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: Tomato Jam, New Grandparents, & CFS Referendum – November 19, 2014

1. CFS Referendum: Voting: Monday Nov 24 – Friday Nov 28
2. UTGSU Annual General Meeting: Mon Dec 1, 6:10pm
3. UTGSU Council Meeting: Mon Dec 1, immediately following AGM
4. Harvest Noon Green Tomato Jam-Making: Mon Nov 24, 6:30-8:00pm
5. Environmental Justice and Sustainability Committee meeting, Thu Dec 4, 1:00pm
6. No One Is Illegal: Sunday, Nov 23, 3:30pm
7. OPIRG Know Your Rights: The Essential Activist Legal Primer: Sat Dec 13, 2:00-5:00pm
8. UTGSU Queer Caucus Karaoke Night: Thu 27 Nov, 8:00pm
9. Careers in Project Management: Wed Dec 3, 5:30pm-7:30pm
10. Choosing Childcare That Works For Your Family: Nov 21
11. Yoga Tune-Up: Self-Massage Class: Thursdays, 11am
12. Expectant & New Grandparents 101: Mon, Nov 24, 12:00-2:00pm
13. Endless War? The Middle East and Canada’s New Imperialism: Thu Nov 27, 7:00pm
14. Drop-in Peer Support for Graduate Students
15. UTGSU Health & Dental Insurance Blackout Period
16. UTGSU Health & Dental Insurance Opt-Out Cheques
17. UTGSU Health & Dental Insurance Benefits Guide

1. CFS Referendum

Please be advised of the referendum on continued membership with the Canadian Federation of Students to be held from November 24-28, 2014. Polling locations can be found here: http://www.utgsu.ca/2014/11/15/7928/

In an effort to provide our members with information on both sides of the debate, such that a free and fair election can take place, we are providing website links to the “yes” and “no” campaigns here:

www.voteyescfs.ca
www.votenotocfs.ca

Disclaimer:  The UTGSU has not taken a position on continued membership with the Canadian Federation of Students and, as such, does not endorse the materials produced by either the “yes” or “no” campaigns.

2. UTGSU Annual General Meeting: 1 December 6:10pm 

The Graduate Students’ Union’s Annual General Meeting will take place on Monday 1 December 2014 at 6:10 pm in the McLennan Physical Laboratories, room 202 (entrances at 255 Huron and 60 St. George streets). The AGM is open to all UTGSU members. The 2013 -2014 audit will be received and an auditor is to be appointed for the upcoming fiscal year. The AGM will also discuss by-law and policy changes passed throughout the previous year. Any member can submit a motion to the AGM.You can find a copy of the Auditors’ Report on the UTGSU Website at www.utgsu.ca/financial-statements. The December Council meeting will follow the AGM.

All UTGSU members must show their T-Card and one other ID in order to sign into the AGM.  Please email ea@utgsu.ca ahead of the AGM if you require accessibility.

3. UTGSU Council Meeting on 11 December 2014 immediately after the AGM 

There will be a General Council meeting on Monday 1 December 2014, immediately after the AGM (6:10pm), in McLennan Physical Laboratories, room 202 (entrances at 255 Huron and 60 St. George streets). All members are welcome, but only representatives elected by their Course Union have the right to speak and vote. If you are not a representative and you wish to speak, you can request speaking rights by raising your hand at the beginning of the meeting. For more information, including the agenda and executive reports, see our website: http://www.utgsu.ca/council-and-policy/council-meetings/#meeting.

4. Harvest Noon How To: Green Tomato Jam-Making: Mon Nov 24, 6:30-8:00pm

Harvest Noon’s How To Series returns with an inexpensive workshop and a use for Green Tomatoes –> Green Tomatoes taste gross so we will turn them into a delicious jam! Bring your own undesirable green tomatoes to become part of this exciting medley. (If you don’t have any, we’ll also have some on hand). COST: Pay What You Can (suggested $5 donation + jar deposit if needed – $2). Please sign up at: http://bit.ly/11mjsvb and you can also check Harvest Noon’s facebook & twitter for remaining spaces the day of.

Monday November 24th, from 6:30-8:00pm, at Harvest Noon Cafe (upstairs at UTGSU, 16 Bancroft Ave).
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/345134345658351/

5. Next Environmental Justice and Sustainability Committee meeting, Thursday, Dec 4th, 1:00pm

Join the UTGSU EJSC to discuss and work on issues of food justice, public transit, energy consumption, and heritage tree protection. Our next meeting will be held on Thursday, Dec. 4th from 1-3pm at the UTGSU building (16 Bancroft Avenue). If you would like to attend and need an accessible space, please contact EJSC chair, Susanne Waldorf, at civics@utgsu.ca.  If you have any questions or would like to join the EJSC but cannot attend this meeting, please contact your Civics and Environment Commissioner, Susanne Waldorf, at civics@utgsu.ca.

6. No One is Illegal

No One Is Illegal – Toronto is organizing United Against Raids & Detentions: Rally in Solidarity with Migrant Detainees on November 23, 2014. We are meeting at 3:30pm at the Toronto Immigration Jail (Toronto Immigration Holding Centre) at 385 Rexdale. Buses leave Christie Pits Park at 2:30pm

(Sign up for the bus http://bit.ly/Nov23Rally). Immigration raids are increasing, and more people are being locked away in endless detentions. This can no longer continue. Join us.

