FYI – PPAO – CSA Wins Legal Challenge

Ladies and Gentlemen,

As a member of the Canadian Snowbirds Association (CSA), I received the following message* this morning. Kudos for the CSA for their successful efforts on behalf of all travelling retirees.


Terry Hill, Director PPAO

*Click HERE for the CSA email message

The full text of the decision can be read here.

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MROO Insurance Program – Don’t Miss Out – Open Enrollment

The MROO insurance program is holding an Open Enrollment from Sept. 1 to Oct. 31, 2020 for MROO members, between the ages 50 and 75. More details HERE


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PPAO – Fall Newsletter 2020

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Attached is the latest newsletter prepared by Director Steve Binch for your information and enjoyment. I hope you find the contents interesting and informative. We welcome your feedback.

Thank you to all the contributors.


Terry Hill,
Director PPAO

(Click HERE for the link to the PPAO Fall 2020 Newsletter)

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Death of Retired NRPS Officer – (S/Insp) Carl Chandler

It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Carl Edward Chandler on Saturday, August 29, 2020, at the age of 86. Carl was a devoted husband to Shirley (1936-2019), his wife of 64 years. He will be forever missed and lovingly remembered by his children, Terry Caporicci (Guy) and Cindy Plyley (Craig), and his grandchildren, Amanda, Steven, Bryan (Allison) and Robb (Shanon). He was a beloved GGPa to Ava, Ben, Andrew and Riley. Carl was predeceased by his brothers Don and Ken. He will be missed by his sister-in-law Margaret Chandler and brother-in-law Clifford Plummer.

Carl joined the Niagara Falls Police Department in 1956 as a uniformed patrolman. Motivated to succeed from a young age, he worked hard and rose through the ranks to become Detective with the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), then Staff Sergeant and Inspector before retiring as Staff Inspector in 1988. He had the honour of personally escorting Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip when they visited Niagara to celebrate Canada’s 100th birthday in 1967.

After retiring, Carl enjoyed many years of boating at St. Catharines Boat Club, travelling and cruising. Carl and Shirley became snowbirds, spending winters in Florida and summers at Buckhorn Lake before settling back in Niagara.

Much appreciation to the staff at Stamford Estates, with special thanks to Sherri Patrick. Thank you for the care provided by Dr. Gibney, Dr. Nagai, Joanne Wintemute, the staff from St. Elizabeth, Dr. Scher and the palliative care team at Douglas Memorial Hospital.

Respecting current restrictions, the family will hold a private gathering to celebrate Carl’s life on Tuesday, September 1st. We encourage you to raise a glass to Carl at 4 p.m. in honour of Carl and Shirley’s daily happy hour. Arrangements entrusted to Patterson Funeral Home, Niagara Falls. In lieu of flowers, donations to Hospice Niagara or Niagara Falls Community Outreach would be appreciated by the family.

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PPAO – FYI – Doctors Without Borders Vaccine Petition

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Doctors Without Borders are petitioning the governments to address the issue of vaccine development. The fact is that a large part of the funding for research is provided by taxpayer dollars. However, the drugs, vaccines or technologies are sold to private companies who then control who receives the treatments and at what cost. Their petition is calling on the government to make sure that taxpayers are properly cared for without undue expense, when our tax dollars provide the research for the treatment.

Here is an excerpt from the opening page – “In fact, these publicly funded vaccines, medicines and health technologies are often sold to private companies, who then determine who receives access to them — and at what price.”

The PPAO is not promoting who should or should not use vaccines or other treatments and drugs. That is a personal choice. We do support the Doctors Without Borders efforts to make sure that the products or treatments are available and affordable to all taxpayers whose tax dollars are used for the research.

The link below is to the Doctors Without Borders website dealing with this topic. Have a look it is an interesting read. We are not promoting the participation in the petition. That is an individual choice.

Link to Doctors Without Borders

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PPAO – FYI – CAA Study More Safe Towing

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Here is a link to information and a petition for More Safe Towing conducted by the CAA in April 2020. (

If you agree with the CAA position, please complete the petition to be submitted to the Provincial Government.

This study helps inform Ontarians of the issues within the towing industry  in our province. Interesting information to be aware of.

I am also attaching a PDF of the actual report from the study. Click HERE for the report.

