UTGSU Digest: Nuit Blanche, Solidarity Statement, Back2School Barbershop- September 22nd, 2016

September 22nd, 2016

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1. UTGSU Executive Election: Tue. September 27th
2. UTGSU General Council Chair Needed
3. UTGSU Call Out For Board of Appeals Chair and Vice-Chairperson
4. UTGSU Board of Directors / General Council Meeting: Tue. September 27th, 6pm
5. Health & Dental Insurance Change-of-Coverage Period
6. UofT Solidarity with Standing Rock: sign and share!
7. UTGSU Gym Schedule – October to April
8. UTGSU Volleyball League Registration
9. International Students’ Caucus Nuit Blanche Evening
10. Student-led Consultations on Uof T’s Draft Policy on Sexual Violence
11. Toronto Sustainable Food Cooperative Fall 2016 Opt-Out Period Concludes
12. UTGSU Levy Refund
13. OPIRG-Toronto Fees Refund Period
14. Bikechain Levy Refund
15. King’s College Circle Open House: Thu. September 29th, 12-3pm
16. Volunteers Needed for Fall at Harvest Noon
17. Graduate Speaker Series: Concussions – Biology and The Policy Work
18. Online Chats About UofT Student Parent Life: Tue. September 27th, 12-1pm
19. Harvesting Freedom: Farmworker Resistance: Sun, Sept. 25th, 7am
20. BACK2SCHOOL BARBERSHOP: Tue. September 27th, 2016, 3:30-6:30pm

1. UTGSU Executive Election: Tue. September 27th
There are currently two vacancies on the UTGSU Executive Committee and General Council has called for an election to take place during the September Council meeting on Tuesday, 27 September from 6 – 9 pm in Banting Institute, room 131. The positions of Internal, Finance and University Governance, and possibly Academics and Funding, Division 1 and 2 will be open to any UTGSU Member who has been a graduate student for at least one term. For details of commissioner duties, go to https://www.utgsu.ca/by-law/ (click on Bylaw and scroll down to Article 7: Executive). The stipend is approximately $1200 a month. If you are interested in any of these positions, please contact internal@utgsu.ca.

2. UTGSU General Council Chair Needed
The University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union is currently seeking a General Council Chairperson for the 2016-2017 academic year. Experience chairing large bodies, experience as a member of the UTGSU General Council or like decision-making body, familiarity with Bourinot’s/Robert’s Rules of Order, experience with anti-oppression practices are all assets. Preference will be given to members of the UTGSU, but all experienced candidates are welcome to apply. Please visit https://www.utgsu.ca/ for more information.

3. UTGSU Call Out For Board of Appeals Chair and Vice-Chairperson
The UTGSU is seeking two members to serve as the Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson for the Board of Appeal. The Board of Appeal is the final level of appeals within the UTGSU and deals with concerns regarding the operations of all UTGSU bodies. The Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson are appointed by the General Council each September to serve until August 31st of the following year. Interested members should send a statement of interest to internal@utgsu.ca. For more information, please consult UTGSU Bylaw 15: Board of Appeal and Policy G10: Appeals Process. You can find these documents online at https://www.utgsu.ca/by-law/.

4. UTGSU Board of Directors / General Council Meeting: Tue. September 27th, 6:10pmThere will be a UTGSU General Council meeting on Tuesday, 27 September from 6 – 9pm in Banting Institute, room 131 (100 College St.). All 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 request speaking rights by raising your hand at the beginning of 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. For more information, including the agenda and executive reports, see our website: utgsu.ca/council.

5. Health & Dental Insurance Change-of-Coverage Period
A Message from Your Health Plan Administrator: Welcome to the new Academic year. Starting September 1st, please visit the Graduate Students’ Union website: www.utgsu.ca/insurance for the following: Opt In and Opt Out Dates: September 1st-30th, 2016 (no exceptions will be made if you miss the deadlines). Link to the Opt Out site: www.studentcare.ca. Link to the Opt In site (for Couple/Family Opt In): www.studentcare.ca. Link to the 12 Month Extension After Graduation Opt In site: www.studentcare.ca. Links to the Benefit Booklet for 2016-2017: (1) Greenshield.ca/studentcentre; and (2) www.studentcare.ca.

6. UofT Solidarity with Standing Rock: sign and share!
Below is a link to a statement from all members (students, staff, faculty) of the UofT community in solidarity with the ongoing Standing Rock struggle against the Dakota Access Pipeline. This letter will be shared on social media and with the land and water defenders who are putting their bodies on the line in North Dakota. Please consider adding your name and circulating to your broader UofT networks. Statement of solidarity: http://bit.ly/2czcVn6. If you can, consider making a donation to one of the following funds to support the struggle: Standing Rock legal fund: https://fundrazr.com/d19fAf. Sacred Stone Camp fund: https://www.gofundme.com/sacredstonecamp.

7. UTGSU Gym Schedule – October to April
Graduate students can play pick-up recreational basketball on Thursdays from 7-10pm. Registered graduate students may also book the UTGSU gym for basketball on Thursdays and doubles badminton on Fridays for one hour per week. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdayevenings are reserved for the volleyball league. Daytime bookings can be made from 10 am to 5 pm year round. Daytime gym use is restricted to quiet activities such as yoga, meditation and singles badminton. UTGSU Gym time can be reserved from the last Friday of each month starting at 10.00am. To book call 416-978 8464. Call early as space disappears quickly. Names and Student ID numbers are verified when booking. Students must provide their Tcard upon request. For more information, go to http://www.utgsu.ca/athletics/gsu-gym/ or email gym@utgsu.ca

8. UTGSU Volleyball League Registration
The UTGSU Volleyball league will be starting in October! This year three divisions are available – Recreational, Intermediate, and Competitive – and the league will run Monday to Wednesday nights from 5pm – 11pm at the UTGSU gym. Registration can be done in-person or via the online form at https://www.utgsu.ca/athletics/gsu-volleyball-league/. Don’t have a team? Don’t worry! Register as an individual and play with some new friends. If you have any questions please feel free to email volleyball@utgsu.ca or come to UTGSU orientation where we will have a table. League registration will close at midnight on September 16th. See you on the court.

9. International Students’ Caucus Nuit Blanche Evening
International students, come and join the International Students’ Caucus with an evening of contemporary art events around the city during Nuit Blanche on Sat Oct 1st. All international graduate students and friends are welcome. Further information on location and time and RSVP at https://goo.gl/forms/SfkFlAibgHvpHxXh2

10. Student-led Consultations on Uof T’s Draft Policy on Sexual Violence
The UTGSU Executive Committee will be hosting student-led consultations on the University of Toronto’s Draft Policy on Sexual Violence for the month of September. Starting next Thursday, graduate students are welcomed to participate in these discussions and provide feedback that will be reported back to the University Administration. Accessibility services and accommodations have been made to ensure these will be inclusive spaces. Dates: September 15th @ UTSC, 12-2PM, Humanities Wing (Room HW305); September 22nd @UTM, 12-2PM, Spigel Hall (Davis Building, Room 1110); September 29th @ St.George, 6-8PM (Location, TBD). The Expert Panel on Sexual Violence Recommendations: http://www.provost.utoronto.ca/Assets/Provost+Digital+Assets/SV_Panel_Recommendations.pdf. Draft Policy on Sexual Violence: http://www.provost.utoronto.ca/Assets/Provost+Digital+Assets/DraftPolicySexualViolence.pdf

11. Toronto Sustainable Food Cooperative Fall 2016 Opt-Out 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 Café) and receive a refund of their fees can stop by Harvest Noon Café (upstairs at 16 Bancroft Ave). Refunds for the fall 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 September 12th to September 30th from 9am to 3:30pm and the Monday evenings of September 12th, 19th and 26th from3:30pm to 9pm. NOTE: If you chose to opt out, you will no longer receive benefits such as discounted workshop and event pricing.

12. UTGSU Levy Refund
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. To learn more about SBA, please visit: uoftsba.com. Drop in times for those wishing to opt-out are: Mondays-Thursdays between11:30am-5:30pm and Fridays between 12:30pm-5:30 from September 12th to September 30th. Evening opt-outs are on Monday September 12th, Wednesday September 14th between 7pm-9pm and Thursday September 22nd. 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.

13. OPIRG-Toronto Fees Refund Period
University of Toronto full-time and part-time graduate students who have paid the Ontario Public Interest Research Group – Toronto fees and wish to opt-out of OPIRG-Toronto are able to claim their fees refund with proof of enrollment for the 2016-2017 academic year. 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: Thursday, September 8 to Wednesday, September 28inclusive. Our office will be open Monday to Friday from 11AM to 7PM during the period. *Graduate students at UTM, UTSC and Aerospace wishing to opt-out are invited to contact the office to make alternate arrangements to obtain their refund. Our phone number is (416)978-7770 and our email address is opirg.toronto@utoronto.ca.

14. Bikechain Levy Refund
Graduate Students can opt-out of Bikechain’s fall levy ($0.25 for part-time students and $0.50 for full-time students) from September 12-19th, during the following hours: Mon. Sept. 12 12pm-9pm; Tues. Sept. 13 10am-5pm; Wed. Sept. 14 10am-5pm; Thurs. Sept. 15 12pm-9pm; Fri. Sept. 16 10am-5pm; and Mon. Sept. 19 12pm-9pm. Levy refunds will be distributed at Bikechain, North Borden building, 563 Spadina Crescent. Please note that there are five steps leading to the entrance to Bikechain. Student who experience barriers to visiting the shop can email bikechain@utoronto.ca and we will be happy to make alternative arrangements with you.

