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News items of interest to CSECRA members can be found in the Forums pages. Please login to your Forums account and check for updates in these Forum categories:

  • Association Information - this forum contains copies of Newsletters, minutes of meetings and notes from the President.
  • Association and CSEC Events - this forum contains information about upcoming events of interest to former CSEC employees, such as recreational events and upcoming meetings or social gatherings.
  • General Discussion - may contain various items of general interest.

Members are invited to contribute to the Forums pages by sharing their thoughts in various forums categories including "Travel and Dining - Here and There", "Retirements", and the "General Discussion" category. These discussion categories have not been used very much so far, so why not give it a start!

Pension indexing rate for 2016/Taux d’augmentation des pensions pour 2016

At the end of each year, the Treasury Board provides the Association with information on the pension indexing increase that is effective on Jan. 1, 2016.

Accordingly, effective Jan. 1, 2016, the pension indexing increase for public service, Canadian Forces, RCMP, and federally-appointed judges' pensions will be 1.3%.

 Information on the calculation of this index can be found on the Public Works and Government Services Canada website at :

http://www.tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca/remuneration-compensation/services-pension-services/pension/pubs/pens-annts-01-index-eng.html#pens-annts-01-s6

National Association of Federal Retirees

À la fin de chaque année, le Conseil du Trésor transmet à l’Association des renseignements sur la hausse de l’indexation des pensions qui entre en vigueur le 1er janvier de l’année suivante.

Par conséquent, à compter du 1er janvier 2016, l’indexation des pensions pour la fonction publique, les Forces canadiennes, la Gendarmerie royale du Canada et les juges nommés par le gouvernement fédéral sera de 1,3 %.

De plus amples renseignements sur le calcul de cet indice sont fournis sur le site Web de Travaux publics et Services gouvernementaux Canada, à :

http://www.tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca/remuneration-compensation/services-pension-services/pension/pubs/pens-annts-01-index-fra.html#pens-annts-01-s6

Association nationale des retraités fédéraux

New Chief of CSE

Ottawa, Ontario
26 January 2015

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced the following changes in the senior ranks of the Public Service:

John Forster, currently Chief of Communications Security Establishment Canada, becomes Deputy Minister of National Defence, effective February 2, 2015.

Greta Bossenmaier, currently Senior Associate Deputy Minister for International Development, becomes Chief of Communications Security Establishment Canada, effective February 9, 2015.

These and other concurrent appointments are available on the Prime Minister's website.

Bletchley Park Worker Interview

Here's the CBC's Chris brown interview with Olive Bailey, a former Bletchley Park worker who worked with Alan Turing. This was prompted by the renewed interest in Turing after the release of the movie "The Imitation Game". There can't be too many left to interview.

The CBC does not allow us to embed the video here without permission, so please follow this link:

http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/ID/2647919767/ 

CSEC Pay Equity Settlement

The letter from John Forster, Chief CSEC, regarding the pay equity settlement between CSEC and PSAC is available on the CSEC Forums site.

Snow Clearing Assistance

The City of Ottawa offers assistance to seniors for snow clearing. This assistance may be to hire an individual of contractor, and can include some financial assistance for eligible low-income seniors. Click here for more information on the City of Ottawa's website.

Snow Go programs ready to clear the way this winter

October 30, 2012
Ottawa - Seniors and persons with disabilities can now register for the City of Ottawa’s snow removal assistance programs.

The Snow Go Program helps seniors and persons with disabilities find reliable contractors and/or individuals to clear snow from their private driveways and/or walkways. Once matched up with snow removal help, residents are responsible for making payments directly to the individual or contractor.

Eligible seniors and persons with disabilities can also apply to the Snow Go Assist Program, which provides financial assistance and pays for a portion of their snow removal costs. Approved participants may be reimbursed up to 50 per cent of the cost of snow clearing per event, up to a seasonal maximum of $250.

This is the sixth year the City of Ottawa is partnering with the Seniors Citizens Council and local home support agencies to deliver these two winter programs.

