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THE  ONTARIO CENTRAL CHAPTER  was formerly called TORONTO & AREA Chapter 

 

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2018 Meeting Dates To be announced soon.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 






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  • Fall 2017 General Meeting Presentations

    November 10th, 2017

    For those unable to attend the most recent General Meetings in Oshawa and Mississauga, we have attached the presentations.

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  • Happy Halloween

    October 27th, 2017

    Halloween 1986 ……Way too cute to be scary!

    Recognize any of these happy faces? These are some of the “characters” from the Ontario Regional Performance group celebrating Halloween just a few years ago. Oh, how times have changed.

    Photo kindly submitted by Bruce Aikman, former Senior Director Revenue. From left to right:

    Front row, seated: Donna Boutet, Diane Obuchi, Pat Doschok

    Kneeling: Ken Aay

    Middle row: Helen Rambo, Francis Romangola, Jackie Detlor, Marino Casiani

    Back row: Jim Diodati, Russ Tyndall (in blue), Dave Jarrett, Mart Batcheon, Doug Huckwith

     

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  • Thanks Cathy

    October 27th, 2017

     

    Thank You, Cathy

    A huge “Thank You” from all of us to Cathy Vendramin, who has stepped down after 4+ years on the BPG Ontario Central Board. Cathy held several positions – Secretary, Sustainability member and Recruiting Committee member. Her years of experience and networking from her days in Bell HR served us well. And her enthusiasm and energy inspired us to explore new ideas. We wish Cathy the very best for the future.

    Cathy’s “Bio” was published in the Fall 2017 Newsletter.

    We would love to hear from anyone wishing to volunteer to be the next Secretary on the Board, or indeed, volunteer in any other capacity. Please email camietangchang@gmail.com.

     

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  • Sears Pension Situation

    October 26th, 2017

    The current Sears situation should be a wakeup call to everyone on a Defined Benefit pension as it seems likely that Sears pensioners will not see their full pensions paid due to the ongoing pension deficit of the Sears plan. Here is a link to a recent radio show on the CBC that explains why we should all be concerned. 

    http://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent/the-current-for-october-26-2017-1.4372687/better-protections-needed-for-pensioners-in-wake-of-sears-bankruptcy-retiree-advocate-1.4372778

    Give a listen.

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  • Mississauga Meeting Date Changed to November 9th

    October 17th, 2017

    IMPORTANT = The Mississauga Meeting Date has Changed to November 9th.

    We have just been advised that due to construction delays at the Burnhamthorpe Community Centre the meeting date has been changed from November 2 to November 9th. Please adjust your plans accordingly. We apologise for this inconvenience.

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  • Investment Advice

    October 11th, 2017

    Through our involvement with the Ontario Securities Commission we now have access to a number of their resources and for those members interested here is a helpful link to Investment Advice  https://www.getsmarteraboutmoney.ca/ 

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  • Spreading The BPG Story At Creekbank

    September 30th, 2017

    A group of volunteers and members of the BPG Ontario Central Board visited Creekbank on September 28, 2017. We set up information tables at 2 locations, #5099 and #5025.

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  • InTouch Now Available

    August 11th, 2017

    The latest issue of Bell InTouch Magazine is now available by clicking this link

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  • Carol Ann Cole

    August 10th, 2017

    Carol Ann Cole has been a long-time supporter of BPG serving on our Board of Directors and supporting BPG in numerous ways including encouraging former staff to join. As we share the news of Carol Ann’s first novel we wanted to also acknowledge her contributions to BPG and in other ways as well.

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  • Pensions are Contracts Too!

    August 6th, 2017

    Thanks to CARP for this following recent article which provides and excellent reason to be a mamber fof the Bell Pensioners Group.

    Every day, businesses make decisions: expand or retract, rent or buy, fix purchase prices or take their chances on the open market.  For better or worse, once they’ve made decisions, and signed contracts, they’re locked in.  Our laws and law courts make it so – and with good reason.  If businesses could walk away from their contractual obligations, chaos would rein, and our economy would literally collapse. 

