Health Insurance Referendum for Part-time Graduate Students: Vote on February 27 and 28!

February 23rd, 2017

**For part-time graduate students currently enrolled at the University of Toronto**

The UTGSU will be conducting voting on February 27 and 28, 2017 to seek consent from its part-time members to authorize the General Council to approve the annual inflationary increases for the Health Insurance Fee (currently $274.02).

How to vote:
As a Part-time graduate student, you will receive an email prompting you to vote on voting.utoronto.ca using your UTORid and password. Paper ballot voting will also be available from 11:00 – 5:00 pm on both days. Please see https://www.utgsu.ca/polling-stations/ for more details.

Background:
The total Health Insurance Fee would be annually adjusted based on the supplementary health insurance industry rate. This process is similar to the annual inflationary adjustments for the health and dental fees of full-time graduate students.

The purpose of this question is to avoid holding referenda every year for the changes in the premiums.

Last year, part-time members of the University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union (UTGSU) passed a referendum authorizing the UTGSU to collect a non-academic incidental fee of $274.02 from all part-time graduate students, for a twelve (12) month health insurance plan.

The fee includes a $4.41 administration fee and provincial sales tax.

The coverage begins each year on 01 September (it began in 2016), and includes prescriptions, travel insurance, and other sickness and health benefits.

The fee is refundable to part-time students if they are covered by alternative health insurance.

All elections and referenda inquires can be directed to:

Scott Surphlis, UTGSU Chief Returning Officer
cro@utgsu.ca

If you have any questions related to health insurance, please visit:

https://www.utgsu.ca/insurance/

UTGSU Health & Dental Insurance Administrator – Shain Dhalla
health@utgsu.ca | 416-978-8465

UTGSU Digest: Vote in the UTGSU Election February 27 & 28 and Win Prizes! – February 23, 2017

February 23rd, 2017

Elections

UTGSU Digest: Vote in the UTGSU Election February 27 & 28 and Win Prizes! – February, 23, 2017

1. Vote in the UTGSU Election February 27 & 28 and Win Prizes! 
2. UTGSU Board of Directors / General Council Meeting: Tuesday, 28 February at 18.10
3. Reserve Gym Time for March on Friday 24 February at 10:00
4. Grad Talk: Talking to New People: March 1, 12-1:30pm
5. Grad Escape: Cooking on a Student Budget: March 9, 6-8pm
6. Income Tax Sessions for International Students
7. Know Your Rights: No One is Illegal – Toronto
8. Inter-University/College Disability Conference: Reclaiming Our Bodies and Minds
9. University of Toronto’s 4th Annual Green Gala: Celebrating the Environmental Community

1. Vote in the UTGSU Election February 27 & 28 and Win Prizes!
The UTGSU Executive Election is less than a week away! Come out and vote on February 27th and 28th from 11:00 am- 5:00 pm at the various polling stations across all three campuses (List of polling stations). Please note that you must be a registered graduate student to be eligible to vote in the Executive Election. Your vote matters to ensure that your Executive Committee is representing your needs as graduate students. As well, each voter has the opportunity to enter our contest to win a pair of headphones, a grocery gift card, or a Starbucks gift card! VOTE next Monday and Tuesday! For more information, visit: www.utgsu.ca/elections. If you have questions or accessibility requests, please email the Deputy Returning Officer (DRO), Leah Mulholland at: dro@utgsu.ca.

2. UTGSU Board of Directors / General Council Meeting: Tuesday, 28 February at 18.10
There will be a UTGSU General Council meeting on Tuesday 28 February 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 and fieldworker@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.

3. Reserve Gym Time for March on Friday 24 February 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.

4. Grad Talk: Talking to New People: March 1, 12-1:30pm
Does the idea of walking into a room full of strangers make you want to run in the opposite direction?  Are you really interested in finding a mentor but don’t know what to talk to them about? We will teach you the tips and techniques that will make those conversations a lot less awkward and a lot more meaningful. Pizza will be available. To register for this event, please click here: http://uoft.me/2RB.

5. Grad Escape: Cooking on a Student Budget: March 9, 6-8pm
Come to this interactive cooking class where you will be involved in making parts of the menu! A 3 courses menu will be served as well as non-alcoholic beverages. To register for this event, please click here: http://uoft.me/2RC.

6. Income Tax Sessions for International Students
The International Students’ Caucus (ISC) invites you to register for the Centre for International Students tax information workshop on March 2, from 6-8 p.m. You will learn what your responsibilities are for filing income taxes in Canada, and have the chance to ask an expert any questions you have about the process. You can register for the event at: Income Tax Information Session.

7. Know Your Rights: No One is Illegal – Toronto
No One is Illegal – Toronto, wants all migrants to know their rights! This guide aims to provide basic legal information to people without immigration status so that they will be able to better protect themselves from the risks of immigration arrest and detention. Know your rights at home, on the streets and at work. Please find a link to the guide in English, French, and Spanish here: Know Your Rights Guide. For more information, please email: nooneisillegal@riseup.net.

