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Sept 22/18

October Luncheons

Hello Everyone,

 Well fall has arrived and it's time have the last Lunch of the season of
the Scarborough Fire Fighters Retirees lunch in  Port Perry.

Date is:  October 4th. Thursday. Starting around 11:30
Location: THE PUB on Water Street in  Port Perry.

The season has been a great success breaking some attendance records.
Great to see so many old faces and from so faraway.
I'd like to thank everyone for coming out and supporting the SFF Retiree Club.
Looking forward to seeing you on Thursday.

Also, I've had a number of inquiries regarding the fall ladies lunch so I though I'd better get it out early.  Yes we're ready for the ladies lunch.

The date is : Thursday October 11th. starting at 11:30

Location is: The Mandarin Restaurant in Pickering (south/east corner of Kingston Rd & Brock Road)  The cost is $15.00 per person
.
Please reply as soon as possible (as there is limited space) to:
John Vonk email johntvon@gmail.com phone 905 905-2953 or Roy Fletcher at: 416 261-0661.
Our guest speaker will be from RECUE 7 INC. (John Collie) with the topic of  'The First Ten Minutes of a Medical Emergency'.

Everyone is welcome to attend , looking forward to seeing you.

p.s. The Port Perry Golf Tourney was a great success with roughly 60 attending dinner.
Thanks to Ray Green and John Barker for their work in putting it on.

p.p.s. Don't forget Daryl Maclennan's  retirement on Thursday Sept. 27th at the Harp & Crown Pub in Pickering (Kingston Rd & Altona) starting at 2pm. tickets $10 at the door.

Fraternally,
John V 

Sept 3/18

TPFFA/IAFF Active Retired Membership

As many retired and still active SFDers are members of the Scarborough Professional Fire Fighters Retirees group, its thought you may also be interested in the Toronto Firefighters Local 3888/IAFF Active Retired group. The work to get this off the ground began about a year ago and to date there are around 130+ members, with membership growing each month. To date there's been an inaugural meeting and an Executive Board will be elected at the October 25th meeting.
For $25.00 annually you would be an Active Retired member of both the TPFFA Loc3888 and the IAFF. As this group grows there will be educational and training opportunities with the TPPFFA, as well as travel discount opportunities. Please follow the link to see what all the membership includes.

Aug 30/18

September Luncheon Reminder

Hello Everyone,

It's time once again for the Port Perry Scarborough Fire Fighters Retirees Summer lunch, the Date is: Thursday September 6th. starting around 11:30 a.m. Location is:  THE PUB on Water Street in Port Perry. Last month had an overwhelming turnout, so come out and enjoy the camaraderie. As usual I'll have SPFF clothing and window decals available.
Also a quick reminder of the upcoming SPFF Golf Tourney on Friday September 21st. at the Sunnybrae Golf Club in Port Perry. Contact Ray Green at 905 985-5031 or John Barker at 905 853-7293 to book your spot.

Fraternally,
John V

June 20/18

Ross McTavish

Hello Everyone,

I found out recently that our Ross McTavish (Alias SAM) had a serious fall and as a result has had to move to a retirement home.
He was confined to a wheel chair for a while but is now using a walker.
Ross would love to hear from you or a visit, and is located at: The Scarborough Retirement Centre - 150 Markham Road Unit 709 (just north of Kingston Rd).

We wish Ross a speedy recovery and all the best.

Fraternally,
John V

June 8/18

Peggy Rankin's 90th Birthday


I know its short notice but I'm also sure we all remember how she would do everything she could to help us when she could and just how extra special and kind Peggy always was. We received the following note from Bill Sheddon regarding her up coming 90th birthday. As John Vonk is away in Ireland there will not be an email blast going out, so we ask that you share this with as many SFDers as possible - hopefully some can make it!

"Hi John. I bumped into Tracy Rankin (Peggy Rankin’s daughter) tonight, her mother is turning 90 and Tracy is throwing a party for her. She asked me to tell any older SFD guys about the party as her mother would love to see them. The party will be in the party room of their condo at 121 Ling Rd. Scarborough. (Lawrence and Morning Side). This Sunday, June 10th from 1.00 to 4.00. Drop in."

 

Thanks. Bill.


May 4/18

TPFFA WSIB Committee


The following is from the Toronto Professional Fire fighters Association L3888. It is being posted here as a reminder and because it may be of importance to some of our retired members.

Dear Retiree,

The TPFFA WSIB Committee has worked very hard over the past 18 months to ensure that authorizations to represent have been updated at WSIB for our retired members.  We continue to find a number of retirees with existing claims for which we have no knowledge.  We can only advocate on your behalf if we know about your claim.

Any previous representations have been rescinded by WSIB, which essentially means, that we are no longer receiving any correspondence.  We do not want to miss anything important and we want to be able to quickly intervene if the need arises.  Unless we have a new authorization to represent we cannot assist you.

Again, we ask that any retired member that has an ongoing WSIB claim or any claim for an occupational disease (e.g. cancer) regardless of the status to please contact John Snider or Neil McKinnon by email or telephone (our contact information below).

If you have not updated your authorizations (or are not sure) to either Gavin Jacklyn or Andrew Lee from the OPFFA or John Snider or Neil McKinnon from the TPFFA please contact us so that we can update the necessary records, if necessary.  It will only take a few minutes of your time but will save considerable amounts of time if we need to intervene on your behalf in the future.

As always, if you ever have a question or concern about your claim(s), please do not hesitate to contact us.


Fraternally,

John Snider                                            Neil McKinnon
416-347-7126                                        416-659-2624
snider@torontofirefighters.org            mckinnon@torontofirefighters. org

Toronto Professional Fire Fighters' Association
WSIB Committee Co-Chairs


Apr 25/18

Spring Ladies Luncheon

Hello Everyone,


Well spring is finally here, (I put away my snow blower, shovels, salt, snow tires, boots, gloves, hat winter coat, haaa that feels better!!!!)

It's time for the Scarborough Professional Fire Fighter Retirees Spring Ladies lunch, which is to be held on Thursday May 10th. at 11:30 am.

At the Mandarin Restaurant in Pickering. Kingston Road and Brock Road (south/east corner).

The cost is $30 per couple or $15 per person. All are welcome so don't miss out.

Our guest speaker will be Jackie Forsey  Ambassador from MROO (Municipal Retirees Organization of Ontario),

to talk about the organization and support for municipal OMERS retirees.

There is limited seating (up to 70 people) so it important to rsvp us by email or phone asap. (already half full).

You can contact me at  johntvon@gmail.com or call 905 509-2953 or Roy at 416 261-0661.

Hope to see you there.


Fraternally,

John V


p.s. The Port Perry lunches will start on the first Thursday of the month in June through to October. Carl Roncetti in formed me that weather permitting there will be a lunch on the first Thursday (3rd) in May


Apr 11/18

Old Metro Pension Plan

Hello Everyone,


This notice is to all Scarborough Fire Fighters (and widows) who started prior to 1966 and are still receiving a portion of the old METRO TORONTO PENSION.

As you may already know this PLAN is being merged with the OMERS PENSION.


However it must receive 75% vote to be accepted otherwise it will remain

as the old METRO PENSION  plan. 


All members of this group will receive a minimum cash payment of $2500.00 with the remainder being rolled into the OMERS plan.


The deadline for voting is May 15th. A non vote will be taken as a no vote, so it is imperative than everyone vote.


For further information you can contact Paul Enright (Trustee on the metro board) at 705 657-2101.

Please share this with those who may not have access to the internet.


Fraternally,
John Vonk


April 5/18

Luncheon Reminder

Hello Everyone,

It's time for the last Winter Season lunch at The Harp & Crown Pub in Pickering (Altona & Kingston Roads). Date: Thursday April 12th. starting at 11:30. Cost still only $10, Choices of corned beef sandwich, fish & chips, chicken ceasor salad or chicken wings.

I'll have the usual Scarborough Fire Fighter clothing and window decals available.
Bring a friend and enjoy the comradery. Hope to see you there.

Fraternally,
John V

p.s. the Ladies lunch is again to be at the Mandarin restaurant Pickering (Kingston Rd & Brock Rd S/E corner) on Thursday May 10th. 11:30 am, we hope to have a guest speaker coming from MROO.


