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UTGSU Digest: Orientation BBQ, Volunteers, and Opt Outs- August 25th, 2016

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1. UTGSU Orientation BBQ: Thursday, September 8, 4-9pm
2. Volunteers Needed (Get a Starbucks Card)
3. Join the UTGSU Orientation Outreach Team for Fight the Fees: Thu. September 1st
4. UTGSU General Council Secretary: Fri. September 9th, 4pm
5. Health & Dental Insurance Change-of-Coverage Period
6. UTGSU Gym Schedule: September
7. SBA Levy Refund Dates
8. Bikechain Levy Opt-Out: Mon. September 12th
9. OPIRG-Toronto Fees Refund Period
10. Harvest Noon Café is Re-Opening August 30th! + Volunteers Needed For September
11. Sexual Education Centre Call for Volunteers: Fri. September 9th, 11:59 PM
12. Toronto Sustainable Food Cooperative Fall 2016 Opt-Out Period
13. Labour Day March
14. CUPE3902 Racialized Members Collective Meeting: August 30th, 5pm
15. Dalla Lana School of Public Health Conference – Call for Abstracts: Fri. September 16th
16. Concerned about Precarious Work? Come Rally: Sat. October 1st, 1pm
17. The USW1998 Human Rights Committee Invites You to Join STEELwool: Mon. September 19th
18. Orientation for Students with Family Responsibilities: Wed. Sep 7, 10am – 12pm
19. Welcome Event for Student Parents and their Families: Sat. Sep 10, 10am – 12pm
20. Downtown Legal Services Incidental Fee Refund

1. UTGSU Orientation BBQ: Thu. September 8, 4-9pm
Welcome to all new and returning graduate students. The UTGSU is hosting its annual Orientation BBQ on Thursday, September 8th at 16 Bancroft Ave. All graduate students are welcome. There will be plenty of free food (including a corn roast, and a BBQ with vegan, vegetarian, halal, and kosher options), an Info Fair, DJ, and drink specials at the GSU Pub. Come out and enjoy a great evening with your fellow graduate students! See the UTGSU website for more info: https://www.utgsu.ca/orientation-2016-2017/.

2. Volunteers Needed (Get a Starbucks Card)
The UTGSU is excited to get the 2016-2017 academic year off to a great start. We will be hosting our annual Graduate Student Orientation BBQ and Info Fair on Thursday September 8th, from 4-8pm. To make this event a success, we need committed volunteers.To volunteer, please contact Cristina Jaimungal external@utgsu.ca with your name, email, phone and the shift you would like to work. Successful volunteers will get a $10 Starbucks Gift Card. There are 3 shifts available: 9am-2pm; 2pm-6pm; and 6pm-10pm. Duties include, but are not limited to: set up, serving, grilling and cleanup. This is a great chance to learn more about your Union and get to know folks from all over the university, while having a good time. We look forward to hearing from you!

3. Join the UTGSU Orientation Outreach Team for Fight the Fees: Thu. September 1st
Students in Ontario pay the highest tuition fees and graduate with the highest student debt in the country! By joining the UTGSU Orientation Outreach Team for Fight the Fees, you will be keeping thousands of students informed about ways we can eliminate tuition fees. If you are interested in joining Outreach, you must be available on September 8th from 1 PM to 9 PM. Training will begin promptly at 1 PM on the same day (2 hours). Deadline to apply is September 1st. Please confirm your availability with Cristina at external@utgsu.ca.

4. UTGSU General Council Secretary: Fri. September 9th, 4pm
The UTGSU is currently seeking to hire a secretary for their General Council (Board of Directors) meetings. This job requires recording the minutes for the AGM and a minimum of eight Council meetings running from September until April. These meetings usually (but not always) take place on the last Tuesday evening of each month. Other than taking minutes, the UTGSU Secretary will be expected to edit the minutes in collaboration with the Executive Assistant, respond to emails regularly, and create a set of meeting highlights for the website. Previous experience with Board of Director meeting minutes would be a real asset to this position. The remuneration is $200 per meeting. If you are interested, please contact Elizabeth Eng at internal@utgsu.ca by Friday, September 9th at 4:00pm.

5. Health & Dental Insurance Change-of-Coverage Period
A Message from Your Health Plan Administrator: Welcome to the new Academic year. Starting September 1st, please visit the Graduate Students’ Union website: www.utgsu.ca/insurance for the following: Opt In and Opt Out Dates: September 1st-30th, 2016 (no exceptions will be made if you miss the deadlines). Link to the Opt Out site: www.studentcare.ca. Link to the Opt In site (for Couple/Family Opt In): www.studentcare.ca. Link to the 12 Month Extension After Graduation Opt In site: www.studentcare.ca. Links to the Benefit Booklet for 2016-2017: (1) Greenshield.ca/studentcentre; and (2) www.studentcare.ca.