8. Inter-University/College Disability Conference: Reclaiming Our Bodies and Minds
As a graduate student, if you’d like to participate in the Reclaiming our Bodies and Minds Conference on March 10-11, but need help covering travel and accommodation costs, you can apply for a grant by Monday, February 27 at 9:00am ET. Please email funding@cfs-fcee.ca with your name, member local students’ union, phone number, and a paragraph on why you want to attend the conference and what you hope to gain from the experience. The subject line should include “Funding Request: ROBAM”. Make sure to include the amount of funding you’re requesting, up to a maximum of $800. Applications will be reviewed by the Students with Disabilities Representative on the National Executive.

9. University of Toronto’s 4th Annual Green Gala: Celebrating the Environmental Community
Building on the success of the last three Green Galas, which welcomed a total of 375+ staff, students, faculty and community members, this year’s celebration will include: A keynote address by Food Systems Planner, Tammara Soma, presentation of the Green Ribbon Awards (now in their 9th year), opportunity to engage with a graphic recorder about sustainability, and much more! There will be lots of opportunity for conversation and time to enjoy complimentary food and refreshments. The event will take place on: Thursday, March 9th at the Faculty Club. RSVP required!

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Office Closed on Monday, February, 20, 2017 for Family Day.

February 17th, 2017

This is a reminder that the UTGSU Office will be closed all day on Monday, February 20, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. We will be open on Tuesday, February, 21, from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and then 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. If you have any questions, please contact the Office at: info@utgsu.ca or (426) 978-2391. Thank you.

UTGSU Digest: Vote for your UTGSU Executives Feb. 27 & 28 – February 16, 2017.

February 16th, 2017

Elections


1. Vote in the 2017 UTGSU Elections February 27 and 28, and Win Prizes!
2.
 UTGSU Board of Directors / General Council Meeting. Tuesday, 28 February at 18.10
3. Reserve Gym time for March on Friday 24 February at 10:00
4. Student Winter Used Item Sale
5. 
Roots, Routes and Revolution: What Black Liberation Means in the 21st Century
6. Harvest Noon Turns Five! Dessert Potluck Birthday Party: Fri Feb 17th, 6-10pm
7. Harvest Noon Closed February 20th to 24th; Reopens February 27th 2016

8. The 13th Annual Israeli Apartheid Week, March 13-17: 100 Years of Settler Colonialism, 100 Years of Popular Struggle
9. Grad Escape: Evergreen Brickworks Winter Village: February, 19, 11-1pm
10. Grad Talk: Talking to New People: March 1, 12-1:30
11. #BlackOnCampus: Addressing Anti-Black Racism at OISE
12. Graduate Speaker Series – Embodiment, Mind and Body in Social Justice Discourses


1. Vote in the 2017 UTGSU Elections February 27 and 28, and Win Prizes!

The UTGSU Elections will be held on February 27, and 28, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. You will have a chance to vote in candidates for the six Executive Commissioner positions for the 2017/2018 year. This year you will also be eligible to win one of three prizes, if you choose to enter the contest. The prizes are: a pair of headphones, a grocery or coffee gift card. For a full list of polling stations, please visit: www.utgsu.ca/polling-stations. If you have any questions, or accessibility requests, please contact the CRO, Scott Surphlis, at: cro@utgsu.ca.

2. UTGSU Board of Directors / General Council Meeting. Tuesday, 28 February at 18.10
There will be a UTGSU General Council meeting on Tuesday 28 February 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 and fieldworker@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.

3. Reserve Gym time for March on Friday 24 February 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.

4. Student Winter Used Item Sale
The UTGSU Environmental Justice and Sustainability Committee, in collaboration with Grad Minds, will be hosting a Student Winter Used Item Sale! Registered students will have the opportunity to sell their gently used items, such as clothes, electronics, books, and housewares to students. The event will occur on March 16 from 12-4 pm, location TBA. If you are interested in being registered as a ‘vendor’ for the event and having a table to sell your items, please email jacalyn.kelly@mail.utoronto.ca. Please note that all vendors will be responsible for their own table of items on the day of the sale. Registration is first come first served. Send inquires to the email above. Time to reduce and reuse!