Jan 6/18

20 Years Since...


Hello Everyone,

A belated Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I've been under the weather with the flu since our last luncheon and just getting over it now. (my wife

Vicki felt sorry for me so she decided to get it also, basically ruined Christmas and new years for us.)

Enough of that, is everyone enjoying our heat wave, got to think positive it's only 4 more months of cold weather!

With that, our 20th anniversary since amalgamation has arrived. Seems like only yesterday.
So our next lunch will be to celebrate or should I say lament the demise of the Scarborough Fire Department.

Not to worry the Scarborough Fire Fighters Retirees are still going strong.
(our Christmas Breakout lunch had about 70 of our retirees and active members come out.) 

Mark this on your calendar Thursday January 11th to mark the occasion of 20 years after amalgamation.

We'd like to get as many out as possible, it will be the usual winter location that being: The Harp & Crown Pub at Kingston Road and Altona Road in Pickering. Starting around 11:30 a.m. Cost for the lunch is still only $10. 

Here are some interesting statistical numbers since the amalgamation with the City of Toronto.

Number of Scarborough Fire Fighters RETIRED SINCE 1998   ---------------   270

Number of Scarborough Fire Fighters STILL ACTIVE SINCE 1998  ---------   190

Number of Scarborough Fire Fighters DECEASED SINCE 1998  ------------   147

Other facts about Scarborough Fire Fighter Retirees:

TOTAL Number of Scarborough Fire Fighters RETIRED  roughly -----------    400

AVERAGE Life expectancy of Scarborough Fire Fighters  is still only ------    69.4 years

AVERAGE retirement years of Scarborough Fire Fighter is only -------------    16.1 years ( I want to be liked Croft Simpson who has 37.5 years in and still going) 

Number of Scarborough Fire Fighters RETIRED over the age of 90 ---------   9       
(the oldest is pushing 94, only a few years ago there was no one)

Number of Scarborough Fire Fighters RETIRED over the age of 80 ---------   58

Number of Scarborough Fire Fighters RETIRED over the age of 70 ---------   126

Number of Scarborough Fire Fighters RETIRED over the age of 60 ---------   150

I have roughly 340 on my email list and another 77 or so by phone and still looking for another 180 or where I've lost contact.

If you are not on our email list let me know  and I'll add you in. email johntvon@gmail.com or call me at 905 509-2953

Looks like we may be designated as an endangered species soon.

So come out one and all for the 20 year anniversary and share some tales and good times with your comrades.

Free Retiree inside window decals for SPFF members at this lunch.

As usual I'll have SFF clothing and other decals available for sale.  

Fraternally,

John V

posted Oct 13/17

SPFF Retirees Update

Hello Everyone,
Just a quick note on the happenings of the last six months.
The lunches (June to October) were once again a big success, along with the June and September Golf Tournaments with thanks going out to Ray Green and John Barker for hosting them.
The May and October Ladies lunches were also a big success with good attendance, it's a great location to having it at the Mandarin.

Gord MacBride informed me that two more of our deceased members were added to the Provincial Fire Fighter Memorial at Queen's Park on Sunday October 1st. They are Ted Barnes and Dan Donnelly.

We are taking a break for the month on November but our Winter lunches will resume in Pickering at the Harp & Crown Pub on the second Thursday of the month.
The first one will be our Scarborough Fire Fighters Retirees Breakout Christmas lunch (Dec. 14th.) And we are planning a big celebration for the 20th anniversary since amalgamation with Toronto (hard to believe it's been that long), more info to follow!!!

On a last note there was a good turnout for Cliff Ferguson's 90th birthday last Saturday held at the Legion Branch 258.

Fraternally,
John V

posted Oct 1/17

Luncheon update

Hello Everyone,
Where did the Summer go or should I say where the time go since it still feels like summer and next week's forecast looks great for our last Port Perry Lunch.
The last Port Perry Lunch for the Scarborough Fire Fighters Retirees will be held at the PUB on Water Street on Thursday October 5th. starting around 11:30 am.
Come out and see all your old comrades for the last of the summer season.
Fraternally,
John V

P.S.  More lunches and dates to follow shortly.
The Ladies Lunch will be held the following Thursday (October 12th.) in Pickering at the Mandarin Restaurant with a guest speaker from Encon Insurance.
For those approaching age 65 --- This is the perfect opportunity to ask those questions regarding post 65 benefit coverage available from Encon.

Retired or active everyone are welcome - hope to see you there.

posted Sept 3/17

Benefit Concerns 

Back in July an update on HCSA (Post 65 Benefits) was posted here. Unfortunately it seems some may still not be receiving the package from the City that was mentioned in that post. As a refresher... you should receive something from the City one to three months before you turn 65 regarding the post 65 benefits. If for some reason you do not, the Toronto Fire Fighters Website has a Benefit Form you can fill out to get assistance with benefit concerns/problems. Further to this Kevin McCarthy, Benefit Chair and 3888 V.P. has advised that if at anytime you have concerns with benefit coverage the use of this form is the easiest and quickest way to get assistance.
So whether its a pre or post 65 concern please go to TorontoFireFighters.org and use the Green Benefit Button located about halfway down on the right. (NOTE: you do not need to login to the site to use this form)
  3888benefit button


posted Aug 22/17

OMERS Education & Training 

Life is full of choices. So is your pension.

There are still options available to you, even as you’re enjoying your OMERS pension.  Attend an OMERS Retired Member Information Session to learn about the following and more:

• OMERS financial status

• OMERS bridge benefit and how it works with Canada Pension Plan and Old Age Security benefits

• Investing in the OMERS Fund through Additional Voluntary Contributions (AVCs)

• Survivor benefits

The session takes place on September 7, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Civic Recreation Complex (Meeting Room 4 & 5) located at 99 Thornton Road South, Oshawa. This free session is available to retired members and their guests, and you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions throughout.

To register for this or another upcoming session, click here or call OMERS Client Services at 416.369.2444 or 1.800.387.0813.

See you there!

Regards,

OMERS Education & Training


posted July 27/17

August Lunch Reminder


Hello Everyone,
Yes it's time for our monthly retirees lunch, whether retired or still active, all are welcome. So come on out and reconnect over food, drinks and conversation.

What:
Scarborough Fire Fighter Retirees Lunch

Location:
  THE PUB on Water Street in Port Perry.

Date:
Thursday August 3rd. starting around 11:30 a.m.
I'll also have SPFF clothing, window decals etc. on hand.

See you there.
Fraternally.
John V

posted May 21/17

June Lunch Reminder

Hello Everyone,
It's time for the Scarborough Fire Fighters Retirees Port Perry lunch season.
The first one  is on Thursday June 1st. around 11:30 a.m.
Location: THE PUB on Water Street in Port Perry.
Mark your calendars for a day of golf ---> Ray Green will have flyers for the upcoming Scarborough Fire Fighters Golf on June 16th. (see LOCALLINE)
(email to follow with details).
As usual I'll have clothing etc. available.
Fraternally,
John V


posted May1/17

May Luncheon...

Hello Everyone,
Well spring is here and our ladies lunch has been arranged again for the Mandarin Restaurant in Pickering.
We have a private room booked that will hold about 66 people.
Our guest speaker will be our Chaplain Ron Nickle. 
Here's the info for the lunch;
Location:  The Mandarin Restaurant Kingston Road and Brock Road (south/east corner) in Pickering.
Date is:  Thursday May 11th. Starting around 11:30 a.m.
Cost for lunch is $15.00 per person.
Please RSVP as soon as possible as the room is already two thirds full.
Email John Vonk at  johntvon@gmail.com or call & leave a message at 905 509-2953 or Roy Fletcher at 416 261-0661.
Hope to see you there.

Fraternally,

John V


posted Feb 4, 2017

Local 3888 Retirement Seminar - POST 65 BENEFITS

As I have had a number of inquiries from retirees who are about to be eligible for the HEALTH SPENDING ACCOUNT (aka Post 65 benefits) I have reached out to Local 3888 for some further info that would endure the test of time on this matter. To date I can offer the following information regarding a Retirement Seminar on March 2, 2017 which is to have a representative from The City's Benefits; as well as MROO who will do a presentation on post-65 benefits. Space is limited so you MUST use the link in the notice to RSVP. Now I just have to hope the link works :) Please contact me via the contact page should their be a problem.

