Vol. 13, no. 2. August/août 2004


Well the torch has been passed. As of June 1, CUPA has a new president, with big shoes to fill, as John Hall has done a terrific job for us over the past years. Fortunately, John remains involved, and he and Howard Fink continue to represent us on the very important Pensions and Benefits committees. The Executive consists of myself, Graham Martin, as President, Howard Fink as Vice-President, Colin Waters as Secretary/Treasurer (for now, as we would like to split this post), John Hall as Past President, with members at large John Fiset, Bérengère Gaudet-Tremblay, Barbara Harding, Steve Kumarapeli, Shirley Maynes, Peter Paquet and our esteemed Editor of CUPARUC, Jim Whitelaw, as ex-officio. If you have any matters you wish to raise, please feel free to contact any of them. I would like to thank those whose terms have finished - notably Geoff Adams and Phil O'Doherty - for the good work they have done in the past.
As to the future, the survey has been tabulated and I would like to thank all those who took the time to respond. You will find the results elsewhere in this issue. We had over 130 responses, which is a very good rate of return for this kind of survey. The survey indicated a good level of satisfaction with the work being done on the Pensions and Benefits Committees, and great satisfaction with our newsletter, putting a final nail in the coffin of any hopes Jim Whitelaw has of retiring. He would, however, like to have some help as Editor and, above all, articles for it. Volunteers, please! As for the other topics, we will do what we can in the coming months to act on the suggestions included. Some are easy, but some may not be possible. I'll keep you informed.
One matter that has been raised is the question of indexing. Faced with 30% increases in gasoline prices and tax bills as well as $14 parking when visiting hospitals, somehow 0.6% indexing seems inadequate, especially when pension plan investments did well this year. We will try and see what we can do to improve the situation, but ............
I hope that you are all having a good summer and look forward to seeing you in the fall.

Graham Martin