5. Roots, Routes and Revolution: What Black Liberation Means in the 21st Century
We invite you to join us for a panel discussion about the systemic barriers Black people continue to encounter. Panelists will explore how the Post Racial narrative functions to reinforce discriminatory ideologies and practices and reflect on what a collective movement of Black liberation would look like. This event will be hosted by the Massey College Diversity Committee in partnership with the UTGSU Race & Ethnicity Caucus. Thursday, February 23rd | Massey College, Upper Library | 4 Devonshire Place | 7pm Free Entry | Register at: http://bit.ly/2kPVkPL

6. Harvest Noon Turns Five! Dessert Potluck Birthday Party: Fri Feb 17th, 6-10pm
Harvest Noon just turned five! We’re celebrating by continuing our birthday tradition (we’re old enough to say that now??) of a vegan dessert potluck party in the cafe. FREE and open to all! This year we’re also especially celebrating our volunteers because without you, we couldn’t happen. So bring some type of vegan-friendly dessert to share and let’s have fun together! Nut free please. (And know that if you bring a non-dessert, we’ll still love you). RSVP & let us know what you’re bringing here: https://is.gd/2CX7ZJ Party Time: Friday February 17th, from 6-10pm. Party Location: Harvest Noon Café (upstairs at UTGSU, 16 Bancroft Ave). Facebook event: https://is.gd/HOTzRu

7. Harvest Noon Closed February 20th to 24th; Reopens February 27th 2016
Please note that Harvest Noon will be closed next week during UofT Reading Week starting Monday February 20th. We’ll be back open for regular lunch service starting on Monday February 27th. Harvest Noon Café+Co-Op serves affordable local and organically grown vegan and vegetarian food upstairs at UTGSU (16 Bancroft Ave), as well as hosts educational workshops. For more information about us, our weekly changing menu, workshops, initiatives and events or to propose an event, please visit www.harvestnoon.com.

8. The 13th Annual Israeli Apartheid Week, March 13-17: 100 Years of Settler Colonialism, 100 Years of Popular Struggle
Mark your calendars! The 13th Annual Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) will take place in Toronto from March 13-17. First launched in 2005, 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 theBoycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement. This year’s IAW will reflect on 100 years of resistance to settler colonialism across historic Palestine since the issuance of the Balfour Declaration in 1917. The events will also link the history of Palestinian resistance to the struggles of the Indigenous peoples on whose territories we live, work, and study, and who are resisting settler colonial violence and dispossession. Our speakers this year will include Vijay Prashad, Lee Maracle, and Hind Awwad, among others. Find us on Facebook! The full program will be made available soon at www.apartheidweek.org and www.uoftdivest.com/iaw17.
9. Grad Escape: Evergreen Brickworks Winter Village: February, 19, 11-1pm
Ever wanted to visit Evergreen Brickworks? Now is your chance to explore this fantastic historical site in Toronto while indulging in a little post-holiday shopping and walking. Join Gradlife at Castlefrank Station, where we’ll start our walk to Evergreen Brickworks through the hidden wooded-valleys of Toronto, before stopping to explore and shoot at the Winter Market. Bring comfy shoes, a camera, and your wallet to grab some hand-made souvenirs and warm drinks! Register: http://uoft.me/2Qx.10. Grad Talk: Talking to New People: March 1, 12-1:30 Grad Room
Does the idea of walking into a room full of strangers make you want to run in the opposite direction?  Are you really interested in finding a mentor but don’t know what to talk to them about? We will teach you the tips and techniques that will make those conversations a lot less awkward and a lot more meaningful. Pizza will be available. Register: http://uoft.me/2Qw.

11. #BlackOnCampus: Addressing Anti-Black Racism at OISE
Wednesday February 22, 2017. 3pm to 5pm. Nexus Lounge, OISE. #BlackOnCampus events have been taking place across postsecondary campuses with students working to support international Black movements to resist anti-Black racism and dubious hiring practices across Canada. Building on the legacy of Black students organizing and work within the University of Toronto, this panel brings together faculty and graduate students to examine the intersections of Blackness, social justice and representation at OISE, the University of Toronto and across Canada. This event features Dr. Lance McCready, Dr. Njoki Wane, Mama Nii Owoo, and moderated by Sagal Yusuf. See Facebook page for more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1714383265519118/. The venues are wheelchair accessible and close to accessible washrooms.Please note that this is a scent-free environment. To discuss how we can make events accessible to you, please contact president.gsa@utoronto.ca.

12. Graduate Speaker Series – Embodiment, Mind and Body in Social Justice Discourses
Graduate Speaker Series is back. The next session will be held on Wednesday, February 22nd (5:30pm – 7pm). We will discuss themes of mind and the body in social justice discourses. The first speaker will discuss her research on whether there is a way that we can utilize the body, and body based healing, such as yoga, to work through emotions to pursue healing from a holistic method. The second speaker will discuss her research on dreaming as an embodied way of knowing that taps into mind, body and spirit in a holistic cohesive way. Please register at: http://bit.ly/2l0gkR4.

