Latest Edition
E-news bulletin of the Editors’Association of Canada–Prairie Provinces Branch
November-December 2011
Health...
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Latest Edition  November-December 2011
Table 2. What is covered
Benefit Amount covered by the plans referred to above
Dr...
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Latest Edition  November-December 2011
From the chair
Branch administrator hired
I am delighted to welcome our inaugural...
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Latest Edition  November-December 2011
Annual PPB fall retreat
Ten PPB board members gathered at Strawberry Creek Lodge ...
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Latest Edition  November-December 2011
Branch news
Opportunities to volunteer
Isn’t it time that you participated more f...
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Latest Edition  November-December 2011
EAC national news
Conference 2012: Ottawa, June 1–3
Nationalconferenceco-chairsCh...
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  1. 1. Latest Edition E-news bulletin of the Editors’Association of Canada–Prairie Provinces Branch November-December 2011 Health insurance plans for the self-employed by Astrid Blodgett (EAC–PPB member) I recently looked into the cost of group health insurance for a family of four (two adults and two children under the age of 12, with no pre-existing health conditions). You will never find two plans the same, so exact comparisons are not possible. However, I selected four plans that offer fairly similar coverage. Please take the monthly rates I’ve cited as approximate and obtain your own. Table 1. Comparisons of four plans Insurer Plan Monthly rate for a family of four Alberta Blue Cross Blue Cross offers plans A, B, and C; A offers less and C more. Plan B $200 AMA AMA provides basic and ex- tended health care and three lev- els each of drug and dental.Level 1 offers the least. Extended health care with drug level 1 and dental level 1 $232 PlanDirect* Comprehensive is the fourth of five options; 1 offers the least. Comprehensive plan $443 Sonata* There are four scales; scale 1 of- fers the least. Scale 3 $308 * Offered through EAC’s group insurer. Look in the members’ area of the EAC website under member services.
  2. 2. 2 Latest Edition  November-December 2011 Table 2. What is covered Benefit Amount covered by the plans referred to above Drugs Blue Cross and AMA cover 70%; PlanDirect and Sonata cover 85–100%. Yearly maximums of $300 (AMA) up to $1200 (PlanDirect) and as high as $10,000 (Sonata and Blue Cross). Two mentioned dispensing fees ($6.50 for AMA, $7 for Sonata). Dental AMA covers 70%, Blue Cross 100% and the others 80% of most routine dental care up to yearly maximums (e.g., AMA up to $350 initially and $700 by the third year of coverage, PlanDirect up to $1,000/year). Some cover a portion of non-routine services up to a yearly maximum. AMA does not include any non-routine services. Vision AMA covers $100/person over a two-year period; after four years it covers $200/person over a two-year period. The other plans cover up to $200/ person over a two-year period. All the plans cover eye exams every second year. Ambulance Covered by all but Blue Cross. Hearing aids Roughly the same coverage, although AMA provides slightly less. In-home nursing AMA covers $1,000 initially and $3,000 after five years; others provide more from the start (i.e., up to $3,000/year). Specialists/therapists All cover only a very small portion, to varying degrees. The next issue will include an article about health spending accounts (HSAs), which can either replace or supplement the more traditional health insurance plans described here.
