Digest: Debating Candidates & Mental Health Tuesday – February 27, 2015

February 27th, 2015

1. UTGSU Elections: Vote on March 10, 11, 12
2. Get to Know Your Candidates! UTGSU Candidates Debate: Wed March 4, 5-7pm
3. Successful Nominations for UTGSU Elections 2015
4. UTGSU Queer Caucus Pub Night: Thurs March 5, 7-11pm
5. UTGSU is Hiring Elections Promoters – Application Deadline Extended!
6. Grad Minds – Mental Health Tuesdays: Tues March 3, 6-7:30pm
7. Peer Support Program for Graduate Students: Wednesdays 4-5pm
8. Grad Escape: TIFF Bell LightBox Guided Tour: Tues March 10, 3-4pm
9. Grad Escape: Nia Fitness Class: Wed March 18, 5-6pm
10. Grad Talk: What Kind of Scholar are You?
11. Spaces Available at Campus & Community Cooperative Daycare
12. Manage Time, Manage Distractions (CCR Approved*): Mon March 9, 12-1:30pm
13. Deadline for the CIE 6th Annual Photography Contest: Mon March 2
14. USA VISA Information Session: Wed March 11, 1-3pm
15. Peers are Here for International Students: Friday 12-1pm
16. Inside the Industries: Wed March 4, 5-7:30pm
17. 3rd Toronto Mapuche Solidarity Film Festival: Fri Feb 27 & Sat Feb 28

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Successful Nominations

February 24th, 2015

We are happy to announce the following successful nominations for the 2015 UTGSU Elections: (more…)

Poll Clerks Needed

February 22nd, 2015

We’re looking for poll clerks to staff our polling stations for the 2015 Elections! You must be a registered graduate student, be highly responsible and reliable, and have good people skills. It will be helpful to have a cellular phone with access to text messaging and a laptop to access information digitally. You must be available for a mandatory training session either on Wednesday March 4 or Thursday March 5th (times to be determined). Polling will be in various locations around campus, mainly at the St George campus with short shifts in Mississauga, Scarborough, Aerospace (Downsview) and Sunnybrook Hospital. Election days and times may vary, but will be roughly from 10:00-5:00 (one day of 7:00) on March 10 to 12. The hourly wage is $14/hr, to reflect the UTGSU minimum living wage campaign. This job opportunity is especially helpful for international students who do not have work permits as this wage is not taxed and you will receive one lump sum cheque at the end of the elections period.

If you are interested in this work, or know of a suitable student please send us an email to hiring@utgsu.ca by February 25th with the subject line: Poll Clerk Job Opportunity with a short paragraph explaining why you would be suitable for this role, your preferred days, times, poll locations and number of hours you would like to commit to. If possible, please note if you have a driver’s license and access to a vehicle; this is by no means a requirement, and it will not disadvantage those applicants who do not drive, but it is helpful to know in case we need drivers to go to the satellite locations. While we cannot guarantee these times or locations, we will do our best.

Digest: CUPE 3902 Solidarity & Jobs Available – February 19, 2015

February 20th, 2015

1. UTGSU Executive Stands in Solidarity with CUPE Local 3902
2. Job Opportunity: Poll Clerks Needed!
3. UTGSU is Hiring Elections Promoters
4. UTGSU Executive Officer Nominations CLOSE Fri Feb 20, 5pm
5. Save the Date: UTGSU All-Candidates Debate: Wed March 4, 5-7pm
6. Grad Minds Movie Night – William Kurelek’s The Maze: Tues March 10, 6-8pm
7. Peer Support Program for Graduate Students: Wednesdays 4-5pm
8. UTGSU Board of Directors / General Council Meeting: Mon Feb 23, 6:10pm
9. Reserve UTGSU Gym Time for March: Fri Feb 27, 10am
10. Graduate Students’ Union Health and Dental Plan Survey
11. Manage Time, Manage Distractions: Mon March 9, 12-1:30pm
12. Harvest Noon Fermentation Series: Tues March 3, 10, & 17, 6-9pm
13. Host a Workshop at Harvest Noon
14. Ukraine and Russia: Prospects for Peace: Sun Feb 22
15. Rethinking Nuclear Weapons: Wed Feb 25, 4-6pm
16. Federal Pre-Election Town Hall on Climate Change: Mon March 2: 6-8pm

