UTGSU Digest: Health and Dental Insurance Opt Out Reimbursement & UTGSU Annual General Meeting – November 29th, 2018

November 29th, 2018

Digest

1. Health and Dental Insurance Opt Out Reimbursement
2. Only a few days left until the UTGSU Annual General Meeting (AGM)! 
3. Save the Date: UTGSU Winter Welcome Social!
4. UTGSU Gym Fully Booked
5. UTGSU Environmental Justice and Sustainability committee presents: ‘Home’ a Film & Dinner

6. Research Education and Governance Committee (REG) Meeting held on December 5th
7. ISC End of Term/Holiday Party on December 11th
8. Grad Escape: Gingerbread Houses at Loblaws Cooking School
9. Grad Talk: Strategies for Setting Boundaries and Managing Responsibilities in Grad School
10. OISE GSCR Journal Launch
11. Parent Perspectives on Childcare in Toronto
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. Raw Talk Podcast: Ep. 51 – From Miracle Drug to Epidemic

 

 

1. Health and Dental Insurance Opt Out Reimbursement
The Health and Dental Insurance opt out reimbursements by Direct Deposit were sent out on November 15th. The cheques were mailed out on November 16, 2018. Please note: Due to the Canada Post Labour Disruption, there may be delays in receiving your mail. If you do not receive your cheque by November 30, 2018, please send an email to: health@utgsu.caYou should have received an application number after you opted-out. That is your confirmation that your opt-out was successful. Please forward the email with the confirmation number, including your student number, to health@utgsu.ca  and we will investigate your reimbursement status.

2. Only a few days left until the UTGSU Annual General Meeting (AGM)! 
The UTGSU AGM will be hosted on December 3rd, 2018! This is a great way to get involved and direct the activity of your Union and is open to all graduate students. The meeting will be held at Wilson Hall, New College – Room 1016. Registration begins at 5:45pm and the meeting at 6:15pm. Pizza and Beverages will be served on a first-come-first-serve basis at 5:45pm. We hope to see you there! More information at: https://www.utgsu.ca/agm/. Click here to view the AGM agenda and supporting documents.

3. Save the Date: UTGSU Winter Welcome Social!
Step out of the cold and into the Hart House Music Room for an evening filled with winter-themed snacks, boardgames, and a raffle draw for great prizes! The UTGSU and Hart House, with sponsorship from SGS, have partnered on a Winter Welcome Social for the new year. The event will take place on January 14, 2019 from 6-8pm in the Hart House Music Room and all returning and incoming graduate students across all three campuses are welcome to attend. More information on the event can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/events/297848754273529/

4. UTGSU Gym Fully Booked 
The UTGSU gym has been fully booked for December 2018 and January 2019. Please note that the UTGSU gym will be closed from December 14th, 2018 until January 14th, 2019. Stay tuned for more information on booking the gym for February, 2019 in the New Year!

5. UTGSU Environmental Justice and Sustainability committee presents: ‘Home’ a Film & Dinner
Come join the Environmental Justice and Sustainability Committee for the screening of the documentary Home, a film by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, and have dinner and a discussion with them! Home takes you through an incredible journey into the heart of Mother Nature. It shows the beauty of our planet, the threats to its ecologic balance, and in the end, it leaves you with a glimmer of hope that all is not lost.
When: December 7th, 5:30-8:30pm.
Where: OISE, 252 Bloor St. W., Room 5240.
RSVP: https://ejscdocumentaryscreening.eventbrite.ca

6. Research Education and Governance Committee (REG) Meeting held on December 5th
Are you a graduate student interested in doing advocacy work within and related to the University’s governance structure? If so, consider getting involved in your students’ union and joining the Research Education and Governance (REG) committee. Our first meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 5th at 4pm at 16 Bancroft Ave in the Grad Loft (the top floor). During this meeting, we will identify and discuss our priorities for the year and begin planning our initiatives. If you have any questions, please contact Sam Stead at governance@utgsu.ca.

7. ISC End of Term/Holiday Party on December 11th
The International Students’ Caucus (ISC) invites all international graduate students to meet each other and socialize at “ISC End of Term/Holiday Party” at the Grad Loft (above the GSU Pub) on Tuesday, Dec 11th, at 6pm. Enjoy free food, free drinks, games and music, while you meet your fellow international grads from different background, create stronger community and also learn about the activities that ISC has planned for you for the coming year. RSVP by Dec 9 using the following link: https://goo.gl/EhREbq

8. Grad Escape: Gingerbread Houses at Loblaws Cooking School
 Join Gradlife at the Loblaws Cooking School to decorate your own gingerbread house. You will be provided with the pre-assembled house, royal icing, and all the candies, and you have a blast decorating. When your masterpieces complete, they’ll wrap it in cellophane ready for you to take home to display! The PC Cooking school is located on the second floor of the Maple Leaf Gardens store, next to the JOE fresh and LCBO. The cost is $10 per gingerbread house. If you are bringing your family and only decorating one house together, you only need to purchase one ticket. The event is happening on Wednesday, December 5, 6:00- 7:30pm. Tickets are available via bookit.studentlife.utoronto.ca.

9. Grad Talk: Strategies for Setting Boundaries and Managing Responsibilities in Grad School
In grad school, it can be difficult to simply say “no” to fellow peers, advisors, supervisors, and even new opportunities. This workshop will present you with important communication and negotiation skills on saying “yes,” learning to say “no,” and setting up healthy and beneficial boundaries. Pizza will be available. Presented by the Graduate Conflict Resolution Centre. Register at https://bookit.studentlife.utoronto.ca/Activity.aspx?ID=d8902163-d0c9-4451-971c-d6479fdd2253. The workshop will take place on Tuesday, December 11, from 12-2 pm

10. OISE GSCR Journal Launch
Join OISE for the inaugural launch of the OISE GSRC Journal on December 6 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the OISE Library on the Ground Floor. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome! This initiative was funded by the Graduate Student Association (GSA) and created to give students who presented at the Graduate Student Research Conference (GSRC) the chance to publish their research. The journal was edited by Heba Elsherief (CTL/ Ph.D.) with the collaboration of OISE alumni and grad student volunteers. This event includes special guest speakers such as: Dean Glen Jones, Dr. Cindy Sinclair (OISE Alumni Association President), the OISE GSA and the new GSRC 2019 CO-Chairs! 

11. Parent Perspectives on Childcare in Toronto
The City of Toronto has partnered with researchers from the University of Toronto to find out what is most important to Toronto families when looking for child care. Please take this 10 minute survey called Parent Perspectives on Child Care in Toronto to help determine what matters to you. 

12. Raw Talk Podcast: Ep. 51 – From Miracle Drug to Epidemic
Open any newspaper and you’ll stumble across an article on the opioid crisis. While some mention illicit fentanyl, other pieces talk about doctor-prescribed substances. What is actually going on? To answer this question, Raw Talk Podcast spoke to a variety of stakeholders and did some sleuthing of their own. This episode will provide you with a historical perspective on the crisis, and its current transcendence beyond the transcription pad. Tune in on Apple PodcastsSpotifyGoogle Podcastsonline or wherever you listen to podcasts.