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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UTGSU Digest: Health and Dental Insurance Opt-out and Opt-in Period, Winter Week of Welcome – January 5, 2017.

January 5th, 2017

Winter Week of Welcome

UTGSU Digest: Health and Dental Insurance Opt-out and Opt-in Period, Winter Week of Welcome – January 5, 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. Downtown Legal Services
5. Toronto Sustainable Food Cooperative (TSFC) Winter 2017 Opt-out Period
6. Volunteers Needed at Harvest Noon
7. Bikechain Winter 2017 Opt-out Period
8. Life Management Series: Stuck in the Middle – Juggling School and Family Life (CCR & GPS Approved)
9. Online Chat for Students and Their Partners/ Spouses 
10. Library Resources & Services for Grad Students- Feedback Wanted! 

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. We will be hosting a variety of events such as, a Wine and Cheese Reception at Hart House for incoming Winter enrolled graduate students, and a clothing swap and pub night for all current and incoming students. 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. Downtown Legal Services
Downtown Legal Services is the Faculty of Law’s community legal clinic. Law students, working under the close supervision of expert staff lawyers, provide free legal assistance in several areas of law. To access our services, call our intake line at 416-978-6447. To find out more about DLS and our services, please visit our website at: http://downtownlegalservices.ca/. DLS receives $1.50/ per term from each full-time graduate student as part of your incidental fees. This fee is 100% refundable within 60 days of registration. Refunds will also be available from 6-8pm on the following dates: January 3,11, and 19, 2017. 

5. Toronto Sustainable Food Cooperative (TSFC) Winter 2017 Opt-out Period
University of Toronto graduate students who wish to opt out of their levy agreement with the Toronto Sustainable Food Cooperative (which operates at 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 enrollment. Drop in times for those wishing to opt-out are as follows: Weekdays January 9th-January 27th, 2017 from 9am-3:30pm and the Monday evenings of January 9th, 16th and 23rd between 3:30-9pm. 

6. Volunteers Needed at Harvest Noon
Enjoy cooking and want to learn more skills? Honing your grand writing? Need cashier experience ]? Or just like being part of a collective community? There are lots of opportunities at Harvest Noon Cafe this January and beyond! Overall, volunteer roles available range from food preparation to grant writing, outreach and events. Also, for those interested in the business end, board of director elections will be coming up this spring along with our Annual General Meeting. To sign up and/or learn more, check out: http://harvestnoon.com/volunteering/volunteer-sign-up-form/

7. Bikechain Winter 2017 Opt-out Period
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 and 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.

8. Life Management Series: Stuck in the Middle – Juggling School and Family Life (CCR & GPS Approved)
Monday, January 23, from 12-1:30 p.m. at the Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Rm 313. “Stuck in the Middle” is a self-discovery session on dealing with constant challenges of having family responsibilities, working and being a student. This self-awareness session will help you understand the feelings of guilt that arise when juggling your role as a student and not always having enough time to spend with your children and/or your loved ones. It’s for everyone who feels overwhelmed. In this session you will discover your patterns of ‘stuckness’. 

9. Online Chat for Students and Their Partners/ Spouses
Tuesday January 17th, 10-11 a.m. – Get the information you need from the comfort of your own computer/phone. A Family Care Advisor will be available to chat and answer questions on child care & child care subsidies, schools & children programs, balancing student and family (and work too), and any other questions about being a student parent and a student partner/ spouse at U of T! All prospective, new, current U of T student parents and their partner/ spouse are welcome, registration required here

10. Library Resources & Services for Grad Students- Feedback Wanted!
University of Toronto Libraries is creating a dedicated webpage for graduate students. We want to know what the most important resource and services you want to learn more about, or wish you knew about in your first year here. Please take five minutes to fill out this online survey: here. (open until January 20, 2017). Your thoughts and feedback are appreciated!

 

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UTGSU Digest: Winter Office Closures, January Gym Time, Levy Opt-out Period – December 15th, 2016.

December 15th, 2016

Winter Hours

UTGSU Digest: Winter Office Closures, January Gym Time, Levy Opt-out Period – December 15th, 2016.

1. UTGSU Winter Office Closure: December 19, 2016 – January 2, 2017
2. Reserve Gym Time for January from Friday, December 16 at 10:00
3. Harvest Noon Closure: Re-opens Monday, January 9, 2017
4. Working the Scene in Colour: Call for Scene Submissions
5. Online Meditation & Mindfulness Sessions Resumes January 11, 2017
6. Bikechain Winter Opt-out Period
7. OPIRG-Toronto Winter 2016 Fees Refund Period
8. U of T Student Family Housing – Immediate Vacancies!
9. Student Journal Forum, Thursday, January 12, 2017 from 3-5PM
10. Tons of Free Intramural Sports for SGS Students! Sign Up Info Here
11. 2017 Canada Chinese Students Spring Festival Gala 

1. UTGSU Winter Office Closure: December 19, 2016 – January 2, 2017
The UTGSU Office will be closed from Monday, December 19, 2016 through to Monday, January 2, 2017. We will be re-opening and returning to regularly scheduled office hours on Tuesday, January 3, 2017. This includes the Health and Dental Office, the UTGSU Pub. We hope you enjoy a safe Winter break! 