7. OPIRG Know Your Rights: The Essential Activist Legal Primer: Sat Dec 13, 2:00-5:00pm

The importance of knowing your legal rights when confronted by members of the police, immigration enforcement or CSIS (Canadian Security Intelligence Service) cannot be overstated. This is especially true for community organizers who might find themselves in situations where they are dealing with the aforementioned authorities at protests, or at their workplaces or homes. In the current context of escalating surveillance, infiltration and intimidation, this workshop offers students, activists and organizers the important legal information needed to know, assert and defend your legal rights. http://www.eventbrite.ca/o/tools-for-change-1382386439

8. UTGSU Queer Caucus Karaoke Night: Thu 27 Nov, 8pm

LGBTQIA students and allies, bring your pipes and attitude to Bar Plus for an evening of crooning the classics. Whether you caterwaul at Mimi’s whistle register, flow like Biggie or touch the soul like Joni, there will be a song for you! Take a break from the end-of-term meetings and marking and join us for a fun night, we are always looking for new members. Refreshments to be provided.
Thursday, 27 November, 8pm-11pm at Bar Plus (360 Yonge St.)
More details available on our Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/324142341122569/

9. Careers in Project Management: Wed Dec 3, 5:30pm-7:30pm

Life Sciences Career Development Society (LSCDS) Presents December Career Seminar: “Careers in Project Management” at Medical Sciences Building Room 3153.

Speakers: 1. Elissa Strome, MSc. PhD. Director, Strategic Initiatives. 2. Craig Daniels, PhD., Business Manager at Department of Anesthesia

In our very first seminar on Project Management, we will explore careers that utilize our scientific training to support research and education, but that does not involve any pipetting. Come out and hear our guests share their unique experiences!

Pizza and pop will be provided. Registration is required. LIMITED SEATING.  Go to: http://www.lscds.org/our_events?event_key=aglzfmxzY2RzdjRyEgsSBUV2ZW50GICAgMD07bcKDA to register.

10. Choosing Childcare That Works For Your Family

A practical session to help you choose the child care option that will best meet the needs of your family. At this session you will find out what are the childcare options available; learn what factors to consider when looking at options, choices, and caregivers; find out about the financial assistance available and waiting lists. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and their partners/spouses are welcome, please pre-register at http://uoft.me/2sV Friday 21 November, 12-1:30pm @ 214 College Street, Room 313.

11. 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. 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. For more information, go to www.juliahoyoga.com

12. Expectant & New Grandparents 101: Mon, Nov 24, 12:00-2:00pm

Are your baby’s grandparents aware of the many changes to the way we raise babies based on new research over the years? In this workshop, expectant and new grandparents will be updated on evidence-based, safe infant care practices in areas such feeding, sleeping, and babysitting. Active discussions will be encouraged.

University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, postdoctoral fellows, partners and their babies’grandparents are welcome. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs. Pre-register at http://uoft.me/2uN. Monday, November 24, 12 to 2 pm, 214 College St., Room 313 (3rd Floor)

13. Endless War? The Middle East and Canada’s New Imperialism: Thu Nov 27, 7:00pm

Canada is (again) intervening in the Middle East with fighter jets, logistics, forward bases, and other supports. This is another escalation in the ‘new militarism’ that is dominating Canadian foreign policy and increasingly, society. Speakers:

Sabah Alnasseri, Professor of Political Science, York University
Judy Deutsch, Science for Peace, Canadian Dimension Magazine
Tyler Shipley, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Humber College
Sardar Saadi, PhD Student at UofT, Toronto-based activist

The event is free. The space is accessible by mobile ramp upon request in advance. Washrooms are not accessible.

14. Drop-in Peer Support for Graduate Students

Join Grad Minds (www.facebook.com/gradminds) committee members and Peers are Here (www.facebook.com/PeersAreHere) for our weekly drop-in peer support sessions, specifically for graduate students! Conversations will be led by fellow grad students who have been trained as peer support facilitators. As a safe, inclusive space, these drop-in sessions will provide a forum for grad students to connect with one another, discuss their university experiences, and practice mental wellness through mutual peer support. Graduate students from all disciplines and faculties are welcome to participate. Sessions will take place WEEKLY on Wednesdays from 4:00-5:00pm and Fridays from 12:00-1:00pm on the lower level of the Grad Room. For more information: http://on.fb.me/107pGi1.

15. 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.

16. UTGSU Health & Dental Insurance Opt-Out Cheques

Most students pay fees in two session – Fall and Winter. Opt-out cheques for the Fall Semester will be mailed out by the middle of November. The second cheque will be mailed out in March. You should have received an email with an application number after you opted-out. That is your confirmation that your opt-out went through. If you do not receive your opt out cheque by the end of November, please call ihaveaplan.ca at 1-866-358-4436 and refer to the confirmation number and your student number during your enquiry.

17. UTGSU Health & Dental Insurance Benefits Guide

The Health & Dental Insurance Benefits Guide, claim forms, etc. are available at: ihaveaplan.ca. For information about your coverage, please call ihaveaplan.ca at 1-866-358-4436.

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