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!
Security Added - January 2020
Visitors to this site may notice that we have recently added a feature that makes the site more secure for you. The website page addresses now start with "https:" instead of "http:", which means communications between your browser and the hosting server are encrypted and cannot be read during transmission. The padlock symbol beside the address also means that the connection is secure.
If you have any problems following this change, please contact us with details.
Christmas Luncheon 2019
The CSERA Christmas Luncheon will be held on the 2nd of December 2019 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Members, spouses and guests are most welcome to attend. The cost is $25.00 per person, and must be paid in advance in order to avoid handling cash at the door, and for accurate planning purposes.
More information is available on the attendance form. You can download and print a Christmas Luncheon attendance form Here. Please return the form so we will receive it by November 28th 2019.
Pension indexing rate for 2020
This information was posted on the website for the National Association of Federal Retirees.
At the end of each year, the Treasury Board provides the National Association of Federal Retirees with information on the pension indexing increase that is effective Jan. 1.
The pension indexation rate effective Jan. 1, 2020, is two per cent.
Information on the calculation of this index can be found on the Public Works and Government Services Canada website.
To find out when you can expect your pension payments, review the Pension Centre’s calendar. If you have questions about your pension payments or find that a payment is late according to the calendar, you can reach out to the Pension Centre using your preferred means of communication.
New Chief of CSE
27 June 2018
The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced the following changes in the senior ranks of the Public Service:
Shelly Bruce, currently Associate Chief of the Communications Security Establishment, becomes Chief of the Communications Security Establishment, effective immediately.
Erin O’Gorman, currently Assistant Secretary, Government Operations, Treasury Board Secretariat, becomes Associate Secretary of the Treasury Board, effective July 9, 2018.
New PSHCP pensioner contribution rates
The Treasury Board has announced the new PSHCP monthly contribution rates that will come into effect April 1, 2019. A full summary of these rates is available on the website for the National Association of Federal Retirees.
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: (The interview is now available on youtube, and the link below has been updated)
Note: There is also a 2015 story about Olive Bailey available on the CBC website here.
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:
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
Those members who are not receiving our
e-mails should put our e-mail address in their
address book ( firstname.lastname@example.org ).
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
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.
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.)
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.
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