Wednesday, August 29, 2018 2:30 pm – 4 pm Robert Whitelaw Room 246, Library
Join President Franco J. Vaccarino for an afternoon social to renew old acquaintances and hear what’s new and changing at the University. The McLaughlin Library has undergone the largest renovation in the library’s history, creating new spaces and upgrading existing ones. These changes have provided the opportunity to rethink and evolve both what they do and how they do it in order to encourage the University community to come and explore, engage, and create.
3:00 pm formal program followed by a tour of the library
The Spring 2018 Newsletter has been published and has been mailed to most UGRA members (unless you requested it not be mailed). You can download a PDF copy of the Spring Newsletter by clicking: Newsletters.
…BTW, if you appreciate reading the online PDF version of the newsletter, you can help reduce mailing costs by letting us know you do not want the paper copy mailed to you.
Congratulations to Mariel Burnside, winner of this year’s UGRA Scholarship. Mariel’s grandfather is Ted Burnside, a well known emeritus professor and UGRA member. Mariel is in her 3rd year of the B.Sc.(Hon) Plant Science – Statistics program. She has also worked with UoG researchers on botany projects.
The Winter 2018 Newsletter has been published and has been mailed to most UGRA members (unless you requested it not be mailed). You can download a PDF copy of the Fall Newsletter by clicking: Newsletters.
…BTW, if you appreciate reading the online PDF version of the newsletter, you can help reduce mailing costs by letting us know you do not want the paer copy mailed to you.
Also, Colleges and Universities Retiree Associations of Canada (CURAC) recently published their Winter newsletter. You can find it on the CURAC website. See a summary here.
CURAC Annual Conference
Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS
The UGRA is a member of the Colleges and Universities Retiree Associations of Canada (CURAC). The conference is an opportunity for college/university retirees to get together and hear presentations from researchers/practitioners on topics of interest to retirees and to discuss opportunities to strengthen the role of retiree associations. All UGRA retirees are welcome to attend.
UoG INVITATION ANNOUNCEMENT …….. Free Admission | Open to All
The Dept. of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics, Ontario Agricultural College, University of Guelph will host the following event:
ECONOMIC GROWTH ON FIRST NATIONS: OPPORTUNITIES AND CONSTRAINTS March 14, 2018, 1:30-3:00 pm Rozanski Hall, Room 102 – 98 Trent Lane, University of Guelph campus
A Panel Discussion Featuring Honoured Guests: Grand Chief Abram Benedict (Mohawk Council of Akwesasne) Chief Ava Hill (Six Nations of the Grand River) Grand Chief Patrick Madahbee (Anishinabek Nation) Deputy Grand Chief Gordon Peters (Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians)
Discussion will be moderated by Professor Brady Deaton, Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics (McCain Family Chair in Food Security). Contact Professor Deaton with questions: email@example.com
An article from our upcoming Winter 2018 Newsletter, available in February
The University of Guelph is continuing to move toward participation in a new multi-university sector Jointly Sponsored Pension Plan (JSSP). Progress however, has not been easy.
The University Pension Project was formally launched in 2014, led by the Council of Ontario Universities (COU) and the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA), with the goal of creating a multi-employer, jointly-sponsored pension plan. The University of Guelph has been an enthusiastic participant, with representation from the administration, the Faculty Association and other bargaining groups.
As of last August, a tentative agreement had been reached between three universities: Guelph, Toronto and Queen’s to move forward with a new JSPP. The tentative agreement included the three faculty associations and the United Steelworkers union. It has not been an easy negotiation process however. Several universities in Ontario did not take part in the initiative and numerous bargaining groups in each of the remaining universities withdrew from the discussions.
The target date for implementation of the new JSPP is July of 2019. The participants are now entering the “communications” phase. Current employees of each university will have to vote in favour of proceeding. Although retirees are not significantly affected by the move, we also have a voice regarding the proposal. Please stay tuned; UGRA is prepared to assist the University in communicating information to Guelph retirees.
Doug Badger, CPA CGA (Retired), member of the UGRA Exec
Season’ Greetings from our 2017-18 UGRA Executive Committee
Janis Randall Simpson
Check out the UGRA.ca website regularly for news and information for UoG Retirees.