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Polling Stations

February 10th, 2017

To vote in the 2017 UTGSU Elections, you will need to bring your T-Card (Student ID) to one of the following polling stations. Please find a full list of polling station locations and times below:

 Location  Day and Time Notes
UTGSU Main Office February 27: 11:00a.m. – 5:00p.m.
February 28: 11:00a.m. – 5:00p.m
Note: Located outside the GSU Pub on the
first floor.
University of Toronto
Mississauga (UTM)
February 27: 11:00a.m. – 5:00p.m.
February 28: 11:00a.m. – 5:00p.m
Note: Located in the Communication, Culture
Information and Technology (CCT) building.
Medical Sciences Building  February 27: 11:00a.m. – 5:00p.m.
February 28: 11:00a.m. – 5:00p.m.
Note: Lobby on the Starbucks south side.
University of Toronto
Scarborough Campus (UTSC)
February 28: 11:00a.m. – 5:00p.m. Note: Atrium of the Environmental Science &
Chemistry Building (ESBC).
OISE February 27: 11:00a.m. – 5:00p.m.
February 28: 11:00a.m. – 5:00p.m.
Note: On the ground floor of the library.
Aerospace Cafeteria February 28: 11:00a.m. – 5:00p.m. Note: You must sign in and out to
get into the Cafeteria.
Robarts Library February 27: 11:00a.m. – 5:00p.m.
February 28: 11:00a.m. – 5:00p.m
Note: Located on the second floor cafeteria,
south portico entrance.
Sidney Smith February 27: 11:00a.m. – 5:00p.m.
February 28: 11:00a.m. – 5:00p.m
Note: Located at the main lobby, Huron Street
side.
Sandford Fleming February 27: 11:00a.m. – 5:00p.m.
February 28: 11:00a.m. – 5:00p.m
Note: Located in the Cafeteria, outside room
B740.
Gernstein Library February 27: 11:00a.m. – 5:00p.m.
February 28: 11:00a.m. – 5:00p.m
Note: Located in the lobby.
St. Michael’s College February 27: 11:00a.m. – 5:00p.m.
February 28: 11:00a.m. – 5:00p.m.
Note: Located in the Kelly Library lobby.

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All-Candidates Debate

February 10th, 2017

Meet your 2017 UTGSU Executive Candidates!

Get to know YOUR UTGSU Election Candidates by joining us at our Annual Elections Debate on Thursday, February 16 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at in the Fitzgerald Building in room 103.

Please note this location is accessible. You’ll have a chance to pose questions to all candidates, hear their platforms, and discover their plan to represent you. Make an informed decision at the ballot box February 27 and 28 and DON’T miss this great event! There will also be FREE FOOD (including gluten free options) so come by and get democratic with us. 

Secure your spot by clicking attend on the Facebook event. All-Candidates Debate Facebook Event 

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UTGSU Digest: UTGSU All-Candidates Debate, Hiring Poll Clerks – February 9, 2017

February 2nd, 2017

Winter Week of Welcome


1. 
UTGSU Elections 2017: Congratulations Candidates
2. Hiring Poll Clerks for the 2017 UTGSU Elections
3. Come Out for a Grad Movie Night!

4. Roots, Routes and Revolution: What Black Liberation Means in the 21st Century 
5. Bordering Injustice: How Should We Respond to Trump’s Ban?
6. Harvest Noon Turns Five! Dessert Potluck Birthday Party: Fri Feb 16th, 6-10pm
7. Advocating for Oneself – Life Management Series (CCR and GPS Approved Activity)
8. Student Family Housing, Now Available 

 

1. Meet your 2017 UTGSU Executive Candidates on February 16
Get to know YOUR UTGSU Election Candidates by joining us at our Annual Elections Debate on Thursday, February 16 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at in the Fitzgerald Building in room 103. Please note this location is accessible. You’ll have a chance to pose questions to all candidates, hear their platforms, and discover their plan to represent you. Make an informed decision at the ballot box February 27 and 28 and DON’T miss this great event! There will also be FREE FOOD (including gluten free options) so come by and get democratic with us! Email CRO@utgsu.ca to confirm your attendance.

2. Hiring Poll Clerks for the 2017 UTGSU Elections
If you are interested in getting involved in this year’s election, we’re looking for poll clerks to staff our polling stations! To qualify, you must be a registered graduate student, be responsible and reliable, and have strong communication skills. In order to fill the position, you must be available for a mandatory training session which will take place on February 16th from 11:00 am until 12:30 pm in UC 314. The hourly wage is $15/hour. If you are interested in this work, send an email to Leah Mulholland, the Deputy Returning Offier, at dro@utgsu.ca by Saturday, February 11th before midnight with the subject line: Poll Clerk Job Opportunity. Along with a paragraph short paragraph explaining why you would be suitable for this role, your availability (full-day shifts are preferable), preferred poll locations and if you have access to a cellphone/laptop for accessing digital information. For more information, visit: UTGSU Elections 2017, Poll Clerk Job Opportunity

