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ARM District 18 & 21 September Newsletter

Volume 1                                                                                                                  September 2020

1. Presidents Report                      4. Anxiety during COVID article       7. Sad news
2. September Social Picnic            5. OTIP Tips and Info                       8. Contact us
3. Labour Day Activities                 6. Stroke Indicators article

President’s Report  by Chester Faulkner

Once again I hope this report finds everyone still healthy and in good spirits. It has once again been a strange couple of months with everyone in various stages of isolation. We enjoyed the attempts at Zoom meeting as they have been somewhat successful.  It has kept us somewhat connected.  A special thanks goes out to Janice Marela and Karen Kasik for all their efforts to keep us informed and properly Zoomed.

We are in a unique position in the Covid-19 world as many of us are at an age where media, and sometimes our kids, keep reminding us of how dangerous Covid-19 can be to us.  On the other hand, we are often at a point in our lives where many of us are not able to take advantage of social media that can help to keep us connected.  This has put a strain on our ARM group and has been a real dilemma for our executive to try and figure out how to keep everyone together and serve their needs. Therefore, we have decided that on Tuesday, September 22, at 11:30 a.m., we are inviting everyone to join at Confederation Park for a picnic. Please see below for more details!  We will socially distance and yet still get to see each up close and personal. We will have a district flag to show the area we are meeting. Keep in mind that unlike our Zoom meeting proper attire on the bottom will be required!  Please note that Wednesday, September 23 will be the rain date if Tuesday is too inclement. We will send out an early mail blast by 9:00 am if there is a change so please check in your email inbox.  Hope to see you there.

Given the strain this isolation period has put on all of us, it is important that we keep as many of the channels of communication open as we can.  Malcolm has suggested that perhaps a survey might be a method of finding out how we can go about doing that. So here is a brief survey that you might want to help us with:

SURVEY REGARDING ARM ACTIVITIES EVENTS.  Please click on this link to do the survey.

We should also like to remind you of our Facebook page, Chester Newz.  We have a growing group so feel free to send us a friend request so that your posts can be seen. We also have a website, ARM Chapter 18/21 - Hamilton-Wentworth/Upper Grand.  If you ever want something posted just email us at there are direct links to both at the bottom of the newsletters)


September Social Distance ARM D18&21 Picnic 

Date: Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020 (Inclement weather date is Wednesday, September 23rd)
Time: 11:30 a.m.
Location: Confederation Park
                585 Van Wagners Beach Rd, Hamilton
(Turn right after the entrance (towards Waterworks) - we will be located near the yellow building (the washrooms!) and will have an OSSTF flag to indicate where we are sitting to make it easier to find us!)
       Your own lawn chair
       Your own packed lunch
       Your smile and a mask (for washroom)

RSVP to before September 15th to reserve your spot as we will be following covid-19 protocols and will be limiting the number of participants.

From the HDLC and Malcolm B
Dear Comrades,

Information below on:

  • Giving this Labour Day
  • Attending Labour Day
  • Labour Day Week Kick-Off Concert
  • Labour Day Banner Making with the WAHC

With Labour Day just around the corner, this newsletter will take a special focus on events surrounding the day. 

Below, you'll find information on labour day, events leading up to labour day, and what you can do to help get the word out on this a-typical, COVID safe, labour day celebration.

Giving this Labour Day...

Please click on the following link for a letter from the Labour Council and the United Way. As union members, many have suffered job and income loss through the pandemic and had to access community services around the city. Many others have had the privilege of maintaining our level of employment and income. We are asking, if you're able, to read the following letter from the Labour Council and the United Way and consider if you are able to help local working class people who need to access these services who have been hurt by the pandemic economy. Please download, share, and read the letter here.

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If you have anything you would like shared in these newsletters, please email


This year, Labour Day will be celebrated on Monday September 7, 2020

HDLC will be holding a Social Distancing Caravan and Tailgate to celebrate. The Caravan will start at 11 AM in the Hamilton City Hall parking lot and end at Starlite Drive-In.

We are asking cars to queue up beginning at 10AM and the caravan will leave at 11AM.
 The caravan will make its way down Main St., onto Queenston Rd., right at Centennial Parkway and continues up the Starlite Drive-In on Green Mountain Rd. in Upper Stoney Creek.