15. King’s College Circle Open House: Thu. September 29th, 12-3pm
The Landscape of Landmark Quality design project is a proposed revitalization of the major public spaces of the historic St. George campus. You are invited to attend an Open House, an exhibition of the design proposal by our consultant team: KPMB Architects & Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates (MVVA). Presentation Panels will be on display including material focusing on improved amenity and function, accessibility and safety in the landscape. The Open House is an opportunity to review changes to the proposal and ask questions about the design. Find out more at: http://landmark.utoronto.ca/. Join us at ODLC, 6th Fl 215 Huron Street! Light refreshments will be provided.

16. Volunteers Needed for Fall at Harvest Noon
Enjoy food prep? Want to learn more food skills? Honing your grant writing? Or just like being part of a collective community? There are lots of opportunities at Harvest Noon Café this September 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 in winter along with our Annual General Meeting. To sign up and/or learn more, check out: http://harvestnoon.com/volunteering/volunteer-sign-up-form/

17. Graduate Speaker Series: Concussions – Biology and The Policy Work
Grad Room has started a new initiative for graduate students to engage in interdisciplinary dialogue, familiarize themselves with the breadth of research going on at UofT from across disciplines and create community. Each month, the Graduate Speaker Series will have two graduate students from different disciplines speak about their research on a similar area of research. The first session will be on Wednesday, September 28th at 5:30pm and we will be discussing ‘Concussions – Biology and Policy Work’. Please register here for this event: http://bit.ly/2cRx3CO.

18. Online Chats About UofT Student Parent Life: Tue. September 27th, 12-1pm
An FCO Advisor & a Peer Mentor will be available to chat and answer questions about student family life at U of T, including balancing study and family, strategies and insights on caring for a family member, specific questions on child care and child care subsidies, or your newly found pregnancy! Pre-registration necessary at http://uoft.me/14X as we will send the link for you to connect to the chat. All prospective, new, current U of T student parents and their partners/spouses are welcome!

19. Harvesting Freedom- Farmworker Resistance: Sun, Sept. 25th, 7am
To mark the 50th anniversary of the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program, Justicia for Migrant Workers (J4MW) has launched the Harvesting Freedom Campaign, featuring a pilgrimage from Leamington to Ottawa. The pilgrimage stops in Toronto on Sunday, Sept. 25th where farmworkers and their supporters will gather at the Ontario Food Terminal, the economic heart of Canada’s fruit and vegetable sector, to demand permanent immigration status for the men and women who produce Canadian food. Join us bright and early for some coffee, pancakes, and protest! For more information, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/1144027952321675/.

20. BACK2SCHOOL BARBERSHOP: Tue. September 27th, 2016, 3:30-6:30pm
Are you LGBTQ2SIA and Black, Indigenous or POC? Come by for a free short haircut by Kou! Wy Joung Kou, queer barber extraordinaire, will be catering to all your queer hair needs to prepare you for the new school year with some freshest cuts on campus! Kou specializes in barbershop style cuts including fades, undercuts, buzz cuts, combover and pompadour styles as well as line-ups and designs. They work mainly with clippers strictly doing short hairstyles (including some scissor work). By appointment sign up at coordinator.cwtp@utoronto.ca. There will be few spots for walk-ins (first-come, first-serve). Part of the University of Toronto’s Queer Orientation Week

UTGSU General Council Chair Needed

September 15th, 2016

The University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union is currently seeking a General Council Chairperson for the 2016-2017 academic year. Experience chairing large bodies, experience as a member of the UTGSU General Council or like decision-making body, familiarity with Bourinot’s/Robert’s Rules of Order, experience with anti-oppression practices are all assets. Preference will be given to members of the UTGSU, but all experienced candidates are welcome to apply.

Remuneration: $150/meeting; approximately 8 meetings per year, beginning in October. Auxiliary responsibilities may be required. Interested candidates should send a statement of interest and CV to the Internal Commissioner in ONE DOCUMENT at internal@utgsu.ca by 5pm, September 30, 2016. All applications will be passed on to the Chair Nominating Committee.

Please feel free to contact the Internal Commissioner with any questions. Successful candidates will be contacted for an interview sometime during the first week of October. The interviews will take place in early October.

Sexual Violence Consultations for Graduate and Mature Students

September 13th, 2016

 

 

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On September 7th, 2016 the University of Toronto released their draft Policy on Sexual Violence reflecting Bill 132, the Ontario Regulation 131/16 and the Expert Panel’s recommendations. Students have been invited by the administration to provide feedback via the Student Consultations webpage on this draft before the final policy is passed and brought into effect in January 2016.

You can find online copies of the draft policy and recommendations by clicking the live links. Both of these documents are also readable by Kurzweil and Zoomtext.

The UTGSU executive has organized three consultations to gather feedback from graduate students and welcomes your participation at any of our three venues:

The dates are as follows:

  • September 15th at UTSC, 12-2PM in the Humanities Wing (HW305)
  • September 22nd at UTM, 12-2PM in the Davis Building (Spigel Hall, Room 1110)
  • September 29th at St. George, 6-8PM in the Nexus Lounge (OISE, Room 12-130)

These consultations are open to any graduate or mature student.

You may attend as many as you want, or if you are unable to physically participate, we encourage you to submit feedback online on the student consultation website.

Or if you would like, you can fill out our feedback form here.

The rooms that these consultations will be taking place are flat spaces and light refreshments will be provided to participants.

A secondary room has also been secured for students who may require time to dis-engage. The UTGSU executive committee has worked to ensure that these will be safe spaces for students, however, we understand that this topic can be difficult to articulate and process, so any level of engagement from participants is up to their own discretion. Active listeners will also be on site.

If you have any additional accessibility requirements, please email finance@utgsu.ca

We would also like to thank and acknowledge the support from Students for Barrier-Free Access, Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario as well as the other University of Toronto Student Unions (APUS, SCSU, UTMSU and UTSU) who have also been working to develop sexual violence consultations.

UTGSU Digest: Levy Opt-Outs, Student Consultation and Executive Election – September 8th, 2016

September 8th, 2016

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1. UTGSU Executive Election: Tue. September 27th
2. UTGSU General Council Secretary: Fri. September 9th, 4pm
3. UTGSU Call Out For Board of Appeals Chair and Vice-Chairperson
4. Health & Dental Insurance Change-of-Coverage Period
5. UHIP/Health Insurance Workshop: Wed. September, 14th
6. Student-led Consultations on University of Toronto’s Draft Policy on Sexual Violence
7. UTGSU Volleyball League Registration
8. Toronto Sustainable Food Cooperative Fall 2016 Opt-Out Period
9. UTGSU Levy Refund
10. OPIRG-Toronto Fees Refund Period
11. Bikechain Levy Refund
12. Tons of free intramural sports for SGS students! Sign-up info
13. Sexual Education Centre Call for Volunteers: Fri. September 9th, 11:59 PM
14. 1974 Black Bird Liberation Film Screenings of Coup in Chile: Sun. September 11th
15. Hart House Symphonic Band Audition: Tue. September 13th
16. LSCDS’s Seminar on Medical Affairs – Registration Now Open: Thu. September 15th, 6-8pm

1. UTGSU Executive Election: Tue. September 27th
There are currently two vacancies on the UTGSU Executive Committee and General Council has called for an election to take place during the September Council meeting on Tuesday, 27 September from 6 – 9 pm in Banting Institute, room 131. The positions of Internal, Finance and University Governance, and possibly Academics and Funding, Division 1 and 2 will be open to any UTGSU Member who has been a graduate student for at least one term. For details of commissioner duties, go to https://www.utgsu.ca/by-law/ (click on Bylaw and scroll down to Article 7: Executive). The stipend is approximately $1200 a month. If you are interested in any of these positions, please contact internal@utgsu.ca.

2. UTGSU General Council Secretary: Fri. September 9th, 4pm
The UTGSU is currently seeking to hire a secretary for their General Council (Board of Directors) meetings. This job requires recording the minutes for the AGM and a minimum of eight Council meetings running from September until April. These meetings usually (but not always) take place on the last Tuesday evening of each month. Other than taking minutes, the UTGSU Secretary will be expected to edit the minutes in collaboration with the Executive Assistant, respond to emails regularly, and create a set of meeting highlights for the website. Previous experience with Board of Director meeting minutes would be a real asset to this position. The remuneration is $200 per meeting. If you are interested, please contact Elizabeth Eng at internal@utgsu.ca by Friday, September 9th at 4:00pm.

3. UTGSU Call Out For Board of Appeals Chair and Vice-Chairperson
The UTGSU is seeking two members to serve as the Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson for the Board of Appeal. The Board of Appeal is the final level of appeals within the UTGSU and deals with concerns regarding the operations of all UTGSU bodies. The Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson are appointed by the General Council each September to serve until August 31st of the following year. Interested members should send a statement of interest to internal@utgsu.ca. For more information, please consult UTGSU Bylaw 15: Board of Appeal and Policy G10: Appeals Process. You can find these documents online at https://www.utgsu.ca/by-law/.

4. Health & Dental Insurance Change-of-Coverage Period
A Message from Your Health Plan Administrator: Welcome to the new Academic year. Starting September 1st, please visit the Graduate Students’ Union website: www.utgsu.ca/insurance for the following: Opt In and Opt Out Dates: September 1st-30th, 2016 (no exceptions will be made if you miss the deadlines). Link to the Opt Out site: www.studentcare.ca. Link to the Opt In site (for Couple/Family Opt In): www.studentcare.ca. Link to the 12 Month Extension After Graduation Opt In site: www.studentcare.ca. Links to the Benefit Booklet for 2016-2017: (1) Greenshield.ca/studentcentre; and (2) www.studentcare.ca.