3.Come Out for a Grad Movie Night!
Thursday, February 16, 2017, 7-10 PM​. Have you ever been through a breakup where you hated the world AND yourself? This movie explores what that’s like. U of T alumni and indie filmmaker, Curt Jaimungal, ​shows us that romance is also about mental health. ​If you enjoy watching unique films and love Toronto, you’ll love this! This event sold out twice at TIFF, so get your ​tickets, which will be $15 online and $20.00 at the door (based on availability). Facebook | Trailer | Tickets

4. Roots, Routes and Revolution: What Black Liberation Means in the 21st Century
We invite you to join us for a panel discussion about the systemic barriers Black people continue to encounter. Panelists will explore how the Post Racial narrative functions to reinforce discriminatory ideologies and practices and reflect on what a collective movement of Black liberation would look like. This event will be hosted by the Massey College Diversity Committee in partnership with the UTGSU Race & Ethnicity Caucus. Thursday, February 23rd | Massey College, Upper Library | 4 Devonshire Place | 7pm Free Entry | Register at: http://bit.ly/2kPVkPL

5. Bordering Injustice: How Should We Respond to Trump’s Ban?
The International Students’ Caucus (ISC) is helping promote an emergency town hall forum to address urgent questions regarding the US Executive Order (the so-called ‘Muslim Ban’) and its implications for the university community and for Canada. The Vice-President and Provost Prof. Cheryl Regehr and other professors will give talks on this. Come to learn what you should know and what you can do. More information can be found here: Sign Up Information.

6. Harvest Noon Turns Five! Dessert Potluck Birthday Party: Fri Feb 16th, 6-10pm
Harvest Noon just turned five! We’re celebrating by continuing our birthday tradition (we’re old enough to say that now??) of a vegan dessert potluck party in the cafe. FREE and open to all! This year we’re also especially celebrating our volunteers because without you, we couldn’t happen. So bring some type of vegan-friendly dessert to share and let’s have fun together! Nut free please. (And know that if you bring a non-dessert, we’ll still love you). RSVP & let us know what you’re bringing here: Food. Party Time: Friday February 17th, from 6-10pm. Party Location: Harvest Noon Café (upstairs at UTGSU, 16 Bancroft Ave). Facebook event.

7. Advocating for Oneself – Life Management Series (CCR and GPS Approved Activity)
Wed Feb 15, 2 to 4 pm at the Grad Room – 66 Harbord St. What is the best way to present one’s case? How can emotions be conveyed strategically and diplomatically? When writing a letter or email, what should come first – the presentation of the problem or the suggested solution? This workshop will touch upon these questions by focusing on the strategic use of rhetoric in letter and email writing. Facilitators: Dr. Jovanovic-Krstic and Karolina Szymanski. All U of T students are welcome. Online registration required.

8. Student Family Housing, Now Available
Student Family Housing is located in the Bay/Bloor area. We presently have one and two bedroom apartments available for March and April. The rental costs are between $921 – $1,218, which are available year round! To be eligible you must be a Full-Time Degree Student living full time with a spouse/common-law partner and/or have children. Please visit our website, http://studentfamilyhousing.utoronto.ca/home.htm, for more information and to apply online, or call us at 416-978-8049 to schedule a viewing appointment.  Monthly tours are offered with dates posted on the websites. Community events and activities are tailored to the needs of student families, including Yoga, Dance & Arts & Crafts, Movie Night, Free Store, Roof-Top Garden, On-site Childcare, Child Drop-in Centre and a brand new Adult Recreation Centre for tenants to enjoy.

 

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UTGSU Digest: UTGSU Executive Nomination Period Closes Tomorrow! – January 26, 2017

January 26th, 2017

Winter Week of Welcome

UTGSU Digest:UTGSU Executive Nomination Period Closes Tomorrow! – January 26, 2017

1.UTGSU Executive Nomination Period Closes Tomorrow!
2. Elections and Referenda Committee (ERC) Poll
3. Health and Dental Insurance Opt-out and Opt-in Period: Ends January 30, 2017
4. New to Campus in 2017 January?  UTGSU Agenda and Resource Guides Can Help
5. Reserve Gym time for February on Friday 27 January at 10:00
6. UTGSU Board of Directors / General Council Meeting: Tuesday, 31 January at 18.10
7. Professional Graduate Students’ Caucus (PGSC) Meet and Greet

8. International Students’ Caucus (ISC) Welcome Back Event at ROM Friday Night Live
9Surviving Together; A Self-Advocacy Workshop for Disabled Students
10Mustard Making – Harvest Noon Condiment Workshop Series: Tuesesday Feb 7th, 6-9pm
11. Sexual Health Awareness Week (SHAW): February 6-10, 2017
12. Now Available: New Resources for International Students
13. Family Care Office: Student Parent Social
14. CUPE 3902 Flying Squad Meeting
15. Come Out for a Grad Movie Night!