  3. 3. 3 Latest Edition  November-December 2011 From the chair Branch administrator hired I am delighted to welcome our inaugural part- time branch administrator, Tiiu Vuorensola. Tiiu brings all the skills we need plus enthusiasm. Tiiu is office administrator at NeWest Press, so much of the work we’re asking of her mirrors the skills she’s already applying at NeWest. And how valu- able is it to have someone from a related industry? Initially, Tiiu will direct her energy at setting up QuickBooks and getting our quarterly GST re- port submitted. She’ll also assist with logistics for members’ meetings, programming and other PPB events. She’ll pick up the mail, pay bills and main- tain our databases of corporations and related agencies. At the PPB annual general meeting next May we’ll re-assess our financial position and the benefits we’ve gleaned from this assistance. Two new board members appointed We are gradually filling the board positions. Lori Betke has taken on the role of outreach committee liaison (connecting with the education, member- ship/volunteer and mentorship coordinators, who are Rhonda Skinner, Rachel Small and a person yet to be named). We’re pleased to add another Lori to the PPB roster! Sherry Lawler, our new external publicity coordinator, brings enthusiasm and a raft of bright ideas for getting our word out into the community, including experience and skills in social media. Margaret F. Sadler, EAC–PPB chair, 2011-12 PPB executive reports Member news Did you know that five EAC–PPB members work on Hansard and committee documents for the Legislative Assembly of Alberta? Hansard is the official, verbatim record of parliamentary debates and proceedings and is published on a next-day basis. PPB members at Hansard: •  Marguerite Watson, senior editor •  Moira Calder, editorial assistant (indexer) •  Sharon Skage, copy editor •  Joel Semchuk, input editor •  Judy Dunlop, freelance indexer of transcripts of public MLA committee meetings, including Public Accounts On CBC Radio’s December 6 Ideas program, Karen Virag explored the history and cultural significance of the mirror. http://www.cbc.ca/ideas/ schedule. The following people joined the Editors’ Association of Canada in September and October 2011. Calgary: Ken Drabinsky Edmonton: Gillian Austin and Manda Brownrigg Yellowknife: Catherine Pellerin “Most new usages … have their roots in our modern duty to be nice to everyone, till it sometimes seems that even using the term politically correct is politically incorrect.” — Hugo Williams, “Freelance,” Times Literary Supplement, September 2, 2011 Welcome to new members Quote of the day
  4. 4. 4 Latest Edition  November-December 2011 Annual PPB fall retreat Ten PPB board members gathered at Strawberry Creek Lodge (a family-owned and -operated log re- treat centre, 80 kilometres southwest of Edmonton) from October 14 to 16 for brainstorming, board work and bonding. They were joined by Ursula Acton, chair, Saskatchewan branch, and Arden Ogg, regional director of branches and twigs, west. Lori-Ann Claerhout, internal committee liaison, says:“Off the deck at Strawberry Creek Lodge, a chickadee lighted on the bird feeder just inches away and swiftly set to the task of finding, shelling and eating a seed; once finished, it flitted off. Just like the bird, EAC–PPB executive and guests descended on the retreat centre and got right to work on our operations manual and policies. I was warmly in- vited in by this efficient group, even though this was only the second month of my volunteer term. We deliberated, updated, discussed and closed our board meeting with just enough time to eat and say fond goodbyes.” Saskatchewan branch chair Ursula Acton adds:“Coming from the smallest branch – by a considerable margin – it was an education to watch how such a large and effective executive navigated and negoti- ated issues as diverse as volunteer recruitment and retention, programming selection and implementa- tion, and the evolution of things on the ground in Calgary. I came away feeling I had learned much of value. And it was a pleasure to meet so many kind and welcoming people.” PPB executive reports From left to right: Lori-Ann Claerhout, Margaret Sadler (top), Rhonda Skinner (bottom), Virginia Durksen, Arden Ogg, Anita Jenkins, Paul Payson, Astrid Blodgett, Theresa Agnew, Deborah Lawson, Eva Radford.