5. UHIP/Health Insurance Workshop: Wed. September, 14th
As an international graduate student, do you have questions about your health insurance plan, like the UHIP, the UTGSU Health and Dental Plan, and the CUPE 3902 Top Up Plan? Ever wondered how you will be covered when you are on an international travel? This workshop is for you! The International Students’ Caucus of GSU invited the expert on insurance policies to talk about how to navigate the world of health insurance and how to get the most out of your coverage on Wednesday, Sept 14 from5-7 PM @UC152 (University College). Please RSVP at http://goo.gl/forms/kj7E2JjTta by Sept 13 if you’d like to join us. Snacks will be provided.

6. Student-led Consultations on University of Toronto’s Draft Policy on Sexual Violence
The UTGSU Executive Committee will be hosting student-led consultations on the University of Toronto’s Draft Policy on Sexual Violence for the month of September. Starting next Thursday, graduate students are welcomed to participate in these discussions and provide feedback that will be reported back to the University Administration. Accessibility services and accommodations have been made to ensure these will be inclusive spaces. Dates: September 15th @ UTSC, 12-2PM, Humanities Wing (Room HW305); September 22nd @UTM, 12-2PM, Spigel Hall (Davis Building, Room 1110); September 29th @ St.George, 6-8PM (Location, TBD). Draft Policy on Sexual Violence: http://www.provost.utoronto.ca/Assets/Provost+Digital+Assets/DraftPolicySexualViolence.pdf

7. UTGSU Volleyball League Registration
The UTGSU Volleyball league will be starting in October! This year three divisions are available – Recreational, Intermediate, and Competitive – and the league will run Monday to Wednesday nights from 5pm – 11pm at the UTGSU gym. Registration can be done in-person or via the online form at https://www.utgsu.ca/athletics/gsu-volleyball-league/. Don’t have a team? Don’t worry! Register as an individual and play with some new friends. If you have any questions please feel free to email volleyball@utgsu.ca or come to UTGSU orientation where we will have a table. League registration will close at midnight on September 16th. See you on the court.

8. Toronto Sustainable Food Cooperative Fall 2016 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 Harvest Noon Café) and receive a refund of their fees can stop by Harvest Noon Café (upstairs at 16 Bancroft Ave). Refunds for the fall 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 September 12th to September 30th from 9am to 3:30pm and the Monday evenings of September 12th, 19th and 26th from 3:30pm to 9pm. NOTE: If you chose to opt out, you will no longer receive benefits such as discounted workshop and event pricing.

9. UTGSU Levy Refund
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 officeat 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. To learn more about SBA, please visit: uoftsba.com. 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 September 12th to September 30th. Evening opt-outs are on Monday September 12th, Wednesday September 14th between 7pm-9pm and Thursday September 22nd. 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. OPIRG-Toronto Fees Refund Period
University of Toronto full-time and part-time graduate students who have paid the Ontario Public Interest Research Group – Toronto fees and wish to opt-out of OPIRG-Toronto are able to claim their fees refund with proof of enrollment for the 2016-2017 academic year. 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: Thursday, September 8 to Wednesday, September 28 inclusive. Our office will be open Monday to Friday from 11AM to 7PM during the period. *Graduate students at UTM, UTSC and Aerospace wishing to opt-out are invited to contact the office to make alternate arrangements to obtain their refund. Our phone number is (416)978-7770 and our email address is opirg.toronto@utoronto.ca.

11. Bikechain Levy Refund
Graduate Students can opt-out of Bikechain’s fall levy ($0.25 for part-time students and $0.50 for full-time students) from September 12-19th, during the following hours: Mon. Sept. 12 12pm-9pm; Tues. Sept. 13 10am-5pm; Wed. Sept. 14 10am-5pm; Thurs. Sept. 15 12pm-9pm; Fri. Sept. 16 10am-5pm; and Mon. Sept. 19 12pm-9pm. Levy refunds will be distributed at Bikechain, North Borden building, 563 Spadina Crescent. Please note that there are five steps leading to the entrance to Bikechain. Student who experience barriers to visiting the shop can email bikechain@utoronto.ca and we will be happy to make alternative arrangements with you.

12. Tons of free intramural sports for SGS students! Sign-up info
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, soccer, flag football, ultimate frisbee, water polo, lacrosse, field hockey and cricket. All you have to do is sign-up for an “SGS” team at IMLeagues (https://www.imleagues.com/spa/account/registration) between September 12-22. 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. We want as much participation as possible, so bring all your friends and come make some new ones!

13. Sexual Education Centre Call for Volunteers: Fri. September 9th, 11:59 PM
The University of Toronto Sexual Education Centre (SEC) is looking for volunteers! Volunteering with SEC is a great way to get involved with providing safer sex supplies, peer support, and educational resources to the U of T community and beyond. If you have any questions or concerns, please email utsec.volunteers@gmail.com. Application forms are available here: https://goo.gl/forms/2dmOX16JCuU2eW122. Applications are due at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, September 9th.

14. 1974 Black Bird Liberation Film Screenings of Coup in Chile: Sun. September 11th
Join us on Sunday September 11th at Woodsworth College Residence, RM 30. Two MUST SEE films commemorating the 43rd anniversary of the Coup in Chile, connecting the issues of colonial genocide of indigenous peoples with that of modern day genocide against political dissidents. 2PM: MACHUCA, directed by Andres Wood, 2004. 4:30PM: THE PEARL BUTTON, directed by the renowned Patricio Guzman, 2015. GUEST PANEL: NORA DE NEGRI (Directly from Chile), Family of RODRIGO ROJAS, who was burnt to death by the Pinochet Military Dictatorship in 1986. VANESSA GREY, Aamjiwnaang First Nation. CARRIE LESTER, Mohawk Land Defender. ”

15. Hart House Symphonic Band Audition: Tue. September 13th
Hart House Symphonic Band (HHSB) is auditioning new members for 2016-2017 on Tuesday, September 13. Our band consists of students and alumni from undergraduate, graduate and professional programs at U of T. We rehearse every Tuesday from 5:45 to 8:00 at the Great Hall. Our repertoire consists of a variety of concert band pieces, ranging from the classics to pop. The sign up is available on our website (http://hhsb.sa.utoronto.ca/audition-new.html). The audition will require you to play scales from memory, a chromatic scale demonstrating your range, and a short excerpt of your own choosing. We hope to see you at the audition!

16. LSCDS’s Seminar on Medical Affairs – Registration Now Open: Thu. September 15th, 6-8pm
Are you interested in becoming a Medical Science Liaison? Medicure Inc. is currently hiring Ph.D.’s in science-related fields to join their growing team of Medical Science Liaisons (MSLs). This seminar on, “Medical Affairs” will cover both general information on the MSL profession and specific details on how to apply for the position. Date: September 15th Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm Location: Macleod Auditorium, Medical Sciences Building Speaker: Nastaran Abbarin, PhD, Medical Science Liaison at Medicure Inc. Pizza and pop will be provided! To register and learn more about the seminar, please visit: http://www.lscds.org/events/event-details/careers-in-medical-affairs/

UTGSU Digest: UTGSU BBQ, UHIP Workshop, and Volleyball – September 1st, 2016

September 1st, 2016

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1. UTGSU Orientation BBQ: Thu. September 8, 4-9pm
2. Volunteers Needed (Get a Starbucks Card)
3. UTGSU General Council Secretary: Fri. September 9th, 4pm
4. UTGSU Call Out For Board of Appeals Chair and Vice-Chairperson
5. Health & Dental Insurance Change-of-Coverage Period
6. UTGSU Gym Schedule – September
7. UHIP/Health Insurance Workshop: Wed. September, 14
8. UTGSU Volleyball League Registration
9. Volunteers Needed for Fall at Harvest Noon
10. Sexual Education Centre Call for Volunteers: Fri. September 9th, 11:59 PM
11. Labour Day March
12. Orientation for Students with Family Responsibilities: Wed. Sep 7, 10am – 12pm

1. UTGSU Orientation BBQ: Thu. September 8, 4-9pm
Welcome to all new and returning graduate students. The UTGSU is hosting its annual Orientation BBQ on Thursday, September 8th at 16 Bancroft Ave. All graduate students are welcome. There will be plenty of free food (including a corn roast, and a BBQ with vegan, vegetarian, halal, and kosher options), an Info Fair, DJ, and drink specials at the GSU Pub. Come out and enjoy a great evening with your fellow graduate students! See the UTGSU website for more info: https://www.utgsu.ca/orientation-2016-2017/ and RSVP to our Facebook Page!

2. Volunteers Needed (Get a Starbucks Card)
The UTGSU is excited to get the 2016-2017 academic year off to a great start. We will be hosting our annual Graduate Student Orientation BBQ and Info Fair on Thursday September 8th, from 4-8pm. To make this event a success, we need committed volunteers.To volunteer, please contact Samantha at orientation@utgsu.ca with your name, email, phone and the shift you would like to work. Successful volunteers will get a $10 Starbucks Gift Card. There are 3 shifts available: 9am-2pm; 2pm-6pm; and 6pm-10pm. Duties include, but are not limited to: set up, serving, grilling and cleanup. This is a great chance to learn more about your Union and get to know folks from all over the university, while having a good time. We look forward to hearing from you!

3. UTGSU General Council Secretary: Fri. September 9th, 4pm
The UTGSU is currently seeking to hire a secretary for their General Council (Board of Directors) meetings. This job requires recording the minutes for the AGM and a minimum of eight Council meetings running from September until April. These meetings usually (but not always) take place on the last Tuesday evening of each month. Other than taking minutes, the UTGSU Secretary will be expected to edit the minutes in collaboration with the Executive Assistant, respond to emails regularly, and create a set of meeting highlights for the website. Previous experience with Board of Director meeting minutes would be a real asset to this position. The remuneration is $200 per meeting. If you are interested, please contact Elizabeth Eng at internal@utgsu.ca by Friday, September 9th at 4:00pm.

