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Digest: Municipal Elections & POCluck – Oct 16, 2014

1. Vote in the Municipal Elections: Mon Oct 27
2. Race and Ethnicity Caucus POCluck: Fri Oct 24, 4-6pm
3. ISC Permanent Residency Workshop: Mon Oct 27, 5-7pm4
4. Help Hand Out a Vote Transit Guides: Mon Oct 20, 5:10pm
5. UTGSU Council Meetings: Wed Oct 22 and Tues Oct 28, 6:10pm
6. UofT Divest! Launch Event: Mon Oct 27, 7-9pm
7. UTGSU Health & Dental Insurance Blackout Period
8. UTGSU Health & Dental Insurance Opt-Out Cheques
9. UTGSU Health & Dental Insurance Benefits Guide
10. Library Reception for New PhD Students: Wed Oct 22, 5-7pm
11. Portraits of UofT Families – Be a Part of our Story: Sun Oct 26, 10am-1pm
12. Engineering Strategies & Practice Recruiting Winter 2015 Clients
13. Open Policy-Making Symposium: Open Access and Online Privacy
14. November Career Centre Workshops
15. Community Kitchen at Hart House: Tues Oct 21 & Tues Nov 18

 
 

1. 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 Cheat Sheet that the UTGSU Civics Committee has created for you. Questions? Contact civics@utgsu.ca.

 

2. Race and Ethnicity Caucus POCluck: Fri Oct 24, 4-6pm

The UTGSU Race and Ethnicity Caucus invites self-identified racialized and/or graduate students of colour to our first POCluck. As we get halfway through the term we realize it is a stressful, busy, and anxiety ridden time. However, taking time off and time to socialize is equally important! Please join us–and bring a dish!–to unwind with some much needed self-healing, conversation, and relaxation!

Friday October 24 from 4-6PM in Room 719 in the Jackman Humanities Building (170 St. George Street). This is an accessible space. RSVP to the facebook event here. If you have any specific accessibility needs please contact us at rec@utgsu.ca.

 

3. ISC Permanent Residency Workshop: 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! Featured Speaker: Elizabeth Long (Accredited Immigration Lawyer).

Monday October 27, 5-7pm, in Ramsay Wright Laboratories RW117. Presented by UTGSU & UTGSU International Students’ Caucus (ISC). RSVP to the facebook event here.

 

4. Help Hand Out a Vote Transit Guides: Mon Oct 20, 5:10pm

Would you like to help hand out a Vote Transit Guide at the upcoming U of T Mayoral Debate? The TTC Rider’s Vote Transit Guide for the upcoming municipal election is a concise way of framing the issues. Please see the guide here.

Handing out the flyers would take less than an hour of your time. Meet on Monday, October 20th in front of Robarts Library at the corner of St. George and Harbord St. at 5:10 pm, and we can walk up the street to Rotman’s together. The TTCriders group is a non-profit group that advocates for better and more affordable transit service in Toronto. They do not endorse political parties.

 

5. UTGSU Council Meetings: Wed Oct 22 and Tues Oct 28, 6:10pm

This month there will be a General Council meeting, on 28 October 2014 at 6.10 pm, in OISE, room 2212 and a Special Council meeting, on 22 October 2014 at 6.10 pm, in the FitzGerald Building, room 103. 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: utgsu.ca/council.

 

6. 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. RSVP to the facebook event here.

 

7. 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.

 

8. 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.

 

9. 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.

 

10. Library Reception for New PhD Students: Wed Oct 22, 5-7pm

Have you met your liaison librarian? Join us on Wednesday, October 22, 5-7 pm for a wine and cheese reception hosted by the University of Toronto Libraries and the School of Graduate Studies. Mingle with your colleagues, meet your faculty liaison librarian and discover how the University of Toronto Libraries can help support your research. Full details can be found here. RSVP here.

 

11. Portraits of UofT Families – Be a Part of our Story: Sun Oct 26, 10am-1pm

Calling on all types of U of T families to be featured on the Family Care Office website! We want to document the richness of our community by showcasing U of T families. The photos will be used for the Family Care Office website, social media and other promotional media. Participants will be asked to sign a photo release/ waiver. In return, you’ll receive a professionally taken portrait of your family and your children. All participants will be sent digital files of their photo shoot. The Family Care Office will not be providing prints, however, we can connect you directly with the photographer should you decide to have prints developed.

Sunday, October 26 between 10:00 am and 1:00pm. Space is limited, email us today to book your family portrait. St. George Campus and Hart House. To book your photo shoot please email us with the following information: a sentence or two about your family or your family ‘story’ (this information will not be published, unless you choose to do so); your name; your U of T affiliation (student, staff or faculty), and the names and age of family members/ children who will be photographed with you. We can also take photos of your children alone, if you don’t want to be in a picture. Once we have all your information, we will contact you with further details.

 

12. Engineering Strategies & Practice Recruiting Winter 2015 Clients

Got a Challenge in your Home, Office, or Community? Our students can help you find a solution! Engineering Strategies & Practice (ESP) is seeking individuals from the University community to participate as volunteer clients to teams of first-year engineering students. Learn more about becoming a client today.

 

13. Open Policy-Making Symposium: Open Access and Online Privacy

OpenMedia.ca is an award-winning community-based organization that safeguards the possibilities of the open Internet. They work towards informed and participatory digital policy by engaging hundreds of thousands of people in protecting our online rights. In partnership with OpenMedia.ca, Andrew Hilts will be leading a campus-wide symposium on how public participation in policy-making can affect the future of open access and online privacy. The event will be held on Wednesday, October 22, from 12:30 to 2:00pm in OISE, room 2279. Event is open to U of T students, faculty, and alumni.

For more information contact junoh.kim@mail.utoronto.ca or you can join the Facebook event here.

 

14. November Career Centre Workshops

November workshops for graduate students at the Career Centre include: Flexible Futures on November 4th, Applying for Work on November 6th, You’ve Got Skills on November 11th, Interviewing for Work on November 13th, Teaching Dossier Lab on November 24th, Labour Market on November 25th, and Build Your Brand on November 26th. Registration opens three weeks before each session; sign into https://cln.utoronto.ca for more details.

 

15. Community Kitchen at Hart House: Tues Oct 21 & Tues Nov 18

If you like cooking, community and change, Community Kitchen might be for you! At these events, we will feast on engaging lectures on social justice issues, fruitful discussions, and a wholesome meal. Pool your resources and your culinary skills with others to create a cheap feast for the senses! Each event offers a hands-on cooking experience with a unique menu and a special guest speaker that will provide us with a glimpse into a social justice issue.

Fall 2014 Community Kitchen dates: Tuesday October 21, from 6-9 pm and Tuesday November 18, 2014 from 6-9 pm. Cost: Students & Members: $10 (includes HST). Non-students & Non-members: $15 (includes HST). See here for more information and registration details.

 
 

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