2. Reserve Gym Time for January from Friday, December 16 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 from19:00 to 22:00. Monday through Wednesday evening the gym will be used by the UTGSU Volleyball League. Students must provide their T-card upon request. Please note, the UTGSU gym will be closed for the holidays on Monday December 19, 2016 until Monday January 2, 2017.         

3. Harvest Noon Closure: Re-opens Monday, January 9, 2017
Harvest Noon will be closed during exam period and the holidays from December 9, 2016 and will re-open on Monday, January 9, 2017. We wish everyone good luck with end of term crunch time and a happy and safe break. Arrangements to purchase last minute presents while we are closed over the exam period such as hot sauce, zines, gift certificates or the popular Certain Days 2017 calendar (filled with vibrant social justice minded art) can be made by emailing info [at] harvestnoon.com. See you next year! Regular service resumes Monday, January 9, 2017. For more information about Harvest Noon, please visit www.harvestnoon.com

4. Working the Scene in Colour: Call for Scene Submissions
The second Working the Scene in Colour (WSiC) event will be held on January 22, 2017, at the University of Toronto, Multi-Faith Centre (Multipurpose Room) from 2:00-5:00PM. WSiC is accepting scene submissions for features, scripted television, and stage plays. University of Toronto graduate students (undergraduates and alumni), who self-identify as a person of colour or Indigenous, are encouraged to submit their scenes, which can be works-in-progress or polished scripts of up to 5 minutes to be performed by trained ACTRA actors. Produced scripts will not be accepted. Submission deadline: January 8, 2017. WSiC is proud to be partnering with community sponsors. Please email your submission and questions to: workingthescene@gmail.com.   

5. Online Meditation & Mindfulness Sessions Resumes January 11, 2017
We will be taking a break and resume the second week of January (January 11, 2017). The technical problems that we had been experiencing have now been resolved. You can join the online meditation and mindfulness classes at: http://mindfulmeditation.wixsite.com/online

6. Bikechain Winter Opt-out Period
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 5, 2017 through to January 20, 2017 during the following hours: Tuesdays 10am-5pm, Wednesdays 10am-5pm, Thursdays 12pm-9pm, Fridays 10am-5pm. Levy funds 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. 

7. OPIRG-Toronto Winter 2016 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 100 during opt-out period: Monday, January 9, 2017, 11AM-5PM, Tuesday, January 10, 2017 to Friday, January 13, 2017 from 11AM-7PM, Monday, January 17, 2017 from 11Am-5PM, Tuesday, January 17, 2017 to Friday, January 20, 2017 from 11AM-7PM and Tuesday, January 24, 2017 to Friday, January 27, 2017 from 11AM-5PM. Our phone number is (416) 978-7770 and our email address is opirg.toronto@utoronto.ca

8. U of T Student Family Housing – Immediate Vacancies! 
With 710 apartments, a rooftop garden, recreation rooms, family drop-in centre, activities & events for the whole family, underground parking, and an on-site childcare centre, this is a place to call home. Apply online at: studentfamilyhousing.utoronto.ca or call (416) 978-8049 to confirm availability.

9. Student Journal Forum, Thursday, January 12, 2017 from 3-5PM
Are you involved in student journal publishing? Ever thought of starting your own journal? University of Toronto Libraries will be hosting a Student Journal Forum that will bring together student journal editors, or those looking to start a journal, to discuss best practices as well as resources and services to help sustain your publication. There will be short presentations focused on helping student editors learn more about the journal process. Details: Date- Thursday, January 12, 2017, Time- 3-5PM, Place- Debates Room, Hart House (following the Hart House Literary Fair). Refreshments will be served. For more information on this free event, please visit the Student Journal Forum website.

10. 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 between now 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.

11. 2017 Canada Chinese Students Spring Festival Gala 
Join the annual Canada Chinese Students Spring Festival Gala on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at the SONY Centre for the Performing Arts to celebrate the Year of the Chicken. Held by Chinese Student and Scholar Associations of the University of Toronto, this event features famous singers like Shen Zhou and Yoga Lin, magic shows and other traditional Chinese performance. There will also be eight lucky draws for a total of 36 prizes. For ticket purchasing please contact: alumni@utcssa.ca

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UTGSU Digest: Winter Office Hours, Christmas Market Social, Conflict Resolution Centre (CRC) – December 8th, 2016

December 8th, 2016

Winter Hours

 

UTGSU Digest: Winter Office Hours, Christmas Market Social, Conflict Resolution Centre (CRC) –  December 8th, 2016

1. UTGSU Winter Office Closure: December 19, 2016 – January 1, 2017
2. Harvest Noon Closed After Friday December 9th; Reopens Monday January 9th 2017
3. International Students’ Caucus Christmas Market Social
4. Working the Scene in Colour: Call for Scene Submissions
5. Bikechain Winter Opt-out Period

6. Online Meditation & Mindfulness Sessions Resumes January 11, 2017
7. Conflict Resolution Centre (CRC) for Graduate Students – No Issue is Too Small to Discuss!
8. Webinar: Helping Children Cope with Separation and Divorce – Fri, Jan 1312 – 1 pm
9. No One Is Illegal, Protest Canada’s Unjust Immigration Detention System
10. International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination Recognition Award  

1. UTGSU Winter Office Closure December 19, 2016 – January 1, 2017
The UTGSU office will be closed from Monday, December 19 through to Sunday, January 1. We will be re-opening on Tuesday, January 2 and will operate on regularly scheduled office hours.