4. UTGSU Call Out For Board of Appeals Chair and Vice-Chairperson
The UTGSU is seeking two members to serve as the Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson for the Board of Appeal. The Board of Appeal is the final level of appeals within the UTGSU and deals with concerns regarding the operations of all UTGSU bodies. The Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson are appointed by the General Council each September to serve until August 31st of the following year. Interested members should send a statement of interest to internal@utgsu.ca. For more information, please consult UTGSU Bylaw 15: Board of Appeal and Policy G10: Appeals Process. You can find these documents online at https://www.utgsu.ca/by-law/.

5. Health & Dental Insurance Change-of-Coverage Period
A Message from Your Health Plan Administrator: Welcome to the new Academic year. Starting September 1st, please visit the Graduate Students’ Union website: www.utgsu.ca/insurance for the following: Opt In and Opt Out Dates: September 1st-30th, 2016 (no exceptions will be made if you miss the deadlines). Link to the Opt Out site: www.studentcare.ca. Link to the Opt In site (for Couple/Family Opt In): www.studentcare.ca. Link to the 12 Month Extension After Graduation Opt In site: www.studentcare.ca. Links to the Benefit Booklet for 2016-2017: (1) Greenshield.ca/studentcentre; and (2) www.studentcare.ca.

6. UTGSU Gym Schedule – September
The UTGSU gym will reopen to regular programming on Monday 12 September. Monday and Friday evenings are set aside for doubles badminton; Tuesday and Wednesday evenings for volleyball; and Thursday night for basketball. Graduate students can play pick-up recreational basketball on Thursdays from 7 – 10pm and pick-up volleyball from 8 to 11pm on Wednesday nights. Tuesday 8 to 10pm has been reserved for competitive volleyball. Only registered graduate students may play pick-up volleyball or basketball. Daytime bookings can be made from 10am to 5pm year round. Daytime gym use is restricted to quiet activities such as yoga, meditation and singles badminton. UTGSU Gym time can be reserved from the last Friday of each month starting at 10am. To book for September, call 416-978 8464 after 10am on Friday 26 August. Call early as space disappears quickly. Names and Student ID numbers are verified when booking. Students must provide their TCard upon request. For more information, go to http://www.utgsu.ca/athletics/gsu-gym/ or email gym@utgsu.ca.

7. UHIP/Health Insurance Workshop: Wed. September, 14
As an international graduate student, do you have questions about your health insurance plan, like the UHIP, the UTGSU Health and Dental Plan, and the CUPE 3902 Top Up Plan? Ever wondered how you will be covered when you are on an international travel? This workshop is for you! The International Students’ Caucus of GSU invited the expert on insurance policies to talk about how to navigate the world of health insurance and how to get the most out of your coverage on Wednesday, Sept 14 from5-7 PM @UC152 (University College). Please RSVP at http://goo.gl/forms/kj7E2JjTta by Sept 13 if you’d like to join us. Snacks will be provided.

8. UTGSU Volleyball League Registration
The UTGSU Volleyball league will be starting in October! This year three divisions are available – Recreational, Intermediate, and Competitive – and the league will run Monday to Wednesday nights from 5pm – 11pm at the UTGSU gym. Registration can be done in-person or via the online form at https://www.utgsu.ca/athletics/gsu-volleyball-league/. Don’t have a team? Don’t worry! Register as an individual and play with some new friends. If you have any questions please feel free to email volleyball@utgsu.ca or come to UTGSU orientation where we will have a table. League registration will close at midnight on September 16th. See you on the court.

9. Volunteers Needed for Fall at Harvest Noon
Enjoy food prep? Want to learn more food skills? Honing your grant writing? Or just like being part of a collective community? There are lots of opportunities at Harvest Noon Café this September 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 in winter along with our Annual General Meeting. To sign up and/or learn more, check out: http://harvestnoon.com/volunteering/volunteer-sign-up-form/

10. Sexual Education Centre Call for Volunteers: Fri. September 9th, 11:59 PM
The University of Toronto Sexual Education Centre (SEC) is looking for volunteers! Volunteering with SEC is a great way to get involved with providing safer sex supplies, peer support, and educational resources to the U of T community and beyond. If you have any questions or concerns, please email utsec.volunteers@gmail.com. Application forms are available here: https://goo.gl/forms/2dmOX16JCuU2eW122. Applications are due at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, September 9th.

11. Labour Day March
You’re invited to the Labour Day March on Monday, September 5th, 9AM-12PM. The march begins at Queen and University, travels west to Queen and Dufferin, south on Dufferin and finishes at the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE), where free admission will be available. The march calls for Stoppign the privatization of our public services; Supporting the Fight the Fees and the Fight for $15 and Fairness campaigns; Speaking up for the rights of ALL workers, including students who are particularly subject to high rates of precarious work! If you are interested in marching together with students from across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), please email ea.services@cfsontario.ca by Monday, August 22nd.

12. Orientation for Students with Family Responsibilities: Wed. Sep 7, 10am – 12pm
Join us at 563 Spadina Rd, Main Activity Hall on Wednesday September 7th! Start building your support networks, learn how to be proactive, prepared and successfully navigate your degree while caring for others. Meet other student parents and University staff, learn about the services and resources available to student parents on campus, get advice from student mentors on how to adjust to the University life, and discover family friendly spaces on campus. All incoming and current University of Toronto students are welcome. Registration required at http://uoft.me/Za.

UTGSU BBQ & INFO FAIR

August 30th, 2016

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UTGSU Digest: Orientation BBQ, Volunteers, and Opt Outs- August 25th, 2016

August 25th, 2016

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1. UTGSU Orientation BBQ: Thursday, September 8, 4-9pm
2. Volunteers Needed (Get a Starbucks Card)
3. Join the UTGSU Orientation Outreach Team for Fight the Fees: Thu. September 1st
4. UTGSU General Council Secretary: Fri. September 9th, 4pm
5. Health & Dental Insurance Change-of-Coverage Period
6. UTGSU Gym Schedule: September
7. SBA Levy Refund Dates
8. Bikechain Levy Opt-Out: Mon. September 12th
9. OPIRG-Toronto Fees Refund Period
10. Harvest Noon Café is Re-Opening August 30th! + Volunteers Needed For September
11. Sexual Education Centre Call for Volunteers: Fri. September 9th, 11:59 PM
12. Toronto Sustainable Food Cooperative Fall 2016 Opt-Out Period
13. Labour Day March
14. CUPE3902 Racialized Members Collective Meeting: August 30th, 5pm
15. Dalla Lana School of Public Health Conference – Call for Abstracts: Fri. September 16th
16. Concerned about Precarious Work? Come Rally: Sat. October 1st, 1pm
17. The USW1998 Human Rights Committee Invites You to Join STEELwool: Mon. September 19th
18. Orientation for Students with Family Responsibilities: Wed. Sep 7, 10am – 12pm
19. Welcome Event for Student Parents and their Families: Sat. Sep 10, 10am – 12pm
20. Downtown Legal Services Incidental Fee Refund

1. UTGSU Orientation BBQ: Thu. September 8, 4-9pm
Welcome to all new and returning graduate students. The UTGSU is hosting its annual Orientation BBQ on Thursday, September 8th at 16 Bancroft Ave. All graduate students are welcome. There will be plenty of free food (including a corn roast, and a BBQ with vegan, vegetarian, halal, and kosher options), an Info Fair, DJ, and drink specials at the GSU Pub. Come out and enjoy a great evening with your fellow graduate students! See the UTGSU website for more info: https://www.utgsu.ca/orientation-2016-2017/ and RSVP on our Facebook Page.

2. Volunteers Needed (Get a Starbucks Card)
The UTGSU is excited to get the 2016-2017 academic year off to a great start. We will be hosting our annual Graduate Student Orientation BBQ and Info Fair on Thursday September 8th, from 4-8pm. To make this event a success, we need committed volunteers.To volunteer, please contact Cristina Jaimungal external@utgsu.ca with your name, email, phone and the shift you would like to work. Successful volunteers will get a $10 Starbucks Gift Card. There are 3 shifts available: 9am-2pm; 2pm-6pm; and 6pm-10pm. Duties include, but are not limited to: set up, serving, grilling and cleanup. This is a great chance to learn more about your Union and get to know folks from all over the university, while having a good time. We look forward to hearing from you!

3. Join the UTGSU Orientation Outreach Team for Fight the Fees: Thu. September 1st
Students in Ontario pay the highest tuition fees and graduate with the highest student debt in the country! By joining the UTGSU Orientation Outreach Team for Fight the Fees, you will be keeping thousands of students informed about ways we can eliminate tuition fees. If you are interested in joining Outreach, you must be available on September 8th from 1 PM to 9 PM. Training will begin promptly at 1 PM on the same day (2 hours). Deadline to apply is September 1st. Please confirm your availability with Cristina at external@utgsu.ca.

4. UTGSU General Council Secretary: Fri. September 9th, 4pm
The UTGSU is currently seeking to hire a secretary for their General Council (Board of Directors) meetings. This job requires recording the minutes for the AGM and a minimum of eight Council meetings running from September until April. These meetings usually (but not always) take place on the last Tuesday evening of each month. Other than taking minutes, the UTGSU Secretary will be expected to edit the minutes in collaboration with the Executive Assistant, respond to emails regularly, and create a set of meeting highlights for the website. Previous experience with Board of Director meeting minutes would be a real asset to this position. The remuneration is $200 per meeting. If you are interested, please contact Elizabeth Eng at internal@utgsu.ca by Friday, September 9th at 4:00pm.

