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PPAO – FYI – NDP Scott Duvall Private Members Bill C-259

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I hope this message finds you all well.

PPAO Secretary, Wayne Omardeen, received information through the Canadian Federation of Pensioners regarding two Private Members Bills that have been introduced by NDP member Scott Duvall. They are Bills C-258 and C-259. Below is an excerpt from the summary in Mr. Duvall’s submission to Parliament for Bill C-259. Although the effects of bankruptcy does not affect members in OMERS, there are certainly plenty of examples of how friends and family can be affected by the dissolution of a pension through bankruptcy. I believe we will all agree that pensions should be a priority for protection during a bankruptcy, which is not currently the case.

Here is a link to Bill C-259 provided for your information.

“This enactment amends the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act and the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act to ensure that claims in respect of unfunded liabilities or solvency deficiencies of a pension plan are accorded priority in the event of bankruptcy proceedings. It also provides that an employer has to maintain group insurance programs that provide benefits to or in respect of its employees or former employees.

This enactment also amends the Pension Benefits Standards Act, 1985 to empower the Superintendent of Financial Institutions to determine that the funding of a pension plan is impaired or that the pension plan administrator is at risk and to set out measures to be taken by the employer in respect of the funding of the plan in such cases”


Terry Hill, Director PPAO

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PPAO Newsletter – December 2020

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PPAO – FYI – Border Restrictions Update

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PPAO – FYI – OPP Cst Hovingh Funeral Live Streaming Link

Ladies and Gentlemen,

We have been provided with the below link for those interested in paying respects to OPP Cst Mark Hovingh lost in the line of duty.

The link below provides details for attending the ceremony virtually, scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday, November 28th, at 1:00pm ET.

May Cst Hovingh Rest In Peace.

Terry Hill,
Director PPAO.

The OPPA represents all civilian and non-commissioned uniform Members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) on labour and contractual issues.
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Death of Former NRPS Civilian Member – Joanne Walker

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PPAO’s Open Letter To Premier of Ontario Re:Covid-19/Vaccines

Ladies and Gentlemen,
As has been reported previously, the PPAO Board of Directors have been monitoring the government response to the Coronavirus and the implementation of the Flu Vaccine. We are particularly interested in how they deal with ensuring seniors receive the proper treatment and being the most susceptible individuals to being stricken by these diseases. After much research, we have prepared a letter to the Premier of Ontario, requesting they make seniors a priority.

Please read this letter (click the word letter to open it) and recognize that the PPAO is doing what we can to voice our concerns for our members.


Terry Hill, Director PPAO

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Death of Retired NRPS Officer (Cst) Philip Huntington

December 28th, 1946 – November 2nd, 2020 After a long battle with cancer, we lost the hero in our family on Monday, November 2, 2020. Beloved husband of Paula for 51 years. Devoted father of Daniel (Adriana), Christina (Lou), Catharine (1976), Sarah and David (Christina). Cherished ‘Papa’ of Isabella, Alessandro, Matteo, Emilio, Dante, Sofia and Vinson. He is predeceased by his parents Phillip and Gloria, his brother Gerald and his in-laws Ercole and Caroline Boffa. He will be sadly missed by his siblings Rose (Clayton) Letourneau, Earl, Janice (Bill) Manningham and Donny (Susan). He was a proud brother-in-law to Peter (Louella) Boffa and Dan (Sharon) Boffa. Philip served his community as a police officer for over 30 years. He was a proud member of the Decew Gun Club, Thorold Conservation Club and the Blue Knights Motorcycle Club. He had many hobbies including lawn mower repair, carpentry, leather crafting, music and stained glass work, and known as an all around ‘Mr. Fix It’. While he was proud of his career, his greatest pride and joy was his family. He lived by his rule of compassion, empathy, fairness, and treating others with respect. The family wishes to thank the staff of GNGH and The Walker Family Cancer Centre for their dedication, compassion and continuous care of Philip. Cremation has taken place. Respecting the restrictions of COVID-19, including maximum occupancy levels and the requirement for face coverings (see, friends are invited to call at the PATTERSON FUNERAL HOME, 6062 Main St. Niagara Falls, visiting Tuesday, November 10th from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Church. Rite of Committal will follow at Fairview Cemetery. In memory of Philip, donations may be made to The Soup Kitchen – Niagara Falls Community Outreach or to The Niagara Health Foundation (Walker Family Cancer Centre), and would be appreciated by his family. Online condolences at

**Constable Huntington commenced his career as a Police Constable with the Niagara Falls Police Department in 1968.  He continued his profession with the Niagara Regional Police Service after amalgamation in 1971.  During his career he had various assignments of which included uniform patrol duties in Niagara Falls, CIB assignments in Niagara Falls, and assignments to the Court Services Unit.  After a 33 year career, Constable Huntington retired from the Service in 2001.


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Death of Retired NRPS Officer – (Cst) Fred Townsend

TOWNSEND, Frederick John – Passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family, on Mon Nov 02nd, 2020 in his 69th year.

Loving husband and best friend to Linda for 37 years.

Cherished father to Michael Richard Carter, Jeremy Morgan (Darragh) Townsend, Dana Marie (Nathan) Wallwork and Dean William Frederick (Stephanie) Carter.

Special Papa to Ashley Culp, Mason Culp, Ashton Townsend, Deacon Townsend, Colton Townsend, Cameron Waite, Selena Sniegocki, Shayla Sniegocki and Lincoln Carter.

Fred will be sadly missed by his sisters Nancy Wakefield (Randy Kurceba), Carole (Harry) Martin, his mother-in-law Shirley McDonald; sisters-in-law Diane (Dean) Taylor, Sheila (Doug) Littlewood and brothers-in-law David Patriquin, John (Wendy) Patriquin and Derek (Lou) Patriquin.

He will be fondly remembered by many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Predeceased by his parents Charlie and Rhoda Townsend.

Fred was a Niagara Regional Police Officer for 37 years, retiring in 2013. He was an avid fisherman. He and Linda travelled the world, Fred always hated the journey but he loved the destination.

In keeping with Frederick’s wishes cremation has taken place. A private celebration of his life will take place at PLEASANTVIEW FUNERAL HOME – 905-892-1699 with interment to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the LHIN (formerly CCAC) or NHS- Walker Family Cancer Center will be appreciated by his family.

**Constable Townsend commenced his career as a Police Constable with the Niagara Regional Police Service in 1976. During his career he had various assignments of which included uniform patrol duties in St Catharines, Port Colborne and Welland, and had further assignments to the Traffic Enforcement Unit and various other administrative duties. After a 37 year career, Constable Townsend retired from the Service in 2013.

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FYI – OMERS’ CEO Regarding Pension Fund’s Investment Strategy amid COVID-19

Blake Hutcheson, president and CEO at OMERS discusses the pension fund’s investment strategy amid COVID-19, and how OMERS integrates ESG factors into its investment decision-making processes. To view the video on the BNN website, click HERE

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