6. UTGSU Gym Schedule – September
The UTGSU gym will reopen to regular programming on Monday 12 September. Monday and Friday evenings are set aside for doubles badminton; Tuesday and Wednesday evenings for volleyball; and Thursday night for basketball. Graduate students can play pick-up recreational basketball on Thursdays from 7 – 10pm and pick-up volleyball from 8 to 11pm on Wednesday nights. Tuesday 8 to 10pm has been reserved for competitive volleyball. Only registered graduate students may play pick-up volleyball or basketball. Daytime bookings can be made from 10am to 5pm year round. Daytime gym use is restricted to quiet activities such as yoga, meditation and singles badminton. UTGSU Gym time can be reserved from the last Friday of each month starting at 10am. To book for September, call 416-978 8464 after 10am on Friday 26 August. Call early as space disappears quickly. Names and Student ID numbers are verified when booking. Students must provide their TCard upon request. For more information, go to http://www.utgsu.ca/athletics/gsu-gym/ or email gym@utgsu.ca.

7. SBA Levy Refund Dates
University of Toronto graduate students who wish to opt out of their levy agreement with Students for Barrier-Free Access (SBA) and receive a refund of the fees collected can drop by the SBA office at 215 Huron Street, room 924. Refunds for the fall term are $2 for full-time graduate students and $1 for part-time graduate students. Please bring your University of Toronto Student ID and proof of registration.  Drop in times for those wishing to opt-out are: Mondays-Thursdays between 11:30am-5:30pm and Fridays between 12:30pm-5:30 from September 12th to September 30th. Evening opt-outs  are on Monday September 12th, Wednesday September 14th between 7pm-9pm and Thursday September 22nd. If you wish to receive your levy refund during the evenings, please call our office number 416 967 7322 and we will let you into the building.

8. Bikechain Levy Opt-Out: Mon. September 12th
Graduate Students can opt-out of Bikechain’s fall levy ($0.25 for part-time students and $0.50 for full-time students) from September 12-19th, during the following hours: Mon. Sept. 12 12pm-9pm; Tues. Sept. 13 10am-5pm; Wed. Sept. 14 10am-5pm; Thurs. Sept. 15 12pm-9pm; Fri. Sept. 16 10am-5pm; and Mon. Sept. 19 12pm-9pm. Levy refunds will be distributed at Bikechain, North Borden building, 563 Spadina Crescent. Please note that there are five steps leading to the entrance to Bikechain. Student who experience barriers to visiting the shop can email bikechain@utoronto.ca and we will be happy to make alternative arrangements with you.

9. OPIRG-Toronto Fees Refund Period
University of Toronto full-time and part-time graduate students who have paid the Ontario Public Interest Research Group – Toronto fees and wish to opt-out of OPIRG-Toronto are able to claim their fees refund with proof of enrollment for the 2016-2017 academic year. Please bring your proof of enrollment to the OPIRG Office in the North Borden Building at 563 Spadina Crescent, Room 101 during the opt-out period: Thursday, September 8 to Wednesday, September 28 inclusive.Our office will be open Monday to Friday from 11AM to 7PM during the period.

10. Harvest Noon Café is Re-Opening August 30th! + Volunteers Needed For September
Harvest Noon is ready for the start of the school year and will be reopening on Tuesday August 30th! Our full regular Fall hours of Mondayto Friday 10am to 2pm with lunch at 11:30am will start after that (though please note we will be closed for the Monday September 5th holiday). There are lots of volunteer opportunities at Harvest Noon Café for all experience levels. Overall, volunteer roles available range from food preparation to grant writing, outreach and events. Also, for those interested in the business end, board of director elections will be coming up in winter along with our Annual General Meeting. To sign up and/or learn more, check out: http://harvestnoon.com/volunteering/volunteer-sign-up-form/. Now is also a great time to get in touch about workshop or event proposals and catering for your fall events.

11. Sexual Education Centre Call for Volunteers: Fri. September 9th, 11:59 PM
The University of Toronto Sexual Education Centre (SEC) is looking for volunteers! Volunteering with SEC is a great way to get involved with providing safer sex supplies, peer support, and educational resources to the U of T community and beyond. If you have any questions or concerns, please email utsec.volunteers@gmail.com. Application forms are available here: https://goo.gl/forms/2dmOX16JCuU2eW122 . Applications are due at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, September 9th.

12. Toronto Sustainable Food Cooperative Fall 2016 Opt-Out Period
University of Toronto graduate students who wish to opt out of their levy agreement with the Toronto Sustainable Food Cooperative (which operates Harvest NoonCafé) and receive a refund of their fees can stop by Harvest NoonCafé (upstairs at 16 Bancroft Ave). Refunds for the fall term are $0.50 for full-time graduate students and $0.25 for part-time graduate students. Please bring your University of Toronto Student ID + proof of enrolment. Drop in times for those wishing to opt-out are as follows: weekdays September 12th to September 30thfrom 9am to 3:30pm and the Monday evenings of September 12th, 19th and 26th from3:30pm to 9pm. NOTE: If you chose to opt out, you will no longer receive benefits such as discounted workshop and event pricing.