A special thanks to Kevin for his assistance.

Union Notice #17-010

Date: February 2, 2017
Subject: 2017 Retirement Seminar
To: All Members


The Benefits Monitoring Committee is pleased to announce a Retirement Seminar scheduled for Thursday March 2, 2017 at the Fire Academy at 9:00am. Members who are close to retirement, or any interested parties, are encouraged to attend to gain some insight.

The list of speakers will include a representative from city benefits and a representative from OMERS. A representative from MROO (the Municipal Retiree Organization of Ontario) will do a presentation on post-65 benefits and how to use the Health Spending Account.

Anyone who will be attending should register online, in order to provide the committee with an idea of the number of participants.

To register for this retirement seminar, please click on the link below and submit the brief form:

http://www.emailmeform.com/builder/emf/tpffa/2017_Retirement_Seminar

 

Fraternally,

Kevin McCarthy & James Reed
Co-Chairs, Benefits/Pension Committee
Toronto Professional Fire Fighters' Association
I.A.F.F. Local 3888

posted Feb 3, 2017

February Lunch

Hello Everyone,

Well winter's half over, keep that snow away and we'll have it made.
Our next lunch is Thursday February 9th at the HARP & CROWN PUB, Kingston Rd & Altona Rd in Pickering, starting around 11:30, usual cost $10. All are welcome.

This will be your last chance to order the Winter Jackets that I've offered for the last few months.
The price is $200 in advance with your order. It comes with the Scarborough Fire Fighters crest and your seniority number.
(If you wish to add the Retiree crest it is an additional $10).
I'll also have the other usual clothing available along with window decals.

I've had some inquiries about Retirees luncheon dates so I've listed them along with the location for the 2017 year.

Second Thursday  January 12th. @ the Harp & Crown Pub Pickering
Second Thursday  February 9th. @ the Harp & Crown Pub Pickering
Second Thursday  March  9th.  @ the Harp & Crown Pub Pickering
Second Thursday  April  13th.   @ the Harp & Crown Pub Pickering
Second Thursday  May 11th. Ladies Lunch  @ the Mandarin Restaurant Pickering (Kingston Rd & Brock)
First Thursday  June 1st. @ the PUB on Water St. Port Perry
First Thursday  July 6th.  @ the PUB on Water St. Port Perry
First Thursday  August 3rd. @ the PUB on Water St. Port Perry
First Thursday  September 7th. @ the PUB on Water St. Port Perry
First Thursday  October  5th.  @  the PUB on Water St. Port Perry
Second Thursday  October 12th. Ladies lunch @ the Mandarin Restaurant Pickering (Kingston Rd & Brock)
Note: THERE WILL NOT BE A LUNCH IN NOVEMBER
Second Thursday December 14th. Christmas Lunch @ the Harp & Crown Pub Pickering.

Please email me if you will be attending at johntvon@gmail.com or call 905 509-2953 or Roy at 416 261-0661.
Hope to see you at the lunch on Thursday Feb. 9th.

Fraternally,

John V

posted Jan 7, 2017

January lunch


Hello Everyone,

Hope everyone had a good Christmas and New Year, Yes it's time for our first Scarborough Prof. Fire Fighters Retiree Club Luncheon.
Where: at our usual winter location THE HARP & CROWN PUB Kingston Rd. & Altona Rd. Pickering.
When:  Thursday January 12th, starting around 11:30 am.
Cost of the lunch is $10.
Reminder, membership dues are due for 2017 still only $10 annually.
Thanks to those who mailed in their dues recently, hope we get more.
CLOTHING: Yes, the winter jackets were a big seller, I'll still take orders again with cash in advance ($200).
As usual I'll have T shirts, sweatshirts, hats. golf shirts and toques for sale along with window decals
for: IAFF,   Scarb FF,   Toronto FF, and Scarborough Retiree inside and outside for the cost of 2 for $5.
The proceeds of the clothing sales help keep the club membership dues down and keep us solvent.
Thanks again and hope to see you Thursday.
Fraternally,
John V


posted Nov 28/2016

Scarborough Fire Fighter Apparels

Hello Everyone,
 
I am now taking orders for Scarborough Fire Fighter winter jackets with LOGO and your PERSONAL seniority number.
They are made by the same company (CANADA SPORTSWEAR) of the original order sold by Local 626 back in 1995.
They are made of leather sleaves, melton cloth base, cadet leather collar, domed fasteners, elastic cuffs
and excellent quality. (better than the 1995 models which cost $140)
The cost of these are $200.00 to be paid at time of ordering.
They come in sizes from medium to 2XL.
I will  have samples available to try on at our retirees lunches and retirement venues (Dec 1 & 8th.)
All other clothing including winter toques, 'T' , sweat & golf shirts and hats will also be available.
If interested Email me at johntvon@gmail.com or call 905 509-2953.


 John Vonk
 (proceeds go to operate the Scarborough Retirees Club and The Scarborough Fire (Hall #1) Museum)

posted Nov 25, 2016

Green Shield Change Over

As previously reported on October 21st (see below) the City of Toronto is changing from Health and Dental coverage from Manulife to Green Shield Canada (GSC). The effective date is January 1, 2017. Please be aware of the following information...

Please note Green Shield Canada (GSC) has begun the distribution of Welcome Packages to all IAFF Local 3888 members and retirees enrolled in the City’s Health and Dental benefits plan. These packages are being mailed directly to the members and retirees home address and should be received by the third week of December.

Each package will include the following:

• A Welcome Letter
• A GSC Health Card
• A Blank Claim Form

IAFF Local 3888 members and retirees enrolled in the City’s benefits were sent a prepopulated enrolment form in October. The enrolment form included the members name, address, date of birth and related dependents as captured with in the City’s SAP system. Members and retirees were requested to review, sign and return the form to PPEB. Information on how to add dependents who were not included on the enrolment form was provided.

PPEB staff are currently processing changes that were identified on the returned enrolment forms. Due to timing, the GSC Health Card within the Welcome Package may not reflect submitted changes. An updated GSC Health Card will be mailed once the submitted changes have been processed.

Members and retirees who have not received a GSC Welcome Package by the end of December are to contact their PPEB representative in January.

Please contact either Ligaya Pascual, Supervisor Benefits and Employee Service at 416-392-8098


posted Nov 2, 2016

HCSA - aka post 65 benefits

2017 will see about 18 or so retirees who will turn 65. With that milestone those eligible will be looking to the Health Care Spending Account to continue their benefits. Lately there have been a few looking for information on this move so this is posted as a reminder. A while ago Dave Spence was good enough to share the experience he had when he made the switch. If you or someone you know will be making the switch the info provided by Dave may be a good place to start - just follow this link to get there. Other info/links maybe found there as well. Good Luck...

posted Oct 21/16

L3888 Benefit Provider Change

Did you retire from the Toronto Fire Service. Do you still have benefits through the City of Toronto. If so please be aware that the City of Toronto is changing carriers. Effective January 1, 2017, Green Shield Canada (GSC) will replace Manulife as the City of Toronto's Health and Dental benefits provider. Manulife will continue to provide coverage for Group Life, Optional Life, Accidental Death and Dismemberment, and Long-Term Disability (LTD). You should receive communication from the City in the near future. Until then the notice from 3888 President Frank Ramagnano will shed some light on what you may expect and should do.

Date: October 19, 2016
Subject: Verification of Enrolment in Extended Health and Dental Benefits Plan
To: All Members


Effective January 1, 2017, Green Shield Canada (GSC) will replace Manulife as the City of Toronto's Health and Dental benefits provider.

Manulife will continue to provide coverage for Group Life, Optional Life, Accidental Death and Dismemberment, and Long-Term Disability (LTD).  

The current level of health and dental benefits you are entitled to receive under the collective agreement will be maintained. We will defend not only our contractual benefit items, but we will also defend past practice, in terms of process and benefits.

The City has sent you an Enrollment Form that is pre-populated with the information the City currently has on file and it is the information that will be provided to GSC for enrollment in the benefit plan.  We have had meetings with the City with regard to the need for the form. The city made some concessions, but they wanted to issue the form. The form does not need to be completed for you to have benefit coverage.  However, not filling it out may cause a delay to benefit reimbursement. 

