University of British Columbia
By Breeonne Baxter on December 6, 2010
Premium rates for the provincial Medical Services Plan (MSP) are increasing, effective Jan. 1, 2011. UBC Employees who pay their MSP premiums through payroll deduction will see the increased cost on their Dec. 31, 2010 paycheque.
The new premiums will increase by $3.50 per month for individuals and $7 per month for couples and families. The new rates are:
- Single: $60.50
- Couple (family of two): $109.00
- Family (family of three or more): $121.00
The UBC employer and employee cost-sharing percentages for calculating MSP premium deductions will remain unchanged. For example, employees who pay 75% of the MSP monthly premium will continue to pay 75% of the new premium rate. Please note that MSP deductions are taken one month in advance, so you will see the increased deduction on the Dec. 31, 2010 paycheques for employees who pay the full or partial cost.
For a detailed list of the adjusted monthly rates by employee group and premium cost-sharing arrangement, please visit the UBC Human Resources Benefits Premium Rates page.
By Breeonne Baxter on November 29, 2010
The participants for the 2011 Leave for Change program have been selected. They are:
- Angie Gerst (Continuing Studies): Bolivia (municipal compost education program)
- Nancy Hogan (Health Services and Policy Research): Botswana (human resource management)
- Merrilee Hughes (Nursing): Nepal (fund-raising advisor)
- Amy Phillips (Orthopedics): Nepal (SPSS database advisor)
- Nicole Ronan (CTLT): Ghana (ICT needs advisor)
- Robin Ryan (Enrolment Services): Advisor in Photography-Based Marketing
Keep an eye on the Leave for Change blog for updates, as these volunteers will be heading out on their volunteer assignments in early 2011.
By Breeonne Baxter on October 28, 2010
The Fall 2010 issue of Benefits FYI is here! Check out this edition, which features stories on:
- New Sun Life sign-in page for plan members
- The UBC Health Challenge
- Benefits at the UBC Thrive Wellness Fair
Read Benefits FYI: Fall 2010 online.
By Breeonne Baxter on October 27, 2010
The Amazing Race Health Challenge is back! Join UBC’s staff and faculty community in this year’s race to a healthier you. The challenge is 5 weeks in length beginning November 8, 2010 continuing until December 12, 2010. The challenge is open to all UBC staff and faculty members.
On your own, or in teams of 3 to 10, collect points by completing a variety of activities each day. These include anything from eating fruits and vegetables to completing a Sudoku puzzle. You may already be completing some of the included activities on a daily basis so why not join your colleagues in this year’s challenge to improve health and wellness among staff and faculty? The challenge includes health activities in all five dimensions of wellness: physical activity, nutrition, intellectual, psychological and social/community.
For details on how to register, visit http://thrive.ubc.ca/amazing-race/
By Breeonne Baxter on September 13, 2010
UBC Athletics has a number of offerings for UBC Staff and Faculty during the school year. UBC Employees can access Athletics and Recreation programs such as:
- $5 tickets for all UBC Thunderbird games
- Access to Intramural Programs
- Discounts on UBC REC programs
- Discounted access to the UBC Aquatic Centre, the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre, and UBC Birdcoop.
For a full list of Athletics and Recreation opportunities on the Vancouver campus for Staff and Faculty, view the brochure (pdf).
By Breeonne Baxter on August 20, 2010
- The New Benefits Website
- Sun Life Closes Edmonton Office
- Going Green Update
- New Requirements for Orthopaedic Shoes and Orthotics
By Kathy Pang on August 10, 2010
Faculty Pension Plan members will start receiving their 2010 second quarter newsletter and statement packages this week.
In this issue of the Pension News:
- “Paving the Path: A Look at Retirement Planning”
- Upcoming Retirement Workshops
- Market Commentary
- Fund Performance and Composition
- Account Requests at myPension
- Trustee Election
- FPP Info Seminar at Okanagan Campus
View the FPP 2010 Second Quarter newsletter.
By Breeonne Baxter on March 5, 2010
On March 11/10, UBC will become one of 13 community stops on the Paralympic Torch Relay. To celebrate, the UBC 2010 Olympic & Paralympic Secretariat and UBC REC are planning a free campus-wide celebration which will be open to all students, staff, faculty, alumni and friends.
Paralympic Torch Relay Celebration
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
SUB South Plaza, at the corner of University Boulevard and East Mall
For more information on the day’s events, visit the 2010 Olympic & Paralympic Secretariat website.
UBC Paralympic Torchbearers
In this week’s edition, UBC Reports interviews UBC participants in the Paralympic Torch Relay, to get their thoughts on the event and what it means to the community. Check out the article to read stories from the UBC students, staff and faculty who are participating in the Torch Relay.
(And don’t forget to keep an eye on the Paralympic Games schedule at UBC… it might get pretty busy on the buses and the roads to Point Grey!)
By Breeonne Baxter on March 3, 2010
The start of the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games is less than two weeks away!
UBC will host Ice Sledge Hockey at the UBC Thunderbird Arena. Twenty games will be played between March 13 and March 20, matching up eight countries.
The 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Secretariat has posted the Ice Sledge Hockey schedule on their website. Of particular interest to people who work and study at the Point Grey campus will be Tuesday, March 16, during which four Ice Sledge Hockey games will be held at UBC. The first game begins at 10:00 a.m.
We will likely see an increase in traffic (both bus and vehicular) to campus on this day. Your regular commute may be impacted.
By Breeonne Baxter on February 25, 2010
UBC’s Point Grey campus is the home of the UBC Botanical Garden, Canada’s oldest continuously operating university botanic garden. The UBC Botanical Garden was established in 1916 under the directorship of John Davidson, British Columbia’s first provincial botanist.
$5 Membership: UBC Faculty and Staff have the opportunity to purchase an annual membership for $5.00. Membership gets you free admission to both the UBC Botanical Garden and the Nitobe Memorial Garden (see below). Considering that a single day’s adult pass to the Garden is $8, signing up for a membership is worth it! This offer is open to all UBC Faculty and Staff, regardless of your campus location. Download the membership form today.
Hours: The Botanical Garden’s spring hours are 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekends. Visitor parking is available, or you can hop onto the C20 shuttle bus [route map] from the UBC Bus Loop.
Canopy Walkway: One of the newest features of the UBC Botanical Garden is the Greenheart Canopy Walkway. The 308-metre walkway reaches heights in excess of 17.5 metres, allowing visitors and researchers to experience the unique biodiversity of a Pacific Coastal Rainforest canopy, which includes treetop mosses, lichens, birds, insects and other invertebrates, and offers a “bird’s eye” view of the forest canopy. UBC Staff and Faculty members of the garden can show their member card to get Concession pricing to the Canopy Walkway.
Amphitheatre: This spring, the Botanical Garden will open its new outdoor amphitheatre, available for outdoor lectures, meetings or events. Contact the Garden for more information on the amphitheatre.
Another of the UBC Botanical Garden’s sites is the Nitobe Memorial Garden, a traditional Japanese garden. The Nitobe Memorial Garden is considered to be the best traditional authentic Japanese Tea and Stroll Garden in North America.
To view photographs of the Nitobe Memorial Garden throughout the year, visit the Nitobe Garden Flickr pool.
Follow UBC Botanical Garden on Twitter for great Daily Botany Photos and upcoming events at the Garden.