    Unfortunately, there appears to be one notable exception to this rule.  When it comes to employees and their pensions, businesses have been all too ready to walk away from pension commitments, and out courts have been all too willing to let them.

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  • Members Needed

    August 5th, 2017

    Thank you for your continued support of BPG, and in particular the Ontario Central Chapter - your membership is vital to our success.   And thanks for receiving your communications electronically - our annual dues have remained unchanged at $20 for over 20 years thanks to the widespread use of emails for communication. 

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  • InTouch

    August 5th, 2017

    If you have been trying to use the Bell InTouch link you will know it has been down for a while. The good news is that Bell advises that there is a new temporary site.

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  • Protect Your Money

    June 3rd, 2017

    The following is a summary of a presentation made at our 2017 AGM and this excellent presentation will be repeated in Barrie, Oshawa and Mississauga so if you missed it the first time we really encourage you to attend this presentation at one of these upcoming events.

     

    Protect Your Money presented by representatives of the  Ontario Securities Commission

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  • Managing your Drug Costs

    April 13th, 2017

    Most people simply take their prescription to their usual pharmacy without much thought about the various charges assuming that they are all similar. However now......

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  • Changing faces on the Board

    April 12th, 2017

    The winter months have been marked by significant changes and renewal of your chapter board.

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  • Feature Article Al Bowcott: At the helm in turbulent times

    April 1st, 2017

    Remember 2008? A global financial crisis and the impending privatization of Bell Canada?

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  • Feature Article - Alice Gould: A Founding Member

    April 1st, 2017

    For the past 5 years, Alice held the position of Meeting Coordinator, attending to every minute detail required to successfully hold about 20 AGMs and General Membership meetings.

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  • How do we build up our membership?

    April 1st, 2017

    A very good question and one we, on the BPG board, ask ourselves continuously.

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  • Ontario Central BPG Board Members attend the Fieldway Retirees' Luncheon

    April 1st, 2017

    A Christmas tradition continued as the Fieldway Retirees’ Club held their gala luncheon at the St. George’s Golf and Country Club on Dec 14th, 2016.

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  • COST OF LIVING ADJUSTMENT FOR 2017 for Bell Pensioners will be 1%

    April 1st, 2017

    The Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) on our pension is based

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  • WANTED!! Volunteers for Ontario Central Board Positions

    April 1st, 2017

    We know that all Bell retirees have a wealth of skills and dedication honed during their professional careers.

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  • Good News if you were Worried that the Federal Government Will Tax Your Bell Benefit Plan?

    April 1st, 2017

    We’ve got some good news.Prime Minister Trudeau listened.

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  • Remember the Target Benefit Plan Threat? We have some good news.....

    April 1st, 2017

    One of BPG’s most significant Governmental lobbying effort has been about the introduction of Target Benefit Plans and enabling legislation.

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  • Bell Canada has recently mailed your Notice of Annual Benefit Statement

    April 1st, 2017

    Bell has sent out the annual personalized pension and benefits statement to all pensioners.

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  • So you missed the latest BPG meetings in Oshawa and Mississauga?

    April 1st, 2017

    No problem......we have the summary right here for your viewing pleasure........

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  • BCE takes necessary measures to reinforce the solvency position of its (DB) pension plans

    April 1st, 2017

    BCE made a $400 million voluntary pension plan contribution in December 2016,

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  • Do you know our 2016-2017 BPG Board of Directors ?

    April 1st, 2017

    The BPG Board of Directors currently has 20 members, including six Chapter Chairs representing members in Ontario and Québec.

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  • The CARP/Zoomer Discount for Ontario Central is back!

    April 1st, 2017

    Some of you have inquired about what happened to the CARP/Zoomer discount for BPG members that was introduced a few years ago.

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  • Why Become a Member of the Bell Pensioners Group?

    February 2nd, 2017

    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.

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