UTGSU Digest: Executive Nomination Period Closes Soon & UTGSU Gym Closure for February & March – January 25, 2018

January 25th, 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. UTGSU Executive Nomination Period Closes Soon
5. UTGSU Gym Closure for February & March 2018
6. Asbestos on Campus: One Year Later
7. CUPE 3902 Stike Countdown
8. Logo Design Contest: $200 to be Won
9. 2018 Canada Chinese Students Spring Festival Gala
10. GPS Conflict Resolution Fundamentals (Parts I, II, III)

 

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. UTGSU Executive Nomination Period Closes Soon
Don’t miss out on your chance to join the UTGSU Executive Team for 2018-2019! The UTGSU Elections are fast approaching and nominations for the six UTGSU Executive Officer positions officially close on Wednesday, January 31, at 5:00 pm. Nomination forms are currently 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, 2018, to April 30, 2019. The honorarium for a full Executive position is approximately $1228.96 per month. More information, including the Elections 2018 Timeline and the summaries of each Executive position’s responsibilities, can be found at: www.utgsu.ca/elections. For more information, please email the Chief Returning Officer (CRO), Lisa Aikman, at cro@utgsu.ca.

5. UTGSU Gym Closure for February & March 2018
We are in support of CUPE 3902 Unit 1 and The University of Toronto coming to a fair agreement at the bargaining table. On January 22nd, 2018, the CUPE 3902 Unit 1 Membership voted in favour of setting a February 26, 2018 strike deadline. In the event of a CUPE 3902 Unit 1 strike, the UTGSU is offering the gym as a warming centre for the +7,000 members on the picket lines. We will keep you updated on the status of the gym and when we anticipate to re-open it to regularly scheduled programming. If you have any questions or concerns about the UTGSU Gym, please get in contact with Dave Eaton, the UTGSU Executive Director, at executivedirector@utgsu.ca.

6. Asbestos on Campus: One Year Later
One year after the discovery that high-risk asbestos abatement projects had led to serious asbestos contamination and exposure at the University of Toronto, what questions remain unanswered? Has the University’s senior administration reported fully enough about what went wrong? Why aren’t members of the U of T community as safe as possible? The UTGSU is in collaboration with UTFA, CUPE 3902, and USW 1998 to host an open house to answer your persisting questions about the handling of asbestos abatement at U of T. Working together, staff, students, and faculty are insisting on safer working and learning conditions at U of T in 2018. For more information visit: https://goo.gl/bJLe1d.

7. CUPE 3902 Stike Countdown
Mark your calendar for the #StrikeCountdown Rally to support the CUPE 3902 Unit 1 Bargaining Team on their last day of conciliation. Your attendance at this rally is crucial in gaining as much leverage at the table as possible for the Bargaining Team. Happening on Wednesday, February 7 at noon outside Simcoe Hall, 27 King’s College Circle. There will be food and chanting to support the fight for the best possible deal. If you require any accommodations to attend the rally, please contact vc1@cupe3902.org by Friday, February 2 at noon to make any necessary arrangements. Don’t forget to wear your CUPE 3902 hats and mitts! 

8. Logo Design Contest: $200 to be Won
The UTGSU Environmental Justice and Sustainability Committee (EJSC) wants you to design their new logo and a logo for their environmental festival, ECOFEST. The prize for each logo is $100! Instructions: Submit an electronic version of a simple logo with a transparent background as an .AI (Illustrator) file for one or both designs to civics@utgsu.ca by February 11, 2018.

9. 2018 Canada Chinese Students Spring Festival Gala
Join the annual Canada Chinese Students Spring Festival Gala on February 3, 2018 in John Basset Theatre to celebrate the Year of Dog. Held by Chinese Student and Scholar Associations at The University of Toronto, this event invites different levels of government and university executive and features famous singers like Bian Gui and Di Ma, magic shows and other traditional Chinese performance. For ticket purchasing please contact springgala@utcssa.ca or check information www.facebook.com/UTCSSA. 

10. GPS Conflict Resolution Fundamentals (Parts I, II, III)
Presented by the Graduate Conflict Resolution Centre: A series of 3 workshops that will help graduate students understand what conflict is, various approaches to conflict, triggers for conflict escalation and the role of effective communication and negotiation in conflict resolution. This event is available only to graduate level University of Toronto students. Students will have an opportunity to practice various strategies for resolving and de-escalating the conflict. Registration is for all 3 workshops (Completion = 2 GPS credits). Workshops run February 8, 15 & 22, 2018, 4-6pm at Grad Room, 66 Harbord St. Register at http://bookit.studentlife.utoronto.ca. Please note: Registration is for all 3 workshops.