5. Health & Dental Insurance Change-of-Coverage Period
A Message from Your Health Plan Administrator: Welcome to the new Academic year. Starting September 1st, please visit the Graduate Students’ Union website: www.utgsu.ca/insurance for the following: Opt In and Opt Out Dates: September 1st-30th, 2016 (no exceptions will be made if you miss the deadlines). Link to the Opt Out site: www.studentcare.ca. Link to the Opt In site (for Couple/Family Opt In): www.studentcare.ca. Link to the 12 Month Extension After Graduation Opt In site: www.studentcare.ca. Links to the Benefit Booklet for 2016-2017: (1) Greenshield.ca/studentcentre; and (2) www.studentcare.ca.

6. UTGSU Gym Schedule – September
The UTGSU gym will reopen to regular programming on Monday 12 September. Monday and Friday evenings are set aside for doubles badminton; Tuesday and Wednesday evenings for volleyball; and Thursday night for basketball. Graduate students can play pick-up recreational basketball on Thursdays from 7 – 10pm and pick-up volleyball from 8 to 11pm on Wednesday nights. Tuesday 8 to 10pm has been reserved for competitive volleyball. Only registered graduate students may play pick-up volleyball or basketball. Daytime bookings can be made from 10am to 5pm year round. Daytime gym use is restricted to quiet activities such as yoga, meditation and singles badminton. UTGSU Gym time can be reserved from the last Friday of each month starting at 10am. To book for September, call 416-978 8464 after 10am on Friday 26 August. Call early as space disappears quickly. Names and Student ID numbers are verified when booking. Students must provide their TCard upon request. For more information, go to http://www.utgsu.ca/athletics/gsu-gym/ or email gym@utgsu.ca.

7. SBA Levy Refund 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 September 12th to September 30th. Evening opt-outs  are on Monday September 12th, Wednesday September 14th between 7pm-9pm and Thursday September 22nd. 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.

8. Bikechain Levy Opt-Out: Mon. September 12th
Graduate Students can opt-out of Bikechain’s fall levy ($0.25 for part-time students and $0.50 for full-time students) from September 12-19th, during the following hours: Mon. Sept. 12 12pm-9pm; Tues. Sept. 13 10am-5pm; Wed. Sept. 14 10am-5pm; Thurs. Sept. 15 12pm-9pm; Fri. Sept. 16 10am-5pm; and Mon. Sept. 19 12pm-9pm. Levy refunds will be distributed at Bikechain, North Borden building, 563 Spadina Crescent. Please note that there are five steps leading to the entrance to Bikechain. Student who experience barriers to visiting the shop can email bikechain@utoronto.ca and we will be happy to make alternative arrangements with you.

9. OPIRG-Toronto Fees Refund Period
University of Toronto full-time and part-time graduate students who have paid the Ontario Public Interest Research Group – Toronto fees and wish to opt-out of OPIRG-Toronto are able to claim their fees refund with proof of enrollment for the 2016-2017 academic year. 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: Thursday, September 8 to Wednesday, September 28 inclusive.Our office will be open Monday to Friday from 11AM to 7PM during the period.

10. Harvest Noon Café is Re-Opening August 30th! + Volunteers Needed For September
Harvest Noon is ready for the start of the school year and will be reopening on Tuesday August 30th! Our full regular Fall hours of Mondayto Friday 10am to 2pm with lunch at 11:30am will start after that (though please note we will be closed for the Monday September 5th holiday). There are lots of volunteer opportunities at Harvest Noon Café for all experience levels. 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 in winter along with our Annual General Meeting. To sign up and/or learn more, check out: http://harvestnoon.com/volunteering/volunteer-sign-up-form/. Now is also a great time to get in touch about workshop or event proposals and catering for your fall events.

11. Sexual Education Centre Call for Volunteers: Fri. September 9th, 11:59 PM
The University of Toronto Sexual Education Centre (SEC) is looking for volunteers! Volunteering with SEC is a great way to get involved with providing safer sex supplies, peer support, and educational resources to the U of T community and beyond. If you have any questions or concerns, please email utsec.volunteers@gmail.com. Application forms are available here: https://goo.gl/forms/2dmOX16JCuU2eW122 . Applications are due at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, September 9th.

12. Toronto Sustainable Food Cooperative Fall 2016 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 Harvest NoonCafé) and receive a refund of their fees can stop by Harvest NoonCafé (upstairs at 16 Bancroft Ave). Refunds for the fall 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 September 12th to September 30thfrom 9am to 3:30pm and the Monday evenings of September 12th, 19th and 26th from3:30pm to 9pm. NOTE: If you chose to opt out, you will no longer receive benefits such as discounted workshop and event pricing.

13. Labour Day March
You’re invited to the Labour Day March on Monday, September 5th, 9AM-12PM.  The march begins at Queen and University, travels west to Queen and Dufferin, south on Dufferin and finishes at the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE), where free admission will be available.  The march calls for Stoppign the privatization of our public services; Supporting the Fight the Fees and the Fight for $15 and Fairness campaigns; Speaking up for the rights of ALL workers, including students who are particularly subject to high rates of precarious work! If you are interested in marching together with students from across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), please email ea.services@cfsontario.ca by Monday, August 22nd.

14. CUPE3902 Racialized Members Collective Meeting: August 30th, 5pm
CUPE3902’s RMC will be meeting on Tuesday, August 30that Innis College Cafe (2 Sussex Ave) to discuss plans and events for the new year and look at engaging racialized students and workers on campus through political action on campus! Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/RMCx3902/?fref=ts. Contact: Ellie Adekur – e.adekur@gmail.com

15. Dalla Lana School of Public Health Conference – Call for Abstracts: Fri. September 16th
Research, policy and practice abstract submissions are now being accepted for the Dalla Lana School of Public Health’s 9th Annual Conference. This year’s conference is entitled Secure Income, Secure Health: Working towards equitable solutions and will be held October 21-22 2016. Submit your abstract online or to dlsphsubmissions@gmail.com by September 16th. Full details can be found on our website: http://www.dlsphconference.com/

16. Concerned about Precarious Work? Come Rally: Sat. October 1st, 1pm
Our province’s labour laws are currently under review for the first time in more than 20 years. This rally is a chance to tell the Government of Ontario that we want an end to the laws that perpetuate precarious work. We want our government to #MakeItFair for the more than seven million working Ontarians across our province.The Ontario Federation of Labour and the Fight for $15 & Fairness are hosting this rally as part of the push to update Ontario’s outdated employment laws. Be part of a growing movement for decent work for all! Come out and rally for DECENT WORK for an end to the proliferation of part-time, temporary  and contract work. We want decent hours, paid sick days & vacation, access to a union, $15 minimum wage, an end to the gender/ racialized wage gap and much more! Invite everyone you know to R.S.V.P their attendance to the October 1st rally on the Facebook event page. We encourage students to come out in full force. Together we will win!

17. The USW1998 Human Rights Committee Invites You to Join STEELwool: Mon. September 19th
Seeking 132 volunteers, at ALL knitting/crocheting skill levels! Starting September 19th, we will be creating 132 scarfs, which will be left around all 3 campuses on trees on December 6th, 2016 for those who need them (for Free). Each group will have one or more or more skilled instructor. Learn, network, and help warm the campuses at the UofT! The goal: 132 scarves will be created to recognize Bill 132, the September amendment of Bill 168 to include anti-sexual harassment policy in the workplace. There will be a one-day art installation of scarves across campuses on December 6th, 2016 to commemorate the École Polytechnique Massacre. Gathering Dates: 3rd Mondays: Sept 19, Oct 17, Nov 21; Time: 5-9pm; UTSG Location: 25 Cecil St. To Join: Please email Human Rights Committee Co-chair, Tade (Teddy) tade@usw1998.ca with your skill level and location.

18. Orientation for Students with Family Responsibilities: Wed. Sep 7, 10am – 12pm
Join us at 563 Spadina Rd, Main Activity Hall on Wednesday September 7th! Start building your support networks, learn how to be proactive, prepared and successfully navigate your degree while caring for others. Meet other student parents and University staff, learn about the services and resources available to student parents on campus, get advice from student mentors on how to adjust to the University life, and discover family friendly spaces on campus. All incoming and current University of Toronto students are welcome. Registration required a thttp://uoft.me/Za.

19. Welcome Event for Student Parents and their Families: Sat. Sep 10, 10am – 12pm 
Join us at the Early Learning Centre, 7 Glen Morris St.! Come for a workshop on Building Resiliency through Mindfulness while your children are supervised in the same building by our staff on the Early Learning Playground or indoors if it rains. Children two years of age or younger are welcome to stay with their parents during the workshop. Lunch will be provided. We plan to offer pizza for children, sandwiches, fruit and veggie trays, and water. Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions. This event is open to U of T students, their children and partners. Registration required at family.care@utoronto.ca with your name, your U of T student status, your partner’s name, and the names and ages of your children.

20. Downtown Legal Services Incidental Fee Refund
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 including criminal law, landlord and tenant matters, refugee and immigration claims, family law, and academic appeals and offences. We also provide notary services at no (or nominal) charge. To access our services, call 416 978-6447, or visit our website http://downtownlegalservices.cafor more information. DLS receives $1.50/per term from each full-time GSU student as part of your incidental fees.  This term fee is 100% refundable within 60 days of registration.  To obtain a refund, please visit the clinic at 655 Spadina Ave. Refunds will also be available from 6-8 pm on the following dates: September 12, 20 and 28.  Note: Students who opt out of the DLS fee will not be able to access our free legal services unless they meet the financial eligibility criteria established by our primary funder, Legal Aid Ontario.