  5. 5. 5 Latest Edition  November-December 2011 Branch news Opportunities to volunteer Isn’t it time that you participated more fully in your professional association? If you’d like to start at the top, the vice chair’s role is still not filled. Or you could: •  coordinate Calgary’s programs with help from several other enthusiastic people. Contact Lauri Seidlitz, lauriseidlitz@shaw.ca. •  help the Edmonton program committee plan 2012 workshops and members’ nights. Contact Eva Radford, eva@clearwatermedia. com. •  manage the PPB job hotline, which an- nounces employment and freelance opportuni- ties in the prairies. Contact Margaret Sadler, ppb_br_chair@editors.ca. •  create a mentorship program for aspir- ing and beginning editors. Contact Margaret Sadler, ppb_br_chair@editors.ca. Program announcements Calgary Grammar Gals  On Tuesday, October 25, the PPB’s Grammar Gals, Karen Virag and Virginia Durksen, answered grammar questions on CBC Radio’s Alberta at Noon program (and in case you were wondering, yes, there is a difference be- tween envy and jealousy). The Gals and a crowd of 30 or so editors also appeared at the Great Big Grammarfest later that night, at Mount Royal University. CBC host Donna McElligott moder- ated both the show and the evening event. Thanks to local organizers Lauri Seidlitz and Glenn Ruhl. Edmonton Editor/writer coffee meetings   Second Wednesday of the month, 10 am to noon, Block 1912, 10361-82 (Whyte) Avenue. Everyone wel- come. For information contact Deborah Lawson, deborah@thewordcircus.com. Words of Our Own  Tuesday, January 31, Watch for email about this annual event featur- ing readings by editors who are also poets, authors and raconteurs. Thanks to Audrey Whitson,who organized a mar- vellous Christmas gathering for Edmonton-area editors and friends at Rutherford House. News from Saskatchewan branch For the first time EAC Saskatchewan had a kiosk at this year’s Saskatoon Word on the Street festival in September. Visitors (usually wannabe writers) were given EAC promotional bumf and copies of Active Voice. They also learned what editors do. Whether contracts will result is anyone’s guess, but the EAC Saskatchewan executive regards this foray a success and plans a return engagement next year. Did you know? The Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS) has a job hotline that often features editing and writing work: http://www.cprs.ca/careers. External committee liaison Deborah Lawson recom- mends “This Crazy Industry,” a blog about editing: http://crazyindustry.blogspot.com/2005/03/ becoming-editor.html. We’re on Facebook! External publicity coordina- tor Sherry Lawler has set up a page for Editors’ Association of Canada–Prairie Provinces Branch. Visit it soon and click “Like” to see all the latest news, notes and photos: http://www.facebook.com/pages/ Editors-Association-of-Canada-Prairie-Provinces- Branch/279606205413836.
  6. 6. 6 Latest Edition  November-December 2011 EAC national news Conference 2012: Ottawa, June 1–3 Nationalconferenceco-chairsChristineLeBlancandGaelSpivakreportthattheconference team has had a terrific response to its request for session suggestions. The team is now booking speakers for topics ranging from editing games and e-books to learning how the brain works and mastering social media. The theme of the conference is The Landscape of Canadian Language: Word Nerds Gone Wild (Le paysage langagier du Canada: les mordus des mots se défoulent). For more details, visit http://www.editors.ca/conference/ index.html. Staying in touch Chair Margaret Sadler Treasurer Paul Payson Secretary Astrid Blodgett Internal committee liaison Lori-Ann Claerhout External committee liaison Deborah Lawson Outreach committee liaison Lorelei Betke Past chair Paul Payson Regional director of branches and twigs, west Arden Ogg Branch Administrator Tiiu Vuorensola You can contact any ex­ec­u­tive or com- mittee member through the email ad- dresses provided on the EAC website, http://www.editors.ca/branches/ prairies/index.html. They will be de- lighted to hear from you, as your in- put and offers of assistance make it possible for the PPB to thrive. The Prairie Provinces Branch (PPB) e-news bulletin, Latest Edition, is published six times a year. The goal is to provide a quick read that will keep PPB members informed about events and opportunities as well as the activ- ities of the branch executive. To contribute, make suggestions or comment, contact Anita Jenkins, e- news bulletin editor at ajenkins@ compusmart.ab.ca or 780-474-6656. Deadline for submissions to the next issue is January 9, 2012. Copy editor: Sharon Skage Designer: Aaron Dalton

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