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         Newsletter - Summer 2014




Executive, Directors and Observers at the 23rd AGM in 2014.

Current Issues

   AGM 2015:   The AGM will be held in Ottawa on Friday, June 5 and Saturday, June 6, 2015.
         A seminar will be held on Thursday afternoon, June 4. The hotel venue is the Southway Hotel at
         2431 Bank Street (seminars, banquet, and accommodation) 613-903-4528 or 866-278-8067.
         The AGM sessions will be held at the Canadian Teachers Federation office, 2490 Don Reid Drive. 

National Seniors Strategy - A project of the Canadian Medical Association, supported by
      ACER-CART. Add your voice to the call for a National Seniors Strategy. By doing so, you will be
      part of the movement that will help bring about the change we need.

      See ACER-CART's latest brochure "A Vision for Canada" HERE.
Principles to Guide Health Care Transformation - A document produced
      by the Canadian Medical Association and the Canadian Nurses Association to guide
      transformation of Canada's health care system. See it HERE.
ACER-CART supports CMA on Health Principles - News release is seen HERE.
      Court Challenge to Universal Health Care -
This paper by Colleen Fuller looks at recent
      attempts by private sector advocates to challenge the right to universal public health care in the courts,
      with a focus on the current Charter challenge before the B.C. Supreme Court. It reviews national and
      international evidence on efforts to reduce wait times, and looks at the potential impact a successful
      bid could have on Canada’s most valued and cherished public program: health care.
See it HERE.
Seniors Vote - a collaboration of seniors, retirees, professional and advocacy groups are raising
      common concerns of older Canadians – financial security in retirement and healthcare reform. Their
      recommendations for the upcoming federal budget and priority issues for the 2015 federal election
      are HERE.
Hear My Voice - ACER-CART Directors at the 2013 and 2014 AGMs  agreed to support the
       Canadian Teachers' Federation "Hear My Voice" campaign. 
The campaign aims to shine a light
       on excessive government secrecy, corruption and waste, attacks on unions and the decline of
       democracy, while highlighting the messages that good government means listening to all voices
       and that teacher organizations speak for individual members.

Pension Funds - They are good for the economy! See several articles (click on the Articles
      button on the left) for information on an important study of Canada's ten largest public pension
      funds. Also added are articles on political dangers to pension plans, ways to support CPP, and
      why Defined Benefit Plans are better than Defined Contribution Plans.
The Council on Aging of Ottawa Summer Bulletin -  There are deep seated issues
       facing Canada’s health care system: the population is aging, the institutional structure of the
       system is considered by many to be inefficient, and cost increases for health care services
       far outstrip inflation. Articles in this edition focus on: the need for private clinics as a way of
       improving access and services, the need for better funding and organization of the public health
       care system, a proposed a blending of private and public systems, etc. See it HERE.
Seniors care anxiety could swing next federal election -  Almost six in 10 voters in
      26 key ridings across Canada say they would support another party if their current political brand
      fails to make seniors care a priority in the next federal election, says a Nanos Research poll. See
      it HERE.
Johnson Inc. Report: A lot of good information is available in reports on the
       national health scene prepared by Johnson for the RTO/ERO. See them below:
           2012 Nov   2013 Feb; Mar; Aug   2014 Jan; Jun; Jul; Dec 2015 Feb; Mar  
Social Media Information: The Alberta Retired Teachers Association website has a
       comprehensive information page on the various social media, What it is, Why to use it, and How
       to get started: You Tube, Instagram, Twitter, FaceBook, and Linked In. See it HERE.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is June 15 each year.  An article on this
       issue is available HERE. The WEAAD website is HERE.
CPEAC You are invited to go to the LINKS page to access information on the Canadian Public
       Employee Acquisition Club (CPEAC)
, an affinity group not available to the general public.
       must register as an individual to participate.    


NEWS FROM THE REGIONS                                                                                            

OTF/ERO Teachers' Pension Plan
The 2014 Report to Members provided some interesting facts:
  >  $16.3 billion investment income in 20914
  >  10.2% annualized total return since 1990
  >  Average age of a teacher: 42; Average age of a pensioner: 71; Pensioners aged 100 or more: 135
  >  Pension benefits paid in 2014: $5.3 billion

RTAM Volunteerism Survey: Manitoba replicated a BCRTA survey and found interesting results. See the report HERE.
RTANL 13th Biennial Provincial Conference: ACER-CART President JoAnn Lauber attended this RTANL meeting. Pictures of this event can be found HERE.



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