Digest

Our weekly email digest keeps students informed of the activities of the GSU, and of things of interest at the university and in the community at large. While announcements are varied, they include deadlines, workshops, conferences, political events and the like.


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Digest: Queer Beers, Raptors & Minding Our Minds – October 23, 2014

1. UofT Divest! Launch Event: Mon Oct 27, 7-9pm
2. Vote in the Municipal Elections: Mon Oct 27
3. Queer Beers – Queer Caucus Pub Night: Thurs Oct 30, 7pm
4. Permanent Residency Workshop for International Students: Mon Oct 27, 5-7pm
5. UTGSU v. CFS, CFS-Ontario Litigation Settled; Fall Referendum Dates
6. UTGSU Health & Dental Insurance Blackout Period
7. Yoga Tune-Up: Self-Massage Class: Thursdays, 11am
8. Reserve UTGSU Gym time for November: Fri Oct 31, 10am
9. Grad Escape: Toronto Raptors vs Orlando Magic: Tues Nov 11, 7:30pm
10. Harvest Noon Annual General Meeting: Wed Oct 29, 7pm
11. Bikechain Annual General Meeting: Wed Nov 5, 6pm
12. Join the Harvest Noon Board of Directors!
13. Making Your Own Baby Food: Tues Nov 4, 12:30-2pm
14. Join the Science Rendezvous Executive Team: deadline Mon Nov 3, 5pm
15. $5 Cultural Cuisine: Filipino Fusion Cooking Class: Tues Oct 28, 5pm
16. International Students: Post-Graduation Work Permit session: Tues Oct 28, 3pm
17. Minding Our Minds: Mental Health in University: Thurs Oct 30

 
 

1. UofT Divest! Launch Event: Mon Oct 27, 7-9pm

UofT Graduate students! Your tuition dollars are being invested in companies which benefit from Israel’s violations of international law and human rights abuses in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Come to a Divestment Campaign Launch Event on Oct. 27th from 7-9pm in the OISE Auditorium (252 Bloor St. W) to learn more. A panel of four divestment activists from the U.S., Canada, and Palestine will discuss the importance pressuring UofT to divest. Go to UofTDivest.com to find more information about the Oct. 27th Launch Event, hosted by the UTGSU’s Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) Ad Hoc Committee. Questions? Email divest@utgsu.ca.

 

2. Vote in the Municipal Elections: Mon Oct 27

If you are a citizen of Canada and over 18 years old, you are eligible to vote in the Municipal Elections happening on October 27th. If you live in Toronto, find your polling station and a sample ballot here.

If you’re not on the voters’ list but are eligible to vote, you can show up to your local polling station on election day with a piece of ID showing your name and Toronto address, and you will be added to the list on-site. If you’re unsure who to vote for in the Toronto Mayoral Race, take a look at the one-pager that the UTGSU Civics Committee has created for you here: www.utgsu.ca/civics. Questions? Contact civics@utgsu.ca.

 

3. Queer Beers – Queer Caucus Pub Night: Thurs Oct 30, 7pm

Are you an LGBTQIA student or ally? Join the UTGSU Queer Caucus this Thursday for a couple beers! There will be food, drinks and lots of activities! Catch up with and meet new fellow LGBTQIA grad students and allies.

Thursday October 30, 7-11pm, at the GSU Pub (16 Bancroft Avenue). More details at the facebook event here. More info: utgsu.ca/queer.

 

4. Permanent Residency Workshop for International Students: Mon Oct 27, 5-7pm

Are you an international student? Do you have questions about how to apply for permanent residency? A new system is coming! Are you prepared? Come to this informational session to get your questions answered! Our Permanent Residency Workshop will be taking place on Monday, October 27 at 5:00pm – 7:00pm in the Ramsay Wright Laboratories RW117. Elizabeth Long, an accredited immigration lawyer, will be presenting information about the ins and outs of applying for permanent residency and will be available to answer questions.

If you’d like to attend this workshop, please RSVP here by Oct. 26th. Presented by UofT GSU & UTGSU International Students’ Caucus (ISC). RSVP to the facebook event here.

 

5. UTGSU v. CFS, CFS-Ontario Litigation Settled; Fall Referendum Dates

As you may know, the UTGSU had commenced litigation against the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) and the Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario (CFS-O). The parties have reached a settlement of the lawsuit. A referendum on the question of decertification will be held in the Fall 2014 term. Campaigning will begin on Monday, 10 November, 2014. Voting will be five (5) days from Monday 24 November TO Friday 28th November, 2014.

If you have any questions on this matter, please contact Kavita Siewrattan at eal1@utgsu.ca.

 

6. UTGSU Health & Dental Insurance Blackout Period

There is a blackout period until November 15th for new students who started in September. Your coverage was effective September 1st. If you make purchases or receive treatments covered under the Plan during this period, please hold on to your receipts and mail your claims to Green shield after November 15th to be processed. Remember to include the original receipts with the completed claim form. You can also go to the Green shield website and sign up for online services so that your claims can be deposited directly into your account.

 

7. Yoga Tune-Up: Self-Massage Class: Thursdays, 11am

Bring relief to symptoms of headaches, achy shoulders, sciatica, back pain, plantar fasciitis and many other sources of pain, strain and overuse. Learn simple and effective techniques for overcoming stiffness, increasing mobility and gaining flexibility with Julia Ho. This class is designed for the therapeutic needs of students who sit for long hours. Julia will design a personalized routine for you using high-grip rubber balls that penetrates through layers of skin, muscle and fascia and massages deeply into your tight, high-tension areas. Thursday mornings at 11am, from 30 October 2-14, in the UTGSU Gym (16 Bancroft Ave). For more information, go to www.juliahoyoga.com.

