UTGSU Digest: Health and Dental Insurance Opt-out and Opt-in Period, UTGSU Elections 2017 – January 12, 2017.

January 12th, 2017

Winter Week of Welcome

UTGSU Digest: Health and Dental Insurance Opt-out and Opt-in Period, UTGSU Elections 2017 – January 12, 2017.

1. Health and Dental Insurance Opt-out and Opt-in Period: January 1-30, 2017
2. UTGSU Winter Week of Welcome: January 16-19, 2017
3. Financial Survival Workshop and Fair 

4. Reserve Gym time for February on Friday 27 January at 10:00
5. UTGSU Board of Directors / General Council Meeting: Tuesday, 31 January at 18.10
6. UTGSU Elections 2017! Nominations Open: Friday January 13
7. Tons of free intramural sports for SGS students! Sign-up info here
8. Access to Justice and Safety for Minority Groups in Canada Panel
9. SBA Levy Opt Out Dates
10. Toronto Sustainable Food Cooperative (TSFC) Winter 2017 OptOut Period Continues

1. Health and Dental Insurance Opt-out and Opt-in Period: January 1-30, 2017.
IMPORTANT: The Health & Dental Insurance Change-of-Coverage Period for NEW students only starting in January 2017 is January 1-30,2017. Full and part-time graduate students are automatically covered by the UTGSU Health & Dental Plan. There is no waiting period to be enrolled on the plan, however, there is a blackout period for students starting in January (until March 1st) for submitting the claims. The University sends the list of all active students directly to the broker to be uploaded on the Green Shield System after the enrollment period is completed. Please visit our website for more info: www.utgsu.ca/insurance

2. UTGSU Winter Week of Welcome: January 16-19, 2017
What better way to start a new year than a celebration? Join us for our Winter Week of Welcome happening from January 16-19, 2017. Our Wine and Cheese Reception at Hart House is sold out but you can still register to secure your spot the clothing swap and pub night. To register for these free events or to find out more information, click here: UTGSU Winter Week of Welcome. If you have any questions or accessibility requests, please contact the UTGSU Communications and Promotions Coordinator by email at communications@utgsu.ca or phone at (416) 978-6233.

3. Financial Survival Workshop and Fair
Learn about helpful financial resources & information, including: Practical ways of budgeting and saving money, on campus student services and family resources, dealing with debt, OSAP, tax credits and deductions, what grant committees are looking for and extended Health and Dental benefit plans and student discounts. When: January 25th, 2017. Where: Hart house East Commons. Time: 3-4:30 p.m.

4. Reserve Gym time for February on Friday 27 January at 10:00
UTGSU gym time can be reserved from the last Friday of each month starting at 10.00. To book please call 416 978 8464. Call early as space disappears quickly. Names and Student ID numbers are verified when booking. Daytime usage is reserved for quiet activities such as meditation and singles badminton. Thursday night is set-aside for basketball and Friday evenings for doubles badminton. Graduate students can play pick-up recreational basketball on Thursdays from 19:00 to 22:00. Monday through Wednesday evenings the gym is reserved the UTGSU Volleyball League. Students must provide their T-card upon request.

5. UTGSU Board of Directors / General Council Meeting: Tuesday, 31 January at 18.10
There will be a UTGSU General Council meeting on Tuesday 31 January at 18.10 in Wilson Hall, New College, room 1016. All UTGSU 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 have your Course Union Representative request this on your behalf during the meeting. If you are a Council Representative and wish to send a proxy, please email internal@utgsu.ca andfieldworker@utgsu.ca no later than the previous Friday with the name and email address of the proxy voter. All guests and proxies will be asked to show their T-card upon registration. For more information, including the agenda and executive reports, see our website: utgsu.ca/council.

6. UTGSU Elections 2017! Nominations Open: Friday January 13
Join the UTGSU Executive Team for 2017-2018! The UTGSU Elections are fast approaching! Nominations for the six UTGSU Executive Officer positions will be available tomorrow, Friday January 13. The nomination period closes at 5:00 pm on Friday, January 27. Nomination forms will be available at the UTGSU Offices (16 Bancroft Ave.) during regular business hours, Monday to Friday (10:00 am – 5:00 pm), online at www.utgsu.ca/elections or by special arrangement with the CRO (email cro@utgsu.ca). The term of office for these positions is May 1, 2017 to April 30, 2018. The honorarium for a full Executive position each month is $1228.96. More information, including the Elections 2017 Timeline and the descriptions & responsibilities for each Executive position, will be posted online soon: www.utgsu.ca/elections. Keep an eye open for regular updates or email the UTGSU Chief Returning Officer (CRO), Scott Surphlis, at cro@utgsu.ca.

7. Tons of free intramural sports for SGS students! Sign-up info here
Each year, thousands of U of T students grab a study break through some fun physical activity in the Intramural Sports program. This free opportunity allows us to meet fellow grad students, get some exercise, and have some fun right on campus for FREE. This year, we’ll be offering a variety of co-ed, mens and womens teams including: volleyball, basketball, hockey, indoor soccer, ultimate frisbee, water polo, lacrosse, and field hockey. All you have to do is sign-up for an “SGS” team at IMLeagues (https://www.imleagues.com/spa/account/registration) between November 23 and mid-January. If we don’t offer a team in your competition preference, we can assist you in finding another college’s team. Please email Peter Nash at sgs.intramurals@gmail.com for more information. We want as much participation as possible, so bring all your friends and come make some new ones!

8. Access to Justice and Safety for Minority Groups in Canada Panel
The UTGSU Race & Ethnicity Caucus is partnering with the Massey College Diversity Committee to host a panel on Access to Justice and Safety for Minority Groups in Canada. Our panelists, Prof. Sherry Farrell Racette, Prof. Akwasi Owusu-Bempah, Mohamed Boudjenane, and Nana Yanful will discuss how systemic discrimination impacts various minority groups in Canada. This panel will be moderated by Prof. Rinaldo Walcott. Event details and registration: http://bit.ly/MasseyJan20.

9. SBA Levy Opt Out 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 January 9th to January 27th. Evening opt-outs  are on Thursday January 12th,  Wednesday January 18th, and Thursday January 26th between 5:30-7:30pm. 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.

10. Toronto Sustainable Food Cooperative (TSFC) Winter 2017 OptOut Period Continues
University of Toronto graduate students who wish to opt out of their levy agreement with the Toronto Sustainable Food Cooperative (which operates Harvest Noon Cafe) and receive a refund of their fees can stop by Harvest Noon Cafe (upstairs at 16 Bancroft Ave). Refunds for the winter 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 January 9th to January 27th from 9am to 3:30pm and the Monday evenings of January 9th, 26th and 23rd between 3:30-9pm. NOTE: If you chose to opt-out, you will no longer receive benefits such as discounted workshop and event pricing.

 

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