UTGSU Digest: March, Rally, Housing Fair -August 18th, 2016

August 18th, 2016

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1. Volunteers Needed (Get a Starbucks Card)
2. Join the UTGSU Orientation Outreach Team for Fight the Fees: Thu. September 1st
3. Change in ISIC Drop-In Times for July and August
4. UTGSU Gym Schedule – September
5. SBA Levy Refund Dates
6. Bikechain Levy Opt-Out: Mon. September 12th
7. Bikechain Job Opportunity
8. Sexual Education Centre Call for Volunteers: Fri. September 9th, 11:59 PM
9. Toronto Anarchist Reading Group Film Screening: Mon. Aug 29th, 7pm
10. Work at Harvest Noon Café+Co-op!
11. Housing Fair for Graduate Students: Thu. August 25th
12. Labour Day March
13. Justicia for Migrant Workers Emergency Clothes Drive
14. LSCDS is Hiring New Recruits to Join the Executive Team: Wed. August 24th, 5pm
15. Dalla Lana School of Public Health Conference – Call for Abstracts: Fri. September 16th
16. Concerned about Precarious Work? Come Rally: Sat. October 1st, 1pm
17. Transitioning to Grade Life- Tips, Strategies and Making Connections: Mon. August 29th
18. The USW1998 Human Rights Committee Invites You to Join STEELwool: Mon. September 19th.
19. Downtown Legal Services Incidental Fee Refund

1. Volunteers Needed (Get a Starbucks Card)
The UTGSU is excited to get the 2016-2017 academic year off to a great start. We will be hosting our annual Graduate Student Orientation BBQ and Info Fair on Thursday September 8th, from 4-8pm. To make this event a success, we need committed volunteers.To volunteer, please contact Cristina Jaimungal external@utgsu.ca with your name, email, phone and the shift you would like to work. Successful volunteers will get a $10 Starbucks Gift Card. There are 3 shifts available: 9am-2pm; 2pm-6pm; and 6pm-10pm. Duties include, but are not limited to: set up, serving, grilling and cleanup. This is a great chance to learn more about your Union and get to know folks from all over the university, while having a good time. We look forward to hearing from you!

2. Join the UTGSU Orientation Outreach Team for Fight the Fees: Thu. September 1st
Students in Ontario pay the highest tuition fees and graduate with the highest student debt in the country! By joining the UTGSU Orientation Outreach Team for Fight the Fees, you will be keeping thousands of students informed about ways we can eliminate tuition fees. If you are interested in joining Outreach, you must be available on September 8th from 1 PM to 9 PM. Training will begin promptly at 1 PM on the same day (2 hours). Deadline to apply is September 1st. Please confirm your availability with Cristina at external@utgsu.ca.

3. Change in ISIC Drop-In Times for July and August
Starting the week of July 25th until August 31st, the ISIC issuing drop-in times will be on Wednesdays from 10:00-11:00am and Thursdays from 2:00-3:00pm. Full time graduate students can get an International Student Identity Card during these times, no appointment necessary. Other times are available by email appointment only; please contact Gail at fieldworker@utgsu.ca. For more information on ISIC, and for updates on card issuing, please visit https://www.utgsu.ca/services/#isic.

4. UTGSU Gym Schedule – September
The UTGSU gym will reopen to regular programming on Monday 12 September. Monday and Friday evenings are set aside for doubles badminton; Tuesday and Wednesday evenings for volleyball; and Thursday night for basketball. Graduate students can play pick-up recreational basketball on Thursdays from 7 – 10pm and pick-up volleyball from 8 to 11pm on Wednesday nights. Tuesday 8 to 10pm has been reserved for competitive volleyball. Only registered graduate students may play pick-up volleyball or basketball. Daytime bookings can be made from 10am to 5pm year round. Daytime gym use is restricted to quiet activities such as yoga, meditation and singles badminton. UTGSU Gym time can be reserved from the last Friday of each month starting at 10am. To book for September, call 416-978 8464 after 10am on Friday 26 August. Call early as space disappears quickly. Names and Student ID numbers are verified when booking. Students must provide their TCard upon request. For more information, go to http://www.utgsu.ca/athletics/gsu-gym/ or email gym@utgsu.ca

5. SBA Levy Refund 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 September 12th to September 30th. Evening opt-outs  are on Monday September 12thWednesday September 14th between 7pm-9pm and Thursday September 22nd. 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.

6. Bikechain Levy Opt-Out: Mon. September 12th
Graduate Students can opt-out of Bikechain’s fall levy ($0.25 for part-time students and $0.50 for full-time students) from September 12-19th, during the following hours: Mon. Sept. 12 12pm-9pmTues. Sept. 13 10am-5pmWed. Sept. 14 10am-5pmThurs. Sept. 15 12pm-9pmFri. Sept. 16 10am-5pm; and Mon. Sept. 19 12pm-9pm. Levy refunds will be distributed at Bikechain, North Borden building, 563 Spadina Crescent. Please note that there are five steps leading to the entrance to Bikechain. Student who experience barriers to visiting the shop can email bikechain@utoronto.ca and we will be happy to make alternative arrangements with you.

7.Bikechain Job Opportunity
Bikechain is hiring part-time educational mechanics for the fall! Check out the posting at bikechain.ca.

8. Sexual Education Centre Call for Volunteers: Fri. September 9th, 11:59PM
The University of Toronto Sexual Education Centre (SEC) is looking for volunteers! Volunteering with SEC is a great way to get involved with providing safer sex supplies, peer support, and educational resources to the U of T community and beyond. If you have any questions or concerns, please email utsec.volunteers@gmail.com. Application forms are available here: https://goo.gl/forms/2dmOX16JCuU2eW122 . Applications are due at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, September 9th.

9. Toronto Anarchist Reading Group Film Screening: Mon. Aug 29th, 7pm
Harvest Noon’s Toronto Anarchist Reading Group invites you to a free film screening night featuring a double bill of TEKNOLUST and SNOWPIERCER“.7pm– Building on our recent readings, feminist filmmaker Lynn Hershman Leeson’s 2002 film TEKNOLUST explores topics relating to sex, gender, artificial intelligence and technology via cyborg-clones who need sex to survive. 8:50pm– The 2013 film SNOWPIERCER is set in a future where a failed climate-change experiment kills all life on the planet except for a lucky few who boarded the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe; a class system emerges and the lower-class tail section passengers lead a revolution against the elite of the front of the train. Screening is free! For more information, please visit the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1809876369244033/

10. Work at Harvest Noon Co-op!
Love local organic vegan and vegetarian food? Interested in food justice and supporting a community co-op with a social justice culture? HarvestNoonis hiring two (2) Café Staff to assist with day to day operations of the café, including food preparation, cooking, serving and other tasks. Experience with vegan and vegetarian food, food safety certification (or willingness to become certified) and great collaborative communication skills are all required. Applicants should also have availability to work Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm. This is a contract position starting August 30th for approximately 10 to 15 hours per week at a rate of $12.40 per hour. To apply please email applications to the HarvestNoon Hiring Committee at hiring@harvestnoon.com. APPLICATION DEADLINE: Tuesday August 23rd at 6pm. Please see our website – www.harvestnoon.com or facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1771345863078767/ for the full detailed job posting.

11. Housing Fair for Graduate Students: Thu. August 25th
Housing Services and UTGSU will be hosting a Housing Fair specifically for Graduate Students on 25 August from 5 to 7PM in the main activity hall of the Multi-faith Centre!

12. Labour Day March
You’re invited to the Labour Day March on Monday, September 5th, 9AM-12PM.  The march begins at Queen and University, travels west to Queen and Dufferin, south on Dufferin and finishes at the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE), where free admission will be available.  The march calls for Stoppign the privatization of our public services; Supporting the Fight the Fees and the Fight for $15 and Fairness campaigns; Speaking up for the rights of ALL workers, including students who are particularly subject to high rates of precarious work! If you are interested in marching together with students from across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), please emailea.services@cfsontario.caby Monday, August 22nd.

13. Justicia for Migrant Workers Emergency Clothes Drive
On July 29th, 2016 a fire destroyed the homes of over 30 migrant farmworkers in Mount Pleasant, Ontario. Migrant farmworkers are in urgent need of: clothes in good condition (kids, women, and men); kitchen appliances and utensils; bedding; and tools. Please drop any donations to: Workers Action Centre, 720 Spadina Ave, Suite 223. Toronto, ON. M5S 2T9. For more information, please visit http://www.justicia4migrantworkers.org or email j4mw.on@gmail.com.

14. LSCDS is Hiring New Recruits to Join the Executive Team: Wed. August 24th, 5pm
The Life Sciences Career Development Society (LSCDS) is recruiting enthusiastic and motivated graduate students to join our 2016-2017 executive team! Why Join LSCDS? Work to cultivate career development events and initiatives for graduate students. Network, capitalizing on the opportunity to meet industry professionals from diverse careers in the life sciences. Gain experience in transferrable skills including leadership, teamwork, business development and communications. Make a positive impact in the training and professional development of our peers. Please visit http://www.lscds.org/resources/our-resources/courses-and-events/ for a list of available positions and application instructions. The deadline for application is Wednesday, August 24th at 5:00pm.

15. Dalla Lana School of Public Health Conference – Call for Abstracts: Fri. September 16th
Research, policy and practice abstract submissions are now being accepted for the Dalla Lana School of Public Health’s 9th Annual Conference. This year’s conference is entitled Secure Income, Secure Health: Working towards equitable solutions and will be held October 21-22 2016. Submit your abstract online or to dlsphsubmissions@gmail.com by September 16th. Full details can be found on our website: http://www.dlsphconference.com/

16. Concerned about Precarious Work? Come Rally: Sat. October 1st, 1pm
Our province’s labour laws are currently under review for the first time in more than 20 years. This rally is a chance to tell the Government of Ontario that we want an end to the laws that perpetuate precarious work. We want our government to #MakeItFair for the more than seven million working Ontarians across our province.The Ontario Federation of Labour and the Fight for $15 & Fairness are hosting this rally as part of the push to update Ontario’s outdated employment laws. Be part of a growing movement for decent work for all! Come out and rally for DECENT WORK for an end to the proliferation of part-time, temporary  and contract work. We want decent hours, paid sick days & vacation, access to a union, $15 minimum wage, an end to the gender/ racialized wage gap and much more! Invite everyone you know to R.S.V.P their attendance to the October 1st rally on the Facebook event page. We encourage students to come out in full force. Together we will win!