13. Labour Day March
You’re invited to the Labour Day March on Monday, September 5th, 9AM-12PM.  The march begins at Queen and University, travels west to Queen and Dufferin, south on Dufferin and finishes at the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE), where free admission will be available.  The march calls for Stoppign the privatization of our public services; Supporting the Fight the Fees and the Fight for $15 and Fairness campaigns; Speaking up for the rights of ALL workers, including students who are particularly subject to high rates of precarious work! If you are interested in marching together with students from across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), please email ea.services@cfsontario.ca by Monday, August 22nd.

14. CUPE3902 Racialized Members Collective Meeting: August 30th, 5pm
CUPE3902’s RMC will be meeting on Tuesday, August 30that Innis College Cafe (2 Sussex Ave) to discuss plans and events for the new year and look at engaging racialized students and workers on campus through political action on campus! Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/RMCx3902/?fref=ts. Contact: Ellie Adekur – e.adekur@gmail.com

15. Dalla Lana School of Public Health Conference – Call for Abstracts: Fri. September 16th
Research, policy and practice abstract submissions are now being accepted for the Dalla Lana School of Public Health’s 9th Annual Conference. This year’s conference is entitled Secure Income, Secure Health: Working towards equitable solutions and will be held October 21-22 2016. Submit your abstract online or to dlsphsubmissions@gmail.com by September 16th. Full details can be found on our website: http://www.dlsphconference.com/

16. Concerned about Precarious Work? Come Rally: Sat. October 1st, 1pm
Our province’s labour laws are currently under review for the first time in more than 20 years. This rally is a chance to tell the Government of Ontario that we want an end to the laws that perpetuate precarious work. We want our government to #MakeItFair for the more than seven million working Ontarians across our province.The Ontario Federation of Labour and the Fight for $15 & Fairness are hosting this rally as part of the push to update Ontario’s outdated employment laws. Be part of a growing movement for decent work for all! Come out and rally for DECENT WORK for an end to the proliferation of part-time, temporary  and contract work. We want decent hours, paid sick days & vacation, access to a union, $15 minimum wage, an end to the gender/ racialized wage gap and much more! Invite everyone you know to R.S.V.P their attendance to the October 1st rally on the Facebook event page. We encourage students to come out in full force. Together we will win!

17. The USW1998 Human Rights Committee Invites You to Join STEELwool: Mon. September 19th
Seeking 132 volunteers, at ALL knitting/crocheting skill levels! Starting September 19th, we will be creating 132 scarfs, which will be left around all 3 campuses on trees on December 6th, 2016 for those who need them (for Free). Each group will have one or more or more skilled instructor. Learn, network, and help warm the campuses at the UofT! The goal: 132 scarves will be created to recognize Bill 132, the September amendment of Bill 168 to include anti-sexual harassment policy in the workplace. There will be a one-day art installation of scarves across campuses on December 6th, 2016 to commemorate the École Polytechnique Massacre. Gathering Dates: 3rd Mondays: Sept 19, Oct 17, Nov 21; Time: 5-9pm; UTSG Location: 25 Cecil St. To Join: Please email Human Rights Committee Co-chair, Tade (Teddy) tade@usw1998.ca with your skill level and location.

18. Orientation for Students with Family Responsibilities: Wed. Sep 7, 10am – 12pm
Join us at 563 Spadina Rd, Main Activity Hall on Wednesday September 7th! Start building your support networks, learn how to be proactive, prepared and successfully navigate your degree while caring for others. Meet other student parents and University staff, learn about the services and resources available to student parents on campus, get advice from student mentors on how to adjust to the University life, and discover family friendly spaces on campus. All incoming and current University of Toronto students are welcome. Registration required a thttp://uoft.me/Za.

19. Welcome Event for Student Parents and their Families: Sat. Sep 10, 10am – 12pm 
Join us at the Early Learning Centre, 7 Glen Morris St.! Come for a workshop on Building Resiliency through Mindfulness while your children are supervised in the same building by our staff on the Early Learning Playground or indoors if it rains. Children two years of age or younger are welcome to stay with their parents during the workshop. Lunch will be provided. We plan to offer pizza for children, sandwiches, fruit and veggie trays, and water. Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions. This event is open to U of T students, their children and partners. Registration required at family.care@utoronto.ca with your name, your U of T student status, your partner’s name, and the names and ages of your children.

20. Downtown Legal Services Incidental Fee Refund
Downtown Legal Services is the Faculty of Law’s community legal clinic. Law students, working under the close supervision of expert staff lawyers, provide free legal assistance  in several areas of law including criminal law, landlord and tenant matters, refugee and immigration claims, family law, and academic appeals and offences. We also provide notary services at no (or nominal) charge. To access our services, call 416 978-6447, or visit our website http://downtownlegalservices.cafor more information. DLS receives $1.50/per term from each full-time GSU student as part of your incidental fees.  This term fee is 100% refundable within 60 days of registration.  To obtain a refund, please visit the clinic at 655 Spadina Ave. Refunds will also be available from 6-8 pm on the following dates: September 12, 20 and 28.  Note: Students who opt out of the DLS fee will not be able to access our free legal services unless they meet the financial eligibility criteria established by our primary funder, Legal Aid Ontario.

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