Stay informed and stay healthy,

Terry Hill, Director PPAO

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Law Enforcement Torch Run Fundraiser Items for Sale

With the District gyms opening back up what better time to purchase a new workout shirt with all money going to support the Law Enforcement Torch Run For Special Olympics. T-Shirts come in sizes XS-3XL and hats are adjustable in size. If anyone is interested in making a purchase in support of Special Olympics please contact…continued

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Update to A PPAN Member’s Warning Regarding Out of Province/Country Travel Insurance Coverage

We have just been informed by another PPAN member that they contacted their SunLife representative about this issue of cancelling coverage at age 80 years, and was informed their coverage would not be cancelled or changed when they turn 80.

A followup call to the member, who submitted the letter, apparently had this benefit cancelled after changing the policy into to his name (when he was 80), from his wife’s name. It was advised he contact SunLife to sort out the issue.

The bottom line is SunLife’s Out of Country Travel benefit does NOT automatically cancel at age 80.

Sorry for any confusion this may have caused. (The original Post has now been deleted)

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Death of Retired NRPS Member (Civilian) – Anne Legge

Anne Jacqueline Legge, at the age 71 of Bedford, passed away on July 26, 2020 in the Halifax Infirmary, QEII, with her husband and daughter by her side. Born in Sainte-Agathe-des-Mont, Que., she was a daughter of Alice and Herman Graham. Prior to moving to Nova Scotia six years ago, Anne worked for the Niagara Regional Police Service for several years where she made some very close friends and always brought her best self to the office every day. She was selfless, driven and enjoyed the simple things in life. A loving wife and amazing mother, Anne is survived by her husband, David; daughter, Alison (Legge) Boudreau of Bedford; sister, Frances of Calgary; brothers, Bob of Kitchener, Ont.; Bill of British Columbia. Besides her parents, Anne was predeceased by her sister, Louise; and brother, Johnny. Cremation has taken place under the care of Atlantic Funeral Home, Lower Sackville. Donations may be made to Canadian Cancer Society.

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Death of Retired NRPS Member – (Cst.) Steve Canton

Peacefully at the Wiarton Hospital surrounded by his loving and adoring wife, Susan and his loving children, and son-in-law Michael, passed away on Wednesday, July 22, 2020. Steve is forever missed by his loving wife, Susan (nee McMullen), and his children Gregory (Amy), Paul, and Jessica (Michael Mathison). Cherished Nonno to Ryder, Lily, Lauren, Silas, and Makayla. Survived by his mother Bruna Canton (nee Pin); brother Jeffrey Canton (Barbara), Laura Flannigan (Kelly), Ramona Canton (Glenn Rivard); and brother-in-law Bill McMullen (Christine); Zio Ugo and Zia Carol, Zia Josie and Zia Gabriella; and by several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Predeceased by his loving father, Enzo Canton (2019). Steve retired from the Niagara Regional Police Service after 37 years. Policing was his lifelong dream and his passion. It reflected in his work ethics, which he passed on to his fellow officers. He had a great sense of humor and love for policing. Even after retirement Steve still had that passion. He decided to come out of retirement and work for the Hanover Police Service for two years. Engaging with a new crew rekindled his spirit and love for policing. He had a special bond with his brotherhood at the Hanover Police Service and he will certainly miss the good friends and jocular times. Steve was a Lion’s member for over 20 years, enjoying many friendships and giving back to the community. He was a member of Grantham Lion’s Club, Port Dalhousie Lion’s Club, and Wiarton and District Lion’s Club. He was past President of the Wiarton and District Lion’s Club and past Zone Chairman of Zone l and Zone 2 of A9 and District A2. Steve was always willing to support the community that he lived in by joining a Lion’s Club. His humour and words of wisdom are already missed by the Wiarton Lion’s. Steve enjoyed taking his children to Red Bay and making fond memories all year round. Those memories and beautiful sunsets will be forever cherished. Steve was an amazing Nonno to all his grandchildren. They will miss him profoundly. Nonno kept them busy and enjoyed their times together. They certainly brought a smile to his face and they loved him dearly. Steve always put family first and he always said, “You can have all the riches in the world, but if you don’t have family, you have nothing”. Stephen we will miss you each and every day. We know that you are looking down on us with love and affection. We know you will continue to be by our side and guide your children and grandchildren with your love. As per Stephen’s wishes cremation has taken place and a private service will be held at another time. Donations to the Wiarton and District Lion’s Club or a charity of your choice can be made through to the Thomas C. Whitcroft Peninsula Chapel, Wiarton (519) 534-5341. Condolences may be expressed online at

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Published in The Hamilton Spectator on Jul. 24, 2020.
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