2. Harvest Noon Closed After Friday December 9th; Reopens Monday January 9th 2017
Harvest Noon will be closed during the exam period and holidays after Friday December 9th. We wish everyone good luck with end of term crunch time and a happy and safe break. Arrangements to purchase last minute presents while we are closed over the exam period such as hot sauce, zines, gift certificates or the popular Certain Days 2017 calendar (filled with vibrant social justice minded art) can be made by emailing info [at] harvestnoon.com and items will also be available the evening of Monday December 12th. See you next year! Regular service resumes Monday January 9th 2017.  For more information about Harvest Noon, please visit
 www.harvestnoon.com.


3. International Students’ Caucus Christmas Market Social
Join the International Students’ Caucus and other international colleagues for a free tour to the Distillery Historic District at the Toronto Christmas Market on Thursday, December 15th. Information for the tour can be found at: Information Walking Tours. Meet us at the Distillery District, 30 Gristmill Lane Toronto, Ontario M5A 3C4 at 3:40pm, and the tour starts at 3:50pm. RSVP at: https://goo.gl/forms/2OPnYhVBvILnBFby1. Space is limited on a first come first serve base. Contact isc@utgsu.ca for any questions.

4. Working the Scene in Colour: Call for Scene Submissions
The second Working the Scene in Colour (WSiC) event will be held on Jan 22nd, 2017 at the University of Toronto, Multi-Faith Centre (Multipurpose Room) from 2:00 – 5:00 PM. WSiC is accepting scene submissions for features, scripted television, and stage plays. University of Toronto graduate students (undergraduates and alumni), who self-identify as a person of colour or Indigenous, are encouraged to submit their scenes, which can be works-in-progress or polished scripts of up to 5 minutes to be performed by trained ACTRA actors. Produced scripts will not be accepted. Submission deadline: January 8th. WSiC is proud to be partnering with community sponsors. Please email your submission and questions to: workingthescene@gmail.com.

5. Bikechain Winter Opt-out Period
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-5pmWednesdays 10am-5pmThursdays 12pm-9pm, Fridays 10am-5pmLevy 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.

6. Online Meditation & Mindfulness Sessions Resumes January 11, 2017
The Wednesday night online meditation and mindfulness will continue until Dec. 7, 2016. We will then take a break and resume the 2nd week of January (January 11, 2017). The technical problems that we had been experiencing have now been resolved. You can join the online meditation and mindfulness classes at http://mindfulmeditation.wixsite.com/online

7. Conflict Resolution Centre (CRC) for Graduate Students – No Issue is Too Small to Discuss!
Connect with G2G Peer Advisor (grad-to-grad) to talk about any grad school concern and to get advice on navigating the many resources available on campus to support graduate students. The trained G2G peer team is comprised of master’s and doctoral students from different departments across all 3 campuses. Book an appointment or stop by and chat with a G2G at one of our weekly drop-in sessions.  For more information or to book an appointment with a G2G please visit www.gradcrc.utoronto.caor follow us @G2GUofT for tips and daily drop-in locations.

8. Webinar: Helping Children Cope with Separation and Divorce – Fri, Jan 1312 – 1 pm
This webinar is intended to provide participants with a deeper understanding of what goes on in the hearts and minds of children of all ages in the wake of marital disruption, so that parents can help foster their children’s resilience. The webinar will also describe how to explain divorce to children, and address common responses such reunification fantasies, separation anxiety and anger. It will also note a few tips on how to support children who have witnessed parental conflict. Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty and their partners are
welcome.

9. No One Is Illegal, Protest Canada’s Unjust Immigration Detention System
On Dec 10 (Human Rights Day), No One is Illegal is organizing a beautiful action to surround the Toronto Immigration Holding Centre in protest of Canada’s unjust immigration dentation system. We will bus hundreds of people to the centre and join hands to surround it and say: no more Indefinite Detention. We demand a maximum 90 day holding period in the short-term, and we demand an end to the immigration detention system long-term. Come to Kipling Station at 3:15pm to get on the bus!

10. International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination Recognition Award  
The IDERD Recognition Award recognizes students, staff and faculty who have contributed outstanding work and initiatives in an effort to eliminate racial discrimination and advance anti-racism throughout the U of T community in support of our overall commitment to diversity, equity and excellence, and in keeping with the University’s mission. Nomination Deadline: January 16, 2017Read more about the IDERD Recognition Award online.

 

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UTGSU Office Closures for Winter Break

December 6th, 2016

AGM

The UTGSU Office will be closed on Monday, December 19, 2016 through to January 2, 2017. We will reopen on Tuesday, January 3, 2017. Happy holidays and we will see you in the new year!