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Digest: Open Nominations & Photo Contest – February 12, 2015

February 11th, 2015

1. UTGSU Office Closure – Family Day: Monday February 16
2. UTGSU Executive Officer Nominations Now Open: deadline Fri Feb 20, 5pm
3. UTGSU Board of Directors / General Council Meeting: Mon Feb 23, 6:10pm
4. Reserve UTGSU Gym Time for March: Fri Feb 27, 10am
5. Graduate Students’ Union Health and Dental Plan Survey
6. Grad Escape: Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) Tour: Thurs Feb 19, 3-4:30pm
7. Harvest Noon Closed February 16-20; Reopens February 23 2015
8. CIE 6th Annual Photography Contest: deadline Mon March 2
9. Thinking of Permanent Residency in Canada? Fri Feb 20, 3-5pm
10. Informational Interviewing and Networking Effectively: Thurs Feb 26, 4-5pm
11. 11th Annual LSCDS Networking Reception: Thurs Feb 26, 5:45-9:15pm
12. Yoga Tune-Up Self-Massage Class: Mondays 12-1 pm

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Solidarity with CUPE 3902

February 10th, 2015

We wholeheartedly support the members of CUPE 3902, many of whom are also our members, in their efforts towards reaching fair contracts with the University of Toronto.

Unit 1 members are bargaining primarily for increased graduate funding, support for students in unfunded cohorts and maintaining health benefits. The current level of funding is more than $8,000 below the low income cut-off and is unacceptable for a group of workers that make significant contributions to the research and teaching on which the university’s reputation lies. Unit 3 is comprised of a group now doing 35% of all undergraduate teaching for a mere 1 % of the University’s budget. Given that many Unit 3 members have been teaching at U of T for greater than five years, job security is also a key sticking point.

We encourage all of our members to support these efforts and join CUPE 3902 on the picket line if an agreement has not been reached by the February 26th strike deadline.

The UTGSU Executive Committee

Nominations Now OPEN

February 9th, 2015

Nominations for the 2015/2016 Executive Officer positions are now open! Nominations close Friday, February 20, 5pm. Term in office: May 1, 2015 to April 30, 2016. Honorarium: approximately $14,500. For more information, including the nomination forms, visit: utgsu.ca/elections or contact the Chief Returning Officer at cro@utgsu.ca. (more…)

Digest: Nominations & Knit Fest II – February 5, 2015

February 5th, 2015

1. UTGSU Executive Officer Nominations Open Mon Feb 9: deadline Fri Feb 20, 5pm
2. UTGSU Knit Wits Presents Knit Fest II: Wed Feb 11, 6-8pm
3. Graduate Students’ Union Health and Dental Plan Survey
4. Free Condoms at the UTGSU
5. Chinese New Year Celebration: Tues Feb 10, 7:30pm
6. Host a Workshop at Harvest Noon
7. Choosing Childcare That Works For Your Family: Fri Feb 20, 12-1:30pm
8. Job opportunities with the Teaching Assistants’ Training Program
9. Techno2015 from The Impact Centre – Workshop for Aspiring Technopreneurs

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Nominations for UTGSU Executive Positions to Open Monday February 9, 2015

February 3rd, 2015

Nominations for six UTGSU executive positions will open on Monday February 9, 2015. (more…)

Digest: Skate Night & Health Plan Survey – January 29, 2015

January 29th, 2015

1. Graduate Students’ Union Health and Dental Plan Survey
2. Grad Minds Skate Night: Sat Jan 31, 8-11pm
3. Reserve UTGSU Gym Time for February: Fri Jan 30, 10am
4. UTGSU Knit Wits Presents Knit Fest II: Wed Feb 11, 6-8pm
5. Grad Escapes – AGO Guided Tour: Thurs Feb 19, 3-4:30pm
6. Baby & Toddler Talks: Fathering Right From Start: Thurs Feb 5, 12-1:30pm
7. Expectant Parents Group: Equipment and Gadgets You Really Need: Mon Feb 9
8. Yoga Tune-Up Self-Massage Class: Mondays 12-1 pm
9. Demand Your Voice be Heard on the Energy East Pipeline: Feb 6, 12, 16, 27
10. This Nuclear Age: The Cuban Missile and Other Nuclear Crises: Wed Feb 4, 4-6pm
11. Get Your Access On! Scholarships: deadline Sun March 1

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