Entries by Tim Anderson

Supporting Children and Grandchildren and Those with Disabilities: Links and Resources

For those who are paying for the care of children or grandchildren, PostScript finance columnist Mike Berton offers links to government resources that may offer help for now and for future needs. Read Mike’s article “Supporting Children and Grandchildren” in the Summer 2019 issue of PostScript.   Medical Expense Tax Credit (METC) https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/forms-publications/publications/rc4065/medical-expenses-2016.html Disability Tax […]

Pharmacare Advisory Council Reports

The Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare provided an interim report to the Minister of Health and the Minister of Finance in March of 2019. The full report is expected to be released later this year. The Council was chaired by Dr. Eric Hoskins and convened sixteen roundtables with representatives from the pharmaceutical […]

Early Days of the BCRTA

BC’s Retired Teachers formally began to meet about 1945, with meetings in conjunction with the BCTF. In the early 1950’s the Retired Teachers met in various schools in Vancouver and Victoria and their leaders were mainly school principals in both cities. In 1950-51, 1952 and 1953 the leaders went to the BCTF, to discuss forming […]

National Petition a Success – C-27 Petition Update

Results Far Above Goal of 10,000 Signatures In the last issue of Connections, we told you about an e-petition launched by The Canadian Association of Retired Teachers (ACER-CART) on the House of Commons website. BCRTA President Gerry Tiede was the petition author, and BCRTA staff created the pensionsecurity.ca website to inform Canadians about the campaign. […]

Excellence in Public Education News April 2019

Golden Star Awards 2019 The committee asks presidents of branches to please remind current active teachers (in their locals) that the deadline for applications for Golden Star Awards is April 15th. Download the BCRTA Golden Star Awards application from the BCRTA website. Golden Star Awards celebrate programs that promote the interaction of seniors and students. […]

Finance News March 2019

Good news! The BCTF approved our office renovation plan and informed us that they would cover the cost of building updates. Renovations began during spring break, and our staff have been able to keep working despite the disruptions. When renovations are complete, there will be an updated reception area, a new office for our Executive […]

Some (More) Sage Advice for Retirees and Seniors

Keep the Health You Have Keep a healthy life. Do moderate exercise (like walking every day), eat well and get your sleep. It’s easy to become sick and then it gets harder to recover and remain healthy. Prevention is always the simpler way. That is why you need to keep yourself in good shape and […]

Tax Tips for Retired Educators

2018 Tax Season – Make A Check list BCRTA does not offer income tax advice, but here are some common deductions to help you complete your return to your maximum advantage. ELIGIBLE MEDICAL DEDUCTIONS Any eligible medical costs that you pay that exceed 3% of your net income can be deducted when you complete your […]

Teacher Certification – Are You Current?

The demand for teachers on call has never been higher, and it’s a great way to supplement your retirement income. But keeping up your certification is important. PostScript asked the Teacher Regulation Branch (TRB) to answer some common questions. Who is required to have a teaching certificate issued by the TRB? Anyone who teaches in […]