17. Transitioning to Grade Life- Tips, Strategies and Making Connections: Mon. August 29th
Are you an incoming graduate student? Join us for a day of programming to help you make the transition to grad life. Learn how to navigate campus services, discover effective strategies to deal with academic challenges and develop your career networks, and hear tips for success from current students. Join us on Monday August 29th from 9:00am- 4:30pm in the Main Activity Hall (Multi-Faith Centre), lunch included! Presented by Gradlife in the Division of Student Life. Register at: uoft.me/transitioning. Space is limited.

18. The USW1998 Human Rights Committee Invites You to Join STEELwool: Mon. September 19th
Seeking 132 volunteers, at ALL knitting/crocheting skill levels! Starting September 19th, we will be creating 132 scarfs, which will be left around all 3 campuses on trees on December 6th, 2016 for those who need them (for Free). Each group will have one or more or more skilled instructor. Learn, network, and help warm the campuses at the UofT! The goal: 132 scarves will be created to recognize Bill 132, the September amendment of Bill 168 to include anti-sexual harassment policy in the workplace. There will be a one-day art installation of scarves across campuses on December 6th, 2016 to commemorate the École Polytechnique Massacre. Gathering Dates: 3rd Mondays: Sept 19Oct 17Nov 21; Time: 5-9pm; UTSG Location: 25 Cecil St. To Join: Please email Human Rights Committee Co-chair, Tade (Teddy) tade@usw1998.ca with your skill level and location.

19. Downtown Legal Services Incidental Fee Refund
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 including criminal law, landlord and tenant matters, refugee and immigration claims, family law, and academic appeals and offences. We also provide notary services at no (or nominal) charge. To access our services, call 416 978-6447, or visit our website http://downtownlegalservices.cafor more information. DLS receives $1.50/per term from each full-time GSU student as part of your incidental fees.  This term fee is 100% refundable within 60 days of registration.  To obtain a refund, please visit the clinic at 655 Spadina Ave. Refunds will also be available from 6-8 pm on the following dates: September 12, 20 and 28.  Note: Students who opt out of the DLS fee will not be able to access our free legal services unless they meet the financial eligibility criteria established by our primary funder, Legal Aid Ontario.

 

UTGSU Digest: Job Opportunity, Choosing Childcare, and Knitting Scarves -August 11th, 2016

August 11th, 2016

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1. Volunteers Needed (Get a Starbucks Card)
2. Join the UTGSU Orientation Outreach Team for Fight the Fees: Thu. September 1st
3. Change in ISIC Drop-In Times for July and August
4. Grad Minds is Recruiting: Fri. August 12th
5. Bikechain Levy Opt-Out: Mon. September 12th
6.#Ni Una Menos Toronto (No one less) Demonstration: Sat. August 13th
7. Justicia for Migrant Workers Emergency Clothes Drive
8. Online Chat Series: All You Want to Know about Student Parent Life @ UofT: Tue. August 16th, 2-3pm
9. Choosing Childcare That Works for Your Family: Wed. August 17th, 12-1:30pm
10. Using the UofT Libraries as a Grad Student: Tue. August 16th 12-1pm
11. Transitioning to Grade Life- Tips, Strategies and Making Connections: Mon. August 29th
12. Student Neighbourhood Evaluation Research Assistant Summer Job Opportunity
13. The USW1998 Human Rights Committee Invites You to Join STEELwool: Mon. September 19th.
14. Downtown Legal Services Incidental Fee Refund

1. Volunteers Needed (Get a Starbucks Card)
The UTGSU is excited to get the 2016-2017 academic year off to a great start. We will be hosting our annual Graduate Student Orientation BBQ and Info Fair on Thursday September 8th, from 4-8pm. To make this event a success, we need committed volunteers.To volunteer, please contact Cristina Jaimungal external@utgsu.ca with your name, email, phone and the shift you would like to work. Successful volunteers will get a $10 Starbucks Gift Card. There are 3 shifts available: 9am-2pm; 2pm-6pm; and 6pm-10pm. Duties include, but are not limited to: set up, serving, grilling and cleanup. This is a great chance to learn more about your Union and get to know folks from all over the university, while having a good time. We look forward to hearing from you!

2. Join the UTGSU Orientation Outreach Team for Fight the Fees: Thu. September 1st
Students in Ontario pay the highest tuition fees and graduate with the highest student debt in the country! By joining the UTGSU Orientation Outreach Team for Fight the Fees, you will be keeping thousands of students informed about ways we can eliminate tuition fees. If you are interested in joining Outreach, you must be available on September 8th from 1 PM to 9 PM. Training will begin promptly at 1 PM on the same day (2 hours). Deadline to apply is September 1st. Please confirm your availability with Cristina at external@utgsu.ca.

3. Change in ISIC Drop-In Times for July and August
Starting the week of July 25th until August 31st, the ISIC issuing drop-in times will be on Wednesdays from 10:00-11:00am and Thursdays from 2:00-3:00pm. Full time graduate students can get an International Student Identity Card during these times, no appointment necessary. Other times are available by email appointment only; please contact Gail at fieldworker@utgsu.ca. For more information on ISIC, and for updates on card issuing, please visit https://www.utgsu.ca/services/#isic.

4. Grad Minds is Recruiting: Fri. August 12th
Grad Minds is recruiting for the 2016-2017 academic year. A number of leadership and other positions are available. Applicants MUST be registered graduate students at the University of Toronto. Details about the available positions are available at www.gradminds.ca. To apply, please send a brief resume (max. 2 pages) highlighting your interest and/or experience in student leadership to mentalhealth@utgsu.ca by Friday August 12, 2016. All positions available at Grad Minds are volunteer positions. If you have any questions, please email us at mentalhealth@utgsu.ca.

5. Bikechain Levy Opt-Out: Mon. September 12th
Graduate Students can opt-out of Bikechain’s fall levy ($0.25 for part-time students and $0.50 for full-time students) from September 12-19th, during the following hours: Mon. Sept. 12 12pm-9pm; Tues. Sept. 13 10am-5pm; Wed. Sept. 14 10am-5pm; Thurs. Sept. 15 12pm-9pm; Fri. Sept. 16 10am-5pm; and Mon. Sept. 19 12pm-9pm. Levy refunds will be distributed at Bikechain, North Borden building, 563 Spadina Crescent. Please note that there are five steps leading to the entrance to Bikechain. Student who experience barriers to visiting the shop can email bikechain@utoronto.ca and we will be happy to make alternative arrangements with you.

6. #Ni Una Menos Toronto (No one less) Demonstration: Sat. August 13th
#Ni Una Menos Toronto (No one less) is organizing a demonstration against gender violence in Peru and Canada in response to the lack of justice and the silence around physical, sexual and psychological violence experienced every day in Peru. The demonstration in Canada will be on August 13th at 1pm at Dundas Square, Toronto. For more information, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/NiUnaMenosToronto/

7. Justicia for Migrant Workers Emergency Clothes Drive
On July 29th, 2016 a fire destroyed the homes of over 30 migrant farmworkers in Mount Pleasant, Ontario. Migrant farmworkers are in urgent need of: clothes in good condition (kids, women, and men); kitchen appliances and utensils; bedding; and tools. Please drop any donations to: Workers Action Centre, 720 Spadina Ave, Suite 223. Toronto, ON. M5S 2T9. For more information, please visit http://www.justicia4migrantworkers.org or email j4mw.on@gmail.com.

8. Online Chat Series: All You Want to Know about Student Parent Life @ UofT: Tue. August 16th, 2-3pm
An FCO Advisor will be available to chat and answer questions about student parent life at U of T, including balancing study and family, strategies and insights on caring for a family member, specific questions on child care and child care subsidies, or your newly found pregnancy! Pre-registration necessary at http://uoft.me/Za 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!

9. Choosing Childcare That Works for Your Family: Wed. August 17th, 12-1:30pm
214 College St., Room 313. A practical session to help you choose the child care option that will best meet the needs of your family. Find out what are the childcare options available, learn what factors to consider when looking at options, choices, and caregivers; how to find a childcare centre and individual caregivers, the latest changes in the system; find out about the financial assistance available and waiting lists! Registration required at http://uoft.me/Za. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, and their partners are welcome.

10. Using the UofT Libraries as a Grad Student: Tue. August 16th 12-1pm
With 44 libraries at the University of Toronto, it may be overwhelming to figure out where to begin conducting research. This talk will showcase library resources and services that are of particular interest to grad students, including unique collections beyond books (e.g. archives, maps, and datasets) and how librarians can support grad students with their research process. Pizza will be served. Register at: bookit.studentlife.utoronto.ca.

11. Transitioning to Grade Life- Tips, Strategies and Making Connections: Mon. August 29th
Are you an incoming graduate student? Join us for a day of programming to help you make the transition to grad life. Learn how to navigate campus services, discover effective strategies to deal with academic challenges and develop your career networks, and hear tips for success from current students. Join us on Monday August 29th from 9:00am- 4:30pm in the Main Activity Hall (Multi-Faith Centre), lunch included! Presented by Gradlife in the Division of Student Life. Register at: uoft.me/transitioning. Space is limited.

12. Student Neighbourhood Evaluation Research Assistant Summer Job Opportunity
The University of Toronto Department of Geography and Program in Planning is looking to hire a summer student (from any university) to assist in the evaluation of the City of Hamilton’s Neighbourhood Action Strategy (NAS). The work will include require attendance at meetings in Hamilton, including research planning meetings and neighbourhood meetings, analyzing qualitative data, and offering general research support to the Neighbourhood Action Evaluation Team. The deadline to apply is Friday, August 19th. For more information, please visit http://bit.ly/2biEzGu.