In preparation for the move to GSC, all eligible employees and retirees are encouraged by the City to review and, where applicable, modify the information shown on the enclosed GSC Enrolment Form as follows:

▪ Please review for accuracy, sign and return to Pension, Payroll and Employee Services (PPEB)

▪ If you are an employee or retiree with family coverage, please note that dependents listed on the enclosed enrolment form will be enrolled in benefits with GSC. 

▪ If the information on the Enrolment Form is NOT correct, you MAY amend the information, sign and return to PPEB, OR rely on the information currently on file with Manulife.

▪ To add a spouse or dependent(s) not listed on the enrolment form and who have not been previously enrolled in the benefits plan with Manulife, you are required to participate in 'positive enrolment'.   

▪ To add a spouse or dependent(s) who have previously been enrolled through Manulife, but  who are not reflected on the enclosed GSC enrolment form you may either:

o Participate in positive enrolment and provide proof of eligibility to ensure your spouse/dependent(s) have continued coverage as of  January 1, 2017, OR

o Request the City to validate the enrolment via Manulife.  Note: This option may result in a delay in reimbursement.

▪ Return the signed form, along with a copy of any required documentation, via one of the following methods: email, inter-office mail, Canada Post, Metro Hall PPEB Office drop box or in person at an upcoming enrollment session. 

It is recommended that you contact the Chair of our Benefits Committee, Kevin McCarthy, if you experience any issues with regard to benefits affecting spouse or dependant(s). Situations may occur where validating with Manulife may be the best method, as opposed to the City's positive enrollment option.

Also, for the authorization box at the end of the form, we recommend that you add the line; “I do not authorize the sharing of my personal health information”.

The Association has taken every measure to ensure our members' benefits and benefit practices have been protected and maintained. Including, but not limited to, filing a grievance against the city with regard to altering past practices.

Any concerns with regard to deadlines imposed by the city, please contact your City of Toronto representative listed on the notice provided in your enrolment package.

Any concerns with regard to the form, please contact our Benefits Committee Chair, Kevin McCarthy.

 

Fraternally,


Frank Ramagnano
President
Toronto Professional Fire Fighters' Association
I.A.F.F. Local 3888



posted Oct 4/16

MROO Mtg.

Hello Everyone,
Just to let everyone know that there will be a Municipal Retirees Organization of Ontario zone meeting on Tuesday  October 11th. Location is the Ajax Convention Centre, 500 Beck Cres. (hwy401 & Salem)  RSVP: to Email  mroo@istar.ca  Website www.mroo.org or call 1- 800 595-4497.(leave phone # and spell your last name).
Registration starts at 9:15 am and meeting 10:00 am. includes lunch and finishes around 3:30.  These are very informative meeting giving info on OMERS, health care benefits, insurance etc.
I urge newer retirees and those looking for post 65 health & travel benefits to attend this meeting.
NOTE: you need to be a member to attend - if you're not a member you can sign up at the door for a one time fee of $25.00
Fraternally,
John Vonk
posted Oct 1/16

SPFF Retirees Ladies Lunch

Hello Everyone,
The regular schedule for the Scarborough Fire Fighters Retirees is back to the south on the second Thursday of each month for the fall and winter.
(There won't be a lunch in November. And for the lunches from  December through April they will again be held at the Harp & Crown Pub in Pickering ).
The first will be the SPFF RETIREES LADIES LUNCH on Thursday October 13th. Starting around 11:30 AM.
The location is the MANDARIN RESTAURANT in Pickering on the south side Kingston Road just east of Brock Road.
We have a separate room booked for this event so there should be plenty of space, however please call Roy or Gord to make reservations.
Our guest speaker will be our own Paul Atkinson to inform us on the procedures of WSIB claims after retirement.
The cost for this lunch will be $30 per couple for members, and $40 for per couple for non-members.
(I will be away on vacation for this event so) Please Contact Roy Fletcher at
416 261-0661
 or Gord MacBride at 905 294-7173 for reservations.
Fraternally,
John Vonk
posted Oct 1/16

Port Perry Lunch - October 6th

Again just a reminder for the last Port Perry Lunch of the season, I've checked the weather forecast and it looks to be sunny
with some clouds and a high of 18C. Still good enough to sit outdoors.
Date is Thursday October 6th. Location is THE PUB on Water Street in Port Perry
Starting time around 11:30 am.
I'll have Scarborough Fire Fighter clothing available for this final outdoor lunch.
Hope to see you there.
Fraternally,
John Vonk

posted Aug 24/16

Newsletter/Lunches

Hello Everyone,
Well the summer is quickly passing by and I think we've all had enough of the heat already. (till January of course).
Anyway our September lunches are coming up and  yes we'll be having two lunches for both September and  October, so put these dates on your calendar.
The first will be our Port Perry Lunch being held on Thursday September 1st. starting around 11:30 am at the PUB on Water Street in  Port Perry.
The second will be held back in Scarborough on Thursday September 8th. starting around 11:30 on the patio of the STONE COTTAGE PUB at the N/E corner of Kingston Rd. & Scarborough Golf Club Rd.
(This will be an informal lunch the same as in Port Perry).
For October the Port Perry lunch will be held for the last time of the season on Thursday October 6th. same time and location (weather permitting).
Our Ladies lunch for this fall will be held in Pickering at the MANDARIN RESTAURANT on Kingston Rd just east of Brock Rd. for Thursday October 13th. starting again at 11:30.
Our Guest speaker will be our own  Paul Atkinson to inform us of WSIB claims and how to proceed with them even after retirement.
The cost of this lunch will be $30.00 per couple for SPFF RETIREE CLUB dues paid members and $40.00 for non-members.
(I will be away on vacation for the ladies lunch so) Contact Roy Fletcher at 416 261-0662 or Gord MacBride at 905 294-7173
for reservations.
And last but not least, don't forget about the September 30th GOLF TOURNEMENT in Port Perry.
If you are planning to attend Contact Ray Green at 905 985-5031 or John Barker at 905 853-7293
Cost for this event is $65 (dinner only $25).
Hope to see you soon and enjoy the rest of the summer.
Fraternally,
John Vonk

posted May 4, 2016

May (Ladies Lunch) Reminder

Just a quick reminder about the May 12th Ladies Lunch. There are only a few seats left for this event so please respond ASAP.

SPFF RETIREES LADIES LUNCH  THURSDAY MAY 12th.
 Location will be: Sabina's Casual Dining & Pub in a reserved private room (formerly 'The Courtyard Restnt' and 'Papps')   (Same location as our October lunch) 1755 Pickering Parkway (N/E corner of Brock Rd & Hwy 401. in Pickering)
Our guest speaker will be M. JANE MCCARTHY of the PALTER, MCCARTHY LAW FIRM
to inform us on wills, estate planning, executor changes and other legal matters.
Starting time is the usual 11:30 and a cost of $20.00 per couple $30.00 for non-members for the lunch.
There is limited seating (60 maximum) so book early as the  room will fill quickly.
Please email me at johntv@sympatico.ca asap or call Roy Fletcher at 416 261-0661
or John Vonk at 905 509-2953 to reserve a space.
 
Also SPFF RETIREE SUMMER LUNCHES PORT PERRY

The summer lunches will once again move to Port Perry on the FIRST Thursday of the month. For the dates of  June 2nd , July 7th, August 4th, September 1st, and October 6th.

The location is The PUB on Water Street in Port Perry. Usual starting time of 11:30.

Hope to see you there.
John Vonk

posted Apr 21/16

Retirees April Newsletter

Hello Everyone,

The following are some of the events coming up soon.

SPFF RETIREES LADIES LUNCH  THURSDAY MAY 12th.
 Location will be: Sabina's Casual Dining & Pub in a reserved private room (formerly 'The Courtyard Restnt' and 'Papps')   (Same location as our October lunch) 1755 Pickering Parkway (N/E corner of Brock Rd & Hwy 401. in Pickering)
 Our guest speaker will be M. JANE MCCARTHY of the PALTER, MCCARTRHY LAW FIRM
to inform us on wills, estate planning, executor changes and other legal matters.
 Starting time is the usual 11:30 and a cost of $20.00 per couple $30.00 for non-members for the lunch.
There is limited seating (60 maximum) so book early as the  room will fill quickly.
Please email me at johntv@sympatico.ca asap or call Roy Fletcher at 416 261-0661
or John Vonk at 905 509-2953 to reserve a space.
 
