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Important 2020 Annual General Meeting (AGM) announcement

Given the Coronavirus and all the societal impacts this has created we hope everyone and your families are staying safe. DIPAC in past years has called its Annual General meeting for the end of April to elect directors, review the previous year's financial statements, and appoint...
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William Flynn
Dennis, any chance of putting the basic information we are all interested in like the pension status. That is the most important i... Read More
Monday, 06 April 2020 08:28
William Flynn
A second thought Dennis, some words about what is expected with the pension funding with the current issues ahead of us. I am surp... Read More
Monday, 06 April 2020 08:31
Ronald William Smith
As most of pensioner’s it is benefits that are available to us. And the pension monies from in vista is very interesting to us.... Read More
Wednesday, 14 October 2020 14:41
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2019 AGM minutes/report

The PowerPoint presentation from the 2019 AGM has been converted to a PDF and posted in the Member's News area. Log into the website and read it online or download to read it on your device.
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Ronald William Smith
Hi I did not get anything in regular or junk mail. I would not have known that you had a meeting but Iwas checking to see when the... Read More
Saturday, 27 April 2019 14:41
john johnston
2020 enrollment window is Oct. 21 to Nov. 01, 2019. the web site does not work. https://invista.seb-admin.com ??????????... Read More
Monday, 28 October 2019 11:57
john johnston
Just tried it again, is is now working ......
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2019 AGM Meeting

Just a quick note about the DIPAC, 2019 AGM. You should have gotten a notice about the AGM either via snail mail or email. Check your spam folder if you haven't gotten it yet. Here are the key points: 2019 AGM Meeting The 2019 Annual General Meeting will be held in Kingston. The ...
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January 2019 Access

Notice to all Members. If you tried to login to the DIPAC website this year, possibly to read member content or pay your annual membership dues, you may have encountered an HTTP 500 Internal Server Error. The site was affected by a low-level hack where some template files we...
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2018 Provincial Election

First, a little background Working with the provincial Liberal Government for well over 10 years You may recall at some of those early DIPAC meetings whereby we presented a synopsis of our advocating and all the work that our colleagues (mainly Jack Walsh and Neil Quigley) had un...
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June 7 Ontario Election Notes

Here are some updated notes about the state of your pension and what you can do to save/protect it: June-7-Ontario-Election.pdf122.61 KB15/05/2018, 16:29
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Donald McNamee
The time is now... change must be made.
Tuesday, 15 May 2018 17:05
JAMES T Johnson
vote ndp
Tuesday, 15 May 2018 19:24
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re: June 7 Ontario Election

What to ask candidates in a public forum Ontario Government legislation recently put your pension at risk. In passing the legislation, Premier Kathleen Wynne rejected a proposal to fully protect your pension at no cost to the taxpayer. The June 7 election campaign is st...
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William Flynn
The questions for the election are good, the only concern I have is how many will bother to deal with the issues with the various ... Read More
Wednesday, 25 April 2018 00:03
Jack Bedggood
Pension protection as part of, and earned during employment, must be paid after retirement. Failure to do so,would be legalizing c... Read More
Wednesday, 25 April 2018 09:12
Rolando A. Cecchini
Some of us will remember the "Submission to the Ontario Expert Commission on Pensions" in October 2007. The "Commission" was set u... Read More
Thursday, 26 April 2018 12:04
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Joint Initiative Launched

We are participating in a joint initiative with the Canadian Federation of Pensioners (CFP) and the Canadian Association of Retired Persons (CARP). This initiative’s focus is to put some needed heat on the federal government in terms of improving Pensioner Protecti...
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Letter to Minister Flynn

Please read this letter written by Tony Pompeo to the Kevin Flynn, The Minister of Labour. Tony has expressed the position by the Canadian Federation of Pensioners (CFP) in the letter, so there can be no doubt how we feel. You can expect to hear more about our position at our upc...
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William Flynn
That is a good letter if they are astute enough to get the message. Really sad how they can fund everything under the sun but can'... Read More
Saturday, 20 January 2018 14:10
REGINALD J BOVEY
A copy of the letter to the other two parties would be an advantage in getting the entire body involved in the discussion .
Sunday, 21 January 2018 11:04
Einar Voldner
Many thanks to Tony and to all the others who have worked on this pension issue. It's a well written letter, and it is sad that it... Read More
Monday, 22 January 2018 08:56
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Article in the Toronto Sun from Bob Farmer CFP discussing Pension changes

Here is a link to an article in the Toronto Sun where Bob Farmer, president of the Canadian Federation of Pensioners (CFP), discusses the negative effect of changes that the Ontario government is implementing to the pension underfunding requirements of companies. h...
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Advocacy Day - Summary

On Tuesday, October 17th members of DIPAC along with the Canadian Federation of Pensioners (CFP) hosted a breakfast at Queens Park for all MPP's and key influencers on pension policy for the province. The breakfast was followed with a series of one on one meeting with a number of...
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William Flynn
Did they just listen, did they give any indication they would consider the proposal? What is the follow up to this discussion with... Read More
Monday, 30 October 2017 17:58
Norman LeBlanc
We feel that MPP's we have talked to understand our concerns and the win-win proposal for both sponsors and defined benefit member... Read More
Friday, 03 November 2017 07:17
Robert S. Stogryn
The presentation looked very interesting and plausible, but, to repeat Bill's qestion, did they listen. Was there any indication ... Read More
Monday, 30 October 2017 18:13
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Advocacy Day

Recall that at our Annual General Meeting in April we discussed a number of critical issues that the DIPAC board was concerned about and working on. At the federal level, we were gathering signatures for a petition, asking the Government to elevate the priority given to pensioner...
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Sears Canada Bankruptcy

What is happening to Sears Canada pensioners is what we have been discussing at the last couple of DIPAC Annual General Meetings and why the Canadian Federation of Pensioners (CFP) is putting a lot of effort to change the CCAA to prioritize pension obligations higher up in the liability recognition as opposed to today where pensions are treated as an unsecured creditor.