13. The USW1998 Human Rights Committee Invites You to Join STEELwool: Mon. September 19th.
Seeking 132 volunteers, at ALL knitting/crocheting skill levels! Starting September 19th, we will be creating 132 scarfs, which will be left around all 3 campuses on trees on December 6th, 2016 for those who need them (for Free). Each group will have one or more or more skilled instructor. Learn, network, and help warm the campuses at the UofT! The goal: 132 scarves will be created to recognize Bill 132, the September amendment of Bill 168 to include anti-sexual harassment policy in the workplace. There will be a one-day art installation of scarves across campuses on December 6th, 2016 to commemorate the École Polytechnique Massacre. Gathering Dates: 3rd Mondays: Sept 19, Oct 17, Nov 21; Time: 5-9pm; UTSG Location: 25 Cecil St. To Join: Please email Human Rights Committee Co-chair, Tade (Teddy) tade@usw1998.ca with your skill level and location.

14. Downtown Legal Services Incidental Fee Refund
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 including criminal law, landlord and tenant matters, refugee and immigration claims, family law, and academic appeals and offences. We also provide notary services at no (or nominal) charge. To access our services, call 416 978-6447, or visit our website http://downtownlegalservices.ca for more information. DLS receives $1.50/per term from each full-time GSU student as part of your incidental fees. This term fee is 100% refundable within 60 days of registration. To obtain a refund, please visit the clinic at 655 Spadina Ave. Refunds will also be available from 6-8 pm on the following dates: September 12, 20 and 28. Note: Students who opt out of the DLS fee will not be able to access our free legal services unless they meet the financial eligibility criteria established by our primary funder, Legal Aid Ontario.

UTGSU Digest: Office Closure, Volunteers, and Clothing Drive- August 4th, 2016

August 4th, 2016

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1. UTGSU Office Closure: Fri. August 5th
2. Volunteers Needed (Get a Starbucks Card)
3. Join the UTGSU Orientation Outreach Team for Fight the Fees: Thu. September 1st
4. UTGSU Gym Closed in August
5. Change in ISIC Drop-In Times for July and August
6. Grad Minds is Recruiting: Fri. August 12th
7. Justicia for Migrant Workers Emergency Clothes Drive
8. Autism Wellness Workshop: Sat. August 6th, 1-3pm
9. Bikechain Levy Opt-Out: Mon. September 12th
10. Harvest Noon Café Closed for Lunch: August 8th- August 26th
11. Using the UofT Libraries as a Grad Student: Tue. August 16th 12-1pm
12. Transitioning to Grade Life- Tips, Strategies and Making Connections: Mon. August 29th
13. Ontario Public Health Association Fall Forum: Tue. November 8th, 8:30-4pm

1. UTGSU Office Closure: Fri. August 5th
The UTGSU Office will be closed on Friday August 5th. We apologize for any inconvenience. We will return to regular office hours on Monday August 8th.

2. Volunteers Needed (Get a Starbucks Card)
The UTGSU is excited to get the 2016-2017 academic year off to a great start. We will be hosting our annual Graduate Student Orientation BBQ and Info Fair on Thursday September 8th, from 4-8pm. To make this event a success, we need committed volunteers.To volunteer, please contact Cristina Jaimungal external@utgsu.ca with your name, email, phone and the shift you would like to work. Successful volunteers will get a $10 Starbucks Gift Card. There are 3 shifts available: 9am-2pm; 2pm-6pm; and 6pm-10pm. Duties include, but are not limited to: set up, serving, grilling and cleanup. This is a great chance to learn more about your Union and get to know folks from all over the university, while having a good time. We look forward to hearing from you!

3. Join the UTGSU Orientation Outreach Team for Fight the Fees: Thu. September 1st
Students in Ontario pay the highest tuition fees and graduate with the highest student debt in the country! By joining the UTGSU Orientation Outreach Team for Fight the Fees, you will be keeping thousands of students informed about ways we can eliminate tuition fees. If you are interested in joining Outreach, you must be available on September 8th from 1 PM to 9 PM. Training will begin promptly at 1 PM on the same day (2 hours). Deadline to apply is September 1st. Please confirm your availability with Cristina at external@utgsu.ca.

4. UTGSU Gym Closed in August
The UTGSU gym will close during the month of August for Orientation preparations and activities. It will open again for regular programming on Monday, September 12th. Gym bookings for September will open at 10am on Friday August 26th. To book, call 416-978-8464 or email gym@utgsu.ca. Call early as space disappears quickly. Names and Student ID numbers are verified when booking. Students must provide their TCard upon request. For more information, please visit http://www.utgsu.ca/athletics/gsu-gym/ or email gym@utgsu.ca.

5. Change in ISIC Drop-In Times for July and August
Starting the week of July 25th until August 31st, the ISIC issuing drop-in times will be on Wednesdays from 10:00-11:00am and Thursdays from 2:00-3:00pm. Full time graduate students can get an International Student Identity Card during these times, no appointment necessary. Other times are available by email appointment only; please contact Gail at fieldworker@utgsu.ca. For more information on ISIC, and for updates on card issuing, please visit https://www.utgsu.ca/services/#isic.

6. Grad Minds is Recruiting: Fri. August 12th
Grad Minds is recruiting for the 2016-2017 academic year. A number of leadership and other positions are available. Applicants MUST be registered graduate students at the University of Toronto. Details about the available positions are available at http://www.gradminds.ca/. To apply, please send a brief resume (max. 2 pages) highlighting your interest and/or experience in student leadership to mentalhealth@utgsu.ca by Friday August 12, 2016. All positions available at Grad Minds are volunteer positions. If you have any questions, please email us at mentalhealth@utgsu.ca.

7. Justicia for Migrant Workers Emergency Clothes Drive
On July 29th, 2016 a fire destroyed the homes of over 30 migrant farmworkers in Mount Pleasant, Ontario. Migrant farmworkers are in urgent need of: clothes in good condition (kids, women, and men); kitchen appliances and utensils; bedding; and tools. Please drop any donations to: Workers Action Centre, 720 Spadina Ave, Suite 223. Toronto, ON. M5S 2T9. For more information, please visit http://www.justicia4migrantworkers.org or email j4mw.on@gmail.com.

8. Autism Wellness Workshop: Sat. August 6th, 1-3pm
The Autism Wellness Workshop is taking place Saturday, August 6th from 1-3pm, in the multipurpose space (lower level) of the Grad Room (66 Harbord St, Toronto, ON, M5S 3L1) and is open to autistics, multiple diagnoses, self-diagnosed, questioning and persons with similar traits. Our topic for this meeting is: Autistic Characters in Fiction. We are meeting to discuss representations of autism in fiction and media and how this impacts public perceptions of autism. The workshop is an event organized by the Toronto Autism Social. Attendance is by registration only, spaces limited. See our group page for more information about the group or upcoming events, email Paulina (pauline.therese@gmail.com) for more information about the event and to register.

9. Bikechain Levy Opt-Out: Mon. September 12th
Graduate Students can opt-out of Bikechain’s fall levy ($0.25 for part-time students and $0.50 for full-time students) from September 12-19th, during the following hours: Mon. Sept. 12 12pm-9pm; Tues. Sept. 13 10am-5pm; Wed. Sept. 14 10am-5pm; Thurs. Sept. 15 12pm-9pm; Fri. Sept. 16 10am-5pm; and Mon. Sept. 19 12pm-9pm. Levy refunds will be distributed at Bikechain, North Borden building, 563 Spadina Crescent. Please note that there are five steps leading to the entrance to Bikechain. Student who experience barriers to visiting the shop can email bikechain@utoronto.ca and we will be happy to make alternative arrangements with you.

10. Harvest Noon Café Closed for Lunch: August 8th- August 26th
Reminder: it’s the final week before our summer closure! Harvest Noon will be closed for regular lunch service starting August 8th until August 26th to prepare for the fall and to get ready for the start of the school year. The good news is that closed for lunch doesn’t really mean closed and we will still be having skillshares, events, preserving produce and more during this time. Stay tuned for more details! We’ll be reopening with full regular Fall hours (Monday to Friday 10am to 2pm) the week of August 29th. If you’d like to get involved with volunteering for the Fall, please email volunters[at]harvestnoon.com.

11. Using the UofT Libraries as a Grad Student: Tue. August 16th 12-1pm
With 44 libraries at the University of Toronto, it may be overwhelming to figure out where to begin conducting research. This talk will showcase library resources and services that are of particular interest to grad students, including unique collections beyond books (e.g. archives, maps, and datasets) and how librarians can support grad students with their research process. Pizza will be served. Register at: bookit.studentlife.utoronto.ca.

12. Transitioning to Grade Life- Tips, Strategies and Making Connections: Mon. August 29th
Are you an incoming graduate student? Join us for a day of programming to help you make the transition to grad life. Learn how to navigate campus services, discover effective strategies to deal with academic challenges and develop your career networks, and hear tips for success from current students. Join us on Monday August 29th from 9:00am- 4:30pm in the Main Activity Hall (Multi-Faith Centre), lunch included! Presented by Gradlife in the Division of Student Life. Register at: uoft.me/transitioning. Space is limited.

13. Ontario Public Health Association Fall Forum: Tue. November 8th, 8:30-4pm
The Ontario Public Health Association is hosting their annual 2016 Fall Forum, and this year’s theme is Health For All: Closing the Health Equity Divide. It is happening November 8th, 2016 from 8:30am-4:00pm at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. At this year’s Forum, you will join leaders and professionals from across the health system to explore how together we can effectively address these health inequities and pursue a vision of health for all Ontarians. For more information, click here or click here to purchase tickets.