SPFF RETIREE SUMMER LUNCHES PORT PERRY

The summer lunches will once again move to Port Perry on the FIRST Thursday of the month.
For the dates of  June 2nd, July 7th, August 4th, September 1st, and October 6th.
To be held at the PUB on Water Street in Port Perry. Usual starting time of 11:30.

UPDATE RE: REV. RON NICKLE CONDITION

I received the following email from Gord MacBride regarding Ron's condition sent from Ron's wife Sharon.

Hi Gord:

You probably know that Ron’s heart valve, implanted 12 years ago, was failing.  It became quite critical, quite suddenly, and Ron had surgery to insert a new heart valve last Friday. (he was scheduled for Tuesday, but he would not have survived that long).   It is done like an angiogram through an artery in the leg, so no open chest this time.  The surgery went well, but it is taking him a bit longer to recover because of all the problems he had prior to surgery.  With the old valve failing, he had congestive heart failure, kidney failure, fluid in the lungs, and a host of other issues, caused by the leaky valve.  

At present, he’s up and around, walking without any assistance.  As I understand it, the doctors are pleased with the functioning of the new valve; his kidneys and lungs are working properly again, and he feels at least 100% better than a week ago.  He still needs to regain some strength and stamina, but we’re hoping to have him home soon, possibly even tomorrow.

 Please tell the guys that he appreciates their concern and support, but please also tell them not to overwhelm him with phone calls.  He still has a problem with coughing when he tries to talk much, particularly talking on the phone, so I’m going to be the (w)itch guarding the phone to keep him from getting tired out.

Give him a couple of weeks and he’ll be more sociable.  Meanwhile, once he is home, he can certainly answer his own emails, and would likely be happy to hear from anyone.

Thanks, Gord.

Sharon

OTHER EVENTS


SPFF SPRING GOLF TOURNEMENT PORT PERRY FRIDAY JUNE 17th.
Ray Green will be running the upcoming golf tournament and has asked to have anyone interested in making foursomes for this event. It will be held at the Sunnybrea Golf Club in Port Perry. Ray is presently making his way back from Arizona. More details of contact information, times, location and cost will follow.

RAY COOK'S 80TH BIRTHDAY PARTY
Ray's surprise birthday party is being held at the Sunderland Legion this Saturday April 23rd. from 1 to 4 pm.
Location is 104 River Street. Sunderland.

RETIREMENT -- congrats to FRANK QUAST on his retirement as of March 31 2016
PAUL DZUBA RETREMENT PARTY TUESDAY APRIL 26.
Paul s retirement party scheduled for Tuesday April 26th 2pm at the Harp & Crown Pub Pickering (Altona & Kingston Rd.)
Paul was an ADC at 231 (hall 7) and then promoted to full DC at 212 November 2009 (the new hall on Sheppard near the zoo).
                                           
Retirement Party for Platoon Chief Trevor Trotter
Date: Thursday, April 28, 2016
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Royal Canadian Legion Branch 258
45 Lawson Road, Scarborough
Come and wish Trevor farewell and thank him for his service!
ticket price includes gifts for Trevor and light snacks Cost: $20.00 per person

Toronto Fire Services in partnership with the  Toronto Professional Fire Fighters’ Association invite you to the  16th Annual Toronto Fallen Firefighter Memorial Service on
Sunday, June 12, 2016
 Memorial Service: 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm Reception to follow   Harbourfront Fire Station 334  339 Queen’s Quay West

posted Mar 3/16

March Lunch Reminder

Hello Everyone,
 Yes March is here and coming in like a lion, but don't fret it'll be warm and sunny for our
March 10th lunch, I guarantee it!
Our monthly luncheon is scheduled at the usual time and location being:
 
THE SCARBOROUGH PROFESSIONAL FIRE FIGHTERS RETIREE LUNCHEON;
DATE: THURSDAY, MARCH 10th. starting around 11:30 am
LOCATION: THE HARP & CROWN PUB Kingston Rd. & Altona Rd Pickering.
Still only $10 for lunch, and don't forget to pay your dues for 2016
(also still only $10 annually since 1992.)
Clothing will also be available for sale. (Toques, hats, 'T' shirts etc.)
Please let us know if you will be attending so we an inform the Harp & Crown.
Contact John Vonk email at johntv@sympatico.ca or call 905 509-2953
or Roy Fletcher at 416 261-0661.

See you there.
Fraternally,
John V
posted Jan 31/16

February Lunch

Hello Everyone,
Our monthly luncheon is scheduled at the usual time and location being:
THE SCARBOROUGH PROFESSIONAL FIRE FIGHTERS RETIREE LUNCHEON;
DATE: THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11th. starting around 11:30 am
LOCATION:  THE HARP & CROWN PUB Kingston Rd. & Altona Rd Pickering.
Still only $10 for lunch, and don't forget to pay your dues for 2016
(also still only $10 annually since 1992.)
Clothing will also be available for sale. (Toques, hats, 'T' shirts etc.)
Please let us know if you will be attending so we an inform the Harp & Crown.
Contact John Vonk email at johntv@sympatico.ca or call 905 509-2953
or Roy Fletcher at 416 261-0661.
We had great turnouts for the December and January lunches.
Hope to see you there.

Fraternally,
John V

posted Jan 6/16

January Luncheon

Hello Everyone,
 
Yes it's time for our first 2016 SPFF Retiree Lunch.
Date:       Thursday January 14th. 2016.
Where:    At the Harp & Crown Pub Altona & Kingston Rd. Pickering
Time:       Starting around 11:30 a.m. 
Cost:        Still only $10.00.
Please email me if you you will be attending at johntv@sympatico.ca
or call and leave a message with Roy at 416 261-0661 or John at
905 509-2953. This is to get a rough count for the staff a the Pub for our lunch.
Gord MacBride will not be attending as he just had a hip replacement yesterday.
There will also be new clothing for sale, namely toques with our logo.
I also have the DVDs from the Haunted House ( 84, 85 & 86) available for the
price or $10.00 or your membership renewal for the year.
Hope to see you there.

Fraternally,
John V

posted Jan 2/16

Fire Fighters Health Care Spending Acct.

Welcome to 2016 - There is no doubt that overtime the information that's been obtain on the HCSA (Post 65 benefit) will eventually get buried and those interested will have to scroll endlessly looking for it. So to make it easy to access it will have its own page. A link has been placed on the 'HOME' page near the bottom under 'More Features'. Also should more information be obtained that will help make the process clearer and maybe even easier it will be added to the page.

posted Dec 29/15

Fire Fighters Health Care Spending Acct. (Post 65 Benefit) 

As mentioned previously, at the December breakout lunch I was ask a number of times if I knew how to apply for the Fire Fighters Health Spending Acct. (referred to by some as 'Post 65 Benefits'). It became apparent that there was very little information regarding the accessing of this benefit. As a result I contacted Sandra Soon Sr. Benefit Rep with the City of Toronto resulting in the following. As outlined in the following form (link) it appears Manulife will process claims for post 65 benefits. Please take the time to refer to this document on the Health Care Spending Account (HCSA) Applicable to Retired Fire Fighters Post 65 (you should be able to print this from your computer?) Note - any unused amount does not get carry over to the following year. Apparently once you reach entitlement at age 65, you can pay as you go or purchase a plan. MROO and Manulife are examples of where coverage may be purchase (do your homework). 

Since contacting Sandra Soon, Dave and Pam Spence have passed along their experience and the information garnered when he applyed for the HCSA (Please follow this link for Daves information).
REMINDER - Sandra Soon advises that should you have difficulty figuring out how to manuever the HCSA you can contact the following City of Toronto Reps for direction.

Stephanie Caines (A to M)  416 397 4563  scaines@toronto.ca

Lucy Kozieja (N to Z)  416 392 8121   lkoziej@toronto.ca

Again its hoped that this will be of assistance to those eligible for the HCSA and you dont find yourselves....  banging head

Happy New Year and all the best in 2016
Chuck

Posted Dec 6/15

2016 OMERS Increase

 OMERS announced that pensions will increase by 1.16% as of January 1, 2016. This increase reflects the change in the cost of living as measured by the Canadian Consumer Price Index (CPI).

