Entries by Tim Anderson

BCRTA looks at Universal Pharmacare in Canada

There has been an increasingly comprehensive discussion in Canada regarding a move to establish a universal, single-payer, Pharmacare plan in Canada. In late 2016 the Parliamentary Budget officer put out a report indicating there would be substantial savings over the long term in having such a program. A more recent report by the House of […]


The Heritage Committee is preparing a BCRTA history for the years 2000 to the present. We would appreciate any pictures or news stories you have in your files. Some suggested items are pictures of speakers at our AGMs, installation of plaques, Golden Apple Awards, special events in your branch. Some items in the history to […]

Video Initiative from Communications

The Communications Committee, like all our Board committees, is reviewing its role and the appropriate Policy and Procedure sections of the BCRTA Handbook. This is an opportunity to review and remind ourselves of the work we do as volunteers for the BCRTA, and update sections of the Handbook as the organization continues to grow. As […]

Revolutionary Thoughts for Retirees and Seniors

At different stages of our lives there are many pressures that we face and this is true for those of us on our journey as seniors and retirees. Here are a couple thoughts you might wish to reflect on. They may be counter-intuitive. Don’t Be Frugal. It’s time to use the money you have saved […]

Finance Updates January 2019

Between the end of November and the end of January we signed up 91 new members. An executive review of our PST expenses showed that we were paying the provincial tax on the printing of our publications, though such spending is PST-exempt. Office staff combed through the last four years of printing bills, submitted a […]

TRIP MERCHANT – personalized travel advice and offers

We are pleased to introduce a new BCRTA travel website by Trip Merchant. This website is password protected for members only access. Click on this link https://bcrta.tripmerchant.ca/ Once you click on it, you will have to enter your password, which is BCRTATM18 Helpful Hint: If your computer asks you if you want to save your […]

National Petition for Pension Security Launched by ACER-CART

The Canadian Association of Retired Teachers (ACER-CART) has posted an e-petition on the House of Commons petition site to encourage government to increase the security of retirement income. The petition seeks to minimize attempts to cause seniors to surrender rights to their earned pensions, and also to provide insurance for pensioners when their failed employers […]

TPP announces 2.2% increase for 2019

The BC Teachers’ Pension Plan has announced a 2.2% cost of living increase for 2019. Cost of living increases are not guaranteed, but once received they establish a new baseline for pensions. To see a recent history of annual increases, go to https://tpp.pensionsbc.ca/what-cost-of-living-adjustments-have-been-granted. The pension payment dates for 2019 have been set as follows:   The […]

10% Off ALL* Collette Tours

Now is your chance to save big during Collette’s New Year’s Sale! When you book your 2019 trip between January 2 and January 14, you’ll get 10% off any* tour. This sale applies to our family of brands, including the new Explorations experience! Start your New Year off right and book your 2019 getaway now! […]