 

1. UTGSU Executive Nomination Period Closes Tomorrow!
Don’t miss out on your chance to join the UTGSU Executive Team for 2017-2018! The UTGSU Elections are fast approaching and nominations for the six UTGSU Executive Officer positions officially close tomorrow, Friday, January 27, 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, 2017 to April 30, 2018. The honorarium for a full Executive position is $1228.96 per month. For more information, please email the Chief Returning Officer (CRO), Scott Surphlis, at cro@utgsu.ca

2.Elections and Referenda Committee (ERC) Poll
The 2017 Elections and Referenda Committee (ERC) wants to hear from you before this year’s annual Executive elections and referendum! The ERC greatly appreciates feedback from all University of Toronto graduate students and wants to know how to recommend best practices for the future. Please fill out the form below before January 30th, 2017. It will take you less than a minute to complete. or more information, contact the UTGSU Chief Returning Officer (CRO), Scott Surphlis, at cro@utgsu.ca. Link to the UTGSU Elections and Referenda Poll: https://goo.gl/gnCUg7

3.Health and Dental Insurance Opt-out and Opt-in Period: Ends January 30, 2017
IMPORTANT: The Health & Dental Insurance Change-of-Coverage Period for NEW students only starting in January 2017 ends 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.

4. New to Campus in 2017 January?  UTGSU Agenda and Resource Guides Can Help
Come and pick up your copy of the UTGSU Agenda and Resource Guide to help you navigate campus. You can find the agendas at your Graduate Student Union on 16 Bancroft Avenue, in the basement offices. We would love to meet you!

5. 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 call416 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.

6. 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.

7. Professional Graduate Students’ Caucus Meet and Greet
We’re having a Meet and Greet Social event next Tuesday Feb. 7th @ 6:30 PM at the Prenup Pub (191 College St, Toronto, ON M5T 1P9).  It will be a time to meet the caucus executives and also network with other professional graduate students. Please confirm your attendance by emailing the PGSC Chair at pgsc@utgsu.ca.

8. International Students’ Caucus Welcome Back Event at ROM Friday Night Live
The International Students’ Caucus (ISC) is organizing a welcome back party at Friday Night Live (FNL) at ROM to welcome all the international graduate students for the Winter term on Feb 3rd 2017 at 7:00 pm. Join us to enjoy this special event and socialize with your fellow international students. For more information about FNL check http://www.rom.on.ca/en/whats-on/rom-friday-night-live#/gallery/recent. The ISC will subsidize the first 20 students who sign up so they can get the ticket for $5 each. RSVP at https://goo.gl/forms/j2DsP54DPoxpNvsW2 and we will contact you for the ticket.

9Surviving Together; A Self-Advocacy Workshop for Disabled Students
Join Students for Barrier-free Access (SBA) for a student-run orientation for disabled graduate students and student advocates. Topics covered at the orientation: Know Your Rights as a disabled student, Presented by ARCH Disability Law Centre, self-advocacy and navigating academic accommodations, introduction to campus resources and services for disabled students, introduction to Students for Barrier-Free Access’ resources and services. Date: Friday February 10, 2017. Time: 3pm-5pm. Location: 246 Bloor Street West (Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social work) room 702, 7th floor. If you require ASL to participate in the event, or if you have any other access needs please contact Nadia at sba.advocacycoordinator@gmail.com.

10.Mustard Making – Harvest Noon Condiment Workshop Series: Tuesday February 7th, 6-9pm
Join Harvest Noon for the second of our three part condiment making workshop series and learn how to make your very own mustard! We will have options to make your mustard spicy, sweet, garlicky, or whatever suits your fancy. COST: $10 for Harvest Noon/UTGSU members; $15 for non-members (includes $5 lifetime Harvest Noon membership); Pay What You Can spaces also available for those experiencing financial difficulty. REGISTRATION:
Sign up now in one of the reserved UofT grad student spaces (if grad student spaces are not filled as of Thursday February 2nd at 10AM, they are considered open to others and/or wait list members will be moved in to those spaces. Grad students can still sign up afterwards though as a member or nonmember!): https://is.gd/mizMhO
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1781025955552919/.

11. Sexual Health Awareness Week (SHAW): February 6-10, 2017
The Sexual Education Centre at the University of Toronto presents: Sexual Health Awareness Week (SHAW)! SHAW is a week of fun and free events promoting sexual health and celebrating sexuality in general! All the events take place on the St. George campus between February 6th to 10th. Events include a research-based discussion on improving sexual satisfaction and a make-your-own sexy picture book activity (among others). All events are wheelchair accessible and open to anyone, regardless of sexual orientation or gender expression. Find the Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/utgsu/. Questions or concerns? Contact Leah and Elizabeth at: utsec.ex.ed@gmail.com!