OMERS inflation protection increases retirement, disability and survivor pensions each year. OMERS uses a similar method to that used by the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) to calculate its annual increase for pensions, but CPP has a different rounding approach.

In late December 2015, OMERS will send an Annual Statement of Pension to members and survivors, with their updated pension amount for 2016. Members whose pensions began in 2015 will receive a pro-rated increase.

How the Annual Increase is Calculated

Here’s how this year’s increase was calculated:

CPI average 12 months (Nov 2014 to Oct 2015) – 1 x 100
CPI average 12 months (Nov 2013 to Oct 2014)

126.26 – 1 x 100 = 1.16% (rounded to two decimal places)
124.81  
(from OMERS.com)

posted Dec 6/15

Breakout Reminder

2015  SCARBOROUGH FIRE FIGHTERS CHRISTMAS BREAKOUT LUNCH
Just a reminder for the annual Scarborough Fire Fighters Christmas Breakout LUNCH.
It's to be held on Thursday Dec. 10th starting at 11:30 a.m. lunch is still only $10.00.
To be held at the usual location the HARP & CROWN PUB, located at Kingston Rd & Altona Rd  (N/E corner) in Pickering. All are welcome and I expect that the festivities will last well ino the afternoon or later.
Please let us know if you will be attending so I can give the Harp & Crown a rough estimate number for the lunch. Please email me at johntv@sympatico.ca  or call 905 509-2953
or call Roy at 416 261-0661 and leave a message.
DUES ARE DUE
Our Treasurer, Gord MacBride will be accepting dues to the club for our 2016. Again still only $10.00 per year.
Again, Roy will again have the Scarborough LIONS Christmas cakes available.
 
I will have Scarborough FF CLOTHING and window decals on hand. 
 
I will also have SPFF Haunted House charity drives DVDs on hand for the years of 1984, 1985 and 1986. Anyone who particpted in these events know how much fun we had and the money that was raised for the Scarborough General Hospital Burn Unit. It's a great 2 hour video, well worth watching.
Al Adams documented  these events in 84, 85 and 86 on video tape and his wife Lynn transferred them to dvd format and gave to me a copy at the October lunch. I thank Lynn for doing this as it is a great part of our Scarborough firefighter history and is  greatly appreciated. After getting these I, in turn made several dozen copies . Anyone interested in getting a copy you can contact me at the luncheon.  The only charge I ask is that you pay your annual dues ($10) or $10 cash donation t kee the SPFF retirees museum and club afloot. 
 
OMERS Pension increase for 2016 is 1.16% .
This amounts to roughly $50.00 per month depending on when you retired, years of service, rank and best 5 years.
 
Looking forward to seeing you at Luncheon.
Fraternally,
John Vonk
posted Nov 26/15

Christmas Breakout

Hello Everyone,
December is almost here and it's time for the Scarborough Fire Fighters Christmas Breakout LUNCH. It's to be held on Thursday Dec. 10th starting at 11:30 a.m. at the usual location the HARP & CROWN PUB, located at Kingston Rd & Altona Rd in Pickering. All are welcome.

Let us know if you will be attending, You can email me at johntv@sympatico.ca  or call 905 509-2953 or call Roy at 416 261-0661.
Roy will have the LIONS Christmas cakes available and I will have Scarborough FF clothing on hand.
 
On another note, remember 30 years ago we held the SPFF Haunted House charity drives at the training grounds. Well, Al Adams documented these events in 84, 85 and 86 on video tape and his wife Lynn transferred them to dvd format and gave to me a copy at the October lunch. I thank Lynn for doing this as it is a great part of our Scarborough firefighter history and is  greatly appreciated. After getting these I, in turn made several dozen copies . Anyone interested in getting a copy you can contact me at the luncheon.  The only charge I ask is that you pay your annual dues ($10) or $10 cash. It's an interesting two hour dvd.
 
Looking forward to seeing you at Luncheon.
Fraternally,
John Vonk
posted Oct 28/15

November Luncheon

Hello Everyone,
     Just a note to let you know that there will NOT be a retiree luncheon in November.
However, get ready for our big Christmas BreakOut Lunch on Thursday December 10th.
starting at 11:30 and ending whenever:
At the usual winter location: The Harp & Crown Pub in Pickering
(Altona & Kingston Rd). The cost is still $10 for the lunch.
Will send a reminder closer to the date.
Fraternally,
 
John V
posted September 15, 2015

Retirees Newsletter

Hello Everyone,
  This is to inform you of the limited seating for the upcoming Ladies Lunch. (60 maximum) and booked room is half full already. Please email me at johntv@sympatico.ca asap or call
Roy Fletcher at 416 261-0661 or John Vonk at 905 509-2953 to reserve a space.
 
The October Ladies Lunch will be held on Thursday October 8th. again starting at 11:30 am.
Location will be: Sabina's Casual Dining & Pub in a reserved private room (formerly 'The Courtyard Restnt' and 'Papps')   (Same location as our May lunch)
1755 Pickering Parkway (N/E corner of Brock Rd & Hwy 401. in Pickering)
 (Note if you are exiting eastbound on hwy 401 at Brock Rd. you can only go south due to brige construction, if you are coming from the west I would recommend exiting at White's Rd north and taking hwy 2 Brock Rd. south or south and taking Bayly St. to Brock Rd. north)
 
We will have David  Martidale as speaker coming from the MROO ENCON Group Insurance to talk about post 65 Health, Dental and Travel insurance.
The reason for this is Encon is be holding a special Guarateed Enrollment offer for MROO Members (Municial Retirees Organizaion of Ontario) Health, Dental and Annual Travel Insurance Plans. This is a one time offer available from Setember 1st to October 31st. 2015 only.
It will allow those under the age of 75 (up 76) who have not signed up in the past to join with no medical questionnaire.
 
We will have updated insurance packages available at the  luncheon.
 
We hope to see you there.
 
Fraternally,
John V
posted September 9, 2015

Sue Brown / Ladies Bowling

C4 Centre Bowling Ladies League are a fun, low key group of ladies who enjoy meeting up at 10:00 on a Tuesday morning.  Cost is $15.00 per session.  We have several fire fighters wives (Fran Keeler, Phyl Lukewich, Pat White, Marg Padley) in the league (myself included) and are looking for more ladies to build up the league.  The Centre is located at Brimley and Eglinton.  A banquet is held at the end of the season (May) and the cost is included in the $15.00 week rate.
We have a lot of fun and there is no serious competition.  I won one of the worst bowlers prizes last year - but I did have a lot of fun.   We usually (the fire group) go out for lunch after.

Those interested can give Sue a call @ 905-509-9456 and/or sbradbrown@gmail.com

Thanks
Sue

posted August 25, 2015

Retirees Newsletter

Hello Everyone,
 
Well summer is quickly passing by,the CNE has started and in two months our snowbirds will be migrating south.
Luncheons:   The next PORT PERRY lunch will be held on Thursday September 3rd. at THE PUB on Water St. starting around 11:30.
The last lunch was the biggest turnout we've had to date in Port Perry with close to 50 people showing up.  There were some faces there that I hadn't seen for a loooong time.  So come out and  enjoy the camaraderie and old tales.
The last PORT PERRY lunch will be held on Thursday October 1st. same time & location.
 
If you miss the Port Perry Lunch we are back with our regular luncheons in Scarborough.
The regular lunch will be returning on the second Thursday being                        September 10th. starting at 11:30. The location is the patio of THE STONE COTTAGE PUB on Kingson Rd & Scarborough Golf Club Rd. (north east corner). Scarborough.
We hope to see you there.

The October Ladies Lunch will be held on Thursday October 8th. again starting at 11:30. Roy and I are working on the location for this Lunch and will inform you later. We will have speaker coming from MROO ENCON Group Insurance to talk to you about post 65 Health, Dental and Travel insurance.
The reason for this is that Encon will be holding a special Guarateed Enrollment offer for MROO (Municial Retirees Organizaion of Ontario) Health, Dental and Annual Travel Insurance Plans.
This is a one time offer available from Setember 1st to October 31st. 2015 only.
It will allow those under the age of 75 who have not signed up in the past to join with no medical questionnaire.
We will have updated insurance packages available at any of the above luncheons.
 
