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THE  ONTARIO CENTRAL CHAPTER  was formerly called TORONTO AND AREA Chapter 

 

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To start the year your Ontario Central team has declared 2016 the  BPG Year of Recruitment!  

This year we really want to make a concerted effort to grow our membership base, increasing our leverage with Bell and government bodies.

We have shrunk a bit the last 6 years and we need your help to reverse the trend. We have gone through the past issues of Intouch and listed the retirees since 2010. It is not easy for us to locate these folks since the city listed is the city where the person worked at retirement as opposed to where they lived. Ideally, if you know any of these folks and can help us to recruit them that will be great. If you can provide contact information for them then we can follow-up. The list is organized by city so you can focus on those in your general area keeping in mind that people often worked some distance from where they lived.

List of non-Member Retirees.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AlgLtLN7LKQodHJmZDg0SFFteU4xemZyUUdfOV8wX1E&usp=sharing

Why become a member of BPG ?

http://www.bellpensionersgroup.ca/index3News.php?id=711&lang=en&chapt=OntarioCentral§ion=18

 

Background

Bell Pensioners' Group (BPG) was formed in 1995 by a group of Bell pensioners who were concerned about their RRSP savings after the collapse of The Confederation Life Insurance Company in August 1994. Following the successful negotiation of an Enhancement Agreement with Bell Canada that guaranteed appropriate financial compensation upon liquidation of Confederation Life, BPG continues to advocate on behalf of pensioners' rights.  So in 2015 we celebrated the 20th Anniversary at our Annual General Meeting on May 6th  recognizing many of the founding members. Thanks to those we joined us on this occasion at Willowdale Baptist Church 20 Olive Ave. in North York close to the Yonge subway.

This chapter was formerly called the Toronto Chapter but in recognition that we serve members from Niagara to Kenora it was decided to change the name to better reflect our membership.  BPG members are free to join the chapter that is most convenient for them and since retirees and current empoyees are quite mobile just let us know if another chapter is more convenient and we can transfer your membership. All the Ontario chapters have overlapping membership along our “borders” however we do share information about  meetings in other chapters.

 

Where our members live

The majority of our chapters 3400 members live in the Greater Toronto area however our membership stretches from Niagara Falls up to Kenora and we have about 60 members spread over all provinces except Quebec and Saskatchewan. We also have 23 members located in various countries including USA, Australia, Finland, United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia and Thailand. We serve members with our 4 newsletters each year and with our website, email and voice mailbox so we are able to communicate and help members resolve problems or provide the necessary contacts in a number of different ways.

 

Our primary focus is the protection of our Bell "Defined Benefit" Pension and Benefits but we do get a lot of questions about a wide range of issues outside of our mandate and we do try to help. So while the majority of our members will never be able to attend a meeting, given our vast geography, they recognize the valuable work of BPG and that the strength of our voice is in the size of our membership.

 

Our Members are key to our survival

As a member, you are our main source of recruiting new members as we have very limited means for recruiting new members even though we place ads in every issue of Intouch. We rely on our members to ensure that their friends and former colleagues are members of BPG. In 2013 we changed our “rules” about who can become a member of BPG and so now both retirees and active members as well as those on a deferred pension who are part of the Defined Benefit Pension plan can become members of BPG.

 

Help us Grow

As membership in the Bell Pensioners Group grows, we increase our ability to influence outcomes relative to our Bell "Defined Benefit" Pension and Benefits. The more Bell retirees and active employees that we represent, the more influence we hold in protecting these valuable assets to your life.

Are there new Bell retirees in your circle of friends or social groups? Do they know about BPG. It is one of the best kept secrets in the Bell community and they may not have heard about us. Please invite them to join or contact your Area Rep or a member of your Chapter Committee and we'll ensure they receive a warm welcome.

 

Please Mark Your Calendar

Meeting Schedule 2016

 

Ontario Central General Meeting: October 24th 2016Unifor Union Hall – Oshawa

Ontario Central General Meeting: Fall 2016 – Thursday October 27th : Burnhamthorpe Community Centre -1500 Gulleden Drive, Mississauga

 

 

Ottawa Chapter Meeting Tuesday September 13, 2016 - 1:00 Registration, social hour & refreshments 2:00 - 4:00 Meeting

  • Salvation Army Citadel "Gym", 816 Centennial Dr (corner of Taylor Kidd Bl), Kingston ON K7M 0A4
  • Speaker: Barbara Hulme, Lawyer "Getting Your Estate in Order"

