UTGSU Digest: Polls and Online Voting Open Monday & Gym Bookings for March – February 22, 2018

February 22nd, 2018

Digest

1. Health and Dental Insurance
2. Polls and Online Voting Open Monday
3. UTGSU Gym Bookings for March
4. The Varsity: Graduate Student Referendum
5. Free Income Tax Clinic
6. Queer Caucus Meeting
7. 14th Annual Israeli Apartheid Week
8. CWTP Free School: Gender, Masculinities & Social Change
9.  Grad Connections Program
10. The Graduate Centre for Academic Communication

1. Health and Dental Insurance
The Health & Dental Insurance Change-of-Coverage Period is now CLOSED. There is a blackout period for students (who started in January) until March 1 for submitting the claims. The University will send the list of all active students directly to the broker to be uploaded on the Green Shield System. For more information on your plan details, please view your benefits package on www.studentcare.ca. If you require additional help, email the HDI Office at health@utgsu.ca.

2. Polls and Online Voting Open Monday
It’s almost time to cast your ballot! Voting for the 2018 UTGSU Executive Election will run from 9 am on Monday, February 26 to 5 pm on Wednesday, February 28. This is your chance to have a say in who speaks for students. UTGSU Executives represent you on many of the University of Toronto’s most influential decision-making committees. They are also tasked with making sure student voices are heard outside of the university, acting as your representative and ensuring student voices are heard in matters of public policy. Take the opportunity to learn more about the candidates and about the election before casting your ballot. Polling locations, candidate statements, and more can be found at: www.utgsu.ca/elections.  New this year, online voting will take place simultaneously with physical voting. Beginning at 9 am on Monday, February 26, you can cast your ballot by
visiting https://utgsu.simplyvoting.com/. All you need to log in is your UTORID. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Lisa Aikman at cro@utgsu.ca.

3. UTGSU Gym Bookings for March
Please be advised that the UTGSU gym will reopen for use on March 5, 2018. Reservations will be taken by email at gym@utgsu.ca on March 1, 2018, beginning at 10 am until noon or by calling 416-978-8464. No emails will be responded to from March 2 – March 12, 2018. Only one-hour reservations will be accepted during the week from 10 am to 5 pmfor singles Badminton or quiet day-time activities like yoga. You can reserve the gym Thursdays for basketball from 5 to 6 pm or 6 to 7 pm or play pick-up basketball from 7-11pm. Friday evenings from 5 pm to 11 pm you can reserve the gym for a one-hour timeslot for doubles badminton. The volleyball league is running as scheduled. 

4. The Varsity: Graduate Student Referendum
The Varsity is a University of Toronto not-for-profit student-run newspaper. On February 28March 1, and March 2, 2018, The Varsity will be holding a referendum through The University of Toronto’s U-elecT system (which can be found here https://goo.gl/8ygkYz) asking graduate students to join The Varsity as Members and pay a $0.80 levy fee per semester. Currently, graduate students are not Members of The Varsity and do not pay a levy fee. The UTGSU Executive Committee asks that each student makes an informed decision and participate in the vote, regardless if they are in favour or in opposition to the referendum question. Questions about the referendum should be directed to Jacob Lorinc, the Editor-in-Chief at the Varsity at editor@thevarsity.ca.

5. Free Income Tax Clinic
The UTGSU has partnered with The Association of Part-time Undergraduate Students (APUS) to host a free income tax clinic to help U of T students file their 2017 tax returns. There are multiple time slots available from March 5 to March 23 and April 2 to 6, 2018 which will run out of 563 Spadina Crescent, Suite 236. For more information, to secure a time slot and what to bring to the clinic, visit https://goo.gl/bWY9qr. Please email services@apus.ca if you have any questions, or call 416-978-0831.

6. Queer Caucus Meeting
The Queer Caucus will be having its February Caucus Meeting on Monday, February 26 at 6:30 pm in Robarts Library Building, Room RL1408. Meet your fellow queer grad students, enjoy snacks, and help determine the caucus’ future activities. The room is fully accessible, with single-user washrooms available on the first floor. For more information get in contact with the Caucus at queer@utgsu.ca.

7. 14th Annual Israeli Apartheid Week
The will take place from March 7 to March 15, 2018. First launched in Toronto in 2005, Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) has grown to become one of the most important global events in the Palestine Solidarity calendar. Lectures, films, and creative performances will build support for the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement. This year’s IAW will reflect on 70 years of Palestinian popular struggle and resistance since the 1948 Nakba. The speakers this year will include Ghada Ageel, Nick Estes, Chandni Desai, Ghadeer Malek, and Andy Clarno, among others. The full program and event details can be found on Facebook https://goo.gl/dfj613For more information, contact the UTGSU BDS Ad-Hoc Committee: divest@utgsu.ca.

8. CWTP Free School: Gender, Masculinities & Social Change
Join CWTP Free School as they welcome Robert Diaz for an afternoon of tea and snacks, and a discussion of gender, masculinities, and social change in the context of Filipinx queer diaspora. Date: Tuesday February 27; Time: 4-6PM. Location: Centre for Women and Trans People at UofT; 563 Spadina Ave, Room 100; Wheelchair access via Bancroft Ave. CWTP Free School is a free lecture series organized by The Centre for Women and Trans People (CWTP). The series features lecturers and researchers doing amazing feminist, anti-racist, pro-queer liberation, and pro-trans liberation work, across different departments and programs in the University of Toronto. Access Info: Free event – everyone welcome. Wheelchair accessible building and room. Accessible, single-user, all-gender washroom. Please arrive fragrance-free if possible. For access requests and concerns, please email cwtp@utoronto.ca Facebook Event: https://goo.gl/y8DdKz.

9.  Grad Connections Program
On Monday, February 26, from noon until 1:30 pm at 21 Sussex Ave, room 321. Theme: Communicating with your supervisor (a G2G student from the Conflict Resolution Centre will be present). Take a break and connect with other grad students at our new bi-weekly chat forum. Share your experiences in an informal setting, talk about your challenges and life as a graduate student. An expert staff facilitator will be available to answer questions related to each week’s theme. Hot chocolate will be available. Drop In (no registration required).

10. The Graduate Centre for Academic Communication
The Graduate Centre for Academic Communication (GCAC) offers free non-credit courses designed to target the needs of U of T graduate students (both native and non-native speakers of English) related to academic writing and speaking. Online registration for February/March 2018 courses is open. Please visit the GCAC website for the course schedule, course descriptions and registration instructions: https://goo.gl/ULsWXa.