PPAO – FYI re: Covid-19 Test Coverage – Sun Life

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Questions have been posed regarding the coverage of Covid Tests. Here is the response from Sun Life regarding the coverage.


* COVID tests in order to return to Canada are not eligible expenses under Travel as it is considered a non-emergent medical treatment.
* COVID tests are not eligible under EHC as it is publicly funded by the government

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PPAO September Newsletter

Mon, Aug 23 at 3:33 PM

Ladies and Gentlemen,

We are happy to share the latest newsletter from the PPAO prepared by retiree Bob Pearson. We hope that you enjoy the content.

Below is a link to the PPAO Parade Room on our website.


Once there, you will see a button at the top of the list of articles for the “PPAO Newsletter September 2021”. This is a new method of distributing the newsletter that is more efficient and causes less problems in distribution. Once you open the newsletter you can download the document and/or print out a copy to share with your members.

Many thanks to Bob Pearson for stepping forward to offer his assistance as our new PPAO Newsletter Editor. Bob can be reached through editor@ppao.ca if you have comments.

Enjoy the rest of the summer and stay safe.


Terry Hill, Director PPAO

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FYI – PPAO – Here’s what the main federal parties are promising seniors | CBC News

Ladies and Gentlemen,

An analysis from CBC News on what is being offered to Seniors by the main Federal Political Parties. If you have not been following it is an interesting read.



Terry Hill, Director PPAO

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NRPA Chip It for Charity – Save the Date! – September 20, 2021


After having had to cancel last year’s tournament,  we will now be going ahead with the tournament this year.

So save the date – Monday, September 20, 2021 at Peninsula Lakes Golf Course in Fenwick.

There are going to be a few changes while we navigate our way through changes to pandemic restrictions during provincial re-opening, and the limitations imposed by the golf course.

There will be no sit-down dinner, but we will be hosting our traditional pig roast at the halfway house. Tee times will be individually booked. There will be some changes to our prize tables as well, but each golfer will still get a goodie bag.

$150 includes golf, cart, BBQ lunch, gifts and entry into our premium prize contests.

Hole sponsorship remains at $250.

We understand that the past eighteen months have been a difficult time for everyone, but we hope that we can still count on your generosity to support ups in whatever way you can, be that by way of sponsorship, golfing or donations.

I have attached information and registration forms.  Please let me know if you would like me to reserve spots for you.

If you have any other questions, please contact me directly.

Many thanks,


Lynn Dowding, Coordinator

NRPA Chip It for Charity Golf Tournament

Info and Registration Documents Attachment Link (You will need your PPAN password to access the documents)

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FYI – PPAO – Sun Life Response to Optometrists’ Pending Job Action

Ladies and gentlemen,

Below is information offered by Sun Life on the pending job action from the Optometrists. 

The PPAO has been monitoring the situation and have provided messages warning of the potential for loss of service.

Here is a link that provides the Optometrists point of view; 



Terry Hill,
PPAO Director


Subject: Information about optometrists’ withdrawal from Ontario’s Health Insurance Plan

Hi there

Impact for Ontarians ages 19 and younger and 65 and older

The Ontario Association of Optometrists is planning to withdraw from Ontario’s Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) on September 1, 2021.

Currently, OHIP pays for one annual routine eye exam for Ontarians ages 19 and younger and 65 and over.

This could mean some Ontarians can’t get a routine eye exam

After the withdrawal from OHIP:

  • Optometrists may refuse to provide routine eye exams to people ages 19 and under, and 65 and over.
  • By law, optometrists can’t charge patients in these age groups directly for eye exams. In other words, patients cannot pay directly for the service.
  • Under the same law, insurers cannot cover the costs of their routine eye exam, either. This includes workplace plans and private insurance plans.

What does this mean for plan members?

If your plan covers members or dependents ages1 9 years old and younger, or 65 and over:

  • You and Sun Life can’t cover the cost through your Extended Health Care benefit plan or Health Spending Account, if applicable, if the optometrist refuses to give the exam.
  • They may not have access to eye exams at all, as patients cannot pay out of pocket.

We’ll continue to repay eligible claims for eye exams for Ontarians ages 20 to 64, inclusive, as usual.

We’re continuing to monitor this

We’re continuing to monitor the situation through the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association (CLHIA). We’ll advise you of any changes.


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FYI – PPAO – C.A.R.P. is asking YOU to speak up for eye care before it’s too late

Ladies and Gentlemen,
This may affect a lot of people seeking eye care as of 01 Sept 2021. Something is not right with our system. We hear of continuing battles with the Teachers Unions and the Medical Associations trying to get our governments to sit down a negotiate contracts for their livelihood. In this situation the PPAO Board of Directors support the request by CARP in their Action Plan.

If you feel the same please follow the links to voice your concerns.

Thank you,

On behalf of the PPAO Board of Directors
Terry Hill

Click HERE for the CARP Action Plan

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Death of Retired NRPS Officer – (Sgt.) Doug Nichol

Doug Nichol passed away at United Mennonite Home, on Monday, July 26, 2021, in his 80th year. Loving husband and best friend of Diane. Doug worked for the Niagara Regional Police Department for 31 years. The “Slug”, as his golfing buddies call him, was an avid golfer and long time member of 20 Valley Golf Course. Everyone always enjoyed his wit and great sense of humour. He was a very loving, kind and compassionate man. “Dougie” will be greatly missed. Many heartfelt thanks to all of our dear friends for always being there throughout this journey. Special thanks for the wonderful care given to Doug by the staff at “Meadows” at United Mennonite Home. Also, special thanks for the caring support from the Alzheimer Society, Senior Outreach and the LHIN. In keeping with Doug’s wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no service or celebration of life. If desired, memorial contributions to the Alzheimer Society would be greatly appreciated by the family. Arrangements entrusted to STONEHOUSE-WHITCOMB FUNERAL HOME, GRIMSBY, 905-945-2755. www.smithsfh.com

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FYI – PPAO – Obituary – Retired Chief Brian Millan – Hamilton P.S.

Ladies and gentlemen,

Sadly we have been informed that retired Hamilton Police Chief Brian Mullan has passed. Below is information from the Hamilton Police Retirees with he obituary for Brian. We will add the passing of Brian to our Last Post page on the web site.

Some of you may have known Brian through his many investigations and organization he was involved with over the years. Our condolences to the family and friends.

Terry Hill, Director PPAO


Please open the link below to view the published obituary for retiree Brian Mullan, whose passing I reported previously.

Bob Slack https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/thespec/obituary.aspx?n=brian-john-mullan&pid=199561233

Hamilton Police Retirees Association
555 Upper Wellington St, Hamilton

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Tribute to Cliff Priest – Niagara Falls – July 23, 2021, 9:15 – 9:30pm

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