Entries by Tim Anderson

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! […]

A Christmas to Remember

On December 25, 1976, I experienced the real meaning of Christmas in an unforgettable way. My then fiancée, Jeanie, and I left Langley early in the morning to spend Christmas with my parents in Williams Lake. At 6:30, in a forested area near Spuzzum, the engine of my car blew up, leaving us stranded on […]

Speak Up For Pension Security by Dec 21!

The security of our pensions is of highest importance to BCRTA members and all retired persons in Canada. The Government of Canada has recently announced a consultation on enhancing retirement security. Act fast – the government has set a deadline for submissions of December 21, 2018. It is easy to participate. Here’s how: Click https://bcrta.ca/pension-consultation/ […]

BCRTA Advantage Program Offers Shopping Value

BCRTA members are encouraged to view potential savings from our Advantage Partners. Our Advantage Partners offer significant savings on items you use every day, and gifts, too. Here is one example: join BCRTA Partner Perkopolis and get 20% off movie tickets for the movie lovers in your family. Here is how to do it: You […]

Tuned In and Teched Up

Being involved in many organizations, including my role as Rector’s Warden at St. Stephen Anglican Church in Summerland, and as a director of the BC Retired Teachers’ Association, I have been amazed at the remarkable adaptation of my peers to the computer and technological age. In my university days, computers ran Fortran with magnetic tape, […]

Keeping in Touch: BCRTA Online and in Print

The Communications Committee is pleased by the direction in which PostScript, Connections and the website are moving: the interests and concerns of BCRTA members are of foremost importance to us and the print publications are becoming increasingly relevant to readers – we have made timeliness, significance, and interest our goals for the content in both […]

SPECIAL REPORT: ARE BC RETIRED TEACHERS FALLING BEHIND?

The Pension and Benefits Committee was asked by delegates to the 2018 BCRTA AGM to examine the way the Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) is calculated and applied to our pensions. The concern was that perhaps our pensions’ purchasing power was falling behind because the BC Teachers’ Plan Pension Board of Trustees uses the Canada […]

EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION GRANTS PROVIDE LASTING EFFECTS

We have just learned that a 2016 Excellence Award winner (Paula Curtis and her Health Science 12 students at H.J. Cambie Secondary) has been able to use one of our awards to help facilitate and put into motion the ‘Music and Memories’ Project at Pinegrove Place Care Home. Partnering with the Therapeutic Recreation Department at […]