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If you have not had a chance to attend one of our Chapters’ General Meetings this spring, please check out the video providing the President’s Report and links to the various presentations. more >>
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Some BPG members have indicated that they have had some difficulty receiving their Bell In Touch Newsletter. more >>
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For some of the most exciting and thrilling reading available on this site........ more >>
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Here is an article of interest by Bob Farmer who is the President of the Canadian Federation of Pensioners (CFP). CFP is an association of workplace pensioner organizations, which collectively represent the interests of 250,000 members of defined benefit pension plans across Canada. For many years, CFP and its member organizations have advocated with federal and provincial governments for greater security of the defined benefit pensions that employers have committed to provide. Bob is a former president of the Bell Pensioners’ Group, one of the member organizations of CFP. more >>
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In January Bell distributed their annual personalized statement about your pension and benefits. There is valuable information in this document and we recommend that people read it carefully before filing away. more >>
BPG Did you receive the new Manulife Card? BPG
Please be advised, effective January 1, 2016 your health and dental contract numbers were both changed to 303030 the number on your new “drug” card. Please note that the contract number is the same for all services. Furthermore we recommend that you provide this updated contract number to your dental office as well so that future claims will be submitted to the correct plan. New Benefits website Many of our members have reported problems accessing the new benefits website for some their 7 digit employee number listed on the new Manulife Card works if not please contact employee services at 1-888-400-0661 to have a password reset or established. Some members advise they are still able to use their old alphanumeric number without a password. It seems various version of employee numbers are still valid but the password issue is unclear. more >>
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In an effort to expand our membership we need every member to help us explain our position to other potential members. The following was created to help all members in this regard. more >>
BPG Please help us recruit new members BPG
As indicated at the recent General Meetings in Oshawa and Burlington, we need your help to recruit new members and to stop the shrinkage of the membership in the Ontario Central Chapter which in turn, weakens our voice. Many people tell us that they've never heard of BPG although we are listed in each issue of Intouch as well as other publications. more >>
BPG Ontario Central announces GROUP DISCOUNT FOR CARP/ZOOMER BPG
Many of you have been asking us about the CARP discount we had several years ago. We listened and approached CARP and in early summer implemented a discount for members who wish to subscribe to the CARP/Zoomer bundle. more >>


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bpg Do you know our 2016-2017 BPG Board of Directors ? bpg
The BPG Board of Directors currently has 20 members, including six Chapter Chairs representing members in Ontario and Québec. You will find a mini-CV for each Board Member on the BPG website under the Organization tab - Board of Directors. more >>


bpg ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING President's Report and Presentations bpg
If you have not had a chance to attend one of our Chapters’ General Meetings this spring, please check out the video providing the President’s Report and links to the various presentations. more >>


bpg The June Issue of the Bell In Touch Newsletter is now avaialble bpg
Some BPG members have indicated that they have had some difficulty receiving their Bell In Touch Newsletter. more >>


bpg Final Audit Reports are now available bpg
For some of the most exciting and thrilling reading available on this site........ more >>


bpg Being a DB pensioner is a Risky Business bpg
Here is an article of interest by Bob Farmer who is the President of the Canadian Federation of Pensioners (CFP). CFP is an association of workplace pensioner organizations, which collectively represent the interests of 250,000 members of defined benefit pension plans across Canada. For many years, CFP and its member organizations have advocated with federal and provincial governments for greater security of the defined benefit pensions that employers have committed to provide. Bob is a former president of the Bell Pensioners’ Group, one of the member organizations of CFP. more >>


bpg Take advantage of a Stratford Festival 50% Discount bpg
CARP has offered BPG members the opportunity to take advantage of a 50% discount on selected performances at the Stratford Festival for the 2016 season more >>


bpg Did you get your Annual Pension and Benefits Statement? bpg
In January Bell distributed their annual personalized statement about your pension and benefits. There is valuable information in this document and we recommend that people read it carefully before filing away. more >>


bpg Did you receive the new Manulife Card? bpg
Please be advised, effective January 1, 2016 your health and dental contract numbers were both changed to 303030 the number on your new “drug” card. Please note that the contract number is the same for all services. Furthermore we recommend that you provide this updated contract number to your dental office as well so that future claims will be submitted to the correct plan. New Benefits website Many of our members have reported problems accessing the new benefits website for some their 7 digit employee number listed on the new Manulife Card works if not please contact employee services at 1-888-400-0661 to have a password reset or established. Some members advise they are still able to use their old alphanumeric number without a password. It seems various version of employee numbers are still valid but the password issue is unclear. more >>


bpg Why Become a Member of the Bell Pensioners Group? bpg
In an effort to expand our membership we need every member to help us explain our position to other potential members. The following was created to help all members in this regard. more >>


bpg Please help us recruit new members bpg
As indicated at the recent General Meetings in Oshawa and Burlington, we need your help to recruit new members and to stop the shrinkage of the membership in the Ontario Central Chapter which in turn, weakens our voice. Many people tell us that they've never heard of BPG although we are listed in each issue of Intouch as well as other publications. more >>


bpg Ontario Central announces GROUP DISCOUNT FOR CARP/ZOOMER bpg
Many of you have been asking us about the CARP discount we had several years ago. We listened and approached CARP and in early summer implemented a discount for members who wish to subscribe to the CARP/Zoomer bundle. more >>

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