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With the RTO’s new working relationship with the NSTU Insurance Trustees what kind of group insurance benefits would your members want being added and/or increased in the plans?

  • One example might be Increased percentage of coverage for eye glasses

Please enter your ideas in our  Feedback Form for suggestions to insurance trustees.

Discussions continue around National Pharmacare
   - Article by Allison Martell - 
Canadian election clears path for universal drug plan
  RTO Pre-Retirement presentation for NSTU members
  NSTC Alumni Reunion 2020

RTO Events for 2019-2020 - Details posted as confirmed.

Details for each event will be emailed to RTO members.





Wed. Sept. 4         10:00 am Not Back to School Coffee/Tea Event at Port Wallis Church, Waverley Road, September 4, from 10-12.
Special guest, Bill Berryman, RTO President

bfourgnaud@hotmail.com *A

Wed. Sept. 11        10:00 am
Woodlawn Library Theatre


1st Speaker Series Event - Erin Crosby, Community Support Services

Topic: VON programs and services

nancy@barkhouse.ca *P
Thurs. Sept. 19 RTO NSTU Bowling Begins
bfourgnaud@hotmail.com *A
Wed. Sept. 25


Bus Field Trip: Exploring Historic Landmarks of Halifax (and lunch).
bfourgnaud@hotmail.com *A


Will be rescheduled
Woodlawn Library Theatre
2nd Speaker Series Event - nancy@barkhouse.ca *P
Mon. Nov. 4 Fine Arts and Craft Fair
bfourgnaud@hotmail.com *A
Wed. Nov. 13         10:00 am
Woodlawn Library Theatre

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3rd Speaker Series Event - Peggy Ludlow

Topic: Navigating the Travel Maze

What do you consider when planning a trip?
Do you know when is the best/cheapest time to travel?
Does paying a single supplement prevent you from traveling?
Do you know which tour operator to choose?
When reading a detailed itinerary, do you know what the terms mean?
Should you take a sea or river cruise?
Why should one buy medical insurance, if traveling in Canada?
Why should you purchase trip cancellation/interruption insurance?
Is there a recommended order of steps to book a trip/tour/cruise?
Why book with a travel consultant rather than online?
Where would you like to go, if a group tour were organized?
These questions and many more will be answered at this session.

nancy@barkhouse.ca *P
Tues. Dec. 3 Christmas Tea
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Wed. Jan. 8           10:00 am
Woodlawn Library Theatre
4th Speaker Series Event - Lindsay Wallace, Geriatric Medicine Research Unit, Dal /NS Health Authority 

Topic - Frailty - a key risk factor for dementia

Promo: As our population ages, the number of people suffering from dementia is increasing rapidly. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia (a syndrome of memory and functional impairment). Since so many clinical trials for drugs to treat Alzheimer’s disease have failed, understanding other ways to target treatments and prevention is valuable. Frailty can explain the discrepancy between the ‘hallmark’ features of Alzheimer’s disease in the brain (‘plaques’ and ‘tangles’) and their ability to cause the dementia syndrome: the more frail you are, the less plaques and tangles are needed to produce dementia symptoms. In this way, treating frailty may reduce the burden of dementia on patients, families, and the health care system.
nancy@barkhouse.ca *P 
Tues. Jan. 14 Skating at the Oval bfourgnaud@hotmail.com *A
Wed. Feb. 12          10:00 am
Woodlawn Library Theatre
5th Speaker Series Event - Lianne Bradshaw, Senior Investigator, NS Securities Commission
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Tues. Feb 18 Skating at the Oval bfourgnaud@hotmail.com *A
Feb TBA Pub Trivia Night   *A
February 25             1:30-3:30 Bowling, Bowlarama, Halifax 
$8.00: includesshoes, three games, cake and prizes
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Mar. TBA Card/Games Afternoon bfourgnaud@hotmail.com *A
Wed. Mar. 11         10:00 am
Woodlawn Library Theatre
6th Speaker Series Event - nancy@barkhouse.ca *P 
Wed. Apr. 8            10:00 am
Woodlawn Library Theatre
7th Speaker Series Event - Susan Howlett

Topic: Impact of age and sex hormones on heart function: why studies in young male animals are not enough

Promo: The heart changes during the normal aging process, even in the absence of cardiovascular disease. We suspect that these changes set the stage for the development of heart diseases in later life. In our laboratory, we are exploring how the heart changes with age in mice to help us understand the underlying reasons for the effects of age on the heart. In our studies we discovered that the influence of age on the heart differs between the sexes. Therefore, we have started to explore the role of sex hormones, such as testosterone and estrogen, in these age-related modifications in heart function. These fundamental findings help us understand cardiac aging and the reasons that older men and women tend to develop different cardiovascular diseases as they age.
nancy@barkhouse.ca *P 
May - details to follow Painting on Silk Workshop, Findlay Centre bfourgnaud@hotmail.com *A
Wed. May 13          10:00 am
Woodlawn Library Theatre
8th Speaker Series Event -

Tina McPhee - The Community Health Team

The Community Health Team (CHT) is a community health model that focuses on the promotion of health and wellness. CHTs support individuals and families to build knowledge, confidence, and skills to help make healthy lifestyle choices and to better prevent and manage risk factors that are common across chronic conditions.  Each CHT collaborates with many partners, and is working to strengthen links across the health system, and involves the participation of the community it serves.  CHTs are led by Primary Health Care, Nova Scotia Health Authority, in partnership with the IWK Health Centre.  For more information, visit www.communityhealthteams.ca

Suzy Teubner - 211 Services

Navigating the expansive network of community and social services provided by government and the not for profit sector can be challenging. With the launch of 211 Nova Scotia in February of 2013, thousands of community and social services available across the province are now just a phone call or mouse click away.

nancy@barkhouse.ca *P 
Revised November 06, 2019

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  Pharmacare advisory council calls for national drug agency...
  Pension Regulation Change re Extension of the number of substitute days allowed
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