Ontario Canadian Medical Association Age friendly communities Hydro rates CCAC Auto Insurance Levels of care (in assisted living environments) Auto insurance was reviewed at PAC’s March meeting and, at that time, it was decided to assign it lower priority. However, an RTO/ERO member contacted the Provincial Office, expressing deep concern that Ontario auto insurance rates are needlessly inflated due to alleged questionable activities on the part of insurance providers and solicitors who specialize in accident claims. The member cited a column in the Toronto Star, authored by Martin Regg Cohn, alluding to the questionable activities. The matter was referred to PAC and the Committee decided, at its September meeting, to request that the Provincial Executive contact the Minister responsible for regulating automobile insurance to request information and learn what action, if any, the Government is taking to provide insurance relief to Ontario motorists. PAC Workshop The Provincial Political Advocacy Committee considers that its raison d’etre is to support local PACs in their work on behalf of RTO/ERO members and older adults in general. With this philosophy top of mind, on September 17-18, 2017, PAC held its latest District Political Advocacy Workshop, focussing on age-friendly communities and outreach with politicians. The keynote speaker, on Sunday evening, was Dr. John Puxty, Associate Professor and Chair of the Division of Geriatric Medicine in the Department of Medicine at Queen’s University.  He is also co-Director of the Centre for Studies in Aging and Health at Providence Care as well as the Clinical Lead for the Southeast Ontario Clinical Service Roadmap for Restorative Care, Co-Chair of the Executive of the Seniors Health Knowledge Network and Chair of the Ontario Network of RGPs. Dr. Puxty spoke of the challenges, successes and multiple strategies for moving our various communities, both urban and rural, along the age-friendly continuum. Workshop participants demonstrated, with the extensive variety of their questions following the presentation, how well-received were Dr. Puxty’s remarks. On Monday morning, Alexandra (Alex) Graham, Community Development Coordinator, City of Brantford, and Lucy Marco, President, Grand River Council on Aging, spoke about successful Age-Friendly Communities with which they have personal experience. Alex spoke about the process of making Brantford, a medium- sized provincial city, age-friendly, while Lucy described the journey of Brant County, a rural area contiguous to Brantford. Alex’s and Lucy’s presentations ably reinforced what the gathering had learned the previous evening from Dr. Puxty and were enthusiastically received by the delegates. Also on Monday morning, carousel sessions were held, focussing on on three topics: Elder Abuse, led by Rochella Vassell, Elder Abuse Ontario Working with Politicians, Steve Peters, Former MPP RTO/ERO Advocacy, Martha Foster, President RTO/ERO Our tri-fold pamphlet “Standing up for Seniors” has been very well received at the District level. The attractive, reader-friendly document was originally designed to present to politicians in order for them to receive something they could read quickly and get a basic understanding of RTO/ERO. However, the pamphlet has had very positive feedback from District executives and, in addition to its original intent, is becoming a very useful recruiting tool and advertisement for RTO/ERO. On September 25, The Political Advocacy Committee joined the Provincial Executive and senior staff in hosting, in conjunction with International Seniors’ Day, our first Vibrant Voices Advocacy event, at Queen’s Park. At the Legislature, RTO/ERO participants attended Question Period, followed by a luncheon, sponsored by our organization, with MPPs, all 103 of whom were invited. The purpose of the event was to have face-to-face contact with our provincial political leaders, to raise the awareness of our organization with politicians from all political parties, and to outline our interest and concern with regard to seven key issues: -  Age-Friendly Communities -  Bill C-27 – Amending the Pension Benefits Standards Act -  Bill 33 – Amending the Long-Term Care Homes Act -  Elder Abuse -  Geriatric Training -  Pharmacare -  Water Obviously, some of the issues straddle Provincial and Federal jurisdiction, but Provincial and Federal Ministers do have joint meetings as well as other communication. PAC would like to note that the seven issues were originally brought to the Committee’s attention by members from the Districts. PAC has created a series of seven fact sheets, outlining the above issues, to help District PAC representatives and Presidents in their discussions with their political representatives. Each issue sheet also provides suggested questions that local PAC representatives might pose to their MPs, MPPs or MLAs when they visit with them. It is hoped that, with a Provincial election on the horizon, that the sheets will be most useful to our District representatives. Cost of Electricity The Government has stated that, as a result of the new rate policy that began on July 1, 2017, the average monthly bill will drop by approximately $41 this year to $121. This would include the 8% HST rebate on electricity bills that took effect back in January 2017. The changes also provide some relief to rural and remote residents and some support for low-income households. The plan has been criticised as short-term gain for long-term pain because, according to the critics, it simply adds interest to Hydro debt, somewhat like borrowing more on one’s mortgage. The Government does not deny that his is the case but argues that Ontario pays lower “mortgage” payments as a result and that over time, as the economy grows, the trade-off will be worthwhile. Political Advocacy Resource Document The updated, condensed, version, of the Political Advocacy Resource document was included in the District Political Advocacy Workshop package. The document will be made available for all District executives on the RTO/ERO website. PAC will continue to perform its role as an RTO/ERO sensor for identifying issues of concern to our members and to be a conduit for RTO/EROs function as a trusted voice for elders.  Committee Members: Paul Brazeau     District 43, Nipissing Wayne Grosvenor     District 41, Elgin Louise Guerin     District 44, Région du Ciel Bleu   Sharon Jones           District 5, Cochrane & Temiskaming Denis Monnin          District 27, Ottawa-Carleton Linda Taberner     District 28, Region of Durham Mary Valtellini     District 23, North York David Kendall           First Vice President, Executive Liaison to PAC