For more information about the Snow Go Program matching service and the Snow Go Assist Program, including eligibility criteria and application process, visit ottawa.ca or call 3-1-1 to request the name of the home support agency that services your neighbourhood (TTY: 613-580-2401).

For more information:
Media contact
613-580-2450

Public inquiries
ottawa.ca or 3-1-1

Seniors Guide to Safety and Security

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police has created an interesting and informative guide for seniors and their care givers to help us recognize elder abuse, safety concerns, and frauds or scams aimed at seniors. This guide may help us to avoid potential crime situations and show us how to reduce or eliminate risks.

You can find the RCMP "Seniors Guidebook to Safety and Security" on the RCMP website.

Volunteering in Ottawa

You may be interested in volunteering in your community, but you're not sure where to start. Check the article in the General Discussion section of the CSECRA Forums for more information.

EMAIL From Your Association

Some members complain that they are not receiving e-mails from the CSEC Retirees' Association.  We currently have 251 members who have registered their e-mail address with us.

Those members who are not receiving our e-mails should put our e-mail address in their address book ( csecretirees@gmail.com ). Email from the Association is addressed in the "bcc" line for your privacy and security purposes.  Because of this, some e-mail programs will identify our e-mails as spam, and if the Association's e-mail address is not in the address book our emails may automatically go into a spam folder. In some email programs, you may be able to mark our email address as a "safe" sender, to avoid the same thing.

Members should also check the CSEC Retirees' Assocation Forums pages for news. Many items sent by e-mail are also publsihed in the Forums.

We also request that you inform the Association if you change your e-mail address, home address or phone number so that we may continue to keep in contact with you and provide you with information.

CSEC Historical Society

Retired CSEC personnel can now join the CSEC Historical Society. Just fill in a membership application and mail it off to CSEC! Go to the CSEC Historical Society information page for more details. Also check the Forums "Association and CSEC Events" section for Historical Society events.

Computer Repair Scam Operation Warning:

There have been reports that a computer repair scam operation is currently happening in the Ottawa Valley region. An unsolicited caller may try to convince you that there is something wrong with your computer, and that they can fix it (remotely) at some cost. They may suggest they are representing Microsoft or some other legitimate company. If you believe them, they will ask for details that will give them access to your computer.

Do not give these unsolicited callers any information. It is best just to hang up. If they gain access to your computer they may search your files for personal information, including your financial information.

Even if you believe there may be something wrong with your computer, never allow an unsolicited caller access to it, or provide any personal financial information such as a credit card number. Contact a qualified repair person to determine if repairs are required.

Tax Tip:

Your premiums paid to PSHCP, PDSP, and other medical plans such as Medoc may qualify as medical expenses for purposes of the medical tax credit on your income tax. 
For CRA’s interpretation of this allowance, go to CRA’s Interpretation Bulletin at http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/E/pub/tp/it339r2/it339r2-e.html.
(Note: the Group Surgical Medical Insurance Plan mentioned in para. 8 of the Bulletin is the previous name for the PSHCP.)

Contractor Job Opportunites

Check the "General Discussion" category of the CSEC RA forums for information about job opportunites from Calian, a contactor at CSE and other Government departments.

PSHCP Updates

The following information regarding the Public Service Health Care Plan was received by email:

PSHCP Rate Increases

Treasury Board has announced increases in contributions for pensioners who are covered by the Public Service Health Care Plan (PSHCP) and who reside in Canada. As of April 1, 2011, monthly rates for Level I supplementary coverage will increase by approximately $7 for single coverage or $13 for family coverage.

Click here for a summary of the changes applicable to most retirees.
Click here for a Treasury Board statement regarding the changes.

Website News

This website is now being maintained by Steve Fahie, who has taken over the duties from John and Jill. Many thanks to them for creating the original website and Forums pages, and maintaining them over the past few years.

You can email Steve at info@csecretirees.org or at csecrainfo@gmail.com.

 

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