Are you a senior who needs help caring for your dog?
ElderDog Canada offer free dog care services for seniors in the Lower Mainland.
ElderDog Canada supports seniors in the care and well-being of their canine companions. Our volunteers help with dog care activities like dog walking, basic grooming, feeding, administering medication, and transportation to and from the vet or groomer. We also provide foster care (placing a dog in an approved foster home when a senior is temporarily unable to care for their dog) and re-homing (placing a dog into an approved home when a senior is permanently unable to care for their dog).
Our Vancouver Pawd provides services throughout the Lower Mainland area. There is no charge for any of our services. ElderDog Canada is a federally incorporated non-profit and registered charity.
For more information download this PDF Elder Dog Canada
Website: ElderDog Canada’s On-line Store (elderdogcanadastore.ca)
Johnson Insurance 2021 Scholarship Program Opens April 15th, 2021
Building on our History of Supporting Customers and Communities
For many Canadian students, the jump from high school to post-secondary education is a thrilling transition into adulthood, but one that comes with new financial responsibilities.
At Johnson, we understand the challenges faced by students during their pursuit of higher education, and we are proud to offer scholarships to help them achieve their dreams. Since 1998, Johnson has awarded over 1500 scholarships and academic grants valued at more than $1 million to support young Canadians coast to coast in pursuing their post-secondary education.
This year, we are pleased to offer 50 scholarships worth $1000 each to students who fall into at least one of the following categories:
• if you, your parent/guardian or grandparent have a:
o home or car insurance policy through Johnson or
o MEDOC travel insurance policy or
o group benefits plan (such as health, dental or life insurance) through Johnson
• if you, your parent/guardian or grandparent are a member or employee of a Johnson recognized
group (policy not required)
Students must complete high school in 2021 and must be beginning post-secondary education this fall or Cegep (if living in the province of Québec).
Applications for the Scholarship Program will be open starting April 15th, 2021. Completed application forms must be submitted by July 15th, 2021 and must include a transcript for the period of September 2019 to December 2020. NOTE: Recognizing the impact of COVID-19, unofficial transcripts will be accepted – bearing the student’s name and date – from student accounts where official transcripts are not available.
For more information on applying, please see the online application form and Scholarship Program Guidelines to obtain full requirements and submission instructions, or please visit johnson.ca/scholarship
The proposed merger between the TWU and the United Steelworkers has prompted much discussion and many rumours. Members are concerned that the merger will, in some way, negatively affect the Telecoomunication Workers Pension Plan (TWPP). Our members should rest assured that these rumours are unfounded.
This position is supported by the language contained in the TWPP Plan Documents, by legal opinions secured by the TWU, by provisions in the TWU Constitution, etc.
Despite a strong case advanced by members of local R55 Executive on behalf of the retirees, the Pension Trustees met in December 2011 and determined that there would not be a pension increase in 2012. Although the TWPP has a surplus of funds, the trustees decided that this surplus was not enough to fund an increase to retired members. At the same time, the trustees approved an update for active members to January 1, 2011. It is the intent of the trustees to do an annual review of the financial position of the plan with the first priority for any surplus funds to be updates for active members and then approval of early retirements at age 55 with 25 years of credited service. The trustees will consider an increase for retirees once the above two benefits for active members are approved and if they are satisfied that there are sufficient surplus funds remaining.
TWU Local R55
Local R55 gives the retirees a legal vehicle to put forward resolutions that affect the TWPP to the TWU Convention. The delegates are able to run for the position of pension trustee, to vote on issues affecting retirees, to vote in elections for pension trustee, and to vote for the positions of President and Secretary-Treasurer of the TWU, since those positions are ex officio pension trustees. Since the formation of the B.C. Association of Retired Telephone Workers (BCARTW), it has been successful in promoting changes to the TWU Constitution that will work in the best interests of both active and retired members of the TWPP. Once a resolution is approved at the Convention, the entire TWU membership is entitled to vote on the new Constitution language. An example of a change that the retirees were responsible in having brought up at the Convention involves the election of Pension Trustees. The President and Secretary-Treasurer positions of the TWU were trustees of the pension plan by virtue of their office. A Constitutional change was made to ensure that should one or both of the successful candidates to these positions not be members of the TWPP, the pension trustee position(s) would be open to nominations from the floor of Convention. The result is that only TWPP members are entitled to be elected as pension trustees.
Membership in Local R55
At this time there are over 600 members of TWU local R55. This is about half of the BCARTW membership. This entitles local R55 to seat four delegates at the TWU Convention. We need 700 members in order to have five delegates. The maximum number of delegates that the retirees’ local is permitted at the convention is six and that would require 900+ members. We are encouraging all members of the BCARTW to also join the TWU retirees’ local. This will not cost you any additional money for dues; the BCARTW pays the $1.00 initiation fee and the $1.00 per year dues to the TWU on your behalf. You will find an application form on our website www.bcartw.ca, or you can call toll free 1-888-898-5755.