November 26, 2021


Dear QART members,

Friday, November 26th is the deadline for submitting your name to attend the QART Christmas Party. So far, we have 58 persons who have indicated that they will attend. The maximum is 70. If you wish to add your name to those going, contact Annie Schaffhauser as soon as you can.Her email address is azuk1024@gmail.com. Her phone number is (438)-342-8535.

 Here are the details of the event:

  1. The QART Christmas Party will be held at the Restaurant le Bordelais, 1000 boul. Gouin W., Montreal, on Wednesday, December 1st. The doors open at 11:00 a.m. The party is open to both members and guests.
  2. The menu is a full course dinner with Cream of Vegetable Soup, Green Salad, and a choice of one of 5 entrées: Cod Loin with Mediterranean Salsa, Braised Beef with Vegetables, Lamb Confit in a Fine Herbs Sauce, Pork Filet garnished with Pear and Ginger Coulis, or Grilled Chicken Supreme in Grand Marnier Sauce. Also included is dessert with coffee or tea.
  3. The cost is $50 per person. The tax and tip are included in the price but beverages and drinks are an extra cost.
  4. Le Bordelais requires that outdoor clothing be checked into the cloak room. Q.A.R.T. will pick up the $1.50 cloak room charge for all who attend this function.
  5. Don’t forget that there will be drawings open to all, for prizes including five bottles of wine and four $25 gift certificates to the Bay. Also, there will be drawings open to our paid up regular and honorary members for three free meals, each free meal being a $50 value.
  6. As well, there will be a special charity draw for the benefit of Chez Doris; tickets are $2 each or 3 tickets for $5. Half the money collected goes to Chez Doris; the remaining half is split among several lucky winners with one other winner getting the tax receipt for the charitable donation.
  7. Remember that QART complies with the Quebec health safety regulations that are in effect.

 On behalf of QART,
Season’s greetings,

John

Cost of Living Indexation Announced for 2022

Retraite-Québec has announced that the rate of indexation for the Quebec Pension Plan will be 2.7 % as of January 1, 2022.

 This same rate is normally applied to our Retraite-Québec (CARRA) pensions: TPP and RREGOP.

 This means that your TPP or RREGOP pension will be indexed

  • for the years of service up to June 30, 1982, at 2.7 %,
  • for the years of service from July 1, 1982 to December 31, 1999, at 0%,
  • and, for the years of service since January 1, 2000, at 1.35 %.

More information can be found at

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WHAT’S UP NEXT?

At this point in the normal QART calendar, there remains just one event, the AGM and accompanying luncheon. This is usually scheduled in May. No AGM could be held last year because of the pandemic. For the same reason, I do not foresee holding a physical AGM this year until the fall, at the earliest.

However, our financial year ends March 31st. Before we plan anything further, our treasurer, Steve Dursa, has to close the year and produce the annual financial statements. QART will send these to you in the next bulletin.

Once QART’s financial statements are published, we will be ready in May to start collecting next year’s membership fees. To do this, Steve Dursa will first send out invoices. A few days later, he will send you a statement of account. Please wait until you receive your statement of account before you pay. A large number of regular members have earned varying amounts of credits in compensation for the lack of physical events in 2020-2021. Waiting for your statement of account helps ensure that you pay the correct amount with your credits worked in.

This year, we will replace the May AGM luncheon with a stay-at-home event if it is financially possible. Before QART can return to normal group activities, we would need that a large percentage of the population be vaccinated, that social distancing be lifted, and that indoor locations, such as restaurants, be fully opened. I am not sure when all this will happen, but I believe that our memorial celebration in November and our Christmas gathering in December are definite possibilities.

Membership Dues

It's now that time when QART starts collecting the membership fees for the new year 2020-2021. Membership is the life blood of the association. We really depend on your support, generosity, and promptness. I thank you in advance in making this membership drive a success.

There has been no change in the fee amount. The regular membership is $30; an honorary member who has 25 years of membership attained before July 2013 pays $0; an honorary member who has 25 years of membership attained after July 2013 pays $12; a member at large who just wishes to receive the newsletter but not participate in any QART meeting or activity pays $12.

Membership forms are available in the latest QART newsletter or on this website (just click on this link). Please mail your payment (cheque only) to:

QART
291 ave. du Parc
L'Ile-Perrot, QC
J7V 9Z
Attention: Steve Dursa

 

QART has an email address

Do you want to communicate with QART ? Perhaps you have a suggestion or a comment. You can reach QART or any member of the Executive Committee at just one email address, qart.mtl@outlook.com