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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Didn’t we have a time! The UGRA Churchill Adventure, August 2017
Twenty-four intrepid UGRA adventurers (and at least as many cameras) explored the Churchill area from August 22 to 29th on an expedition brilliantly planned by Peter Kevan and expedited by Vikki Tremblay’s travel planning. We flew to Winnipeg and then took Calm Air to Rankin Inlet in Nunavut before continuing to Churchill and the Churchill Northern Science Centre (CNSC). It was actually a course on Environmental Studies on the Boreal-Arctic Transition, but it was also a “whale” of an UGRA trip. We needed bear guards when we were outside – and saw enough polar bears to realize the caution was warranted (12!). In their move to the coast in late summer in wait for seals once the sea-ice forms, some come into town and end up doing time in “bear jail”. One morning our CNSC driver spotted a helicopter delivering a bear to the “hoosegow”, so we got a front row seat …from a safe distance.
There were hundreds of beluga whales in the Churchill Estuary, not to mention caribou, tundra swans, ptarmigans, bald eagles, Sandhill cranes, tiny wood frogs, snow geese, Canada geese and the Hudsonian godwit. Plant life too – plumes of mountain avens and red fireweed, reindeer lichen, blueberries, brilliant orange rock lichen, and the characteristic coastal evergreens facing the wind with branches flying like flags.
Our days were packed. We explored the massive rocks on the coast, the taiga inland, got our boots wet in the peat fens and stayed up a night for the Aurora Borealis. There were visits to the old rocket range, to town and Itsanitaq (Inuit) Museum and to the old fortifications at Cape Merry and Fort Prince of Wales to hear the history of The Hudson’s Bay Company trading posts in the 1700s. We saw the Port of Churchill and went beluga watching (and listening) by ship, took dog cart rides and had a day out in a tundra buggy. There were talks at night that helped us understand more about sea ice, polar bears and the disturbing story of the relocation of the Sayisi Dene people. We were fortunate to be at the CNSC for its 40th anniversary gala and a talk by Sheila Watt-Cloutier, author of The Right to be Cold.
There was so much more – just ask us! And when UGRA sets up another adventure, you will want to be there!
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Wednesday, August 30, 2017 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. UGAA Student Lounge (2nd floor by climbing wall) Guelph Gryphons Athletic Centre
Join President Franco J. Vaccarino for an afternoon social to renew old acquaintances and hear what’s new and changing at the University.
The recently opened 25,000-square-foot Athletic Centre is creating a hub for health and wellness on campus. This new facility is helping to make Guelph Canada’s healthiest community, and to make the University of Guelph a global leader in healthy living.
Complimentary parking will be available. Light refreshments to follow formal program.
The UGRA is a founding member of CURAC (College and University Retiree Associations of Canada), a federation of Postsecondary retiree associations at colleges and universities across Canada. CURAC celebrated its 15th anniversary at its recent annual conference held at Carleton University this year. Besides being a great social opportunity for retirees, the conference featured discussions about the role of CURAC and member retiree associations and an impressive set of speakers covering a number of topics including retiree health and well-being.