FYI – For those who travel beware

“Police had no right to seize hidden bedside camera from Toronto Airbnb condo, judge says”…continued

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Death of Retired NRPS Officer (S/Sgt.) Nick Ross

Murdock N. (Nick) Ross – After a life well lived, it is with great sadness we announce the passing of Murdock (Nick) Ross on Saturday, January 11, 2020. Born in Glace Bay, NS in February 1926, Nick came to live in Niagara Falls in the early 1950’s. He had a great sense of humour, quick wit and was a very compassionate, caring person.

Murdock Ross, better known as Nick, was a widely known War Veteran who served in World War II and the Korean War. He was also a retired Police Officer from the Niagara Regional Police having served for over 30 years (Staff Sergeant Ross retired from the Service in 1982). During World War II he served in Canada, the United Kingdom and Continental Europe. He also served in the Korean War and was a member of the Advance Water Party, who were the first Canadians in that country to join with the United Nations. This service in the U.N. Force involved active service in South Korea and then North Korea. He also served in Japan where he was a member of staff at the Battlefield School.

Nick was very active in the Police Association and served as president and many other executive positions. He was a recognized expert in the field of bargaining arbitration and was chosen as Chairman of the Joint Bargaining Committee of the Niagara Regional Police Association in 1968. Nick was also active in the sphere of community affairs and was an originator of the Blossom Festival as well as founder of the Blossom Festival Parade – a popular event held in May during the 1960’s and 1970’s. Nick was the first captain of the Tug of War team as well as being the Chairman of that event. This was held on the Rainbow Bridge each year in May between Niagara Falls, New York police and Niagara Regional police and continues to this day.

In 1966, he became the co-chairman of the World Congress of Police Officers which was held in conjunction with Centennial events in 1967. He made numerous appearances in United States, where he was given the best speaker award at meetings of the Chiefs of Police Association. He also made many speaking engagements in Canada and the United Kingdom, where he addressed the British Federation at Scotland Yard.

Nick was predeceased by his wife, Eileen, his son, Alan and his daughter, Tina (Roy) Oldenburg. He is survived by his wife, Judy, his son, Christopher (Karen), his grandson, Aaron Oldenburg, his stepson Adam Prest (Christine) and their children, Ryan, Jenna and Brady. Nick was the eldest child of Daniel Murdock and Elsie Maude Ross. Eunice Warmington (Bob) of Toronto is his only surviving sibling.

Visitation will be held at MORSE & SON FUNERAL HOME, 5917 Main St, Niagara Falls, ON on Sunday, January 19 between 2 – 4 p.m. and 7 – 9 p.m. Funeral service will be held at Morse & Son on Monday, January 20 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to The Last Post Fund would be appreciated by the family. Memories, photos and condolences may be shared at

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PPAO FYI – OMERS New CEO Interview on BNN Bloomberg

PPAO President, Paul Bailey, has asked that we share this link (click the word link) for an interview of Blake Hutcheson with BNN Bloomberg;

Interesting interview. Get to know the face and the voice of the next OMERS CEO.

We will be posting on social media and our web site also.

Terry Hill,
Communications Director, PPAO

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Death of PPAN Member (Retired Insp.) Clive Jones and Doreen (wife)

Jones, Clive Ellis (85) and Doreen Roberta (84)
After almost 65 years, Clive and Doreen began a new journey together, 16 hours apart, on December 25 and 26, 2019, at the Greater Niagara General Hospital. Loving parents of Marcia, Marilyn, David (Paula), grandparents of Morgan, Lindsay (Tyler), Brett, Carter, Ruby, and great-grandparents of Hunter and Olive. Doreen’s strength was the foundation behind Clive’s 36 year policing career with the Ontario Provincial Police- Chatham Detachment, City of Niagara Falls, and the Niagara Regional Police Service, where he retired with the rank of Inspector. In accordance with Clive and Doreen’s wishes, cremation has taken place. Arrangements are entrusted with Essentials Cremation and Burial Services- (905) 354-2133. As per their wishes, there will not be a funeral. Expressions of sympathy may be made to Niagara Support Services by contacting Essentials, or may be made on Clive and Doreen’s tribute page found at

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FYI – Travel Advisory from PPAO

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Here is a message that was shared by a TPPA member. If you are traveling this Christmas take heed of this member’s experience please. Continued…

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Changes to Green Shield Non Emergency Claims Incurred Outside of Canada

Green Shield has advised that they are updating their administrative guidelines for non-emergency claims incurred outside of Canada.