December 1st, 2016

AGM

UTGSU Digest: AGM, Working the Scene in Colour, The Halbert Exchange Program – December 1st, 2016

1.UTGSU Annual Meeting 2016
2. UTGSU Board of Directors / General Council Meeting: Tuesday, 06 December after AG
3. International Students’ Caucus Christmas Market Social
4. The Professional Graduate Students’ Caucus is Looking for New Executives
5. Working the Scene in Colour: Call for Scene Submissions
6. No One Is Illegal, Protest Canada’s Unjust Immigration Detention System
7. Conflict Resolution Centre (CRC) for Graduate Students – No Issue is Too Small to Discuss
8. The Halbert Exchange Program at the Munk School of Global Affairs
9. The Foundation for Student Science and Technology (FSST) is Seeking Applications for Mentors
10. Online Chat Session for Faculty, Staff and Students on Family Issues
11. Getting the Most from your Supervisor
12Want to Create Your Own Job?
13. Making Gingerbread Houses at Loblaws Cooking School

 

1. UTGSU Annual Meeting 2016
The Graduate Students’ Union’s Annual Meeting 2016 will take place on Tuesday 06 December 2016 at 6.10 pm in Banting Institute, room 131. (100 College St., near Queen’s Park subway stop, The Annual Meeting is open to all UTGSU members. The 2015 – 2016 Financial Statement will be received and an auditor is to be appointed for the upcoming fiscal year. From mid-November, you will be able to find a copy of the Auditors’ Report on the UTGSU Website at www.utgsu.ca/financial-statements. All UTGSU Members must show their T-Card in order to sign into the Annual Meeting.

2. UTGSU Board of Directors / General Council Meeting: Tuesday, 06 December after AGM
There will be a UTGSU General Council meeting on Tuesday 06 December, directly after the Annual Meeting, in Banting Institute, room 131. 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. International Students’ Caucus Christmas Market Social
Join the International Students’ Caucus and other international colleagues for a free tour to the Distillery Historic District at the Toronto Christmas Market on Thursday, December 15th. Information for the tour can be found at: Information Walking Tours. Meet us at the Distillery District, 30 Gristmill Lane Toronto, Ontario M5A 3C4 at 3:40pm, and the tour starts at 3:50pm. RSVP at: https://goo.gl/forms/2OPnYhVBvILnBFby1. Space is limited on a first come first serve base. Contact isc@utgsu.ca for any questions.

4. The Professional Graduate Students’ Caucus is Looking for New Executives
Professional Graduate Programs are those that do not require research (typically not funded). The PGSC is a new caucus aimed at representing the interests of the Professional Graduate Students at the University of Toronto: funding, academic support, spaces, connections and social interaction, professional development and networking. The PGSC is currently recruiting new executives to fill positions for the 2016-2017 year. Information about available positions can be found here: PGSC Application Form. If you are interested in applying, please send your resume and position of interest to pgsc@utgsu.ca with the subject line: PGSC Executive Application by Tuesday, December 6th at 5:00pm.

5. Working the Scene in Colour: Call for Scene Submissions
The second Working the Scene in Colour (WSiC) event will be held on Jan 22nd, 2017 at the University of Toronto, Multi-Faith Centre (Multipurpose Room) from 2:00 – 5:00 PM. WSiC is accepting scene submissions for features, scripted television, and stage plays. University of Toronto graduate students (undergraduates and alumni), who self-identify as a person of colour or Indigenous, are encouraged to submit their scenes, which can be works-in-progress or polished scripts of up to 5 minutes to be performed by trained ACTRA actors. Produced scripts will not be accepted. Submission deadline: January 8th. WSiC is proud to be partnering with community sponsors. Please email your submission and questions to: workingthescene@gmail.com.

6. No One Is Illegal, Protest Canada’s Unjust Immigration Detention System
On Dec 10(Human Rights Day), No One Is Illegal is organizing a beautiful action to surround the Toronto Immigration Holding Centre in protest of Canada’s unjust immigration detention system. We will bus hundreds of people to the centre and join hands to surround it to say: no more Indefinite Detention. We demand a maximum 90 day holding period in the short-term, and we demand an end to the immigration detention system long-term. Come to Kipling Station at 3:15 pm to get on the bus! Facebook event: Facebook event link.

7. Conflict Resolution Centre (CRC) for Graduate Students – No Issue is Too Small to Discuss!
Connect with G2G Peer Advisor (grad-to-grad) to talk about any grad school concern and to get advice on navigating the many resources available on campus to support graduate students. The trained G2G peer team is comprised of master’s and doctoral students from different departments across all 3 campuses. Book an appointment or stop by and chat with a G2G at one of our weekly drop-in sessions.  For more information or to book an appointment with a G2G please visit www.gradcrc.utoronto.ca or follow us @G2GUofT for tips and daily drop-in locations.

8. The Halbert Exchange Program at the Munk School of Global Affairs
You’re invited to submit an application for the 2017-2018 Post-Doctoral Fellowship to be held at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Fellowship recipients are expected to live in Jerusalem for the academic year and to participate in the life of the department with which they are affiliated. The value of the fellowship is CAD 35,000. Applications must arrive at the Munk School of Global Affairs no later than Monday, January 16, 2017. Link to application instructions and the form. If you have any questions, please contact Olga Kesarchuk at halbert.munk@utoronto.ca or 416 946 8938.

