Season's Greetings, Souhaits pour la Saison Estivale
Pensioners and Friends of the Coalition,
May we take this opportunity to wish you and yours a joyous festive season and all the best for 2017. Our sincere hope is that our legal challenge will see the light of day in Court and that we all have a successful resolution to our case in 2017.
Pension Coalition NB
Chers retraités et amis de la Coalition,
Permettez - nous de vous souhaiter à vous et votre famille, une belle saison estivale et que 2017 soit une année des plus productives. Nous espérons que notre cas legal verra le jour en 2017 et aura une conclusion des plus positive.
Pension Coalition NB
A path forward- Un parcours défini
The Coalition is pleased to inform you that we finally have a path forward in the Court of Queen's Bench to hear the arguments for the two cases advocating for the rights of retirees.
You will note below, key dates for hearings and tabling of any documents, as per rules of the Court.
New Brunswick’s shared-risk conversion faces a flurry of legal attacks
Julius Melnitzer | November 15, 2016
Uncertainty surrounding litigation outcome puts a damper on pension reform Employers across the country are keeping a close eye on New Brunswick, as the province becomes the legal battleground where decisions on the scope of the right to convert defined benefit pension plans into target benefit plans will likely play out.
“The judge in our case has already acknowledged that all eyes in Canada are on this litigation,” says Ari Kaplan, a Toronto lawyer. Kaplan is co-counsel for the plaintiffs, who are all members of a group known as Pension Coalition NB, in the case of Kennedy v. New Brunswick.
Judge's Decision / la décision du Juge
The Coalition received late last week Judge Clendening's decision on the issue of representation. Given that we received a negative decision and following discussion with our legal counsel, the Steering Committee authorized an appeal to be filed with the Court of Appeal. The appeal documents were filed Friday, Nov 4, 2016. This appeal is now scheduled for hearing on December 15, 2016.
Your Coalition Needs You/Votre Coalition a Besoin de Vous
Good day Pension Coalition NB supporters – we hope you are having a terrific summer in spite of the high humidity felt in most of NB this summer. Fall is just around the corner which means less humidity and more comfortable temperatures.
We are reaching out to you at this time to solicit financial support for our operational fund. As there are 2 legal cases advocating for the recognition of the rights of retirees slowly moving through the judicial system, we feel it's important for the Coalition to keep its members properly informed, as opposed to you hearing it from the media. At this stage, our operational fund is close to depletion and have only enough funds for the next couple of months. Our monthly costs of approximately $600 cover the costs of maintaining our website (and membership information) as well as the toll free number through Bell Aliant and our mailbox. If we were to lose the contract for our website, there would be no way to communicate with you in the future. We think you would agree that keeping that line of communication open is essential.