Fraternally,
 
John V
posted June 8, 2015

August Luncheon REMINDER

Hello Everyone,
Just a reminder about the next Scarborough Fire Fighters Retirees lunch:
Where:  THE PUB IN PORT PERRY on Water street 
When:  Thursday August 6th. around 11:30 am.
Who:  All Scarborough Fire Fighters Retired and Active are welcome.
 
On another note I'd like to welcome Rick (Chuck) West #549 to our group.
Chuck retired July 31, 2015 with 35 years service. (How fast the time went!!!)
 
Fraternally,
John Vonk
posted Jun 8, 2015

TFS F/F's Memorial Wreath Presentation

William (Bill) D. Crawford, died Mar. 2, 2015. Recognized as Line of Duty Death his was one of the  many names added to the memorial this year. On Sunday June 7th. Gord McBride and John Vonk attended the Toronto Fire Fighters Memorial. Together they presented a wreath in remembrance of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

McBride Vonk F/Fs memorial        McBride Vonk F/Fs Memorial2      

posted May 23, 2015

Port Perry Luncheons

The Port Perry Luncheons are a go for the first Thursday of each month starting June 4th and going through till October. They will take place at the usual location - The Pub on Water Street, starting around 11:30am. The SPFF Retirees will not be holding lunches for June, July and August, but will resume in September on the second Thursday (Sept 10/15).
posted May 23, 2015

Retirees Newsletter / FireFighters Memorial

The Scarborough Prof. Fire Fighters Retirees will be participating in the upcoming June 7th. Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial Service Gord MacBride and I will be laying a wreath on behalf of our fallen members.
 
Below is a list of the 19 names of SFD members who were recognized as LODD.
1. FF Alex Budd Nov 21, 1957:  2. Capt. John Wilde Aug 29, 1960:  3. FF Joe Kennedy Aug 29, 1960:  4. FF Pete Van Kirk  May 2, 1967:  5. FF Gord Smith  May 16, 1974:  6. FF Pat Cleveland  July 13, 1989:  7. Capt. John MacFarlane  Aug 29, 1996:  8. Capt. Joe Truax  July 15, 1997: 9.  A/D/C Roger Holmes  Aug 10, 1999:  10. Capt. Jim Arnold Nov 6, 1999:  11. A/C Jeff Spencer  Feb 6, 2001:  12. Capt. Dave Kennedy  Oct. 5, 2003:  13. FF Bill Smith  Feb 5, 2005:  14. Capt. Brian Whitehead  June 15, 2005:  15. Dep/Chf Ross Forfar Sept 1, 2005:  16. D/C John Lalonde Feb 2, 2010:  17. D/C Jim MacDonald  July 6, 2011:  18. Capt. Neil Harrison Feb 24, 2014 and 19. FF Bill Crawford Mar 2, 2015. 

15TH Annual Toronto Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial Service

On Sunday, June 7, 2015 Toronto Fire Services and the Toronto Professional Firefighter's Association will host the annual Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service. Six names will be added this year.
Captain Terry Haworth, died June 20, 2008
Firefighter David E. Obrien, died Oct. 30, 2013
District Chief John Anktell, died Feb. 15, 2014
Firefighter Bruce B. Statton, died Aug 20, 2014
District Chief John D. Roach, died Aug, 2014
Firefighter William D. Crawford, died Mar. 2, 2015 (former SFD)

The ceremony will take place at:

Location: Harbourfront Fire Station #334

339 Queen’s Quay West (behind Station #334, east of Spadina)

Time: 11:00  to 12:15 hours

Reception to follow

Parking: Exhibition Place Lot 6

This is your opportunity, along with friends and family of the fallen, to honour the memory of Firefighters who have paid the ultimate sacrifice, while serving the citizens of Toronto.

All Toronto Fire Service personnel are cordially invited to attend, march, and show their respect.(Full dress uniform/white shirts).

 

Hope to see you there.

John Vonk

posted May 5, 2015

Reminder - May Luncheon

Hello Everyone,
               
Just a reminder to let you know that the space for this luncheon is limited and filling quickly, so please letus know as soon as possible if you plan to attend.
The SPRING LADIES LUNCH will be held on Thursday, May 14th 11:30 am. at a new location - Sabina's Casual Dining & Pub (formerly the Courtyard or Papp's restaurant). We chose Sabina's casual fine dining restaurant since it has a private room for our use. Its located at the Ridge Mall 1755 Pickering Parkway unit 20 - North East corner ofBrock Road and Highway 401 in Pickering (right across from the Amish Furniture & Aren't We Naughty stores) (That shouldhelp everyone!!!) 
For all the recent Retirees we will have a guest speaker from OMERS (Mr. Martin Diokno) to talk about AVC's (additional voluntary contributions) which returned 10% interestlast year as a investment opportunity.
Cost of the lunch for members is $20.00 per couple and $30.00 per couple for non members


All are welcome to attend, however there is limited seating for this luncheon (maximum 70 people) solet us know ASAP if you will be attending by email at johntv@sympatico.ca  or calling  John at 905 509-2953 or Roy  at 416 261-0661.

John Vonk, Roy Fletcher & Gord MacBride

posted Apr 15, 2015

Retirees Newsletter/May luncheon

Hello Everyone'              
 Just a heads up to let you know that the SPRING LADIES LUNCH will be held on
Thursday, May 14th at a new location - Sabina's Casual Dining &Pub (formerly the Courtyard or Papp's Restaurant) Located at the Ridge Mall 1755 Pickering Parkway, Unit #20 - North East corner of Brock Road and Highway 401 in Pickering.

                 (right across from the Amish Furniture & Aren't We Naughty stores)

                                             (That should help everyone!!!) 
 We chose Sabina's casual fine dining restaurant since it has a private room for our use.
  For all the recent Retirees we will have a guest speaker from OMERS (Mr. Martin Diokno) to talk about AVC's (additional voluntary contributions) which returned 10% interest last year as a investment opportunity.
Cost of the lunch for members is $20.00 per couple and $30.00 per couple for non members
All are welcome to attend, however there is limited seating for this luncheon (maximum 70 people) so let us know ASAP if you will be attending by email at johnv@sympatico.ca  or calling Roy  at 416 261-0661.
I will be away for the rest of this month.
 
                                                           MORE NEWS
 
The April luncheon was a big success with a lot of new retirees attending along with the returning snowbirds.
The Port Perry Lunches (the Northern Chapter) will be starting in June on the First Thursday of the month, location to be verified but probaly the same spot (the Pub on Water St). 
Dave Cossitt informed us that the the final tally for the Moonlight Benefit Fund (Ella & Landon) was $6,079.40 raised by the TORONTO PROFESSIONAL FIRE FIGHTERS CELTIC SOCIETY. This along with our Donation of $800.00 plus an additional $200.00 private donations came to a total of $7,079.40 .  Our thanks go out to all those who participated in this fund raising event . 
 
 All the best,
 John, Roy & Gord

posted Apr 4, 2015

Retirees Newsletter - April

Hello Everyone,
                                            
Mark this on your calendar. 
Next Thursday April 9th is our monthly Scarborough Professional FireFighters Retirees Lunch.
At our usual location the Harp & Crown Pub in Pickering (Altona & Kingston Rd).
Starting at around 11:30 am. Still only $10 for lunch. 
I expect the snow birds will returning soon or on their way.
 

                                                     Anouncements


The SPFF Retiree Club has made a donation of $250.00 to the Tony Stacey Centre (Legion Branch 258) retirement home, which is in need of a new roof. They are looking at a bill of $250,000 for this maintenance project.
The Ryan Moonlight Benefit Hockey game was big success with a big turnout and lots door prizes.  Our thanks go out to the organisers (Dave Cosett and crew) for their fine work.
The SPFF Retirree Club made a donation of $800.00 to the Ella & Landen Trust Fund on the retirees behalf.
The weather is finally improving so we hope to see you at next thursday's lunch.
 
Regards,
John V
 
P.S. Please email or call if you will be attending the lunch.
John Vonk   johntv@sympatico.ca      905 509-2953
Roy Fletcher    416 261-0661
posted Mar 8, 2015

Retirees Newsletter/update

Hello Everyone,
Spring is almost here and we're into daylight savings time. Great, now we can look at the snow that's yet to melt until 7:30 in the evening.