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Joe Jany
The problem is that, when a company gets on shaky ground, the main focus is on trying to keep it going. Although giving pension r... Read More
Sunday, 02 July 2017 19:33
William Flynn
History has proven that not taking action on pensions just to help the companies who are failing has not worked and in most cases ... Read More
Sunday, 22 October 2017 19:50
William Flynn
Following is an article from the Nation Post re pensions and the supreme court. http://business.financialpost.com/opinion/while... Read More
Saturday, 04 November 2017 21:46
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Comment on legislative proposals by Government Ontario

A news item has been posted in the members News area.
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David Bennett
I am wondering if this information about the Sears pension plan should be passed on to the media, ie. Global News, CBC, etc. They... Read More
Thursday, 29 June 2017 19:36
Roger Proulx
I think that is very good sugestion!!
Saturday, 01 July 2017 10:20
William Flynn
Our pension plans should not be the vehicle that is used to keep companies afloat. My belief is that we have become an easy target... Read More
Tuesday, 17 October 2017 21:57
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Paying online

I wanted to let everyone know that you can pay your membership fees online by credit card. DIPAC uses PayPal to process credit card payments securely online. You do not need a PayPal account to process a payment, but if you create a free account, your payments can process automat...
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2017 Annual General Meeting - reminder

Reminder to DIPAC members: The 2017 Annual General Meeting will be held in Kingston, Wednesday April 19th 2017. The time is 1:30 pm and the location is the Italo Canadian Club. DIRECTIONS: Via Hwy 401: Exit at 619 and proceed North on Montreal St & turn left on McAdoo Lane; t...
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Reminder 2016 AGM

Reminder to DIPAC members: The 2016 Annual General Meeting will be held in Kingston, Wednesday April 27th 2016.  The time is 1:30 pm and the location is the Italo Canadian Club. DIRECTIONS: Via Hwy 401: Exit at 619 and proceed North on Montreal St & turn l...
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Donald McNamee
My spouse and I plan to be st the meeting. I believe we need to stay current on our changing world. Regards, Don... Read More
Thursday, 21 April 2016 13:19
Jim Lecain
Hope to see you there. JIM
Friday, 22 April 2016 08:20
Lloyd Keetch
Hope to make it.
Saturday, 23 April 2016 09:02
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2015 Annual General Meeting

Annual General Meeting to be held in Kingston on April 29th.  See details 2015 Annual General Meeting  
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Ron Birrell
Will there be a summary of the meeting posted on internet
Thursday, 30 April 2015 15:34
Ronald William Smith
I would like to see a summary of the last meeting on internet for April because I was not able to attend.
Monday, 18 May 2015 14:37
Ed Peterson
Who is our corporate contact in case of death? (Not that I have any plans but my designated liquidators would like to know).... Read More
Friday, 21 August 2015 14:40
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Financial Update

  The 2013 financial statements for the fund were recently filed by INVISTA.  These statements only reflect the asset position as details of both assets and liabilities will be available with the next actuarial valuation.Financial Update
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Ron Birrell
It would appear from this report that it is not all doom and gloom and we will have to wait to see the next actuarial valuation... Read More
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 21:13
William Flynn
The Bank of Canada is the big issue, they have held interest rates low too long now, seniors and pensioners should not have to be ... Read More
Thursday, 07 August 2014 15:43
Ed Peterson
I appreciate the update on the financial position of our pension plan. Hope you will forward recent information as it becomes avai... Read More
Sunday, 10 August 2014 20:47
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re: Op-Ed: Don't change the rules on pensioners

The following article highlights the work being done by the Canadian Federation of Pensioners (CFP). Here: Op-Ed: Don't change the rules on pensioners I would recommend you read it and contact your MP & MPP and make your dissatisfaction known that this change will negatively ...
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Ron Birrell
Prime Minister Harper's word concerning the working folk, are just political comfort talk with no real clout. When Minister Soren... Read More
Tuesday, 24 June 2014 12:10
Ed Peterson
From: Ted.Hsu.A2@parl.gc.ca To: pjkasserra263@sympatico.ca Date: Fri, 23 May 2014 14:02:05 -0400 Subject: RE: Targeted Benefit Pla... Read More
Tuesday, 24 June 2014 17:09
Ed Peterson
From: Ted.Hsu.A2@parl.gc.ca To: pjkasserra263@sympatico.ca Date: Fri, 23 May 2014 14:02:05 -0400 Subject: RE: Targeted Benefit Pla... Read More
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Target Benefit Plans

The Federal government recently issued a consultation paper on a new type of pension plan whose features are that neither the benefits nor the contributions are fixed. It is based on some type of prefunding standard which is considerably less stringent than the method currently u...
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Ed Peterson
News to me! Thanks Dennis. Art
Tuesday, 20 May 2014 10:43
Ed Peterson
Ultimately who stands to benefit most ?
Tuesday, 20 May 2014 12:08
Rogers Ludgate
The Government change to TBP type pension with some sort of "consent" may be pretty hurtful to some pensioners that have got use t... Read More
Tuesday, 20 May 2014 13:01
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Talking to Greenshield

Recently I had a need to talk to a Greenshield Representative on a question regarding my registration. I was impressed by the professionalism and friendliness. I certainly hope that this kind of performance continues. On another topic; The increase in postage stamps is a cause fo...
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George Fingland
I may be wrong but I believe that Greenshield now has cap at 1 million dollars whereas Sun Life had no cap. Although a million do... Read More
Monday, 04 May 2015 09:14
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