Effective January 1, 2020, all non-emergency claims incurred outside of Canada, submitted in a language other than English or French must be translated before they can be processed.

Any enquiries may be directed to Green Shield at 1-888-711-1119.

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OMERS Pension 2020 Increase

On Thursday morning, OMERS will announce on our website the January 1, 2020 pension indexation increase of 1.89%. The 2020 increase applies to all pensions in payment. Most members whose pension began in 2019 will receive a pro-rated increase.

Indexation also applies to some deferred pensions from the date the member leaves their OMERS employer to the date the member’s pension begins. Deferred pensions in respect of service before January 1, 2013 are indexed; any portion of deferred pensions in respect of service earned after December 31, 2012 will not be adjusted for inflation before payment begins, unless the member is retirement eligible at the time they left their OMERS employer.

The formula for the 2020 indexation adjustment, as defined in the Primary Plan text, is the percentage increase in:

  • the 12-month average Canadian Consumer Price Index (CPI), for the period from November 2018 to October 2019, over
  • the corresponding 12-month average for the period from November 2017 to October 2018.

The CPI is reported by Statistics Canada. The most recent five years of OMERS pension indexation increases are:

Effective Date

Pension Indexation Increase

January 1, 2020


January 1, 2019


January 1, 2018


January 1, 2017


January 1, 2016



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Death of PPAN Member – Retired NRPS Officer Jim Caddis

CADDIS, James Passed away on Friday, November 1, 2019 with his loving family by his side. Beloved husband of Elena. Cherished father of Mark (Jeannie), Larissa (Rob), Keeley and Liz. Loving brother of the late Alwyn, Shona (Roy) and Thomas (Elaine). Son in law of Irina Thiessen. Cousin of Alec. He will be sadly missed his many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. Jim was a proud Royal Marine, Regiment 40 Commando. He was a Police Officer with the Niagara Regional Police Service for 33 years. Jim was a cofounder of the Niagara Regional Police Pipes and Drum Band. In the last few years, Jim enjoyed being a member of the City of Thorold Pipe Band. He enjoyed teaching Bag Pipes to many students who he also developed friendships with. No matter where Jim went, he was sure to form friendships along the way. He made an impact in many lives. A sincere thank you to Dr. Tim Tatzel for all of his years of friendship and compassion. The family will receive visitors at the GEORGE DARTE FUNERAL HOME , 585 Carlton Street, St. Catharines on Monday, November 4th from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. A Celebration of Jim’s Life will take place on Tuesday, November 5th at 11:00 a.m. in the funeral home chapel. Burial at Victoria Lawn Cemetery to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Kidney Foundation of Canada would be appreciated by the family. Jim received the gift of life 25 years ago with a kidney transplant. Our family would ask you to consider being an Organ Donor to pass on the Gift of Life. Online Guest Book

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Death of Retired NRPS Officer (S/Sgt) Alex Wilson

WILSON, Alex William For more than 88 years, Alex wore many hats – husband, father, oarsman, official, coach, mentor and friend. He was a voracious reader, an avid gardener, a palatable cook and a well-trained canine companion. However, you could never take the Port Dalhousie out of this boy! Alex had a relentless passion for rowing, living much of his life 2000 metres at a time. From bow to stern or from port to starboard, he willingly shared his wisdom with those who dared venture out of their shells and into his. He was a quiet generous spirit, preferring to play a supporting role in the successes of others. He had fond memories of policing with the Grantham Township and retired as a Staff Sergeant with the NRP. A large Tim’s French vanilla eventually replaced his affection for red licorice. Predeceased by the love of his life, Sheila (2016) he is survived by his crew of Doug, Bruce (Marie) and Sandra. Cremation has taken place. As requested, there will be no fuss nor fanfare. He rowed a good race. If, by chance, he inspired you in some way, please pay it forward. Use your influence to help someone reach their potential in life or sport or feel free to donate to a charity of your choice in his name.

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