UTGSU Digest: Nomination Period for the UTGSU Elections & In Solidarity with The CUPE 3902 Unit 1 Bargaining Team and Platform – January 18, 2018

January 18th, 2018

Digest

1. Health and Dental Insurance Opt-out and Opt-in Period: January 1-31, 2018
2. New OHIP+ Drug Program

3. Health & Dental Insurance Plan Coverage After Convocation
4. Nomination Period Now Open for UTGSU Elections
5. In Solidarity with The CUPE 3902 Unit 1 Bargaining Team and Bargaining Platform
6. Chesnut Residence Accepting Residence Don Applications
7. Parenting to Buffer the Consequences of Separation & Divorce
8. OISE Graduate Students Research Conference Final Call for Proposals
9. Grad Escape: Games Night at Bampot House of Tea
10. Igniting Impact: Apply Your Expertise to Benefit the World

 

1. Health and Dental Insurance Opt-out and Opt-in Period: January 1-31, 2018
Important: The Health and Dental Insurance Change-of-Coverage Period for NEW students only starting in January 2018 is January 1-31, 2018. Full and part-time graduate students are automatically covered by the UTGSU Health & Dental Plan. There is no waiting period to be enrolled in the plan, however, there is a blackout period for students starting in January (until March 1) for submitting their claims. The University sends the list of all active students directly to the broker to be uploaded to the Green Shield System after the enrollment period is completed. Please visit our website for more information at www.utgsu.ca/insurance.

2. New OHIP+ Drug Program
On January 1, 2018, the Ontario government launched a public drug program which covers more than 4,400 drug products for Ontario residents 24 years and under so long as they have valid OHIP coverage. You can also learn more about the program at ontario.ca/ohipplus. Information on who can and who cannot access the plan is listed below:

  • If you are an Ontario resident 24 and under covered by OHIP, most drug claims are now reimbursed by the Ontario Government through your health card.  Visit studentcare.cafor details.
  • If you are an Ontario resident 24 and under NOT covered by OHIP, claims will continue to be reimbursed by your student plan.
  • If you are an international student or if you are covered by another province’s health insurance plan, claims will continue to be reimbursed by your student plan.
  • If you are 25 and over,  you will NOT be eligible for OHIP +.  Your claims will continue to be reimbursed by your student plan.
  • If you are 25 and over with dependents, you will NOT be eligible for OHIP +, however, your dependents will qualify for OHIP +.  Your claims will continue to be reimbursed by your student plan.

You can continue to claim your prescription drugs through your Health & Dental Plan by using your Pay-Direct Card which you can download at www.studentcare.ca.

3. Health & Dental Insurance Plan Coverage After Convocation
If you are on the UTGSU Health and Dental Insurance (HDI) Plan, and you graduated in November, you will still be covered under the plan until December 31, 2017, provided you paid the Fall fees. You can purchase the 12 Month Extended Coverage. The opt-in dates are January 1-31, 2018. For more information, please view your benefits package on: www.studentcare.ca. If you require additional help, email the HDI Office at health@utgsu.ca.

4. Nomination Period Now Open for UTGSU Elections
The UTGSU Executives play a pivotal role in providing a voice for graduate students and actively engaging with both students and the administration to provide solutions to your student issues. Nominations for the UTGSU Executive Team for 2018-2019 are open until 5:00 pm on Wednesday January 31. The term of office for these positions is May 1, 2018 to April 30, 2019. The honorarium for a full Executive position each month is approximately $1228.96. Don’t miss out! Nomination forms are available at the UTGSU office (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). For more information, including the Elections 2018 Timeline and the descriptions of each Executive position’s responsibilities, contact the UTGSU Chief Returning Officer (CRO), Lisa Aikman, at cro@utgsu.ca.

5. In Solidarity with The CUPE 3902 Unit 1 Bargaining Team and Bargaining Platform
On December 4, 2017 at the UTGSU Annual General Membership meeting, the Members of The UTGSU overwhelming voted ‘In Favour’ to a solidarity motion supporting the bargaining team’s demands for a more equitable Collective Agreement for CUPE 3902, Unit 1, which represents Teaching Assistants, Course Instructors, Chief Presiding Officers, Invigilators, Assistant Invigilators, Tutors, Markers, and Teaching Laboratory Assistants. To view the open letter sent to Professor Kelly Hannah-Moffatt, the Vice-President, Human Resources & Equity at The University of Toronto, in support of CUPE 3902’s Unit 1 Bargaining Platform, visit: https://goo.gl/dbFSW7.

6. Chesnut Residence Accepting Residence Don Applications
Chestnut Residence at the University of Toronto is currently accepting Residence Don applications for the 2018-2019 academic year. Applications are due on Friday, January 26, 2018 at 4:00pm. For more information and to access an application, please visit: http://uoft.me/ChestnutDons.

7. OISE Graduate Students Research Conference Final Call for Proposals
The OISE Graduate Student Research Conference on April 20-21, 2018 at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education is doing a final call for proposals. This year’s theme is “CREATING POSSIBILITIES FOR CHANGE IN EDUCATION.” They welcome graduate students and early career researchers to submit their work in a variety of formats. For more information, please go to www.oisegradconference.com. Submissions are due by January 19, 2018 at 11:59PM (EST).

8. Parenting to Buffer the Consequences of Separation & Divorce
(Available in person or as a webinar – Thursday, January 25, 12:00 – 1:00 pm – in person at the Faculty of Social Work, 246 Bloor St. W, Room SK 422.) If you are attending the session via a webinar, access details will be emailed. This introductory workshop will explore how parents can effectively buffer their children from conflict during the separation and divorce process. The workshop will then be followed by a question and discussion period. Registration required at http://uoft.me/3Qn. Please select how you will be attending this workshop — either in person or as a webinar.

9. Grad Escape: Games Night at Bampot House of Tea
Wednesday, January 31, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Tickets: $9 Available via bookit.studentlife.utoronto.ca<http://bookit.studentlife.utoronto.ca/>. Join Grad Life for some tea and board games at this local venue. Light refreshments provided. Please let them know if you have any food restrictions.

10. Igniting Impact: Apply Your Expertise to Benefit the World
The Impact Centre (a unit under the Faculty of Arts & Science) is launching a new program for U of T graduate students and postdoctoral fellows called Igniting Impact. The program will work with graduate students and post-docs to identify areas where they can apply their expertise to solve global challenges and provide up to $5,500 plus access to space, equipment, and mentoring to kick-start your idea. The program will be delivered at three events with specific focus areas: January 23 – Assistive Devices, January 30 – Energy Efficiency, and February 7 – Improving Health. More information and a short application are available at: http://www.impactcentre.ca/ignite.