9. The Foundation for Student Science and Technology (FSST) is Seeking Applications for Mentors
The Foundation for Student Science and Technology (FSST) is seeking graduate students in all fields to join our team of online mentors. Mentors work with a dedicated Grade 11 or 12 high school student in an online environment. The typical time commitment for mentors is 10-12 hours across a term. Students can support your research while mentors answer questions and provide regular feedback. The FSST is a national non-profit dedicated to developing the career potential of highly motivated high school students in STEM and interdisciplinary studies. If you are interested, please contact us at coop.liaison@fsst.ca and visit www.fsst.ca.

10. Online Chat Session for Faculty, Staff and Students on Family Issues
An FCO Advisor & a Peer Mentor will be available to chat and answer questions about student parent life at U of T, including, balancingstudy and family, strategies and insights on caring for a family member, specific questions on child care and child care subsidies and your newly found pregnancy! Pre-registration necessary as we will send you the link for you to connect to the chat. All prospective, new, current U of T student parents and their partners/spouses are welcome! The event is labelled Online Chat Session for Faculty, Staff and Students, happening Dec. 6.

11. Getting the Most from your Supervisor
Wondering how you can get the most out of your supervisory relationship?  Want to know how you can use the Supervisory Guidelines and learn some effective strategies for implementing positive change? Join fellow graduate students and G2G Peer Advisors from the Graduate Conflict Resolution Centre (CRC) for an interactive discussion about the challenges of working with a supervisor,how to use the guidelines to your advantage, and tips and tricks for getting the most out of your supervisory relationship. December 7 from 4:00-5:30pm at Grad Room. Register: bookit.studentlife.utoronto.ca.

12Want to Create Your Own Job?
Launch your startup idea at The Entrepreneurship Hatchery! As the go-to UofT accelerator program, we provide all students with the resources, mentorship and community to get your startup idea off the ground.Applications to join the 2017 summer cohort are now OPEN on our website: https://hatchery.engineering.utoronto.ca/. Apply NOW – the deadline for applications is January 31st, 2017.

13. Making Gingerbread Houses at Loblaws Cooking School
Join us on Wednesday, December 7 from 6:00-7:30pm to decorate your own gingerbread house. You will be provided with the pre-assembled house, royal icing, and all the candies, and you will have a blast decorating. When your masterpiece is complete, we’ll wrap it in cellophane ready for you to take home to display!. We will have an informal contest for best house with a prize! The cost of the event is $10 and you can register via bookit.studentlife.utoronto.ca. A limit of 2 gingerbread houses per person.

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UTGSU Office Closed Monday November 28 from 1-3pm

November 28th, 2016

A reminder that the UTGSU office will be closed Monday, November 28th from 1-3pm as the staff will be supporting the President’s Lunch, offered to Course Union Presidents. We will reopen at 3:15pm and will be available to assist you then. Thank you.

November 24th, 2016

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UTGSU Digest: AGM, HDI Opt Out Cheques, Reserve Gym Time  – November 24th, 2016
1. UTGSU Annual Meeting 2016
2. UTGSU Notice of Motions for Annual Meeting 2016
3. UTGSU Board of Directors / General Council Meeting: Tuesday, 06 Decemberafter AGM
4. Focus Groups on Timely Access to Mental Health Services
5. Health and Dental Insurance Opt Out Cheques
6. Reserve Gym time for December on Friday, 25 November at 10:00
7.The Professional Graduate Students’ Caucus is looking for New Executives
8. The Race & Ethnicity Caucus Launches New Facebook Group
9. UofT Most Understandable Scientist (UTMUST) 2016 Friday, Nov 25th
10. QT2SBIPOC Discussion Night: Wednesday November 30, 6-8PM
11. Stand with Standing Rock! #NoDAPL
12. SGS Intramural Sign-up Info!
13. BDS Film Screening: “Roadmap to Apartheid”: November 30
14. Upcoming FREE movie night and panel on mental health: November 287-10 PM

1. UTGSU Annual Meeting 2016
The Graduate Students’ Union’s Annual Meeting 2016 will take place on Tuesday 06 December 2016 at 6.10 pm in Banting Institute, room 131. (100 College St., near Queen’s Park subway stop, The Annual Meeting is open to all UTGSU members. The 2015 – 2016 Financial Statement will be received and an auditor is to be appointed for the upcoming fiscal year. From mid-November, you will be able to find a copy of the Auditors’ Report on the UTGSU Website at www.utgsu.ca/financial-statements. All UTGSU Members must show their T-Card in order to sign into the Annual Meeting.

2. UTGSU Notice of Motions for Annual Meeting 2016
Any graduate student member may submit a motion for consideration at the Annual Meeting. Motions must be submitted in writing to the General Council Chair (chair@utgsu.ca) and the Internal Commissioner (internal@utgsu.ca) no later than ten (10) days before the Annual Meeting. This year’s deadline for motions will be Friday, 25 November 2016. The Annual Meeting will take place on 06 December 2016 at 6.10pm in Banting Institute, room 131 (near Queen’s Park subway stop).

3. UTGSU Board of Directors / General Council Meeting: Tuesday, 06 Decemberafter AGM
There will be a UTGSU General Council meeting on Tuesday 06 December, directly after the Annual Meeting, in Banting Institute, room 131. 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.