12. Now Available: New Resources for International Students
International students, the School of Graduate Studies has just released two resources designed for you. Check your inbox for the new international edition of Gradschool e-news, which shares essential deadlines, events, and news items with the international graduate student community. Visit the SGS International Graduate Student Portal at uoft.me/sgsinternational for a handy guide to tricampus services and supports for international students.13. Family Care Office: Student Parent Social
Tuesday Jan 31st, 12 to 2 pm @ 33 St. George St., Baldwin Room. Join us for a social with the Family Care Office peer mentors. Relax, unwind and meet other student parents who understand your challenges and concerns! Lunch will be served, please register at http://uoft.me/2Na. All U of T student parents are welcome.

14. CUPE 3902 Flying Squad Meeting
Come join us as we plan for the upcoming round of bargaining. We will be discussing upcoming bargaining questions and how we, as Flying Squad, might help our Team and Local prepare for them. As always, all members of our Local are invited to attend. Food will be provided and compensation for travel can be arranged. Wednesday, Feb. 1st, 6:00 PM. Taylor Room (SS 619). For any questions or accommodation requests, please contact Brenton Buchanan – brenton.buchanan@mail.utoronto.ca.

15. Come Out for a Grad Movie Night!
Thursday, February 16, 2017, 7-10 PM​. Have you ever been through a breakup where you hated the world AND yourself? This movie explores what that’s like. U of T alumni and indie filmmaker, Curt Jaimungal, ​shows us that romance is also about mental health. ​If you enjoy watching unique films and love Toronto, you’ll love this! This event sold out twice at TIFF, so get your ​tickets, which will be $15 online and $20.00 at the door (based on availability). Facebook | Trailer | Tickets

 

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UTGSU Digest: Join the UTGSU Executive, Health and Dental Insurance Opt-out and Opt-in Period – January 19, 2017

January 19th, 2017

Winter Week of Welcome

UTGSU Digest: Join the UTGSU Executive, Health and Dental Insurance Opt-out and Opt-in Period – January 19, 2017

1. Join the UTGSU Executive! Nomination Period Open Until January 27 (5:00 pm)
2. Health and Dental Insurance Opt-out and Opt-in Period: January 1-30, 2017
3. Financial Survival Workshop and Fair
4. New to campus in 2017 January?  UTGSU Agenda and Resource Guides can help
5. Reserve Gym time for February on Friday 27 January at 10:00
6. UTGSU Board of Directors / General Council Meeting: Tuesday, 31 January at 18.10
7. Sexual Education Centre Graduate Student Levy Opt-out: Fri. February 10th
8. SBA Levy Opt Out Dates
9. Toronto Sustainable Food Cooperative (TSFC) Winter 2017 OptOut Period Concludes
10. OPIRG-Toronto Winter 2017 Fees Refund Period
11. Bikechain Levy Opt-Out Hours
12. International Students’ Caucus Welcome Back Event at ROM Friday Night Live
13. Grad Escapes: Improv for Anxiety
14. Thinking About Your Future While Finishing Your Graduate Degree – A Workshop by the Healthy Grad Crew
15. Nutrition and Public Health Policy – Graduate Speaker Series (January 2017 Session)
16. Call for Abstracts – International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (IDERD) Conference
17. Grad Minds Mental Health Video Campaign

 

1. Join the UTGSU Executive! Nomination Period Open Until January 27 (5:00 pm)
Representing over 17, 000 graduate students across 85 departments, the University of Toronto Graduate Student Union is one of the cornerstones for student advocacy at the University of Toronto. The UTGSU Executives play a pivotal position in providing a voice for graduate students and actively engaging to provide solutions to your student issues. Nominations for the UTGSU Executive Team for 2017-2018 are currently open! The nomination period closes at 5:00 pm on Friday, January 27. Nomination forms are available 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. For more information, contact the UTGSU Chief Returning Officer (CRO), Scott Surphlis, at cro@utgsu.ca.

2. 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.

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. New to campus in 2017 January?  UTGSU Agenda and Resource Guides can help
Come and pick up your copy of the UTGSU Agenda and Resource Guide to help you navigate campus. You can find the agendas at your Graduate Student Union on 16 Bancroft Avenue, in the basement offices. We would love to meet you!

5. 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 call416 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.

6. 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.

7. Sexual Education Centre Graduate Student Levy Opt-out: Fri. February 10th
University of Toronto graduate students who wish to opt out of their levy agreement with the University of Toronto Sexual Education Centre and receive a refund of their fees can stop by the SEC office at (21 Sussex Ave, Unit 612). 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 and proof of enrolment. Drop in times for those wishing to opt-out are from 10am-6pm,Monday to Friday, starting Friday January 20 and ending Friday February 10. To make alternate arrangements please contact utsec.financial@gmail.com.

8. 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. The drop in times for those wishing to opt-out is: 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.