 SCARBORouGH PRO.FIREFIGHTERS
  RETIREES LUNCH
THURSDAY MARCH 12th. starting at 11:30 am  AT THE HARP & CROWN PUB
                                        Kingston Rd & Altona Rd in Pickering
                                                       Still only $10.00
Let me know if you are coming, email me at: johntv@sypatico.ca or call John Vonk at 905 509-2953. Please don't leave a message with Roy Fletcher this time, since he's in the hospital (Tues. march 10) getting himself a new right knee. He picked this for his birthday present which is this Thursday.  Happy 74th. Roy
 

JOHNNY WALKER MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT

I was informed by Rob Reid that John Walker was hit by a truck while riding his motorcycle
in Florida recently. He's out ICU now but is awaiting an air ambulance to take them home (Canada) to hospital and rehab. 
They said he flatlined on the scene of the accident but brought him back, 5 broken ribs, punctured lung, broken shoulder, concussion and road rash... John has no brain damage is speaking and lucid. We don't know what hospital he'll be in yet at home.
 
                                        ERIC COTTER RETIREMENT
Eric has finally retired after 40 years with Scarborough & Toronto Fire.
  There will be a retirement for him on Friday Apil 3rd. starting at 7:00 pm at the Harp& Crown Pub, Kingston Rd & Altona Rd Pickering. 
 

  JIM CRUMMEY & KEN LESLIE RETIREMENT REMINDER

    Tuesday March 10th.2 p.m. at the Harp & Crown Pub
 

                                  FUNDRAISER HOCKEY GAME

                 FOR RYAN MOONLIGHT'S KIDS  (ELLA & LANDON) 

              Reminder of the fundraiser hockey game at the Canlan Arena 159 Dynamic Dr.
                                Scarborough Thursday March 26th. at 12:30 
              Contact Dave Cossitt at email d.cossitt@hotmail.com  or call 905 449-2373

SAINT PATRICK'S DAY PARADE

SUNDAY MARCH 15TH. 12:00 pm

Meet at the Adelaide Station #332 transport to start between 10 & 11:30
                                 Peameal breakfast sandwiches available.
                       Reception to follow at grace O'Malley's pub 14 Ducan st.

  REMINDER: SPFF CLOTHING IS AVAILABLE AT OUR RETIREES LUNCH

T shirts, sweatshirts, golf shirts, hats and window decals

I would also ask that you keep me informed if you a have a change of email address or phone #.  Keeping members current contacts is the most difficult job. New  members or any changes email me at johntv@sympatico.ca .

Check out Chuck West's website for updates and happenings - www.scarboroughfirefighters.org

That's all for now, see you at the luncheon on Thursday.
 
John Vonk

posted Mar 2, 2015

GTMAA 40th Anniversary

Hello Everyone,
The following notice is for the 'Greater Toronto Multiple Alarm Association'
After 40 years of service to the Fire Fighters of Toronto and the previous 6
fire deparments of Toronto, I encourage you to come out and say thank you for
their support for the all the calls on those long cold nights and sweltering days.
 
From the Scarborough Professional Fire Fighters Retirees Club
We congratulate them for their dedication and long voluntary service to all totonto
Fire Fighers. 
 
John Vonk,  Roy Fletcher
Co-Presidents  SPFF Retirees
 
  The Greater Toronto Multiple Alarm Association
                                   is celebrating our 40th.
 
 40th ANNIVRSARY DINNER, SATURDAY, APRIL 4TH. 2015                                          AT THE CANADIANA RESTAURANT SIX POINTS PLAZA
                               KIPLING AND DUNDAS
 GUEST SPEAKER, DOOR PRIZES, 50/50 DRAW, GTMAA HISTORIC
                              SLIDE PRESENTATION
 COCKTAILS @ 6:00 PM (CASH BAR) DINNER SERVED @ 7:00 PM
                                       TICKETS $40.00 PER PERSON
 YOUR COICE OF BEEF, CHICKEN, SALMON OR VEGETARIAN.
 BECAUSE OF THIS VERY SPECIAL EVENT WE ARE ASKING FOR THOSE THAT HAVE
PLEASE WEAR YOUR DRESS UNFORM.
RSVP BY MARCH 23, 2015 Email: thewignalls@sympatico.ca  with questions or rsvp.

posted Feb. 5, 2015 

February Newsletter/Reminder

Hello Everyone,
 
Just a short note about next week's Scarborough Firefighters Retirees Lunch.
At the usual spot, The Harp & Crown Pub, at Kingston Rd & Altona Rd in Pickering.
Thursday February 12th. starting around 11:30.
There was a great turnout for Ron Wretham & Dennis Thompson's retirement last Tuesday,
It was great seeing so many old faces, we wish Ron & Dennis many years of health and happiness. We are looking forward to seeing them at our luncheons.
All the best.
 
John V

posted Feb. 3, 2015

A Letter from Sharon and Bruce Moonlight

Hello Everyone,
I received the following letter from Sharon & Bruce Moonlight and was asked
to pass it on to our SPFF members.
Once again we wish Bruce, Sharon & Family our deepest condolences in their
Ioss of Ryan.             A letter from Sharon and Bruce Moonlight

In memory of Ryan, donations may be made to a family trust for Ella and Landon:
RBC 07842-003-5098017
David & Lindsay Moonlight
In Trust for Ella & Landon Moonlight

John V

Posted Dec 13, 2014

OMERS Pensions to Increase by 1.80% in 2015

November 25, 2014
OMERS announced that pensions will increase by 1.80% as of January 1, 2015. This increase reflects the change in the cost of living as measured by the Canadian Consumer Price Index (CPI).
OMERS inflation protection increases retirement, disability and survivor pensions each year. OMERS uses a similar method to that used by the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) to calculate its annual increase for pensions, but CPP has a different rounding approach.
In late December 2014, OMERS will send an Annual Statement of Pension to members and survivors, with their updated pension amount for 2015. Members whose pensions began in 2014 will receive a pro-rated increase.
How the Annual Increase is Calculated
Here’s how this year’s increase was calculated:
CPI average 12 months (Nov 2013 to Oct 2014) – 1 x 100
CPI average 12 months (Nov 2012 to Oct 2013)

124.81 – 1 x 100 = 1.80% (rounded to two decimal places)
122.60

OMERS NEWS

Posted Dec 12, 2014

Welcome to the new Retirees page. It is hoped you are enjoying the new changes to the site. Going forward we will endeavour to post information and events received from John Vonk, Roy Fletcher and others. If you are looking for something that may have been posted previously the old page can be accessed through the link to the right. If you have something that may be of interest please feel free to pass it along.

Posted Dec 12, 2014

Well the weather certainly impacted the turnout for this years Christmas breakout. For all those that made the trek to the Harp & Crown it was still an ejoyable time seeing those we haven't seen for a while. If it was just catching up, or reminicing, discussing new found love, social media consequences, and even recent political changes, everyone seemed to have a good time. Once again the food was good and the commeraderie even better. The next get together will be the second Thursday in January - we hope to see you there.

Posted Dec 4, 2014

Hello Everyone,

Just a reminder that December is here and we'll be holding our annual
SCARBOROUGH FIREFGHTERS CHRISTMAS BREAKOUT LUNCH at the
Harp & Crown Pub (in Pickering Altona Rd & Kingston Rd) on THURSDAY
December 11th. starting 11:30 am. (and finishing at ????)
Along with this the Scarborough Lions Club will be selling their christmas cakes.
All Scarborough FireFighters (retired & active) are invited. Cost of the lunch
is $10 PLEASE let me know if you will be attending for the LUNCH as I need a
head count for the kitchen staff at the Harp &Crown by no later than Monday
December 8th.
  email me at
johntv@sympatico.ca or call 905 509-2953 or Roy Fletcher at
416 261-0661.
Come out and see your friends and make this the biggest reunion ever.
(last year we had 100).
 I will also have Scarborough FireFighter clothing available for the afternoon,
consisting of 'T' shirts, sweatshirts, golfshirts, hats and SPFF & IAFF window
decals.
  
Regards:
 
John Vonk  and Roy Fletcher