4. Focus Groups on Timely Access to Mental Health Services
Masters students in the Translational Research Program at the Institute of Medical Science in collaboration with the Health & Wellness Centre at UofT, are conducting a project to address the issue of long wait times for timely access to mental health services for our members.  There will be 3 one-hour focus group sessions with students who are currently using or have used the mental health services at the Health & Wellness Centre on November 28-30th.  If you would like to participate, please register here (goo.gl/7XlfiH). For further questions email trpmentalhealth@gmail.com.

5. Health and Dental Insurance Opt Out Cheques
Health and Dental Insurance Direct Deposit opt-out refunds will be issued on November 28th. Cheques will also be mailed out on November 28th. You should have received an application number after you opted-out. That is your confirmation that your opt-out went through, and, if there are any discrepancies, please send an email to: health@utgsu.ca and refer to the confirmation number and your student number and we will investigate your opt out.​

6. Reserve Gym time for December on Friday, 25 November 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 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 will be used by the UTGSU Volleyball League. Students must provide their T-card upon request. Please note, the UTGSU gym will close for December on Friday 16 December.

7. The Professional Graduate Students’ Caucus is looking for New Executives
Professional Graduate Programs are those that do not require research (typically not funded). The PGSC is a new caucus aimed at representing the interests of the Professional Graduate Students at the University of Toronto: funding, academic support, spaces, connections and social interaction, professional development and networking. The PGSC is currently recruiting new executives to fill positions for the 2016-2017 year. Information about available positions can be found here: PGSC Application Form. If you are interested in applying, please send your resume and position of interest to pgsc@utgsu.ca with the subject line: PGSC Executive Application by Tuesday, December 6th at 5:00pm.

8. The Race & Ethnicity Caucus Launches New Facebook Group

The UTGSU Race & Ethnicity Caucus (REC) are excited to share their new Facebook group for the 2016-2017 year. We are excited to share with you information about upcoming meetings, social events, reading groups, dinners, panels and much more. If you are interested in joining, please request access to the group here: REC Facebook Group. If you have any questions or wish to get involved with us, please email our Chair Niyosha at: rec@utgsu.ca.

9.UofT Most Understandable Scientist (UTMUST) 2016 Friday, Nov 25th
International Students’ Caucus (ISC) of UTGSU together with Chinese Students and Scholars Association at University of Toronto (UTCSSA) present the 2016 UofT Most Understandable Scientist presentation contest on Nov 25th from 1 to 3 pm at George Ignatieff Theatre (15 Devonshire Pl). 12 speakers from different areas will present you their cutting-edge research works. Come join us and watch top-level presentations. There is also a lucky draw at the end of the event.

10. QT2SBIPOC Discussion Night: Wednesday November 30, 6-8PM
Students for Barrier-free Access (SBA) and the Centre for Women and Trans People (CWTP) at U of T invite you to join us for the first of a new series of events that works to create space for community building, critical conversation, and support for Queer, Trans and Two-Spirit, Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (QT2SBIPOC). Our first meeting will focus on collectively creating community care guidelines, deciding topics and name of discussion for upcoming events. Date: Wednesday November 30; Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm; Location: SBA Centre, 215 Huron Street, Suite 924, on the 9th floor. If doors are locked call (416) 967-7322 for entry. More information: Full description. For access needs please contact Nadia at sba.advocacycoordinator@gmail.com.

11. Stand with Standing Rock! #NoDAPL
Take action now. While many will be celebrating the myth of a peaceful, harmonious “thanksgiving” between settlers and indigenous people, water and land protectors will be fighting for their right to simply exist with access to clean water. We must fight back again racialized injustice, cruelty, and any forms of harm and inhumanity. Become informed about what’s happening in standing rock. Mni Wiconi. Water is life. Tell Obama #NoDAPL, DENY the easement. Call the White House today at 202-456-1111 or send a message to whitehouse.gov/contact. For more information visit standwithstandingrock.net.

12. SGS Intramural Sign-up Info!
SGS Intramural’s are one of the best ways to meet new grad student friends, get some exercise, and have some fun playing recreational or moderately competitive sports. We offer almost every sport at multiple levels to create one of the biggest, and most welcoming programs here at U of T.The whole school has moved to an online registration system that allows us to track who would like to participate and have messaging capabilities to reach all participants and count attendance. Simply follow this link to find out what teams we offer, see the schedules and sign up: SGS Intramural Sign Up. For more information, please email sgs.intramurals@gmail.com.

13. BDS Film Screening: “Roadmap to Apartheid”: November 30
The UTGSU Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) Ad-Hoc Committee invites you to a screening of Roadmap to Apartheid, a 2012 film directed by Eron Davidson and Ana Nogueira and narrated by Alice Walker. See below for a description of the film. Come out and learn about the shared experiences and legacies of apartheid in South Africa and Palestine. Watch the trailer here: http://roadmaptoapartheid.org/ Where: 155 College Street, Room HS100 When: November 30, 2016 from 3:00-5:00pmFacebook.