9. Toronto Sustainable Food Cooperative (TSFC) Winter 2017 OptOut Period Concludes
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.

10. OPIRG-Toronto Winter 2017 Fees Refund Period
University of Toronto full-time and part-time graduate students who paid the Ontario Public Interest Research Group – Toronto fees and wish to opt-out of OPIRG-Toronto, but who have not opted out in Fall 2016, are able to claim their fees refund with proof of enrollment for the 2017 Winter academic term. Please bring your proof of enrollment to the OPIRG Office in the North Borden Building at 563 Spadina Crescent, Room 101 during the opt-out period: Tuesday, January 17 to Friday, January 20: 11-7PM. Tuesday, January 24 to Friday, January 27: 11-5PM. To make alternate arrangements to obtain your refund, our phone number is (416)978-7770 and our email address is opirg.toronto@utoronto.ca.

11. Bikechain Levy Opt-Out Hours
Graduate Students can opt-out of Bikechain’s winter levy ($0.25 for part-time students and $0.50 for full-time students) from January 5th through 20th, during the following hours: Tuesdays 10am-5pm, Wednesdays 10am-5pm, Thursdays 12pm-9pm, Fridays 10am-5pm. Levy refunds will be distributed at Bikechain, North Borden building, 563 Spadina Crescent. Students who experience barriers to visiting the shop can email bikechain@utoronto.ca and we will be happy to make alternative arrangements with you.

12. International Students’ Caucus Welcome Back Event at ROM Friday Night Live
The International Students’ Caucus (ISC) is organizing a welcome back party at Friday Night Live (FNL) at ROM to welcome all the international graduate students for the Winter term on Feb 3rd 2017 at 7:00 pm. Join us to enjoy this special event and socialize with your fellow international students. For more information about FNL check http://www.rom.on.ca/en/whats-on/rom-friday-night-live#/gallery/recent. The ISC will subsidize the first 20 students who sign up so they can get the ticket for $5 each. RSVP at https://goo.gl/forms/j2DsP54DPoxpNvsW2 and we will contact you for the ticket.

13Improv for Anxiety
Thursday, February 9, 7-9pm $15 Learn the fundamental tools of Improv with other students who wish to have a better experience in social settings.The exercises are modified to remove any “performance” aspect and instead we focus on the skills to address social triggers and to add effective communication experiences to everyday situations. Register: http://uoft.me/2Mk

14. Thinking About Your Future While Finishing Your Graduate Degree – A Workshop by the Healthy Grad Crew
Presented by the Health Grad Crew, this workshop will explore key considerations and highlight the need to ask ourselves certain questions at strategic points throughout our graduate programs. The value of strong time-management and networking skills, the ability to identify and amplify our skill set and accomplishments, and strategies and tips for finding employment – within or outside of the academy – are key themes of the workshop. The workshop will take place at the Grad Room on Monday, January 23, 2017 (1pm – 2pm). Please register at: http://bit.ly/2ivSlLV

15. Nutrition and Public Health Policy – Graduate Speaker Series (January 2017 Session)
The Graduate Speaker Series is back! For the month of January, we will focus our discussion on nutrition and public health policy. There will be two speakers from the Department of Nutritional Sciences. The first speaker will discuss ‘food faddism’ and perceived benefits of foods – it’s influences, credibility and population health outcomes. The second speaker will  discuss public health policies and her thesis work building an evidence base to inform sugar related policies. The event will take place on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 (5:30pm – 7pm) at the Grad Room, 66 Harbord Street. Light snacks will be served. Please register at http://bit.ly/2jGlEIM

16. Call for Abstracts – International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (IDERD) Conference
The Anti-Racism & Cultural Diversity Office (ARCDO) in partnership with the Women and Gender Studies Institute (WGSI) and the Department of Sociology, UTM will convene and anti-racism conference as part of the 2017 IDERD Campaign which will be held over two days (March 20-21, 2017). The theme for this year’s IDERD Campaign is: “What’s Anti-Racism Good for Now?”. The two days will consist of a one day thought provoking Conference that will convene on March 20th followed by the Recognition Awards Ceremony on March 21st. Both events will be held at the University of Toronto St. George campus. Further information on the Call for Abstracts, can be found on the ARCDO website at the following URL:  http://www.antiracism.utoronto.ca/iderd/callforabstracts.html.

17. Grad Minds Mental Health Video Campaign
Grad Minds Mental Health Advisory Committee is planning to produce a mental health video campaign, and is seeking students who have or are experiencing a mental health condition and are willing to speak about it on camera. We are looking to represent all mental health conditions, including but not limited to anxiety, depression, OCD, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, eating disorders etc. The video is intended to be empowering and will present students in a positive light. The video is intended to reach the UofT community and will also potentially be posted on YouTube. If interested or have questions please email jacalyn.kelly@mail.utoronto.ca. Help educate our community on mental health!

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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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