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Bell Pensioners Group Southwestern Ontario Chapter

Fall Membership Meeting

November 6th, 2018  

Details to follow. Save the date!

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Please visit The 5 W's of BPG  to learn more about what we want potential members to know about BPG

 

ABOUT THE BELL PENSIONERS' GROUP...

 

Each of the six BPG Chapters has its own section of the site which allows us the opportunity to communicate with our members and the flexibility to serve the regional needs of our members.  SWO Chapter extends from Windsor east to Guelph area and from Lake Erie in the south right up to the Owen Sound area - hence the name of Southwestern Ontaio Chapter.  We hope you enjoy our website and come back often!

BPG members know that we are an organization of retirees from the Bell Group of Companies founded in 1995 dedicated to protecting two of your most important assets: your Bell pension and your Bell benefits. BPG has become a well respected group within the community of pension stakeholders in Canada and this gives a common voice to Bell reitees.

Since we have no way to be in touch with current retirees as they leave the company other than the list provided to all retirees in the In Touch publication, we must rely on you our valued members to either approach these new retirees and invite them to join BPG, or we must depend on you our members to contact your BPG Area Representative or another member of your Chapter Committee so that we can extend a personal invitation to them to become one of us.

The Bell Pensioners Group is valuable to you as a Bell retiree for three main reasons:  we advocate with the company, government and others on your behalf,  we are current on matters relative to your pension and benefits and we have access to pension expertise within the BPG organization.

As you know links to all five of our BPG Chapters are right here on our website for your convenience as well as all of the back issues of our BPG Chapter newsletters by using the link published in our current newsletter that you receive regularly as a member. Our membership application form for all chapters can be located by clicking here

As membership in the Bell Pensioners Group grows, we increase our ability to influence outcomes relative to our Bell Pension and Benefits. The more Bell retirees 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 kep 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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Become a member
  • Questions?

    March 28th, 2018

    Do you have questions?

    Feel free to contact us at bpgswo1@gmail.com

     

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  • Bill 384 Proposes Bankrupcy Protection for Pensioners

    April 6th, 2018

    You know we have been fighting hard to ensure pensions are protected in insolvency. You don’t need to be reminded of how Nortel and Sears pensioners saw significant reductions in their pensions.

    Scott Duvall (NDP MP for Hamilton Mountain) has authored Bill C-384 which reflects BPG’s position:  Any deficit in the funding of defined benefit pension plans when companies are insolvent should be classed as “super-priority” so that those deferred wages (pensions) can be fully paid out. 

    Duvall is holding "Town Halls" across the country from west to east. His Ontario Town Halls will be in April as noted below.

    BPG has been and is non-partisan. However, Bill C-384 is the only tangible action that supports our position, that supports security for your pension.

    In that context, we ask you to attend these Town Halls if you are in the area and would like to voice your support for super-priority for pension deficits.

    April 10, 2018

    7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

    End Pension Theft Town Hall - London

    2060 Dundas St, London,  Ontario

    Sponsored by Irene Mathyssen, MP London Fanshaw

    April 11, 2018                

    End Pension Theft Town Hall – Toronto

    7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

    United Steelworkers Hall

    25 Cecil Street

    Toronto,  Ontario

    Sponsored by the USW Toronto Area Council

    Facebook Invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/201940593898803

    April 12, 2018                        

    End Pension Theft Town Hall – Sudbury

    7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

    United Steelworkers Hall

    66 Brady Street

    Sudbury,  Ontario

    Sponsored by the Sudbury Federal Riding Association

    Facebook Invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/1975844939335844/

    April 13, 2018                        

    End Pension Theft Town Hall –Thunder Bay

    7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

    Prince Arthur Hotel

    17 North Cumberland Street

    Thunder Bay,  Ontario

    Sponsored by the Thunder Bay- Superior North Federal Riding Association

    Facebook Invite:  https://www.facebook.com/events/319329431924690/

                

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • 211 Ontario Seniors Helpline

    March 28th, 2018

    211 is a helpline and website that provides information on and referrals to Ontario’s community, social, health-related and government services. The vision for this service is to be the primary source of information and gateway to human services for individuals and planners by providing support to Ontario seniors.  As a matter of fact the Helpline answered more than 325,000 calls last year relating to basic needs like housing, food, financial assistance and help with utility bills. Other callers were searching for practical help from community and social services and how to access it, and if financial help exists for some of these issues. Since programs, taxes and benefits can change from year to year, a call to 2-1-1 is an excellent source for current information. They can also refer seniors to agencies which offer help to fill in applications and tax clinics for low-income people of every age.  

    The blog on the 211 Ontario Seniores Helpline website is probably the best place to start to learn more:

    https://211ontario.ca/211-ontario-services-blog/overview/

    Financial help and tax relief and services are also available from the following - some of these are government benefits and some are community-based services to meet specific community needs:

    Ontario Trillium Benefit
    Ontario Drug Benefits Program
    Assistive Devices Program
    Local Health Integration Networks and Community Support Services for health and support services such as:
    Homemaking
    Caregiver relief
    Friendly visiting
    Home maintenance and repair services
    Provincial Land Tax Deferral Program for Low Income or Those with a Disability
    Home and Vehicle Modification Program, March of Dimes
    Ontario Renovates Program
    Affordability Trust Fund energy savings
    Low Income Energy Assistance Program
    Ontario Electricity Support Program
    Meals on Wheels
    Good Food Box and Food Banks
    Farley Foundation
    Free Legal Advice Hotline

     

     

     

     

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  • Interpretation of 2017 COLA Indexation

    January 21st, 2018

     You will recall that last year, a question arose as to why the Bell pension indexation for 2017 was not rounded to 2%, rather than 1%, given that Statistics Canada had published the change in CPI for the relevant period as 1.5%. The explanation was that the change in the CPI for the relevant period, calculated to 2 decimal places, was actually 1.49% which rounds to 1%. 

    Your BPG board sought legal advice from independent outside counsel regarding this matter and, based on that advice, decided that no further action was warranted at the time.

    In the meantime, we understand that, in the last few days, a Bell pensioner has commenced a class action on behalf of all Bell defined benefit pensioners. The claim challenges Bell’s interpretation of the indexation provisions and contends that the 2017 indexation should have been 2%. A link to this claim can be found here:

    https://kmlaw.ca/cases/bell-canada-indexation-pension-plan-class-action/ 

    Class actions proceed in two phases.

    • First, the court must determine whether to certify the claim and the defined class of beneficiaries as the proper subjects of a class action.
    • Should the action be certified by the court, the lawsuit would then proceed on the merits to determine the validity of the claim.

    Should the suit ultimately be successful, all members of the class (in this case, all Bell defined benefit pensioners) would be eligible to proceeds as determined by the court. 

    We intend to monitor this development closely and keep our members informed as the case progresses.

    Denis Henry
    Pensions committee

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  • Notice of Annual Benefit Statement

    February 10th, 2017

    Mailed to pensioners

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  • In Touch Contact Info

    April 17th, 2017

    Bell Retirees Newsletter

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  • Cost of Living Adjustment for 2017

    January 17th, 2017

    Increase to appear on January payment

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  • Being a DB pensioner is a Risky Business

    July 18th, 2016

    by Bob Farmer, President, Canadian Federation of Pensioners

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