 

8. Reserve UTGSU Gym time for November: Fri Oct 31, 10am

UTGSU Gym time can be reserved from the last Friday of each month starting at 10.00 AM. This month the reservation process will open up on Friday 31 October. To book, please call 416 978 8464. Call early as space disappears quickly. Names and Student ID numbers are verified when booking. Students must provide their Tcard upon request.

 

9. Grad Escape: Toronto Raptors vs Orlando Magic: Tues Nov 11, 7:30pm

Come to a Toronto Raptors game and cheer on our basketball team as they place the Orlando Magic! Tuesday, November 11, at 7:30pm. Tickets: $17 and available here.

Grad school can be hard work – sometimes you just need to escape. In 2003, the Graduate Students’ Union and Student Life Programs created Grad Escapes, a program offering discounted tickets to social, cultural, and recreational events in Toronto for stressed-out grad students. From opera to baseball, from musical theatre to historic tours, there’s something for everyone. So, forget your thesis for a night and escape. Come with a partner, friend, or come alone!

 

10. Harvest Noon Annual General Meeting: Wed Oct 29, 7pm

The Toronto Sustainable Food Co-operative (also-known-as the co-op that operates Harvest Noon Café) 2014 Annual General Meeting will be on Wednesday October 29th at 7pm. If you became a member of the café and therefore a member of the co-op by October 21st, you have voting rights! though all members are encouraged and invited to attend. At the meeting, you’ll get to hear about all that we’ve been up to for the year, have your say in the running of the co-op, review financial documents, talk about the future direction of the café, vote for a new board of directors and more. BONUS: We’ll be having a board game social with snacks back at the café after the meeting!

Wednesday October 29th, from 7pm, Earth Sciences Building – room 4001 (use 5 Bancroft Ave entrance). Facebook event here.

 

11. Bikechain Annual General Meeting: Wed Nov 5, 6pm

Bikechain will be hosting their Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Wednesday, November 5th @ 6pm at Harvest Noon Cafe: 16 Bancroft Ave, 2nd floor. Please note that non-students need to submit a signed membership form in order to vote. You can download the form here – please submit by Oct. 29th.

Bikechain is a not-for-profit cycling organization based out of University of Toronto St. George campus. We are a hub for cycling activity by providing DIY services, affordable repairs, unique educational opportunities, and a welcoming community of staff and volunteers. More info: bikechain.ca.

 

12. Join the Harvest Noon Board of Directors!

Interested in more actively contributing to the direction of Harvest Noon in the coming year? Now’s your chance, as we’re calling out for candidates for election to our Board of Directors! There’s no doubt that becoming a director at Harvest Noon is a commitment and it entails a substantial amount of responsibility, but it is also a fantastic opportunity to involve yourself in an enthusiastic and engaging community, learn about not-for-profit and co-operative governance, contribute your unique skills and experiences, and learn from others. No prior experience is required. Read our “Running for the Board FAQ” if you want to know more about what being on the board entails and what roles you could contribute to. DEADLINE: candidacy declarations will be accepted up until the AGM (October 29th at 6:59pm/until the meeting is called to order).

 

13. Making Your Own Baby Food: Tues Nov 4, 12:30-2pm

Cooking your own baby food is easy and affordable, and best of all you know exactly what’s in it! Learn to use simple equipment to make it, know how and when to introduce solid foods, compare homemade and store-bought baby food, adapt the food your family is eating to your baby’s needs, and learn how to handle and store food safely! Facilitator: Marcela Jaramillo, FoodShare.

Tuesday, November 4, 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm, at the ELC Family Resource Centre, 7 Glen Morris Street. Pre-registration required.

 

14. Join the Science Rendezvous Executive Team: deadline Mon Nov 3, 5pm

Science Rendezvous at the U of T (St. George campus) is actively hiring individuals passionate about scientific outreach! There are several executive positions available for organizing the U of T site in 2015. For more details about each position and the festival, please visit sr.escalator.utoronto.ca. Please email your cover letter and resume or any inquiries to uoftsrchair@sciencerendezvous.org by Monday, November 3rd at 5 pm. Preference will be given to students with prior experience in large-scale event planning and/or experience with Science Rendezvous. Please don’t forget to include your degree, year, as well as your departmental affiliation in your email.

 

15. $5 Cultural Cuisine: Filipino Fusion Cooking Class: Tues Oct 28, 5pm

Enjoy the tastes of the world in these interactive culinary sessions. A tasty meal, new friends, and international cuisine. Co-presented with U of T Culinary Arts Club and Global Student Network. Starts at 5:00 pm at the Centre for International Experience (CIE), at 33 St. George Street. Tuesday October 28. www.cie.utoronto.ca/Programs/Events.htm#cuisine.

 

16. International Students: Post-Graduation Work Permit session: Tues Oct 28, 3pm

Have you recently finished the requirements of your program? Would you like to stay in Canada after your graduation to work? You may be eligible for an open work Permit (Post-Graduation Work Permit) valid for up to 3 years. On Tuesday October 28 at 3:00 pm, attend an information session on the work permit program at the Centre for International Experience (CIE), at 33 St. George Street. www.cie.utoronto.ca/Programs/Events.htm#PGWP.

 

17. Minding our Minds: Mental Health in University: Thurs Oct 30

Our third annual conference, Minding our Minds: Mental Health in University, will be hosted by the Office of the Dean of Students at Victoria University in the University of Toronto on Thursday, October 30th from 8:30 AM – 5 PM. The complete programme for the event can be found here. We hope that you will join us for a broad discussion on the challenges, initiatives, and moral, medical, and intellectual considerations involved in tending to mental health within the university setting. Registration is free for all registered students and $65 for all others. This includes lunch and refreshment breaks (and some good swag!) for all registrants.

 
 

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