Once we are at the Starlite Drive-In, you are welcome to bring a picnic and lawn chairs (if space allows) and have some socially distanced fun. We have the space until 2PM. 

We are in the currently in the process of trying to secure a chartered bus for some community partners and delegates who need assistance in participating in our caravan. We will announce availability of a bus on our Facebook Page or you can email as the day gets closer.

To allow us to track numbers, please register a vehicle for the Caravan and/or Tailgate at

More information can be found here.  

As we normally celebrate labour day via a march around downtown, we are worried that some of our comrades have not received updated labour day plans. 

Please copy and paste the following message and send it to your friends from unions and the community. If possible, ask your local to share with their membership or on their social media. Thanks for all your help!

Dear Comrades,

This year the typical Labour Day march around Hamilton cannot take place due to COVID restrictions. As an alternative, Hamilton and District Labour Council has organized a car caravan from City Hall (71 Main St W, Hamilton) to Starlite Drive-In (59 Green Mountain Rd E, Stoney Creek) on Monday September 7th.

Cars can begin lining up at 10AM in the parking lot behind City Hall (entrance on Hunter St). The caravan will begin at 11AM.

Pack a picnic, bring some lawn chairs, and we can have some physically distanced fun! 

If possible, please share this message with your friends and locals. In order to help HDLC track numbers, you can register at Hope to see you there!
Good Article from the Huffington Post on Anxiety during COVID-19 and the Pandemic can be found at the link below



Essential tips to keep our streets safe
As our roads and sidewalks are beginning to fill with students walking and biking to school, it’s a good time to review road safety practices. Pedestrians account for 14% of all serious road injuries and 15% of road fatalities; it is up to both drivers and pedestrians to help improve the safety of our streets for all road users. Here are a few tips for both drivers and pedestrians to keep in mind as we navigate our shared spaces.
Learn more at

8 Identity Theft Prevention Tips All Online Shoppers Need to Know
Shopping online has become increasingly more common over the past decade, and for good reason. As an online shopper, you get to avoid checkout lines, scout different retail sites for the best prices, and shop at whatever time works for your schedule – all from the comfort of your own home. Yet, for many of us, the convenience of online shopping is overshadowed by concern with the new opportunities digital marketplaces provide for personal information to be captured and exploited. Whether you’re already a seasoned cybershopper, or are still debating making your first online purchase, these eight identity theft prevention tips can help you to keep your personal information safe when shopping online
Learn more at  


Blood Clots/Stroke - They Now Have a Fourth Indicator, the Tongue

STROKE:  Remember the 1st Three Letters.....

S. T. R. 

During a BBQ, a woman stumbled and took a little fall - she assured everyone that she was fine (they offered to call paramedics) ...she said  she had just tripped over a brick because of her new shoes.

They got her cleaned up and got her a new plate of food. While she appeared a bit shaken up, Jane went about enjoying herself the rest of the evening.

Jane's husband called later telling everyone that his wife had been taken to the hospital - (at 6:00 PM  Jane passed away) She had suffered a stroke at the BBQ. Had they known how to identify the signs of a stroke, perhaps Jane would be with us today. Some don't die. They end up in a helpless, hopeless condition instead.

It only takes a minute to read this.

A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke...totally. He said the trick was getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and then getting the patient medically cared for within 3 hours, which is tough.


Thank God for the sense to remember the '3' steps, STR. Read and 

Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke.

Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions: 
S *  Ask the individual to SMILE. 
T *  Ask the person to TALK and SPEAK A  SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently)
(i.e. Chicken Soup) 
R  *  Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.

If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call the emergency number immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

New Sign of a Stroke --------

Stick out Your Tongue!

NOTE: Another 'sign' of a stroke is this: Ask the person to 'stick' out his tongue. If the tongue is  'crooked', if it goes to one side or the other  that is also an indication of a stroke.


Barry Curtis Obituary - For those of our members who may not have seen this, this is the link for an ARM member from District 21 who taught in Hamilton-Wentworth.  His family requested to have it linked in our newsletter as many retirees may have taught with Barry or knew him.  Link to Obituary notice:


Because of COVID, communication with newly retired OSSTF members in 2020 has not been possible.    IF you know of anyone, please have them contact us at and we will gladly get in touch with them.  


REMEMBER to email with any comments, ideas, or suggestions or if you change your email address!!!!
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