14. Upcoming FREE movie night and panel on mental health: November 287-10 PM
Innis College is excited to present a screening of “I’m Okay“, an anti-romantic comedy that deals with both romance and mental health, by alumni Curt Jaimungal. The film is followed by a mental health panel featuring mental health industry professionals that will not only provide awareness to this growing epidemic but give actionable steps that anyone suffering. The first 30 audience members will get an exclusive tote bag feature custom designed from Ave Mariabell Designs and Peace Collectiveas well as one of a kind “I’m Okay” novelty items. There will be a donation box at the front, with proceeds going to CAMH. FB Event.

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UTGSU Digest: AGM, HDI Opt Out Cheques, Hiring of a CRO – November 17th, 2016

November 17th, 2016

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1. 
UTGSU Annual Meeting 2016
2. UTGSU Notice of Motions for Annual Meeting 2016

3. Focus Groups on Timely Access to Mental Health Services
4. Health and Dental Insurance Opt Out Cheques
5. Chief Returning Officer Needed- Paid Job Opportunity: Wed. November 23, 5pm
6. The Professional Graduate Students’ Caucus is looking for New Executives
7. Bikechain Annual General Meeting
8. *Small Talk* @ Harvest NoonMon Nov 21st7-10pm
9. Strengthening Resiliency and Dealing with Thinking Traps – Healthy Grad Crew Workshop
10. Facilitating Visioning and Planning For Groups – OPIRG
11. Nominations are now open for the 2017 Teaching Assistants’ Training Program
Teaching Excellence Awards
12. 
Hart House Mentorship Program – Apply to become a Mentee
13. Working and/or Studying while being a Sole Support Parent: Panel Discussion
14. Mental Health and Romance: A Toronto Epidemic

1. UTGSU Annual Meeting 2016
The Graduate Students’ Union’s Annual Meeting 2016 will take place on Tuesday 06 December 2016 at 6.10 pm in Banting Institute, room 131. (100 College St., near Queen’s Park subway stop, The Annual Meeting is open to all UTGSU members. The 2015 – 2016 Financial Statement will be received and an auditor is to be appointed for the upcoming fiscal year. From mid-November, you will be able to find a copy of the Auditors’ Report on the UTGSU Website at www.utgsu.ca/financial-statements. All UTGSU Members must show their T-Card in order to sign into the Annual Meeting.

2. UTGSU Notice of Motions for Annual Meeting 2016
Any graduate student member may submit a motion for consideration at the Annual Meeting. Motions must be submitted in writing to the General Council Chair (chair@utgsu.ca) and the Internal Commissioner (internal@utgsu.ca) no later than ten (10) days before the Annual Meeting. This year’s deadline for motions will be Friday, 25 November 2016. The Annual Meeting will take place on 06 December 2016 at 6.10pm in Banting Institute, room 131 (near Queen’s Park subway stop).

3. Focus Groups on Timely Access to Mental Health Services
Masters students in the Translational Research Program at the Institute of Medical Science in collaboration with the Health & Wellness Centre at UofT, are conducting a project to address the issue of long wait times for timely access to mental health services for our members.  There will be 3 one-hour focus group sessions with students who are currently using or have used the mental health services at the Health & Wellness Centre on November 28-30th.  If you would like to participate, please register here (goo.gl/7XlfiH). For further questions email trpmentalhealth@gmail.com.

4. Health and Dental Insurance Opt Out Cheques

Health and Dental Insurance opt-out cheques will be mailed out by the end of November. You should have received an application number after you opted-out. That is your confirmation that your opt-out went through, and, if there are any discrepancies, please send an email to: health@utgsu.ca and refer to the confirmation number and your student number and we will investigate your opt out.​

5. Chief Returning Officer Needed- Paid Job Opportunity: Wed. November 23, 5pm
The University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union is currently seeking a Chief Returning Officer for the 2017 UTGSU Elections. Prior election experience at any level, experience in volunteer/staff management, and excellent organizational and interpersonal skills are all assets. Candidates must be physically present on campus during the election period. Remuneration: $20/hour. The Chief Returning Officer can expect to put in up to approximately 100 hours total from December to March. Hours are flexible, and increase during the February 2017 election period. Interested candidates should send a relevant CV and letter of intent stating your qualifications and interest to the Nominating Committee in one document to hiring@utgsu.caby 5pm, Wednesday November 23, 2016. Please feel free to contact the Committee with any questions. Successful candidates will be contacted for an interview.

6. The Professional Graduate Students’ Caucus is looking for New Executives
Professional Graduate Programs are those that do not require research (typically not funded). The PGSC is a new caucus aimed at representing the interests of the Professional Graduate Students at the University of Toronto: funding, academic support, spaces, connections and social interaction, professional development and networking. The PGSC is currently recruiting new executives to fill positions for the 2016-2017 year. Information about available positions can be found here: PGSC Application Form. If you are interested in applying, please send your resume and position of interest to pgsc@utgsu.ca with the subject line: PGSC Executive Application by Tuesday, December 6th at 5:00pm.

7. Bikechain Annual General Meeting
Bikechain’s Annual General Meeting will be held on November 17 this year. The AGM is an opportunity for members of our community to talk about how the past year has been for Bikechain, to view the audited financial statements, and to vote for the coming year’s board of directors. There will be snacks, and we will head down to the GSU Pub for drinks afterward.When: Thursday, November 17, 6:00pm-9:00pm. Where: Harvest Noon Café, 16 Bancroft Ave., 2nd floor. RSVP: bikechain@utoronto.ca. Please note that only full time undergraduate students, full time graduate students, and part-time graduate students are automatically considered to be members of Bikechain.

