CURAC (College and Retiree Associations of Canada) has invited nominations for awards they give out for extraordinary service to CURAC or to the local retiree organizations that make up CURAC. Attached is their criteria and nomination form.
Click on the link below to see the latest issue of our newsletter. Note that the membership form is available on this website under the documents tab.
Our AGM will be held on Friday, November 6, 2015 in the Harry Crowe room, Atkinson College. Click the link below the map for a detailed location. Coffee will be available at 10:30 followed by our AGM. The meeting will consider amendments to our constitution to bring it up to date as well the Executive Committee membership for 2015 – 16. Our free lunch at noon will be followed by a talk by Prof. James Bebko on autism. Plan to attend and meet your former colleagues!
As usual, we will be posting reports of officers on this site. Watch this space!
Our financial year is July 1 – June 30 s0 we are now asking for payment of the current year dues. We are now able to take electronic payment via PayPal. For information on using this method as well as other options for payment, please go to the Dues Tab.
Here are some questions and answers about the current state of the York
Pension Plan and how this will effect your present and future pensions.
The 2012-15 YUFA collective agreement has extended PER entitlements for
future retirees and to those retired faculty who received an annual credit
to their PER account in May of 2012. PER will now be available to retirees
for a maximum of 15 years or to age 75, whichever occurs sooner.
When Senior Scholars receive notice that they will be receiving their last
PER allocation in May of a given fiscal year, the funds in the account must
be committed by the end of the following April. However, they are allowed
7 months (until November 30th of that year) to submit claims against any
accumulated balance in the PER accounts. At that time (November 30th of
that year, that is), their PER account is deactivated but the Senior Scholar
would still be entitled to other non-cash privileges such as use of computer
and secretarial services, access to office space, eligibility for travel/
research grants, etc.
If you feel that these procedures have not been followed in the case
of your PER account you should contact Barry Miller for clarification:
Please let ARFL know if any problems cannot be resolved satisfactorily:
Retirees were recently notified of new conditions on the use of
PER funds. ARFL considered this new policy to be excessively restrictive
and some members of the ARFL executive met with the Vice-Preseident
Academic, Patrick Monahan, to request a review of the PER policy.
The Vice-President was sympathetic to our concerns and initiated a review
of the new policy. We are pleased to inform you that the use of PER funds
to attend conferences or for professional dues and membership in learned
societies is now the same as for pre-retirees provided the retiree is a
Senior Scholar who is teaching or is engaged in appropriate scholarly activity.
Another significant change is that the expense reports are now approved by
a Dean or Principal instead of the Vice-President Research. We would like
to thank Vice-President Monahan for taking up this issue on behalf of retirees
and for restoring the use of PER funds equivalent to pre-retirees for those
retirees who are active scholars.
CURAC has arranged special rates for home and auto insurance though Waterloo Insurance. The information is contained in:
Members who are interested can contact Waterloo Insurance directly.
The ARFL Executive has no independent information about the company
or the competitiveness of its rates and is circulating this letter
for information only.
CURAC has also arranged for reduced membership rates for CARP
(Canadian Association of Retired Persons).
Dear CURAC Board Members, CURAC Member Associations, Association Presidents, and Association CURAC Representatives,
Last month, CURAC/ARUCC President Tarun Ghose signed an agreement with CARP, one of whose provisions lets us now offer CARP Membership (and subscription to CARP’s “Zoomer” magazine) to retirees belonging to our Member Associations at a 25% discount from the advertised fee. Because of the timing of this announcement, CARP has graciously agreed to extend the current pricing until May 31, 2009, although their normal fees will be increasing on April 1, 2009.
Until May 31, retirees may join CARP for one year for $14.95 (regularly $19.95) or for three years for $44.85 (regularly $59.85). After May 31, 2009, the CURAC/ARUCC rate will increase to $26.21 for one year and $78.64 for three years (regular rates $34.95 and $104.85, respectively).
Retirees who are already CARP members may extend their memberships at the CURAC/ARUCC rates for one or three years.
Information about the CURAC/ARUCC – CARP agreement is posted on our Website (http://www.curac.ca).
The special Membership Form to Join CARP (or extend a membership) at these special rates can be found at http://www.curac.ca/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/CARP_Signup_Form_2009a.pdf
We hope this offer will be of interest to your members, and we ask you to please forward this note to them.