Entries by Tim Anderson

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 […]

Endless Savings and More

Discounts on your Smart Phone for BCRTA Members Download the BCTRA version of the ESM App and save on everyday purchases from hundreds of businesses including national chain retailers, service and travel providers. To get the ESM App, go to your app store (Google or Apple). When you first download the ESM App, you will be […]

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 […]