8.*Small Talk* @ Harvest NoonMon Nov 21st7-10pm
Harvest Noon‘s *Small Talk*, the outsider academic interdisciplinary lecture series continues at Dundas Video for its second event of the season. In this edition of *Small Talk*, hear from Matt Collins on why politically correct humour is the best and lasts the longest in a talk entitled “PC Jokes Are Funny Forever” and theorize about “Queering Romantic Comedies” from their heteronormative roots with Vida Beyer. ACCESS: this bar is on the ground floor but unfortunately washrooms are in the basement. ADMISSION: Pay-What-You-Can (suggested $5). Monday November 21st, from 7pm, at Dundas Video (839 Dundas St W) Facebook event:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1700774216917976/

 9. Strengthening Resiliency and Dealing with Thinking Traps – Healthy Grad Crew Workshop
Healthy Grad Crew in partnership with the Grad Room is offering a workshop on ‘Strengthening Resiliency and Dealing with Thinking Traps’ on Monday November 21st (1pm – 2pm) at the Grad Room. Please register at https://thinkingtraps.eventbrite.ca . Thinking traps are patterns of thinking that can keep us locked in cycles that increase our stress and anxiety. Learning about thinking traps and some strategies to work through them can help to reduce our stress and anxiety while also increasing our resilience.

10. Facilitating Visioning and Planning For Groups – OPIRG
Having a clear vision, goals and strategy are key to the success of any group. Designing and facilitating these processes demands an understanding of what makes groups, movements and campaigns thrive. Join us on Saturday, November 19 from 1:00- 4:00pm, to learn about useful tools, techniques and templates for facilitators seeking to help others map out their visions in fun, empowering and engaging ways. Location: University of Toronto. Register for this workshop.

11. Nominations are now open for the 2017 Teaching Assistants’ Training Program Teaching Excellence Awards
Students and instructors can nominate a TA via online forms. Departments can nominate a graduate student Course Instructor by submitting a nomination package. More information is available online. Nominations close on February 27, 2017. If you have any questions regarding these awards, please contact: Kathleen Olmstead, Communications Coordinator, CTSI. k.olmstead@utoronto.ca Robin Sutherland-Harris, TATP Coordinator (Humanities), Teaching Excellence Award Chair, r.sutherland.harris@utoronto.ca.

12. Hart House Mentorship Program – Apply to become a Mentee
Are you a graduate student interested in obtaining a mentor? If so, we are currently accepting student mentee applications to participate in the Hart House Mentorship Program “Pilot Project”. This mentorship program will provide the opportunity for students to connect one-on-one with accomplished and engaged alumni, friends and senior members from the Hart House community. To find out more about this mentorship opportunity and to submit your mentee application (by Fri. Nov. 18), please visit www.harthouse.ca/hart-house-mentorship-program or contact andrea.blackler@utoronto.ca.

13. Working and/or Studying while being a Sole Support Parent: Panel Discussion
In this panel discussion we will discuss studying and/or working while being a sole support parent. Being a lone parent has its challenges for career development as well as your approach to academic studies. Current staff and students will discuss how they approach trying to balance studies/work with parenting on their own. The panellists will also share some strategies they used to assist with their academic studies and/or move their career forward. The event will take place on Monday, Nov ember 21, from 12 – 1:30 pm at 214 College St., Room 313. Registration required.

14. Mental Health and Romance: A Toronto Epidemic
Innis College is excited to present a screening of “I’m Okay“, an anti-romantic comedy that deals with both romance and mental health, by alumni Curt Jaimungal. The film is followed by a Mental health panel featuring mental health industry professionals that will not only provide awareness to this growing epidemic but give actionable steps that anyone suffering. The first 30 audience members will get an exclusive tote bag feature custom designed from Ave Mariabell Designs and Peace Collective as well as one of a kind “I’m Okay” novelty items. There will be a donation box at the front, with proceeds going to CAMH. Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/137666016708176/.

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Technical Difficulities Sending Out Nov. 3, 2016 Digest

November 4th, 2016

To the UTGSU Membership,

On Wednesday, November 3rd at 12pm, the weekly digest was not sent out. This was due to severe technical difficulties that have prevented us from notifying the UTGSU Membership of the AGM on December 6th, 2016.

At this moment in time, we are working very closely with the Vice Provost Office for Students department to determine what the issue is and how to fix it as quickly as possible. Until then, we will be posting reminders of the AGM on UTGSU social media accounts, our website and sharing this information via word of mouth.

Please find the full list of details to the 2016 AGM here: https://www.utgsu.ca/wp-content/upl…

Thank you for your patience and understanding in this matter. Please contact the UTGSU Communications and Promotions Coordinator, Alexandra Sebben at communications@utgsu.ca or (416) 978-6233 should you have any questions or wish to discuss this issue further.

Sincerely,

Alexandra Sebben
Communications and Promotions Coordinator
communications@utgsu.ca
(416) 978-6233