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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’re kicking the year off with a CONTEST aimed at recruiting additional members – all current BPG members are encouraged to participate!  And we need YOUR help!

Click on this LINK to view the details.

We’re also mailing the details of this initiative out to our members who don’t have e-mail;  but if you have friends in that boat, feel free to share the contest details with them ahead of time.

Thanks in advance for helping BPG to grow in 2016 – it benefits us all!

 

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

r of member issues that could not be resolved through the normal escalation process.

 

General Meeting: Wednesday June 1st 2016Edgehill Banquet Facility – Barrie

To accommodate our members in central Ontario a General Meeting will be held in the Edgehill Banquet Facility at 295 Edgehill Dr., Barrie, ON L4N 9X5. If coming from Highway 400, exit at Dunlop St., West.

Proceed west on Dunlop St., West to Ferndale Dr., turn right at Ferndale and proceed to Edgehill Dr. turn left and proceed to 295 Edgehill Dr.

Barrie General Meeting Agenda

Reunion, Registration and Refreshments: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

Chapter Chair opening Remarks: 12:00 pm to 12:15 pm

Treasurer’s and Auditor’s Report - Glen Simpson: 12:15 pm to 12:45 pm

BPG President’s Report - Patte Seaton: 12:45 pm to 13:15 pm

Jeremy Bertrand Tax Specialist – Ontario Ministry of Finance: 13:15 pm to 14:15pm

General Q&A – Submitted Members Questions: 14:15 pm to 14:30 pm

Jeremy Bertrand from the Province of Ontario Ministry of Finance will be our guest speaker. Jeremy’s presentations at our meetings in Oshawa and Mississauga in 2015 were very well received and were both informative and entertaining. He will provide a highly interactive presentation focussing on all of the Ontario tax credits and benefits you may be entitled to, the importance of filing your tax return each year – even if you don’t owe any tax, how to qualify for many credits, benefits, and programs available to you and the identification of additional government programs and resources that help all Ontarians, including seniors, parents, and people with disabilities. In summary - how to ensure you get what you are entitled to receive. So this session should not be missed.

 

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

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

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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
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bpg Have you noticed that the BPG Website is faster? bpg
Well it is!!!! And we're thrilled to let you know about it. more >>


bpg It's Fraud Prevention Month bpg
Everyone has received calls and emails from people who are trying to trick us into some activity where we will provide valuable personal information in an effort to steal our identity and eventually steal our money. 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 Bell In Touch Newsletter bpg
Some BPG members have indicated that they have had some difficulty receiving their Bell In Touch Newsletter. 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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