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 ?
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
Fall Meetings 2016
At both fall meetings we are pleased to have Jeremy Bertrand return to provide presentations on Ontario Estate Administration Tax which some of you have requested. Those who attended Jeremy’s presentations on Taxation last year know that he is an excellent speaker and provides lots of resources. His presentation will address the following:
How much do you know about Ontario’s Estate Administration Tax (EAT)?
Are you aware of the recent changes to the legislation, the new filing requirements, and common misconceptions people have about EAT?
Why not increase your EAT knowledge by attending this popular 45-minute seminar?
Oshawa: Meeting: October 24th 2016 – Unifor Union Hall 1425 Phillip Murray Ave,
· Registration and Reception…(North of Dixie Band)… 11:00 to 12:00
· Tentative Meeting Agenda
· Chapter Chair …………Titus Ramkhalawansingh……..12:00 to 12:30
· PIC Report ……..………Mike Nicoloff 12:30 to 12:45
· Presidents Message……Patte Seaton…………………. 12:45 to 1:15
· Overview of Ontario’s Estate Administration Tax 1:15 to 2:00
At the Oshawa meeting during the social hour we’ll be entertained by “North of Dixie” in an experiment to boost attendance one of our board members Phil Thomson is a member of the band.
“NORTH OF DIXIE, is a Dixieland style band formed in 2012 by a group of musicians who are big fans of Dixieland music and wanted the opportunity to continue this traditional music form. Members have also performed in pit orchestras for a variety of locally produced Broadway musicals.
They have performed in a variety of events such as February 2016 at the First Annual Mardi Gras Festival at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts, the Aurora Jazz Festival, Southlake Hospital Fund raising, and in a variety of Senior’s residences and dances. North of Dixie is thrilled to have participated as the opening performance for the 2016 Newmarket Jazz Festival.”
Ontario Central General Meeting: Fall 2016 – Thursday October 27th: Burnhamthorpe Community Centre -1500 Gulleden Drive, Mississauga.
(Do not arrive before 12:30 due to prior event at Community Centre)
Registration and Reception……………………… 12:30 to 1:00
Chapter Chair Report: - Titus Ramkhalawansingh 1:00 pm to 1:30pm
President’s Message:- Patte Seaton 1:30 pm to 1:45 pm
Bell Executive, Kerry Arbour, VP Cust Service 1:45 pm to 2:15 pm
Overview of Ontario’s Estate Administration Tax 2:15 pm to 3:00 pm
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"