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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. g

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

 

May 15, 2017 - Annual General Meeting will be held at the Willowdale Baptist Church at 10 0live Avenue in Willowdale 

June 13, 2017  – Barrie General Meeting, Edgehill Banquet Facility, 295 Edgehill Drive (to be confirmed)

BPG Dave Barrett longtime BPG Chapter Board member and Membership Database coordinator passed away suddenly this past Wednesday November 2nd. BPG
The Ontario Central Chapter is sad to report the passing of a valuable chapter Board member Dave Barrett. Dave for many years was our membership database prime and also the “voice” of the chapter through the distribution of newsletters and bulletins. Many of you will have seen Dave at our recent meetings in Oshawa and Mississauga in October 2016. more >>
BPG So you missed the latest BPG meetings in Oshawa and Mississauga? BPG
No problem......we have the summary right here for your viewing pleasure........ more >>
BPG Remember the Target Benefit Plan Threat? We have some good news..... BPG
One of BPG’s most significant Governmental lobbying effort has been about the introduction of Target Benefit Plans and enabling legislation. Specifically that should companies wish to covert to such plans it require individual consent. The lobby efforts have paid off and the new legislation introduced as Bill C-27 has most notably, included the requirement for individual consent for any conversions of DB plans into TB plans. more >>
BPG WANTED!! Volunteers for Ontario Central Board Positions BPG
We know that all Bell retirees have a wealth of skills and dedication honed during their professional careers. Please put your talent to use by volunteering for any of our 3 open positions on the Ontario Central BPG Advisory Board. We meet for approximately 1.5 hours monthly for 8 months annually (6 conference calls, 2 face to face in Toronto). more >>
BPG IMPORTANT NEWS FOR ALL BPG Ontario Central Members BPG
Members of Ontario Central Chapter BPG, This is to inform you that we have credible reason to believe that our BPG website has been the target of some hackers over the past several days. Although we also believe that the situation is under control, we understand that some of you may be concerned about this situation. Therefore, we are informing you and currently preparing more detailed communication to be posted on the national page of our website. We believe that the hack only leaked the email and contact information for a few members who had recent transactions by internet. We emphasize at no time was any credit card information available for hackers as it is not ever on the BPG website since it is communicated directly from members via the PayPal settlement system. Please be assured that we do not store any member information on our website. We believe that a flaw in our temporary storage of information for members who over the last few days were signing up, renewing or updating their personal information left a vulnerability which we have identified and corrected. Some members who are active Bell employees may also be contacted by Bell to advise them of this security breach also as a precaution. This action in itself created some alarm that the call itself may have been an attempt at fraud given members heightened awareness of suspicious communication. more >>
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 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 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 >>
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 >>


OntarioCentral

bpg Dave Barrett longtime BPG Chapter Board member and Membership Database coordinator passed away suddenly this past Wednesday November 2nd. bpg
The Ontario Central Chapter is sad to report the passing of a valuable chapter Board member Dave Barrett. Dave for many years was our membership database prime and also the “voice” of the chapter through the distribution of newsletters and bulletins. Many of you will have seen Dave at our recent meetings in Oshawa and Mississauga in October 2016. more >>


bpg So you missed the latest BPG meetings in Oshawa and Mississauga? bpg
No problem......we have the summary right here for your viewing pleasure........ more >>


bpg Remember the Target Benefit Plan Threat? We have some good news..... bpg
One of BPG’s most significant Governmental lobbying effort has been about the introduction of Target Benefit Plans and enabling legislation. Specifically that should companies wish to covert to such plans it require individual consent. The lobby efforts have paid off and the new legislation introduced as Bill C-27 has most notably, included the requirement for individual consent for any conversions of DB plans into TB plans. more >>


bpg WANTED!! Volunteers for Ontario Central Board Positions bpg
We know that all Bell retirees have a wealth of skills and dedication honed during their professional careers. Please put your talent to use by volunteering for any of our 3 open positions on the Ontario Central BPG Advisory Board. We meet for approximately 1.5 hours monthly for 8 months annually (6 conference calls, 2 face to face in Toronto). more >>


bpg IMPORTANT NEWS FOR ALL BPG Ontario Central Members bpg
Members of Ontario Central Chapter BPG, This is to inform you that we have credible reason to believe that our BPG website has been the target of some hackers over the past several days. Although we also believe that the situation is under control, we understand that some of you may be concerned about this situation. Therefore, we are informing you and currently preparing more detailed communication to be posted on the national page of our website. We believe that the hack only leaked the email and contact information for a few members who had recent transactions by internet. We emphasize at no time was any credit card information available for hackers as it is not ever on the BPG website since it is communicated directly from members via the PayPal settlement system. Please be assured that we do not store any member information on our website. We believe that a flaw in our temporary storage of information for members who over the last few days were signing up, renewing or updating their personal information left a vulnerability which we have identified and corrected. Some members who are active Bell employees may also be contacted by Bell to advise them of this security breach also as a precaution. This action in itself created some alarm that the call itself may have been an attempt at fraud given members heightened awareness of suspicious communication. more >>


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 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 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 >>


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 >>

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